McDonald International Community News

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Apr 04

Our Loss, Neighborhood House's Gain

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Over 150 unlabeled and unclaimed coats, sweatshirts, and sweaters, from McDonald's lost & found were recently donated to Neighborhood House - a nonprofit that supports over 12,000 people annually in King County.  While we hope that families will continue to label their children's outerwear, Neighborhood House was very appreciative of the donation, which will be distributed to low income families in Seattle, many of whom are refugees and immigrants.  Please check out their website to learn more about this great organization.

Apr 04

"Where's Halmoni?" Author Visits McDonald, Captivates 3rd Graders

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“For its jaw-dropping art, encouraging bilingual attitude, and conscientious portrayal of Korean culture, Where’s Halmoni? is a perfect choice for most collections.”  This comment from School Library Journal is typical of the positive reviews that followed the publication of this book.

We were honored and excited to have local author and illustrator of “Where’s Halmoni?”, Julie Kim,  as our guest in the library this past week  Here is a summary of the book provided by the publisher:

“Two young children pay a visit to Halmoni (grandmother in Korean), only to discover she's not home. As they search for her, noticing animal tracks covering the floor, they discover a window, slightly ajar, new to their grandmother's home. Their curiosity gets the best of them, and they crawl through and discover an unfamiliar fantastical world, and their adventure begins. As they continue to search for their grandmother and solve the mystery of the tracks, they go deeper into a world of Korean folklore, meeting a number of characters who speak in Korean along the way, and learn more about their cultural heritage.”

Julie who emigrated from Korea to Edmonds, Washington, as a young child, told our 3rd graders how writing and illustrating this book was her way of thinking about herself as both Korean and American.  In an inspiring presentation, Julie spoke to the students about the writing and illustrating process, showing students examples of the many drafts of both drawings and words before her book took on its final format.

Our third graders were a joy to behold. Respectful and attentive and they peppered Julie with questions about her craft, demonstrating their knowledge and deep thinking about the book.

Please let me know if you’d like to check out a copy of this wonderful book to read with your children.—Ms Pat

Apr 04

Seattle Public Library Invites You to "Reading Oasis" Over Spring Break

Apr 04

Gearing up for Bike Month!

Apr 01

Event Review: "Talking with Our Children about Race"

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On March 20th Green Lake Elementary School hosted an event called “Talking with Our Children about Race,” led by Seattle-based author and activist Sharon Chang. Chang led the event in a workshop style, in which parents talked with each other in small groups in response to specific prompts.

The key takeaways included:

  1. Parents should start by assessing their own knowledge about issues of race. Can you define race? Racism? Racial Hierarchy?
  2. White parents who choose not to discuss race with their kids are exercising white privilege. Parents of color have no choice but to talk about race with their children.
  3. Combine discussions about race with figuring out something you can do together and then doing it. Examples included supporting black-owned businesses, being intentional about directing kids toward books featuring children of color, showing a commitment to inclusion with a visual like a yard sign, and engaging your community in activism.
  4. Do something--take a stand when you witness injustice. 

Setting up an accountability system is also good practice, such as agreeing with another parent that you’ll do something (e.g., have a conversation and/or reading a book with your child about race and equity) by a specific date and then checking in. Chang left us with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many.”

Please note that we'll be having a book club discussion about Chang's book, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World on Thursday May 3. More information to follow.

For more information, check out Chang’s website and other resources listed below.
Sharon H. Chang
Raising Race Conscious Children
Embrace Race: Raising a Brave Generation
Teaching for Change
25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students

Mar 29

McDonald PTA Spring General Meeting - April 24th

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ALL-AGES talk about Students Rights : Political Speech, Protest and Walk-outs

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, 6:30PM
Where: McDonald Cafeteria (Enter by west doors to the gym & parking lot)

Young people are stepping up and speaking out all over the country. March’s walk-outs were inspiring and there is more action to come. Join us April 24th to talk about Students Rights : Political Speech, Protest and Walk-outs with ACLU-WA Youth Policy Director Vanessa Hernandez. Appropriate for people of ALL AGES who wish to make a difference, including students! Also, take a moment to read Schools Should Use Walkouts in Protest of Gun Violence as a Teaching Moment

Also on the agenda, PTA membership will elect executive officers and vote on the budget for 2018-19.

Childcare is also available. Sign up here.
View January minutes here.

Mar 29

Update: International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Task Force

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Dear Seattle International Schools Staff and Families,

Thank you for attending one of the recent Community Meetings where we updated families and staff on the work of the International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Task Force from 2016-2018 and the Intl/DLI Program Review in 2017.

We have now submitted Recommendations Part 2: Issue C Program Models within Dual Language Immersion Programs to Supt. Nyland. We were able to share these recommendations at three community meeting in March (see below). I have also copied in the Executive Summary below for your reference.

Thank you for your continued support of Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Intl/DLI Task Force will be completing its work in the very near future when we submit Recommendations Part 3: Issue D Sustainability.

Families are encouraged to let the superintendant and school board members know what they think about these recommendations.

For additional information visit: Seattle Schools Task Force 

Mar 29

From Librarian Ms. Pat

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Last Wednesday, March 21st, the two 4th grade Japanese classes hosted author, David Jacobson at their library time.  Mr. Jacobson is the principal person behind a team of writers and illustrators who created the book “Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzo Kaneko.” This brief biography of a Japanese poet who lived more than one hundred years ago,  also contains several selections of her poetry for children, including the title poem, “Are You an Echo” which was used extensively as a public service ad during the 2011 tsunami.

Mr. Jacobson , who spoke to the 4th graders in both Japanese and English, talked to the students about the process of writing the book (40 drafts!) and what it was like to work with an “international cast” of writers, translators and illustrator from the United States, Japan and Canada.  Much of his presentation involved our students reading and discussing several of Kaneko’s poems.  As a non-Japanese speaker, I was in awe
of how our students read the poems in both English and Japanese with such fluency and expression.  After the students had gone to lunch, Jacobson commented on how impressed he was by the students’ Japanese, “Their pronunciation was beautiful and very natural sounding.”  This is a real tribute to our Japanese teachers and interns.  (I have several copies of this book “on spec” from the University Book Store.  I will keep them until the end of the month.

If you are interested in purchasing one of them, feel free to email me.

Mar 29

NEW Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism & Resistance

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Eleven titles are now available in the McDonald International Library. Check out the bulletin board on the 3rd Floor for more information.

"Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. These books showcase the diverse ways people of all ages and races have engaged in anti-racist activism, and highlight how race intersects with other issues, such as capitalism, class and colonization.

The majority of books center on activists of color, whose lives and bodies have been on the front lines of racial justice work, yet whose stories often go untold. The essential work of white activists is also included — to underscore that anti-racist work is not the responsibility of people of color; and exemplify the ways white allies have stood up against racial injustice. This list was curated by The Conscious Kid Library and American Indians in Children’s Literature, in partnership with Raising Race Conscious Children."

For more information visit: Children's Books to Support Converstations on Race, Racism and Resistance 
Bulletin board by Katie Dodsley.

Mar 21

Talk at UW: Saving Public Education - April 4th


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