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Spring Portraits – Monday, April 13th!

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McKinley Variety Show Photos!

Our McKinley kids sure do have talent!

Check out some of the photos from the performance. Thanks to Johno Wells for capturing these images; a digital download of the show will be available soon, so stay tuned!

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PTC meeting THIS Wednesday, March 25th at 6:15 PM!

PTC club is just grand!

Our next PTC meeting is THIS Wednesday, March 25th,  at 6:15 PM in the Media Center.  Childcare will be provided–also, there will be McKinley giveaways! We hope to see you there!

Reminder: ASE applications due today!


Spring 2015 Session:  Apr. 9th – May 14th

Download the Spring 2015 Application here:

English:  Information, Form

Español:  Información, Formulario

Applications will be accepted with payment through March 20th, 2015.

For more information, visit the ASE page:

PING PONG Tournament–THIS SUNDAY–to support McKinley & Jefferson Schools!

King of Ping 2015
Join the fun at Thorn St. Brewery this Sunday for a ping pong tournament. All proceeds go to McKinley and Jefferson.

WHEN: This Sunday, 3/22, 11:00am

WHERE: Thorn Street Brewery, Ripe Market, Grand Ole BBQ

It’s $40 to compete; please register using this link if you would like to play. Bring the whole family as there will be food, drink, live music, and activities for the kids (see link for further details).

Hope to see you there!

McKinley Pizza Night @ BUONA FORCHETTA Thursday, March 19th, 2015!

 For this month, Buona Forchetta in South Park is generously donating 40% precent of Thursday’s proceeds to McKinley Elementary when you bring in the Pizza Night flyer! Buona Forchetta serves wood-fired pizza and other Italian classics in their Neapolitan-style pizzeria. Thank you, Buona Forchetta!
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3001 Beech St., San Diego, CA 92102
neighborhood of South Park
619-381-4844 •

Thu 12pm-3pm / 5pm-10pm


Must present flyer at time of purchase. 

Click on flyer to print:

March Pizza Night

Weekly Papers!

Friday, March 20th is International Day of Happiness!


1560524_620192491424084_9158262456147699289_nThis week at Mckinley is Happiness Week! 

There are many ways that your child and you can participate. A McKinley parent, Laura Carr, is helping to spread the word and has given us the information below:

“The United Nations has declared Friday, March 20th International Day of Happiness.  A company called Live Happy has generated the #happyacts challenge and will donate $1 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters for every person who accepts this challenge.  You must go to the website to sign up.  There is also a 24 hour podcasts streaming talks on Happiness from March 19th at 8pm to March 20th at 8pm.  There are Happiness walls sponsored all over the country.  My agency – First Avenue Counseling Centre is sponsoring a Happiness Wall in Balboa park on Friday.  This gives an idea for creating walls… There is also a Facebook page.

 Each teacher/classroom is going to create a “Happiness Wall” and each day the kids will add their “acts of happiness.”  The teacher will randomly choose 2 kids each day and there will be a small token prize.  Teachers can integrate IB principals with this and can initiate discussion about happiness.  What does it mean?  How do we create it?  How do we nurture it?  How do different cultures express happiness?  and so forth….

 On Friday, we have a playlist that the Mrs. Z is going to play during recess (maybe lunch).

 There is also a Happiness wall in the main office (by the girl’s bathroom) that staff and parents can write on.  I will have stickies in the office for parents/staff to contribute.  I will also pick a few name during the week for a teacher to win a token prize.

 During recess me (or someone) will take video from the top of the stairs.   And I will take pictures of each classes happiness wall.  Also, I’d love to play the “Happy” song and do some videoing of each classroom dancing – I got this idea from youtube.

 Any parents are welcome to contribute ideas.  I would welcome any support!”


Laura Carr


Spring ASE Applications are available now!

ASE_logo_1dThe McKinley Parent Teacher Club offers a variety of Afterschool Enrichment opportunities on Thursday afternoons. The Spring 2015 session will be 6 weeks.  Classes are one hour long, starting at 1:00 pm and will be offered in 2 sessions.  Prime Time students are welcome; however, those that are enrolled in after-school tutoring may not always be able to join.  This year we are piloting a Winter program in addition to Fall and Spring.

