A Bottlehouse Birthday and Farewell To Wilridge’s Barrel

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Madrona’s Bottlehouse, which recently earned the distinction of being voted one of Seattle’s best patios, is holding a series of pop-up events this summer, starting with a celebration of its fourth birthday this Saturday, June 7. Whether you’re a beer or wine fan, Bottlehouse has something for every drinker’s palate, with a good selection of both northwest and European wines and a rotating cast of beers on tap and by the bottle. And what would wine be without its accompanying cheese? Dedicated cheesemongers are on hand to help you pick the perfect fromage, along with greens, toasts and sandwiches, to pair with your drink. For its birthday bash from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be offering food and drink specials and DJ Deegan will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.

Wilridge Madrona

When you visit the Bottlehouse, take a last look at the signature wine barrel that has long sat in the front yard of neighboring Wilridge Winery, as the barrel will be officially retired after the winery’s “Bye to the Barrel” party on Sunday, June 22.

The European-made 1,000-gallon barrel, rescued from winery owner Paul Beveridge’s friends’ property near Palo Alto, Calif., has been empty throughout its residence in Madrona, which has played a part in its deterioration over the years. Hot summers caused the staves (the wooden strips that make up the body of the barrel) to dry out and shrink, in turn loosening the metal hoops that keep them in place. Moss and fungus growing inside are contributing to its collapse, and the time has finally come for it to be removed for good. Beveridge said in an e-mail to members of the community council that he is hoping to preserve the portion of the barrel that includes the hand-painted Wilridge logo and display it somewhere in the winery.

Come say your fond farewells and get one last photo with the barrel while enjoying special barrel wine tastings beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd. 34th Avenue just won’t be the same!

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

Seattle Police Investigate Arson at Madrona Elementary

Seattle Firefighters responded to a 911 call this weekend early Sunday morning to a fire at Madrona Elementary School. According to the Seattle Times, firefighters quickly extinguished an intentionally set fire that burned a shed outside of the school. Someone had called in an arson after driving by the school around 12:30am Sunday morning and seeing the flames, and firefighters were able to put out the fire within 10 minutes. school

An investigation has since been determined that this incident was intentional, and has been handed over to Seattle Police for investigation. The fire has reportedly caused $2,500 in damages, with $1,000 damages to the school’s exterior, $1,000 to the shed, and $500 in damages to the contents that were inside the shed. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Seattle Police as soon as you can.

Madrona Community Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 4th

Madrona Community CouncilThe Madrona Community Council invites you to attend their June meeting at the Shelterhouse next to the tennis courts at Madrona Playground.  The meeting will be today, Tuesday, June 4th, at 7:15 PM.

The meetings tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Madrona Mayfair Recap
  • Street Tree Study Update
  • Madrona Community Council Retreat
  • Madrona K-8 Support
  • Treasurer’s Report

Madrona Community Council May Meeting at Madrona K-8

Madrona Community CouncilThe Madrona Community Council invites you to attend their May meeting at the Madrona K-8 School Library.  The meeting will be next Tuesday, May 7th, at 7:15.  The meeting will be at Madrona School since the usual meeting location, the Shelterhouse at Madrona
Playfield, is currently under renovation.

The meetings tentative agenda is as follows:

- Mayfair celebration update
- Shelterhouse remodel status/update
- Stairwell clean-up follow-up
- Street trees study consultant selection committee update
- Secretary election
- Yard sale in June?
- Treasurer’s report

Madrona Community Council March Meeting & Madrona K-8

Madrona Community CouncilThe Madrona Community Council will be attending an important Madrona
K-8 school meeting on Tuesday, March 5, and will not be holding its usually
scheduled meeting that evening.

As discussed on our earlier Madrona Blog, all community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting at Madrona K-8. Seattle School Board members, District representatives, community partners, parents, teachers, and staff will be discussing enrollment, funding, and capacity issues in the central region.

The meeting agenda and details are below.

Madrona K-8 community: please join us for an important meeting with School
District representatives!

Who: The PTSA is hosting a meeting with: Kay Smith Blum, Seattle School Board President; Phil Brockman, Executive Director of K-12 Operations; Nancy Coogan, Executive Director of School’s in the Central Region.

What: A meeting to discuss Madrona K-8’s future: enrollment,
capacity, services & potential changes

When: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30PM

Where: Madrona K-8 School Library (Map – Enter from 33rd)

Why: Madrona needs the district’s support to increase enrollment and to
support its students. The district also needs to look at all schools in the
central area when looking at capacity issues.

Madrona K-8 Meeting: All Madrona Residents Invited

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8 has invited the community to participate in a meeting next Tuesday night at 6:30 PM in the school library.  The school has been struggling the past several years with attendance and the meeting is to address what can be done to help the school thrive.  Because a strong school is an essential part of any Seattle neighborhood this is an important meeting for all Madrona residents.  Please join the meeting if you can.

Announcement:

Please join the Madrona K-8 PTSA for an important meeting with Seattle Public School District representatives about the future of Madrona K-8

All community members are encouraged and welcome to attend Madrona K-8′s upcoming meeting with SPS representatives on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Kay Smith Blum, Seattle School Board President, Phil Brockman, Executive Director of K-12 Operations, and Nancy Coogan, Executive Director of School’s in the Central Region, will be joining school staff, teachers, parents, and community members to discuss enrollment and capacity at Madrona K-8, special services to support neighborhood schools in the central region, and the recent option floated to the Seattle School Board to consider changing Madrona K-8 to a K-5 in 2017. Go to http://madronapantherpartners.org/ for additional information.

Good schools go hand in hand with healthy neighborhoods – come take part in the discussion.

School Tour at Madrona K-8 this Wednesday

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8 had a great turn out for their first school tour last week. For those who were unable to make it and are interested there are two more chances this month to take a tour. Come talk to other parents, administrators, teachers and staff and see classes in session. Its a great chance to see what is happening at your local public school!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am

All Open Houses and Tours for Madrona Elementary (map) start in the School Library (enter from 33rd Avenue near Union).

Madrona K-8 Book Fair

Madrona K-8Madrona K-8 will be having a book fair starting next week with a special opening this Saturday, December 1st, to coordinate with Merry in Madrona (read tomorrow’s blog).  The book fair will be open on Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The book fair will go to support Madrona Elementary.  If you are looking for Christmas gifts for kids, stop by the Madrona School library this weekend/coming week.