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Water Sampling Reminder

Dear McKinley School, Parents and Staff:

At McKinley School, the well-being of students and staff is our top priority. For that reason, San Diego Unified School District has asked the City of San Diego to test the water at our school site (Español aquí).

Beginning Tuesday, April 4, the City of San Diego will initiate water testing for lead across the San Diego Unified School District. It’s anticipated that the water at all district schools, including charter schools on district property, will be tested for lead by the end of the traditional school year in June.

The safety and health of students and staff across San Diego Unified is the highest priority for the district. Therefore, the city will be using a geographic approach that provides the most efficient testing. Five schools will be tested daily, beginning at the southeast corner of the district where some of the oldest district schools are located. City staff will work their way north and west until all of the testing is done. The comprehensive effort will take multiple months to complete due to the relevant regulatory requirements.

Testing will occur in the early morning hours, before the school day begins. Up to five samples will be taken at each site. The sampling locations may include drinking fountains, cafeterias and food preparation areas. The city will analyze the water samples and notify the school district of the results.

If results indicate that there is lead above allowable levels, district staff will determine the source of contamination and take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis (e.g., turn off water, replace fixtures and/or make plumbing repairs).

I want to reiterate that, at this time, there is no indication of unsafe levels of lead in our school’s water system, and the district’s testing is being done out of an abundance of caution. I will continue to monitor these efforts and will provide timely updates to our community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

For more information on the district’s plan and water testing results as they become available, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/watersampling.

Sincerely,

Deb Ganderton
Principal


SBAC state testing is coming soon

SBAC State Testing window is May 5th – June 9th.
The following is an informative website for parents and students. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, including scoring guides, are now available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments. As such, the practice tests should not be used to guide instructional decisions about students. No score reports are generated from the Practice Tests. This link will take you to the online SBAC Practice Tests.


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It’s Spring Gala Time! Here’s more information on this fun event!

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Jog-A-Thon Money Due Friday, 3/24

This Friday, March 24th, is the last day to get your pledged Jogathon money in. It’s also the last day we will count money toward prizes and raffle tickets. Please bring your pledge money in by Friday!


Order your Variety Show DVDs today!

Click Here to Order DVDs now!

All proceeds go to the McKinley School Foundation earmarked for the McKinley Variety Show. It will be used for renting the venue, audio equipment, etc. The vendors listed here are McKinley parents and have generously offered their products and services. Thank you!


Gala Volunteer Exchange

Hello McKinley Families! Our Spring Gala is coming up on April 29th, and we are partnering up with Urban Discovery Academy to exchange volunteers. This means that we will provide about 7-10 people for their event, and they in turn would do the same for our event. This helps insure that all our parents will be having a good time and will be bidding on items instead of running the event.

UDA’s Gala is this Saturday, March 18th from 5:30 to 10. We need about 6 people to help us out this weekend. You would in essence be helping out our Gala by helping this weekend. Please contact Maurice if you are interested in helping.

 


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Yoga Rascals

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 6.31.46 AMKids Yoga Class begins this Saturday!

Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Expressive Arts Gallery
March 18 – May 6 • 8-week session • $120.00
Recommended for kids ages 5 – 10

In Yoga Rascals’ playful yoga classes children go on an imaginary yoga adventure while learning a variety of yoga poses, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Practicing yoga regularly increases flexibility and strength, improves balance and coordination, develops focus and concentration, and promotes a positive self-image. Yoga Rascals’ classes aim at reducing stress, developing kindness, and nurturing a peaceful mindset ­– all while having lots of fun. Check out this flyer for more information.

For more information please call Yoga Rascals at 619-865-9506, or email info@yogarascals.com
To register please go to http://www.yogarascals.com/kids-yoga.html


Jog-A-Thon is this Friday!

Please make sure you’re sending out your emails and posting those links on social media to get donations from friends and family. Right now we’re on track to make about half of what we did last year! We’re all hoping to see a surge in these next few days. You may have heard in the news that the governor’s budget predicts a large shortfall in funds for schools. We will need every penny this year and next year to continue to have all these extra activities the PTC pays for.

One small change, the 4th & 5th graders start time has been moved up from 10:40 to 10:20.

