Final day of school pushed due to snow storms - March 4, 2019

Dear McDonald International Students and Families,

I hope you had an enjoyable mid-winter break. Between the snow days and the break, it seems like we have been on vacation forever! It is so nice to back- we have missed the students!

At this point you should have received communication stating that to make up for the missed days of instruction due to the snow in February, the last day of school will now be Thursday June 27, 2019. If you already have plans to be out of town during the recently added days, please reach out to Ms. Mary, our office assistant.

This week concluded our Artist-in-Residence experience for students. Over the past several weeks students have experienced Taiko drumming. If your child hasn’t talk to you about their experience with Taiko drumming, be sure to ask them about it.
Curious about what is happening in March during classroom guidance, check out Ms. Kochvar’s school counselor newsletter by clicking on the QR code: 


Recently, the Seattle Times published a story about water quality in Seattle Public Schools. Unfortunately, the story misrepresented the facts to sensationalize the data. I want to make sure you receive the proper information.
The drinking water at all SPS schools is safe. All our drinking water sources test below the acceptable levels for lead in water.

Acceptable levels of lead in drinking water

  • EPA standard (used nationwide) – 15 parts per billion. 
  • Seattle Public Schools standard – 10 parts per billion. 
  • SPS school drinking water sources with more than 10 parts per billion – none.

The Times story did not draw a distinction between water sources at schools that are for drinking and water sources that are not for drinking.

In addition to providing drinking water from our drinking fountains/bubblers, we also have numerous sinks, which are not drinking water sources (such as those in some classrooms). If water from a sink tests above the 10ppb/lead level, a sign is posted, reminding everyone to not drink from the sink. Sinks are necessary to allow hand washing and there is no threat or danger to anyone washing their hands in any of our sinks.

The drinking water testing standards used by SPS were established in 2004. Our program is nationally recognized. To learn more about the SPS Drinking Water Quality Program, please take a look at the SPS website.

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

Mrs. Goldberg

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