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Santa’s Workshop This Saturday!

Calling all of Santa’s creative elves!

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3201 Thorn St. 92104

For more info: joan@greenartlabs.com or (619) 206-6613, www.greenartlabs.com or check out this flyer.

Sign up here: https://www.payit2.com/event/88960
Make hand-made gifts, decorations, cards, and wrappings – all with reusable materials. Only $20 per person, which includes all supplies. Create together as a family – all children under 13 are free with paying adult. Drop off ok for kids ages 5+, $20 per child.

Possibilities include:
Sewing with reusable fabric and burlap
Creative ornament and decoration making
Hand-painted wrapping paper
Hand-made cards and tags

Endless possibilities with materials such as:
Wood pieces
Corks
Fabric and burlap
Colorful plastic
Colorful papers
Tubes
Caps
Yarn
Paint, markers, glue guns, oil pastels
And so much more!

Support Kinder’s Cause at McKinley


In the spirit of the holidays, the Kindergarten classes have embarked on a community service project.

Last week, we discussed several different causes we could potentially support (e.g., hungry children, sick children, etc.), and then we voted to support animals in need. The specific shelter we will be supporting is the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Helen Woodward is a wonderful local shelter that relies heavily on volunteers and donations.

Click here to donate or bring any of the following items to ROOM 5 by 12/16: newspaper, puppy pads, unopened dog/cat food (wet or dry), plastic crates, blankets, grocery bags (paper or reusable), toner, printers, camera equipment, ladders, and spare coins.

We also created posters to spread the word of our project. They are posted around the campus…take a look.

Thank you for supporting Kinder’s Cause!

Sincerely,
The Kindergarten Classes

McKinley Theatre Co. Presents Seussical!

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ALL Families and Friends of McKinley Elementary are Invited to
McKinley Elementary Theatre Company’s production of
Seussical the Musical!
Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th
McKinley Elementary Auditorium
3045 Felton Street, San Diego, CA.
Doors Open at 6pm. Shows start at 6:30pm!
FREE ADMISSION! Donations Welcome.
Concessions Stand hosted by 5th Grade Families. Flowers available for purchase.

McKinley Beautification Brigade

McKinley Beautification Committee News

If you couldn’t join us for Green Day, consider joining us in the morning. Starting in December, on Monday and Wednesday mornings (8:00-8:20 am), we will be working on smaller projects in the garden and around campus. A great way to start your day, working alongside other McKinley families to make our campus even more awesome! See flyer for more details (Español).

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers who came out on November 5, our Fall Green Day was a huge success! The volunteers Read the rest of this page »

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Community Chili Potluck and Contest

San Diego Ceramic Connection

Fundraiser for McKinley Elementary and neighborhood tradition!

Where: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn St., San Diego 92104
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 from 1-4 pm

The Community Chili Potluck is an event where neighbors make, share, and vote for the best neighborhood chili. For $20 you get your choice of a handmade ceramic chili bowl, SoNo Fest passes, and a fun time with neighbors. Half the proceeds go to McKinley Elementary.

Don’t want to buy a bowl? Bring your chili and/or a small donation for McKinley and join the fun!

For more information and to sign up visit: www.SDCeramic.com or McKinley’s main office

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North Park Toyland Parade

Come & be a part of the North Park Toyland Parade with

McKinley Elementary!

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All McKinley students are invited to march with the McKinley entry at the Toyland Parade on Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Plan on arriving by 10:00 am and meeting around the Lions Club located at 3927 Utah St. We are dressing in McKinley/SONO shirts this year. We need parents to volunteer on the day of the event.

Contact Cheramie Raffield to volunteer or sign your child up to march in the parade: cheramieraffield@hotmail.com or 619.961.9417

Parking will be tight in the area, so plan ahead. There is $1 all day parking in the North Park Parking Garage from 8:00 am-6:30 pm, located on the corner of 29th and North Park Way.imgres

http://www.toylandparade.com/

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McKinley Dine-Out Night 11/17

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November Dine-Out at Pete’s SeafoodThursday, 11/17 from 12pm-9pm.
McKinley will receive 20% of the total cost of your order. Pete’s will honor the flyer on your phone. In fact, he says just let them know you’re with McKinley! See you there!

