Madison PTSA Tailgate & Celebrate 2019

Raise the Paddle Fundraiser

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 6:15 – 10 pm

Highland Park Improvement Club

Join us for an evening of fun, food and fundraising. Our theme is “Tailgate & Celebrate” so wear your favorite team jersey or Madison spirit wear! This is our primary fundraiser, which funds the majority of our PTSA budget for the entire school year. We NEED your support! Tickets are $40 and include dinner.

Our party at the Highland Park Improvement Club will include:

Teacher Experience Sign-ups: Fun experiences for our students to enjoy with their Madison teachers.

Raise The Paddle: This is our main fundraiser at the event. Just like the elementary school auctions, the auctioneer will ask for parents to raise their paddles to make a monetary donation. Parents raise their bid cards at the amount they wish to donate and we’re done!

Raffle: We’ll raffle off fun items. Tickets are $10 each.

Event: There will be food, adult beverages (Jello-shots are back), beer pong, corn hole and a DJ!

Bottomless Beer Steins are back! Purchase a Madison Bulldog glass beer stein as an add-on with your tickets, for $50 (unlimited refills).  Perfect to take home for your Madison Student, for Root Beer Floats. Only 70 available, so purchase now!


  • Do you have any items you or your business can donate to our raffle?  Gift cards, bottles of wine, hour of service, etc?
  • Volunteer to host a Buy In Parties ( Host a Lemon Drop Party or a hold a Bunko Party)
  • Licensed Bartender- we need just one more person. If you, or someone you know, is a licensed bartender please let us know.

Contact Erika, the Madison Fundraising VP to help, donate, or with any questions!

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Direct Drive for the end of 2018

This is a call out to Madison Supporters who may have missed participating in our Back to School Drive – now’s the time to get in that donation before the end of the year!

The Madison PTSA supports our students and staff by making funds available in every classroom and every department!  Teachers have been accessing money from the start of school and continue to find important curriculum and supplies to enhance their teaching, reaching all students.

The PTSA has already sent teachers to professional development, purchased books for teachers and books for students, and helped Ms. Bell realize her vision in the library, with a welcoming sitting area to help students want to read.  These are just a few examples of how your donations are working for our community.

Your year end donation would help us to know that we will be able to continue this work!  We also work with employers that give matching donations.  Any questions can be directed to either the PTSA President – or the PTSA Treasurers –,

Thank you!

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2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Help Madison Families – November 5th – 15th

It’s that time of year again to kick-off the 2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive with the Science Classroom Food Competition.  In years past our school has donated and delivered over 3,600 pounds of food to Madison families. Some families also received gift cards to shop at local grocery stores, thanks to the monetary and canned food contributions from Madison Middle School staff and families.  Together we can meet our goal of helping 16-18 Madison families have a better Thanksgiving.

6th, 7th & 8th grades please donate canned vegetables/fruit/soup, apple sauce, pasta & pasta sauce, chili & beans (dried or canned).  These are suggestions– any canned food is appreciated.

**If pulling from your pantry. Please be sure that canned foods are not damaged and their shelf life has not expired. We did have to dispose of a lot of canned and pasta goods last year.  Thank You 

Please have your student(s) drop off canned goods to their science teacher’s classrooms during the food drive dates.  The competition is based on weight and the winning class will be announced on Monday, November 19th and given much praise for doing service to our community. They will also receive the coveted “Turkey Cup” trophy to display in class for the year.

** Any excess donations that don’t go to Madison families will go to our West Seattle Food Bank

Thank You for your support. Any questions feel free to email me directly-

Lora Bunch,

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October 17th General Meeting

 PTSA General Meeting

Wednesday, October 17th

7pm, Madison Library


Please join us for our October General Meeting.  We will vote on a revised 18-19 annual budget and minutes from May, and hear updates from chairs.  

Dr. Gary will give an update on Madison, including information about enrollment, portables, and new teachers.

We have also invited Lucy, of Ms. Lucy’s Tutoring, to give a short presentation and answer questions about how parents can help their students: “Struggling with helping your child to do well in math? Ms Lucy Tutoring will share tips and time management skills to help your child succeed in middle school. Lucy’s a math and science tutor in the West Seattle area, and has studied at Columbia and Stanford Universities.”