Thanks to all those who have signed up to volunteer. Even if you haven’t signed up to volunteer, if you show up the day of the event, we can really use your help. Come down in comfy running clothes, run a lap or two with the students, and then help us mark laps, handout oranges, water, and help keep the kids on the right path. The running path this year is a lot more complicated because of the construction.

It’s going to be a warm day on Friday. We need shade canopies of all sizes. We need volunteers to help set up starting at 7AM and people who will be around later for the 4th & 5th graders too.

It’s going to be a great time with a DJ, water misters, and a fun time for the children.

See Jog-a-Thon event page for more details.


This Week at McKinley

This week will be very busy for McKinley families so please mark your calendars!

Jog-a-thon

One of our biggest fundraisers is this Friday, March 17th! If you haven’t yet got donors, it’s not too late. Please go to Pledgestar now and set up your online donation account. It just takes a few minutes. Also remember:

  • Running Times have been updated. Check the Jog-a-Thon event page for updated times by grade level. (See also Calendar)
  • Sign Up to Volunteer Online:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Dine Out

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 7.10.07 PMMarch Dine-Out is March 16, 2017, at the North Park Thursday Market. Present the flyer at the North Park Welcome Booth for the purchase of “Market Money” and then spend it with the vendors. North Park Thursday Market will donate 25% of the proceeds to McKinley. Thanks for your support!


Interscholastic Chess Tournament on March 12th

The Mountain Lake Chess Camp & IM Larry Evans

(McKinley’s ASE Chess provider)

host their ninth

Interscholastic Chess Tournament

this Sunday, March 12 from 12:00 – 3:30

Get a National Ranking!
Advanced section now rated by
United States Chess Federation.
Time Control: G/20
(bring chess clock if you have one)

This tournament is open to students at all skill levels, with trophies awarded to the top finishers in each section. We will also provide an ice cream snack during the break.
Date: March 12, 2017
Price: $25 ($5 more if you register after March 11)
Registration: 11:00-12:00 on-site
Tournament Time: 12:30 – 3:30
Location: Pacific Bluffs Clubhouse
Address: 5326 Mount Alifan Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

You can register online at our website, www.chesscamp.net, or fill out and mail the linked form to: 155 G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

First game starts at 12:30. Please arrive no later than 12:00 for first pairings.

 


Jog-a-thon Updates & Reminders

2017 Jog-a-Thon T-Shirt design by Cecilia Labarrere

  • T-Shirts on sale for $10 each: sold in front of school on select days & times (see Calendar) or buy yours Online. Order by Monday, March 13th to ensure you’ll have yours by March 17th.
  • Get those Sponsors! If you haven’t done so, got to Pledgestar and set up your online donation account.
  • Running Times have been updated. Check the Jog-a-Thon event page for updated times by grade level. (See also Calendar)
  • Sign Up to Volunteer Online:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com


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Spring Break Camp – Kooky Creatures and Their Towns

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 6.01.55 AMJoin Green Art Labs and the Young Artist Program to create robots, monsters, fairies and any creature from your imagination – all with reusable materials and items from our treasure boxes of colorful odds and ends. Then we’ll create their living spaces – towns, galaxies, forest homes – wherever your creative mind can take you. STEAM concepts: collaborating, creative thinking, problem solving, engineering, math, science and art.

Ages 5-12. Ages 12+ can join us to create and as helpers.

Early bird prices until 3/20: $280 per week, $60 per day, $30 per 1/2 day.

Sign up at www.greenartlabs.com/schedule


Update on 2017-2018 Budget

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 6.22.54 AMThe district has posted the 2017-18 BUDGET UPDATE presentation and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the SDUSD website for your reference.


Dine-Out on March 16 | North Park Thursday Market

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 7.10.07 PMMarch Dine-Out is March 16, 2017, at the North Park Thursday Market. Present the flyer at the North Park Welcome Booth for the purchase of “Market Money” and then spend it with the vendors. North Park Thursday Market will donate 25% of the proceeds to McKinley. Thanks for your support!