Also that night, our friends at Roosevelt Middle School PTSA will be holding a fundraiser at Thorn Street Brewery, 5-8pm. Stop by and enjoy a brew on your walk home from Pete’s. This event benefits the mosaic mural project they are working toward.

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20th Annual SDCC Community Chili Contest 12/3/16

Come join the 20th Annual SDCC Community Chili Potluck & Contest!

This McKinley fundraiser and local tradition is where neighbors make, share, and vote for the best neighborhood chili.
Where: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn St., San Diego 92104
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 from 1-4 pm
Info and sign-up: Click here or go to McKinley’s main office

Come buy a handmade ceramic chili bowl and enjoy a fun time with neighbors. 50% of the proceeds go to McKinley Elementary. Don’t want to buy a bowl? Bring your chili and/or a small donation for McKinley, and join the fun anyway.

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Joint Use Park Update

McK Construction Update
So much is happening, and each step of the process brings us closer to the completion of our Joint Use Park!

This week features the import and placement of the topsoil for the field and of the decomposed granite areas, including the running path around the perimeter of the field. In addition, the new concrete walk on the southwest corner of the site has been completed, and the subcontractor is currently working on installation of the perimeter 10’ fence.

Placement of asphalt concrete paving in the play court area is scheduled to begin next week, along with concrete formwork for the ramp off Palm Street.

The construction crew, led by our very own Mike Pittman, will also be finishing up the ornamental fence, gate details, landscaping, and irrigation between Buildings 100/200.

-Principal Ganderton

Green Day is November 5!

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McKinley Elementary’s Fall Green Day
Campus Clean Up Event
November 5, 2016 9am-2pm

We need your help!
This year’s campus beautification projects include:
• Weeding and planting in the garden
• Installing rain barrels
• Art project for the kids
• Cleaning up around campus
• And giving our school some tender loving care!

We will have projects for the kids and all skill levels.
No experience or skills necessary!
Come volunteer with enthusiastic students and parents and help make our school campus even better!

See flyer for more details. (Espanol)

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Get Your Otter Pops Friday

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Due to popular demand, Otter Pops are back! The 5th graders will be selling Otter Pops for $1 after school this Friday, October 28th (and they have upped their supply to satisfy more customers). Thank you for your support!

Trick or Trot Fun Run 10/30

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Help raise money for Roosevelt IB Middle School by participating in the Trick or Trot 5K/1 Mile Fun Run in Balboa Park on Sunday, October 30 at 9:00 am.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed. Discounts are given for teams so get your runners together! All proceeds go to the Roosevelt after-school enrichment programs. See flyer for more details.

Attention: SoNo Website Coordinator Needed Immediately

Seeking volunteer experienced with WordPress, available 1-2 hours/week to post updates on SoNo Fest website.

If interested contact Jean Rivaldi right away. jeanrivaldi@gmail.com

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McKinley Dine-Out Night 10/20

Present the attached flyer at Grand Ole BBQ y Asado and/or Coronado Spice & Tea  (electronic flyer accepted at Coronado Spice & Tea) on Thursday, 10/20, beginning at 12:00pm. 

McKinley Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds from Grand Ole BBQ and 15% from Coronado Spice & Tea.

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CRAVE News

The CRAVE (CReative Arts Volunteer Enrichment) program started last year at McKinley and brings visual art into each classroom every month.  Click here to see a video of last Spring’s amazing art show.

See the attached newsletter for more CRAVE information and how parents can help.

Crave Program Director

Ashley Bruce

ashleybruce@me.com

Complete Federal Survey Cards

federal_survey_cardsYour help and support with securing federal funding for our school would be greatly appreciated.

Each year, our district receives over $8 million in Impact Aid funding. This is not automatic – we must apply for it each year. The U.S. Department of Education requires that a survey be conducted each year and our district then files a claim based on the cards received. This process precludes us from using enrollment cards for this purpose so completing the Federal Survey Cards is critical.

