A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our school these last seven months!!
Whether it was chaperoning field trips, setting up for school events, assisting teachers in classrooms, building a new playground, hanging artwork on the walls of the school, bagging popcorn for Popcorn Fridays, making meals for teacher appreciation events, celebrating weekly Panther Paw winners, or any of the billion or so other volunteer jobs that help Madrona Elementary thrive -- your time and energy have made a difference for our school!
It's hard to believe, but we are now in the home stretch of the 2017-18 school year. We have a ton of fun and engaging activities planned for students and families over the next 12 weeks, and WE'RE GONNA NEED YOUR HELP to make it all happen.
Below is a more or less chronological list of upcoming volunteer opportunities. For most activities, you can click on the hyperlink underneath the description to sign up for a shift online. You can also just reply to this email to RSVP for any event or to let us know how you'd like to help. Please note: if you've received this message in error, or no longer wish to volunteer at Madrona, please let us know, and we'll take you off our email list.
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, April 6 | 12:30-2:45pm
Friday, May 4 | 12:30-2:45pm
Friday, June 1 | 12:30-2:45pm
Click here to sign up to help with Popcorn Fridays.
Disney Work Parties
A dedicated crew of 3rd-5th graders have been hard at work since early January, preparing a production of "The Lion King" through the Disney Musicals in Schools program. The show is coming up on Thursday, April 26th at 6pm, but there's still so much to do before then! Parent and Madrona PTSA Arts Chair Anya Rudnick is producing the show, and she has organized two work parties to tackle making props, building scenery, and helping with painting, lighting, sound, and childcare. No theater experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out however's needed. Come for as little or as long as you can, and bring your friends and family!
Saturday, April 14 | 9am-4pm
Saturday, April 21 | 9am-4pm
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.621.4978, or just show up when you can.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.**
Bullpup-Panther Classic Basketball Game
Join Madrona and Leschi Elementary schools for some friendly neighborhood fun on the basketball court at the 2nd Annual Bullpup-Panther Classic! The game will take place Thursday, April 19 from 5-6pm. Teams are made up of both staff and parents, so if you're interested in joining the Madrona squad, please contact PTSA Co-President Nathan Hoerschelmann ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, so you have time to practice with the team! There's a suggested donation of $5 per person at the game, with proceeds benefiting both schools. We'll also have concessions, pompoms, and Madrona merch for sale. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, ticket sales, concessions, and clean-up.
Thursday, April 19 | 4-6:30pm | Madrona Gym
Click here to sign up to volunteer at the BPC!
Every year, Madrona hosts a Breakfast for 3rd-5th grade students and their families to celebrate their hard work in preparing for the statewide SBAC exams. This year's breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 24th from 8-9am in the Gym, and it will feature inspirational speaker Erin Jones, who was the first Black woman candidate for statewide office in Washington in 2016, as our Keynote Speaker. Volunteers are needed to help set up tables and chairs the night before, serve food during the event, and clean up afterwards. Because the families of older kids are invited guests at the breakfast, we ask our K-2 families and community volunteers to step up that day if possible. Members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will also help serve food that day.
Monday, April 23 | 4-5pm (set-up)
Tuesday, April 24 | 7:45-9:30am (food service/clean-up)
Click here to sign up to help with the SBAC Breakfast.
Disney Musicals in Schools presents: "The Lion King"
Save the Date! After three months of hard work, the 3rd-5th graders will take the cafeteria stage on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. We need folks to make goodies for the Bake Sale to benefit our arts-infused education program at Madrona. We also need volunteers to help set up, collect donations at the door, assist backstage, manage the bake sale, sell Madrona and Lion King merchandise during the event, and clean up at the end of the night.
Thursday, April 26 | 5-7:30pm
Click here to sign up to help with "The Lion King"
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 hotdog stand during the event. We will also have a school information table and sell playground bricks and pavers and other Madrona merchandise. We need 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.
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 (email@example.com ) and Charles (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the committee. Stay tuned for more details in a future volunteer update!
2nd Annual Madrona Family Fish Fry
Save the date! Our Spring fundraiser will take place on Thursday, May 31 on the school playground, and it will take a village to make it happen. If you'd like to join the planning committee, please email parent and PTSA Legislative Chair Adam Rakunas at email@example.com for more information. Stay tuned for more details in a future volunteer update!
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, contact Ms. Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Stay tuned for more details in a future volunteer update!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or click here to sign up to help beautify our school.
Last, but certainly not least ...
PLEASE JOIN THE PTSA!
The Madrona Panther Partners PTSA supports our students and staff in many important ways, and we want and need to grow our mighty crew and ensure that our membership reflects the beautiful diversity of our school. YOU can and should have a voice in what we do. Later in April, the PTSA will set up a budget committee to plan for next year. In May, we will elect new co-chairs to lead next year's PTSA Board. Our various committee needs include people to help with: communications/website maintenance, volunteers, arts-infused education, family engagement, community outreach, PBIS support, school events planning, fundraising, staff appreciation activities, legislative advocacy, organizing the family resource center, keeping the school and grounds beautiful, providing after-school support, supporting special education families, and more. Come be a part of the action! Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8pm in the computerlab. We also meet for Coffee at the Hi-Spot on the second Tuesday of every month from 8-9am. All families are welcome to participate as much or as little as they want. We encourage YOU to take part in making our school a better place for everyone!
**Check out our new website at madronaptsa.org or join 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.**
You can also see upcoming volunteer opportunities on our SignUp page HERE
For questions, please contact Sarah Kent or Mariana Zantop at email@example.com or call Sarah at 206.669.5749.