NW Boychoir features Madrona students

The NW Boychoir.  Photo: Ben VanHouten

The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 39th annual A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Three members of the Northwest Boychoir live in or near Madrona:
Gabriel Sharp, 14 (8th grader at The Northwest School)
Xander Uyttendaele, 16 (11th grader at Lakeside School)
Leo Winkler, 12 (6th grader at The Northwest School)

Photo: Ben VanHouten

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are open to the public, and will run December 9-22, 2017 at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region. Concerts have reserved seating.

For Advanced Tickets and More Information: http://www.nwboychoir.org or (206) 524-3234. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

Maria Johnson, Executive Director
Joseph Crnko, Music Director

Sat. Dec. 9, 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 10, 7:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Reserved seating

Sat. Dec. 16, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 17, 7:00 pm
Holy Rosary Church
4210 SW Genesee Street, Seattle
Reserved seating

Tues. Dec. 19, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Wed. Dec. 20, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Thurs. Dec. 21, 7:30 pm
St. Alphonsus Church
5816 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Reserved seating

Special Event
Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 pm
Benaroya Hall
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Presented by the Seattle Symphony with Northwest Sinfonia
200 University Street, Seattle
Reserved seating
Tickets through Seattle Symphony:
206.215.4747 or http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day Is Coming!

madrona-school-sign-tpIt’s almost time again to celebrate and honor our friends and neighbors here in the Madrona community!

Join your neighbors to celebrate Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-11am.  The gathering will take place at Madrona PK-8 School library with ceremonies begining promptly at 10:00am.

Awards include:

  1. The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  2. The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.
  3. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  4. The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

This event provides the opportunity for all members of the community to not only enjoy the accomplishments of our adult residents, but to meet the award winners from Madrona K-8 School as well. In addition to all the excitement, the Mayor is confirmed to attend this years event!

It’s time to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of your neighbors, big and small and remember why Madrona is such a strong, wonderful community you’re proud to be a part of!

Save The Date: Epiphany School Open House In Madrona 12/3

Epiphany School LogoMadrona’s Epiphany School will be holding its annual open house on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the school, meet staff, hear from students and alumni, and take a tour of the campus. Epiphany School actively cultivates an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms, and strives to be an inclusive community by embracing the values of ‘respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.’ For more information about the school, contact Greg Jones at gjones@epiphanyschool.org, or visit their website.

Madrona Mayfair Happening this Saturday, May 16th

MadronaMayfairPoster2015Just a reminder, The Madrona Mayfair is set for this Saturday, May 16th. This event is sponsored by the Madrona Community Council (MCC) and it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

With tons of great activities such as a bouncy house, pony rides, a parade, face painting and much more – your kids are sure to be pleased.

Schedule of Events:

9:15AM Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30AM Parade begins!NEWMadronaK8_Auctionposter_4-21

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Open Air Library

Balloon Artist

Carnival Games

10:00AM Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30AM The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00PM Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

 

ALSO, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Madrona PreK-8 Silent Auction! 10AM -12PM

Last year the auction was such a success, the PTSA was able to fund a K-2 art teacher this year. Make sure to participate this and so we can blow last year out of the water and go the extra mile!

Help Madrona K-8’s Music Program Get A New Sound System

Madrona SchoolMadrona 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.

Save The Date For The Ephiphany School Annual Carnival

carnivalClass 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.

 

 

 

Still Time To Enroll Your Preschooler At The Harvard Avenue School

schoolAre 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.

Volunteer Tutors Needed At Madrona K-8 This School Year

Madrona SchoolSeattle 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!

Free Music Tutoring Coming This Fall At Madrona K-8

Molly SwensonResearch continues to show that kids who play instruments and know how to read music do better academically, but for many kids, buying an instrument and paying for expensive private music lessons simply aren’t options. But this fall Madrona K-8 and Seattle Music Partners are teaming up to offer free after school music tutoring to 4th and 5th graders. Seattle Music Partners pairs kids from Central Area elementary schools with tutors who range from high school students to professional musicians, and also provide free loaner instruments when needed. Students from Madrona K-8 often go on to attend Garfield High School, which has a nationally renowned music program, so music education at Madrona is geared toward preparing students for a potential continuation of their music studies there.

But the school and its new full-time music teacher Stephan Childers need your help to ensure they have enough instruments and supplies to extend the program’s benefits to all students who want to participate. They have set up a fundraising page on SwopBoard, which accepts cash donations as well as allowing people to list items for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the fundraising effort. Funds raised will be used to buy recorders, sheet music, headphones, mp3 downloads, and instruments. Also, if you have an instrument that is collecting dust and you’d like to donate it, you may drop it off at the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They are accepting flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass clarinets, tubas, euphoniums, and French horns. So, visit the fundraising site, help Madrona fill up its instrument closet and get ready for a music-filled fall!