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.

  • This website  We'll update whenever we have information. Subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified instantly, or check back regularly.
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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.

Dec 06

Yearbook Club Parent Volunteers Wanted

Dec 06

Free Public Lecture: Racial Stamina & Racial Justice Work - Jan. 18

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Dr. Angela Rose Black will highlight the critical intersection between racial stamina, racial justice, and the utility of mindfulness and compassion based techniques in supporting both.

When: Thursday, January 18th, 2018 from 7:30 - 9:00pm
Where: Kane Hall, University of Washington

This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register here.

Key concepts (racial stamina, white fragility, mindfulness, and compassion) will be introduced; contrasting racial justice activism models will be highlighted; and real world applications will be shared. Using Mindfulness for the People's Foundational Practice, participants will increase their awareness on how mindfulness-based and compassion based self-evaluation and self-regulation tools can support a move from denial to awareness; awareness to awakening; and awakening to compassionate action in racial justice work.

About the presenter:
Dr. Angela Rose Black is an Activist, Scholar, Practitioner, and Thought Leader in the Mindfulness Movement. She is the founder and CEO of Mindfulness for the People LLC---a Black-owned social change agency that offers oppression-sensitive and culturally-responsive mindfulness training engaging Racial Battle Fatigue among People of Color and White Fragility among White people.

Dec 01

Join Our McDonald Community Bookclub

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You are invited to join our McDonald Community Bookclub at anytime! 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!

When: Tuesday, December 12 7:15p
Book: At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
Where: Elizabeth Oestreich's community room
Bonus: Facilitated by Tierra Johnson, McD parent who led October's parent education night! Please join us even if you haven't finished the book. The discussion will be educational and engaging no matter how much you've read!

When: Tuesday February 13 7:15p
Book: Raising Mixed Race by Sharon H. Chang
Where: location TBD

When: Thursday March 15 5:30p
Book: Global Reading Challenge selection - Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Where: the home of Jennie Richey
Bonus: Special Family Edition - all ages welcome!

When: Tuesday April 17 7:15p
Book: GUTS by Janet Buttenwieser
Where: the home of Katie Dodsley
Bonus: The author, former McD parent Janet Buttenwieser plans to join us this date!

Save the dates for future bookclubs too:
Thursday May 17 7:15p TBD
Tuesday  June 19 7:15p TBD

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!

Nov 29

Enrollment for 2018-2019

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Seattle Public Schools will start accepting new student enrollment forms Jan 8, 2018. If you have an incoming kindergartner or an upper grade student new to SPS, you will need to complete this registration process.

In order to enroll at McDonald International you will also need to complete a School Choice form, and submit that to SPS during the annual open enrollment window Feb 5-16, 2018. Please consult the SPS website for most current information.

McDonald International Prospective student tours are Monday Jan 8, 2018. Daytime tour is 8:05 am-9:30 am, evening tour is 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Both tours begin in the cafeteria, and are for adults only. Please RSVP here to let us know which tour you will attend, and how many adults are coming.

And we need you to help with school tours! We need 15 to 18 people for each slot, plus student volunteers. Sign up here.

Additional details from SPS:
Current families with incoming kindergarten students: you must register your children through our new online registration with SPS and then you may submit a school choice form by Friday Feb. 16, 2018 to apply for McDonald Int’l in September 2018. Be sure to indicate on the choice form that your incoming kindergartener has a sibling already attending McDonald International.

Current McDonald International 5th graders rising to middle school:

  • If you live within the Hamilton International School boundaries, your child will automatically be assigned to Hamilton.
  • If you live outside the Hamilton International boundaries, and you want your child to continue with language immersion at Hamilton, you must submit a choice form to SPS Feb 5-16 2018 for Hamilton. This is an automatic guarantee assignment if you apply during Open Enrollment.
  • If you live outside the Hamilton Int’l boundaries and you prefer that your child attend the middle school assigned to your home address, you do not need to do anything. Your child will automatically be assigned to that school.

Please be aware that transportation to middle school is based on home address. It is possible your child may not be eligible for school bus transportation to and from middle school. If you are in middle or high schools and live outside of the school service area you will receive an Orca Card.

Current students thinking about leaving to another school or program? (for example HCC or Spectrum Advance Learning) Please be aware, if you apply to another school, and space is available at that school, the district will assign your child automatically during the first phase of choice assignments to that program or school causing your student to lose their existing assignment to McDonald International. If you have any questions about this please ask us before turning in your paperwork.