These will be sent home on Wednesday and we ask that they are completed by each and every family in our school community. Please return completed forms to us on or before Wednesday, October 12th. (One card per family)

Those classes that have 100% of their cards returned will win a popsicle party (with heartfelt gratitude from their very appreciative principal).

With thanks in advance,
Deb Ganderton

Box Tops for Education

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Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each box top is worth 10¢. Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products, cut them out, and send them to school. The collection containers are in the hallway of the front office and at the PrimeTime check-in/out desk.

Last school year, we earned $490.30 for our school from Box Tops. All money earned is contributed toward our Spanish, ceramics, dance, CRAVE art and garden programs as well as buses for field trips and extra classroom supplies. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000.00.

For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Ver flyer en español.

Thank you for your support,

Melissa Dohner

School Choice Application Info

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The School Choice Application period for the 2017-18 school year opens on Oct. 3, 2016 and will close on Nov. 14, 2016. This is a change from prior years in order to align the district’s application window with neighboring school districts, and thus simplify the placement process for schools and families.

San Diego Unified offers excellent educational opportunities around every corner, and visiting your neighborhood school is a great place to start. However, students who want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school should submit a School Choice Application.

The process is not first come, first served, so there is no urgency to be the first to apply. All applications received by the Nov. 14 deadline are processed through a randomized computer lottery, using a priority structure to weigh factors such as magnet program continuity and sibling enrollment.

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline unless the student is new to the district or a current San Diego Unified student has a change of residence.

Students who were enrolled into their school of choice last year do not need to reapply to remain at that school unless they moved outside of the school district.

Please forward this information to anyone you know that might be interested in applying. This school year, McKinley had a very limited number of School Choice spots available to incoming kindergartners.  Visit SDUSD’s site for more information and ver flyer para Español.

McKinley Picture Day is Monday, 10/10

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Picture Day is coming! Mark your calendars for Monday, October 10th. As the flyer states – Smile now – Pay later!

TB Test for McKinley Volunteers

Need a TB test?
All McKinley volunteers are required to have an up-to-date TB test (within 4 years) to be a regular volunteer on campus.

Our local South Park Doctor, Dr. Tara Zandvliet, is offering to provide TB tests for just $10 (cost of supplies).

She will be across the street from McKinley at 3020 Felton Street on Wednesday, 10/5 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the skin prick and again on Friday, 10/7 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the reading. You must plan for BOTH days so mark your calendars! Click here for more details and ver aquí en Español.

 

School Site Council Ballots

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Please vote for your McKinley School Site Council (SSC) candidates. One ballot per family. Return your ssc_parent_community_member_ballot to the office by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Click here to learn more about School Site Council (SSC).

Come Hungry to Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday, 9/29!
5:00pmOrganic and Sun & Sea food trucks will be in the front parking lot selling dinner options. Also, SnoCal Ice will be parked on Redwood St.

5:30pm – The 5th graders will be offering Root Beer Floats at the lunch tables (donations accepted) for their first fundraiser of the year.

Yum!

Is My Child Changing Classrooms?

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Dear McKinley Families,
I know you are eager to hear an update on the possibility of class changes. Last week, I communicated a timeline, but wasn’t able to honor that timeline due to issues outside my “circle of control”.
On Friday, we were notified that we ARE getting an additional teacher!
As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in a process like this. Principals are often in a holding pattern as determinations are made district wide to best meet the needs of each site. During the last three days, I asked myself, “Do I want to communicate every step or do I want to work every step?” I opted for the latter.
Our staff will convene this afternoon and examine our options. IAPW (in a perfect world), we’d be able to reduce class size, eliminate combos and have all students remain in their initial classroom placement. That said, it’s not a perfect world. I am providing the staff with options and we will vote on what we believe best supports the children in our charge. That decision will be communicated to our school community before I head home this evening. Families of children who are changing classrooms will be notified as soon as the district confirms our new teacher’s assignment.
Our district communicated that our new teacher should be joining us the first week in October. We will establish other opportunities for parents to meet the new teacher once for those students who have been reassigned.
Please plan on meeting with your child’s current teacher at tomorrow’s Back to School Night. I am available to answer any questions from 6:30 – 7:30 tomorrow evening (Thursday) and you can always reach me via email (dganderton@sandi.net).

