Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action - Feb. 4, 2019

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

This past Thursday 300+ people attended our school tours. The excitement about joining the McDonald International community was incredible! Thank you to the parents and students who volunteered to be tour guides.

On Thursday the 4th and 5th grade students participated in the Global Reading Challenge. The Global Reading Challenge is a reading incentive program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Students form teams and read 10 books, then take part in a trivia competition. The winning team from McDonald International will compete against the other elementary schools in Seattle to determine the winner for the entire city. Congratulations to the winning team, the Flying Pigacorns! Nicolas Bond, Bess Paganelli, Mira Agrawal, Olivia Kane, Caye Ngari, and Sophia Baillie.

This week begins Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. During this week thousands of educators across the country, including teachers at McDonald International, will teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, and Black history. This is a great opportunity for you to speak with your child about this topic and to find out what s/he is learning in school. You will also notice that we have chosen to hang the Black Lives Matter flag in front of our school to show that we are a community that is committed to working for equity and racial justice in our school system and country.

February 4-15, all students will the experience the artist-in-residence program, funded by the PTA. The subject this year is Taiko drumming. Lessons will take place when students are scheduled to have P.E. class. We are super excited to welcome Okinawa Taiko to McDonald International.

Are you good at building things? Do you own power tools? Would you like to help keep our instruments safe? I have the perfect job for you! The music classroom was incredibly fortunate to be given 30 ukuleles from our generous PTA a couple of years ago and they need a rack to keep them safe. Here is an example of what we are looking for (although it does not need to be this fancy) . If you are interested in working on this project, please email Anna Pollema at

Seattle voters should have received ballots for the Feb. 12 election. Seattle Public Schools has two measures on the ballot. Prop. 1, the Educational Programs and Operations levy, and Prop. 2, the Building Excellence V capital levy. These two levies replace existing levies and fund critical day-to-day school operations, salaries, Special Education programs, athletics, safety improvements and construction of new schools. Want to learn more about Props. 1 and 2? Visit Ballots are due by Feb. 12.

Lastly, at the beginning of each month our office assistant Ms. Mary sends a letter to your household if your child had 4 or more “unexcused lates” the prior month. I want to reiterate that I am here to help you if you or your child are having trouble getting out of the house in the morning (on-time bell is 7:55). Do not hesitate to contact me for guidance. Every minute of lateness is recorded in order to track the number of minutes your student is receiving instruction. This is valuable information for educators. Thank you for your continued commitment to getting your child to school on time!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at



Mrs. Goldberg

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