McDonald International Community News

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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.

Apr 25

New 'Let Me Run' Program Needs Volunteers for School Next Year

Apr 25

McDonald International K-5th Grade Music Concert

Apr 25

Good Bye to the Salmon

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From Librarian Pat Bliquez:
On March 28th, we said “Good Bye” to 168 salmon fry that had enjoyed a temporary residence in the tank in the third floor hallway outside the library. Reiko Sensei’s classes accompanied the fry to Carkeek Park where they were released to continue their journey in the wild. Watching the salmon eggs turn into alevin and then into fry was a matter of fascination and curiosity for all our students.  It was a “primary source” for science and library classes. Lots of good learning took place as students studied the life cycle of the salmon and learned about the role salmon played and continue to play today in Northwest Native American/First People’s culture.

This rich experience for our students would not have been possible without the hard work of a volunteer, Reiko Sensei’s husband, Gary. Gary was the caretaker and nurturer, providing the hours necessary to setting up the proper environment and then carefully monitoring the progress of the young lives in the tank.  It was not a simple task and not one that teachers feel they have extra time for. Because of the hard work Gary put in, we were free to use this wonderful resource in our teaching. Our children reaped the benefits of Gary’s generosity as they learned how to become caretakers of our environment.

As I write this tribute up on April 22nd, Earth Day 2018, I would like to celebrate a role model steward of the environment. Thank you, Gary!

Apr 25

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day April 26!

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Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Share these poems by contemporary poets:
The Red Poppy by Louise Glück
Remember by Joy Harjo
Here and There by Juan Felipe Herrera
Cotton Candy by Edward Hirsch
The Weighing by Jane Hirshfield
The Moment by Marie Howe
Lyric by Khaled Mattawa
Variation on a Theme by W. S. Merwin
Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz by Alicia Ostriker
Springing by Marie Ponsot
When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos
The Owl by Arthur Sze
Eleventh Brother by Jean Valentine
Imaginary Morning Glory by C. D. Wright

For more information visit Poem in Your Pocket.

Apr 25

Friends Of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

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Is your student a music student who will be at Hamilton Middle School next year Congratulations, your student will be a part of the extraordinary and diverse music programs offered at Hamilton. Hamilton has strong band, jazz, choir, and orchestra at all levels, from beginning to advanced. No experience is necessary to join any program, and usually an instrument for beginners can be provided. 

The music boosters at Hamilton, known as FOMAHI (Friends of Music at Hamilton International) is a robust and active parents group that help support the directors and programs at Hamilton, supporting trips, festivals, concert operations, sheet music purchase, and instrument purchase and repair, and more.  You can be a part of FOMAHI and support your music student in many ways:

  • Join FOMAHI. Go to the FOMAHI website for more information on our programs, and you can register your student when the school year starts.
  • Join the Board! Open Positions available to parents of rising 6th graders:
    Band Co-President: works with the two other co-presidents to facilitate monthly board meetings, co-leads the board through consistent email communication, works with the band director and band volunteers to coordinate events throughout the year. Attends monthly board meetings.
    Vice President for Concert Operations: Helps coordinate concerts operations for band/choir/orchestra including delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs.  Attends monthly board meetings.
    Volunteer Coordinator: Recruits volunteers for HIMS music concerts and e vents. Attends monthly board  meetings.

Many other volunteer opportunities available during the year to help with concert operations, chaperoning, bake sales, etc. For additional information please email.

Welcome to Hamilton!

Apr 22

Japanese Book Review

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We will post monthly reviews of suggested Japanese reading for your bookworm(s). You can borrow Japanese books for your children (of course it's great for yourself!) once you get your account. Please ask Ms. Pat, our wonderful school librarian! 

Here is our 7th review, courtesy of Nami Kawakyu

Title: Dōzo no Isu / The Giving Chair
Author: Yoshiko Kayama / Illustrator: Kōzō Kakimoto
Story: Watch as the wooden chair built by Rabbit-san goes through a magical “musical chairs” transformation with the help of the other forest animals. 
Review: An instant classic! A beautiful book about “giving” and “being considerate” that is sure to delight young readers.

Apr 22

Why Do Diverse Boards Matter?

Apr 22

International Night Volunteers Wanted!

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Please consider volunteering time to help make International Night (coming up on May 12th!) a huge success for all McDonald kids and families.

If you have questions please reach out to Veronica Garcia. 

Apr 14

Join the McDonald Community Bookclub

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You are welcome to join the McDonald Community Bookclub at anytime!

When: Tuesday April 17 7:15p
Book: GUTS by Janet Buttenwieser
Where: the home of Katie Dodsley, contact Tarah Helliwell for address
Bonus: Local author, Janet Buttenwieser plans to join us this date!

When: Thursday May 3 7:15p
Book: Raising Mixed Race by Sharon H. Chang
Where: the home of Elizabeth Oestreich, contact Tarah Helliwell for address

When: Thursday May 17 7:15p
Book: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Where: location TBD, contact Tarah Helliwell for address

Save the dates for future bookclubs too:
Tuesday June 19 Family Bookclub 5:30p-7:30p

Questions and RSVP to Tarah Helliwell.

Check the books out from the Seattle Public Library or King County Public Library—or buy on Amazon via the blue McDonald Amazon link on the McDonald PTA homepage and up to 4-9% of your purchase goes to the PTA! Any adult in the McDonald Int'l community can join for a casual yet lively book discussion once a month during the school year. Read a great book and get together to eat, drink, and discuss. Didn't finish the book? Come anyway!

Apr 04

A Note from Joanne in the Kitchen Re: Nut Allergies

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Because there are kids with allergies to these nuts at our school we have to be very careful not to contaminate surfaces with these allergen butters.  It is perfectly okay for kids to bring peanut, almond, cashew butter sandwiches or cups of the aforementioned in their school lunches.

However, kids who bring such items to school should throw the leftovers directly into the landfill (trash, garbage) should they not put the leftovers back into their lunchboxes to bring back home.

We have to be very vigilant not to contaminate anything that comes back into the kitchen so I will appreciate it if you clarify this info to your kids.


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