Announcements & Updates - May 18, 2018

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy the beautiful weather and gearing up for summer. It was great to see so many families at International Night. Thank you to the PTA for putting together such a lovely event.

I would like to congratulate Tarah Helliwell (volunteer Tarah) who was selected by the Washington Green Schools as a 2018 Green Medalist. Tarah earned this award for her work with McDonald International's Green Team. Way to go Tarah!

I’m excited to announce that Beckett Muchmore, Josie Snavely, Carlos Sanchez Swenson and Hannah Friend were selected to share their work at the annual WITS Year End Reading Celebration at the Seattle Public Library. Only 60 out of 6000 WITS students are chosen for this honor. We are very proud of these students.

Reminder, please make sure your child knows how they are getting home (or where they are going at the end of each day), before they leave the house in the morning. If they have a different plan on a particular day, we ask that:

  • K-3 parents send a written note to the teacher, telling them who the child is going home with and how they are getting there (pick up or bus)
  • 4-5 parents – your student is expected to know how they are getting home. You do not need to send a note if your child is being picked up by another adult. No note is required, unless your child will ride on a different bus, or get off at a different stop.  

If you haven’t done so already, please go online to The Source and update your child’s contact information. We will be emailing class assignments in August and in order to ensure that you receive the email with this information, we must have a working email address on file.

For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, the end of year international trips were run through Seattle Public Schools. While we hope that families will continue to travel to Japan and a Spanish Speaking country at the end of 5th grade, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we will no longer be running these trips through the school district.

In the last Principal Newsletter I introduced you to three new staff members. This week I am excited to introduce you to three more new staff members. Check out their bios below.

Daniel Reveles (Kindergarten Spanish Immersion)
My name is Daniel Reveles, and I’ll be the new Kindergarten Spanish instructor for the 2018-2019 school year. I grew up in Southern California about 20 minutes outside of Los Angeles.  I attended the University of California Berkeley for my undergraduate education, where I got my degree in Literature. I then continued my education at San Francisco State University, where I received my elementary teaching credential with an emphasis in Spanish bilingualism. I’ve spent the last year in Ecuador, where I’ve enjoyed both teaching and traveling. I’m thrilled to be joining the McDonald International community, where I hope to foster an appreciation for Latin American culture and language. My personal interests include running, salsa dancing, crochet, and board games. I hope to meet you all very soon.

Lisa Busalacchi (Reading and Math Intervention Specialist)
I am very excited to join the McDonald International School staff as the Reading and Math Intervention Specialist.  I have lived in Seattle and taught in Seattle Public Schools for the past 5 years. My educational history includes 7 years of teaching 1st grade, 5 years of teaching 3rd grade, 1 year as a K-5 Math Interventionist, and 1 year as Principal of a K-8 school in East Lansing, Michigan.  I am looking forward to working with the students and teachers at McDonald and growing as readers and mathematicians.

Yumiko Taniguchi (3rd/4th Japanese Immersion)
I am excited to be back in the McDonald school community! I was born and raised in Kawasaki, Japan, and moved to Washington State when I was 18 years old. I graduated from Central Washington University receiving a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have taught in a Japanese immersion program for ten years, and I have witnessed the power of language learning.  I believe that languages can be used as a great tool to understand and interpret the world, and I feel lucky to have this opportunity to share my language and culture with the community. I was pregnant when I taught first grade Japanese Immersion at McDonald in 2014. My son is going to be 4 years old next month! Outside of my teaching, I enjoy being a mother, taking photographs of amazing moments, reading lots of great books, traveling, learning languages and cultures, and practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation. I look forward to a great school year! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday May 12, 2018 at International Night.

Michelle Goldberg

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