Move-a-Thon Thanks You!

Despite the wind and dark skies, we had a great turnout! Thank you to everyone who played and donated to our Student Support and Outreach fund. The SSO Fund provides funding for teachers classroom grants, student extras, leveled reading books in immersion languages, field trip scholarships, and so much more.

It's not too late to give--we currently have $35,000; if each student gives $150, that takes us to our goal of raising $68,550 by November 1. We'd like to have 100% participation, so please give what you can. 

There are several ways to donate (double or triple your donation if your company matches donations!):
1. Online at (ACH available)
2. Make checks payable to McDonald PTA & drop off or mail into the school office
3. At the Move-A-Thon turn in pledge forms and/or donate (cash, check or charge)

Not sure if you've given? Email and we'll let you know. 

Oct 19

Lincoln High School Community Listening Meeting - Oct. 27th

Oct 19

Does It Matter When I Donate for the Move-a-Thon?

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Yes!  Some of you may be wondering if we do fundraising all year long.  Nope.  We fundraise twice a year for a limited number of weeks. We don't ask kids to go door to door selling things.  We simply ask families to donate the funds we need.

We're currently raising money for the Student Support and Outreach fund (SSO), which provides our kids with things that the district doesn't pay for.  These funds have a direct impact on this year's academic experience. 

What sort of things do we spend this money on?  Here are a few examples: a music teacher, Seattle Children's Theater drama workshops, performances of Alexandra and the Dragon by Taproot Theatre Road Company for K-5 (on topic of bullying), stand up desks, noise canceling head phones, books, workshops for teachers and kids, and so much more!

We have a budget of $68,550 for this school year. That breaks down to $150 per student, every dollar of which closes critical gaps between what the district provides and what McDonald needs to support a complete experience for our children.

Currently, we are only half way to the goal.  Please make your tax deductible donation by November 1st. Remember to see if your company will match your donation.

Oct 19

Volunteer of the Week: Jamila Reed

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Jamila Reid is the parent of a son in 5th grade Spanish and a longtime McDonald volunteer.  Jamila's volunteer work of the past 5+ years is notable for its focus on children and collaboration.

Jamila's recent contributions include:

  • Along with Sandhya Subramanian, working with school administration, staff, and the PTA to expand instrumental music this year from a half-day to a full-day program.
  • Planning the upcoming 5th grade overnight trip to Islandwood, which transitioned smoothly from a spring to a fall trip thanks to the work of Jamila, Jaime Hestad, and Gabriela Ausland.  Jaime lauds "Jamila’s ability to coordinate all of us - clear directions and great follow-up!"  It's obvious the three enjoyed working together and are happy to share credit for their successes. Says Jamila, "it takes the whole village."

"I volunteered to be a room parent because I wanted to be involved in a way that would help me make connections with teachers, parents, and children in the school. I've also gotten to see up close how hard the teachers work and have gotten to work with our interesting, creative, and compassionate kids. I love being involved in a school where parent input is valued--the fact that our PTA recently provided funding so that all interested 5th graders could participate in instrumental music is a great example of this."

Something fun you may not know about Jamila? "I lived with my family in Egypt for three years as a child.  I wish every family could have a chance to live in another culture for a while. It changed my perspective about the world."

Thank you, Jamila!


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