  • Fall 2014 ASE: Sept. 25th – Nov. 13th
  • Winter 2015:  Jan. 29th – Mar. 19th
  • Spring 2015:  Apr. 9th – May 14th

Download the Spring 2015 Application here:

English:  Information, Form

Español:  Información, Formulario

Spring applications were sent home on Friday, March 13 th.  Applications will be accepted with payment through March 20th, 2015.

For more information, visit the ASE page:

New On-Site Childcare Option is available now!


The YMCA is now offering the Character Builders on-site at McKinley.  Spaces are available now!  This program is a fee-based program separate from the PrimeTime program.  It offers licensed childcare with flexibility you may not have in other programs.  This is open to all McKinley families.  (Note:  Your participation in this program will not affect your place on the PrimeTime wait list.)

If you are interested, please review the registration packet and Parent Handbook.  This program is also described on the Copley-Price YMCA website.

Monthly Rates:










Fight for 5! McKinley Teacher Rally – Monday, March 9 8:30 AM

* * * A message from the McKinley Teachers * * *

McKinley’s teachers are planning a big rally this coming Monday morning for our Fight for 5McKinley’s educators respectfully requests PTC to support our efforts to support our student’s education.

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Congrats Mrs. Z– California IB PYP Educator of the Year!


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We are so proud of Mrs. Danielle Zdunich for being awarded the honor of IB Educator of the Year, Primary Years Program, by the California Association of IB Schools!

Mrs. Z is a beloved member of the McKinley community, and represents the high quality McKinley teachers that are dedicated to giving our children a strong foundation in understanding, cultural awareness, and inquisitiveness. Mrs. Z is an exemplary example to her students, a strong leader, and truly embodies the principles of an IB educator. We’re so lucky to have her!

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“I love working at McKinley.  I love the IB program and think that it provides a unique and wonderful education allowing children to gain insight into the broader world around them.

I am a life long learner, and I aspire to create life long learners in my classroom.  I want my students to leave me with a desire to learn, a respect for all people, and appreciation for the differences they see between and amongst one another.  I want my students to feel that they can accomplish most anything if they set their minds to it.” – Mrs. Zdunich, 2nd/3rd Grade

Congratulations, Mrs. Z.!!

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Student Variety Show THIS Thursday Night!


The 2015 Variety Show is approaching fast!

Thursday, March 5th: 6:00PM 

Lincoln High School  Performing Arts Center

4777 Imperial Ave, SD 92113

  • This year’s performance will be held at Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets will go on sale at 5:15pm; $5 adult and $3 children
  • Theatre lobby opens at 5:30pm
  • Theatre doors will open at 5:45pm
  • Show starts at 6:00pm
  • No food or flowers are allowed inside the theatre.
  • The show will be approximately 2 hours long.
  • The first act will be students from K through 3rd grade, second act 4th through 5th graders.
  • There will be a 15 minute intermission.  Please enjoy the snacks and water that will be for sale in the lobby (no food or drinks in the theatre)
  • Plan to arrive early to find parking and navigate the large building, see a school map here.

Break a leg, students… you rock!

Read Across America/Pajama Day

seussbday_0In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, this upcoming Monday is Read Across America Day. Your student may wear his/her pajamas to school to celebrate this day of reading!

Please no slippers or stuffed animals. Parents are welcome to participate.  Reach out to your child’s teacher or class room parent for classroom specific activities planned.

McKinley Alumnus Nathan Odom is a MasterChef Jr. Finalist!

Nathan Odom of North Park competing on MasterChef Jr.

Nathan Odom of North Park competing on MasterChef Jr.

Spoiler alert: a former McKinley Elementary and current Roosevelt Middle School student Nathan Odom is one of two remaining junior chefs on Fox’s hit reality cooking competition MasterChef Jr.! 

Tune in Tuesday night to find out who wins, and to support one of our own! Congratulations, Nathan!

Nathan Odom, pictured on the far left, is a former McKinley student and participant in the Scratch after-school cooking class.

