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Attention Character Builders Families!

If your child was accepted into Character Builders this year and you received a notice of a meeting this week, it may have been confusing.

Here’s the real deal: The meeting for McKinley Character Builders program is on Wednesday 8/24 (THIS WEDNESDAY) 5-6pm at:

COPLEY-PRICE YMCA community room
4300 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 92105

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Creative Kids Class Mondays After School

Children will express their creativity and have fun experimenting in the Green Art Lab with artist, Joan Green. Each week we’ll offer a different palette of reusable materials – clean and safe items saved from the landfill and turned into amazing one-of-a-kind creations such as inventions, games, vehicles, instruments, sculptures and dioramas. Students will work individually and collaboratively. Through art making they will find their inventor, engineer, designer, artist, and environmentalist self! This class encourages problem solving, social-emotional opportunities, creative thinking, fine motor skills, and more with STEAM concepts. Ages 5 and up. Small ratio of 8 students per teacher.

Mondays
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Expressive Arts SD
3201 Thorn St., SD 92014

Green Art Labs Website

We can walk kids over to the class from McKinley for an additional fee.

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Construction Update from Ms. Ganderton

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A construction update as of Friday, August 19th.

The Construction Project Manager has informed me the restrooms (that are near the lunch area) will be ready the first day of school. The ramp at the entrance will not be ready (railing will still have to be set) but there is an alternate ramp off of Redwood that will take you down in front of the new boys girls restrooms. The parking lots will be complete, striping maybe the only thing missing and everything will be power washed.

We will post another update on Friday, August 26th.  At that time, we’ll let everyone know where students will enter the campus for the first day of school.

We’ll have the proverbial “all hands on deck” the first day of school to streamline the entry and exit process.

Eager to see all our kids and start the new school year!

Deb Ganderton

Reminder: come to the park on Sunday!

McKinley Summer Playdates at Montclair Park

Join us this Sunday (August 21st) at Montclair Park (at the end of Nile St.) for the final playdate of the summer. 4pm! New and returning students welcome! Bring food to share, or just bring yourselves. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.

Returning McKinley families: please come as ambassadors to give a warm welcome to our new families!

 

Construction Update from Ms. Ganderton

Dear McKinley Families,

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I’d like to offer a construction update as the beginning of the year is fast approaching.

I’ve been in regular contact with our Site Project Manager (who, lucky for us, happens to be the parent of a McKinley student!)  Construction is a bit delayed which we have planned for since the inception of the project.

We have a plan in place for several potential scenarios to ensure safety and will be asking our school community to work with us as we weather the challenges inherent in any construction project.

The construction supervisor and I reevaluate weekly and I will be communicating an update to all our families via this website and a School Messenger on Friday, August 26th.

Please feel free to reach out to me via email (dganderton@sandi.net) should you have further questions.

Deb Ganderton
McKinley Principal

McKinley Theatre Co. Announces Seussical the Musical for the 2016 Season!

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I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me Right onto the stage!

Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!  

Oh, the Thinks you can think! Oh, the Thinks you can think If you’re willing to try…

Think invisible ink! Or a gink with a stink! Or a stair to the sky…

If you open your mind, Oh, the Thinks you will find Lining up to get loose…

Oh, the Thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!

– The Cat in the Hat, OH THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK, Seussical the Musical

 

Dear McKinley Families, 

McKinley Theatre Company (MTC) is excited to announce that our 2016 production will be Seussical Jr.! Performances will be December 8th & 9th in the McKinley Auditorium.

This musical is based on Dr. Seuss books filled with songs and rhyming dialogue. There will be several group production numbers as well as character roles in which  all cast members will shine.

MTC expects to hold auditions in late September. The cast list will be announced followed by a parent meeting that same week. Our volunteer-run program can accept up to 70 students, including stage crew. Grades TK-3rd are more likely to be placed in group numbers. Lead roles will most likely be cast from grades 3-5.

Cast and crew are expected to commit to scheduled rehearsals and performances. Once the cast announcement is made, all families will be presented with a variety of opportunities to contribute to the success of the show.    

We encourage interested students to start preparing now for auditions. 

To see examples of Seussical Jr. production numbers, please browse the web and look up additional information through the publishing company, Music Theatre International, or see the following links:

More details will be announced the first week of school!

For questions about the show, please contact Barbara Smith: BarbaraSmithWilke@Gmail.com

Join the ASE Committee!

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The After School Enrichment (ASE) committee is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2016-17 school year. If you’d like to lend your talents to this beloved program, please contact us for more information. (Click here to learn more about the ASE program.)

