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!

Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival Hosted by St. Therese Catholic Academy

carnivalSt. 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.

School Boundary Meeting TONIGHT

Madrona K-8 Map(Above is proposed map for Madrona K-8.  The biggest difference for Madrona is Meany, not Washington, is the new middle school if the student does not attend Madrona K-8.)

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.

2)  “Walk the Boundaries” which ends tomorrow.  Click the link for more information, but in short, you download a map, walk/drive the boundary and then fill out a survey online.  Maps can be found here.

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 District Changes: Will They Affect Your Children?

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. School Map

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.

Madrona Families Beware: Kidnap Warning

sirenThere was several postings on Madrona Moms about a suspicious man parked near Epiphany School the other day.  The description was as follows:

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.

Here are links to more details on the Queen Anne kidnap attempt,  White Center kidnap attempt, and the kidnap attempt I believed to be the kidnap attempt ”near Seattle Center.”

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.