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Flamenco with Roots Performance benefitting Doctors Without Borders

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The fundraiser will be held at the Historical Abbey at 2825 5th Ave in Hillcrest. Tickets are $45. There will be a Mediterranean dinner, along with a flamenco show and a performance by renowned guitarist, David de Alva.  Sonny Burton has taught Flamenco at McKinley for many years. She also gives private lessons through Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts and her dancers perform throughout San Diego.

Teacher Lounge Makeover Project underway…Volunteers Needed for Aug. 8th

Not only has Home Depot donated all the wood flooring needed for the Teacher’s Lounge Makeover – they have also decided to donate the underlayment for the wood flooring, bottom sink cabinets and a new faucet as well as 10 volunteers tTeachers Lounge Headingo help install the wood flooring and cabinets!!!!  Woo-hoo!!!
They are set to do the installation on Saturday, Aug. 8th (exact time TBD).  They have asked us to supply 5 volunteers, as well, to help assist their volunteers. Please contact Jennifer Byard if you can lend a hand.
Thank you for supporting our teachers!!!

New Student Summer Play Date – Sunday, July 12th, 4:00 pm

 

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  • Will your child be starting at McKinley Fall 2015?
  • Are they excited and can’t wait to meet their new classmates?
  • Would you like to meet other McKinley parents?

This Sunday, meet our new principal, Deborah Ganderton.

Please join us at Montclair Neighborhood Park (South end of Nile Street).

Bring a Snack to Share

Current McKinley families: Please join us in welcoming the incoming families!

Keep up to-date on upcoming events by subscribing to the McKinley PTC blog at:  http://mckinleyptc.com,

Like us on Facebook (McKinleyPTC) or email us at:  info@mckinleyptc.com.

Babies on Planes are Safest Strapped In

Kids.gov sent this bulletin at 07/07/2015 06:35 PM MDT

Summer vacations can be pricey, and it’s natural to look for ways to keep costs down. But safety is one area you may not want to skimp on. So if you’re traveling by plane with a baby or toddler, look for airlines that offer discounted tickets for kids strapped into aircraft-approved car seats or child restraints.That’s the safest way for them to fly—not for free on your lap.

If you’re driving, make sure your kids are in the right car seats for their age and size. With the SaferCar app for Apple and Android devices, you can find help installing car seats, and check to see if your car seat has been recalled.

Find more tips for safe and low-stress travel at USA.gov.

New Student Summer Play Dates

Will your child be starting at McKinley Fall 2015?

Would you like to meet other McKinley parents?

Meet us at Montclair Park (South end of Nile Street) and Bring a Snack to Share

  • July 12th, 4:00 pm
  • July 26th, 4:00 pm
  • August 9th, 4:00 pm
  • August 23rd, 4:00 pm

For more information:

  • Like us on Facebook (McKinleyPTC),
  • Email us at: info@mckinleyptc.com

Volunteers Needed for Teacher’s Lounge Remodel!

Teachers Lounge Remodel Begins!

This Sunday, June 28 from 9am – 12pm there will be a “clean-out”. (clean out the room, rip out the kitchen, etc.) We need people to help! And, muscles too.

Please e-mail Jen Byard to RSVP. jenbyard@mac.com.

Thank You, Safety Patrol!

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A big shout out to our Safety Patrol for keeping the crosswalks safe and making mornings & afternoons less hectic for us all! We sincerely thank you for your commitment and maturity, you have served our community well!

End of Year Letter from Ms. Ashton-Gray

End of Year Letter from Ms. Ashton-Gray includes the following highlights:

  • School office will be open through Friday, June 19th; still accepting new student registrations for Fall 2015-16
  • Acknowledgement of our excellent parent leadership and this year’s accomplishments.
  • Acknowledgement of our excellent staff for another banner year!
  • Introduction of our new principal, Deb Ganderton. Welcome!
  • School Security info over the Summer
  • Lost and Found items can be picked up by Wednesday, June 17th.
  • Important dates for the start of the new school year in the Fall.
  • New School Hours
  • Registration information for Kindergarteners and New Students

June Events Calendar

McKinley PTC:

“Sign up for the San Diego Public Library Summer Reading Program starting June 15th!

Children and teens: read 10 books or 10 hours and receive a prize-filled drawstring backpack and a chance to win a musical instrument in our raffle drawing. For ages 0-18.

