Announcements & Updates - November 3, 2017

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

This past week, all students participated in a wonderful assembly about Indigenous People’s Day, presented by Paul Cheoketen Wagner. Thank you to the PTA for helping to fund this assembly.

This coming week we are excited to host the Counsel General of Japan. He will visit McDonald International on November 8. Additionally, we are excited about two upcoming assemblies over the next two weeks. On November 13, all students will receive a lesson on Being Safe Online and Digital Citizenship, led by Kelly Crouch from the Seattle Police Department. Then, on November 15, Zakir Hussain will perform Indian drumming. Zakir Hussain is known in India and worldwide for his virtuosity in the fields of world music and percussion as a tabla player, percussionist, and composer.

As many of you already know, last Friday we had a curious kindergarten student pull the fire alarm. The staff and the students did a terrific job evacuating the building in an orderly fashion. In addition, the majority of parents did a great job of keeping their non-McDonald International students away from the building and off the playground equipment when asked to do so by faculty members. However, it was brought to my attention by some parents that an area of growth would be for all parents to follow this protocol. As one parent stated, “In a real emergency, the young children on the structures could have had a detrimental impact, which of course none of us would want to occur.” Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please join me in wishing a fond farewell to Ms. Nancy, our beloved elementary secretary. Nancy will be retiring December 15. We are super sad to see her leave but excited for her as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. 

Additionally, please join me in wishing a fond farewell to James McClinton, our evening custodian. James was recently promoted to a new position at Eagle Staff Elementary School. His last day at McDonald International is this Tuesday. 

Have you heard of Artsonia? It’s an awesome online tool that Ms. Amanda uses to archive student work and build a safe, private, school-wide art gallery. With Artsonia, you can view and comment on your child’s artwork online, in addition to seeing all the awesome art projects going on at McDonald. You can even buy merchandise featuring your child’s art (these make great gifts!). A second round of Artsonia permission slips are going home this week, so be sure to look out for those permission slips and follow the link to get signed up so you can start seeing your child’s art in our online gallery. If you have more questions about Artsonia, feel free to email Ms. Amanda, If you already use Artsonia, you don’t need to sign up again, unless you have a student that is new to McDonald this year.

For the 2018-2019 school year, I am pleased to share that we will be taking in four Kindergarten classes; two Spanish Immersion classes and two Japanese Immersion classes. Please be sure to spread the word. 

Attention parents who have students who ride the bus to and from school: We were recently alerted that the bus drivers might go on strike sometime over the next couple of weeks. The district has asked schools to ask parents to think about a Plan B for your child, if the bus is not available. If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out to the SPS department of transportation.

Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that my maternity leave will begin on November 13. While I will deeply miss the students, staff, and families, I am looking forward to spending time with my little babies. My plan is to return to work around Spring Break.  Kathy Jolly, interim Principal, will begin November 13. Please be sure to say hello to her and to show her what a great community we have at McDonald International. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Kathy Jolly in my absence, or your child’s classroom teachers.

Michelle Goldberg

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