CRAVE Art Show – Saturday, 6/3/2017

The McKinley Elementary CRAVE Art Show is June 3 (Saturday, 3-7pm) at the Bread & Salt Community Center: 1955 Julian Ave in the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Invite your family, friends, neighbors and McKinley families past and future! Everyone is welcome! FREE! (Donations always welcome!) See flyer for details in English and Español.

Please sign up to help at the Art Show. We need volunteers to set-up art displays, donate baked goods, drinks & supplies, run the bake sale, arts & crafts and front tables, clean-up and more. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Ashley Bruce (858.775.7931 |
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A special thank you to Buona Forchetta | Officine Buona Forchetta for generously catering pizza and gelato for the art show.

Thank you for supporting the CRAVE Art Program and encouraging the arts in our children’s education!

Check out last year’s CRAVE Art Show 2016 video!

McKinley Events 5/23 – 5/29

Spring Open House 2017

There are many events happening at McKinley this week. Check it out!

Tuesday, 5/23 at 10:00am – Joint Use Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, 5/23 at 6:30pm – 4th and 5th grade Spring Concert in auditorium

Wednesday, 5/24 at 6:15pm – PTC Meeting in teacher’s lounge

Thursday, 5/25  – Food trucks outside the gates of the school before Spring Open House. Choose food from Organic, Sun & Sea, SnoCal Shaved Ice and Lil’ Miss Shortcakes

Thursday, 5/25 at 5:30 – Spring Open House, 5th Grade Exhibition (6:00 – 7:00pm) in auditorium, and Book Fair in library (4:30 – 6:30pm)

5/26 and 5/29, Friday and Monday – School CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend

Festival of the Arts in North Park: McKinley Art Booth

This Saturday, McKinley PTC will host a booth at the Festival of the Arts in North Park. It will be located on the Kids Art Block on Grim Street. We will offer hands-on art projects for children of all ages. This is a great opportunity to showcase McKinley’s art program and model community involvement for our children. We usually get a few prospective McKinley families stop by and ask questions about our school.

We need a few additional art ambassadors. Please consider signing up for a shift:

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Office Art Mural – Update


Thank you for all the bottle tops donations. The office art mural is coming along nicely! We still need more colored bottle tops. Please leave in the box by the office. Thank you so much!

North Park Festival of the Arts

npmsfestivaladThe North Park Festival of the Arts is on May 20. It’s a fun community festival that features a hands-on Kids Art Block. McKinley will have a booth and will be doing a really fun art project as well as displaying some of our CRAVE art. Please sign up here for a shift! It’s a fun event to be a part of!

McKinley Music Spring Concert – May 23


Please join us for the McKinley Music Spring Concert featuring 4th and 5th grade Band, Choir, and String Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
McKinley ES Auditorium

Performers must arrive at 6:00 pm
The concert starts at 6:30 pm

Student performers must dress appropriately:
Girls: Conservative black or white dresses, black dress pants or skirts with white top.
Boys: Black dress pants and white dress or polo shirt.
Shoes should be black if possible.
Please bring music stands if available.

Green Art Labs Camp

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 7.49.12 PMLooking for a camp Memorial Day Weekend or this summer? Look no further than Green Art Labs! See this flyer for more information.

Memorial Day Camp
Friday, May 26. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5+
At Expressive Arts SD 3201 Thorn St. 
$60 per camper, $51 per sibling (15% discount)
Email about 1/2 day options
Register at:

Summer Camps in August
Aug 14-17. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (no camp Friday)
Aug 21-24. 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. (no camp Friday)
Ages 5+
At Expressive Arts SD 3201 Thorn St. 
$240 per week per camper, $204 per sibling (15% discount)
Email about single day and 1/2 day options
Register at


Crave Art Show – 6/3/2017

2nd Annual CRAVE Art Show

When: June 3rd 2017, 3-7 pm

Where: Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

What: An Art Show to display works by all McKinley students preschool-5th grade. Buona Forchetta will again be there with their amazing pizza and happy smiles. Almost Famous Entertainment will again be our DJ for this event spinning the tunes the kids request, and we will have make-and-take crafts for everyone to enjoy.

