Madrona Monthly Newsletter

December 5, 2022

Hello Madrona Families and Community,

I can't believe it's already the month of December! I'm amazed how fast this year is going. Before I share what we've planned for the month of December, I would like to communicate all the noteworthy events and celebrations that occurred in our community last month.

On November 10th, our dedicated PTSA successfully engaged our community in our annual Move-a-Thon Fundraiser. During this event, our students were given the opportunity to have fun moving by walking, running, dancing to music, and playing games with their peers in order to raise money for our school. With your support, we exceeded our fundraising goal for this year's event. Thank you everyone who planned, participated, and supported this event! Our community is amazing, and we are truly thankful for your generosity.

Then on November 19th through the 22nd, we held our annual Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you to all the families who were able to attend their child's in-person conference this year. The joy I experienced and witnessed with families being in the building was astounding! We are extremely grateful for your partnership.

We also successfully held our first Book Fair of the year between November 14th through November 22nd. The purpose of our book fair was to provide our students with an opportunity to explore different genres, purchase their own books they are interested in, and to increase the joy of reading across our school. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped us make this event possible. Mr. Kirk and I are beyond thankful for your partnership. Our next fair will occur in May of 2023, and we would love your support.

Last week on November 30th, we had the Shippensburg Women's Field Hockey Team and the Gannon University Women's Volleyball Team volunteering in our building. They volunteered in classrooms, played with our students at recess, and supported students during their lunch. We are extremely grateful for their support and look forward to more NCAA teams supporting our school community. Thank you to all the staff who opened your classrooms to these amazing collegiate athletes. We appreciate you.

Please read on to learn more about what is happening in our great community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for more information.

Best Wishes,

Principal Carter



On December 6th, our SCORES Soccer team will play in a Jamboree at Wing Luke Elementary school beginning at 3:30 pm. This year we are honored to have a boys team supported by Coach Werth and a girls team coached by Ms. Drea. Both teams will play two games against a neighboring SCORES Team. If you are available on the 6th, we would love for our community to come out and support both teams.

Also, on December 8th, I am proud to announce that we will host our first SCORES Poetry Slam. This event will begin at 4:30 pm in our cafeteria. Our SCORES students directed by Ms. Locke and Mr. Moss and Wing Luke Elementary's SCORES students will recite their poetry in front of their family, friends, and our district SCORES program directors. Seating will be limited, but we welcome all who would like to attend. Thank you Madrona SCORES Students and Coaches for your time and sharing your talents with us. This will be an event to remember!

If you would like more information about this event, please call the front office at (206)252-3100.

The Giving Wreath

The Madrona Annual Giving Wreath is taking place virtually again this year. Our school, PTSA, and community partners are working together to provide Madrona families with grocery and gift support over the winter break.

If you are in a position to help this holiday season, there are two ways to donate:

  • If donating on the PTSA website, please put 'Giving Wreath' in the comments to make sure your donation is designated for holiday support.

A donation of $50 buys a grocery gift card for a Madrona parent or guardian. A donation of $100 buys Target gift cards for two Madrona students. Donations of any amount whether it’s $1 or $1,000 are greatly appreciated. Our goal for this year's Giving Wreath is $3,000, and the deadline is Saturday, December 10th!

Thank you for supporting Madrona Elementary families experiencing financial hardship during the holidays. We couldn’t do this without you! If your family would like some support over the Winter Break, please contact Ms. Shai'Ree at (206)252-3150 or email her at

Thank you,

Madrona Family Support Team

Panther Pride Council

We are pleased to announce the start of our Panther Pride Council. The goals of our council are:

  • To encourage and uplift student voices, opinions, and ideas,
  • Work collaboratively with others to complete schoolwide improvement projects,
  • Model examples of positive school community and leadership.

This group of students will consist of one representative from each of our 3rd-5th grade classes. Interested students will complete an application and film a short video clip detailing their interest. The film will be shown to our greater school community and each class will vote for their chosen representative.

There will be 2 terms between now and the end of the school year, which will provide opportunities for more students to participate in this important committee. Students will receive support from our Panther Pride Council Board at school to complete the application process.

Once selected, members of the Panther Pride Council will be responsible for gathering input from their classmates and sharing this information back to the council. As a result, all students within our school, even if they aren’t on the council will be able to share their ideas and opinions around improving our school community.

Applications are due Dec 16th, videos will be filmed after the break, and students will vote on the representative of their choice in January. During our February Newsletter, we will share the names of our selected representatives.

In partnership,

Principal Carter and our Panther Pride Council Board

First Trimester Report Cards

To access your student’s Elementary Progress Report (report card), please use the Source. Parent and guardian Source accounts also display SPS registered student attendance records, assessment scores, SchoolPay Accounts, Schoology Access Codes, and other important information parents/guardians may need throughout the school year.

Report Cards will be available to families on December 19th. If you haven’t already, please use the link above to set up your account.

Before you setup your account:

  1. You must be on record as the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in SPS.
  2. Your email address must be on record at each student’s school.
  3. Confirm you provided the same email address for each SPS student in your family.

To set up Parent or Guardian Source Account:

  1. Visit and click the Sign Up! link.
  2. Type the email address on record, then click Enter.
  3. Check your email for a message from If you don’t receive this email: a). Check your Spam or Trash folders. b). Contact the school(s) to provide your email address.

  4. Open the email and click the link.
  5. Enter your Username (email address) and create a Password. (Please do not use an apostrophe in your password.)
  6. Click Enter to begin exploring the Source!

Please let us know if you need additional information. Please call the main office at (206)252-3100.

Thank you

Principal Carter

Madrona Calendar

12/6 - SCORES Jamboreee @ Wing Luke ES @ 3:30 pm

12/8 - SCORES Poetry Slam @ Madrona ES in Library @ 4:30 pm

12/12 - SPIRIT Week Begins, details to follow

12/16 - School dismissed 1 hour early (1:25 pm)

12/19 - Winter Break Begins

1/3 - First Day back from Winter Break

Madrona Information

Proud Principal - Regina Carter

Office Manager - Ebony Hall

Assistant Office Manager - Shai'Ree Walker

Nurse - Lisa Oehl

Protected Health Care Coordinator - Dan Cole

Social Worker - Kendra Patrick