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

PTSA Meeting and Holiday Potluck Tomorrow Night

If you haven’t had the chance to meet newly elected School Board member Stephen Blanchard yet, join fellow Madrona K-8 families and students tomorrow evening at the PTSA meeting. There will be a general membership meeting beginning at 6pm, along with a Holiday potluck style dinner meet and greet with Blanchard. school

There will also be a Scholastic book fair happening in the school library, which will be open to the public from 5:00-7:00pm for holiday book shopping. At 7:00pm, the meeting will conclude with a student winter music concert for all families and open to the Madrona community, an entertaining treat for all. Hope to see you there!

Madrona Wine Merchants Celebrate Two Years in Madrona!

A big (and overdue) congrats to Madrona Wine Merchants, celebrating two years in business in Madrona! Beginning Tuesday Nov 19th, they will be open on Tuesdays! Hours will be Tues-Fri 12-7, Saturday 11-7, and Sunday 11-5. Madrona Wine Merchants has the best selection of wines in town, and a fruitful wine club for neighbors and friends, and hosts tastings regularly at their storefront. The next tasting is scheduled this upcoming Saturday November 16th, featuring Rieninger Winery of Walla Walla. If you need wine for the holidays, buy 6 bottles receive 5% off your total, or if you need 12 bottles, receive a 10% discount. Congrats and thank you to our local wine experts, and here is to another prosperous year!

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Madrona Artwalk – Saturday

Madrona ArtwalkMadrona Artwalk is this Saturday November 9th.  The artwalk is new to the Madrona neighborhood, this being only the second event, but look for the artwalk every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm.  This month there is a lot of cool happenings coinciding with the artwalk.  For example, Conrow Porcelain Studio, across 34th Avenue from Pritty Boys Pizza, is hosting their annual show this Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and admire their stunning pottery.  In addition, Hammer + Awl, the independent men’s accessory boutique located in the new Pike Station, will be participating in the artwalk as well as hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 PM.  Besides these special events, many other Madrona shops and restaurants will be participating in the art walk including Kismet Salon, Madrona Wine Merchants, Juniper, etc.  Take a gander down 34th Avenue on Saturday and visit all the local participants.

Corner Retail Space Available at Pike Station

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Over the years we have watched the progression of the gas station that had long stood in the Madrona business district for over 70 years be demolished and reincarnated as Pike Station,  a 7 unit townhome project. The project has been sustainably built, incorporating 15,000 gallons of onsite harvested rain water, radiant floor heating, and has private rooftop gardens for each unit, accommodating soil depth for food production. It appears all but one of the residential units have already sold, (70% of the units had sold in June of 2012 last year way before project completion) and there is also commercial retail space at street level currently available. This corner unit has great visibility on 34th ave, with concrete flooring and 12 ft high ceilings. The lease rate is set at $60/sf/yr, and common shared restrooms are located in the rear of the courtyard. If you have any updates on this project, please share them with us!

Madrona Artwalk Coming October 12th!

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The Madrona Artwalk is coming next weekend, beginning October 12th! Artwalk will be held every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm. This month Hammer + Awl, the new men’s accessory boutique, is set to coincide with the artwalk and have it’s grand opening October 12th. Stop by and check out their impressive collection including Shinola watches, Portland, OR Chester Wallace products, and ties from the General Knot. Fall is finally here, and we’re excited to explore the new scarves, hats and accessories from vendors at the Madrona Artwalk next weekend. Hope to see you there!

Little Free Libraries Popping Up in Madrona

Have you seen little mailbox-like tiny houses appearing on your street? Well they’re not mailboxes, birdhouses, or newspaper dispensers- they’re little free libraries in Madrona! These fun structures are filled with books that you may borrow for free, and when you take a book you are encouraged to leave another in its place. Little Libraries are found all over the world and have recently been popping up in neighborhoods all over Seattle, and now you can find 15 libraries in Madrona. book

Each library is unique and fulled with an array of books ranging from children’s picture books, to Historical Non Fiction. The little library located at 525 31st Ave is made from a 1970’s Barbie doll house, and inside you’ll find barbies reading novels of their own. At the library on 29th and Columbia you’ll find hand painted artwork on the library’s little door. There is even a red newspaper box located at 1605 36th Ave that has been turned into a little house of books! Many residents who have contributed to the neighborhood’s little libraries have seen positive results, and find that it is a great way to break the ice and engage with neighbors. For more information, or a map locator of all the little libraries in town, visit the little library website, and remember to bring a book to share with the next neighborhood visitor!

Seattle Police Investigate Arson at Madrona Elementary

Seattle Firefighters responded to a 911 call this weekend early Sunday morning to a fire at Madrona Elementary School. According to the Seattle Times, firefighters quickly extinguished an intentionally set fire that burned a shed outside of the school. Someone had called in an arson after driving by the school around 12:30am Sunday morning and seeing the flames, and firefighters were able to put out the fire within 10 minutes. school

An investigation has since been determined that this incident was intentional, and has been handed over to Seattle Police for investigation. The fire has reportedly caused $2,500 in damages, with $1,000 damages to the school’s exterior, $1,000 to the shed, and $500 in damages to the contents that were inside the shed. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Seattle Police as soon as you can.

Leschi Artwalk is Coming June 8th!

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Photo Credits: Flickr Warren Parsons

Get ready for the 2nd annual Leschi Artwalk this month on Saturday June 8th from 11am-4pm. There will be various exhibits of artwork from local artists, and patrons will enjoy live music, and there will be face painting available for the little ones to join in the artsy festivities.

If you’ve been in the past you won’t want to miss this Artwalk, as this year the Dragon Boats will be participating, and hey, who doesn’t want to jump in and take a spin on a Dragon Boat?! Artwork will be displayed in front of Lakeside businesses, and it might be smart to take the #27 bus into town, as parking tends to get congested during these events.

Madrona Blossoms Are Up!

madrona blossomsMadrona Blossoms went up this past Mayfair weekend, and are now a lovely addition to the streets of the Madrona business district.

These baskets are made possible by the Madrona Community Council, and take a year to grow and water throughout the summertime, and they look quite nice and full this year! If you’re around this Memorial Day weekend, head on over to Molly Moon’s for a scoop, and check out the baskets. madrona blossoms