Who: Family, friends and neighbors are all invited to celebrate the amazing talent and hard work of all of our McKinley kids. Every month K-5 all have an extra art class we call CRAVE. All of their artwork has been saved all year, mounted nicely, and each and every student will have many of their pieces on display at this years art show! Last year we displayed over 1800 pieces of art all made by McKinley students. This year we plan to do the same.

We will have a sign-up sheet out soon for volunteers to come help with set-up and tear-down. Thanks for all the support this year and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Come Help Us Build a Mosaic Mural at Roosevelt IB Middle School!

Leave your artistic mark on the Roosevelt campus by helping to create a mosaic masterpiece! We are looking for enthusiastic artists, craftspeople, students, parents & community members to be a part of the mosaic team, under the guidance of Rob Tobin, from the non-profit organization, ARTS.

Saturday, April 8th9 am4 pm (place mosaic tiles)
Sunday, April 9th9 am3 pm (grouting mosaic tiles)

Roosevelt IB Middle School
3366 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Meet in front of the office.

All you need is a willingness to try & a spirit of fun! Come for the day or just a couple hours. Any and all kinds of help will be welcome & appreciated! We’ll need help with set-up, tile sorting, tiling, and clean-up. Make sure to dress to get dirty!

Questions? email:

For more information, see this flyer.

Saturday lunch will be donated by Buona Forchetta Pizza Oven! Sunday lunch will be donated by True North and Encontro-North Park.

A note about ARTS
The creation of our mosaic mural will be led by the non-profit arts organization – ARTS – A Reason To Survive. They also helped us create the mosaics at McKinley Elementary – our Octopus and Tree murals! This organization is dedicated to assisting youth by building hope, self-confidence, resiliency, and 21st century life & work skills through art!

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This project has been funded by Friends of Roosevelt Foundation.

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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

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.


2nd Annual CRAVE Art Show!

The CRAVE Student Art Show will be held on June 3, 2017 from 3pm-7pm at the fabulous Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan. It was such a fun beautiful venue last year, and we are excited and grateful to be welcomed back again this year! All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our students have been working very hard on their art this year and are looking forward to showing off their creative talents at their art show. We look forward to seeing everyone come out and celebrate these awesome artists!

McKinley Music Winter Concert – 1/24


Please join us for the McKinley Music Winter Concert featuring 4th and 5th grade Band, Choir, and String Orchestra.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
McKinley ES Auditorium

Performers must arrive at 6:00 pm
The concert starts at 6:30 pm

Student performers must dress appropriately:
Girls: Conservative black or white dresses, black dress pants or skirts with white top.
Boys: Black dress pants and white dress or polo shirt.
Shoes should be black if possible.
Please bring music stands if available.

(There will be a music assembly earlier in the day at 2:00 pm.)

Santa’s Workshop This Saturday!

Calling all of Santa’s creative elves!

Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 12.10.50 PM.pngSanta’s Workshop – Saturday, Dec 10, 10:00-12:00 noon

3201 Thorn St. 92104

For more info: or (619) 206-6613, or check out this flyer.

Sign up here:
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
Fabric and burlap
Colorful plastic
Colorful papers
Paint, markers, glue guns, oil pastels
And so much more!


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

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.

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.


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 @


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:

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 and she can sign you up manually.

CRAVE Art Show 2016

Green Art Labs Classes & Camps


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!

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


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:  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:
(en Español)

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Art Events Around McKinley



Come visit our booth help create our art project at The North Park Festival of the Arts! We will be at the Kids Art Block on Grim Street at North Park Way from 10-5 on May 21 (a week from Saturday). If you would like to help with the booth and get a chance to hang out with the amazing Will Dumka, you can sign up here: Arts Signup


Third graders had the opportunity to study Wyland’s art this year in their CRAVE art class and painted their own paintings inspired by him. Here’s your chance to meet the amazing artist who has painted over 100 life size whaling walls around the globe! THIS Sunday, May 15th, from 1-4 he will be at his gallery at Seaport Village. This is a great opportunity to meet him and encourage our students to learn from him and his statement in his art. Wyland Gallery