Celebrate Halloween In Madrona Tonight!

carnivalIn just hours the streets of Madrona will be filled with little ghosts and goblins (and probably quite a few Princess Elsas), because it’s Halloween! Hopefully everyone has their costumes – and umbrellas – ready for trick-or-treating and the scavenger hunt at Madrona businesses tonight. Meet at the Shelterhouse at 5:00 p.m. for some sweet treats before the festivities begin!

bottlehouseBottlehouse will also have a family-friendly “Boos & Brews” celebration from 5:00-7:00, so make a stop there with your little ones sometime tonight for more trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples. The festivities will continue after 7:00 for adults, with food, beer, and other beverages in the beer garden. Costumes encouraged!

If you have a student at St. Therese, the school’s Halloween Carnival is also taking place tonight from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it should be a fun night to see everyone all dressed up! Happy Halloween!

Support Madrona’s St. Therese Catholic Academy At Auction Saturday, March 8

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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.

Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival Hosted by St. Therese Catholic Academy

carnivalSt. Therese Catholic Academy will be hosting a Little Ones’ Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 26th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome! The event will feature fun games, food for purchase and two bounce houses. Tickets are $1 each or $8 for 10, $10 for 15, $20 for 30 tickets and will be available for purchase at the door. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to be able to wear their costumes! St. Therese Catholic Academy is located in the Madrona neighborhood at 900 35th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. For more information please call the school at 206-324-0460.

St. Therese New Mass Schedule

St Therese SeattleSaint Therese is the Madrona neighborhood’s Catholic church on 35th between Spring and Marion.  There are several other Catholic churches in the area including St. Joe’s on Capitol Hill, Immaculate Conception up between 18th and 19th and St. Mary’s over by Washington Middle School.  Because of the close proximity (among other reasons), St. Therese is now sharing their priest with Immaculate Conception; therefore, the Mass schedule is changing on Sundays so the priest can be present at both churches.  Starting on Sunday, February 17th, mass at St. Therese will be at 8:30 AM, noon and 5 PM.

St Therese Halloween Carnival

Halloween MadronaSaint Therese Catholic School in Madrona is having their fourth annual Halloween Carnival Saturday, October 27th from 11 AM to 2 PM.  The carnival is held in the St. Therese gym which is on the corner of 35th and Spring.  The Halloween Carnival is free to public to enter and most activities are only $1.  Activities including everything from bouncy house to throwing a fishing hook over a curtain and pulling out a surprise.  It is a great event for young kids, if you are in the Madrona neighborhood come on by St. Therese – everyone is welcome.

St. Therese Makes Big Changes

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.

Photo Courtesy of: St.Therese School

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.

New Pastor for Madrona’s Catholic Church St. Therese

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This past Sunday was the last for Father Stephen Okumu (pictured) as St. Therese Pastor.  Father Stephen, as most parishioners call him, has been with St. Therese for the last five years.  He is leaving to become the Pastor of St. Bridget’s in Laurelhurst.

Father Charles Kanai has come to Madrona to replaced Father Stephen and Father Kanai is assisted by Deacon Greg McNabb who has been with St. Therese for the last several years.  Both Father Charles Kanai and Deacon Greg will also serve Immaculate Conception located in the Seattle Central District.  While no changes in mass times are expected in the immediate future, changes may occur down the road since both Catholic Churches have the same mass schedule.  In the interim, guest priests will assist to keep the current mass schedule.

Your Invited to See the Transformation at St Therese Catholic Academy

St Therese SeattleSaint Therese Catholic School, soon to be known as St. Therese Catholic Academy, would like to invite you to a community event the school is holding at their Madrona campus on Sunday, May 20, from noon to 3 PM to celebrate a new era in education and to thank the community for their support.

As I wrote back in March, Saint Therese Catholic School recently received a $500,000 grant funded in large part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is undergoing a significant transformation, becoming the first blended technology Catholic school in the Northwest. This cutting-edge learning model will provide Seattle families, regardless of their income, an excellent preschool through 8th-grade education that ignites the minds, dreams, and faith of their children.  To learn more about St. Therese’s transformation, check out their new website as well as come to the event this weekend in Madrona.

Big News for Madrona School: St Therese Gets Huge Grant

St Therese SeattleCongratulations to St. Therese School located on 35th Avenue in Madrona.  The local Catholic school just received word that they were awarded over a half million dollar grant to implement a program where teachers and students use technology in the classroom to improve learning.  The grant to implement the new program came from at least in part from Fulcrum Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Again, congratulations to St Therese and the Madrona neighborhood.

St. Therese School Open House This Sunday

St Therese SeattleSt. Therese Catholic Schools Week Open House is tomorrow, Sunday, January 29th from 12 to 2 pm.  All classrooms will be open and all faculty will be available for questions.  Come see what see what the spirit of Saint Therese School is all about.

St. Therese is located just a block from Madrona Playground and the Madrona Business District at 900 35th Avenue.