Immersion Support Fund

Way to go McDonald! We've raised enough to keep all of our current IAs - we did it! But next year's new Kindergarten classes means we still need to hire one new IA and intern to make sure there's enough support for all of our immersion classrooms. We can close that gap together - help raise the $400,000 needed to cover all eight IAs and four interns. It's not too late - please donate today. So far:

We've raised $363,351.00.

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We're so close! Let's close the gap together - every amount counts - 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.

 

Apr 21

Back to School

Schools are closed for one week from Monday through Friday, April 14-18for Spring Break.

Classes will resume on Monday, April 21.

When: Monday, April 21

For the full list of upcoming school closures, early dismissal days, and district-wide events, visit the SPS calendar for the latest updates.

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Apr 21

Free McDonald Concert with José-Luis Orozco!

José-Luis Orozco Concert

Join our McDonald community for a great family concert!  Many of our students know José-Luis Orozco from hearing his songs in class.  He's a great singer/songwriter, bilingual educator, children's author, and recording artist, and we're excited to have him perform for our families.  http://joseluisorozco.com/

When: Monday, April 21, 6-7pm
Where: Lincoln High School Auditorium
Cost: FREE

Want to volunteer to help direct traffic by the doors and with technical/audio issues? Have a mic and stand we can borrow? Please contact Kristen Whipple.

Please note: this is the first day back from Spring break vacation. Also, no cameras or recordings of any kind are allowed.

We hope to see you there! 

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Apr 22

PTA Board Meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend the monthly PTA Board meetings.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 7-8:30pm
Where: McDonald library

Future monthly PTA Board meeting dates: May 27, & June 24

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Apr 26

Mariner's Game Outing!

Join other McDonald families and enjoy the fun of a Mariner's Game! See our name on the big board during the 4th Inning!

A flyer and form for ticket orders went home in your kids backpacks in February and again in March. Ticket order deadline has been extended to 3pm on Friday, April 4th. This is a really fun family event, and it looks like we'll have a huge McDonald turnout this year.

We've sold 284 tickets so far! Get those ticket forms returned to Dorothee Graham, or the box in the main office labeled "Mariners Game."

When: Saturday, Apr 26, 6:10pm (first pitch)
What: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers

Questions? Email Dorothee Graham or PTA Events Chair, Erica Lerer.

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May 1

McDonald Community Book Club

Any adult in the McDonald community can join for a casual yet lively book discussion on the first Thurs of each month. Read a great novel and get together with adults to eat, drink and discuss—what's not to like?!

In May we'll be reading Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, a National Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. Moving from the 1960s to the present, and from India to America and across generations, The Lowland is a family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death.

Didn't get to finish the book? No worries - come anyway! If you like, bring wine or some munchies to share.

When: Thursday, May 1, 7:15pm
Where: Kristi Gilbert's house (RSVP to Janna below to get the address)
The Book: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Check the book out from the Seattle Public Library—or buy it on Amazon via the blue McDonald Amazon link on the McDonald PTA homepage and 4% of your purchase goes to the IS Fund!

Questions or to RSVP: Email Janna Cawrse Esarey.

Previous Book Club books: Julian Barnes's 2011 novel The Sense of an Ending, Lydia Netzer's 2012 novel Shine Shine Shine, Jojo Moyes's 2013 novel Me Before You, Paul Tough's How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & the Hidden Power of Character 

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May 8

Positive Discipline: PTA Parent Education Session

An Introduction to Positive Discipline

As a service for our McDonald families, the PTA scheduled two FREE Parent Education Sessions earlier this school year. We heard from Karen Kodama, SPS International Education Administrator, about the district's vision for international programs now and in the future. Then, Parent Educator Amy Lang talked about three simple tips even smart parents need to take the sting out of the Birds + Bees talks.

In this bonus April session, come to an introduction on the discipline model Principal Golosman, teachers, and staff are using with our kids at McDonald.  Based on the research of Adler and Dreikurs, and the book by Jane Nelsen, Positive Discipline teaches kids social and life skills with respect and dignity.

When: Thursday, May 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: McDonald Cafeteria
Speakers: Sahara Pirie and Stacy Lappin, Sound Discipline Trainers

This is a great opportunity for parents to socialize and get to know one another - light refreshments provided. Adults only - please make other arrangements for your children. 

Questions? contact Erica Lerer. This FREE event is hosted by your McDonald PTA.

Additional Resources: www.positivediscipline.comwww.sounddiscipline.org

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May 9

Monthly Parent Coffee

Every second Friday of the month, join fellow parents after drop-off for morning coffee and delicious healthy cookies provided by Milkmakers.

When: Friday, May 9, from 8:35-9:35am
Where: McDonald Cafeteria

Come join your fellow parents for conversation, coffee, and cookies, after you drop off your kid(s). This is a great way to get to know other McDonald parents and get your caffeine fix!

