NORTH PARK, SAN DIEGO

COMMUNITY

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:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com


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Blood Drive at McKinley Elementary – June 8, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 10.07.58 AMMcKinley students, Santana, Gabriel, Morgan and Nicholas, have chosen to explore and support the San Diego Blood Bank for their IB Exhibition project. For their action, they are hosting a blood drive here at McKinley Elementary on June 8, 2017, from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, and would like to invite all parents and staff to participate and donate blood.

Location: Parking Lot at 3045 Felton St.

Sign Up Here. Click on “Donate Now,” scroll down to June 8, 2017, select the time and location at McKinley, and enter the sponsor code “MCKE.”

Please see this flyer for more information.

Hope to see you there!!


Drop off/Pick up Zone Reminder

Dear Parents,

Please remember the white 3-minute zones around the school are for drop off/pick up only. Cars should not be left unattended in these spots.

Please help keep the traffic moving during the busy hours by quickly dropping off or picking up in the white 3-minute zones. If you plan to walk your child into school, please park in a long term parking spot.

Thank you!


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!


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New Student Soiree for Future Roosevelt Students – 5/16

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Mark Tuesday, May 16, on your calendars for the Roosevelt New Student Soiree & IB Festival if your student is planning to attend Roosevelt IB Middle School in the Fall.

5:00 – 5:30pm: Informal meet and greet with staff, learn about school polices, and purchase uniforms.

5:30 – 7:00pm: Stick around for the IB Festival and see academic displays in the library, live performances by the Orchestra and Spirit Squad, visit the Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

 


5th Grade Action Week, 5/8 – 5/12

Support the 5th grade during Action Week as they make a difference in their community. Boxes will be placed throughout the school to accept donations for nonprofit organizations such as Make a Wish, PAWS, Goodwill, Blood Bank, Project Wildlife and many more.

The 5th graders will be selling drinks, food and treats on May 11th, Thursday so please bring your donations!


Safety Reminder

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REMINDER: While dropping off and picking up your children, please mind the speed limits on the streets around the school. Some of the neighbors have noticed cars driving pretty quickly down the streets close to school and then pulling over in front of the school for drop off.

Thanks for your help keeping everyone safe!


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 joan@greenartlabs.com about 1/2 day options
Register at: www.greenartlabs.com/schedule

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 joan@greenartlabs.com about single day and 1/2 day options
Register at www.greenartlabs.com/schedule

 


McKinley Water Testing Results

Below is Principal Ganderton’s update on the water testing results at McKinley (Haga clic aquí para Español). Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.59.34 PM


Registration for the 2017-18 School Year

The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open April 24 – May 19, 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.


School Board Town Hall Meetings

Parents and educators are holding town hall meetings with Superintendent Cindy Marten and every school board member about proposed teacher lay-offs. If you would like to join the conversation, please plan to attend one of the following town hall meetings. For more information, visit the San Diego Education Association website.

Wednesday, April 26, 4-6PM with Trustee Kevin Beiser

Thursday, April 27, 4-6PM with Trustees Barrera & McQuary

Monday, May 1, 4-6PM with Superintendent Marten & Trustees Evans & Whitehurst-Payne


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!


Dine Out – April 20 at Encontro

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 7.38.49 PMDINE OUT at Encontro North Park this Thursday, April 20, 11 AM – 10PM. Show the Dine Out flyer, paper or electronic, and Encontro will donate 25% of your bill to McKinley programs! Find convenient, affordable parking at the North Park Garage on 29th & North Park Way…just steps away from Encontro on the corner of 30th & University. Thanks for your participation and support!


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First Thursday Garden Work Party and First Friday Farm Stand

school garden maggieJoin us at the Octopus Garden every first Thursday this spring (April 6, May 4, June 1) from 12:30-3pm for a garden work party. We will be pulling weeds, spreading mulch, working with the compost, harvesting and tasting food from the garden, and tackling other special projects. Students must come with a parent or adult guardian.

Each first Friday (April 7, May 5, June 2) look for the farm stand at the front of the school from 2:45-3:30pm. See and taste what’s growing at the McKinley gardens!
Donations accepted but not necessary.

If you are able to help out on first Thursday or farm stand Fridays, please email northparkmarney@gmail.com.

Come volunteer with enthusiastic students and parents and help make our school campus even better! See this flyer in English or Spanish for more details.

Sponsored by The McKinley Elementary School Beautification Committee:
Geysil Arroyo, Will Dumka, Grant Ferrier, Jason Folkman, Marney Jensen, Ivana Milosevic, Matt Murphy, Jennifer Owens, Jon Rogers, Shannon Scoggins, Jen Spencer, Mindy Swanson, Christian Vanvlie, & Betsey Zbyszynski (President of the McKinley PTC)

For further information, contact:
Marney Jensen, northparkmarney@gmail.com or Jon Rogers, jonprogers@hotmail.com


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.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
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: info@friendsofroosevelt.org

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.


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


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


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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.


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!


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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.


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.

 


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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North Park Matrix Soccer Tryouts

North Park AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) has announced that they will be fielding several Matrix teams from our region for the first time beginning with the 2017 season — and tryouts start this weekend! Matrix teams are competitive soccer teams that play against other competitive club teams. However, because the teams fall under the umbrella of AYSO, Matrix teams are generally substantially less expensive than other club teams — while offering kids the chance to play competitive soccer with other kids from their local community. The Program maintains the AYSO Core values that include: Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. More information, click here or see the matrix_tryouts_flyer.matrix

 


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