Madrona Community Council Meeting – Tonight (12/3)

Madrona Community CouncilHere is the invitation to the Madrona Community Council Meeting, which is tonight, December 3rd, at 7:15 PM in the Madrona Shelterhouse.

Hello neighbors!

Please join us tomorrow evening for the December Madrona Community Council meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. Below is the draft agenda. Come and talk with neighbors about the goings-on in Madrona.

Hope to see you-

MCC

Draft agenda:

  • Terrie Johnston, East Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, will meet with Madrona neighbors
  • Update on Safe Sidewalks and SDOT plans
  • Metro discussion; Anne Knight and Jerry Arbes from Bus2Riders will attend to brief members and the public on current Metro proposals to eliminate No. 2 bus service to Madrona
  • Merry in Madrona and Art Walk Madrona event on Dec. 14
  • MCC and Madrona K-8 collaboration discussion
  • Treasurer’s report

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.

Madrona K-8

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!

Madrona Community Council Meeting – Tonight

Madrona Community CouncilFollowing is the invitation from the Madrona Community Council for this months meeting:

Hello neighbors,

The next MCC meeting will be held tomorrow, November 5, at 7:15 pm at the Shelterhouse at Madrona Playfield. Join us to discuss the following items or just stop by to say hello.

Here is the draft agenda:

-Halloween and Wine Tasting event recap

-Wreath sale and Merry in Madrona plan

-Shelterhouse remodel

-CANDC report

-Madrona Grace Church- community input on space, Bryan Lee attending

-MCC officers election

-Treasury report

-Kraus Fund application discussion

Hope to see you there!

-MCC board

Meet Madrona K-8 Principal at Madrona Community Council Meeting Tonight

Madrona Community CouncilMadrona Community Council’s regular scheduled meeting is tonight at 7:15 PM.  The meetings are the first Tuesday of the month except for July and August.  Generally the meetings are held at the Shelterhouse at the Madrona Playground, but tonight the meeting will be in the school library at Madrona K-8.  The meetings are open to any who want to attend.

Agenda:

7:15 Shelterhouse status – Parks update
7:30 Principal Mary McDaniel of Madrona K-8
7:45 Madrona K-8 – follow up to online summer book drive
7:55 Halloween events
8:05 Wine event – Wreath sale

MCC business:
8:15 Treasurer’s report
8:25 Other business
8:30 Adjourn

Madrona Community Council Meeting – September 10th

Madrona Community CouncilPlease join the Madrona Community Council at their first public meeting since the summer hiatus.  The meeting will be held at the Shelterhouse next to the tennis courts at Madrona Playground and it will begin at 7:15 PM tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 10th.

The meeting’s tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Planning Halloween Event
  • Finalizing activities for the November 2nd wine tasting fundraiser
  • Discussing holiday decorations for the Madrona Business District
  • Previewing Madrona Community Council elections for November meeting
  • Organizing a joint mayoral candidate event with Leschi and Mt Baker Community Councils

The meeting is open to the public.  You are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting.

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

New Madrona Business Coming Soon

Sage MadronaThere has been a lot of change to the Madrona business district the last couple months, on the south side of Union Street.  Honestly, I have not been keeping up on the topic with the Madrona blog as well as I have wanted.  There has been the pop up shop across from St. Clouds, Davenport is going in as well, and now Sage Salon is moving across from the Madrona Playground.  Sage is being replaced by a new skin care business, and the new owner wants to invite you to come visit her shop.  Here is what she has to say:

Hello Madrona!

My name is Renae Berg and I’m a licensed esthetician that will be opening my skincare studio in Madrona on Monday, May 20th in the old Sage Salon location. I’ll be showing off the space at the Madrona Mayfair on the 18th. Swing by and say hi, meet my family, get some free chocolate and check out my cute little space. I’m so excited to serve the Madrona neighborhood and to offer my holistic skin care and waxing services. You can learn more at my website: http://www.holidayskincare.com. You can also follow me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/holidayskincare) or on Twitter: @HolidaySkinCare.

Excited to be a part of this beautiful neighborhood. See you all on the 18th!

-Renae Berg

Welcome Renae to Madrona!