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We are extraordinarily lucky to be hosting Natalia this year! She has become a true member of our family. Her love and affection for our daughters makes her like a sister to them. And for me, she is like a daughter, sister, and friend. We have all enriched our lives through this experience of welcoming Natalia into our home. We have had the pleasure of taking her to Vancouver BC, Leavenworth, Los Angeles and last week we went to Hawaii for spring break. She is so appreciative of the opportunity to be in our family, at McDonald International, and all the wonders that come with being in the United States. Her enthusiasm and gratitude for being here is contagious and endearing. We will miss her dearly when she goes back to Spain but we already have plans to visit her next summer. We love Natalia and are grateful for the chance to be her host family.
Next year McDonald will have four Spanish interns and three Japanese interns (meet one of them below!). If you have an extra bedroom and are interested in hosting or just curious about the experience, contact us. More information, including the host family application, is also available on the PTA web site.
Special Education teachers will provide general information regarding the continuum of special education services provided at Eckstein for all incoming families and students with IEP services.
When: Thursday, April 27th, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm
Where: Eckstein Middle School, 3003 NE 75th St., Seattle, WA 98115
There will be a general question and answer session, a building tour (classes will not be in session), and light snacks. Students are welcome, but please be advised that this will be an auditorium setting with directed discussion and may not be comfortable for all learning needs. Eckstein staff and administration look forward to welcoming new families. The event will take place in the Little Theater (inside the cafeteria).
Please call Jodi Gedanskly at 206-252-5039 or email Stacey Norman. if you have any questions or are in need of interpreter services.
I read my favorite “Spring” book with the kindergartners this past month—Lucille Clifton’s, “The Boy who didn’t believe in Spring.” I was one of many in Seattle who didn’t believe Spring would ever come this year but once again, I was proved wrong!
During March, kindergarten, 1st 2nd and 3rd graders read and voted on their favorite of the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award nominees for 2017.
The top vote getter for our school was “Elizabeth Queen of the Sea.” Here is a summary of the book: Elizabeth, an elephant seal, chooses to live along the banks of the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. But when she wanders onto the road to sun herself and almost gets hit by cars, she is towed out to sea to other seal colonies. Yet Elizabeth always finds her way back to Christchurch, and to her friend, Michael. (Based on a true story)
The second highest vote getter was “Finding Winnie” the true story of how Winnie (the real life model for A.A. Milne’s, “Winnie the Pooh”) made it from Winnipeg, Canada to the London Zoo during World War l.
Votes are being counted all over Washington State and we will know the state winner sometime after Spring Break. Stay tuned!
For a full list of this past years nominees and the nominees for 2018, check out this link.
Library lessons for 4th and 5th graders drew from a menu of items, depending on what was going on in the classroom curriculum. Several classes were involved in a “book tasting” menu in which students went from table to table, dipping into books in a variety of genres, including, historical fiction, realistic fiction, biography, fantasy and science fiction and books with a global setting (more about this emphasis on “global setting” in a future newsletter.) Since our winter was so long, one class expressed their longing for spring by writing poems on the theme of “What I hate about Winter!” All 4th and 5th grade classes are following the state dictated social studies emphasis on Washington State History. In library class, we examined how folktales of the indigenous people of the Northwest coast can interpret historical event. We read “Thunderbird and Whale” and saw how scientists used this folktale along with other evidence to hypothesize a tsunami/earthquake on the Washington Coast in the year 1700.
We have also started to prepare for a PTA sponsored visit by Humanities Washington speaker, Mayumi Tsutakawa on April 27th. Ms. Tsutakawa will be giving a presentation to our students during library classes on Japanese internment in Washington State during World War ll. You will be hearing more about this later but please think about joining us if you are able.
Elections for next year's PTA Executive Board will take place at the April General PTA Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 25 6:30-8:00pm
Where: McDonald Int'l Library
Any PTA member may vote, and, if currently not a member, you can vote if you become a member anytime before the election takes place even if it is right before the election! Contact the PTA for more information.
The 2017 McDonald International Elementary School PTA nominating committee places the following names in nomination:
For office of President; Katie Dodsley;
For office of Vice President; Veronica Garcia;
For office of Treasurer; Zsolt Ari;
For office of Secretary; Lisa Lai.
The nominating committee has confirmed that all nominees have been a member of a PTA for at least 15 days prior to the election and meet other requirements as stated in the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws.
Sandhya Subramanian (2017 nominating committee chairperson),
Marla Aginian Whaley