Don’t miss our special events over the summer including our kickoff party on June 15th: performances by musicians, science demonstrations and family science nights, a wild animal show, a Kumeyaay culture program, storytelling, and free movie showings.”

Originally posted on The Friends of The North Park Library:

Take a look at what’s happening at the library this month.

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New Vice President of McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Alison DeardenOur new VP of the McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Ali Dearden has been a part of the McKinley family for nearly ten years. She was one of the original Foundation members and helped to create the current PTC/Foundation structure. Her youngest, Madi, is in first grade. Her other two kids, McKinley graduates, are at Roosevelt Middle School and San Diego High School—International Studies.

Ali is very familiar with the International Baccalaureate program from the Primary Years through the high school diploma program—her son will graduate with an IB diploma next year. Ali is a dedicated McKinley parent and committed to its students. Her passion is ensuring the success of all students, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses may be. She believes programs provided through Foundation funds such as art, music, language, and gardening, help many students feel successful and improves academic performance as well.

Thank you to all who voted, and to both of our candidates for stepping up to volunteer for our community. What an awesome group of parents we have at McKinley!

Election – Vote for VP by June 9th

Tomorrow is the last day to get those ballots in! If you misplaced yours, you can download it here: download ballot

ALISON DEARDEN  

Ali Dearden has been a part of the McKinley family for nearly ten years. She was one of the original Foundation members and helped to create the current PTC/Foundation structure. Her youngest, Madi, is in first grade. Her other two kids, McKinley graduates, are at Roosevelt Middle School and San Diego High School—International Studies. Ali is very familiar with the International Baccalaureate program from the Primary Years through the high school diploma program—her son will graduate with an IB diploma next year. Ali is a dedicated McKinley parent and committed to its students. Her passion is ensuring the success of all students, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses may be. She believes programs provided through Foundation funds such as art, music, language, and gardening, help many students feel successful and improves academic performance as well. Ali would like to continue to serve McKinley students and families as Vice President of the McKinley PTC/Foundation.

DANIEL M. BENJAMIN

My son, Greffen, will be a second grader at McKinley Elementary next year.  Having the opportunity for him to attend McKinley and its IB program was a key reason why my family moved to North Park.  I attended an IB High School growing up and I believe that the IB program – which needs our support as parents – represents a real opportunity for better citizenship, learning, and development for our children.  The McKinley PTC/Foundation allows all of us to invest in our children’s success, and to provide needed funds and support for their education and growth into members of our community.    As a practicing attorney, I have had the opportunity to chair and serve on governmental and non-profit committees.  If elected, I would work with my fellow committee members to build on the past success of the Foundation while looking for opportunities to continue its further development.

Reminder: It’s Spirit Week!

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Looking for a Qualcomm Employee!

shade structureMcKinley is hoping to apply for a Qualcomm grant that could help fund a shade structure.

If you work at Qualcomm please contact McKinley parent Will Turner, wd.turner@icloud.com. Having a Qualcomm employee back the grant application will be a huge plus.  Thank you!

Weekly Papers!

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Principal for the Day! Raffle tickets for sale this week

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The fifth graders are going to be selling raffle tickets this Wed, Thurs, and Friday (June 3-5) after school.  The raffle will be held on Monday June 8th in the morning to be principal of the day with Mrs. Ashton-Gray.
The student that wins will be principal on Thursday, June 11th.  The tickets will be sold right after school for 30 minutes, tickets will be $1.00 each.  All money goes to the 5th grade fund. Good luck!

PTC Meeting THIS Wednesday!

Parent Teacher Club is just grand!

It’s the final PTC Meeting of the year! Come hear the exciting updates for the new school year and take home some McKinley goodies! Childcare (with pizza) will be provided.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 6:15pm

Where: In the Media Center

Hope to see you there!

Roosevelt New Student Orientation, Wednesday, June 3rd, 5:00 pm

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Join us Wednesday June 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt auditorium. All new families are welcome!

We will be discussing the IB Program, uniforms, class placements, daily schedules, parent involvement, after school programs, transportation and other important topics.

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MAIN OFFICE # (619) 293-4450

3366 Park Boulevard, San Diego CA 92103

School Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:28 p.m.

IB Coordinator: Deb Christensen

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(619) 293-4450 ex 2203

McKinley Beautification Work Days this Weekend!

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We will be having our final work party of the year this weekend on May 30th AND May 31st, from 9:30 am to noon.

