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    Principal Newsletter, Dec 2
    Posted on 11/26/2019

    Dear McDonald International students and families, 

     2019 20 staff

    I hope everyone had a lovely break and enjoyed time with family and friends. The next 3 weeks of school are typically filled with lots of exciting events including fieldtrips at various grade levels, the winter concert, winter class parties, and even Wheat Week for our 4th graders, not to mention the fun activities families have outside of school. With all of this excitement and change in routine, it is common to see over stimulated students. Anything you can do at home to keep consistent bedtimes and students arriving to school on time is greatly appreciated. If you plan to leave for winter vacation early, please be sure to let your child’s homeroom teachers and Ms. Mary in the front office know.

    Have you heard about Project Cool? This year McDonald International is teaming up with Project Cool. “Project Cool” in collaboration with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness collects NEW school supplies and fills backpacks to give to students experiencing homelessness. For students experiencing homelessness, schools are a place of stability. But imagine going to school with an empty backpack not feeling equipped with what you need as a student.  McDonald International School students want to act to collect school supplies for students who don’t have what they need. Please plan to donate supplies from the Project Cool supply list during the supply drive, Dec. 9-20th.

     Project Cool Donation List

    • Crayola crayons (box of 24)
    • Crayola Colored pencils (box of 12)
    • Crayola thick colored markers (box of 10)
    • Highlighters
    • Pens (black, blue, and red)
    • No. 2 Pencils
    • Pink erasers
    • Glue sticks (non-toxic)
    • Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
    • Toothpaste
    • Floss (containers of 40 yards+)
    • Wide- & college-ruled filler paper
    • Wide- & college-ruled 1-subject notebooks
    • Wide- & college-ruled composition notebooks

     You might have noticed that the gates surrounding the playground look different. The district is in the process of making our campus safer by putting in Egress gates. These new gates will allow us to lock the playground during the instructional day.

     McDonald International’s Lost & Found moved! It is now located on the 2nd floor next to the elevator. As you’ve heard, the Lost and Found has become a large undertaking for PTA Volunteers and school staff. So, for the next six months, we are going to institute a monthly donation program for any unclaimed items left in the Lost & Found over 30 days. Please communicate with your children the importance of being responsible with their belongings. We will do the same at school. Together, hopefully more clothing will return home every day instead of camping out in school.

    The 2020 Global Reading Challenge is on! The Global Reading Challenge is a citywide “Battle of the Books” program open to all fourth and fifth Graders. It is a citywide program that is a collaborative effort between the Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools. This year the 4th and 5th grade ELA teachers will have books for student access. For more information check out the McDonald Library Spot Light: https://mcdonaldes.seattleschools.org/academics/library/library_spot_light

     Are you a parent interested in checking out books for the McDonald library? Check with Mrs. Finnegan, our librarian. She can set up your own library account for your family. The library is regularly open for family check out on the following days and times:

    • Before school: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:35 to 7:55
    • After school: Monday 2:45 – 3:00 Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 – 3:00, and Wednesday 1:15 – 1:30.

     Often times Mrs. Finnegan is at school later, so stop by to see if she is here to help you with your books selection. As a reminder, there is usually after school activities in the library, so we need to be respectful of their programs. I look forward to seeing you in the library.

     The Health Services department asked me to pass along a link to a video that was created to explain the MMR vaccination and the new state law. Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/n7AJWBS2pq0

     As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out.  

    Sincerely,  

    Mrs. Goldberg