A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our school these last EIGHT months!!

Many thanks to everyone who helped out at Madrona Elementary in April. These last two weeks have been jam-packed -- the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, the Bullpup-Panther Classic Basketball Game, the SBAC Breakfast, and the Disney "Lion King" musical all took place in the span of 8 days!  Whether you volunteered at one or more of these awesome events, tutored in a classroom, chaperoned a field trip, or hung artwork in the hallways, your support made a difference for our students and teachers this month. 

Below are some ways to get involved in May and June.  For most activities, you can click on the hyperlink underneath the description to sign up for a shift online.   

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11)

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Each day, we will recognize and honor Madrona staff in different ways:

·  Later this week, we will send home blank thank you cards with each student, for them to write a special note to a teacher or staff member who they appreciate.  Please send these back to school with your student next week!

·  On Monday, the PTSA will provide coffee and light breakfast (fruit and bagels & cream cheese) in the Staff Lounge.

·  On Tuesday, we will have a coffee cart and deliver fresh coffee, tea & sweet treats to each staff person's classroom or office.

·  On Wednesday, Principal McDaniel will provide a BBQ Lunch.

·  On Thursday, the PTSA will deliver small bouquets of fresh flowers to each classroom and raffle off two gift cards.

·  On Friday, parents will provide a Potluck Lunch.  This month's theme is a Baked Potato Bar with chili and all the fixin's.

Volunteers are needed to procure, prepare, and serve food throughout the week.  Please contact Sarah Kent at 206.669.5749 or SarahKBKent@outlook.com if you can help!

Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 11
 

Popcorn Fridays

The first Friday of every month is Popcorn Friday at Madrona.  Students can earn a popcorn ticket good for a free bag of popcorn by following the Panther Path, or they can buy a bag for $.25.  Volunteers are needed to help make, give away, and sell ~250 bags of popcorn.

Friday, May 4 | 12:30-2:45pm

Friday, June 1 | 12:30-2:45pm

Click here to sign up to help with Popcorn Fridays.

After School Program Support

Madrona runs a fun, dynamic after-school enrichment program for our students under the direction of Steven Baldock (aka Mr. B), and we can always use more help!  Volunteers must be comfortable with a flexible, unpredictable schedule and enjoy working with elementary-age kids.  

Primary duties include assisting with snack preparation and supporting teachers with lessons and classroom management.

 You can email Mr. B at stbaldock@seattleschools.org with any questions. 

Spring Session runs April 16-June 21.

Greatest needs are Wednesdays 1-2:45pm and 2-4:45pm.

Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays 2-4:45pm are also available.

**Note: Ms. Sharon (aka PTSA Co-President Sharon Safarik) is seeking 1-2 volunteers specifically to help with her Sewing Class on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45pm. Email her at mcconnell.sharon@gmail.com for more info.**

Click here to sign up to help with after school programs. 


Panther Paw Drawings

Students collect "Panther Paws" for following the Panther PATH, and every Friday morning we hold a drawing to announce that week's winner for each classroom. We also draw a random teacher's name and celebrate them with a $5 coffee card and a Madrona mug. Volunteers are needed to collect Paw Boxes, write student names on certificates, read student and teacher names over the intercom, present students with certificates, and take a celebratory photo of students in front of the "We Follow the Panther Path" poster in the lobby.

Fridays, April 20-June 22 | 8-9am

Click here to sign up to help with Panther Paw Drawings.

 

Staff Appreciation Luncheons

Our teachers and staff work so hard to support our students, so on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:30am-12pm, we hold a Staff Appreciation Potluck to recognize all they do.  Parent and Outdoor Club Leader Samara Louton has agreed to coordinate our April potluck, which will be a taco bar.  Please sign up to make or bring some taco fixins' for the potluck and help celebrate our teachers and staff!  We also need two volunteers to help set up and clean up the potluck.

Wednesday, April 18 | 10am-12:30pm

Contact Sam at smlouton@yahoo.com to RSVP or click here to sign up online to bring food for the April potluck.

**Note: If you're interested in coordinating Teacher Appreciation Week activities (May 7-11) or organizing the June potluck (June 20), please contact Volunteer Co-Coordinator Sarah Kent at MadronaVolunteers@gmail.com.**

 

Mayfair Hotdog Stand

Mayfair is an annual neighborhood celebration of Spring, which will take place at Madrona Playground Saturday, May 12, 9:30am-1pm. This year, Madrona Elementary will host a hot dog stand during the event.  We will also have a school information table and sell playground bricks and pavers and other Madrona merchandise.  We need a ton of volunteers to help make and sell hotdogs ... and to tell fair-goers about our awesome school and convince them to support us with their dollars! 

Saturday, May 12 | 9-1pm

Click here to sign up to volunteer at Mayfair.

