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Raise $$ for McKinley at the Chili Potluck!!

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Click on the flyer to sign up!

Look what’s coming!!!


McKinley Pizza Night – Thursday, November 20 – Mazara Pizza

 Mazara Trattoria

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2302 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

619 284 2050

Dine in or Take Out.

Must present flyer at time of purchase. 

Click on flyer to print.

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Parent Workshop: Matemáticas: ¿Qué le está enseñando a mi hijo(a)?

Afine su capacidad para ayudar a sus hijos con la tarea de matemáticas, sin importar cuan avanzada sea. Para padres de Kinder a 5to grado.

20 Noviembre, 6:00 pm, McKinley Media Center

Talleres para padres ofrecidos en español. Contacte al Maestro Carrillo para mayor información: 619-282-7694,

The Toyland Parade is Coming!!!

Toyland Parade

Common Core Workshop – Monday, Nov 17th @ 7pm

Common Core Flyer

Common Core State Standards Informational Session and Q&A is being hosted at the San Diego County Office of Education on Monday, November 17th. Hospitality begins at 6:30pm and the presentation and Q&A is 7:00-8:45pm.  This is a free event open to the public – please join to learn more about what our teachers are doing in the classroom and how we can best support our students!

Common Core Flyer

Hope to see you there!

PTC Meeting this Wednesday, November 12th at 6pm!!! Childcare provided!!!


Please join us for the next PTC meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 12th, at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. Childcare (with pizza!) will be available in the cafeteria/auditorium at no charge. 

On the Agenda:

Welcome                                      Betsey

Common Core Update                 Julie Ashton-Gray

Beautification Update                   Jen Spencer

Jog-a-thon Update                       Helen

SoNo Update                               Jen Byard

McKinley Theater Update            Grant

Fundraising                                  Mike Wallace

ASE Update                                 Bridgette

Hope to see you there!

SoNo Day of Volunteers Needed!!!

Help needed

We are less then 1 month away from 2014 Sono Fest!  This year’s event is
going to be bigger and better than ever so we need even more help then
before. We have a lot of openings for cashiers and beer garden help in the
afternoon. There are 1-3 PM and 3-5 PM shifts available that must be
filled. Please us the link below to sign up. A two hour commitment goes a
very long way! We can’t do this without you.

Thanks for your support,
SoNo Volunteer Committee

Friday November 7th is Family Friday!


Family Friday is this week! All parents are invited to visit school at 2:35 and meet in the Media Center with Mrs. Ashton-Gray from 2:35-3:05.  The topic of the month is the new report cards and the Common Core Standards in Math.

At 3:10  parents will visit classes to participate in the learning activities for the remainder of the day. Please mark your calendar for the first Friday of the month to spend time alongside your child in school!

Calling All Volunteers!!!


Calling All Volunteers! We need your help to make the 2014 SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off the best one yet!

Join us for the 5th Annual SoNo fest and Chili cook-off at Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park. SoNo fest is an all-volunteer event and proceeds from the event will benefit the McKinley Elementary art and music programs. We need lots of help to make this event a success. Remember to schedule yourself time to enjoy as well. Thank you so much for helping!

Click here to sign up!

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Last Day to Turn In Jog-A-Thon Money For Raffle Prizes!!


Today is the last day to turn in Jog-A-Thon money and have it be counted towards the raffle prizes!!!  Donations will be still be accepted afterwards, but it will not count towards the raffle prizes for the kids.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your generosity!!!  The kids reap the rewards!!!

***If you or your family members donated by check, you may have received an email from Pledgestar indicating that they have not received the check.  If the check was mailed to the school, it has been received.  Due to the volume of checks received, they will take approximately 2 weeks to post to your bank.  Please disregard this email.

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Support Aiden’s Army!

Want to have a delicious dinner and raise money for children with type I diabetes?

Head on over to Ponces Mexican Restaurant on Monday, October 27th from 4pm to 9pm and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Aiden's Army

E-Recycling & Green Day Reminder!


Saturday, October 25th 9am – 1pm… Bring all of your old, used, broken or working electronics to McKinley to be properly recycled – FREE OF CHARGE!!

If it plugs in or takes batteries, it will be accepted.  See flyer for additional details.

Congratulations on an awesome Jog-A-Thon!


What an awesome morning! We’re so proud of all the McKinley Students today, what athletes they are.

A big thanks to all the volunteers and our sponsors: North Park Nursery by Mooch,Parkside Market, Community HousingWorks, Deluca’s Pizza, Alden Environmental, Inc, &Urban Plantations!

IMG_9205Remember there is still time to sponsor your jogger and donate to all the wonderful programs that help make McKinley Elementary School the wonderful school that it is. In order to be eligible for prizes, your child must turn in all donations by 4:00 pm to the classroom teacher on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014. Congratulations, students!
To view more photos from the event, please visit the McKinley PTC Facebook Album, and if you have any great photos you’d like to share, please e-mail them to and we will add them to the album. Thanks! IMG_9206IMG_9400

Star Gazing Party this Thursday – NEW TIME


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SoNoFest Drawing

Jog-A-Thon is this Thursday!