 

  • Program Coordinators: Be a part of the team that selects course offerings! Highly organized individuals with a passion for bringing high value enrichment programs to our students. Face-to-face meetings are usually limited to 2-4 times per school year. Must be comfortable with communicating via email. Position requires working with some confidential material, so discretion is required. A professional communication style is highly desirable as you will be interacting with various organizations in setting up contracts, communicating requirements, requesting invoices, etc. This position does not require you to be present on Thursdays during program hours. Most work can be done at home and outside of school hours. Familiarity with Google Docs and MS Excel is highly desirable. Contact Bridgette Tullis for more information. (Note: The Fall program will be set prior to the first day of school, so please don’t delay.)
  • Site Volunteers: If you have availability most Thursdays between 12:15-1:30 pm or 2:00 pm, and work well with young children, we’d love to have you join the team. Site volunteers escort the TK-1st grade students, assist instructors in classes, take attendance, answer questions, and even socialize a little between periods. (In the past, ASE site volunteers have even offered some support to our CRAVE art program and McKinley Theater Company.) SDUSD screening requirements apply. If you can envision yourself hanging with the stylish crew in the photo below, please contact Pauline Treviño.

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New Student Registration opens August 18th

 

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The McKinley office will re-open for new student registration August 18th. The office will be open from 8:00-3:00PM.

Save time by pre-enrolling online here (New to SD Unified students only), and then bring your immunization records, proof of residency, and student birth certificate or passport to McKinley during office hours. Enrollment forms will be available in the office as well.

See all enrollment requirements here.

New Students and Kindergarten Orientation is Friday, August 26th at 11:00am in the Auditorium.

Join the Communications Committee!

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We are in search of some volunteers to join the Communications Committee!  You will need access to a computer, and “meetings” are almost entirely through email.
We need:
  • Writers/Bloggers: Ability to post and/or edit on our McKinleyPTC.com website. (We use WordPress, which has a very short learning curve that we can teach you if needed) Most posts are emailed to us, and then we repost on the blog. Occasionally you will need to craft longer or original messages for web and print, so strong writing and grammar skills are appreciated.🙂
  • Social Media-Savvy Posters: Help update and monitor the McKinleyPTC Facebook page (Facebook.com/McKinleyPTC) Posts from the website automatically post to Facebook, so this would mostly be helping respond to queries and comments on our page.
  • Website Designers or Coders: Experience editing websites using WordPress software and simple web form development (Google Forms).

If you have any of these skills and are interested in keeping the McKinley community in the loop, please send an email to Barbara SmithBridgette Tullis.

Reminder: Summer Playdate on Sunday 8/7

Don’t forget to meet us at Montclair Park (at the Southern end of Nile Street) this Sunday 8/7, starting at 4pm. Meet new friends and catch up with old friends! Bring food to share or just bring yourselves! We’re not picky, we just want to hang out with you!

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Parent Survey Follow-Up

A word from our PTC President, Betsey Z:

sunThanks to all who completed our survey. We appreciate your input and feedback. Deb Ganderton and I will be working on a few solutions and follow-up to some of the comments we received. Be on the lookout for updates when the new school year starts.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Betsey

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Art Playdates at Expressive Arts SD

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McKinley Summer Playdates– Dates have changed!

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Please note the following changes in the McKinley Summer Playdate schedule:

Sundays, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st at 4PM at Montclair Park. Hope to see you there!!

 

Voice of San Diego Article About McKinley’s Transformation

See Voice of San Diego Article written by Mario Koran: McKinley Elementary’s Transformation Mirrors a Changing Neighborhood

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June 20, 2016. I San Diego, CA. USA. |Betsey Zibyszynsky is the President of the Parent Teacher Club at McKinley Elementary School. |Photos by Jamie Scott Lytle. Copyright.

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Summer Fun Cafe


Summer Fun Café is where kids 18 and under can enjoy healthy food, engage in active play and have fun. No proof of income or paperwork are necessary. There are 61 sites throughout the city of San Diego. Visit the SDUSD website for more details and to find a site near you.

The Kick Off Party will be at Skyline Park on June 29th. Click here for event details on Facebook.

McKinley Summer Playdates!

 

McKinley Summer Playdates at Montclair ParkWe did it! Congratulations everyone on a wonderful year! Mark your calendars for these fun McKinley summer playdates at Montclair Park.

Please note the following changes in the McKinley Summer Playdate schedule:

Sundays, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st at 4PM at Montclair Park. Hope to see you there!!

Know any new families headed for McKinley this summer? Pass this along! We look forward to meeting new students and catching up with returning families. Have a great summer! 🙂

Operation of Schools During Hot Weather

sunThe district is closely monitoring the weather forecast as San Diego is experiencing an increase in temperatures this week. All schools will be open tomorrow on regular schedules and implementing their Hot Weather plans. Parents, please make sure that your child wears light clothing, brings plenty of fluids and is wearing sunscreen as needed. Learn more about our Hot Weather plans at https://www.sandiegounified.org/node/692

Parent Survey Follow-Up

IMG_7072Thanks to all who completed the survey we sent out in June. We appreciate your input and feedback. Deb Ganderton and I will be working on a few solutions and follow-up to some of the comments we received. Be on the lookout for updates when the new school year starts.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Betsey

PTC President

CRAVE at the Old House Fair

6124170While you’re at the Old House Fair in South Park this Saturday, swing by and visit the CRAVE art tent near Buona Forchetta! There will be crafting for the kids and fabulous student art on display.

