Mark Your Calendars: Madrona K-8 School Tours

Madrona School

Photo by Seattle Public Schools

Have you been thinking about which kindergarten would best suit your child next year? Mark your calendar for the new year and come check out one of the Madrona K-8 School Tours, catered specifically for prospective families to learn more about the neighborhood school. Choose between one of the following dates to attend:

Tuesday January 21st 9:30am

Tuesday February 11th 9:30am

Thursday February 27th 9:30am

Wednesday March 12th 9:30am

This facility is in excellent condition, and is considered one of the gems in the Seattle Public School System. Your child’s education is important, so take the next step to learn more about our Madrona neighborhood schools!

Turn In Your Kraus Fund Applications

When Mimi and Martin Kraus fled Nazi territory in 1939, they left their native Austria and settled in Seattle, and were longtime residents of the Madrona neighborhood. They hiked every weekend, or skied in at near by ski lifts. When Mimi died in 2008 after a long life of 98 years, she left a generous gift of $50,000 in her will towards benefiting the Madrona parks and recreation. In 2010 the Madrona Community Council began to accept applications and distribute funds for things like renovations of Madrona Beach, restoration work in Madrona Woods, and improvements to Harrison Ridge and Madrona Shelterhouse.

Madrona Park

Madrona Park

The MCC is now accepting another batch of applications for the remaining $20,000 of the Kraus donation, and all applications must be sent in by February 24, 2014. Presentations for proposals will be made at the March 4th Council meeting, and awards will be announced on April 1, 2014 – no joke. Please find applications at and submit via email to, or snail mail them in to Bill Mahoney, Madrona Community Council Board Member, 425 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions regarding the process, please send inquiries to

 Project requirements are as follows:

  • Must demonstrate public benefit of a park and/or recreation project
  • Must be within boundaries of Madrona neighborhood
  • Can be for any requested amount up to $20,000, and smaller projects will also be considered
  • Must meet approval of the Parks Department or other land-owner agency in concept and design. The concept approval should be obtained and included in application by due date
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of neighborhood involvement and support, or demonstrated need.
  • Successful projects will receive a one-time award, and should not be used for ongoing maintenance.

St Therese Catholic Academy Open House January 26


Mark your calendars Madrona – there will be an all school Open House next month at St Therese Catholic Academy, a perfect time to come see how St Therese is engaging and educating every student. On January 26th, attendees will have the chance to tour the classrooms, interact with teachers and register for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Thinking about enrolling your child at St Therese next year? If you’d like to schedule a school tour, or request more information on the Open House, you’re invited to call the Academy at 206-324-0460. Hope to see you there!

Bush School Coach Accused of Child Voyeurism

Jason Paur

Jason Paur

Disturbing news from Bush School just down the hill from Madrona.  Jason Paur, a coach, substitute teacher, and guest lecturer at Bush since 1998, was a chaperone to a school cross-country ski trip to Canada.  He was arrested on the trip when female students found a spy camera allegedly owned by Paur in their room and reported it to another chaperone.  Bush School and the local police were immediately notified which led to the arrest.  To find out more about this incident, including a link to the television report, click the link to Q13 Fox News.

Following is the letter sent from Busch to the parents:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Every year at this time, a group of students and chaperones take part in a week-long cross-country ski trip to Silver Star ski resort in southern British Columbia. I am writing to relate to you an incident that occurred during the trip that has led us to bring our students home earlier than planned. All of the students are safe, and we have been acting promptly and appropriately to address the incident and its consequences.

Early yesterday evening, I received a report from one of the Silver Star chaperones.  Two students had reported to him that another group of students had discovered a personal camera in their room that was making a video recording of the room. It turned out that the owner of the camera was one of the other chaperones, Jason Paur, who admitted he had placed the camera in the room. We removed Mr. Paur from the group and shared with all of the students what had happened. While the students were troubled by the information, they were reassured that the students who had reported the incident had done the right thing. Subsequently, the chaperones contacted the local police who began an investigation of the incident and interviewed some of the students. I learned this morning that after the initial investigation, the police arrested Paur and are holding him in jail in Vernon, B.C. pending further investigation of the incident. At this point, the camera and video recording are in the possession of the local police, and we do not know the specific contents of the recording.

Paur has been a popular, long-time coach of the Upper School cross-country ski team. He also has coached Upper School cross-country running and served as a substitute teacher and from time to time as a guest lecturer in journalism in various classes. We had no reason to be concerned about Paur’s work with students, so we were shocked and surprised by the reports regarding this incident.

Last night, we spoke with the parents of all of the students on the trip to inform them of what had happened. We decided to end the trip early, and the students are returning to Seattle today. We plan to meet with the students and their parents when the group arrives this evening.

