The PTA Needs Your Help

McDonald staff, students, and teachers appreciate the important contributions volunteers make to our school. 

If you would like to be a room parent, please sign up here
If you would like to check log & do data entry to assist the PTA Treasurer, email us
Check out other great volunteering opportunities here

Screening Forms: If you are interested in volunteering at McDonald in any capacity, you must fill out a volunteer screening form. This form must be completed EVERY YEAR and submitted to the office by October 31, 2017. Please visit here for instructions. 

Oct 18

Picture Day This Friday, October 20th

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Here are some important details about the day:

  • Every student will have their photo taken, even if not purchasing photos.
  • Families that wish to purchase photos may do so by filing out the photo envelope and enclosing a check. Envelopes were sent home Tuesday, October 10th. If you did not receive one, there are more available for pick up in the office.
  • Envelopes must be turned into the a.m. teacher no later than 8 a.m. on Friday, October 20th.
  • No late photo envelopes will be accepted.
  • Parents can order photos online up to 48 hours after photo day (2 p.m. on Sunday October 22nd).  The Lifetouch website address and picture day ID number are on top of the order envelope.
  • Students who have not ordered photos will receive a proof sheet at the same time as students who did order photos. If parents then wish to order from the proof sheet, they can do so online using the info from the proof sheet for up to nine months.
  • Limited scholarships are available. Please let the office know prior to Friday if you need one.
Oct 18

Obon and Dia de los Muertos School-wide Celebration

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New for this year, parents from the Japanese and Spanish programs are bringing traditions from two cultures together into one school-wide event. Obon and Dia de los Muertos activities will occur during the school week of October 30th, culminating in an evening community celebration on Friday, November 3rd.

What: Community Pot Luck & Celebration
When: Friday, November 3rd, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: McD Cafeteria

Please bring a dish to share for a community dinner. We will provide Pan de Muerto and Mexican hot chocolate, both of which are sweet, so it would be great to complement these with main dishes, salads, and sides. Please also bring a serving utensil for your dish and water bottles to drink from to cut down on waste.
RSVP and Pot Luck sign up here 

Both holidays honor ancestors and share many similar elements.

What is Obon?
Obon (お盆) is a three-day annual Japanese festival that commemorates the dead. Participants dance to express their joy to be living and to honor loved ones who have passed away. During Obon, families set up tables with pictures of their loved ones who have passed away, food called ozen (お膳/) and symbolic items. The spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household tables.

Obon is also commonly known as the Festival of Lanterns, referring to the traditional lighting of lanterns to welcome the spirits. On the last day of the festival, the families bid the spirits a farewell by placing lanterns filled with candles into rivers, an act meant to guide the spirits as they return to the world of dead. This is called toronagashi ( 灯籠流し). Tōrō is a word for "lantern," while nagashi means "cruise" or "flow." 

For this year’s Obon festival at McDonald International, a traditional Obon table will be on display, and a craft station will be set up to make the lanterns typical of the holiday. Learn more about Obon here

What is Dia de Muertos?
Dia de Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America. Dia de Muertos honors the dead with  ofrendas – tables set up with photos of loved ones who have died, flowers, food, and symbolic items. Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.

The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday. For the Dia de Muertos Celebration at McDonald International there will be skeleton face painting, and a sugar skull or calavera de azucar craft station. The Seattle Fandango Project will also play traditional sones from Veracruz. We will also have a community ofrenda, and you can add pictures of loved ones who have died to celebrate their life. Learn more about Dia de Muertos here

We NEED volunteers!  This event is parent-led and can only exist with help from across our community.  In addition to contributing to the pot luck, can you help with clean up, crafts or face painting?  See this page for opportunities to help in preparation or on the evening of the event.

* Feel free to honor a loved one who has passed away by bringing their picture to add to the community ofrenda. *

See you on November 3rd!

Oct 18

STEM Night on Oct 26th: Special Guest Announced

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Lynn Brunelle, four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy and author of Pop Bottle Science and Camp Out, will join us for our STEM night. She will demonstrate science activities you can do at home.

When: Thursday, October 26th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: McD Cafeteria
RSVP here

In addition to Lynn, parents in our community will share their work and inspire our kids on careers in STEM through discussions and games.  Come for one session or stay the whole evening.

We are still seeking McDonald parents in STEM to share work and educational experiences with kids as part of the event. The "STEM parent" will talk to their table for 5-10 minutes about their work or education in STEM and then lead a hands-on activity or game for 15-20 minutes. Sign up here. Questions? Email us.


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