McDonald International Community News

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Jul 02

Show Your Scottie Pride in Wallingford Family Parade - July 14th

Jun 13

More Summer Reading Suggestions from Ms. Pat

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A few weeks ago in this space, I presented a list of chapter books nominated in the Young Readers Choice Award.  Below are lists of recently published books nominated in two categories:  information books and books for kids transitioning into chapter books.  Kristen Edstrom from the University Branch of Seattle Public Library will be coming to McDonald on June 19th and sharing her summer reading recommendations.  I hope to share her list with you after that presentation.

The Towner Award for information books is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian (at Kimball Elementary) and mentor to dozens of librarians (including me!)

  • Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, by Deborah Lee Rose
  • Book of Bones:10 Record-Breaking Animals, by Gabrielle Balkan
  • Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, by Stacy McAnulty
  • The Hidden Life of a Toad, by Doug Wechsler
  • Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability, by Shane Burcaw
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating
  • This Book Isn't Safe, by Colin Furze
  • This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World, by Matt Lamothe
  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson

The Otter Award (from the Washington Library Association website)

“We recognize that elementary children transition into chapter books at different ages and, as such, do not limit our reading or voting to a specific age or grade level.”

  • Catstronauts: mission moon by Drew Brockington (Little, Brown)
  • Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay (The Innovation Press)
  • Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! (Press Start!) by Thomas Flintham (Branches/Scholastic)
  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic (FSG / Macmillian Kids)
  • March of the Mini-Beasts (The D.A.T.A. Set) by Ada Hopper, illustrated by Sam Ricks (Little Simon / Simon & Schuster)
  • Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures) by Catherine Nichols , illustrated by James Burks (Liberty Street / Time Inc. Books)
Jun 13

Join Scottie's News Team Next Year as Facebook Writer

Jun 13

Help Choose After-School Classes for 2018-19

Jun 13

Reminder: Wallingford Boys & Girls Club Closed June 20-22

Jun 13

Coming This Fall: ‘Let Me Run’

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‘Let Me Run’ is a running club for boys in grades 4 and 5. We are pleased to announce that our school will have our first Let Me Run club starting in late September 2018. We are thrilled!

This is a 7-week small-group club, part of a national organization that teaches valuable lessons and teamwork to boys. For more info, check out their website or watch a local highlight. The finale will be a team run at the Greenlake Gobble 5K on November 18.

Practices will be twice a week directly after school. We are in need of a few parent volunteers that can join the coaching team – experience not required, training is available. If you’d like to help coach, please e-mail McDonald parent John Stickel. To register your boy for the club, please e-mail Ms. Fleck.

Jun 06

Japanese-Spanish Community Spotlight

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This is the fourth installment of a spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

Luis Yamamoto
Child at McDonald Int'l: Naomi (K Sp)

I was born in Lima, Peru.  My paternal grandparents came to Peru from Kochi and Kobe in Japan.  On my mother's side, my grandfather immigrated from Hiroshima.  My maternal grandmother was born in Hawaii and raised in Sacramento but had returned to Hiroshima to complete her education.  When she was there she met my grandfather (who had returned from Lima to look for a wife).  All of them arrived in Lima after WWI in the 1920s and they started small businesses.

During WWII, they had to go underground to avoid being deported to U.S. internment camps.  As a child, my grandparents took care of me while my parents worked.  I was sent to Japanese school and played on the local Japanese Little League baseball team. During the 1980s terrorist era in Peru, my parents decided to continue their post-graduate education in Belgium, where I grew up until I left for college in Kansas. That's is where I met my wife who was studying Spanish and Latin American studies at the time.

Most of my family lives in Peru now, which is why we wanted our daughter, Naomi, to be in the Spanish program.  We chose her first name in part because it is pronounced the same in Japanese, Spanish and English.  Naomi took Japanese after school last fall and we love the school's multi-cultural community in and out of the classroom.

Jun 06

Seeking Input from Families for New Teacher Contracts

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This spring and summer, the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools will be negotiating a new teacher contract, known as the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Families may recall that 3 years ago there were many issues on the table, and the resulting contract finally included provisions for recess, teacher salaries to include a COLA (cost of living adjustment), special education services for students, and much more.

SEA is presently seeking input from families to understand what contract-related issues are important to you.

Families may write to McDonald SEA reps Eddie Paltrineri and Reiko Myers or send suggestions to us.

May 30

Book Club: It Ain't So Awful Falafel

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Hope you and your kids can join us for the final book club of the school year! Since it was a global reading challenge book, there are probably lots of copies available at the school library. It's a great family read, so check it out even if you can't attend the meeting.

Family Bookclub
Book: It Ain't So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
When: Monday June 11 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Emily Malley's home, email Tarah for address and questions.

Check the books out from the McDonald International Library, 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!

May 30

Japanese-Spanish Community Spotlight

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This is the third installment of a spotlight series featuring members of our community with connections to both Spanish and Japanese.

For this spotlight we have a Spanish intern who has studied Japanese, and a Japanese intern who has studied Spanish!
Please Meet Nelson and Reira!

Nelson Isaac Vasquez Morales
3rd grade Spanish Intern From El Salvador

How are you connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
Well, I really like Japanese culture and since the language's phonology is pretty close to the Spanish one, I took some Japanese classes when I was an exchange student at East Tennessee State University. Additionally, I also study some Japanese on my own through the use of the "Genki" book series, videos, apps and others. Furthermore, I also have some Japanese friends with whom I keep in touch since 2014.

Reira Haraguchi
2nd and 3rd grade Japanese Intern From Fukuoka, Japan

How are you connected to both Spanish and Japanese?
When I entered university we have to take a language class and I didn’t know anything about Spanish but thought it was cool because it is spoken in so many countries. I was also a member of the support team for International students and there are many students from Latin America so I thought I could help them better if I knew some Spanish. At the time I didn’t know I would be coming to McDonald Int’l where there is both Spanish and Japanese!
I am now taking a Spanish class at North Seattle Community College and my teacher is from Peru. I am talking with him about the Japanese community there and that their past president was Japanese and am learning more about the connection between Latin America and Japan.

You can strengthen your Spanish and Japanese cultural learning at home by hosting an intern in the Fall! Please email us if you are interested in learning more about hosting!


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