Learning Inside and Outside - October 10, 2018

Dear McDonald International students and families,

We have had an exciting two weeks! Between Curriculum Night, Islandwood for our 5th graders, a Kindergarten and First Grade trip to Seattle Children's Theater, a visit from author/illustrator Yuyi Morales, and a first and second grade trip to the Ballard Locks, the students at McDonald International have been busy learning both in and out of the classroom.

Below are a few important announcements:

Veterans Day: On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1:45 p.m. we will hold a short assembly in honor of Veterans Day. As in years past, we invite the family members of students in our community, who served in the military, to our Veterans Day assembly. We would like to introduce you and thank you for your service to our country. If you can join us, please email Sara Schroeder at saschroeder@seattleschools.org.

SchoolPay: Thank you for participating in our new “school store” via SchoolPay. A few tips have come to our attention. When you purchase an item, it does not leave your page of items to view. This can be annoying, and you may wonder if you’ve paid for it. You can use the “hide” button next to the cart to hide the item from your view. However, this button does have a down side. It is possible to press it inadvertently as you are paying for items or otherwise navigating the page (it is right next to the cart). This will make the item hidden from your view before you have absorbed the fact that it is something you need to purchase! Please feel free to let the front office know if you have any questions about using SchoolPay, or if you have picked up any helpful hints along your way. Thanks!

October 31: At McDonald International, we recognize that Halloween can be a fun experience for kids, and we also recognize that some people don’t observe Halloween and that these events can sometimes be disruptive to the school day. The staff of McDonald have chosen to limit Halloween festivities to one hour that will occur after lunch. Each grade level is choosing how they want to celebrate Halloween, so look for information from your teacher or room parent on whether your class will have a party. Some teachers will also have activities that teach about Obon and Dia de los Muertos during this hour. Regarding costumes, please look for an email from your teacher indicating if your class may wear costumes.

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


Mrs. Goldberg


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