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.

Feb 14

SPS Posting Dual Language Immersion Openings for 2018-19

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Please Spread the Word! Elementary Dual Language Immersion Teacher Pool
Seattle is eager to hire teachers qualified to teach in our K-5 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin. We currently teach Spanish DLI (including two two-way programs with at least half Spanish home language speakers) in five elementary schools, Japanese DLI in two, and Mandarin in two. Our DLI programs are part of Seattle’s International Schools and are located in the NW, SE, and SW regions of the district.

Elementary Ed Endorsement
Native or near native fluency and literacy skills in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin

Highly desired:
Bilingual Ed Endorsement or World Languages Endorsement
ELL Endorsement or experience working with English Language Learners
Experience living and working in the culture of the language (including communities where the language is spoken in the US)

Feb 14

Japanese Book Review #5: Asagohan wa Genki no Moto

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We will post monthly reviews of suggested Japanese reading for your bookworm(s)!

Title: Asagohan wa Genki no Moto / Breakfast is the Source of Health

Author: Shigeru Yamamoto

Story: A food education comic book that teaches children the importance of breakfast and includes fun games for readers to reflect on their own breakfast habits and encourage them to start the day with a well-balanced meal.

Review: Though the vocabulary and reading level of the book is more appropriate for advanced readers, the comic book format makes it fun and accessible for any reader!

Book Review by Nami Kawahisa

For parents curious about borrowing Japanese books at the school library, you can borrow books for your children (of course also great for yourself!) once you get your account! Please ask Ms. Pat, our wonderful school librarian!

Feb 14

Community Event on March 20: Talking to Your Kids about Race with Sharon Chang

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According to research, 75% of white parents almost never talk to their kids about race. When left to themselves they make misinformed generalizations about groups of people. Considering the things we learn as children are the hardest to unlearn, these early years are critical in setting the stage for who our children become.

The Green Lake Elementary PTA is pleased to welcome the Seattle based author and activist Sharon Chang to speak in March and is extending an invitation to everyone in the community.

When: Tuesday, March 20th, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Green lake Elementary, 2400 N 65th St.

Sharon's presentation "Talking With Our Children About Race" will break down basic racial justice concepts and then delve into a discussion of deeper racial identity understanding. The ultimate goal will be to equip us as parents to keep learning about race and gaining more perspectives to keep talking to our children.

This is a free event.

Feb 14

Lost & Found to be Donated March 16

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A note from Secretary Jane:
All unlabeled items in lost and found will be donated to charity on Thursday, March 16th. There are a number of very expensive coats and jackets (REI, North Face, Underarmor, Patagonia, etc.) currently hanging on the rack outside room 101 on the first floor. Please stop by and take your child’s belongings home, then LABEL them. The rack was inventoried Tuesday, Feb 13th, and out of 73 coats, only 9 were labeled! Those 9 have been returned to their owners, but the fate of the others....That rests in your hands!

Feb 14

THANK YOU Garden Work Party Crew!

Feb 14

Talent Show Signups Underway

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Your act has almost a month to prepare, but our line-up is filling up fast. Don't forget to sign up for this years all-school Talent Show at Hamilton middle school happening on Friday, March 9th. No need to have an act to join us for the fun, come support our students!

Sign up here and share your talents with the McD community!

Each act is limited to 90 seconds. We will provide equipment needed to amplify voice and sound, you provide the music (if using). There will also be a dress rehearsal Thursday March 8thin our school's gymnasium to help the event run smoothly as well as release some performance jitters.

Questions? Contact us.

Feb 07

Congratulations to the Gummy Book Worm Readers!

Feb 07

littleBits Invention Studio - Feb. 20th

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The University Branch Library will host an exciting littleBits (snap circuits) STEM program during mid-winter break for ages 7+. It is free to participate but registration is required. The library is waiting to post the program on the SPL web calendar in order to give local students a priority because space is limited.

When: Tuesday, February 20th, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where:  University Branch Library5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Make amazing creations with littleBits inventor kits. LittleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower tinkerers to invent anything, from a remote-controlled car to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets -- no soldering, wiring or programming needed. Registration is required, please visit or call the branch at 206-684-4063 to sign-up. Ages 7+ FREE.

Feb 07

Grant Writers Wanted

Feb 07

McDonald Garden Work Party - Feb. 10th

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We will have all of our necessary first deliveries for Phase I of assembling our garden expansion! Bring work gloves for yourself and, if possible, a shovel and wheelbarrow.

When: Saturday, February 10th at 11am
Where: South side of gym

Raised garden beds will be delivered, holes drilled for drainage, placement on the south side of the gymnasium, layers of screen, drainage rock, screen, and transfer soil from old garden into new beds. Please reach out to friends and bring them along - the more the merrier, and quicker we will be! Email Mary Kachel for more info.


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