Immersion Support Fund

Way to go McDonald! We've raised enough to keep all of our current IAs - we did it! But now that we know there will be 3 new Kindergarten classes next year (rather than 2), our goal has increased from $400k to $425k to make sure there's enough IA and Intern support for all of our immersion classrooms.

We're asking new incoming Kindergarten families to close that gap and raise the extra funds needed to provide immersion support in their classroom next year. Please donate today. So far:

We've raised $384,004.00.


Calling All Incoming Kinder Families. Make Sure Your Class Has the Immersion Assistants You Need. Donate Today!

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Upcoming Events

This page is updated frequently, so check back often for updates and new event info.

Follow us on facebook! We also post event updates and fun stuff that might not make it to this page on our McDonald PTA facebook page.

You can also check out the official school website hosted by SPS and updated by our school staff.

For school closures, early dismissal days, and district-wide events, check out  the SPS calendar for the latest updates.

Want to help out with McDonald events?  Visit our Volunteer page for more information.


Aug 11

McDonald Office Re-Opens

The school will be closed for the summer from Monday, June 30, through Friday, Aug 8. 

The main office will re-open on Monday, Aug 11, to get ready for the new school year.

When: Monday, Aug 11, 7:30am

If you need to reach the office when they're open (7:30am-4pm), click the link for Contact info.


Aug 16

PTA Board Retreat

The new PTA Board for the 2014-15 school year will be gathering for the annual Board Retreat in mid-August, before the start of school. While lots of PTA planning and activities have been ongoing throughout the summer, this is the official kick-off for the new Board, as they meet to plan for the new school year.

When: Saturday, Aug 16, 9am-1pm 

Tentative topics to be covered:

  • PTA goals for 2014-15
  • Supporting our teachers and parents
  • Communication clarity
  • PTA Manual 
  • Growing membership and participation
  • 2014-15 schedule of meetings and events
  • Overview of Back to School event 

Aug 17

Summer Playdates - Join the Fun!

Keep in touch over the summer - and meet new McDonald families!

We know that starting a new school year marks a new chapter for the entire family. Getting to know other new and incoming families can make the transition so much easier. We hope you'll join us at our Summer Playdates - all current and incoming McDonald families are welcome.

Come with your questions! PTA and other current McDonald parents will be there and always happy to talk with new families.

When: Sunday, June 29, July 20 & Aug 17, 2-4pm
Where: McDonald Playground

Feel free to bring a snack to share if you like. Bikes and other wheels welcome (don't forget your helmets!). Please note the building will not be open so there is no bathroom access.

Questions? Email PTA Events Chair, Erica Lerer. See you on the playground!


Aug 18

Language "Jumpstart" for Incoming Kindergarteners

A great summer learning opportunity for incoming Kindergarteners!

McDonald's "Jumpstart" is intended to give our Kindergarteners a few days of getting used to school before the school year starts.  In this week long, half-day program, teachers and Immersion Assistants (IAs) will cover routines, social-emotional learning, and academic content that will help students be more prepared for the first day of school.  This is especially important if your child has never attended pre-school. Students will also get accustomed to hearing Japanese or Spanish at school.

When: Monday, Aug 18, through Friday, Aug 22, 9am-12pm each day
Where: McDonald classrooms
Registration deadline: June 18

This great program has limited space.  Please Contact the school if you didn't get a registration form, and bring or mail your forms to Ms. Nancy or Ms. Jane in the main office by June 18 (144 NE 54th Street, Seattle, WA  98105).


Aug 22

Spanish Kindergarten Camping Trip

Let's go camping!  Families from the 2013-2014 McDonald Kindergarten Spanish classes (soon to be 1st Graders!) are going on a fun weekend to the group campsite at Kachess Lake.

The site has a limit of 50 people and 15 vehicles. The cost will depend on how many families sign up but will likely be in the range of $15-30 total per family. Families can come for one night or stay the whole weekend! Dogs are also allowed.

When: Friday, Aug 22, 2pm, through Sunday, Aug 24, 1pm
Where: Kachess Lake Campground, Snoqualmie Pass 98068
Who: families of 2013-2014 Kindergarten Spanish students

Kachess Campground sits just off the forested northwest shore of Kachess Lake in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Set in dense old-growth conifer forest and surrounded by high mountains, Kachess Campground is considered one of the most beautiful sites in the Cle Elum Ranger District.

Questions? Or if you have a Kindergartener in Spanish at McDonald and didn't get the Evite, email Molly Capron.


Sep 3

First Day of School!

Welcome to the First Day of the 2014-2015 School Year!

School starts at 8:35am, the tardy bell rings at 8:40am, and school ends at 2:50pm.

Soon the PTA will post our "First Day of School Survival Guide" featuring transportation details, pick-up/drop-off times, supply lists, and more. If you haven't already, subscribe to our email newsletter to stay informed on all things McDonald.


Sep 3

First Day of School Parent Coffee

You're invited to a Parent Coffee Hour after dropping off your kids join fellow parents for social time and sympathy as you get over the trauma of parting from your child!

When: Wednesday, Sept 3, 8:35-9:35am
Where: McDonald Library

This is a great opportunity to meet other McDonald parents.


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