Last year's Talent Show was so much fun, you won't want to miss your chance to show off your skills!
You can sign up online, or print and return the flyer before February 21st. Printed flyers are also available in the school office.
Here's what you need to know:
- Auditions will be held Tuesday, February 25th from 3:30-6:30pm, and Wednesday, February 26th from 4-7pm.
- Auditions are first come, first served.
- Only performers allowed in the audition room, parents are welcome to wait in the hall.
- All grades and acts are welcome, we love variety!
- Acts must be 3 minutes MAXIMUM (or less!).
- Acts and attire must be age appropriate for elementary school, otherwise we reserve the right to make necessary changes.
- Performers MUST be able to attend both rehearsals AND the dress rehearsal.
- Only performers and parent volunteers will be allowed in the closed rehearsals.
- Performers will rehearse in one-hour shifts, to be confirmed by email.
Students will perform a short preview of the Talent Show at an assembly on Friday, March 27th
Have any questions? Email email@example.com.
When your ballot arrives (any day now!), voters in Mukilteo School District will have the chance to "Vote YES for Kids" and approve a Capital Bond of $240 million for space additions, building system replacements, and security improvements throughout the district - including major renovations at Mukilteo Elementary.
All of the schools in Mukilteo School District (including ME!) are at or over capacity, with a projected increase of 900 students joining our district in the next six years. Unfortunately, there is no available land within our district large enough to build a new school.
As Principal Jack Sackett explained, Mukilteo Elementary was built in 1981 for just over 400 students, but now serves over 600 students, including 500 neighborhood students and another nearly 100 students transported from throughout the district who participate in two specialized learning programs housed at ME.
This bond would provide funding for the first phase of a total renovation at ME. Because planning is still in conceptual phases, there are no architectural or specific plans yet but the POTENTIAL project components proposed are:
Throughout the district, the bond would also provide roofing, flooring, heating and ventilation improvements at 13 schools, including the Kamiak Performing Arts Center, which is a well-utilized asset in our school and local community. 14 schools would also receive field and tennis court replacements. Every school in the district would benefit from district-wide technology infrastructure improvements and would receive security system upgrades including:
The total bond proposal of $240 million would increase local tax rates by only 9.4 cents per $1,000 of Assessed Property Value. For a house valued at $500,000, that would be an increase of only $47 per year.
Voters need to approve the capital bond with a 60% super majority, so ME PTSA is asking you to vote YES for kids to keep our schools safe and keep up with enrollment.
Learn more about the bond and specific projects at the Mukilteo School District's Capital Bond page. If you haven't been able to attend any of the informational presentations, you can review that material here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
You can champion this cause, too! Just go to yes4mukilteokids.org to find out how to share on Facebook, request your own yard sign, or sign up for a shift to wave signs!
Here are some questions that have been asked at previous presentations:
Q: Will the addition of a multi-purpose room along with a new gym accommodate a longer seated lunch time?
A: Yes! Having a dedicated gym for specialist time AND a dedicated space for lunch would help to accommodate a longer seated lunch. The district is prioritizing multi-purpose rooms at all elementary schools.
Q: How would phase one be implemented with students on campus?
A: A new building would be completed while still allowing use of existing facilities.
Q: When would phase two happen?
A: Bonds are on a six year cycle, so phase two would be incorporated in the bond on the 2026 ballot. Voters would have to approve that as well.
Q: If the bond advisory committee identified more need, why is the district not asking for more money, as other cities are?
A: Other cities have higher tax rates than Mukilteo, and are able to accommodate a higher amount. This $240 million ask would keep our tax rates stable, and we know that is important to our citizens and more likely to pass.
Our volunteer Art Docents have been busy bringing art history and fine art lessons into the ME classrooms! Here is a round-up of just some of the great projects and beautiful student work created since the beginning of the year!
Mrs. Rickey's 3rd Graders learned about George Rodrigue and The Blue Dog, and created these pieces with oil pastel.
Mrs. Bade's 3rd Graders learned about Georgia O'Keefe. The students chose either one of two pieces, Crab's Claw Ginger or Pineapple Bud. They traced with pencil, outlined with fine sharpie, and colored with oil pastels.
Mrs. Trent's 1st Graders and Mrs. Rohrich's 4th Graders learned about Frida Kahlo and the symbols and traditions of the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). They used oil pastels on roofing paper to create Las Calaveras (sugar skulls).
Mrs. Wolfe's 5th Graders went Into The Spiderverse! They studied images of spider eyes by Spanish macro-lens photographer Javier Rupérez. They used acrylics to paint the background in warm harvest colors, then they created their own amazing arachnids using roofing paper and oil pastel for great hairy texture, along with cool-toned watercolor in a wheel design, and dimensional gloss to make giant, surprised, hypnotic eyes.