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton

Floats for 5th Grade on Thursday

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Come support the McKinley 5th graders at Back to School Night by enjoying a ROOT BEER FLOAT on Thursday, 9/29 beginning at 5:30pm.

All donations go toward 5th grade events and activities throughout the school year.

Operation of Schools During Hot Weather

sunMs. Ganderton is closely monitoring the weather forecast as San Diego is experiencing an increase in temperatures this week. McKinley will be open tomorrow on regular schedule and implementing their Hot Weather plan. Parents, please make sure that your child wears light clothing, brings plenty of fluids and is wearing sunscreen as needed. Learn more about the district’s hot weather plans at SDUSD Operation of Schools During Hot Weather.

Time Change for Back to School Night

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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT HAPPENINGS

Apologies – I was left alone with the calendar over the summer (should never let that happen again) and entered 5:00 – 6:30 for Back to School Night (BTSN). My mistake.

BTSN is scheduled for the same time this year as in years past. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 on Thursday, 9/29.

Come early for food trucks on campus at 5:00 for those interested in purchasing dinner before classroom visitations and support the 5th graders by donating to their root beer float fundraiser at 5:30. 

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton

A Message from Principal Ganderton

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We have a problem and a proposed solution.

Afternoon pick up is a problem.

Cars are blocking neighbors driveways, folks are double parking on our terribly narrow streets and kids – our most precious resource – are crossing the street between vehicles.

I’m asking for your help. Please leave all neighbor’s driveways open so they are available to owners. Sadly, some of our neighbors have had McKinley families refuse to move. This is unfortunate and reflects poorly on our otherwise awesome school community.

When approaching McKinley, please drive on Felton from SOUTH to NORTH. We checked with the city and were notified that they are unable to consider signage (with requests to drive in one direction only as school gets out) without a collective, unanimous agreement of all homeowners who are impacted. If our voluntary efforts are ineffective and concerns continue, we will examine next steps with the city.

Our collective commitment is to the safety and well-being of the children in our charge. Your support during afternoon pick up is most appreciated.

With thanks in advance,
Deb Ganderton

Seussical Update: Stage Crew Interest Form Available & Cast List Posted!

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The Cast list for Seussical has been posted. Thank you to everyone that auditioned! We had our biggest turnout yet, it’s going to be a great show! View the list here.

Stage Crew Interest Signup

CLOSES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23!

OPEN TO GRADES 3-5 ONLY
Please carefully fill out this form.

SHOW IS DECEMBER 8TH & 9TH.
Students should have availability the week before the show, (November 28-December 2) AND the week of the show (December 5-9). Please note any potential schedule conflicts in the form.

If you have more than one student interested, please fill out a form for each. Our Stage Crew may be smaller this year due to less set changes in the show. We will attempt to make room for as many as possible, but if there is exceeding interest, we will choose based on maturity, grade level and schedule availability.

For questions, please email Barbara Smith at BarbaraSmithWilke@gmail.com

 

A Message from Principal Ganderton

a-message-from-pgDear McKinley Families,
Earlier this evening, our Human Resources office was contacting schools with an update on staffing (in other words, do we get an additional classroom teacher?) No final answer this evening, but they anticipate a determination sometime Thursday.

Once I have been notified and establish our final classroom count, I will be communicating with all families of children who will be changing classrooms before we head home for the weekend. (If you don’t hear from me, your child will remain in their current classroom assignment.)
I anticipate those students who do change teachers will begin in their new classroom on Monday.
Please feel free to call with any questions.
Respectfully,
Deb Ganderton

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McKinley PTC Meeting this Wednesday, 9/21 6:15 PM

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Come hear the latest and greatest happenings at McKinley by attending the PTC Meeting Wednesday, September 21 at 6:15 pm in the Library/Media Center.

Childcare with pizza will be provided in the auditorium.

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