Week 32 MIT Update

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This Week


💰Madrona Budget Meeting

⏰MIT Board Member Nominations

🎁Teacher Appreciation Week

🎨Art Walk & Silent Auction

🌱Garden Club

✅Bylaw Updates

⭐More From MIT


📅 Upcoming

4/30 ⏰ Deadline for MIT Board Nominations

5/2 6:30     Advocacy Meeting–Location to be confirmed

5/6-5/10 🎁 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/7 🍝 Teacher Appreciation Potluck – Sign Up!

5/13 6:30PM ✅ MIT Meeting – Vote on bylaw updates

5/13 Post MIT 🍻Parents Night Out – Scotts Bar & Grill

5/14 6:30PM ❗ School District Board Meeting

💰 Madrona Budget Meeting: Budget Cuts Coming to Madrona

In the recent April 25th MIT special meeting Dr. Castilleja explained the impact of the proposed budget cuts on Madrona for the 2024-2025 school year, and on the K-8 school model; teachers also spoke, and parents asked questions to both.

This is a summary only, please see the Meeting Minutes (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CwJFQVOcEVxE5ONS-A6RebLdOraIVPt7/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=108647701996491214077&rtpof=true&sd=true) or Zoom recording (Passcode: 9j06?eCm, starts around minute 14) for additional information.

  • The district is planning to reduce the staff for Madrona from 6.0 to 4.9 FTE 
  • The budget cuts would eliminate art programs for all students, as well as electives for middle school students, and result in larger class sizes
  • Movement to a 5-period model is not desired, but is being considered, along with other possible options
  • The K-8, mixed age model at Madrona would be at risk with the proposed funding
    • 2 K-8 schools in the district have already been lost to budget cuts!
  • Loss of art and electives will impact school choice by parents, future enrollment, and therefore future school funding
  • Loss of art and electives at our school disproportionately impacts the DHH community
  • The unique structure at Madrona serves students with a variety of needs who may not thrive in traditional classrooms

Call to Action: Make your voice heard!


URGENT – asking all families to join the Madrona Advocacy community SLACK page – https://join.slack.com/…/zt-2hmzamkdi…. This is a information / community sharing space specific to the 2024 Grassroots Madrona budget advocacy efforts (occurring between now and July). It has been created to hold a variety of different conversations and resources in one place, not limit communication to a single decision-maker, and accommodate those who do not maintain a social media presence – that support a grassroots effort at saving our Madrona K-8 community and is not dependent on any one individual or action. https://join.slack.com/t/madronabudgetadvocacy/shared_invite/zt-2hmzamkdi-2NTzTne529ppWKfH5AWpEQ?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR2RYfRqsV4it7BJAbE7QT–IB0HGyeSORTXCR1nQ-ka8FsyJwRZPWyRGCo_aem_ASa3pE2SVBSL4FWsb9O0EJBNWVhdxds5x5UAkoBsrZTg0I1DXT-eo6PS8gTYpTkCy2ugNL5muwjnueprcBFaJ36H

THIS THURSDAY May 2 at 6.30 – gathering / info session / action steps regarding the budget cuts and how they impact Madrona K-8  (location and zoom link to be confirmed)

  • Initial focus will be on our upcoming School Board meeting with plans shared for state based advocacy after the May 14th board meeting.
  • Asking all families to join an additional information and advocacy meeting –  there will be a walk through the budget issues  (in follow up to last week’s meeting), ex why this is different, how our K-8 model is affected (compared to last year or years past) and as a group to collaborate through how to best approach the upcoming May 15th board meeting – drafting messaging for emails in the lead up, how to submit and what messaging to submit to the school board, AND most importantly what and how to speak at a school board meeting.
  • It’s planned that this will be in person and on zoom but request in person attendance for more effective collaboration. (and please remember, these are volunteers stepping up where and when they can to coordinate and speak out)

Tuesday May 14 at 6.30pm (be there at 5.30pm) – School Board Meeting – PLAN TO ATTEND in person (arrive early for poster waving) AND SPEAK!!!!!!   Parents and Kids participation encouraged.

MIT Board Member Nominations – Due April 30

Join the MIT Board and become an integral part of the Madrona community!

There are 3 open positions for the upcoming year: Parent Chair, Vice Treasurer, and Recorder (one nomination).

