Helpful Info

This is a quick guide for new (and existing) families at McGilvra Elementary School. We try to cover all the basic questions you might have, but please contact any of our PTA officers if your questions aren’t answered below.

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What are the bell times?

McGilvra’s bell times are 7:55 – 2:25

At the start of school bell, students line up outside by class.  Kindergartners will line up by the side school doors on E. Blaine Street.

May I drop my child off before school starts?

The playground will be supervised for 15 minutes before school begins from 7:40 -7:55 am. Until 7:40, students must be accompanied by an adult – the school is not responsible for students.

If my child takes the bus, how will they get to their classroom?

There is always a bus monitor helping children exit the buses and moving into the school building.  Kindergartners receive additional support to and from the bus.

Where is pick up?

School lets out at 2:25 (or 1:10 on Wednesdays).  Kindergarten releases 5 minutes earlier at 2:20 and must be picked up at the classroom door unless they are taking the bus or in afternoon care/activities.  If you are picking up your Kindergartner, please do not park on E. Blaine Street (not even for just a few minutes).  All other grades release at 2:25.

Pick up for 1-5 grade is on E. Blaine Street.  Please be aware: there is no parking on the loop – cars must keep moving.

There is no after school playground supervision.

What if we are late to drop off or need to do an early pick up?

If late, please bring your student to the office to sign in before escorting them to their classroom. If picking up early, please stop by the office to sign your student out.  Office staff will call your student to the office to meet you.

What if my student is absent?

Please  call the McGilvra Attendance line to report an absent student: 206-253-3164 as early as possible in the morning.

Before/After School Options

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After Care is offered by Associated Recreation Council (ARC) through Seattle Parks and Recreation/Montlake Community Center onsite at McGilvra. The program is located in the gym for the 2017/2018 year.  Pm hours are: 2:25 -6:00pm; on Wednesdays with early dismissal, the day starts at 1:10.  To sign up, contact the Montlake Community Center at 206-684-4736 for assistance.

McGilvra Kids’ Time is another option for after school enrichment programming onsite at McGilvra, also through Seattle Parks and Recreation.  Each quarter, new classes are offered in a variety of areas such as STEM, Art and Physical Education.  Information will be sent to parents each quarter via Paw Print and sent home in students’ folders.  To register for the after school classes or morning PE, please visit the Seattle Parks & Rec web site at You may search for specific classes by barcode or browse under “Childcare and Out-of-School time” and select the location “McGilvra Elementary School” to view all class offerings. If you are new to the online SPARC system, have questions regarding registration, or would like to register via phone, please contact the Montlake Community Center directly at 206-684-4736 for assistance.

Scholarships are available for Kids’ Time classes – to apply for a scholarship, complete and return a scholarship application to the Montlake Community Center. Applications can be found in the McGilvra office, at Montlake Community Center, or can be downloaded at files/scholarship_application.pdf


Where will my child eat lunch?

In our new state-of-the-art lunch room! Children have the option to either bring lunch from home or purchase lunch at school, using their assigned PIN. To purchase lunch, payment can be set up online at

What if my child wants to buy a school lunch and/or milk?

To view the interactive school menu, visit Nutrislice and select your child’s school.

All SPS students who qualify for free and reduced price meals receive meals free of charge. Families can now apply online! Eligibility criteria, additional benefits and the 2017-18 application can be found at SPS Nutrition Services webpage. Questions can be directed to

Getting Involved/Communication 

How will I get information about what is happening at school?

Each Friday, McGilvra emails out the Paw Print, the most up to date newsletter on school events, celebrations and concerns. Additionally, each classroom teacher is responsible for communicating with their families and many send weekly communications (email or letters home in student folders).  McGilvra’s School website and Facebook page are also good ways to stay connected.  The school office also frequently sends out all-school e-mail announcements.   Please make sure the office has your CORRECT e-mail address.

How can I volunteer?

McGilvra PTA has a Volunteer Chair who organizes all the volunteer roles – and there are a lot of them!  Examples of some volunteer roles are: Room Parents, Move-A-Thon Helpers, Field Trip Chaperones and much more. More info here.

What do I do if I have a concern about my child or their school experience?

The preferred process is to always go to your classroom teacher first.  Next, contact the principal. The PTA may also be a resource for you if your concern is about your broader McGilvra experience or perspective.

What is the best way to reach the principal?

Principal Maria Breuder is best reached either through email ( or by calling the main office.

Building Improvements/Construction Information 

McGilvra has a new lunchroom! Here are some notes on construction:

  • Greatly improved heating and AC
  • Professional-grade kitchen
  • Tables that can be converted to benches for a multi-use space
  • Large garage door style windows, open areas and lots of room
  • “Orca-friendly” green infrastructure water filtration with a rain garden and pervious pavement
  • We saved our big beautiful trees, which still provide shade and prevent runoff from our blacktop