2017-2018 PrimeTime Application Timeline and Parent Support

ptmasterlogoThe PrimeTime Application window opens Monday, March 6 at 6 a.m. and remains open through May 5, 2017. All families with children in elementary, middle, or K-8 schools (including transitional kindergarten) interested in participating in PrimeTime during the 2017-2018 school year must complete and submit an application online at www.sandiegounified.org/PrimeTime. This includes children currently participating in PrimeTime, and children on the wait list.

The Extended Learning Opportunities Department will be providing support during the week of March 6 for families who need assistance with accessing the internet and/or assistance in completing an application online. Staff will be available at:

  • Lincoln High School (4777 Imperial Ave, 92113)
  • San Diego Unified Education Center Main Lobby (4100 Normal St., 92103)
  • Extended Learning Opportunities Department (2441 Cardinal Lane, Building A. 92123)

Additional information is available online. For questions, you may contact the Extended Learning Opportunities Department at 858-503-1870.


Spring 2017 Jog-a-thon

One of the Biggest (and Funnest) School Fundraising Events of the Year!

Friday, March 17, 2017

img_6367The 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. Please visit the Jog-a-thon page to learn more about how your child can participate and qualify for some cool prizes!

T-Shirts are now available! Volunteers will be selling t-shirts before and after school next week. (Check calendar for details.) You can also order your 2017 Jog-a-Thon T-Shirt online and have it delivered to your child’s classroom.


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Digital Gym- Youth Media and Tech Spring Break Camp

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-6-11-52-amDuring our weeklong SPRING camps, youth get to flex their “technology” muscles through creating an original movie from start to finish.

Campers will learn how to operate a camera, edit in Final Cut Pro, create storyboards and use our Green Screen Studio! A matinee of the youth’s film projects will be premiered on the last day of camp to a full house in our independent movie theater, the Digital Gym CINEMA!

Get more information from the flyer!


Girl Scouts Info & Celebration – March 7

 

On Tuesday, March 7, at Girl Scouts Balboa Campus, 1231 Upas Street, San Diego 92103 at 6:00pm, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their birthday of 100 years.

Find out how to join troops, info about summer camps, and more! (See flyer for details.)

 


Wear Your Pajamas for Read Across America – March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday. McKinley will be celebrating this Thursday by allowing students to come to school dressed in their pajamas (please no slippers, stuffed animals or toys). We will also have a designated 30 minute community reading time from 8:45-9:15 for students to go outside and read their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Parents are welcome to join their child for this reading time.

Dr. Seuss forever changed the way children’s books were written and he continues to inspire generations. Thank you so much and happy reading!


Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year

The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open March 13 – March 24, 2017 for all grades. Office hours for enrollment are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (see enrollment guidelines and forms).

You will need the following documentation to register: proof of residence (utility bill, rental agreement, etc…), birth certificate, and immunization records.

In order to assure your child’s placement for the 2017 fall school year, please enroll during these dates.


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Drinking Water Sampling

We contacted the district as soon as we were made aware of this concern and submitted a written request to have our water tested.

District sent this response to sites yesterday which reads:

For inquiries regarding information about lead testing in drinking water at SDUSD, here is a link to the District Safety Management Webpage.

Deb Ganderton, Principal


McKinley Elementary Variety Show!

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March 9th, 2017

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on line at:
http://mckinleyvarietyshow.brownpapertickets.com

There will also be hard copy forms available at the front office on Friday, February, 24.

$5 adult/$4 children

Get them Now!

 

 


Immigration Forums 2/22 – 2/24

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Do you have a question about an immigration topic?
Learn the facts at a community forum (flyer en Español and see details on Facebook).
Topics include:
•Applying for U.S. Citizenship
•Information about DACA
•Legal Rights
•Refugee Status

The forums will be held from 5pm-7pm at:
2/22, Wednesday – San Diego High School
2/23, Thursday – Mann Middle School
2/24, Friday – Mira Mesa High School

Childcare and refreshments provided.

Brought to you by the San Diego Unified School District Office of Family and Community Engagement and the PTSA.


Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts presents Gitanería de Jerez on February 26th

Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts, provider of Flamenco in McKinley ASE program, is hosting Gitanería de Jerez at Tango Del Rey on February 26th. Flamenco with Roots strives to keep this Hispanic heritage art form alive for future generations. In this event, Flamenco with Roots joins forces with award winning Spanish artist, Lakshmi Basile La Chimi, to bring an inspiring evening of entertainment, Mediterranean food, and silent auction benefiting Flamenco with Roots’ efforts to serve San Diego children with free and low cost classes and performance opportunities. (10% of proceeds benefit Flamenco with Roots.)

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2017-18 PrimeTime Application Available Starting March 6th

ptmasterlogoINITIAL APPLICATION TIMELINE: MARCH 6, 2017 – MAY 5, 2017
Applications will be available online beginning Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. and must be completed and submitted online by Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. to be included in the initial review and enrollment process. Applications faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered will not be accepted. Please see the 2017-18 PrimeTime Application flyer or visit SDUSD’s PrimeTime page for more information (and translated forms).

Join us for an informational meeting about the new application process on Monday, February 27th at 5:30 pm in McKinley’s auditorium. PrimeTime staff will go over the new process and how to apply for the PrimeTime program online. Additionally, families will have an opportunity to create email accounts, as an active email account is required for the 2017-2018 application process.

 


Family Friday Cancelled 3/17/2017

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Our Jog-a-thon is scheduled for Friday morning, March 17th. Family Friday falls upon that same afternoon.

We’d love to encourage parent attendance at our annual Jog-a-thon and have opted to cancel our March 17th Family Friday.

Sincerely,
Principal Ganderton

Youth Tennis League

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Try-outs: March 19 at Muirlands Middle School

Beginning April 5 for 8 weeks on Wednesdays

See this flyer for more information.

 


Volunteer for the McKinley Jog-A-Thon

Join the Jog-A-Thon Committee!

The McKinley Jog-A-Thon has always been a GREAT fundraiser, raising over $50K last year!  The big three events (SONO, Jog-A-Thon, and Gala) pay for the majority of the arts, dance, gardening, and the teachers’ training to maintain the school’s IB accreditation.

Please email or private message Mauricio Ahumada, maurice68@cox.net if you would like to help (he is fluent in Spanish too). He is requesting 7+ volunteers. The actual day of the event, March 17th, many additional volunteers will help with setup, lap counting, water, fruit, etc…

(Planning meetings will *always* be held in a brewery or somewhere equally as fun!)


Got Bottle Caps?

Would you like to help us beautify the office? Please collect all colored bottle caps of any shape, color and size. There will be a cardboard box placed by the office for collection. Alternatively, you may deliver the bottle caps to your child’s classroom, and we can pick them up. Thank you for helping to make our office a colorful, happy place for our staff and families.screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-8-47-18-am


Free Tutoring

BAME Education Enhancement Program offers free tutoring!

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When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm

Where: 2754 Imperial Ave.

Who: Grades K-8

More info: www.bamecdc.org or see this flyer


McKinley Dine-Out, Thursday, Feb. 16 at Dunedin

Mark your calendars – Thursday, February 16th is our monthly McKinley Dine-Out at Dunedin. Take a night off from cooking and support McKinley Elementary IB School. Dunedin will donate 25% of your order to McKinley on February 16th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come for lunch or dinner, and be sure to bring this flyer.
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Green Art Labs President’s Day Camp

Green Art Labs President’s Day Camp – Create with reusable materials.

Friday 2/17 and Monday 2/20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5+. $60 per day. 16 students max. 8:1 student to teacher ratiscreen-shot-2017-02-05-at-9-07-34-amo

Create with reusable materials while you learn how to cool the planet in this time of climate change. Campers will have ample opportunities to create while also spending time outside in nature. Possibilities include free creating with reusable materials, painting in the painting room, nature art, theater, music and movement. Daily outings in the neighborhood. STEAM Concepts, Collaborating, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving.


McKinley CRAVE Artists

McKinley’s CRAVE Artists are on display!
Visit our very own Santos Coffee House on 32nd and Thorn and check out the fun monster art created by some of our very talented first graders! Grab a cup of coffee or a delicious treat and be sure to tell them thank you for showing off the beautiful work done by our talented kids.

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