McDonald International Core Values & Updates - Nov 4, 2016

Hello McDonald Families,

We have had a lot of fun over the last 2 weeks. Between having Libo come visit our Japanese Immersion students, some of our Spanish Immersion classes celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, a Poetry Slam for some of our 5th graders, and Wheat Week for our 4th graders, the students at McDonald are learning in some really great ways.

This coming week we will have a visit from our State Senator Jamie Pedersen and on Nov 10th we will have our Veterans Day Assembly first thing in the morning. Reminder-if you are a veteran we would love to have you join us at the assembly on Nov 10th at 7:55am. Please email me to let me know you would like to attend. There will be a small reception for you and your student in Frau Schroeder’s classroom after the assembly.

At McDonald we have 8 core values. They are Cultural Competence, Respect, Responsibility, Justice, Empathy, Courage, Honesty, and Perseverance. Each month we are focusing on one of these core values. This month we are focusing on Cultural Competence. Ask your child(ren) about this core value. If they have done something that demonstrates cultural competence, please let me know and we will share it over the morning announcements.

Curious about what the teachers are doing during the 2-hour early dismissals? We have been collaborating with the teachers at John Stanford International. A focus this year for the McDonald staff is collaboration. We are working together to develop common assessments, unit plans, and vertical alignment. There is lots of work to be done but we are on the right path. Thank you so much to the parents who donated delicious treats for the teachers to enjoy while they were working during the 2-hour early release day.

You might have been wondering when swimming lessons were going to start in the pond that was on the play court. Fortunately for the adults (unfortunately for the students) the maintenance people from the district were able to clean it out on Tuesday and therefore no swimming lessons will be taking place. Basically, the pond formed due to rain that was unable to go down the drain, due to woodchips blocking the holes. As soon as the problem occurred we contacted maintenance but they were unable to clean the drain out until it stopped raining. Please remind your child(ren) that the woodchips should remain by the play structures and not picked up. We are looking into putting something over the drain that has smaller holes to prevent woodchips from going down there.

With the rainy season upon us many more parents are driving their child(ren) to school. If you choose to use the “Kiss and Go” drop off method, please make sure your child can get out of the car by him/herself. Please make sure you use the entire drop off zone. And, please make sure your child exits the car on the right side (toward the sidewalk). This method of school drop-off is intended to be quick. If you know your child takes a while to get out of the car or if s/he wants to be walked into school, please park in the neighborhood. I would like to be able to be out each morning to direct traffic however other responsibilities prevent me from being able to do that on a consistent basis and unfortunately we don’t have the bandwidth to provide coverage daily. If you are interested in helping us with this, please let me know and if there is no one out directing traffic, please follow these requests. Together we can make drop off safe and efficient for all who choose to use it.

Students and families have been asking about picture make-ups. Picture make-up day will be December 2.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me or your child(ren)’s classroom teachers. We all want to make sure your children (our students) are having a successful school experience and if we are not aware of a concern, we cannot fix it. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Michelle Goldberg

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