Smart Snacks: A Fundraiser Benefiting Students of Madrona & Leschi

image (1)Katie Busby (Leschi Elementary parent) and Stacey Kryman have been have been working on a joint fundraiser between Leschi and Madrona so they can afford to buy into the Seattle Public Schools fresh fruit & vegetable snack program.

They are hosting a fundraiser at Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) on August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm that is open to the Madrona & Leschi Community.

Tickets are available here.

Last year, they piloted a program at both schools, offering a daily fresh fruit or vegetable snack.  They had a team of parents buying, chopping and distributing more than 2,500 fresh produce servings each week.  This snack replaced the lower nutritive value food brought in each day by parents, teachers and outside groups.  It promoted the consumption of fruits and vegetables and we saw an increase in student willingness to try new foods. Teachers also reported their students were more focused in the classroom with fewer behavioral issues.  They’re really created momentum and want to expand this program for the 2015/16 school year.

Their goal is to create a sustainable fresh produce snack program for every student at Leschi and Madrona by tapping into the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program via Seattle Public Schools. This program costs $52 per student and offers a robust menu, featuring in-season produce, for the entire school year. But, since both of the schools have more than 50% of the students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals, a $52 price tag would be a burden for many of the families. The goal is to raise $35,000 so they can fund both schools.

Also, they created an Indiegogo page to take a shot at crowd-sourcing this initiative, too. Here is the link to the Indiegogo page.

Show up on August 27, 2015 support this fantastic event that truly supports the students of Leschi and Madrona.

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August 27th Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) from 6:30-8:00pm

 

Smart Snacks: A Fundraiser Benefiting Students of Madrona & Leschi

image (1)Katie Busby (Leschi Elementary parent) and Stacey Kryman have been have been working on a joint fundraiser between Leschi and Madrona so they can afford to buy into the Seattle Public Schools fresh fruit & vegetable snack program.

They are hosting a fundraiser at Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) on August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm that is open to the Madrona & Leschi Community.

Tickets are available here.

Last year, they piloted a program at both schools, offering a daily fresh fruit or vegetable snack.  They had a team of parents buying, chopping and distributing more than 2,500 fresh produce servings each week.  This snack replaced the lower nutritive value food brought in each day by parents, teachers and outside groups.  It promoted the consumption of fruits and vegetables and we saw an increase in student willingness to try new foods. Teachers also reported their students were more focused in the classroom with fewer behavioral issues.  They’re really created momentum and want to expand this program for the 2015/16 school year.

Their goal is to create a sustainable fresh produce snack program for every student at Leschi and Madrona by tapping into the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program via Seattle Public Schools. This program costs $52 per student and offers a robust menu, featuring in-season produce, for the entire school year. But, since both of the schools have more than 50% of the students qualifying for Free/Reduced Meals, a $52 price tag would be a burden for many of the families. The goal is to raise $35,000 so they can fund both schools.

Also, they created an Indiegogo page to take a shot at crowd-sourcing this initiative, too. Here is the link to the Indiegogo page.

Show up on August 27, 2015 support this fantastic event that truly supports the students of Leschi and Madrona.

SmartSnacksNEW2

August 27th Green Plate Special (2115 25th Avenue South) from 6:30-8:00pm

 

Volunteer Tutors Needed At Madrona K-8 This School Year

Madrona SchoolSeattle tutoring organization Invest in Youth is putting the call out for volunteers to serve as tutors in six Seattle elementary schools, including Madrona K-8, for the upcoming school year. See below for a description of the program sent to us by Invest in Youth:

Your investment of one hour a week can lead to a lifetime of dividends for a child… Volunteer tutors needed for the upcoming school year. Invest in Youth is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides free tutoring to local elementary students across the city, including Madrona K-8. Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week. Will you join us this fall? The program is pretty straight forward. Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session. Tutoring begins the first week of October, runs through May, and takes place once every week across six conveniently located elementary schools in Seattle:

Mondays: Roxhill Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Tuesdays: Madrona K-8 (Madrona) from 4:10-5:10 p.m.

Wednesdays: Daniel Bagley Elementary (Green Lake) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Thursdays: Fairmount Park Elementary (West Seattle) from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursdays: Thurgood Marshall Elementary (Judkins Park) from 3:50-4:50 p.m.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

· 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

· Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

· Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today! For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Mark Your Calendars: Madrona K-8 School Tours

Madrona School

Photo by Seattle Public Schools

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!

