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.

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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.

Jun 13

Reminder: Wallingford Boys & Girls Club Closed June 20-22

Jun 13

Coming This Fall: ‘Let Me Run’

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‘Let Me Run’ is a running club for boys in grades 4 and 5. We are pleased to announce that our school will have our first Let Me Run club starting in late September 2018. We are thrilled!

This is a 7-week small-group club, part of a national organization that teaches valuable lessons and teamwork to boys. For more info, check out their website or watch a local highlight. The finale will be a team run at the Greenlake Gobble 5K on November 18.

Practices will be twice a week directly after school. We are in need of a few parent volunteers that can join the coaching team – experience not required, training is available. If you’d like to help coach, please e-mail McDonald parent John Stickel. To register your boy for the club, please e-mail Ms. Fleck.

Jun 06

Japanese-Spanish Community Spotlight

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This is the fourth installment of a spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

Luis Yamamoto
Child at McDonald Int'l: Naomi (K Sp)

I was born in Lima, Peru.  My paternal grandparents came to Peru from Kochi and Kobe in Japan.  On my mother's side, my grandfather immigrated from Hiroshima.  My maternal grandmother was born in Hawaii and raised in Sacramento but had returned to Hiroshima to complete her education.  When she was there she met my grandfather (who had returned from Lima to look for a wife).  All of them arrived in Lima after WWI in the 1920s and they started small businesses.

During WWII, they had to go underground to avoid being deported to U.S. internment camps.  As a child, my grandparents took care of me while my parents worked.  I was sent to Japanese school and played on the local Japanese Little League baseball team. During the 1980s terrorist era in Peru, my parents decided to continue their post-graduate education in Belgium, where I grew up until I left for college in Kansas. That's is where I met my wife who was studying Spanish and Latin American studies at the time.

Most of my family lives in Peru now, which is why we wanted our daughter, Naomi, to be in the Spanish program.  We chose her first name in part because it is pronounced the same in Japanese, Spanish and English.  Naomi took Japanese after school last fall and we love the school's multi-cultural community in and out of the classroom.

Jun 06

Seeking Input from Families for New Teacher Contracts

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This spring and summer, the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools will be negotiating a new teacher contract, known as the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Families may recall that 3 years ago there were many issues on the table, and the resulting contract finally included provisions for recess, teacher salaries to include a COLA (cost of living adjustment), special education services for students, and much more.

SEA is presently seeking input from families to understand what contract-related issues are important to you.

Families may write to McDonald SEA reps Eddie Paltrineri and Reiko Myers or send suggestions to us.

May 30

Book Club: It Ain't So Awful Falafel

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Hope you and your kids can join us for the final book club of the school year! Since it was a global reading challenge book, there are probably lots of copies available at the school library. It's a great family read, so check it out even if you can't attend the meeting.

Family Bookclub
Book: It Ain't So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
When: Monday June 11 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Emily Malley's home, email Tarah for address and questions.

Check the books out from the McDonald International Library, 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!

May 30

Japanese-Spanish Community Spotlight

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This is the third installment of a spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

For this spotlight we have a Spanish intern who has studied Japanese, and a Japanese intern who has studied Spanish!
Please Meet Nelson and Reira!

Nelson Isaac Vasquez Morales
3rd grade Spanish Intern From El Salvador

How are you connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
Well, I really like Japanese culture and since the language's phonology is pretty close to the Spanish one, I took some Japanese classes when I was an exchange student at East Tennessee State University. Additionally, I also study some Japanese on my own through the use of the "Genki" book series, videos, apps and others. Furthermore, I also have some Japanese friends with whom I keep in touch since 2014.

Reira Haraguchi
2nd and 3rd grade Japanese Intern From Fukuoka, Japan

How are you connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
When I entered university we have to take a language class and I didn’t know anything about Spanish but thought it was cool because it is spoken in so many countries. I was also a member of the support team for International students and there are many students from Latin America so I thought I could help them better if I knew some Spanish. At the time I didn’t know I would be coming to McDonald Int’l where there is both Spanish and Japanese!
I am now taking a Spanish class at North Seattle Community College and my teacher is from Peru. I am talking with him about the Japanese community there and that their past president was Japanese and am learning more about the connection between Latin America and Japan.

You can strengthen your Spanish and Japanese cultural learning at home by hosting an intern in the Fall! Please email us if you are interested in learning more about hosting!

May 30

Note from Ms. Nancy

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Dear Wonderful McDonald Families,
Thank you so very much for the extremely generous gift card to Swanson’s.  I am so excited about having free reign at my favorite nursery!  It is an absolutely perfect gift for a plantaholic like me.

Please know that I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to, in some small way, serve this wonderful community of parents/guardians and students.  What a pleasure it has been getting to know you and your children! You are such a warm, kind and interesting group of people. I will miss you and hope to see you when I volunteer or sub or just while walking in the neighborhood!

I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life but am truly grateful that the last chapter in my work life was so enjoyable, thanks to all of you!

Warm wishes,
Nancy Rosen Angus

May 30

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony on June 20

May 30

Note from Ms. Pat on End-of-Year Library Returns

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All library books are due as a requisite to participating in Field Day. 

  • 2nd through 5th grade students will be held accountable for missing books. Developmentally, they are ready for this responsibility. Hardback books must be paid for. (Checks should be made out to McDonald International School.) If the book a student is missing is a paperback book, students can either pay for the book or substitute for it a paperback book in excellent condition (and one students would like to read.)
  • K and 1st students: While we definitely want books back, the students will not be held accountable for missing books. They will be able to participate in field day whether or not they have returned their books.

Before you pay for a book, make sure that your child has actually looked for it at home, in their classroom or on the shelves in the library.  It is entirely possible that whoever was doing check in thought they were scanning a book barcode when they were not.  Paying for a book should be a last resort since issuing a refund is a very complex process and our secretaries have so many other things to do at the end of the school year.

McDonald International parents often return our books to the Seattle Public Library.  SPL always returns these books but sometimes it takes a while.  If you think this has happened, please let me know so I can make a note of it.

Please email me with any concerns.

Thank you! Arrigato! Muchase Gracias!

May 30

Street Closure


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