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May 17

3rd Annual International Night: World's Fair!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

McDonald International School's biggest annual event is now in its 3rd year! Last year's International Night event brought more than 750 attendees to our small school as current and prospective McDonald families gathered together to celebrate our diverse community and showcase the global perspectives of our school.

Our International Night event gets better every year and this year will prove no exception. Join us on May 17 for a "World Fair" as we take in the sights and fun of dance, games, art, and music from around the world.

When: Saturday, May 17, 5–8pm
Where: McDonald International School
2014 Theme: World Fair

Be a part of the fun and help put together this year's celebration - there is no fundraising, it's purely a fun, community building event with great food and amazing activities - this is a great way to get to know other McDonald parents and families (we love grandparent volunteers!). Any and all schedules can be accommodated - we have small one-time jobs and bigger take-the-lead-on-a-project opportunities. 

Interested in joining in the fun? Sign up here or email PTA Events Chair, Erica Lerer, today. Planning committees are forming now!

Find out more about this year's International Night: World Fair.

 

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May 22

Annual Spring Student Concert!

A message from Mr. Seeberger, our Instrumental Music teacher.

Greetings, McDonald International parents and students! It’s springtime, and that means the McDonald Instrumental Music students will be presenting their annual Spring Concert.

When: Thursday, May 22nd, 6:30pm
Where: McDonald Gym

This concert will feature all of the 4th and 5th Grade McDonald International Instrumental Music students including the Combined Band, Advanced Band, Beginning Strings, Advanced Strings, as well as some small ensembles.  The students really sound great, and have been working diligently on learning their music, so come out and support our fabulous music students!

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May 26

No School - Memorial Day Holiday

No classes today - school will be closed in observance of the national Memorial Day holiday. Kids Co. will also be closed today.

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

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May 27

PTA Board Meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend the monthly PTA Board meetings.

When: Tuesday, May 27, 7-8:30pm
Where: McDonald library

Final PTA Board meeting for 2013-14: June 24

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Jun 4

2-Hour Early Dismissal

School will end 2 hours early today to provide time for our teachers and staff to engage in some professional & curriculum development.

Please plan to pick up your child 2 hours early from the playground (parent pick-up) or your school bus stop location. Students attending Kids Co. in the afternoon will go to Kids Co. 2 hours early. If you have questions, please contact Kids Co. directly.

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

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Jun 5

McDonald Community Book Club

The McDonald Community Book Club proved so popular last year that we're doing it again! 

Any adult in the McDonald community can join for a casual yet lively book discussion on the first Thurs of each month. Read a great novel and get together with adults to eat, drink and discuss—what's not to like?

Didn't get to finish the book? No worries - come anyway!

When: Thursday, June 5, 7:15pm
Where: TBD (maybe your house?!)
The Book: TBD

Check the book out from the Seattle Public Library—or buy it on Amazon via the blue McDonald Amazon link on the McDonald PTA homepage and 4% of your purchase goes to the IS Fund!

Questions? Email Janna Cawrse Esarey.

Previous Book Club books: Julian Barnes's 2011 novel The Sense of an Ending, Lydia Netzer's 2012 novel Shine Shine Shine, Jojo Moyes's 2013 novel Me Before You

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Jun 13

Monthly Parent Coffee

Every second Friday of the month, join fellow parents after drop-off for morning coffee and delicious healthy cookies provided by Milkmakers.

When: Friday, June 13, from 8:35-9:35am
Where: McDonald Cafeteria

Come join your fellow parents for conversation, coffee, and cookies, after you drop off your kid(s). This is a great way to get to know other McDonald parents and get your caffeine fix!

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Jun 13

All School Picnic at McDonald!

McDonald families are invited to an All School Picnic. The Not-Its! will be playing! More details coming soon...but mark your calendars now!

When: Friday, June 13, 5-8pm
Where: McDonald

Questions? Contact Emily Compton

Special thanks to McDonald parent and lead singer of The Not-Its!, Sarah Shannon, for helping make this event happen.

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Jun 19

Last Day of School - 1-Hour Early Dismissal

School will end 1 hour early today.

Please plan to pick up your child 1 hour early from the playground (parent pick-up) or your school bus stop location. Students attending Kids Co. in the afternoon will go to Kids Co. 1 hour early (if you have questions, please contact Kids Co. directly).

For the latest on school closures, early dismissal days, and district-wide events, visit the SPS calendar.

Have a Great Summer!!

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Jun 24

Final PTA Board Meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend the monthly PTA Board meetings.

When: Tuesday, June 24, 7-8:30pm
Where: McDonald library

This is the last PTA Board meeting for the 2013-14 school year. PTA Board members for the 2014-15 school year are encouraged to attend and will be introduced.

Have a great summer!

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Aug 22

Spanish Kindergarten Camping Trip

Let's go camping!  Families from the McDonald Kindergarten Spanish classes 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. Spanish K 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 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.

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