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.

Madrona Mayfair – Save the Date

Madrona MayfairMadrona Mayfair is already in the works and it is shaping up.  Knock on wood that the weather cooperates.  This year Madrona Mayfair will be Saturday, May 18th, 9:30 AM to 1 PM.  As always, Mayfair will begin at Al Larkins Park with the kiddie parade and end up at Madrona Playgound were there will be all kinds of fun.  Pony Rides, Bouncy Houses, Obstacle Course by Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, and this year the Recess Monkey will have a concert right there at the Madrona Playfield starting at noon.

Many Madrona restaurants/dessert makers have expressed interest in participating in this year’s Mayfair, but so far it can be announced that St. Clouds and Pritty Boy’s Pizza have confirmed.

As always the Madrona Community Council (MCC) is planning Mayfair.  Madrona Community Council is always looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event so they can continue to provide the event free to our Seattle neighborhood.  So far, Ewing and Clark are sponsoring the pony rides, Lakeview Kids Dentistry is sponsoring the Recess Monkey Concert, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society is covering the cost for permits for the parade, and Harvard Avenue School is providing face painting, but the Madrona Community Council is looking for two more sponsors to assist with other hard costs.  If you do not want to sponsor, but can help out either during or before the event they are still looking for volunteers.  If you are interested in either, please add a comment to this blog (it will no show to the public) and we will forward your information to the correct member of the Madrona Community Council.


Madrona Mayfair & Block Party Schedule

Madrona MayfairMadrona residents come celebrate Mayfair this year with your fellow Seattle neighbors on Saturday, May 12th.  This year Madrona Mayfair is in the morning with the Madrona Block Party starting in the afternoon.  Following are the up-to-date details of the fun events.


Madrona Mayfair Block Party – Saturday May 12
Brought to you by Madrona Community Council & Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM)
Rain or Shine

Schedule of events
Friday May 11
4:00-5:00 – Bike/Trike Decorating at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Decorations provided!

Saturday May 12
8:00-9:15 – Madrona K-8 (33rd & Union) Breakfast & Last Minute Bike/Trike Decorating
9:15 – Parade Line Up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
9:30 – Parade Begins
9:30-12:00 –  Bouncy houses, pony rides, bake sale, face painting, an obstacle course, The Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, food and more in the Madrona Playground (34th and Spring)

BOOM sponsors the 2nd half of the day with the Madrona restaurant and shops having food, fun and music all afternoon along 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District

Amara Parking Lot Performances (34th & Union)

12:00 – The Not-Its! – America’s Most Rockin Indie Band performs in the Amara Parking Lot – great fun for kids and adults alike
1:00 Le Cancer
2:00 GOD
4:00 Ethan Freckleton
5:00 Autumn Electricity

Bottlehouse Performances (1416 34th Ave)

12:00 Band of Guitars
1:00 A Cedar Suede
3:00 Last Great Fire
4:00 TBD
5:00  Jazz Group

The Madrona Community Council and BOOM would like to thank all of the sponsors and Madrona neighborhood businesses for helping make the Madrona Mayfair Block Party a successful event:

Madrona Community Council
Ewing & Clark
Harvard Avenue Preschool
Madrona Family Dental
Lakeview Orthodontics

Supporting sponsors:
Cupcake Royale
Meter Music
Seattle Gymnastics
Seattle Parks & Rec
St. Cloud’s
Tougo Coffee

Market Your Calendar for Madrona Mayfair Block Party

Madrona MayfairThe Madrona Community Council is hosting Madrona Mayfair this year on Saturday, May 12th.  Unlike previous years, Madrona Mayfair is being combined with BOOM‘s 34th and Union Street Festival.  This will allow the festivities in Madrona to go from the morning through the evening.  The first half of the day will have all the usual family-friendly events such as pony rides, bouncy houses, etc at the Madrona Playground and then continue through the afternoon in the Madrona Business District with live music, food and drink, and retail specials.

The Madrona Community Council is still looking for volunteers as well as sponsors for Madrona Mayfair Block Party.  So far, Harvard Avenue School is sponsoring Face Painting, Ewing & Clark is sponsoring the Pony Rides, and The Reptile Man and Mayfair Clown are sponsored by Dr. Loren Tarr.  If you are interested in volunteering or sponsorship, please contact Stacy Kryman.

Little Known Madrona School: Harvard Avenue School

Madrona SchoolHarvard Avenue School is a Seattle toddler, preschool, and pre-kindergarten school which began on Capitol Hill on, yes you guessed it, Harvard Avenue.  That school still remains on Capitol Hill, but the Harvard Avenue School has expanded to have a toddler program in Madison Park and another location in Madrona on the 1600 block of Martin Luther King.  The Madrona school has preschool and pre-kindergarten classes.   Following is how Harvard Avenue describes itself:

Harvard Avenue School seeks to provide an educational experience that combines loving care with social, emotional, academic, and artistic development.
A carefully balanced and supervised program has been designed for our students. Children experience individualized instruction, group learning experiences, art, dance, french, music, language, math, science, geography, and outdoor play.

Children can attend school two days (Tues/Thurs), three days (Mon/Wed/Fri), or five days (Mon-Fri) a week.  Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm.

Harvard Avenue has the typical school year from September to June, but they also offer summer camps.  Those are also offer two, three, or five days a week and are from 9 am to 1 pm, but unlike the school year they are offered as two week increments.  The camps run June 30 to August 26th.  I believe the camps are offered at both the Capitol Hill and Madrona schools.

Descriptions of each session are below:

Session One: June 30 – July 15 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5)

Camp Theme: Around the World and Our Home Town

We’ll also focus on our own continent and create art projects based on our culture and those that we “visit” during our camp day.  We’ll visit each of the seven continents in these two weeks and learn about the people, animals, and customs that you find there.  We’ll also focus on world music and have a world dance party!

Session Two: July 18 – July 29

Camp Theme: Mini Mad Scientist & Creative Chefs/Baking

It’s the kids’ turn to mix some potions.  . . We’ll be doing lots of experiments this session – working with magnets, floating and sinking, mixing colors and formulas.  We will explore our five senses and have some taste and smell tests that will be lots of fun.  We’ll also do some cooking and baking

The campers will make special baking projects and also create some cool “pretend foods” out of salt dough.  We’ll also use play money to have a bake sale with our creations.  Color mixing and play dough making will also be enjoyed.

Session Three: August 1 – 12

Camp Theme: Box Town, Music Madness & Big Messy Art!

Budding engineers and artists will love this session.   A box can be anything!  Each student is encouraged to bring at least one big and small box to help us create something for our “box town.”  Will they create a house, a store, or a rocket ship?  Can they turn their boxes into musical instruments?  We’ll take inspiration from the book Roxaboxen and have lots of fun!

We’ll  also explore various music styles and explore art through color, shapes, techniques, and form.  We’ll create beautiful works of art with a variety of media.  Splash some paint on some paper Pollack style, and learn from the masters!

Session Four: August 15 – 26

Camp Theme: Space Camp!  Blast off and learn about our galaxy in this fun summer session.  The kids will create jet packs and rockets, solar system  mobiles, and paper mache planets.  Listen at home for your child’s own rollicking rendition of School House Rock’s “Inter Planet Janet” and just wait to see how much your little astronaut will learn!  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!

To find out more or to register, contact Harvard Avenue School.