Madrona Community Council March Meeting & Madrona K-8

Madrona Community CouncilThe Madrona Community Council will be attending an important Madrona
K-8 school meeting on Tuesday, March 5, and will not be holding its usually
scheduled meeting that evening.

As discussed on our earlier Madrona Blog, all community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting at Madrona K-8. Seattle School Board members, District representatives, community partners, parents, teachers, and staff will be discussing enrollment, funding, and capacity issues in the central region.

The meeting agenda and details are below.

Madrona K-8 community: please join us for an important meeting with School
District representatives!

Who: The PTSA is hosting a meeting with: Kay Smith Blum, Seattle School Board President; Phil Brockman, Executive Director of K-12 Operations; Nancy Coogan, Executive Director of School’s in the Central Region.

What: A meeting to discuss Madrona K-8’s future: enrollment,
capacity, services & potential changes

When: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30PM

Where: Madrona K-8 School Library (Map – Enter from 33rd)

Why: Madrona needs the district’s support to increase enrollment and to
support its students. The district also needs to look at all schools in the
central area when looking at capacity issues.

Madrona K-8 Meeting: All Madrona Residents Invited

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8 has invited the community to participate in a meeting next Tuesday night at 6:30 PM in the school library.  The school has been struggling the past several years with attendance and the meeting is to address what can be done to help the school thrive.  Because a strong school is an essential part of any Seattle neighborhood this is an important meeting for all Madrona residents.  Please join the meeting if you can.

Announcement:

Please join the Madrona K-8 PTSA for an important meeting with Seattle Public School District representatives about the future of Madrona K-8

All community members are encouraged and welcome to attend Madrona K-8’s upcoming meeting with SPS representatives on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Kay Smith Blum, Seattle School Board President, Phil Brockman, Executive Director of K-12 Operations, and Nancy Coogan, Executive Director of School’s in the Central Region, will be joining school staff, teachers, parents, and community members to discuss enrollment and capacity at Madrona K-8, special services to support neighborhood schools in the central region, and the recent option floated to the Seattle School Board to consider changing Madrona K-8 to a K-5 in 2017. Go to http://madronapantherpartners.org/ for additional information.

Good schools go hand in hand with healthy neighborhoods – come take part in the discussion.

School Tour at Madrona K-8 this Wednesday

Madrona SchoolMadrona K-8 had a great turn out for their first school tour last week. For those who were unable to make it and are interested there are two more chances this month to take a tour. Come talk to other parents, administrators, teachers and staff and see classes in session. Its a great chance to see what is happening at your local public school!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am

All Open Houses and Tours for Madrona Elementary (map) start in the School Library (enter from 33rd Avenue near Union).

Madrona K-8 Book Fair

Madrona K-8Madrona K-8 will be having a book fair starting next week with a special opening this Saturday, December 1st, to coordinate with Merry in Madrona (read tomorrow’s blog).  The book fair will be open on Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM.  The book fair will go to support Madrona Elementary.  If you are looking for Christmas gifts for kids, stop by the Madrona School library this weekend/coming week.

Madrona K-8 Open Gym

Madrona SchoolOn Sunday, November 4 from 11:00 – 1:00, Madrona K-8 will be opening its school gym for an indoor play date. Kids 6 and under are welcome to play. Madrona K-8 have some balls and riding toys–feel free to bring other toys to the gym.

This is a great opportunity to meet current Madrona Elementary families, incoming families, and the principal Ms. Farah Thaxton. Plus, it’s an indoor play space on what will likely be a rainy, blustery day.

Madrona K-8 Bingo Night

Seattle BalloonsI have heard only good things about Madrona K-8 Bingo Night.  The family-friendly event will take place this year on Friday, February 10th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Madrona school.  There will be tons of great prizes – toys, games, restaurant gift cards, MP3 players and more.  The Madrona PTSA will be selling pizza for $2 per slice with snacks, fruit and drinks available for free.  There will also be a bake sale for dessert goodies.  Please bring a donated bake sale item.  Funds raised help cover the cost of this great event. Admission is free and open to the school and the Madrona neighborhood.  All children/students that attend must be accompanied by an adult.