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.

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!

Help Get The Madrona K-8 Garden In Shape For Summer

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To get the school’s garden ready for summer, Madrona K-8 invites you to bring your gardening gloves for a work party on Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be weeding, mulching and trimming, and they need your help! Garden tools and gloves for kids will be provided but organizers are asking for anyone with an extra wheelbarrow to bring it along. Kids are welcome to help out or play on the playground while you work!

Dine Out To Benefit Madrona K-8 On April 8

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Almost anywhere you eat on 34th Avenue on April 8 will benefit Madrona K-8 School as part of its 6th annual Dine Out fundraiser. Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the school, which will be using the proceeds directly to support arts and enrichment programming, including funding two full-time artists in residence from Art Corps, the largest nonprofit arts education program in Seattle.

All you need to do to participate is let the restaurant know you’re there for Dine Out, and enjoy your meal! Participating 34th Avenue restaurants are: Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royale/Verite, Hi Spot, Madrona Eatery and Alehouse, Naam, Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria, and St. Cloud’s. Barrio, on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill will also be participating. Reservations are recommended if you choose a restaurant that takes them.

Dine Out Madrona is sponsored by the Madrona K-8 PTSA.

Celebrate Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day March 22nd

A reminder not to forget Madrona Appreciation Day next weekend! Join Madrona residents next Saturday March 22nd at the Madrona K-8 Library to celebrate and thank your neighbors for their contributions to the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

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Mark Your Calendars: Madrona K-8 School Tours

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Photo by Seattle Public Schools

Have you been thinking about which kindergarten would best suit your child next year? Mark your calendar for the new year and come check out one of the Madrona K-8 School Tours, catered specifically for prospective families to learn more about the neighborhood school. Choose between one of the following dates to attend:

Tuesday January 21st 9:30am

Tuesday February 11th 9:30am

Thursday February 27th 9:30am

Wednesday March 12th 9:30am

This facility is in excellent condition, and is considered one of the gems in the Seattle Public School System. Your child’s education is important, so take the next step to learn more about our Madrona neighborhood schools!

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.

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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

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!

Trick or Treat: Halloween Festivities in Madrona!

Pumpkin spice lattes, jack-o-lanterns on the porch, and Seattle skies lit with a spotlight beckoning patrons to the Kube 93 haunted house can only mean one thing – Halloween is nearly here! The Madrona Community Council, BOOM (Business Owners of Madrona) and Madrona K-8 have come together to organize several Halloween activities between 4:30-7:30pm on October 31st. All of the youngsters in the area are invited to come join the festivities, which begin at the Madrona Shelterhouse at 4:30pm for treats. pumpkin

Visit the neighborhood businesses dressed in your best costumes to collect trick or treat sweets, then take part in a special Madrona scavenger hunt. Business will be included in the scavenger hunt list, which will be available to pick up at the Shelterhouse. This year each participating business will provide kids with a letter along with their treat that when put together with the other letters spells a secret word. Kids will collect the letters to solve a word puzzle, and will be rewarded with a special treat at the Shelterhouse at the end. After the scavenger hunt, everyone is welcome to stop by the Madrona K-8 main entrance on 33rd for festivities and of course – more treats! See you there!

UPDATE:  Most of the activities will be from 4:30 to 6:30 and we do not believe Madrona K-8 is participating this year.