Nathan Odom, pictured on the far left, is a former McKinley student and participant in the Scratch after-school cooking class.


An excerpt from Nathan’s interview in UT San Diego:

“It’s widely known that North Park is considered one of San Diego’s food meccas, but the neighborhood is also home to a budding young chef.

Nathan Odom, a 13-year-old from Roosevelt Middle School, is currently starring on the third season of “MasterChef Junior,” a reality cooking competition on Fox.

On the show, he’s had to do everything from cook octopus to make complicated sauces good enough to impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. Odom is among the top four chefs still competing and can be seen at 8 p.m. Tuesday vying for the top spot.

Odom, who was introduced to the TV show after watching the first season, tells us about his time in the spotlight.nathan_bio

Q: Why did you want to audition for “MasterChef Junior?”

A: Because it seemed like a lot of fun, and I wanted an excuse to cook every day.

Q: What was the audition process like?

A: It started out with us being tested on our basic skills, and the auditions got slightly harder every time. I found out I was on the show one morning while I was making breakfast.

Q: How long have you been cooking?

A: Since I was about 6 years old. I usually just helped out baking cookies and doing minor stuff. Occasionally I would help my Nonie (grandma) make pasta. But the main thing that taught me to cook was the Scratch Culinary Education Program at my school, a program started by Chef Ricardo Heredia that focuses on inner-city fourth- and fifth-grade kids who don’t have a lot of opportunities to cook with nice ingredients at home.

Q: Did you have to convince your parents to let you try things on your own?

A: My parents were always really supportive of the things I wanted to do, so it didn’t take much convincing for them to let me cook. I usually cook for my family about 30 to 40 percent of the time, but my mom and I both love using the kitchen, so we share the cooking!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to make?

A: I really enjoy making ramen and Japanese foods, but I also really like French pastries. I really like making macarons, mille-feuilles (puff pastry with vanilla and custard), Mont Blancs (puréed, sweetened chestnuts) and tarts.

Well done, Nathan!! Read more after the break, and don’t forget to tune in Tuesday night on Fox!  Read the rest of this page »

McKinley Pizza Night @ Berkeley Pizza TONIGHT!

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Screenshot 2014-08-28 09.22.44This month’s pizza night is sponsored by Berkeley Pizza!  Berkeley Pizza features Chicago-style deep dish pizza and craft brews on tap.

Today, Thursday, February 19, from 11am-11pm, Berkeley Pizza will donate to McKinley 20% of the proceeds from patrons who bring in a McKinley Pizza Night flyer with purchase.

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3934 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Thursday Hours: 11:00am–11:00pm
Dine in or Take Out.
Must present flyer at time of purchase. 

Click on flyer to print:

Berkeley Pizza Night Flyer *


Weekly Papers & School Choice

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In the neighborhood: Celebrate Black History Month with a Percussion workshop for families Sunday Feb 22nd! Celebrate Black History Month.


Also, please note:  The SDUSD school choice application deadline for schools is on Sunday.  The last tour before the deadline will be given this Thursday, but you must call front office since space is limited to 10.  Those who currently have a child enrolled at McKinley, but their sibling(s) will be attending TK/K in the Fall, must complete the application.


Green Day, Saturday, Feb. 21st

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McKinley School Garden Giveaway- Today!


The ASE gardening club has harvested fresh produce for families to take home today at pick-up. A big thanks to the kids for their green thumbs!

And don’t forget it’s Family Friday– meet at 2:40 in the media center.

Have a great weekend!

Valentines for Sale Tomorrow!

Friday, February 6, from 3:15 – 3:45 PM at After-School Pick up!
Be sure to check out Valentine cards for sale, made by our 5th graders!  Proceeds to benefit the 5th grade promotion.

This Week at McKinley



- No weekly papers this week!

- Family Friday is this week– meet in the media center at 2:40PM

- Variety Show rehearsals are in full swing– more info  here.

ASE classes are in session and students are having a blast!

The school garden is bloom! Check out all the beautiful produce and new garden beds:

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This Week at McKinley & January McKinley Messenger!

