Madrona’s Epiphany School will be holding its annual open house on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the school, meet staff, hear from students and alumni, and take a tour of the campus. Epiphany School actively cultivates an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms, and strives to be an inclusive community by embracing the values of ‘respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.’ For more information about the school, contact Greg Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
Madrona 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.
Research continues to show that kids who play instruments and know how to read music do better academically, but for many kids, buying an instrument and paying for expensive private music lessons simply aren’t options. But this fall Madrona K-8 and Seattle Music Partners are teaming up to offer free after school music tutoring to 4th and 5th graders. Seattle Music Partners pairs kids from Central Area elementary schools with tutors who range from high school students to professional musicians, and also provide free loaner instruments when needed. Students from Madrona K-8 often go on to attend Garfield High School, which has a nationally renowned music program, so music education at Madrona is geared toward preparing students for a potential continuation of their music studies there.
But the school and its new full-time music teacher Stephan Childers need your help to ensure they have enough instruments and supplies to extend the program’s benefits to all students who want to participate. They have set up a fundraising page on SwopBoard, which accepts cash donations as well as allowing people to list items for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the fundraising effort. Funds raised will be used to buy recorders, sheet music, headphones, mp3 downloads, and instruments. Also, if you have an instrument that is collecting dust and you’d like to donate it, you may drop it off at the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They are accepting flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass clarinets, tubas, euphoniums, and French horns. So, visit the fundraising site, help Madrona fill up its instrument closet and get ready for a music-filled fall!
Friday, June 6 is Madrona K-8’s “Drop Everything And Read” day, when students will get to carry their favorite book with them all day, and when the bell rings – drop everything and read for 10 minutes! As part of the event, the school is also collecting book donations, and they need your help to gather enough books to send each student home with five books for summer reading.
Check your bookshelves at home for kids’ and young adult books you would like to donate, and drop them off at the school’s main entrance between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from May 27 through June 3. Five books per student means they’ll need to gather 1,500 books, so everyone’s help is needed!
Leschi Elementary School will be holding daytime tours and Open Houses to give families in the neighborhood a chance to learn more about Contemporary and Montessori programs, after school/curricular activities available to students and get to know the teachers and staff members. If you’re interested in learning more about the school, view classrooms, and hear from parents and student guides, come to one of the daytime tours, and check in at the school’s library. Please call the school office at (206) 252-2950 to reserve a spot for one of the following dates:
- Tuesday, February 11th 9:00-10:00 am
- Thursday, February 27th 9:00-10:00 am
- Thursday, Feb. 6th – 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Evening Open House, get to know teachers and PTA members on a tour of the school)
For more information, or to learn more about the school, visit the Leschi Elementary website today.
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!
Mark your calendars Madrona – there will be an all school Open House next month at St Therese Catholic Academy, a perfect time to come see how St Therese is engaging and educating every student. On January 26th, attendees will have the chance to tour the classrooms, interact with teachers and register for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Thinking about enrolling your child at St Therese next year? If you’d like to schedule a school tour, or request more information on the Open House, you’re invited to call the Academy at 206-324-0460. Hope to see you there!