We will be sharing information about this incident with Upper School students today, meeting specifically with members of the cross-country ski team who did not go on the trip to help them process the information. Our counseling staff will be available to all students in the coming days to help those who are particularly troubled by the incident. If you become worried about your child with regard to this incident, please don’t hesitate to contact John Ganz, Upper School counselor, or Kim Jackson-Butler, Lower and Middle School counselor.

This is a disturbing and upsetting incident for me and all of us here at Bush, I am proud of the way the Silver Star students and chaperones have handled the situation. As I get further information about the incident, I will keep you informed.


PTSA Meeting and Holiday Potluck Tomorrow Night

If you haven’t had the chance to meet newly elected School Board member Stephen Blanchard yet, join fellow Madrona K-8 families and students tomorrow evening at the PTSA meeting. There will be a general membership meeting beginning at 6pm, along with a Holiday potluck style dinner meet and greet with Blanchard. school

There will also be a Scholastic book fair happening in the school library, which will be open to the public from 5:00-7:00pm for holiday book shopping. At 7:00pm, the meeting will conclude with a student winter music concert for all families and open to the Madrona community, an entertaining treat for all. Hope to see you there!

New Pop Up Shop in Madrona

Pop Up Madrona

Photo by Pop Up Madrona

If you’ve already been browsing for Christmas presents in Madrona, you may have noticed the new storefront on 34th Ave, POP UP MADRONA. They recently had a casual opening last Wednesday, and offer artcycled jewelry, accent pillows by South End Design, and fun women’s fashion items. The shop also has unique and fun notepads, handmade cards and prints by Mary Margaret Briggs, and women’s clothing and accessories by Lysle  Style (I love the scooped neck dress!).

Their hours will be Wed-Sat 11-6, and Sun 10-5, and their grand opening celebration will be during the Madrona Artwalk this Saturday Dec 14th. They will also be open Dec 23rd from 11-6 and Dec 24th from 11-3 for all you last minute shoppers searching for the perfect gift! For more information on the shop, visit Pop Up Madrona on Facebook.

Support Madrona Blossoms

This is the 8th year of the Madrona Blossoms program, which hangs the beautiful flower baskets in the Madrona business district each spring and its a wonderful time of year to give back to the community. These gorgeous baskets brought color and life to the neighborhood last spring, summer and fall and this year the Madrona Blossom’s committee has a new goal to keep the baskets in bloom nearly year round, with hanging flower baskets from May – October! madrona blossoms

The Madrona Blossoms are made possible by the support of the neighborhood, and cost $275 annually per basket to plant and maintain, so consider giving the gift of a basket or two to the community this holiday season, or even pool together with a group of friends and neighbors to sponsor a basket. Your donations helps beautify the neighborhood each year, and if you didn’t receive the Madrona News issue this month (which included an envelope to mail in your donation) you can call 206-323-6128 for more information. If you’re interested in volunteering with planting/maintaining the baskets this year, email Marie Doyle at

Madrona Community Council Meeting – Tonight (12/3)

Madrona Community CouncilHere is the invitation to the Madrona Community Council Meeting, which is tonight, December 3rd, at 7:15 PM in the Madrona Shelterhouse.

Hello neighbors!

Please join us tomorrow evening for the December Madrona Community Council meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. Below is the draft agenda. Come and talk with neighbors about the goings-on in Madrona.

Hope to see you-


Draft agenda:

  • Terrie Johnston, East Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, will meet with Madrona neighbors
  • Update on Safe Sidewalks and SDOT plans
  • Metro discussion; Anne Knight and Jerry Arbes from Bus2Riders will attend to brief members and the public on current Metro proposals to eliminate No. 2 bus service to Madrona
  • Merry in Madrona and Art Walk Madrona event on Dec. 14
  • MCC and Madrona K-8 collaboration discussion
  • Treasurer’s report

Cupcake Royale Celebrates 10 Years

Cupcake RoyaleWhere has the time gone?  Ten years ago Cupcake Royale open it first store here in our Madrona neighborhood.  In honor of this huge milestone, Cupcake Royale would like to celebrate with its customers on December 9th by giving a free Dance Party Babycake and fabulous deals on merchandise at all seven Cupcake Royale locations.  The real celebration (in our opinion) will be that night at the Madrona location from 6:00pm to 9:00pm where you can join the owner and founder, Jody Hall, for a dance party that will include dancing, light appetizers, bubbly and fun!  Come join the party, share your stories of Cupcake Royale in your life, hang out with friends and neighbors as well as Jody and the team, enjoy a glass of bubbly and dance to your heart’s content.  We hope to see you there!