Starting up the new year, Sept. 10, 2018

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

I hope everyone had a great first week back to school. The building was buzzing with lots of excitement as students met their new teachers and friends and caught up with those they didn’t see over the summer.

New Lunch Initiative: You might have noticed in recent days that your child has been bringing home the remains of his/her lunch. This is the result of a new initiative that is designed to relieve parent volunteers and staff members from having to assist students with sorting through discarded lunches, to make sure that our composting and recycling is handled properly. Despite our best efforts, students have been frequently discarding their lunches in the wrong containers, and that requires an adult to go through the garbage and resort it so that we can avoid fines and other unintended consequences. For the past several years we have had two parents who have routinely volunteered to help, and have spent hundreds of hours performing the task of working with students to sort their waste at the end of lunch and then going through and sorting garbage after it has been discarded in the wrong container.  From time to time these parents have invited other parents to help, but we have been unable to get enough parents to volunteer in our cafeteria on a consistent basis.  It is for this reason that we decided to ask students to simply take their waste home with them.  There are some exceptions.  First, students who purchase lunch or milk at school may discard their waste at school.  Second, students do not need to bring home opened beverages, opened yogurts, or any other opened items that contain liquids or yogurt-like substances.  I thank you in advance for cooperating with this new policy.

Advanced Learning: The annual window for Advanced Learning eligibility testing is open through September 24. 

Curriculum Night: Mark your calendars! The McDonald International Curriculum Night will take place on Wednesday September 26, 2018 from 6pm-8pm. From 6pm-7pm we will have two 25-minute sessions for parents/guardians of students in grades 3rd-5th and from 7pm-8pm we will have two 25-minute sessions for parents/guardians of students in grades K-2nd.  Reminder: this is an adult-only event. We will have a limited number of spaces for childcare (for those children ages 3-11) if you need it. We will send out more information about Curriculum Night and reserving childcare closer to the event.  

Supervision after school: After school, several students have been coming back into the building to use the restroom, get a drink of water, etc. While it is okay for students to come back into the building briefly, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Transportation: Transportation bus assignments do not roll over from year to year. If your student is eligible for transportation, you should have received a communication from the transportation department giving you AM and PM route and stop information. If you are not eligible for transportation, OR you need your student to go to off site after school care, you may be able to have your child assigned to a bus to take them there. However, you must contact transportation directly at to request such an assignment. You must provide your child’s name, student number, and daycare address. This process normally takes about 10 days but may be longer at the start of the school year.

The Source: The Source is Seattle Public Schools’ online communication tool that allows parents, guardians and students access to schedules, attendance, assessment, emergency data and much more. We ask that all parents set up an account, (directions below).  Students already have accounts and use their school assigned username and password to access.

How to get started as a parent:

  1. You must be on record as the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in SPS.
  2. Your email address must be on record at each student's school.
  3. Please make sure you have provided the same email address for each SPS student in your family.

To set up a parent or guardian Source account: 

  1. Visit and click the Set Up button.
  2. Type your email address in the field provided.  Click Enter.
  3. Check your email for a message from   If you don’t receive this email, check your spam or trash folders or contact the school(s) to provide your email address.
  4. Open the email and click the link.
  5. Enter your email address in the Username field and create a Password.  Your password must be 5 or more characters long.  Please do not use an apostrophe ' in your password.
  6. Click Enter to begin exploring the Source!

For more information about the Source, please visit the About the Source webpage:  

If you have questions or need help please email 

Student Verification Forms: The student data verification form gives parents and guardians the opportunity to update emergency and medical information for their student. Families are encouraged to complete this form as soon as possible to ensure Seattle Public Schools has current student information including emergency contact information. Once you have created your Source account, please sign in and click “Data Verification Form”. This form is only available to parents through Sept 30, 2018.

School Pay: School Pay is our new online payment system. You will use this to pay for school supplies and field trips. If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to set up an account. Below are the directions. Note- you must first set up your account on The Source.

  • Go to the Source and click the SchoolPay icon
  • Enter your registered Source email address
  • Only the validated parent(s) will have access to all student information.
  • Once logged in to SchoolPay, click “Payments” to see fee based items (field trips, student supply fee etc.) for the students associated with your SchoolPay account.. If two or more students are associated with your SchoolPay account, click on the drop-down arrow next to “all items by name” to view items by student.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out.


Mrs. Goldberg

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