McGilvra off to a running start

McGilvra off to a running start

McGilvra off to a running start

On Oct. 17, students, teacher and parents braved the rain to run laps around the McGilvra Elementary School (1617 38th Ave. E.) in what is one of our most important fundraisers of the year: the annual McGilvra Run-A-Thon.

We are grateful for the wonderful support of our local business sponsors (Bert’s Red Apple, Girlie Press, Talking Rain Beverage Co. and Seattle Fire Department) and neighbors who continue to pledge dollars to support our school. 

We receive minimal funding from the district toward important parts of a student’s life, such as arts, technology and the essential reading and math support specialists. Thank you for the continued community support. 

Class of 1958 gift

Some members of the Class of 1958 had a reunion at McGilvra in August and presented McGilvra with a gift. On Oct. 21, Joel Milstein presented principal Maria Brueder and librarian Danae Powers with a surprise donation to the school library. 

Harvest Dance/food drive

The students made luminaries for the Harvest Dance on Oct. 24. The kids helped prune and plant in the native area of the school garden, making scarecrows and decorating to make a spooky garden for the dance.

The McGilvra Harvest Dance served as the beginning of the food drive, in collaboration with the YMCA. Families were encouraged to bring nonperishable food items and toiletries to the dance as a kickoff to this cause. We will continue to collect and distribute these donations to our community YWCA (located on East Cherry Street) through Feb. 20, 2015. 

If you have any questions or are interested in helping or donating, email Community Outreach Committee members Sandra Shanahan (Sandra.Shanahan@hotmail.comor Linda Moy ( 

African-American academics meeting

On Monday, Nov. 3, the school hosted a dinner meeting of “McGilvra Families with African-American, African, Caribbean, Biracial and/or Multi-Racial Black Students.” One of the goals is to learn what McGilvra and Seattle Public Schools are doing to support and improve academic performance and social opportunities for African-American students. 

Veterans’ Day

In honor of Veterans Day, the school will showcase the experiences you (or your loved ones) had serving our country. Veterans are invited to share their stories in a videotaped interview or in person, during the Veterans’ Day all-school assembly on Monday, Nov. 10. 

To participate, contact Tammie Le at or Community Outreach chair Sandra Shanahan at

HUNTER ROBBINS is the communications chair for the McGilvra PTA