If you are available to volunteer to work at the CRAVE tent during the day,  contact Ashley Bruce @ ashleybruce@me.com

 

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Library Summer Reading Program!

The North Park Library Summer Reading Program kicks off today with Library Olympics at 3:30pm!

Sign up to get prizes for reading books, and enjoy free programs all summer long — Thursday mornings at 10am!

See the full program activities by clicking to see the flyer: Summer Reading Program

Visit the library at the corner of 31st Street and North Park Way, and visit their Facebook page for a full schedule of activities here: NPLibrary Facebook

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Roosevelt Theatre Co. Presents Grease! This Thursday & Friday 6:30 PM

rms grease danny sandy pic.jpegRoosevelt Theatre Co. invites you to a family-friendly production of the musical Grease!

Thursday, June 16 6:30PM & Friday, June 17 6:30 PM

Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium

3366 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA

FREE ADMISSION!

The students (including many McKinley alumni) have been working very hard the past two months  on their first Roosevelt Theatre Co. production. Directed by  McKinley family volunteers Grant Ferrier, Barbara Smith and Celeste Ferrier, this production promises to be full of laughs and will have you dancing in your seat!

We Want Your Feedback!

We’ve made it to the end of the year! Let us know what worked, what could be better! Three (3) short questions! We’d really appreciate 3 minutes of your time to give us feedback.

English:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2749818/McKinley-Parent-Survey-2016

Spanish:
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McKinley Spirit Week! June 13 – 17

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Kids get to enjoy dressing up each day:
Monday – Crazy Hair Day (not too distracting please)
Tuesday – Hawaiian Day
Wednesday – College Day (school Collegiate gear or McKinley School Colors/Shirts)
Thursday – Twin Day (or triplet, quadruplet, etc.)
Friday – Sports Day (favorite team gear or McKinley School Colors/Shirts)
Have fun McKinley!
 

La próxima semana es la “Spirit Week!” Junio 13 – 17

Los niños pueden disfrutar de vestirse cada día:
Lunes – Día loco del pelo
Martes – Día de Hawai
Miércoles – Día College
Jueves – Día gemelo (o triplete, cuatrillizos, etc.)
Viernes – Día del Deporte (equipos favoritos)
Divertirse McKinley!

Donate Your Backpacks & Recycle Old Markers!

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Don’t want to send them to the landfill? Put old markers from home or the classroom in the box outside of the main office for recycling at the end of the school year. Any marker type or brand can be recycled!

Are you retiring your backpacks?

YMCA Character Builders is collecting backpacks to donate to a school site in Tijuana, Mexico. If your children won’t be reusing their backpacks for the next school year, please consider donating them to this good cause. Please drop-off your backpack donations in the Character Builders classroom in the bungalow building with Ms. Chavira’s and Mr. Ghahary’s classrooms. Thank you for your generosity!

Learn more about Character Builders here: Character Builders

 

 

 

Calling all Art Show Superheroes (or Sassy Sidekicks)!

The first ever McKinley Elementary CRAVE Art Show is this Saturday, June 4, 3-7pm at the Bread & Salt community center in Barrio Logan.

Please sign up to help! There is a lot to do: morning set-up, evening clean-up, meet & greet, bake sale, craft tables and donations. Let’s make this happen for the kids! Thank you!

1. Click this link for the CRAVE Art Show page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/5RpcRM

2. Enter your email address. You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot.

3. Sign up! Choose your spots. VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and follow-up reminders.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Pauline Trevino pptrevino96@gmail.com and she can sign you up manually.

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Green Art Labs Classes & Camps

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Joan Green at Green Art Labs has been doing fantastic garden art with our McKinley kindergartners. Check out her upcoming classes and camps for all your kids here: Green Art Labs

Also, check out an update on all the great projects that happened at the last Green Day: Green Day Update!

Final PTC Meeting of the school year! Wed. June 1st

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Give a cheer, it’s the end of the year!

Please join us for the last PTC Meeting of the school year,  Wednesday, June 1 at 6:15 in the library/media center. Come hear the summary from the school year and plans for next. And don’t miss out on awesome McKinley giveaways!

Childcare (with pizza) provided in the cafeteria.

See you there!

 

Thursday Open House

See you tonight!

