Veterans Day event this week - Nov. 5, 2018

Dear McDonald International students and families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you on Friday at the Dia de Muertos and Obon event. Thank you to the families that spent time putting this event together and to everyone who contributed to the potluck. Additionally, thank you to the parents and community members who taught our students about these holidays during lunch on Thursday and Friday.

This coming Thursday 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 The assembly will begin at 1:45 p.m.

During the month of October, the teachers and parents had the opportunity to work with Chris Fontana and Mary Dalton, two facilitators from Full Circle Leadership. Through our work with Chris and Mary, you might have heard parents in the community, your child’s teacher, or even your child talking about sharing responsibility with students and building a democratic classroom. Ways that we are encouraging students to do this at school are by inviting them to take on classroom jobs, participating in the green team, serving as a lunchroom leader or a playground pal, and participating in class meetings. We are all responsible for ourselves, each other and our school, thus we must work with purpose to accomplish assigned tasks. To partner with us, families might consider calling weekly family meetings to discuss how things are going at home and having kids volunteer for jobs at home such as collecting, sorting and taking the garbage out, setting the dinner table, and/or vacuuming the carpet/sweeping the floor, just to name a few.

A note from Mary Slater in the front office: I wanted to let the community know how much I appreciate your reporting of attendance issues, either by call to the attendance line (dedicated and on voicemail 24 hours per day at 206.252.2904) or by email to Getting those reports keeps the trains running on time in the office. While I do not always have the opportunity to respond to your calls and emails, know that each is met with sincere thanks, and the hope that your child feels better very soon. Your children are missed by teachers, staff and schoolmates when they are not here.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and as always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out.


Mrs. Goldberg

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