We wrote about the proposed Madrona neighborhood school boundary changes back in September and as of last week, these boundary changes were accepted by the Seattle School board. According to the Seattle Times, the board also unanimously voted on a plan for reevaluating the school boundaries over the course oft he next 5 years to fill the schools that are currently being renovated, or in construction, including another middle school that is in the North, and one in Capitol Hill. If you’d like further details on the school boundary changes and how they might affect your child, you can find the extensive article in the Seattle Times.
The schedule is as follows:
Mon. 12/9: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00
Tues. 12/10 & Wed. 12/11: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15
Thur. 12/12: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-4:15, 5:00-7:00
Fri. 12/13: 8:15-9:30, 11:00-1:00
Sat. 12/14: 9:00-1:00
This event is perfect for finding gifts for the holidays at a low cost! Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down, and run the fair. For more information please contact the Madrona K-8 PTSA at ptsa@madronapantherpartners or visit their website.
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.
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.
For 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
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!
St. Therese Catholic Academy will be hosting a Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 26th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome! The event will feature fun games, food for purchase and two bounce houses. Tickets are $1 each or $8 for 10, $10 for 15, $20 for 30 tickets and will be available for purchase at the door. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to be able to wear their costumes! St. Therese Catholic Academy is located in the Madrona neighborhood at 900 35th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. For more information please call the school at 206-324-0460.
As we wrote on Friday, school boundaries are changing in Seattle and Madrona will be affected. If you want input, then here are three ways to do so (although we are late on writing on two of them):
1) Email comments to GrowthBoundaries@SeattleSchools.org and either put our school or topic in the subject line.
3) Considering attending a meeting tonight, Monday September 30th, at Meany Building Lunchroom just up the hill at 300 20th Ave E. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and is scheduled to end at 8:00 PM. (I believe for easier access enter Meany from 300 block of 21st.) If you cannot attend tonight, there is also a meeting Tuesday night at Ballard High School starting at 6:30 PM.
For more information about the boundary change, click here.
Seattle School officials released a new school assignment map last week in an effort to avoid overcrowding and make room for new schools in the area. The proposed changes would affect Madrona while keeping Leschi at Washington Middle School. According to the Seattle Times, this is the first large revision since 2010, back when the district began implementing a neighborhood based system that allowed students to be placed in a school close to their home.
The Seattle school district estimates that over the next decade they will need to prepare for 10,000 new incoming students and are building and renovating in preparation. This also includes going back to the drawing board and updating boundaries for the new schools and adjusting current boundaries, but this plan is far from set in stone, and will not affect students this school year. The proposal includes changes that would affect many Madrona neighborhood elementary students, who are currently being placed at Washington Middle School, along with Madison Park and Montlake students. If the proposal is approved many of these students would be sent to the new ( or “old” depending on how you look at it) Meany Middle School, while Washington Middle would receive students from Leschi, John Muir, and Thurgood Marshall elementary. Generally public comment on school district issues isn’t heard until closer to the final vote from the school board. For more information on Seattle District changes, visit the Seattle Times article linked above.
My husband and I were playing with our 3 year old near the preschool play area and the main play area near the gym. We noticed a man pull up and stop near the preschool area and park. He sat there and seemed to be watching us. After about 10 minutes he drove away but we then saw him pull up on the other side of the road (Denny) and park. Again he was looking our direction.
The second time we were near the main play area near the gym. He was parked outside of the parking lot on the street (Denny).
This happened in the evening and both times he was parked far enough away from us that we could not see his license plate. I can only say he appeared to be Caucasian?, maybe 40′s, wearing sunglasses, silver vehicle.
This incident as well as a rash of others around Seattle caused Epiphany as well as other local Madrona area schools to warn parents to be on the lookout.
The 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