Here’s what’s happening at McKinley this week, as well as the info from weekly papers:

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PTC Meeting Wednesday January 28th 6:15

Please join us for the next PTC meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, January 28th, at 6:15 PM in the Media Center. Childcare (with pizza!) will be available in the cafeteria/auditorium at no charge. 

Gee whiz, PTC is just the bee's knees!

On the Agenda:

Welcome Betsey 6:15-6:20

2015-2016 Bell Times/Start Date Julie Ashton-Gray 6:20-6:40

– Joint Use Update

– Common Core Update

Upcoming Events:

– Volunteer Day – Feb 21 Jen Spencer 6:40 – 6:45

– Variety Show – March 5 Grant Ferrier 6:45 – 6:50

– Casino Night – May 2? Arlene 6:50 – 6:55

– McKinley Reunion Betsey 6:55 – 7:00


– SoNo Fest Results Rachel? 7:00 – 7:05

– After School Enrichment (ASE) Programs Bridgette Tullis 7:05 – 7:10

– Upcoming Survey Betsey 7:10 – 7:15

– Family Fridays Betsey 7:15 – 7:20

– Saturday School Betsey 7:20 – 7:25

Open Discussion – All


STUDENT COUNCIL PRESENTS: The Great Kindness Challenge


This week is the Great Kindness Challenge: celebrating acts of kindness big and small! 

Monday: Thank the Cafeteria Staff Day

Have your class make a simple poster or write letters/draw pictures for the cafeteria staff thanking them for all of their hard work. Be creative and make them cute!

Tuesday: High Five Day

See how many High Fives you can give out today. Set a goal as a class or for individuals and see if they can reach it! Students can try to keep track with tally marks, but remember…be gentle!

Wednesday: Thank the Nurse staff Day

Have your class make a simple poster or write letters for the nurse and health assistants thanking them for always taking such good care of us. You could decorate with Band-Aids!

Thursday: Clean-up Day

Spend 10 or 15 minutes today cleaning up your classroom or an area outside! Let’s make our school beautiful!

Friday: Read With A Friend Day

Take 15 or 20 minutes today reading with a friend. If you already have reading buddies, use them. If you don’t, partner up with a class and read!

Thanks! — The McKinley Student Council

ASE – Spots Available in Gardening Club!


Winter 2015 (January 29th –March 19th) ASE (After School Enrichment) has approximately 10 spots available in Gardening Club!

school garden maggieThis class was not presented in the original application info and sheet for Winter ASE Classes. This additional opportunity just recently became available. 

The class will be conducted by the Dig Down Deep Garden Educators (Garden Wheel teachers for McKinley) in the school garden. The class is Thursday from 1:00-3:00 pm (2 hours) for $60.

They will work on winter crops and planting perennials, weeding, mulching, composting. Also, they will work on signage and taste the flavors of McKinley garden-grown harvests.

If your child is interested, please contact Bridgette Tullis at or 619.851.4105.

Invierno 2015 (29 de Enero – 19 de Marzo)

¡Clase de Jardinería tiene 10 plazas disponibles!

La clase de Jardinería no se presentó en la información original de las Clases ASE para Invierno 2015. Esta oportunidad acaba de incorporarse a las demás clases.

La clase será dictada por los maestros de Dig Down Deep (los mismos que dictan la porción de Jardinería de la rotación Wheel para McKinley) en el jardín de la escuela. Las clases serán los jueves de 1:00pm a 3:00pm (2 horas). Costo: $60.

Ellos trabajarán en los cultivos de invierno, plantación de plantas perennes, desmalezado, abonado, y compostaje. Además, van a trabajar en la señalización y degustar las cosechas del jardín de McKinley.

Si su hijo(a) está interesado(a), por favor póngase en contacto con Bridgette Tullis

en o 619.851.4105.

Montclair Park Bathrooms Meeting – January 26th 6PM

imageIf you live in North Park and would like to see permanent bathrooms installed at Montclair Park at the end of Nile Street, come let the city know Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:00. There are only two items on the agenda for this meeting.

