McDonald International Elementary

McDonald International
Student Life

Student Activities

Student Activities at McDonald International

For a calendar of school sponsored activities, please go to the School Calendar. For a calendar of PTA sponsored activities, please go to the PTA Events Calendar.

Before and After School Activities

McDonald International PTA has a full calendar of after-school enrichment activities. Please visit the PTA website for descriptions and links to sign up.

Scottie dog reading on the beach

Summer Activities & Immersion Camps

Three parents of SPS elementary students have built a website to help other Seattle parents find summer camps. Check it out!

School Festivities

Obon and Dia de Muertos

During the week leading up to the event, the cafeteria and gym are decorated in Mexican paper flowers and pennants and Japanese lanterns. Ofrenda and Bondana are set up on the cafeteria stage. Both include offerings to the dead, such as flowers, fruits, and vegetables and other items. Families are encouraged to bring pictures of their deceased loved ones to be placed on the Ofrenda. At lunch time, parent volunteers discuss Obon and Dia de Muertos with students.

During the evening event at the end of the week, participants enjoy a potluck meal, singalongs, crafts (sugar skull decorating and goldfish kendama toy making), face painting, and performances. The potluck includes traditional Pan (bread) de Muertos and Mexican hot chocolate. Japanese first graders perform a Bon Dance, a traditional dance which is a main part of Obon festivals in Japan.  Spanish Kindergartners perform a “Skeleton Dance.” Lastly, a local Mexican dance group graces audiences performing traditional dances. Every year this is a highly anticipated event. 

McFestival: Celebration of Art and Music

McFestival is our annual school art show and music concert. Each spring students get to showcase their learning in Art and Music class and celebrate their creativity with families. This year McFestival will be held on June 8 at 6 pm. We have a concert on the playground and art showings in the building for students and families to look at and enjoy. More information to follow later in the year.

McFestival Art  photo

International Night

International Night is our biggest event of the year! In May, the entire school community gets together for a festive evening to celebrate our international McDonald community with class performances, guest performers, food, arts, and crafts.