3rd Grades studied Yayoi Kusama and created polka dot pumpkins in a fun lesson incorporating geometric/organic shapes and color values. The students loved seeing her wide-scale installations in this book.
Mrs. Bade's 3rd Graders learned about Vincent Van Gogh and made their own beautiful Starry Night paintings.
Ms. Wise's 3rd and 4th Graders learned about Georgia O'Keeffe and experimented with blending oil pastels to create beautiful pieces inspired by O'Keeffe's landscape paintings.
A big thank you to our SUPER sponsors for their generous support of ME PTSA's 2019 Fundraiser Auction!
There is still ONE MORE DAY to become a corporate sponsor! Please contact Michelle Forsen at email@example.com for more information on corporate sponsorship!
We can't wait to see all our new kindergarteners! Kindergarten families are invited to join us for a playdate before Open Hour this afternoon. Bring your kindergartener to get familiar with the Lower Playground and to meet some new friends before they find their classroom and their seat! We hope to see you there!
Parents, teachers, students, and staff - we need to be frank about the state of the ME PTSA. The organization is not in sustainable health.
When this year’s Executive Board took office last July, our Treasurer soon realized that the finances were not in good standing, with a lack of financial reports and receipts, and failure to file taxes for the 2016-2017 school year. Our President and Treasurer spent considerable time over the summer and into the school year working to investigate and resolve the problem, with the advisement of our WA State PTA Regional Director. We addressed this at the first meeting in September.
We have been working to increase transparency and implement correct procedures in a number of areas, including the budget and financial transactions, which is necessary to maintain our status as a non-profit organization. This includes requiring prior approval for committee spending as well as requiring receipts for reimbursements and teacher grants. Throughout this year, it has become clear that the budget that was approved in September did not accurately reflect the ME PTSA spending commitments.
We are so grateful for the financial support we received during this year’s fundraiser. Unfortunately, this year’s totals from our Invest In Kindness campaign came in nearly $11,000 short of our fundraising goal. At the beginning of the year, we had identified a budget surplus carried over from previous years that we anticipated needing to spend during this school year in order to maintain our tax filing status. We solicited and received several proposals to spend this surplus on Special Projects that would benefit the entire school population. We have postponed putting these proposals to a vote until the newly formed Budget Committee can advise on next year’s budget.
However, the Executive Board cannot vote on any agenda items, including amending the budget or approving Special Project spending on our own. A quorum of 10 PTSA members is required to hold a vote at a General Meeting. At many of our meetings this year, we have not had enough members in attendance to hold a vote.
Additionally, throughout this year, this Executive Board has come to realize that we did not receive the full scope of information we need to perform our individual and collective duties. We don’t have all the details we need about the various committees and events, and are finding that we cannot adequately plan, budget for, and oversee those functions.
We are extremely thankful for everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to help us this year. But this year, as in years past, we have struggled to recruit enough volunteers to fully support our events and committees. Facing both a lack of funding and volunteerism, we are looking at ways to reduce our activities and spending commitments.
We are also strategizing ways to better engage our school community. We hope to secure as many 2019-2020 Committee Chairs and members as possible before the end of the school year, and to connect any available volunteers to those committees. This is especially crucial for our Fundraising Committee and the Halloween Committee, events that need to happen early in the school year. We hope to harness the excitement of a new school year and connect volunteers to opportunities as soon as possible in September.
We are sending this letter in the hopes that this will encourage your participation. We have many ideas to support the students and teachers at ME with the PTSA’s existing and potential new programs and grants; however, the Board cannot do it alone. We recognize that families are busy and have many commitments for their children, so we would like encourage you to keep up with what is happening with the ME PTSA through our weekly email, website, and Facebook posts. We are reaching out because we want to keep the PTSA functioning at its current levels. We hope that many of you will be able to help us out with our remaining activities for the year, such as the Carnival and Book Fair, and then continue to help into the 2019-2020 school year.
Rhonda Frans, Co-President, and parent of a 3rd grader
Brennan Elston, Co-President, and parent of a 2nd grader
Colleen Cook, Vice President of Membership, and parent of a 2nd grader
Erin Senge, Vice President of Communications, and parent of a Kindergartener and 3rd grader
Kim Grady, Secretary, and parent of a 2nd grader
Karen Siscel Smith, Treasurer, and parent of a 3rd grader
ME PTSA sends a big thank you to the companies who generously donated to our Invest In Kindness fundraiser, including Rodland Toyota! We are so thankful for your support!
If you have visited the MEco Outdoor Classroom, you know what an amazing asset it is to our school community. But maybe you don't know how our school community came together to make it a reality.