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McKinley’s Spring Open House, Scholastic Book Fair, and 5th Grade Exhibition

Thursday May 26

5:30-7pm Book Fair in the Media Center

6-7pm 5th Grade Exhibition in the auditorium

6:00 Welcome – on the blacktop

6:15-7:25 Classrooms are open/Student-led presentations

During our Spring Open House, we want all our parents to have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom throughout the evening. Your child will share all the hard work he/she has been doing, and the progress made this year.

Make sure to stop by the auditorium and visit our 5th grade students’ IB Exhibition. Our 5th graders are presenting their IB exhibitions — the final project of their PYP years (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program). This year’s students all took action to support their chosen organizations.Thanks to all of you who have supported our FABULOUS FIFTH GRADERS!

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McKinley End of Year Happy Hour | June 3rd

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Let’s say a special goodbye to our retiring teacher Frankie Appleby, and our other McKinley families that are leaving us this year.


Where: Ritual Kitchen & Beer Garden – 30th & Polk, North Park, San Diego

When: June 3rd, 4:00- 7:00 pm 

*This is a non-hosted event. |  Facebook Event Page Here.

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No School This Friday

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Just a reminder that there is no school this Friday, May 27th, as well as Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

McKinley Student Art Show @ Bread & Salt | Saturday, June 4th!

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McKinley’s 1st Annual CRAVE Art Show

Saturday, June 4th from 3-7 pm at Bread and Salt!

All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE event!

All preschool through 5th grade students will have their artwork on display at the show! Please join us in celebrating their hard work and creativity. We will have an opportunity drawing, activities and entertainment for the family!

Food and other items will before sale at the event. The amazing folks at Buona Forchetta will have pizza available. All proceeds will go toward the CRAVE 2016-17 Art Program!

Questions? Email Ashley Bruce at: ashleybruce@me.com  If you would like to volunteer for this event please sign up here. 

 

A note from Ms. Ashley Bruce, CRAVE Program Director:

For the past 7 months, all preschool through 5th grade students have been taking part in art lessons being taught in their classrooms once a month, though the CRAVE Art Program. This is a new art program we started this year at McKinley and hope to continue for many years to come. The kids have enjoyed it so much and I have truly been blessed to teach along side many of our parent and grandparent volunteers, along with the support of our teachers and staff this year. CRAVE stands for CReative Arts Volunteer Enrichment, and it truly is a volunteer-run program that enriches the lives of these students, and is only possible with the support of all of these amazing people. 

Many of these art lessons have been tailored specifically to our schools IB program. It enforces the core themes of the IB program along with teaching the fundamentals of art, art history, and so much more. Art isn’t always easy, but it does teach us many great life lessons. These students have had to be risk-takers, problem solvers, open-minded, thinkers, and that’s just the beginning. It has been a joy for me to walk across campus at any given time and have a student come running up to ask me when their next art class is, or when the big art show is so they can tell their parents or grandparents. 

Please join us as we honor the students and their hard work this year. It’s a  busy this time of year, but even if you can make it for 20 minutes it would really make a wonderful difference in their lives. 

A note for the student artists:

Ask your parents, grandparents, family,  friends, and neighbors to come see the beautiful art work you have created this year in CRAVE!
You are all truly amazing and I am so proud of all of you for your hard work, enthusiasm and perseverance. You are all artists and you should all be proud of your accomplishments. It’s time for you to come to YOUR gallery show and be proud of all of the beautiful art you have created!
Now let’s have some more fun!
– Ms. Ashley Bruce, CRAVE Art Program Director
** Download the flier:
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Thursday Open House

McKinley’s Spring Open House, Scholastic Book Fair, and 5th Grade Exhibition

Thursday May 26

5:30-7pm Book Fair in the Media Center

6-7pm 5th Grade Exhibition in the auditorium

6:00 Welcome – on the blacktop

6:15-7:25 Classrooms are open/Student-led presentations

During our Spring Open House, we want all our parents to have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom throughout the evening. Your child will share all the hard work he/she has been doing, and the progress made this year.

Make sure to stop by the auditorium and visit our 5th grade students’ IB Exhibition. Our 5th graders are presenting their IB exhibitions — the final project of their PYP years (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program). This year’s students all took action to support their chosen organizations.Thanks to all of you who have supported our FABULOUS FIFTH GRADERS!

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New Student Registration begins April 18th

2016-17 New Student Registration ends May 31, 2016–don’t delay. Registration won’t resume again until school opens in August. Please forward this to any new families that are planning to attend this Fall.

MCKINLEY ELEMENTARY Parent Teacher Club

Do you know people who are planning to send their child to McKinley next year? Beginning April 18, 2016, they can enroll their child from 10:00am-12pm and 2-3:00pm during the regular school year. If your child already attends McKinley, you do not need to do anything, he or she is already enrolled. This is for incoming kindergartners and new students. Registration forms can be obtained at the front office.

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For information on the documents needed, please see this flyer:

New Student Registration

or see our New Student Registration Page

See you at school!

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