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!

 

 

Seattle Music Partners Benefit Aims To Increase Access to Music and Mentoring

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Seattle Music Partners, an after-school program that provides free music tutoring to kids at Central District elementary schools, invites you to its annual fundraising event on Wednesday, March 26. The event will include performances by both students and tutors from the program, guest speakers and details about the program’s expansion. The program is asking for community support to help provide more kids access to music instruction and mentoring.

The event is free of charge, and will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Northwest African American Museum located at 2300 S Massachusetts St. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at no charge. For more information please contact Sarah Westneat at 206-250-4998.

Support Madrona’s St. Therese Catholic Academy At Auction Saturday, March 8

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Show your support for St. Therese Catholic Academy at the Madrona school’s Mardi Gras-themed 2014 auction on Saturday, March 8, with a night of creole cuisine, music and shopping. The auction is STCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and the school hopes to raise at least $60,000 for its general operating fund, which helps fund scholarships, and various academic and athletic programs.

The adults-only event will be catered by Creole-inspired food truck Where Ya At Matt, with wine underwritten by Chateau St. Michelle and beer by Hale’s Ales. Auction items up for bid include gift cards to local restaurants, hotel packages and gift baskets.

For more information about the event, please contact the school at 206-324-0460 or visit the auction website. The event will be held in the school’s social hall, located at 900 35th Ave.

Looking For Volunteer Opportunities? Madrona K8 Needs You!

Have you been looking for volunteer opportunities to work with children? Madrona K8 is looking for volunteers to work weekly with their Kindergarten students for those interested in assisting small group math and reading classes. Volunteers are needed now through June, and this is a great opportunity if you are considering Madrona K8 for your children, or if you have free time to volunteer (parents, students, retirees, etc.).  These classrooms are very well organized, and this will be a rewarding experience for those looking to get to know the teachers, students and school. Below you will find a letter from the school Principal debriefing the opportunities in detail. school

“As our kindergarten students have settled in and are ready for small group instruction in reading and math, we are writing to ask for your help in making our group instruction meaningful and effective.

Student improvement for all is what we strive for so that our students continue to grow as academic learners and become independent workers and thinkers.  Small group instruction is a practice at Madrona so when kindergarten students move to 1st grade, they understand what is expected and know the purpose of working in small group.

Why have students work in small group?
* Students listen and share and have a variety of responses
* Each student contributes in the group, actively involved in learning
* More feedback to each student in the group
* Various learners in the group
* Targeted Instruction
* Students relate to their peers as they work together
* Benefit from a structured interactions with others
* Students are actively involved in learning
* Cooperative learning

We want our students to experience all the benefits of learn.”

Best Regards,

Mrs. Paul/Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Innocent

Attend a Leschi Elementary School Tour

Leschi Elementary School will be holding daytime tours and Open Houses to give families in the neighborhood a chance to learn more about Contemporary and Montessori programs, after school/curricular activities available to students and get to know the teachers and staff members. If you’re interested in learning more about the school, view classrooms, and hear from parents and student guides, come to one of the  daytime tours, and check in at the school’s library. Please call the school office at (206) 252-2950 to reserve a spot for one of the following dates: school

  • Tuesday, February 11th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, February 27th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, Feb. 6th – 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Evening Open House, get to know teachers and PTA members on a tour of the school)

For more information, or to learn more about the school, visit the Leschi Elementary website today.

Bush School Coach Accused of Child Voyeurism

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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.

Frank

Help Support Madrona K-8 School

Madrona K-8 PTSA sent out the following information to ask for the neighborhood’s support for the expanded school boundaries.  Madrona K-8 is under-enrolled while many surrounding schools are overflowing.  No matter whether you will ever have a child at Madrona School, a strong local school is important for the area.  There is not a lot of time, so if you want to help please read on:

Madrona K-8 Families: On November 20, the Seattle School Board will be voting on a revised set of school boundary changes and it has significant impact to future enrollment at Madrona K-8.

The latest proposed changes are dated November 6, 2013 and are published at: http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries. In the November 06 version of proposed boundary changes, Madrona K-8′s boundary increased slightly in one area, but it also takes away a portion of the existing boundary.

On November 13, the school board held a work-session where many amendments were brought forward. These amendments are also available at http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries. On November 13, Kay Smith-Blum of the Seattle School board proposed an amendment to change the boundary of Madrona K8 to include all of the green area below.

Please write to the School Board to voice your support of this increased MK8 attendance area boundary.

Madrona K-8

You can send email to the full school board at: schoolboard@seattleschools.org and to the growth boundary committee at: growthboundaries@seattleschools.org.

