McDonald International Community News

We want to make it easy to keep informed. Here are the options we currently have in place along with our update schedule for each.

  • This website  We'll update whenever we have information. Subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified instantly, or check back regularly.
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  • Email List  We send out a weekly email newsletter during the school year and as needed over the summer. This is one of the primary ways our school communicates with famililes, so if you haven't already, click here to sign up
  • SPS website McDonald also has an official school website hosted by Seattle Public Schools and updated by McDonald staff.

Have a submission? Events, news, resources to share? Email us.

Mar 21

Talk at UW: Saving Public Education - April 4th

Mar 21

Host a Japanese Student This Summer!

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The Wallingford Non-profit iLeap is looking for homestays for Japanese college students and young professionals that are coming to attend a training at the Good Shepard Center this summer.

August 1st to September 14th (3 or 6 week hosting option)
Homestay hosting is a unique opportunity to create a genuine connection with inspiring leaders. Students in the Japanese program can practice their language, and everyone can learn more about Japanese culture!

For more information, please contact Stacey Miyahara, iLEAP Hospitality Coordinator.

Mar 21

A Message from the Principal's Office

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At McDonald, we are preparing for the upcoming Smarter Balanced spring assessments for students in grades 3-5. These are annual state-mandated assessments that measure how well students are meeting the College and Career Readiness Standards taught in our classrooms in math, reading and writing. The online assessments help us view student growth and determine which students may need more support or more challenge.  Students in grades 5 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).More information on the state Smarter Balanced assessments is available here.

Please note the testing schedule by subject area and grade.  More specific information about testing days and logistics will be sent from your child’s teacher.

English Language Arts
3rd       April 23-27
4th       April 16-20
5th       April 16-20

3rd       April 30 – May 4
4th       April 23-27
5th       Hidee Sensei: April 30 – May 4 
            Profe Diana: May 7 - 11

Science (5th Grade Only): May 21-25

On assessment days, please do your best to avoid taking vacations. You don’t need to prepare in way academically at home, but you and your child are welcome to walk through the practice tests linked from our assessment web page above.   Also, since the assessments are online any additional practice you can provide at home to your student with typing skills will help them greatly with the performance tasks in both ELA and Math.

Thank you for all the support you provide to your student to be successful.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions about testing at McDonald.

Patrick Brown, Assistant Principal

Mar 21

Parent Ed: Digital Safety for Children - March 27th

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Join us for a discussion led by our guest speaker: Lauren B. Leiker, M. Ed.

When: Tuesday, March 27th, 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: McDonald Cafeteria
Childcare is available.

The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. They have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and people from all over the world. Yet along with offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world, the Internet also offers new risks, such as cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, online predators and revealing too much personal information.

Learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen potential negative impacts. By acting as a resource, parents and guardians can help make the Internet a safer place for their families. As a parent or guardian, you should stay well-informed about current issues to understand what your children are experiencing on and off the Internet. If they are social networking, instant messaging, using webcams, or blogging, help them use these tools safely by learning how to use them yourself. Children whose parents and guardians regularly talk to them about personal safety are more likely to exhibit responsible behavior on their own.

Mar 21

Parent Volunteers Needed for After School Enrichment

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The Spring Session of the After-School Program begins April 16th, and the PTA needs parent volunteers to facilitate this essential program. Volunteers sign up for a @1.20-hour shift at the same time each week, and help direct traffic and assist providers and kids as needed.

As a bonus, each volunteer has an opportunity to sign their student up for one After-School class for free (in order of volunteer sign up, based on availability).  Sign up here and contact Nicole Pettibon with questions and/or to request your child's free class. 

Mar 19

From Librarian Ms. Pat: Online Resources

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Dear Parents,

Are you aware that you can access Seattle School District’s Online Resources from home? This is a valuable collection of databases for which our district pays a subscription fee and then makes available to all our students through their computers at school and to all our students and parents at home.

If you are looking for safe, age-appropriate (and free) resources for your children when they are looking for information, think about making this the first stop. When you click on this link, you will see that there are lots of possibilities. Culturegrams and World Book are two of my favorite go-to sites. Culturegrams is a great database for international schools, focusing as it does on countries of the world. World Book is, of course, an encyclopedia. Each of these sites has two levels of difficulty to choose from. World Book is also available in a Spanish Language version. At he bottom of any article you are reading you will find a button that reads Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos and this will take you the Spanish Language version of the article.