Now in it's seventh year, the idea for the MEco Outdoor Classroom got it's start when the housing development was built behind the school. Students were upset to see the amount of forest that was cleared for that land and started circulating a petition to replant trees along the fence line.
Mrs. Idso sensed an opportunity for a bigger student leadership project, and contacted Ryan Williams at the Snohomish Conservation District. He visited ME for a meeting with Mrs. Idso, and suggested repurposing the parcel of land next to the campus, the eventual location of the MEco Outdoor Classroom.
At the time, there was a joint venture to create the Outdoor Classroom and reduce waste in the lunchroom, which the SOAR Senators at the time named the "MEco Challenge." And the name stuck!
Mrs. Idso tells us that "MEPTSA volunteers and Boy Scouts joined forces to conduct 13 work days in the first 15 months. After creating a trail system through the 2 acre parcel, Boy Scouts lined up to do Eagle rank projects. They built the amphitheater and stage, bat boxes and two bird blind observation areas, a picnic area, two bridges over the stream and by the retention pond, as well as erosion control and rain barrel irrigation on two hillsides. Here are a few photos showing the great results of the Boy Scouts' hard work!
Girl Scouts also joined in and made a rain garden to filter water going to the Puget Sound, and Mukilteo Police Department Park Ranger Bohan taught a Conservation Kids Club for two years and continues to help teach "Leave No Trace" principles when asked.
In addition, Julie Radeff-Huang led the effort to recruit outdoor science docents, our MEco Nature Guides, and helped developed curriculum for the guides to teach, based on known conservation curriculums like Learning Tree and Project Wild.
Mrs. Idso tells us that "the MEco Outdoor Classroom started with student ideas and grew to involve the the greater community. Olympic View Middle School uses the space for 8th grade science and for their Connections program. ME's MBSC program has created a pond that they observe, and that provides habitat for dragonfly nymphs to hatch. Each year, there are many hundreds of visits from K-5 classrooms, as well as weekly visits from the MEco Voice Group of 5th graders."
Our 21st district legislators, Washington State Senator Marko Liias, and Representatives Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson have also visited the MEco Outdoor Classroom. They were able to see firsthand how much our students can accomplish when their efforts are supported.
MEPTSA provides funding for this valuable physical resource. Under the joint efforts of the ME Staff and MEPTSA leadership, we hope to be good stewards of this land and educational opportunities for years to come.
With snow keeping our kids from school this week, some of the students in our community may not be getting the meals they need.
Christina Barzare, ME's wonderful Elementary Support Specialist, is also the Committee Chair and main volunteer for ME PTSA's Packs For Kids program. We asked her to share a few details about this important effort that we help to fund.
"Hunger is on the rise," says Ms. Barzare. "The need for affordable, nutritious food remains a problem for many families. Last year, 33% of Snohomish County school children receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch at school.
The Packs for Kids program is to provide a food supplement for children and families living in food-insecure households. Each Friday, students receive a bag filled of nonperishable food to support their families food needs through the weekend. No student at ME should go hungry."
Your donation to the ME PTSA helps provide grant funding to this program. Packs For Kids is also always happy to receive donations of nutritious, shelf-stable food items like these pictured below.
Let's raise some money for ME PTSA! Here are some tips & tricks for using the Raise Craze site to raise donations so our students can pay it forward.
First, help your student set up their personalized fundraising website. You can choose to upload a photo of your student, or use a different photo to represent them. Below are two options you can download and use! If you don't upload ANY photo, it will just use our fundraiser's Kind Heart logo.
Raise Craze has some great ideas for acts of kindness. Choose a few of those, or your student can enter in their own ideas to pay it forward. Check out our blog post with 20 Acts Of Kindness in 10 Minutes Or Less!
Raise Craze offers the option to enter email addresses and send out personalized emails to friends and family far and wide. Raise Craze promises that these emails will never be shared with third parties, or used for marketing. However, If you would rather not provide that data, you can still share your student's personal donation site. Here's how!
From the student's Raise Craze Dashboard, just choose "View Website" or copy and paste the site link from the bottom. The red arrows in the photo below show where you can find these options. Then just copy and paste that link to share via email, text, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or wherever you keep in touch with the people who support your student!
You and your supporters can also choose to mail in donations. Just make sure that the cash or check is in an envelope marked with the student and teacher's name, and deliver to us at:
2600 Mukilteo Speedway
Mukilteo WA 98275
We would love to see photos of your student paying it forward with Acts Of Kindness, If you share your photos on social media accounts, just tag us or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reshare them on our Facebook, Instagram, and website - as long as the photos only include your student. Bonus points if your student wears their Invest In Kindness shirt as they pay it forward!
Be sure to follow us on social media to watch our awesome students invest in their communities! We so appreciate your support!