Families switching to a private school- all application materials must be submitted to the McDonald Int’l office at least 10 working days prior to the due date. Please bring the records request, along with an addressed envelope and two first class stamps.

2018-19 Registration for students new to Seattle Public Schools will be available on line January 8, 2018. To receive additional support with the online process please apply in-person at the JSCEE Admission Center. Open Enrollment/School choice period is February 5-16, 2018. School choice forms will be available online on Feb 5.

Important Dates

  • Mon., Feb. 5  Open Enrollment begins and School Choice Forms Available Online
  • Fri., Feb. 16, 2018 Open Enrollment Ends
  • Assignment Lookup Tool Available Online for 2018-19 (date to be determined)
  • Thurs May 31, 2018  School Choice ends for 2018-19

August 31, 2018 Waitlists from open enrollment are dissolved.

Nov 29

Japanese Book Review

Nov 29

Note from Ms. Joanne (Kitchen)

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The fan in the kitchen oven at McDonald is not working. Because the oven still gets up to temperature each day, Ms. Joanne has been able to continue using it. While a replacement fan has been ordered, we do not yet know its arrival date. Ms. Joanne is getting started a lot earlier to bring the food to proper temperature. The school will also receive 50 sandwiches ready to freeze for an emergency and is keeping lots of yogurt on hand.

If the oven gives out before the replacement arrives, there will be sunflower seed butter and jam sandwiches; turkey ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches; plain cheese sandwiches; and yogurt. As Ms. Joanne says, "Thankfully, McDonald kids are pretty resilient and know how to rise to an occasion".

Nov 29

Update from Ms. Nancy Rosen

Nov 29

Forum: Will Seattle Schools Be Fully Funded in 2018-19?

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You may have heard rumors of recent new funding for Washington state’s schools and restrictions by the state on the use of local levies. At the same time, Seattle Public Schools forecasts a budget shortfall, with increasingly overcrowded schools and even basic projects like refurbishing Lincoln High School remaining underfunded.

Join us at 7:30pm on January 3rd in the Hamilton International Middle School library to hear from our local legislators on how Seattle will be impacted by recent and upcoming legislation, and what you can do about it.

Panelists will include:
Washington State Senator Jamie Pedersen (District 43)
Washington State Representative Nicole Macri (District 43)
Seattle Public Schools Director Rick Burke (District 2)
Seattle City Councilman Rob Johnson (NE Seattle)

We’ll hear from each member of the panel as well as take questions from parents. To make sure we have time to address your questions, please send them in advance to the Hamilton Legislative Liaison, Sam Bell.

Nov 28

Bus Strike Tomorrow Nov 29

Nov 15

Reminders from Secretary Jane

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Hi Parents!

Please check the lost and found before, or during, conference week. Any unlabeled items still here Monday morning Nov 27 will be donated to charity. There are many wonderful (and expensive) winter coats hanging on that rack!

Volunteer applications: All completed applications have been processed, and cleared volunteers have been notified.  If you have not received the approved  email, your application is missing pieces and will not be processed until complete.  Check your spam folder for an email detailing what is missing.

Student Verification and Student Emergency Forms: If you have not returned both these forms to the main office, please do so no later than Nov 27. The  information in these forms is vital for student safety.

Picture retake day is coming Friday Dec 1. Photos should be coming home the week of Nov 27. If you are dissatisfied with your child’s photo, Dec 1 will be  your chance to have retakes done. Students must return the original uncut photo package to the photographer Dec 1st.

Nurse’s office is in need of plastic bags (grocery size, or small wastebasket size) for wet clothes. If your child comes home in ‘borrowed’ clothes from the nurses office, please be sure to wash and return them to school as soon as possible.

Enrollment for 2018-2019: New student applications will be accepted starting Jan 8, 2018. Open enrollment window (when families can choose McDonald Int’l)  is Feb 5-16 2018. Please consult the SPS website for most current information.

Prospective student tours (aka Kinder tours) have been scheduled. We will have two tours on Monday Jan 8. Daytime tour is 8:05 am-9:30 am, evening tour is 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Both tours begin in the cafeteria.

Private school applications: If you will be applying to a private school for the 2018-2019 school year, please bring an addressed and stamped (two stamps please) envelope along with your request to the office at least 10 working days prior to the application deadline.


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