To get the school’s garden ready for summer, Madrona K-8 invites you to bring your gardening gloves for a work party on Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be weeding, mulching and trimming, and they need your help! Garden tools and gloves for kids will be provided but organizers are asking for anyone with an extra wheelbarrow to bring it along. Kids are welcome to help out or play on the playground while you work!
A reminder not to forget Madrona Appreciation Day next weekend! Join Madrona residents next Saturday March 22nd at the Madrona K-8 Library to celebrate and thank your neighbors for their contributions to the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!
Show your support for St. Therese Catholic Academy at the Madrona school’s Mardi Gras-themed 2014 auction on Saturday, March 8, with a night of creole cuisine, music and shopping. The auction is STCA’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and the school hopes to raise at least $60,000 for its general operating fund, which helps fund scholarships, and various academic and athletic programs.
The adults-only event will be catered by Creole-inspired food truck Where Ya At Matt, with wine underwritten by Chateau St. Michelle and beer by Hale’s Ales. Auction items up for bid include gift cards to local restaurants, hotel packages and gift baskets.
For more information about the event, please contact the school at 206-324-0460 or visit the auction website. The event will be held in the school’s social hall, located at 900 35th Ave.
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.
“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.”
Mrs. Paul/Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Innocent
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!
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.
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.
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful day in the Northwest to get your spirits up, and if you’ve been out enjoying the sunny weather this week, you know what I’m talking about! It’s shaping up to look like summertime, so why not participate in some volunteer opportunities outdoors?
The Madrona K-8 Gardening and Grounds Beautification Project is right around the corner on Saturday May, 11th, and they need volunteers to make it a successful morning! The work party will begin from 10am-noon, and the necessary tools and gloves will be provided, as well as light snacks and refreshments. If you’re interested in giving back to the community, and helping the school grounds look fresh, contact email@example.com with questions for more information. Hope to see you there!
According to an article in the Seattle Times, St. Therese Catholic School in the Madrona neighborhood has made great changes to their program. Up until two years ago, St. Therese found the number of students dwindling. Enrollment was down to about 90 students, just about 10 in each class. As expenses continued to grow, closure seemed to be the only option. Leaders of the school wasted no time and begun to make changes in order to draw more attendance. They worked very hard making numerous phone calls, hanging up fliers, and adding a Pre-Kindergarten class to the school. Most importantly St.Therese is attracting family with their emphasis on computer instruction. Students are spending 30%-50% of the day on laptops, where their progress can be tracked. Because of the many changes they made, their attendance has nearly doubled to 173 students.
With $433,000 in grants to date, $300,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, St. Therese is the second Catholic school in the nation that practices a blended-learning model, computer-based learned as well as traditional classroom style learning. Similar efforts are being put underway at Holy Rosary in Tacoma, where they are also hoping to adopt a Spanish-speaking program to attract more Catholic Latino families.
With the help the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, St. Therese has 190 laptops which is enough for each student in grades 4-8, and one for every 2 students in K-3. These laptops replaced 25 computers that were outdated, now students can feel proud of what they are using and accomplishing.