Art programs are often the last to get funded at many schools, but art remains an important facet of students’ educations. Madrona K-8’s art teacher, Tamia Sheldon, has started a fundraising campaign through donorschoose.org to raise money to buy art supplies for this year’s planned projects such as sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting with acrylics. She would like to raise enough money to buy canvases, supplies to make custom book bags, clay materials, and paints, and needs about $2,300 to fulfill her orders. So, if you have a student at Madrona, or you would simply like to support Mrs. Sheldon and her art class, visit donorschoose.org to make a donation!
Next time you order a delicious cupcake at Cupcake Royale in Madrona, tell them to “put a paw on it!”. For an extra $1, staff will add a panther-paw cupcake topper and donate that dollar to Madrona K-8 to help pay for the new playground mural painted by local artist Ryan Henry Ward, who you may know better from his signature, which is simply ‘Henry.’ He has painted more than 140 of his recognizable murals on walls, garages, and even cars all over Seattle.
Glassybaby has already generously donated 50 percent of the cost of the mural, but the school is looking for your help in raising the remaining amount, and what better catalyst than cupcakes. This mural certainly brightens up the playground on dreary, rainy days, so consider helping fund its creation! This promotion is only valid at the Madrona location of Cupcake Royale (1101 34th Ave.).
By now many neighbors in the Denny-Blaine, Washington Park, Madison Park, and Madrona areas are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East. In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.
The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.
Students from Garfield High School’s advanced photography class have selected their best work to be displayed at the Central District location of Broadcast Coffee in October and November, and will be holding a show opening on Monday, October 13. The whole community is invited to attend the event, which will run from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on the 13th, stop by for a coffee anytime during October or November to check out the exhibit! Broadcast Coffee is located at 1918 E Yesler Way.
Do you know the candidates who are running for election this fall? Did you even know that it’s an election year? The Madrona and Leschi community councils and the Mount Baker Community Club want to make sure residents are informed about who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues, and the three organizations are co-hosting a candidates forum to do just that.
The October 22 event will take place at the Mount Baker Community Club, and so far attending candidates include: Damon Shadid and Fred Bonner, running for Seattle Municipal Judge Position 7; Sharon Tomiko Santos and Daniel Bretzke, running for state representative; Pramila Jayapal and Louis Watanabe, running for state senate; and U.S. Congressman Adam Smith. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the candidates, followed by a discussion of gun initiatives, pre-kindergarten initiatives, and candidate positions from 7:00-9:00.
This will be a great opportunity to come face-to-face with your candidates in Seattle’s 37th legislative district and Washington’s 9th district in a small community setting, so put this on your calendar so you don’t miss out!
Madrona K-8’s new full-time music teacher, Stephan Childers, is working hard to bring the pieces together to build the foundation of Madrona’s music program. He has the most important element – enthusiastic students – but he needs your help to get the technology that will make their voices heard. Mr. Childers has started a fundraising campaign through DonorsChoose.org for a new speaker system that will bring a professional sound to their two upcoming holiday concerts and will last the school for many years.
An anonymous donor has already pledged half of the nearly $2,500 needed for the system, but that donation will only be fulfilled if the remainder is pledged in the next seven days. A similar fundraising effort for a wireless microphone for the school was completed in just 24 hours, so let’s keep the momentum going to get Madrona’s music students a great sound system! Submit your pledge here and enter the word “INSPIRE” when you check out.
Class has already begun for students at Epiphany School, but the upcoming parents council annual carnival will give parents, staff, and neighbors a chance to ring in the 2014-2015 school year, as well. This year’s event will take place on Friday, September 26 from 3:00-6:00 p.m., and in true carnival fashion will include game booths and a bouncy house. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, and a toy and book sale, with proceeds benefiting a local non-profit organization. Tickets for activities and the food booth will be available for 25 cents at the carnival.
Whether you have a student currently attending Epiphany or not, all are welcome to attend and spend the afternoon playing games and socializing with friends and neighbors. Epiphany School is located at 3611 E Denny Way.
Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool for your child this fall? The Harvard Avenue School still has space available for preschoolers at its Capitol Hill location for the school term starting next Monday, September 8. The school provides students a well-balanced education with introductions to science, math, reading, writing, art, music, and French language. Visit the school’s website to learn more about its curriculum and for enrollment information, or call them at 206.329.5187.
Seattle tutoring organization Invest in Youth is putting the call out for volunteers to serve as tutors in six Seattle elementary schools, including Madrona K-8, for the upcoming school year. See below for a description of the program sent to us by Invest in Youth:
Your investment of one hour a week can lead to a lifetime of dividends for a child… Volunteer tutors needed for the upcoming school year. Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city, including Madrona K-8. Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week. Will you join us this fall? The program is pretty straight forward. Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session. Tutoring begins the first week of October, runs through May, and takes place once every week across six conveniently located elementary schools in Seattle:
Mondays: Roxhill Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.
Tuesdays: Madrona K-8 (Madrona) from 4:10-5:10 p.m.
Wednesdays: Daniel Bagley Elementary (Green Lake) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.
Thursdays: Fairmount Park Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: Thurgood Marshall Elementary (Judkins Park) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.
The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:
· 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.
· Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.
· Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.
With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today! For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!
To get the school’s garden ready for summer, Madrona K-8 invites you to bring your gardening gloves for a work party on Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be weeding, mulching and trimming, and they need your help! Garden tools and gloves for kids will be provided but organizers are asking for anyone with an extra wheelbarrow to bring it along. Kids are welcome to help out or play on the playground while you work!