New Madrona Pre-K Coming This Fall!

 

Pipas, a home-based pre-k program, is coming to Madrona this fall!

They are experienced educators and artists with deep Seattle roots, looking forward to growing a creative, nurturing, developmentally-appropriate program in the heart of the neighborhood.

This is what a daily schedule looks like at Pipas:
9-9:30

Arrival, and play. block building, easel painting, sensory science with water, puzzles, impromptu puppet show, postcard writing….

9:30-10

Gathering. songs, show and tell/sharing, stories, check-in, calendar, group game

10—10:30

Snack. kid-assisted apple slicing, self-smear sunflowerbutter on rice cakes, dishwashing

10:30-12

Play, and more. pattern blocks with maps, paper mache moons, planned puppet show- written by kids, obstacle course, English-Portuguese color bingo, clean up

12-12:30

Lunch. time for eating, stories, sharing, down time, and looking ahead

12:30-1

Outdoors. move, run, jump, walk backwards, kick, throw, blow bubbles, find worms, hammer geodes, collect dandelions

Looking for a preschool program for your 3.5-5-year-old? Join us for a meet and greet, Tuesday, January 17, 6 pm. 

Visit their site and email for further details.

http://www.pipas-seattle.com/

 

Annual Events!

 

Fall is here along with Leschi & Madrona annual events!

On Saturday September 10th, from 11am-4pm head down along Lake Washington Blvd and Leschi Park for the 5th Annual Leschi Street Fair & Art Walk! Live music, parade, kid activities, & much more! leschiartwalk.comleschi

On Saturday November 5th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm the Madrona Community Council will be holding their annual fundraiser at St.Therese Social Hall on 35th ! The MCC and Leschi Market will together hold a Wine Tasting, get tickets here -> http://brownpapertickets.com/event/2595083

Happy Fall, y’all! 

Madrona Business Spotlight: Switchback Travel

switchbackSwitchback Travel occupies a quiet corner on 34th Avenue and Pike Street in Madrona, but visit the travel company’s website and find yourself among fjords in Norway, glacier-blue lakes in Patagonia, and looking out over jaw-dropping vistas from the peaks of the North Cascades in our own backyard. An underlying theme of adventure threads throughout Switchback’s catalogue of detailed travel guides, focusing on where to hike, ski, climb and more in locations as varied as the well-tracked American West to Tierra del Fuego in the southernmost reaches of Argentina. Not only that, but the site’s extensive selection of product and gear reviews ensure you’ll know which tents will keep you dry, which shoes will hold up on your trek, and which camera to capture it all with.

Switchback founder David Wilkinson set out to create an online destination for travel guides that don’t follow the traditional guidebook formula, and prioritizes quality and length of content over quantity. “We aim for articles that are longer than the norm, have writing that is more polished, and are written by people that truly are experts in the field. Instead of publishing articles as fast as we can, we try to make sure they are written and designed the right way,” Wilkinson wrote in an e-mail. For example, readers can follow contributor and accomplished climber Chris Kalman up and down the peaks of the Andes in the Cochamó Valley in Chile through his three-part journal, or read about photographer Cody Duncan’s personal journey to the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

The site is easy to navigate and every page brings one stunning photograph after another, which was part of Switchback’s design strategy. Wilkinson says, “I was always someone who grabbed a travel guidebook and went straight for the photographs in the middle, so photography and good user experience both were big priorities.” There is also only one ad per page, which is a refreshing departure from travel sites running endless ads for car rentals and hotels.

Although the site, which was founded in 2011, now has a global reach (a third of its readers are in Europe), Wilkinson says he is enjoying the office’s tucked away location in Madrona. The neighborhood was the first place he visited in Seattle, and he says “There is a lot more in terms of business here than most people realize, with start-ups, design studios, small businesses, etc. Madrona is a vibrant community and I’m happy to be a part of it.” So, give the Switchback crew a wave when you’re in the neighborhood, and visit the site for endless travel inspiration!

Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale Is Tomorrow!

Get out your best walking shoes and prepare to hunt for treasures at the 25 homes participating in the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale tomorrow, June 28. Sellers are offering everything from art supplies and iPads to strollers and antiques, so there is sure to be something for everyone. You can pick up a map of participating homes at Cupcake Royale on 34th and Spring before you start, or download one here and print your own. The map also includes a short description of what each home is selling and what time they’ll be starting. Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, this is a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and get some exercise. See you all tomorrow!