Only a few more days to go.  If you haven’t lined up your sponsors, yet we highly recommend trying out Pledgstar.  It’s extremely easy to use and is all set up for McKinley families.  Just register at

If you’d like to volunteer the day of the event.  Please arrive between 8:30-11:00 am.  It’s a very rewarding event.  The kids take such pride in their school.

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Picture this. Over one hundred kids lined up at their class’s  “start line.”…..The    theme to “Chariots of Fire” begins to blare over the loud speaker….. the excitement builds and then the announcer says, “Ready, set, go!”, and the kids are off…running to raise money for the school programs they love.

The McKinley Parent Teacher Club’s JOG-A-THON is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers and your support is vital.  Most importantly this is the only event where the kids take the lead in raising money for their school.  Did you know that most of McKinley’s music/dance, art, and Spanish programs are no longer funded by the school district? The only reason our kids get to participate in these programs is because we raise the money to fund them.

The kids will run laps around a track in the McKinley field and blacktop (approx. 1/8 mile lap for K-1st graders, 1/4 mile lap for 2nd-5th graders).  Most students run 8-10 laps.DSC_0466

Grades K & 1st:          9:40am – 10:00am
Grades 2nd & 3rd:       10:15am – 11:00 am
Grades 4th & 5th:        11:15am – 12:00pm


We are asking students who are able and willing to participate to get their families, friends, neighbors, and/or parent/guardian co-workers to sponsor them in the jog-a-thon.  Although most families have found it easier to collect “flat donations” from sponsors (e.g. $25 for the whole event), some families/sponsors prefer to make per lap pledges (e.g. $1/lap). You can download and print a pledge sheet here.

DSC_0160For 2014 we have a new online fundraising system through Pledgestar.

Just register at

Follow the instructions and it takes care of sending requests, thank you notes, and tracks donations for you–so easy!!


Students will receive a raffle ticket for each sponsor they collect and will be entered into a drawing for lots of great prizes, such as bikes, rock climbing tickets, scooters, Boomers fun pack, and more. In order to be eligible for prizes, your child must turn in all donations by 4:00 pm to the classroom teacher on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Jog-A-Thon T-Shirt………………………..All kids who raise $50 or moreDSC_0407
Pizza Party with the Principal……… All kids who raise $80 or more
Engraved Trophy…………………………Top boy and girl runner (most laps) for each grade level
Class Party…………………………………The class that raises the most money per student
Limo Ride to In & Out Burger…………Top money raisers  (Ride with Principal)


Parents also get to help out with the big event.  There will be a volunteer sign-up sheet sent out with pledge packet on Monday Oct 6, 2014.  We will need parents to donate oranges, help mark the kids laps, hand out oranges and water during the race, or simply get out and run with the kids to keep their spirits up.  If you are able to come and help out, it really is a blast!


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Star Gazing Party – October 23rd!



San Diego Astronomy Association and 3rd grade invite you to join us for a Star Gazing Party! 

When: Thursday, October 23, 6:45 – 8:00 PM *Note Time Change

Where: at the McKinley playground!

Multiple telescopes will be set up to view the moon, planets, and stars!

This should be a great evening of community building and learning.

We hope to see you there!

McKinley Pizza Night – Thursday, October 16 – Sicilian Thing Pizza

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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.

This Thursday, Sicilian Thing will donate 20% of the day’s proceeds to McKinley from patrons who bring in a McKinley Pizza Night flyer. The flyer was sent home in Wednesday Papers; you can also download it here and forward to friends and family.


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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.

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McKinley Green Day & Recycling Event – October 25th!

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McKinley will be having a volunteer work day on Saturday, October 25th from 9am till 4pm to help beautify our campus and collect your electronic recycling! The electronic recycling event will be going on in the parking lot and then the planting, painting and clean up events will be all happening all around school.

Click here to view the Electronic Recycling Flyer for more details.

We need your help to make it a success!  A variety of projects are being planned that will require all skill levels.  Activities include:

  • building new raised planters for the school garden
  • assistance with the electronic recycling drive (McKinley makes money on the total amount donated – based on weight, so bring as much as you can!)
  • hauling mulch/topsoil/compost to the new garden areas
  • weeding, weeding and more weeding!
  • planting plants in our native plant garden
  • painting
  • trash pick-up
  • light trimming
  • tool shed construction
  • kids art project – starting at 10 am

Please sign up for  the event at: McKinley Elementary – Green Day!

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No Wednesday Papers this Week.

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To see the archive of past papers, click here.  

This Week at McKinley

  • School Picture Day is tomorrow–Tuesday, October 7th!
  • The School Site Council meeting is Tuesday afternoon in the Media Center from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
  • A Volunteer Orientation will be held Wednesday, October 8th, in the Community Room from 9:30 to 10:00 AM.
  • Saturday School is available this Saturday, October 11th, for eligible students looking to make up absences and tardies. Please call the main office for more details.


