Nominees for the PTA Executive Board

The McDonald Elementary PTA nominating committee hereby places the following names into nomination:
For the office of President: Veronica Garcia;
For the office of Vice President: Elizabeth Oestreich;
For the office of Treasurer: Cindy Jed;
For the office of Secretary: Becky Anderson

We will be voting for these nominees at the PTA General meeting:
Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30PM-8:00PM in the cafeteria
Please come join us and help us choose next year's executive board.

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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 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

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!


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