Message for the Week of September 25, 2017

THIS WEEK AT Meridian Park

Sept. 26 & 27 – Picture Days – Order forms will be sent home this week for student picture day. Students in grades 2-6 will take pictures onTuesday, Sept. 26th and students in grades K-1 will take pictures on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.
Sept. 29th – PTSA Family Movie Night

Looking Ahead
Oct. 9-12, Parent/Teacher Conferences – Early Release
Oct. 13th – No School
Oct. 23rd – Shoreline Flu Clinic, Shorewood HS
Oct. 25th – Shoreline Flu Clinic, Shorecrest HS

Meridian Park Clubs
Registration for fall clubs is now in progress. Look in your Li’l Cheetah’s take home folder and/or backpack for registration forms. We have clubs in both the morning and afternoon for a variety of ages. We have parent led clubs, which are free! Oh, BTW, if you would like to lead a club contact us and we will work with you to bring it to Meridian Park for the next session.
Spanish-K-6 (mornings Tue/Thu) look for flyer
Chinese-K-6 (mornings and afternoons Tue/Thu) look for flyer
ABC Builders-K (mornings Wed) (after school tab)
JR Engineering-1-4 (afternoons Thu) (after school tab)
Kindness Club-2-4 (mornings Fri) look for flyer
Chess Club-3 (afternoon Tue) look for flyer
Chess Club-5-6 (afternoon Thu) look for flyer
Homework Club K-6 (afternoon Mon-Fri) look for flyer
Artwise K-6 (1/2 day art camp 10/9-10/12) look for flyer
Yarn Arts 2-6 (afternoon Wed)
Mad Science 1-5 (afternoon Thu)

Note: There is no Math Club at this time. Paperwork not submitted.

PTSA NEEDS YOU! We are offering online registration this year, or send in your yellow envelope that was in your back to school packet today. Online registration link below.

Shoreline Sexual Health Instruction
The Shoreline School District will be offering sexual health instruction in grades 4-12 as part of our comprehensive health education program. Included in this is the HIV/AIDS prevention in grades 5-12 that is mandated by state law.
Parents and guardians are invited to learn about the goals of this program and preview the instructional materials during the following public review:

Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Shoreline Room, Shoreline Learning Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE

You will be able to learn the program objectives, review the materials, identify resources, and ask questions. If you are unable to attend the public preview session, but want more information, please contact your child’s school or teacher.
According to state law and district policy, a parent or legal guardian may excuse their child from participating in any, or all, classes related to sex education after they have previewed the materials. If you do not want your child to participate, you must notify the school in writing. You may complete and return the form, Student Participation in Health Education, or write a letter requesting that your child be excluded.
—–Maria Stevens Director of Teaching and Learning, 206-393-4211

Bus Information
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PTSA Family Movie Night
Movie Night will take place on Sept 29 at 6:15. The Eagle Huntress Bring your chair and popcorn or picnic dinner! 6th grade will sell pizza, PTSA will sell stainless steel water bottles for $10. Minimum -ONE Adult for every 6 kids, no drop offs. Please, make sure your child comes with an adult. But, feel free to bring more than your child (up to 6 kids per adult).

Online Payment Option Available
To access the online payment system, click Shoreline InTouch. Your TouchBase User Name is the same log-in you use for Family Access. Unless you have changed it, your Skyward Family Access username is the first 5 characters of your Last Name plus first 3 characters of your First Name plus unique 3 digit numeric all in UPPERCASE (Example: John Smith would be SMITHJOH000. If your Last Name is shorter than 5 characters add spaces between Last and First name MICHAEL CHO would be CHO MIC000 with two spaces between O and M). Passwords are case sensitive.
Please always purchase STUDENT ITEMS against your Student’s Name. This creates a record of items purchased under their name. You can review this at any time by logging in and selecting Report. Guest accounts WILL NOT allow you access to your student’s information.
For your security, the District has provided a portal where you can change your password. The reset instructions will be emailed to the email on record in Family Access. Please keep in mind that if you change it in the online payment system it will no longer be the same as Family Access.
There is a $1.50 convenience fee attached to online purchases except for Food Service payments and donations. You may charge items to multiple students but only have one $1.50 fee. Neither the District nor the online payment system keeps or stores your credit card information.

Shoreline Public Schools Community Flu Shot Clinic
Shorewood High School – Oct. 23rd, 3-7pm
Shorecrest High School – Oct. 25th, 3-7pm
The Clinics are open to all Shoreline Public Schools faculty, staff, students and their families (children four years of age and older). Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Please complete one for each person and bring with you to the event. Forms will also be available at the clinic. All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill almost all insurance plans, but are not able to accept Cigna or Kaiser. Students 18 years and under without current health insurance coverage will be offered a flu shot at no cost. Adults without current insurance coverage may pay the $30.00 immunization fee with cash or check.

Online Registration Available to PTSA Membership
Make sure to join the Meridian Park PTSA! We are offering online registration this year, or send in your yellow envelope that was in your back to school packet.

Guest speaker event:
Austina De Bonte of the Northwest Gifted Child Association
Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Shoreline Auditorium (18560-1st Ave. NE – Shoreline Conference Center)
The Shoreline Hi Cap Advocacy Group, in partnership with the Shoreline PTA Council, is excited to welcome back Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), to Shoreline for her presentation, “What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids.” This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the social/emotional concerns that impact our advanced learners: what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important to their learning, as well as the development of their academic talents — from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond. This event is open to all Shoreline families!
We will have a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ms. De Bonte’s presentation at 7 p.m.
A limited number of free childcare spots will be available on RSVP – “first come, first serve” basis – by the Dale Turner YMCA. Please email us at with your name, the number of child(ren), and their names and ages, to reserve this service. Children must be potty-trained.
This is a free speaker event for parents and for anyone who supports our students. Don’t miss this!

Yearbook Photos Needed
Photos needed for the 2017-2018 Yearbook. If you take a photo at a Meridian Park event, field trip, or in the classroom, email it to! “Tag” the photo with the grade of the kids in the photo or the name of the event. We will be collecting photos until mid April. If you are interested in helping out more with the Yearbook you can contact Molly at the yearbook email.