Mark Your Calendar: PreSchool For All Event April 3rd

Are you curious about Seattle’s Office For Education’s initiative to provide preschool for all 3-4 year olds in the city limits? We are too! Back in September the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Preschool for All” resolution designed to provide affordable, high quality care for all 3-4 year old children in Seattle, and they’re providing events open to the general public  around the city for those interested in learning more about the initiative. Events happening in the next few weeks are listed in the bulletin below, including the Central Seattle meeting which will be held on April 3rd from 6-8pm at Garfield Community Center.  As an added bonus, dinner will be provided to attendees and childcare will also be available during this time for all children ages 2-8. If you will be needing childcare services, you’re asked to RSVP with the number of children and their respective ages to upk@seattle.gov. Hope to see you there!

Preschool for all

Remembering Dee Dee Ranibow

Madrona’s leading Mayfair parade maven Dee Dee Rainbow sadly passed away in November and her family and friends would like to invite the neighborhood to celebrate Dee Dee’s life on Jan 4th at the University Unitarian Church. Dee Dee taught art at Meany Middle School for 30 years, and was known for her positivity and vibrant spirit.

Photo Credit: Flickriver

Photo Credit: Flickriver

You could always find her at any given jazz event that happened within 500 miles of Seattle. There will be a parade in her honor this weekend and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of one of Madrona’s kindred spirits. Please come dressed for the occasion (rainbow garments encouraged) to pay tribute to Madrona’s own Rainbow lady. The service will be held at 1:00pm, hope to see you there.

Madrona K-8 Principal Not Returning This School Year

Farah Thaxon has been the Principal at Madrona K-8 for the past three years, and has announced that she will be moving on this school year to focus on elementary education as the Principal of Emerson Elementary, within Seattle Public Schools. This decision for change was not made lightly by Thaxon. “Please know that I am still dedicated to the community and the school,” said Thaxon. “I will continue to be the champion for Madrona K-8 as it is one of the most amazing school and communities that I have been part of.” schoolMary McDaniel will serve as the interim Principal for the 2013-14 school year. In a letter Thaxon wrote to the school community, she said “most of all I am thankful for the relationships that have developed with the students, families, and Madrona community. Madrona is a wonderful place full of joy, passion, and most of all a community that cares for every student.” Even though the school will be continuing on this school year with a new principal, the same values will be instilled. If you did not receive the letter from Thaxon in the mail, and would like to read it, you may find the link below.

Letter From Ms Thaxton

Give the Gift of Reading- Donate to Madrona K8’s Library

There’s something therapeutic about sitting outside in this beautiful summer sunshine with an interesting novel, and it’s sparked our spirit of giving. Starting today, the Madrona Community Council is joining forces with Madrona K8 in an effort to spruce up their library over the summer, and is kicking off their first annual “60 Books in 60 Days” book drive. MK8’s librarian Anne Machonis has put together a wish list for the library on Amazon, with many new books to add to their collection. book

Many members of the community graciously donated during Mayfair, and the Madrona Community Council was able to buy a set of the 2013 Washington Children’s Choice Book Awards books fit for children at Madrona K8 School. These books are hand picked and voted in by Washington State students. Check out the Amazon Wishlist for a great opportunity to give the gift of reading!