If you have any questions about the meeting, or any other PTSA topics, please reach out to Fiona Preedy, Madison PTSA President, at

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Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school! And for 6th graders, other new students, and their families, welcome to Madison Middle School; we’re very glad to have you here.

For your convenience, here are the things we included in the first day packets:

The PTSA President’s Welcome Letter (pdf)

Join the PTSA Membership Form (online)

Sign up for the Madison Community Weekly Newsletter — Get our weekly bulletin sent to your email. This bulletin has important dates, recaps the school news, gives you information about upcoming events, and community offerings. Everyone can sign up, you don’t need to be a PTSA member.

Family Directory — Sign up for the Family Directory, with only your email and phone number. Only those families that sign up for the directory will receive a copy, in a PDF. The directory is new every year, so even if you signed up before, its time to do it again! Everyone can sign up, you don’t need to be a PTSA member.

QUESTION: What is the difference between the Madison ASB fundraiser and the Madison PTSA fundraiser? Which one should I support? ANSWER: Both! ASB vs PTSA – FAQ (pdf)

Fundraising letter (pdf) – You can also donate online.

Facebook — Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, we’re Madison Middle School PTSA, Seattle (/MadisonMiddlePTSA/). We post reminders, fun pictures and stories, and share successes there. You can message the PTSA there too. — Bookmark our website, you’ll find all of our PTSA info there, along with ways to sign up for emails, PTSA membership and the directory. You can find Music Boosters info there, too!

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As we start to gear up for the start of school

We are sharing Madison’s previous supply lists for parents to get a head start.  Official welcome letters and this year’s supply lists are expected to arrive at homes the week of August 13th.  These are PDFs, we also have pictures on our Facebook page.

Madison General Supply List page 1

Madison General Supply List page 2&3

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As we head into Summer…..

Officers Elected for the 2018-19 School Year

At our last General Meeting, held on May 16th, the following slate of officers was elected for the 2018-19 year:

Co-Presidents: Fiona Preedy
Vice-President Programs: Lorie Bennett 
Vice-President Fundraising: Erika Borges
Secretary: Sarah Steere 
Treasurers: Lara Dabbs and Kimberly Frank
Legislative Liaison: Kara Centioli

We want to to thank outgoing board members Maud de Bel and Kara Heinrichs!

A Great Year of Fundraising

Thank you for those of you who generously participated in donations to Madison via our various fund raisers, such as the direct drive, ‘back-to-school’, Raise the Paddle and Music Booster Swing Dance. Your contributions are much appreciated. The total of all our activities brought in over $70,000 this year!

The PTSA spent that money on every classroom, as teachers receive money for their supplies, and even more is provided for photography, art, the library and the nurse. We purchased science kits, textbooks, curriculum supplies, calculators in every math class, work tables in flex spaces, a 3D printer, digital cameras, PE equipment and fixes, professional development for teachers, writers’ workshop, a grant to keep the 8th grade cruise affordable, and lots of library books.

Music Boosters purchased incredible sound boards to use on stage for performances and new instruments, all thanks to the Music Boosters and Swing Dance Committee, and the Community for coming out to support them.

Over the summer we will be making sure that every classroom has a complete emergency backpacks and planning ways to get more information out to parents.

Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to another great year!

Supporting our Families

This year, the PTSA continued to provide weekly communications to families about the opportunities and events at school and the surrounding community. The PTSA put Bulldogs in Spiritwear, created community events for 6th and 7th Grade families, put together a panel of Madison experts to talk about the extras at Madison, and another panel of students from many local high schools to 8th grade students about their schools. The Madison PTSA Board also passed a resolution advocating for gun violence prevention measures, joining with other local PTAs and Seattle Schools.

We were proud of our Parent Rep on the Building Leadership Team (BLT) Heather Hsu when she organized Schoology training at the High Point Library, so parents could learn to access their children’s learning using online tools.

