Cafe McClure matriarch Lynn Lobdell retiring after 21 years

If you attended McClure Middle School or have kids who’ve attended in the recent past, take note of this special opportunity to send best wishes to the Cafe McClure matriarch, Lynn Lobdell. Lynn is retiring after 21 years at McClure, you can sign an online card here.

Here’s the info from McClure:

On January 27th, McClure Mavericks will bid farewell to our beloved Cafe McClure matriarch, Lynn Lobdell. Ms. Lobdell has been at McClure for 21 years and in her time as a Maverick, she has nurtured thousands of students through their middle school years. Going above and beyond the call of duty of nourishing our students and providing a positive, safe place for them to eat and socialize, Ms. Lobdell has mentored, monitored, guided, inspired, advised, danced with, and cheered on many a middle schooler in her beloved Cafe McClure.

She is an enthusiastic pillar of McClure’s community and will be greatly missed. If you want to wish Ms. Lobdell goodbye, provide a favorite picture or story, and/or wish her well in her retirement, please sign our online card for her before January 26th.

Thanks for taking a minute to do this, reminding your child to do so and for helping us spread the word to McClure alumni!

McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

McClure Middle School is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the school is throwing a party. You can join the mixer and celebration on April 5th at the Queen Anne Community Center.

McClure 50The party runs from 6pm to 10pm, and will include appetizers, retro desserts, a dance floor, and an auction. You can buy tickets online, and if you purchase by March 15th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a “fabulous” prize.

All festivities will have a 60s flair, so dressing to the decade is welcome!

Turkey Bingo at McClure this Thursday

It’s November and time for McClure Middle School’s Turkey Bingo , an annual fundraiser that helps keep McClure’s afterschool activities up and running.

Turkey Bingo is this Thursday at McClure (1915 1st Ave W), from 5:30-8pm. Bingo cards are $5 apiece, with additional cards priced at the low, low price of 50 cents each. Plus, if you bring a can of food for the Queen Anne Food Bank, you get 2 bingo cards free!

What can you win? All sorts of prizes, from Starbucks cards to Menchies certificates to pies… and, turkeys! It wouldn’t be Turkey Bingo without them!

Just a few weeks til you can mix it up and help McClure Middle at the same time

The McClure Middle School PTSA Mixer is set for March 23rd, and tickets are on sale now – and if you buy your tickets before March 15th, you’ll also be entered to win a mystery prize!

According to the organizers:

The McClure Mixer is a festive, adult-only evening event where we bring our McClure Middle School community together to help raise critical funds for library books, classroom technology, Writers in the Schools, math and reading tutors, our music program, drama club, and so much more.

The Mixer will be held at the Queen Anne Community Center, with the festivities beginning at 7pm. There’ll be food, a no-host bar, music, wine toss and silent auction with proceeds going to helping McClure kids.

For any questions or to volunteer, contact Chris Karam via email or at 206.954.1994.

Play Turkey Bingo and Help Out McClure Middle

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and McClure Middle School is hosting a Turkey Bingo night with great prizes including your very own Thanksgiving turkey. All proceeds will fund McClure Middle’s afterschool activities that provide students with the opportunity to participate in various activities including cooking, drama, pottery, and sports.

Turkey Bingo is family friendly, and the McClure 8th graders will also be selling treats to Bingo-ers that night. All of the prizes have been donated, and include iTunes gift cards, Menchies gift certificates, Starbucks cards, and “lots” of Turkeys!

Join in on the Bingo fun at McClure on Thursday, Nov 15, 6:30-8:30pm.

Last chance to give to Zaw School Days fundraiser

Today is the last day of Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser, and it looks like the race for which school will win is pretty close.

Our last week of fundraising shows John Hay Elementary in the lead with a mere $5 donation with Queen Anne Elementary coming in a very close second. Coe comes in third with McClure and St. Anne’s tied for fourth place.

Want to help your school win the grand prize (an Ultimate Pizza Party auction item courtesy of Zaw), as well as help them raise more dough? Customers can tell Zaw which school they’d like to make a $5 donation to in their name on all orders over $20 for the rest of the day today.

John Hay, McClure & Coe will walk to support PE programs at Boardwalk 5K Sunday

The 5th Annual Boardwalk 5K, Walk of Champions and Carnival Activities, is this Sunday, April 25 at the University of Washington Husky Stadium. The event supports health and fitness programs in Seattle Public Schools and emphasizes serving “underserved” students. Participants of the Boardwalk 5K will spend the morning walking, jogging or traversing the scenic UW campus, all while raising money for PE programs in local schools.

Funds will be used to support and expand equipment for the Physical Education Equipment Resource Center (PEERC). PE teachers share everything from archery equipment to roller skates to unicycles. PEERC makes it possible for all students to have access to success-oriented fitness experiences.

Other events, including the Walk of Champions, Carnival of Activities and Physical Education awards ceremony are free and will be held in the stadium. Check the full schedule here.

Queen Anne residents interested in participating are invited to join the John Hay Elementary team, which has already raised $710 in pledges, $460 over their goal! From the John Hay blog:

All of your registration fees will come directly back to John Hay to support Mr. Sturm’s efforts to keep our kids active and fit!
This event is for everyone in your family. We had a sizeable group last year and our fundraising allowed Mr. Sturm to buy many items on his wish list! We hope to see you on April 25, proudly sporting your John Hay spiritwear or Move-a-thon t-shirt!

Other Queen Anne Schools participating include Coe Elementary (they’ve raised $680 so far) and McClure Middle School (they’ve raised $35 so far). The brand new Queen Anne Elementary doesn’t have a team yet, but it’s not too late to make one!

For more information on joining the John Hay team, contact Carol Brown at or Suzanne Cohen at

Although online pre-registration has closed, participants can still register day-of. More information here.