Madrona Mayfair

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The annual Madrona Mayfair is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, May 14th 2016.  The festivities kick off at 9:30 AM with the Madrona Mayfair parade. Led by Deano the Clown, the parade starts at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike).   Other activities will be spread throughout the morning.  For a full list of the events, see below:

9:15 AM

Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park

(34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30 AM

Parade begins!

Breakdancing Instruction

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Photo Booth

Mayfair Screen Printing

(bring your own shirt or tote bag to print on)

10:00 AM

Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30 AM

The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00 PM

Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

Dine Out Madrona Is Next Tuesday April 7

St CloudsThe participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Madrona fundraiser make it possible to support the Madrona K-8 PTSA at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Get your morning coffee at Cortona Café or Cupcake Royale/Verite; grab a midday salad or sandwich at the Hi Spot Café; head to happy hour at Bottlehouse; sit down to dinner at St. Clouds, the Madrona Eatery & Alehouse, or Assimba; all topped off with dessert at neighboring Molly Moon’s ice cream. These participating restaurants have generously agreed to donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Madrona K-8 PTSA., so make sure to visit at least one of them on the 7th!

The 20th Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day Recap

Madrona SchoolOn February 7, 2015, the 20th Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day took place and was a true success. The honored guest was former Seattle Mayor, Norm Rice. Norm Rice attended the 1st annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day back in 1995 and was joined by many other founding participants. What a phenomenal representation of our devoted our community members.

In honor of the Madrona activist, Nora Wood, the 2015 Nora Award went to Madrona resident Barbara Parker. The Local Hero Award, an award given for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity, went to Holly Boone. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award, went to Risa Blythe. This award is named after youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who devoted much of his life to the youth of the Madrona community. The Madrona Resident for Life Award went to Jon Hughes. John Platt and Paul Butler, received the Madrona Good Neighbor Award.

Shedding light on the amazing children of the Madrona community, the Madrona K-8 Student awards celebrates student achievements.

Receiving recognition in the K-2 category: Miles Edward

Receiving recognition in grades 3-5: Keymani Washington

Receiving recognition in middle school grades 6-8: Chardonnay Beaver

Madrona K-8 Doris Baptist Hickman Staff Award went to Rachel Madding who has made a significant impact on the school.

Going above and beyond to link the community and the school, The Kaaren Andrews and Mary Bass Award went to Stacey Kryman.

Making an extraordinary effort for the education and growth of Madrona’s K-8 students, the Go Partners Award, went to Megan Wittenberg.

It’s never too late to starting thinking about nominations for your Madrona neighbors for next year’s awards. Usually Neighborhood Appreciation Day takes place the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

Madrona Author Series Event This Monday, Feb. 2

Madrona SchoolHopefully you will have recovered enough from celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday to attend the first in a series of author events at Madrona K-8 on Monday, February 2. Children’s author Ben Mikaelson will speak with students during the school day, and an event open to the public will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mikaelson will discuss his experiences and his approach to writing, with an emphasis on the “soul of a story.” The Madrona Community Council will be providing free childcare during the event for children ages 3 to 12. This is a free event and registration is not required, so bring the whole family!

Author Ben Mikaelson To Visit MK8 In February

Madrona SchoolOn February 2, Madrona K-8 will be hosting the first of its author series events at the school, featuring local award-winning children’s author Ben Mikaelson. During the school day, he will speak to 6th and 8th graders on “Becoming the Author of Your Life”, and lead a writing workshop for 3rd and 5th graders, followed by a public event that evening titled “Finding the Heart of the Story.” Stay tuned for more details about this event in the February issue of the Madrona News, and read more about Ben here!

Mayor Norm Rice To Attend Madrona Neighbor Appreciation Day

Madrona Tree SculptureWe know many of you in Madrona show appreciation for your neighbors all year long, but it never hurts to have an official day dedicated to recognizing the importance of the people who comprise your neighborhood. Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Norm Rice instituted Neighbor Appreciation Day citywide, and Madrona residents still celebrate it today, along with our Neighbor Appreciation Awards.

This year’s event, taking place February 7 at Madrona K-8, will feature a special appearance from the man who started it all, Mr. Rice himself, who will be discussing the continued success of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the awards before noon on January 3, and join your neighbors for the event on Saturday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. Also, keep your eye out for a special insert in the February Madrona News for another way to show your neighbors you appreciate them!

Make A Donation To Support Art Classes at Madrona K-8

Madrona SchoolArt programs are often the last to get funded at many schools, but art remains an important facet of students’ educations. Madrona K-8’s art teacher, Tamia Sheldon, has started a fundraising campaign through donorschoose.org to raise money to buy art supplies for this year’s planned projects such as sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting with acrylics. She would like to raise enough money to buy canvases, supplies to make custom book bags, clay materials, and paints, and needs about $2,300 to fulfill her orders. So, if you have a student at Madrona, or you would simply like to support Mrs. Sheldon and her art class, visit donorschoose.org to make a donation!

“Put A Paw On It” For Madrona’s New Henry Mural!

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Madrona K-8’s new mural. Photo by Kim Bevington

Next time you order a delicious cupcake at Cupcake Royale in Madrona, tell them to “put a paw on it!”. For an extra $1, staff will add a panther-paw cupcake topper and donate that dollar to Madrona K-8 to help pay for the new playground mural painted by local artist Ryan Henry Ward, who you may know better from his signature, which is simply ‘Henry.’ He has painted more than 140 of his recognizable murals on walls, garages, and even cars all over Seattle.

Glassybaby has already generously donated 50 percent of the cost of the mural, but the school is looking for your help in raising the remaining amount, and what better catalyst than cupcakes. This mural certainly brightens up the playground on dreary, rainy days, so consider helping fund its creation! This promotion is only valid at the Madrona location of Cupcake Royale (1101 34th Ave.).

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Photo by Kim Bevington

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!