By Sian Wu

This year McGilvra Elementary’s PTA and student community is launching a new campaign called “McGilvra Heart,” which focuses on uplifting and supporting our local community through empathy and generosity.

The first event that embodied this theme was the annual Runathon—a kid-driven fundraiser that encourages good deeds and team support, through “Kid Action, Power of Wildcats.” The superhero theme was on full display in October as our mini caped and masked superheroes ran, walked and wheeled around the playfield for the full hour. Together kids completed 6,798 laps, equivalent to more than 800 miles.

The funds go toward bridging the gap between school district funding and essential services, such as arts and music programming and math and reading specialists. Thank you to all of you who contributed to children’s fundraising efforts, as well as our sponsors Bert’s Red Apple, Denali Fitness, POGO, Darigold and in-kind services from Girlie Press and Carol Hoffman. For a full list of merchants who donated to the rewards incentive booklet for kids, go to

Despite limited space on school grounds due to construction of our new lunchroom building, this year’s Harvest Celebration was just as much a treat for kids as it is every year. The kids enjoyed a glow dance party in the gym, a spooky playground, games and activities on the field and a selfie photo booth. McGilvra’s fifth graders organized a bake sale to raise money for kids in Puerto Rico living with the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria and contaminated water. Kudos go out to the third grade parent organizing team, and all parents who contributed delicious desserts and refreshments for the event.

Thanks to funding from the Building Excellence Phase IV Capital Improvement Program through Seattle Public Schools, McGilvra’s new 5,100 square-foot lunchroom construction is well under way. The school is adjusting to the resourceful rearrangement of space to accommodate current school activity with minimal disruption. It’s been exciting to see foundation and framing work begin, and we are looking forward to seeing the beautiful new green building finished by the start of the 2018 school year.

This fall, McGilvra kids celebrated at Indigenous Peoples Day at Garden Recess. We served corn chips and salsa verde, made with our own crop of tomatillos. The group talked about common foods indigenous to the American continents, and how native peoples cultivated and harvested a wide array of fruits and vegetables prior to the arrival of European settlers. Garden Recess is held on Mondays, from 11:45 to 12:30 pm. All McGilvra families are welcome to attend, so mark it in your calendar and come check out what we do!

The McGilvra Elementary PTA has joined a cohort of Central Area School PTAs from Madrona, Leschi, Lowell and Stevens to host the School Board Debate at Madrona Elementary in late October. McGilvra PTA delegates attended the Washington state PTA Legislative Assembly on Oct. 20-21 in Tacoma, in order to vote on 11 new proposed advocacy positions and hear updates on current platform positions. In addition, the Housing for All Seattle Platform was recently endorsed by the McGilvra PTA board, in support of students experiencing homelessness and families in transition.

Tour dates of McGilvra for prospective families are now confirmed for Nov. 17 and Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m. at the school.

Be sure to like the McGilvra Elementary PTA Facebook page for updates, and our websites for more helpful information: and

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Are you prepared for Trick-or-Treating in downtown Madison Park?
All of the local merchants between 41st Avenue East and 43rd Ave. E. (close to Madison Park Beach) will be dressing up in costume and handing out treats again this year. Some may even share a joke or two!

Plan to bring the kiddies on Tuesday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 pm for this family-friendly event. Around 300 families from the community usually attend, and it’s expected that there will be as many this year as well.

The Madison Park Co-op Preschool is providing a photo booth at Triangle Park, located in front of Bing’s Food & Drink at 4200 East Madison Street. Come one, come all! And Happy Halloween to you!

Photo: Julia Raasch

The chilly fall weather and upcoming holiday season have reduced the events happening in and around the neighborhood, but there are still a few fun things to do in between your holiday shopping and snuggling up inside where it’s warm. Here are a few ideas…

Throughout November: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In November, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout November: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout November for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • French wine Tasting, November 4th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus a limited PAID tasting of Champagne from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, November 11th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 12th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Wines, November 18th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 19th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 2: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

November 4: Haiku Workshop
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The first Saturday of November marks the last Family Saturday of the year at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and Michael Dylan Welch, a representative from Haiku Northwest will be offering a Haiku Workshop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Stroll through the garden for poetic inspiration and then work to write a haiku in the traditional Japanese style.

By Ryan Murray

At around 10:30 p.m. on the night of Oct. 16, Seattle firefighters responded to a fire in a single family home in the 300 block of 27th Avenue East.

Responders were able to knock down the fire by 11:30 p.m. No one was injured in the blaze.

Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials on the duplex’s deck. The fire spread to the home itself. Estimated damages are $175,000.

Calls to the Seattle Fire Department public information line were not returned.

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