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.

 

Sep 23

Welcome & Intro - 1st McDonald Int'l Parent Meeting

Join Us - Be Heard - Get Engaged - Stay Informed!

Please come to our first McDonald Int'l Parent Meeting (sponsored by the PTA) of the 2014-15 school year. Formerly known as our PTA General Meetings, there are 4 Parent Meetings in a school year. Meet other McDonald Int'l parents and keep informed on what's going on at the school.

  • Hear from Principal Golosman
  • Meet the teachers and McDonald Int'l staff
  • Learn more about how your PTA budget is being spent
  • Hear about upcoming school and community events like Curriculum Night and upcoming social events
  • Get an introduction to your new McDonald Int'l community!
  • Kindergarten classrooms will be open from 7:30-7:45pm (after the meeting) so K parents can sneak a peek!

Parent Meetings are intended for all McDonald Int'l current families, prospective families, and community members. You don't have to be a PTA member to attend - everyone is welcome! 

When:Tuesday, Sept 23, from 6-7:30pm
Where: McDonald Int'l Cafeteria

Bring your checkbooks if you want to purchase any Scottie Gear: hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts,  limited edition Centenial T-shirts for 2014, and more will be available for purchase.

Adults only! Sign up for childcare at Kids Co is now full. Please make other arrangements for your kids. (Space at Kids Co is limited to 22 kids on a first-come-first-served basis (ages 3 years and older). Optional donation of $8 per child requested; cheese pizza included for the kids. Please turn in your donation via cash or check to the PTA Treasurer (Treasurer mailbox is in the main office), not to Kids Co.)

McDonald Int'l Parent Meeting dates: September 23, November 18, January 27, April 28

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Sep 23

Janet Wong, Poet & Author Presentations

Sponsored by your McDonald Int'l PTA

Poet and author, Janet Wong, will be spending two mornings at McDonald International School! (SCHEDULE CHANGE)
Janet will be making four 45 minute presentations that day. Her interactive presentations will focus on infusing poetry into our curriculum and lives. Janet wants parents to know how welcome they would be to participate in one or more of the sessions.   

When: Tuesday, Sept 23, AND Wednesday, Sept 24
Where: McDonald Int'l Library

Tuesday Schedule:

K/1         9:00-9:45am
3rd         10:10-10:55am

Wednesday Schedule:

2nd        9:50-10:35am
4/5         10:45-11:30am

Volunteers! If any parents want to come in early that day to help move tables in the library they will be most welcome.

Ms. Berg (3rd and 4th Grade teacher) and Ms. Pat Bliquez (Library teacher) met with Janet before school started to plan the event. They were impressed with her organization and vitality and think that all members of the McDonald Int'l community—students, teachers, and parents—will be energized by her visit. We were delighted to hear that Janet is making a special effort to tailor her presentation to us as an International School.  

Autographed books make great gifts for family and friends (and school libraries!). Sue of Mockingbird Books (in Green Lake) will bring an assortment of Janet Wong's books to our school on Sept 23. Click here to download the book flyer.

To find more about Janet Wong visit her web site at www.Janetwong.com.

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Sep 24

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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Oct 2

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?

For our first Book Club gathering this Fall we'll discuss our summer reading book, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (it's a long one, so if you haven't started, better get cracking!). 

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

When: Thursday, Oct 2, 7:15pm
Where: Kristen Whipple's house (email Janna below for the address)
The Book: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

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 up to 4-9% 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, Paul Tough's How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & the Hidden Power of Character, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, and David Mitchell's Black Swan Green

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Oct 3

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. Since school is closed on Oct 10 for a district-wide Professional Development Day, we'll have our coffee on the first Friday this month instead.

When: Friday, Oct 3, from 8:35-9:35am (tentative date - will be confirmed shortly)
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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Oct 10

No School - Professional Development Day

NO SCHOOL TODAY - McDonald will be closed for all classes to provide a day for our teachers and staff to engage in professional development.

When: Friday, Oct 10, all day

Kids Co may have openings today for childcare. 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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Oct 18

2014 Move-a-Thon

Save the Date!

The Move-a-Thon is McDonald International's annual community building and fundraising event. Put on by McDonald families and your PTA to support programs at our school, the Move-a-Thon is a way for our kids to feel ownership and take an active part in the support of their school.

Students gather pledges (with your help), they "move" their best at the event (doing everything from hula-hoops and bike riding to soccer and more), and they raise money to support their school and classroom programs. This event is the only fundraiser to benefit our Student Support & Outreach (SSO) Fund, which provides funding for everything from mini-grants for classroom teacher to buy additional supplies, put on special projects, or take advantage of professional development opportunities, to funding other support programs like IXL, our school counselor, scholarships for field trips, and so much more.

When: Saturday, Oct 18, times TBD
Where: Location TBD

Click here for all the details on last year's awesome Move-a-Thon event!

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Oct 29

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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Nov 2

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends today, don't forget to set your clocks back one hour!

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Nov 11

No School - Veterans Day Holiday

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

When: Tuesday, Nov 11, all day

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

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Nov 14

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, Nov 14, 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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Nov 18

McDonald Int'l Parent Meeting

Join Us - Be Heard - Get Engaged - Stay Informed!

Join other McDonald Int'l familes at this second Parent Meeting (sponsored by the PTA) of the 2014-15 school year. Hear Principal Golosman's latest school update, take the opportunity to make your voice heard, ask questions, get answers, there will even be time to socialize!

Specific topics to be covered during the meeting will be posted as we get closer to the event date. You don't have to be a PTA member to attend, Parent Meetings are intended for all McDonald Int'l current families, prospective families, and community members. Everyone is welcome! 

When:Tuesday, Nov 18, from 6-7:30pm
Where: McDonald Int'l Cafeteria

Adults only - check back later for a link to sign up for childcare at Kids Co. or make other arrangements for your kids. Space at Kids Co is limited to 22 kids on a first-come-first-served basis (ages 3 years and older). Optional donation of $8 per child requested; cheese pizza included for the kids. Please turn in your donation via cash or check to the PTA Treasurer (Treasurer mailbox is in the main office), not to Kids Co.

McDonald Int'l Parent Meeting dates: September 23, November 18, January 27, April 28

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Nov 24

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences & Holiday, Nov 24-28

No classes all this week - Nov 24-28. The school will be closed.

When: Mon-Wed, Nov 24-26, for Parent/Teacher Conferences
           (other conference times may also be available, TBD)
           Thurs-Fri, Nov 27-28, for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Your teachers will contact you before Nov 1, to schedule a parent teacher conference during this week. Please contact your teachers directly if you have questions about parent teacher conferences.

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

Going on vacation and planning to miss a few extra days of school? Visit the Safety and Policies page of the school's website for more information on excused absences and to download the Educational Plan Form.

 

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Dec 1

Back to School

Classes resume after last week's school closure (no classes all week - Nov 24-28). The school will be closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences and the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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

 

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Dec 12

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, Dec 12, 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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Dec 19

1-Hour Early Dismissal

1-hour early dismissal today. It's the start of Winter Break! Happy holidays and New Year to everyone - see you next year.

When: Friday, Dec 19

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

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Dec 22

No School - Winter Break (Dec 22-Jan 2)

No classes for the next two weeks! The school will be closed for Winter Break.

When: Monday, Dec 22 through Friday, Jan 2, 2015

Kids Co. will have limited space available for all-day care (there is a fee for this), excluding Dec 24-25 and Jan 1. If you have questions, please contact Kids Co. directly.

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

Going on vacation and planning to miss a few extra days of school? Visit the Safety and Policies page of the school's website for more information on excused absences and to download the Educational Plan Form.

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