January 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
North Park Recreation Center – Social Room
4044 Idaho St., San Diego, CA 92104

Weekly Papers!

newsieBus Safety Education Program

Self Defense Classes All Star Youth Sports


Free Parent Math Workshop January 22nd!

Free Classes for Parents! Mathematics Today Part 1- January 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium with Mr. Carillo.

Math Today part 1DOWNLOAD PDF FORM: Math Today part 1

McKinley Variety Show: Kick-off Meeting Wednesday Jan. 21st, Auditions Monday, Jan. 26th!

mckinely-variety-show-rocksIt’s time for the 54th Annual McKinley Variety Show, and we are looking for students, teachers, and even parents to participate in the show. This year’s Variety Show will be on Thursday, March 5th, at Lincoln High School.

AN INFORMATION MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW Wednesday, January 21st. 4:00 to 5:00 in the auditoriumWe will discuss important dates, behavior, getting the music, start singing our song, etc.
Try-outs will be after school on Monday, January 26th (after school by arrangement). Although we are calling these “try outs” no one will be turned away. We just want to see what folks would like to do…..or if you want to be in the show and don’t know what you’d like to do that’s fine as well. Just let us know and we’ll be happy to work with you.
If you do know what you’d like to do, please let us know what you’ll be doing (e.g., singing, dancing, acting, playing an instrument, etc.) and the name of the song/act.

Please submit the attached form by Wednesday, January 21st.

Audition Flyer 2015

Those who know what they want to do should be prepared on Monday, January 26th to show off their talent. If they are singing or dancing, please bring a CD with the song you will be performing. (karaoke if singing). If you are playing an instrument please bring your sheet music and your instrument (we have a piano), props for skits would be helpful, as well as a script for any spoken talents. If you have any questions or concerns about these dates or about what needs to be ready, please contact Janine Whitaker (619-208-2667). 

Click below for the schedule of the Variety Show. Read the rest of this page »

Weekly Papers & Pizza Night!

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 10.21.54 AMDon’t forget tonight is McKinley Pizza Night at Paesano in North Park! Click the link for more details, and download and print the flyer either there or below.


America’s Youth Outreach Programs newsie

PAESANO Pizza Night Flyer!

PAESANO Pizza Night (español)

After School Enrichment (ASE) Applications are due Jan. 16th

ASE_logo_1dThe McKinley Parent Teacher Club offers a variety of Afterschool Enrichment opportunities on Thursday afternoons for 8 weeks this Winter 2015.  Classes are one hour long, starting at 1:00 pm and will be offered in 2 sessions.  Prime Time students are welcome; however, those that are enrolled in after-school tutoring may not always be able to join.  This year we are piloting a Winter program in addition to Fall and Spring.

  • Winter 2015:  Jan. 29th – Mar. 19th

Download the Winter ASE Info Sheet here:     English    Español

Download the Winter Application here:     English    Español

Winter applications were sent home on Friday, January 9th.  Applications will be accepted with payment through Jan. 16th, 2015.

Volunteers will be accepting applications in front of the office after school each day this week until 4:15 pm (until 1:30 pm on Thursday).  An ASE volunteer will also be accepting applications on Wednesday (1/14) & Thursday (1/15) evenings 5:15-6:00 pm.  Credit cards will be accepted in person during these times.  Otherwise you can pay with a check made out to “McKinley School Foundation” and deposit them in the “PTA” box in the front office.

Visit the ASE page for more info:

2015 Casino Night Planning Meeting

Casino Meeting #1
Scheduled: Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Thorn St Brewery (3176 Thorn St., San Diego CA 92104)

This Week at McKinley!

FullSizeRender 2Welcome back, McKinley families! We hope you had a great break, and are enjoying the new year so far.

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  • Wednesday Papers are here:  Champion Youth Classes Math Seminar Session 1 Math Seminar Session 2
  • Roosevelt Middle School Information Meeting in the McKinley Media Center TONIGHT, 6PM to 7PM
  • It’s the first Family Friday of the year this week! Please grab a visitor sticker in the lobby, and make your way to the Media Center at 2:40PM to meet with Principal Ashton-Gray, and then on to your child’s classroom until dismissal.

Happy New Year!!


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