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Birds + Bees + Middle Schoolers

Thank you Amy Lang for coming to Madison Middle School, parents enjoyed a great session of parent education!  Please visit Amy’s website, birdsandbeesandkids.com, to find her books and those of other experts, resources, and in some cases, courage.

Amy LangAt our meeting, Amy let us know of a couple of websites that were about sex education and appropriate for teens.  Please be sure to review the websites yourself, before referring your child:

www.scarleteen.com

amaze.org

Consent is like Tea (clean) – YouTube video

If you have a resource from the evening, that you found really helpful and want to share, or you need help finding a resource mentioned, please email info@madisonptsa.com for assistance.


Madison PTSA Night at Safeco Field

Saturday, May 20 – 7:10 PM First Pitch

Ticket sales are now over. Katie Hudson will contact those who made a purchase to arrange for ticket pick up. Thank you for supporting our Mariners AND our PTSA!

Contact event coordinator Katie Hudson katiejhudson@hotmail.com if you do not get an email. See you at the ballgame! Go Mariners!


Madison Music Boosters

Swing Dance & Auction

Friday, March 24th, 2017  6 – 9 pm

Join us for a night of music and dancing in the Madison Middle School Commons.  The Madison Sr. Orchestra, Sr. Band, and Jazz Band will provide music along with our featured special guest The West Seattle Big Band! There will be a silent auction, raffle, and raise the paddle along with games, food, and baked goods all to benefit the 250+ student strong Madison Music Program. For our dancing guests there will be swing dance lessons by the amazing Savoy Swing Club.  Adults are $10 online or $15 at the door. Kids 18 and under are free. Buy tickets today!

For more information on how to help, whether to donate items, time or a monetary gift, please visit our Swing Dance & Auction Page.


Budget Shortfalls to impact schools

Seattle Public Schools Budget Shortfalls – What can Madison Parents do?

Seattle Schools Superintendent Dr. Nyland has announced a $74 million dollar shortfall in the SPS budget next year, between the state not fully funding education and the looming Levy Cliff. Even if the Legislature meets its obligations to amply fund basic education by September 1, 2018, the levy cliff means many school districts’ budgets will be reduced by millions of dollars from January 1 until September 1, 2018. Overall, the levy cliff threatens about $500 million per year in K-12 funding in Washington’s 295 school districts. These cuts will likely require numerous layoffs.The Washington State PTA and Seattle Council PTSA are encouraging parents and concerned community members to advocate that state legislators both fully fund public education with appropriate new revenue and delay the levy cliff to January 1, 2019.

Become informed – Learn about Governor Inslee’s proposed budget and education plan. Review Dr. Nyland’s editorial post regarding the district’s situation. Browse the Washington State PTA’s page about their priorities. Attend Gatewood PTA’s special PTA meeting, on Monday, January 9th, hosting Heidi Bennett, long time Seattle Council Legislative Rep, who will review McCleary, the Levy Cliff, and the current state of funding.

Actively Advocate – Attend Focus Day , on Monday, January 16th, in Olympia to rally with other PTA’s and talk to legislators about fully funding education. Write or call legislators to let them how you would like them to fund education and ask them for their plan. Continue to monitor the issues and contact legislators.

“Advocacy is not a one day event.” -Duncan Taylor, WSPTA Legislative Director.

We urge families to attend Focus Day in Olympia on January 16th, an exciting opportunity where families can have their voices heard and feel the unity that a rally can bring.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with this issue and/or plan on attending Focus Day, please contact Grace Bennett, Madison PTSA Legislative Representative legislation@madisonptsa.com.

Seattle PTSA – Stop Layoffs and Fully Fund Seattle Schools

Legislative Contacts –

Governor Jay Inslee https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/ (360) 902-4111

Senator Sharon Nelson sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov

District office (206) 435-7032  Olympia office (360) 786-7667

Representative Eileen Cody eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov

District Office (206) 389-2590 Olympia Office: (360) 786-7978

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon joe.fizgibbon@leg.wa.gov

District Office (206) 435-7034  Olympia Office (360) 786-7952

Make an appointment with your legislators. Visit app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ or call the Legislative Information Center (360) 786-7573 for information


Madison Family Directory

11/16 The directory is being compiled and is closed for now. A PDF will be emailed to families that submitted information, the email will hopefully go out Friday, November 18th.  If you missed being in the directory this fall, there may be a revised edition in the early spring, you are welcome to include your information now for a later revision.  You can fill out the form online here.


Here are more ways to stay informed at Madison:

1. Visit the school’s website by clicking here.

2. Sign up for the school and PTSA newsletter for weekly information regarding
school activities, the PTSA meeting schedule/meeting minutes/activity
updates, fundraising efforts, volunteer opportunities, etc. Add your email to the field on the right side of this page and click submit. You may unsubscribe at any time.

3. Check student progress on The Source. (You can now access The Source via the Student Portal tab in the top navigation bar of the school website or on seattleschools.org)

the Source 2015

4. Stay connected with Schoology, Seattle Public School’s new learning management system. Teachers may post assignments, messages and calendar items in Schoology, in order to communicate with students and families. It replaces that teacher pages we know as Fusion. You can sign up through your Source account; once you have created an account, you can access Schoology at www.schoology.com/login. If you need help setting up your account, please click here.

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