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PTSA Open Roles for the 2018-2019 School Year

Thinking of getting involved at Madison? The PTSA has some interesting opportunities, a little something for everyone.  We have a great PTSA Board again this year and we need your help to plan some of the activities and get the word out.  If you are interested in any of these jobs, or would like to talk them over, please contact Fiona at

Raise the Paddle Event Chair – Coordinates and manages the main fundraising event, currently in February.  Works with the Fundraising VP and parent volunteers, on decorations, food, venue, and entertainment.  October- February time commitment.

Bulldog Bulletin Editor – Coordinates the weekly PTSA Bulldog Bulletin, by receiving and researching news that would be helpful to parents.  Works in Constant Contact and sends the bulletin out on a determined schedule.  Works with the Communications Chair.

Social Media Coordinator – As a PTSA representative, posts regularly on Facebook and Instagram (others TBD) with interesting news and important dates from the PTSA, Madison, and other communities that will inform the Madison PTSA audience.  Works with the Communications Chair.

Membership CoordinatorInputs PTSA memberships into the state database (online) and helps establish an email list.  Helps members with questions, issues.  September and October time commitment.

Community Service Liaison – (new) Research and receive information about community service opportunities for Madison students.  Work with the school counselors.  Coordinate opportunities specifically for Madison students.  Provide information to the Communications Chair and Madison Office to report out.

Legislative Liaison Researcher – help research legislative topics and prepare reports and actions for the Legislative Liaison. Topics range from state funding, district levies, gun safety, equity and diversity, district policy, growth management, etc.  Research in your area of expertise or passion of advocacy.


Fundraising Event Committee – help with decorating, food, procurement, and/or entertainment.   Committee chaired by the Raise The Paddle Event Chair.

Nominating Committee – once elected to the committee by the PTSA membership, this committee reviews and makes inquiries about possible candidates to the PTSA board.  Must be a PTSA member.   January – May, low key commitment

Audit Committee – over the summer assist the incoming treasurer to audit the PTSA financials.  Must be a PTSA member. One meeting commitment.

Staff Appreciation – help Volunteer Coordinator with tasks or bringing food for the Staff Appreciation Week and/or Luncheon. May time commitment.

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May PTSA General Meeting

Madison parents are invited to attend our PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday, May 16th starting at 7 pm.

Dr. Gary will give an update on Madison, including a discussion regarding the Friday, April 27th incident / Shelter in Place.

We will be voting in next year’s PTSA officers.  The following will be nominated and voted on at the meeting: Fiona Preedy, President; Lorie Bennett, VP Programs; Erika Borges, VP Fundraising; Sarah Steere, Secretary; Lara Dabbs and Kimberly Frank, Co-Treasurers; Kara Centioli, Legislative Liaison.  The Board is seeking a volunteer for the appointed position of Communications Chair.  Other PTSA jobs, of all different sizes, are available.  Please contact Fiona at for more details.

Other agenda items include voting on next year’s PTSA budget, voting on a revision of the Standing Rules, and updates from chairs.

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Staff Appreciation Week – May 7-11

The PTSA, with Lora Bunch coordinating the effort, puts on a week of treats and meals for our 85+ members of Madison Staff.  Want to help out? Email Lora to see where you can help or simply donate money for a Starbucks gift card!

(Please note, depending in your browser, you may see different options in the PayPal screen with donation amounts. If you see a screen with options for $75 to $150 please ignore and type in the amount you wish to donate. We’re sorry for the confusion.)

Staff Appreciation Week May 7th-11th

Monday,  May 7th – Early Staff Breakfast in Main Office area (serving starts @ 8:15am)

Tuesday,  May 8th – Thank You certificate (signed by students) in staff  mail boxes

Wednesday,  May 9th – Mail box treat/Luncheon invitation

Thursday, May 10th – Home Made Cookie Tray Day

Friday,  May 11th – Starbucks Gift Card in their mailboxes to end their week

Wednesday, June 6th ( in June due to May testing)- Staff Luncheon Day in the Commons (serving starts at 2:30) We will do this on a Seattle Schools early release day so that staff can have a nice relaxing lunch together.

Lora Bunch

Madison Volunteer Coordinator

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