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McDonald School triples enrollment, holds family dance Friday to raise funds

June 7th, 2011 · No Comments

When McDonald Elementary School opened last year in its temporary location at Lincoln High School (4400 Interlake Ave. N.), only about 65 students showed up for the K-5 school. With its designation earlier this year as Seattle’s newest international and language immersion school, the enrollment has nearly tripled to 174 — plus a wait list — for 2011-12.

McDonald School at its current interim location. The school will move in fall 2012 to its permanent location at N. 54th and Latona.

The school will have six language immersion classes — four for kindergarten (three in Spanish, one in Japanese) and two for first grade (one class each for Spanish and Japanese). Nearby John Stanford International School provides the blueprint for McDonald School’s immersion program; JSIS employees and parents say the key to its success is having an immersion assistant (a native speaker) in each classroom to help with instruction.

Hiring immersion assistants for McDonald will cost $100,000 this year, and McDonald’s PTA is trying to raise the money — fast. They need all the funds by the end of July to hire for September.

One fundraiser is this Friday, June 10, and promises to be a foot-stomping good time — a family square dance complete with a caller. From the McDonald PTA website:

Come one, come all! Come on down for an evening of fun, dance, a silent auction, and more. Featuring Seattle’s raucous old-time string-band, the Tallboys.

We’ll also hold a silent auction with some pretty amazing items — Silent Auction details here.

The Stranger calls them “one of the hardest-working bands in Seattle,” Give ’em a listen here.

Friday, June 10 from 6PM to 8PM in the Gym at Lincoln.

PTA member Brooke Anderson is organizing the shindig and told us the invitation to the family dance extends to current and future McDonald families, plus anyone in the community who’d like to know more about the school. Anderson added, “For future McDonald families, I think any chance for them to see their community and know what the school was like this year. It’s been such a special privilege (and a ton of work) to be a part of a new school and we are excited to bring other families into that!”

A family ticket is $25; you can purchase them online or at the door.

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