 

Yearbook Committee

This is our first year as an elementary school, and we are hoping to make a yearbook that is free or low-cost, so that every student can have a copy. Parents Mascha Kroenlein and Charles Peterson have volunteered to head up this effort, but they need more people to help.  Specifically, they are hoping to find a parent with design software and design experience to help put it together.  Please contact Mascha (maschakroenlein@hotmail.com ) and Charles (charles@charlespeterson.net)  to join the committee.  Stay tuned for more details in a future volunteer update!      

 

2nd Annual Madrona Family Fish Fry

Join the Madrona School community for our 2nd annual Fish Fry on May 31 from 5pm-8pm. We'll have Leslie Beaver's famous fried fish and coleslaw, roasted corn on the cob, beverages, and dessert. Our own Kharen Nakauye will spin tunes for your dining enjoyment, followed by live music. Bring your friends, bring your neighbors, and bring a personal toiletry item to help our Madrona families in need. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (suggested donations: $20 per adult, $15 per child ages 10-15, and $10 for children ages 0-9). If you have questions, want to lend a hand, or have access to a propane burner we can use for the evening, contact Adam Rakunas at 310.907.6141 or playground@madronaptsa.org

Thursday, May 31 | 5-8pm 

 

Science Fair

Save the Date!  Help make our 4th Annual Science Fair a reality.  We need several more people to join our planning committee to help organize the science fair on Thursday, June 14. We also need judges on the day of the fair and people to work with students on Wednesdays during early release (1-2:30pm) to prepare their projects.  To join the planning committee, please contact Sharon Safarik at mcconnell.sharon@gmail.com.  Stay tuned for more detail in a future volunteer update!  

 

Drop Everything And Read (aka D.E.A.R.)

The PTSA collects donated, age-appropriate books throughout the school year and gives them away to students during the last week of school to help combat the Summer Slide in reading progress.  We need volunteers to help pick up books from donation sites over the next three months, sort and organize them by reading level the week before the event, and help students choose appropriate titles during the event.  To join the planning committee, contact Sarah Kent at Sarahkbkent@outlook.com. Stay tuned for more details in a future volunteer update!  

 

OTHER ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES ...

Send us your photos for the Yearbook!

Parents Mascha Kroenlein, Charles Peterson, and Alyssa Hays are hard at work putting together a 2017-18 School Yearbook, but they could use more candid photos from school trips and events.  You can upload your photos here: https://nas.spiz.us/sharing/VOS6VMhnu

After School Program Support

Madrona runs a fun, dynamic after-school enrichment program for our students under the direction of Steven Baldock (aka Mr. B), and we can always use more help!  Volunteers must be comfortable with a flexible, unpredictable schedule and enjoy working with elementary-age kids.  

Primary duties include assisting with snack preparation and supporting teachers with lessons and classroom management.

 You can email Mr. B at stbaldock@seattleschools.org with any questions. 

Spring Session runs  through June 21.

Greatest needs are Wednesdays 1-2:45pm and 2-4:45pm.

Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays 2-4:45pm are also available.

Click here to sign up to help with after school programs. 

Spiff up the School

We have a ton of ongoing projects that can be done whenever you have some free time.  Contact Sarah Kent at madronavolunteers@gmail.com for more info or click here to sign up to help beautify our school.

 

Last, but certainly not least ...

PLEASE JOIN THE PTSA!

Our PTSA should reflect the beautiful diversity of our school, and to do that we need YOUR voice. We have several open positions on our board for next year, and we will be electing new officers on Wednesday, June 6.  If you've been thinking about joining the PTSA, now is the time! 

In any event, all families are welcome to participate in the meeting.  Light snacks are provided.  Childcare and translation services are available by request.  

PTSA Coffee | Tuesday, May 8 | 8-9am | Hi-Spot Cafe

PTSA Meeting | Wednesday, June 6 | 6:30-8pm | Madrona Computer Lab

PTSA Coffee |  Tuesday, June 12 | 8-9am | Hi-Spot Cafe

**Check out our Facebook group "Friends and Family of Madrona Elementary."  For more information, you can also contact PTSA Co-Presidents Sharon Safarik and Nathan Hoerschelmann via email at President@madronaptsa.org.**

 

Questions?  Suggestions?  Contact Volunteer Co-Coordinators Sarah and Mariana today, because we want to hear about it and help make it happen!  As always, you can click here to see a list of all of our volunteer opportunities in one place. You can also follow along with real-time school updates by joining our Facebook Group "Friends and Family of Madrona Elementary" and sign up to receive the PTSA emails by visiting our website at www.madronaptsa.org and entering your email address at the bottom of the page.

For questions, please contact Sarah Kent or Mariana Zantop at madronavolunteers@gmail.com or call Sarah at 206.669.5749.

Thank you!

In community,

Sarah & Mariana