We will install new tiles created by students this year and work on a few other campus clean up and gardening projects.  Any time you can volunteer either day is much appreciated!

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Weekly Papers!

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Reminder: McKinley Open House TONIGHT!

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015
  • 5th Grade Exhibition (in the auditorium)
  • 5-7 PM … Book fair (in B-22)
  • 6-6:15 PM … Welcome (on the black top)
  • 6:20 – 7:25 PM … Classrooms open (check out your student’s progress!)

There will also be new McKinley T-shirts for sale: $10 for kids, $15 for adults!

More details here.

Volunteer at the McKinley Booth at North Park Festival of Arts!

McKinley PTC:

We just need 2-3 volunteers for the 4-6pm time slot. Call 619-851-4105 if you can make it. Thank you!

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The annual free festival is a local tradition that features amazing local art, live music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, vendor booths, and delicious food. The hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. The McKinley booth will give kids an opportunity to create their own tactile collage! It’s also a great spot to meet other families from the neighborhood, and chat about the amazing programs at McKinley Elementary!

We need Volunteers Saturday May, 16th! SIGN UP HERE
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YMCA Character Builders Childcare – Early Registration

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Come join us at our various school sites to receive 50% off the registration fee for next school year 2015-2016. We will be at each location on the above date with the necessary paperwork to sign up your child/children for the next school year. McKinley: 3045 Felton St, San Diego, 92104 Tuesday, May 19 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Copley-Price Serving: Franklin, Adams, and Garfield Elementary schools 4300 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92105 Wednesday, May 20th 3:00-6:00 PM

(Note:  Remember that the school hours are changing next year to 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.)

For more info visit: http://www.copleyprice.ymca.org/character-builders.html

Volunteer at the McKinley Booth at North Park Festival of Arts!

The annual free festival is a local tradition that features amazing local art, live music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, vendor booths, and delicious food. The hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. The McKinley booth will give kids an opportunity to create their own tactile collage! It’s also a great spot to meet other families from the neighborhood, and chat about the amazing programs at McKinley Elementary!

We need Volunteers Saturday May, 16th! SIGN UP HERE
Volunteers will be doing an assortment of little and large tasks at the McKinley booth. Hopefully, everyone volunteering will get a chance to also see the event in its entirety and have a wonderful day.
This year, kids will assemble collage boards that combine materials such as wood, fabric, magazines, beads, stones, tiles, and construction paper. There will also be an array of painting tools such as brushes, paint, and markers. If there are any other items out there that people can provide, it’s more than welcome.
There will be a “kit” and tote bag to give to each child that contains the basics: a hardwood mounting board (masonite), a few small colored tiles, pre-cut bass wood, some fabric and ribbon. In addition, there will be pre-cut twine and eye hooks for mounting to the backside of the finished work at the end.
During the event, we need volunteers to assist the kids with the materials and keeping brushes and other supplies clean.
The morning tasks will involved setting up the booth, work tables, material boxes, and totes.  Parent volunteers will be helping with the art work for most of the day. The end of the day will involve clean-up and moving out of the festival venue. SIGN UP HERE
Besides helping the kids, a good portion of the time is also just hanging out and chatting with the parents of the kids. Younger kids may have parents who are interested in enrolling students at McKinley – so it’s an advantage to have some thoughts regarding the school in mind. Be prepared to get a few questions about the school and the teachers!
Please use this sign up sheet if you are able to help, and contact Will Dumka, project coordinator, at wdumka@gmail.com if you have any questions! 
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Come Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at McKinley!

clip_image002Join our McKinley families and North Park community on Friday, May 8th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the school auditorium to enjoy live entertainment.  Dinner will be $7.00 and includes:

  • 1 Tamale or Tosada
  • Beans & Rice
  • Soda or water

During and after dinner, enjoy live performances from  our McKinley students doing traditional Mexican folk dancing.    Hope to see you there!

April McKinley Messenger is Here!

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Register now for McKinley Elementary Kindergarten!

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Register your almost-Kindergartener now! See the checklist below for more info.

More details on SDUSD enrollment here. Learn about Transitional Kindergarten here.

