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 president@madisonptsa.com

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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.

MadisonPTSA.com — 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 president@madisonptsa.com.

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.

Committees:

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 president@madisonptsa.com 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

loralbunch@hotmail.com

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Madison Music Boosters Silent Auction and Swing Dance

4/18/2018 – Thanks to everyone who came out to our Annual Silent Auction & Swing Dance benefiting the music students of Madison. We were joined by a record number of parents, students, former students and folks from the community for an evening of dancing and live jazz by the professional musicians of the West Seattle Big Band, and the various student band and orchestra groups within Madison. Guests bid on silent auction items, enjoyed a slice of pizza, and raised their paddles for a record-breaking $23k in net profit donations. We’re thrilled to have had this opportunity to raise the much needed funds for the Madison Music Program, and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Auction & Swing Dance!

Madison Music Boosters Presents

SILENT AUCTION & SWING DANCE FUNDRAISER

Madison Middle School Commons

Friday, March 30th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, March 30th at 6:30pm for the annual Madison Middle School Music Boosters Silent Auction & Swing Dance Fundraiser! Come dance the night away to the lively sounds of the West Seattle Big Band, our special guest for the night. And enjoy live performances from the students of the Senior Orchestra, Senior Band and Jazz Band throughout the night.

Support our young community of musicians and have a swinging good time, all while raising money for the ever growing, talented, Madison music students!

Tickets are $10 per adult online, $15 at the door. Teachers and students get in free!

Food and beverages available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Madison Middle School Music Program.

*Artwork by Andreas Buneci, 6th Grade Band

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PTSA March General Meeting – Wednesday, March 21st @ 7 pm

Please join us for our PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm.   We will be reviewing the fundraiser results, Spring grants, discussing gun safety advocacy, and looking ahead to next year.
Dr. Gary will speak to parents about what safety measures have been taken at Madison and Seattle Schools, and address parent questions and concerns. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The PTSA Board will meet at 6:30 pm, just prior to the General Meeting, rescheduled from earlier in the month.

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National School Walk Out and March for Our Lives

To the Madison Middle School Community:

Realizing that parents at Madison are concerned about their students’ safety, we have brought together all the information available at this time, around action at Madison Middle School, Seattle Schools, PTSA, at the local, state, and national level.  If there are new developments, we will do our best to communicate them to parents.

Fiona Preedy and Lorie Bennett, Madison PTSA Co-Presidents

Please read further to see all the information, including Dr. Gary’s letter regarding the National School Walk Out and the Madison Community

Continue reading

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