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The Meridian School District works in partnership with our families and our community to educate each student in a safe and supportive learning environment to become a positive contributor to society.



Irene Reither Parent Teacher Association

 PTA Board Nominations & Elections

With spring around the corner, we are excited to begin the process for nominations and elections of our new Executive Board members for the next school year. This activity is a great way to contribute to your child’s education and to enrich the lives of families, faculty and support staff in our schools. The Meridian PTA Board consists of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions can be done by one or multiple individuals. So, we are looking for candidates that would be interested in overseeing PTA events and fundraisers. Those elected are supported by the Washington State PTA in training, leadership support and networking with other nearby school PTAs and parents. Do you know someone who would be a great leader with inspiration and drive to support our kids, teachers and community? If so, please call Christine Jensen at 312-1179 or schedule a time to meet with us to ask any questions you may have about the positions and what they entail. We WANT and NEED you!

Current PTA board:
President: Mary Anne Bruggeman
Treasurer: Jeanette Sharp
Secretary: Stacy Zilinek


President’s Corner

 Whew.....that was a REALLY busy holiday season this year. Some-times I feel that as my children get older we actually get bus-ier. Even so, we were able to enjoy family and just being around each other. This is the best part of the season for me. We also were able to give back to others as we participated in Meridian PTA's Giving Tree this year, helping 41 local families, donating over 400 pounds of food and 275-300 Santa presents to help make those families' Christmas more merry this year. A wonderful thanks to all those who donated this year.

As the new year starts, officially after my CRAZY family went on our annual Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1st, I immediately start looking for-ward to the new year and things there are to look forward to. I often look back at the accomplishments of last year and set goals for the new year. I also start the pack up of holiday decorations and clean out of the house (spring cleaning comes a bit early for me). If you are like me I encourage you to remember that just because the holi-day season is over does not mean that people are still not in need. So as you spring clean your homes or find great coupon deals remember there is always the opportunity to continue to do-nate items to local charities and food banks. Try to keep this spirit throughout the year and teach your children the same, one of the best lessons for life.

May you have a wonderful new year filled with Joy and Happiness,

Christie Jensen

Easy Opportunities to Donate to PTA

Box Tops for Education
We are once again participating in the “Box Tops for Education” Program.  This program allows us to earn PTA funds from Box Tops on different products that families use everyday, from boxed goods to school supplies to ziplock baggies.  Just look for products with the pink Box Tops label, clip the Box Top, and send it to school with your kiddo to place in the Box Tops bag in their classroom.  Last year PTA was able to purchase new picnic table for IRPS.  More information can be found at
We would like to thank this year’s IRPS Box Tops Coordinator, Shalyn, for donating her time.  We are looking for a coordinator for TMCE so they can also participate in this opportunity to improve their school.  If you are interested please contact the PTA.

Campbell’s “Labels for Education”
We are also again participating in Campbell’s “Labels for Education“ program.  Just clip the Labels for Education on participating Campbell’s products and send them to school with your child.  These Labels allow the PTA to purchase products from their store that promote arts, academics, and athletics.  More information can be found at
Thanks to Jeanette Sharp who will be the Campbell’s Labels for Education Coordinator again this year. 

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser to Start September 14that TMCE
This year’s Charleston Wrap fundraiser for TMCE will start Wednesday September 14thwith at kick off assembly at 2:45.  This fundraiser promotes a majority of funds to be distributed to TMCE throughout the school year for such things as supplemental equipment, field trips,  assemblies, and other things that would otherwise not be a part of the student’s educational experience.  TMCE students will be selling from catalogs of gift wrap and household goodies.  These are great for the Holiday Season coming up so take a peek and know that your contribution makes a difference in the life of the students.

IRPS Jog-A-Thon
This year’s IRPS Jog-a-thon will be held Wednesday, October 5thwhen each class will get an opportunity to run their hearts out to raise funds for such things as supplemental equipment and supplies, field trips, spring carnival, assemblies, etc.  Much like the TMCE Charleston Wrap, the IRPS Jog-a-thon is the main fundraiser for their school for the 2011-2012 school year.  Please support your student by obtaining donations for this event.  It is truly a fun event for all the kids involved and a great way to support the students and teachers of IRPS.