Wednesday Papers

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Trick or Trot 5K Run  (en español)

Morley Field Fall/Winter Program

KC News October Edition

An archive of past papers can be found here.

Friday Oct. 3rd is Family Friday!

IMG_6430Family Friday is this week! All parents are invited to visit school at 2:35 and meet in the Media Center with Mrs. Ashton-Gray from 2:35-3:05.  The topic of the month is the International Baccalaureate Program with our coordinator, Erin Knight.

At 3:10  parents will visit classes to participate in the learning activities for the remainder of the day. Please mark your calendar for the first Friday of the month to spend time alongside your child in school!

PTC Meeting this Tuesday September 30th @ 6:00PM!

Please join us for the next PTC meeting tomorrow evening, September 30th, at 6:00 PM in the Media Center. Childcare (with pizza!) will be available in the cafeteria/auditorium at no charge. 

On the Agenda:

Welcome – PTC Overview – Board Member Introductions


6:00 – 6:10

Welcome – Introduction to McKinley

Julie Ashton-Gray

6:10 – 6:20

Ascent Realty Donations

Brian Lacklen/Kim Hawley

6:20 – 6:30

Upcoming Events:


Helen Newlin

6:30 – 6:35

SoNo Fest

Jen Byard

6:35 – 6:40

McKinley Theater

Grant Ferrier

6:40 – 6:45

Green Saturday/ Volunteer Day


6:45 – 6:55


Beautification Committee/Joint Use Update

Jen Sabo-Spenser

6:55 – 7:05

Communications Committee

Bridgette Tullis

7:05 – 7:15

Open Discussion


7:15 – 7:30

Hope to see you there! 

Join the McKinley Cougars for the First Annual Roosevelt IB Middle School Trick or Trot 3K/5K Run October 26th!

Get your running shoes ready, and help raise money for Roosevelt Middle School’s after-school programs, available every day for all students. Roosevelt Middle School is the middle school in the “cluster” for McKinley students.

Support our neighbors and community, and enjoy a little Halloween fun in this costumed run through Morley Field and Florida Canyon on October 26th, 2014 at 9AM. Younger students may want to sign up for the 3K team.

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Come out and get a little exercise at Morley Field for public education!

See Sarah Scalo for details at to join TEAM MCKINLEY COUGARS!

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Para más información o unirte al equipo Cougars de McKinley puedes contactar a Sarah Scalo en


Wednesday Papers – Sept. 24, 2014


September 24, 2014

Blog Subscription


PTC Mtg Date Change

September Pizza Night Flyer

To see an archive of past Wednesday Papers, visit:  News > Wednesday Papers

Pizza Night Thursday the 25th!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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3001 Beech St. 

South Park

619 381 4844

Dine in or Take Out.

Must present flyer at time of purchase.

Print flyer here.

Exciting News for McKinley’s Joint Use Area!

The City of San Diego Park and Recreation board approved the General Development Plan for the Joint Use Park at McKinley on Thursday, September 18th!!!!  This is a great victory after YEARS of hard work by parents, staff and our amazing community to create a plan that balances the needs of the students and community as well as providing TREES and a large natural turf area for all to enjoy!
The San Diego Unified School District will now take over and move forward with the process of creating the park.  This process will include hiring a consultant to create construction documents as well as creating a construction schedule once the documents are approved.  As of today, they do not have a timeline for the process, but we are told that funding has been allocated to move forward with the process.   See a preview of plans here!  Joint Use

TB Tests for Volunteers!

TB Tests offered at McKinley for Parent Volunteers

You can get the required TB test for volunteering at school for your convenience.  They are good for 3 years.

Two part testing – both days required

When:             Tuesday, Sept 23, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM (skin prick)

Thursday, Sept 25, same time (reading of the test)

Where:            Across the street from the main entrance of McKinley

Price:              $10 (cash please, for cost of supplies only)

Offered by parent and PTC volunteer

Tara Zandvliet, M.D. (619) 929-0032

TB Tests

Back To School Night – Tonight!!

Join us for McKinley Elementary IB World School’s Back to School Night Thursday, September 18th.RootbeerFloat

5:30 – 6:00pm    Join the PTC at the lunch tables to learn about volunteer opportunities at home, school and in the community.

5:30 – 6:00pm    Free Root beer floats in the lunch court while supplies last.  Donations accepted.  All proceeds go to the 5th grade promotion fund.

6:00 – 6:15pm    Welcome in the Auditorium

6:20 – 6:50pm    Classroom Presentations I – Classrooms Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting/Auditorium

6:55 – 7:25pm    Classroom Presentations II – Classrooms Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting/Auditorium

TeacherThis is a time to meet your child’s teacher, to see classrooms and hear about the year.  Please remember that teachers do not have time for individual conferencing.  Individual student conferences will be held in November.

Wednesday Papers – Sept. 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

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