Link to online resources

Pat Bliquez, Librarian

Mar 14

From Librarian Ms. Pat: Global Reading Challenge

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With apologies to Charlotte’s Web,

“Some team!”

The Team is the Gummy Book Worms. On Friday, March 9th, they represented McDonald International at the Global Reading Challenge semi-finals in the Downtown Library.  When the scores of all ten teams were added up at the end of three rounds, McDonald was in a tie with Whittier Elementary for first place—each of these two teams missed only one of the 24 questions.

A “lightning round” followed. Parents, librarians and other audience members were at the edge of their seats. The two teams each answered the first two questions correctly; both answered the third question incorrectly (Zoroastrianism was the religion that preceded Islam in Iran) and with the 4th lightning round question, our team conceded victory to the Whittier Team.  We are so proud of the good humor, sportsmanship and graciousness with which our team members conducted themselves!

Congratulations to team members Sage, Matthew, Cole, Audrey, Rosemary, Elsa and Hannah. Thank you to Sage’s mother, Elizabeth and intern Carlotta for accompanying us on our field trip, to Hannah’s aunt for the great T-shirts, to the 4th and 5th grade teachers who supported their classes in this endeavor and to all the parents, grandparents and relatives who showed up to cheer.

Arigato! Muchas Gracias!

Mar 14

Latest Japanese Book Review

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We post monthly reviews of suggested Japanese reading for your bookworm(s)!  Here is our 6th review, courtesy of Nami Kawakyu.

Title: Ohinamatsuri no Chirashi-zushi / The Chirashi Sushi for the Doll’s Festival (aka Girls’ Day)
Author: Eriko Hirano
Story: March 3rd is Girls’ Day in Japan! In celebration, Nao makes chirashi sushi (a rice bowl dish with lots of veggies on top) for the first time with the guidance of her mother and her younger brother nervously watching along (he loves chirashi sushi).
Review: Not just a story book, but also a beautifully illustrated step-by-step recipe book on how to make chirashi sushi! Fun for any reader and may inspire your child to cook this seasonal favorite for the whole family!

For parents who are curious about borrowing Japanese books at our school library, you can borrow Japanese children books for your children (of course it's great for yourself!) once you get your account.  Please ask Ms. Pat. She is our wonderful school librarian!

Mar 14

SPS Superintendent Search: Public Forum on March 29

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You are invited to a public forum for all members of the community to meet the finalists for the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.

When: Thursday, March 29th from 5:00-8:15 p.m.
Where: John Stanford Center Auditorium, 2445 3rd Ave South | Seattle, WA 98134
It will also be broadcast live on the District’s Channel 26.

5:00 to 5:30 p.m. - Attendees from the public will be invited to mingle with the Board and submit written suggested questions to ask the candidates. These questions will be collected by the moderator, organized by theme, and narrowed to the number able to be asked within the time period.
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. - The first candidate will provide a 5-10 minute introduction and then answer the questions collected from the audience and presented by the moderator.
6:30 to 7:15 p.m. - This process will repeat for the second candidate.
7:30 to 8:15 p.m. - This process will repeat for the third candidate.

After each candidate presents and answers questions, the audience will be invited to comment in writing on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. These comments will be reviewed by the Board.

Submit your question for the candidates ahead of time, or have any other questions or concerns.

Interpreters will be onsite for Amharic, Chinese, Spanish and Somali languages. Other languages including American Sign Language are available by request.

The Board takes the responsibility of choosing the next superintendent very seriously and would like to receive your input on the candidates before making a final hiring decision.

Mar 11

Wear Blue for Kindness Day on March 14th

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McDonald PTA Board recognizes March 14th, 2018 as "Wear Blue for Kindness Day." 

On Wednesday, March 14th, all staff, students, families and community members are invited to wear blue, perform random acts of kindness, look out for those who are lonely, and reach out to make new friends. The color blue was chosen as a color of peace. As you may be aware, many middle school and high school students across the state plan to walk out of classes for 17 minutes at 10:00AM in remembrance of the 17 students who lost their lives in at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“Wear Blue for Kindness Day” was started by the McAuliffe Elementary PTSA Board of Directors in Sammamish, Washington to recognize the larger day of action in an age-appropriate way that would support elementary children through their lifelong journey of navigating their emotions and relationships and in solidarity with bullying prevention.


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