  • Attend two meetings per month (meeting times TBD by 2024-2025 board members)
  • Contribute to decisions on how donations are utilized to support the school
  • Participate in the planning of all-school and community-building events
  • Meet new people & forge deeper connections within the Madrona Family

Nominate yourself or someone else (preferably with their permission!)

Email Molly at MITParentChair@gmail.com with questions or nominations

🎁 Teacher Appreciation Week – May 6-10

Help us say thank you to our wonderful teachers by contributing to the annual potluck lunch on Tuesday, May 7th

Contributions of food and/or time are welcome – Sign up here!


🎨 Art Walk and Silent Auction Fundraiser – May 30, 6-10 PM

(Insert: Madrona Art Walk Student Flyer here)

We are thrilled to have our annual Art Walk and Auction again this year!

We need your help!

Thank you!

🌱 Garden Club

Community Garden Update <<Embed link to Taste the Flowers IMAGE>>

Volunteers needed:

  • Start plants at home or purchase plants to donate – Give to teachers by mid-late May

For Classroom Outdoor Spaces

Plant these seeds now









For Students To Take Home in June

Start these vegetables now:





Swiss Chard






Seed Starting 101:

  • Fill cells or pots with soil to the top of the pot, the soil will settle.
  • Use a pencil to make larger holes, but small seeds only need to be covered very lightly.
  • 2-4 seeds per cell or pot
  • Plant seeds 2xs the depth of their size
  • Place flats or pots in a warm location on a patio or in a greenhouse, on a table where slugs can not reach them
  • They will need 8-10 hours of natural light from the South or West
  • If you have grow lights, be sure to keep grow lights close to the soil so the starts do not get leggy
  • Use a gentle watering nozzle to keep soil moist. Don’t let the soil dry out, or get too soggy
  • A plastic bottle with holes poked in the cap makes a great watering can for plant starts

Supplies Provided:

  • Pots and empty flats (Pickup in the garden, behind the Madrona sign by the metal tree)

Supplies NOT Provided:

  • Potting soil / Seed starting mix (Black Gold is a good brand)
  • Seeds
  • Plants

If you need assistance or would like to coordinate for donation of purchased plant starts, please email melissarmcginn@gmail.com

MIT Bylaws Update

The MIT Board would like to update the Bylaws

Current bylaws

Proposed bylaws to vote on

Some changes

  • Changing pronouns to non-gendered pronouns and expanding the inclusion statement
  • Requiring faculty chair to be employed at Madrona at 0.7 FTE
  • Allowing a student vote on board if a student rep is on the board
  • Increasing the requirement of a second signature on checks from $1,000 to $1,500

Please review the bylaws and submit any comments to Molly at MITParentChair@gmail.com.

We need to have at least 25 people present at our next regular General meeting, May 13 at 6:30PM to have a vote on updated bylaws.

We encourage you to attend in person but understand this can be difficult (Zoom link coming soon).

More from MIT

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Volunteer Paperwork

All volunteers must be cleared by Edmonds School District before volunteering in any capacity at Madrona.  Complete your paperwork now! Please allow up to two weeks for notification from the district about clearance.  All volunteers must have either an ID badge or sticker from the office visible while on campus.

Unsure if your volunteer status is still good?  Please contact the Educational Services Center communications@edmonds.wednet.edu


Interpretation for families is available through the school district for MIT events.

To request ASL interpretation, email aslrequests@edmonds.wednet.edu

To request other language interpretation, call or email Kelly Carlson at carlsonka@edmonds.wednet.edu | 425-431-2900

* Families that need interpretation must register in advance: We need 7 days to schedule interpreters for events.

* Familias que necesitan interpretación deben registrarse con anticipación: Necesitamos 7 días para programar intérpretes para los eventos.

*통역이 필요한 가족들은 미리 등록을 해야 합니다: 행사를 위한 통역관을 준비하는데3일이필요합니다.

* Các gia đình cần thông dịch phải đăng ký trước: Chúng tôi cần 7 ngày để sắp xếp thông dịch viên cho các sự kiện.

* Семьи, которые нуждаются в переводчике должны зарегистрироваться заранее: нам необходимо 7 дополнительных дня, чтобы заказать переводчика для мероприятия.

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