Make your Subject line:  “There are a few hundred seats going unused at Madrona K-8 and I support a larger boundary for Madrona K-8”

A simple message you can share:

Dear School Board Members:, On November 20, please support the expanded attendance area boundary for Madrona K-8 as proposed by Director Kay Smith Blum. There are a few hundred seats going unused at Madrona K-8 – and the amendment to the proposed boundary changes by Director Kay Smith Blum can help to fill them. MK8 is a building that received previous BEX funds, it is a wonderful learning community housed in a facility of excellent physical condition that is left underutilized year after year. I encourage you to see Madrona K-8 as a solution for central area Middle School overcrowding immediately next year as well as part of long term solution for the future growth of the Elementary grades in the district. Seats are open and ready for an increase in Elementary grades K-5 and Middle School grades 6-8. The Madrona K-8 boundary needs to grow to fill the school to capacity. 1- Filling all the available seats at Madrona K-8 is a responsible use of public facilities. Madrona K-8 received dollars in a public levy for a major renovation in 2001 and underutilizing one of the best school facilities in the district is a waste of public money. Adjacent area schools (Steven’s Elementary, McGilvra Elementary, Montlake Elementary) go on each year with portables, while nearby Madrona K-8 has many seats to fill. Do not perpetuate the continued use of portable facilities. 2- More importantly – enrollment counts are directly tied to the annual school budget. For many years Madrona K-8 has not achieved full enrollment – leading to an unstable budget year after year. An enrollment boundary that captures enough families to maintain a stable population of students is the best way to maintain a stable annual budget. Madrona K-8 has gone through years of conversation and lobbying with SPS to increase the enrollment boundary, and now that boundaries are changing all over Seattle, this is an opportunity for SPS to easily take action and support future success at Madrona K-8.

Open Letter Regarding Madrona School

Madrona SchoolFor Madrona moms and dads trying to decide where to send their child to school can be stressful.  Madrona K-8 has seen some changes with a new principal this year and can expect more changes with the upcoming school boundary adjustment; yet despite the transition, local Madrona parents and their children are enjoying their experience.

A week or two ago, there was some discussion on Madrona Moms about Madrona K-8 School and below is one local neighborhood mom’s response.  With her permission, we are republishing her letter here so as to hopefully assist other Madrona parents to gain a better insight into our local elementary school:

Re: An open letter to CD parents regarding neighborhood schools

Thank you for posting this. We too have chosen Madrona for our kindergarten daughter and couldn’t be happier right now. I’ll do whatever it takes to help dispel the myths and build the Madrona K8 brand that represents all the special stuff that’s going on, including the strong community it builds within our neighborhood!  We’ve met new neighbors that we didn’t know before this fall. I knew it was going to be a convenient choice since we could walk to school, but I didn’t expect the comfort I was going to feel knowing our daughter was nearby.

And, most importantly, our daughter is learning – in this short amount of time, she is reading, counting to 100 and has learned all kinds of new social skills. Her class size is small and both teachers maintain an incredible amount of order throughout the day.  Our expectations have been exceeded and so far, we are very happy with our choice.

I would be happy to talk personally with anyone considering Madrona K8 next year.

Thanks Again, Stacey Kryman

Free “Building Blocks” Festival for Parents This Saturday

Seattle SchoolsFor Madrona moms and dads of infants to preschoolers, there is a free event this weekend you may be interested in attending.  “Building Blocks: Learn, Eat, Play” event brings over 35 local preschools together this Saturday, November 9th, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM at Hamlin Robinson School.  Seattle’s Child Magazine, who puts on the event, has invited Madrona residents to attend:

Building Blocks Early Learning & Preschool Festival will feature more than 35 local preschools and other organizations that cater to families with young children. Parents can get information on schools, camps, classes and more, plus listen to mini lectures about early learning.

Kids will enjoy snacks as well as entertainment from Stone Soup Theatre, Jamtown and Your Imaginary Friend. Seattle Gymnastics Academy will provide free, on-site childcare during the event!

Volunteer to Tutor at Madrona K-8 School

schoolMadronaSeattle.com was recently contacted about this program where you can volunteer to tutor at local Seattle schools including Madrona K-8 School:

For one hour, just once a week on your way home from work, you can go into a nearby Seattle grade school and tutor a child who needs a little extra help with his or her studies. Invest in Youth (www.investinyouth.org) is looking for additional tutors for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

Participating in Invest in Youth requires a tutoring commitment of one hour per week (with several holidays) for the duration of the school year. Upon joining the program, you will be paired with an elementary school student in 2nd through 5th grade and work with that same student for the entire year, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses while tracking their progress from week to week. It is an extremely rewarding experience for both students and their tutors!

In 2013 – 2014 we will be working with the following schools:

  • Mondays, Roxhill Elementary School (9430 30th Ave SW), 3:45-4:45pm
  • Tuesdays, Beacon Hill International School (2025 14th Ave S.), 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, Madrona K-8 (1121 33rd Avenue) 3:45 – 4:45 pm
  • Wednesdays, Daniel Bagley Elementary School (7821 Stone Ave. N.), 3:45-4:45pm
  • Thursdays, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (2401 S. Irving), 3:50-4:50pm

To learn more or to register as a tutor, please visit http://www.investinyouth.org/become-a-tutor/ or contact Alison Allen, Program Director and Madrona resident at: (206) 316-6356

Not able to commit to tutoring each week? We are always looking for substitute tutors to help us out!