McDonald International Community News

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  • 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 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.

Mar 07

Student Talent Show This Friday, March 9th

Mar 07

After-School Enrichment Registration Starts March 18

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After-School Enrichment registration for spring starts March 18th at 7 p.m. The spring session will run from April 16th to June 21st. We are currently updating the schedule, but it will remain very similar to the winter session.

IMPORTANT: New this year, we are using an online registration system called 6Crickets.  If you haven't already done so, it is highly recommended that you set up an account BEFORE registration opens at 7 p.m. Go to McDonald PTA to learn more.

Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, subject to availability. Email Nicole Pettibonfor details.

Mar 07

Garden Work Party - Sunday, March 11th

Mar 07

Community Meeting: The Future of Seattle's International Schools - March 12th

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Parents and Community Members:
We invite you to a Community Meeting to talk about the Future of Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion Programs.

When: Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Hamilton International Middle School (610 N 41st St)

Japanese and Spanish interpretation provided. Children welcome.
We will have childcare at the school and refreshments will be served.

In 2016, Seattle Public Schools initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force. The district would now like to share the results of the Task Force Recommendations from 2016-2018 and updates from the Program Review submitted to the School Board in October 2017. Please join us!

To learn more about the International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force, visit here.

Questions? Contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator by email or 206 252-0191

Mar 07

From Librarian Ms. Pat: Islam and Refugees

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“Come explore Islam in the World and in Your Classroom” was the theme of the K-8 social studies conference  which was held on February 3rd at the Muslims of Puget Sound offices in Redmond. Amber Vandemeulen and I attended, representing McDonald International. Nancy Fisher-Allison,  librarian from John Rogers and Renee Huizenga from the Northshore School District, and I presented a session on  “Islam and Refugees:  resources for your K-6 classroom.” 

If you would like more information about the conference or the resources we discussed, feel free to email me. Here is a link to the Google drive with our materials.


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