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SDOT’s “Play Streets” Pilot Program To Begin In Madrona

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Following the lead of a host of other U.S. cities and even that of the First Lady herself, the Seattle Department of Transportation has announced a new pilot program that will allow communities to close roads to cars and create “play streets”, giving kids (and adults!) freedom to use their street however they want. Giant hopscotch board? Sidewalk chalk canvas? Dinner party in the middle of the street? It’s up to you!

The very first of these play streets is happening right in our own backyard, in partnership with St. Therese Academy’s annual field day, taking place tomorrow, May 30. 35th Avenue between Spring and Marion streets will be blocked off from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so the school can safely expand their field day to the street.

Neighbors, schools and other community organizations will have the flexibility to hold play streets as often as they want, whether its twice a week or a one-time event. There are play streets programs all over the country, and they have been a part of  New York City life, for example, since 1914. The NYC program has recently expanded with the help of the NYC Parks Department, and play streets have entered the national discussion as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, as well. Visit SDOT’s new program website to read more about how you can play on your streets!

Donate Your Gently Used Books to Madrona K-8

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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!

 

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow 5/6

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Join your neighbors for May’s Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Park Shelterhouse tomorrow, May 6 at 7:15 p.m. Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

  • Presentation on Central District Timebank
  • Info on the planned parklet on 34th Avenue outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Cafe
  • Final update on Madrona Mayfair (This Saturday 5/10!)
  • General discussion on future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, and wine tasting fundraiser logistics
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Other business

The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E. Spring St. Hope to see you there!

$300 Per Person at New Madrona Restaurant?

Noyer SeattleWhile the headline is an attention grabber and may make many shake their heads with dismay, we do not want it to damper the excitement for Ethan Stowell’s two new restaurants coming soon to Madrona.  Yes, it is true there are reports that Stowell’s new Madrona restaurant will be $300 per person, but that will be for his ultra-high end, small restaurant Noyer.  Noyer, pronounced “Noi-YAY” and means “walnut” in French, will occupy a space off the courtyard behind the former Restaurant Bea that many Madrona residents did not even know existed unless they inquired/attended/booked it for a private party.  In addition, $300 per person will include champagne, fixed wine pairings with a tasting menu with all the best possible local ingredients.  It will definitely take Seattle restaurants to a new level.

Red CowIf $300 per person is not in your budget, the larger Red Cow, which will occupy the former Restaurant Bea’s main restaurant space, will be a welcomed addition to Madrona.  Red Cow, a french-inspired steak and frites restaurant is expected to open this month (as compared to Noyer expected opening in April).   The menu is already available online, and while subject to change, offers steaks starting at $21 (Hanger) and up to $38 (Filet Mignon) for a single serving (steaks options available for two+).

Keep your eyes open when taking a left onto 34th from Union, Red Cow will soon be a buzz with activity when they become the newest restaurant in Madrona …. the newest at least until Noyer opens.

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Looking For Volunteer Opportunities? Madrona K8 Needs You!

Have you been looking for volunteer opportunities to work with children? Madrona K8 is looking for volunteers to work weekly with their Kindergarten students for those interested in assisting small group math and reading classes. Volunteers are needed now through June, and this is a great opportunity if you are considering Madrona K8 for your children, or if you have free time to volunteer (parents, students, retirees, etc.).  These classrooms are very well organized, and this will be a rewarding experience for those looking to get to know the teachers, students and school. Below you will find a letter from the school Principal debriefing the opportunities in detail. school

“As our kindergarten students have settled in and are ready for small group instruction in reading and math, we are writing to ask for your help in making our group instruction meaningful and effective.

Student improvement for all is what we strive for so that our students continue to grow as academic learners and become independent workers and thinkers.  Small group instruction is a practice at Madrona so when kindergarten students move to 1st grade, they understand what is expected and know the purpose of working in small group.

Why have students work in small group?
* Students listen and share and have a variety of responses
* Each student contributes in the group, actively involved in learning
* More feedback to each student in the group
* Various learners in the group
* Targeted Instruction
* Students relate to their peers as they work together
* Benefit from a structured interactions with others
* Students are actively involved in learning
* Cooperative learning

We want our students to experience all the benefits of learn.”

Best Regards,

Mrs. Paul/Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Innocent