Read more about McKinley Elementary School on the official website, or browse the many categories on our PTC website. We hope you to see you next fall! Kindergarten registration

Registration Deadline Extended to April 30th! Young Artists Photography Competition

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 7.42.43 AMParticipate in the San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park’s Young Artists Photography Competition! Children of all ages are able  to participate in categories of Landscapes, Portraits, Manipulated and Miscellany. Register by April 30th 2015 to participate:http://tinyurl.com/youthphotocontest

Submissions due by May 10th

All photos submission must be matted. Sizes should be at least 5 x7 and no larger than 11 x14

Bring all completed submissions to: 

Simply Local  – North Park

3013 University Ave

San Diego CA. 92104

The 19th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park Is coming up on Saturday, May 19. In order for this community event to be a success, we need the help of volunteers. There are a number of volunteer shifts available, from helping set up to pouring beer. We would LOVE to have you help how you can! http://www.northparkfestivalofarts.com/volunteer/ Thank you! –  Festival of Arts in North Park

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Ayude as su hijo a mejorar en lectura: 4/23/2015 6PM Clases Gratuitas Para Padres – Help Your Child Improve in Reading

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Este curso consiste de 2 clases y se reunirán 23 de abril de 2015 a las 6:00 p.m. en la biblioteca

Asista a esta clase divertida y aprenda formas de ayudar a sus hijos a mejorar su nivel de lectura y a desarrollar un amor por los libros.

Para más información comuníquese al: jcarrillo1@sandi.net o llame al teléfono 619-282-7694

McKinley Spanish (Devuelva este formulario al maestro de su hijo o a la oficina de la escuela lo más pronto posible.)

Help Your Child Improve in Reading Second Session

April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the media center

This workshop will be held on:

This fun class is designed to help your child develop a love of books and reading. Learn how to help your child increase their reading level through a variety of hands on activities.

For more information please contact:

jcarrillo1@sandi.net orcall 619-282-7694

McKinley English (Return this form to the office as soon as possible to reserve your spot in the class.)

A Message from the Principal – Parent Meeting with the Superintendent Mon. 4/20 2:40 pm

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you received the letter sent home on April 10, 2015, with your child announcing my retirement at the end of this school year.  I look forward to a new chapter in my life, however, I will deeply miss your children, our community, and the many friends and relationships I have made during the last 14 years.  To help choose a principal that will be a good fit for McKinley, our Area Superintendent, Mitzi Merino, will hold a parent/community meeting on Monday, April 20th in the Auditorium from 2:40-3:40 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to get your input.  The staff will also have a meeting with Ms. Merino.  This process is designed to formulate specific criteria that meet the priorities of the McKinley Learning Community.  The school district hopes to complete the process prior to the end of the school year.  My last day will be June 30.  I will work closely with the staff and district to ensure there is a smooth transition for the 2015-16 school year!

Thank you,

Principal Julie Ashton-Gray


This meeting will be a chance for the parents to provide input into the criteria for our new principal.  What type of skills, knowledge, and/or experience are you looking for in our principal?  Bring your ideas to share with the school board.  We realize the meeting is during the day which may be tough for parents to attend.  If you can not attend and have specific criteria you would like to be included, please e-mail PTC President Betsey at bzby@cox.net.  She will be sure to give your input at the meeting.

McKinley Pizza Night – TONIGHT – at Sicilian Thing!

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This month’s pizza night is sponsored by Sicilian Thing Pizza!

In the heart of North Park, we offer both the famous Sicilian (square/thick) and traditional New York style (round/thin) pizza.

Our dough rises to create the lightest tasting pizza with an amazing crust. It’s “OMG – to die for!”

Today, Thursday, April 16th, Sicilian Thing will donate to McKinley 20% of the proceeds from patrons who bring in a McKinley Pizza Night flyer (SP) with purchase.

SICILIAN THING PIZZA

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4046 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

619 282 3000

Dine in or Take Out.

Must present flyer at time of purchase.

Print flyer here. (English) (Spanish)

Roosevelt Middle School PTSA Meeting Tues April 14th

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Do you have a 5th grader headed to Roosevelt Middle School next fall? Take note:

Hello Roosevelt Families,
Do you have questions or concerns about schedules and leadership changes at Roosevelt?  Mitzi Moreno, School District Area 5 Superintendent who supports Roosevelt will be at the next PTSA meeting Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 pm in the library.  (Childcare will be provided.) She will address community concerns and answer your questions.  Please come and hear the latest facts about developments at Roosevelt.  This is your opportunity to be a part of the conversation!
Thank you,
Roosevelt PTSA
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