Do you have a question about an immigration topic?
Learn the facts at a community forum (flyer en Español and see details on Facebook).
•Applying for U.S. Citizenship
•Information about DACA
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.
Deadline to register: March 17
Try-outs: March 19 at Muirlands Middle School
Beginning April 5 for 8 weeks on Wednesdays
See this flyer for more information.
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.
BAME Education Enhancement Program offers free tutoring!
When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm
Where: 2754 Imperial Ave.
Who: Grades K-8
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.
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 ratio
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’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.
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.
The rain has been a setback, but on the up side, the soil has been “flushed” and should better support the subsequent sod installation. (For the record, there are technical terms for “flushed”, but I’m at a loss for what they are at this moment, so I’m sticking with layman’s language.)
This week our district support team met with City in effort to correct all irrigation issues for the field. Once we have 10 days of clear weather, the balance of scope -grass field, ramps, playground and surrounding areas will move forward.
We’ve been told our field will be ready by the end of April and the city will release the field for daily use shortly after that.
We’ll keep our school community updated with regular posts. We’re on the home stretch folks!
December Dine-Out at Del Sur – Thursday, 12/15, 4:00 pm-9:30 pm
2310 30th St. San Diego
McKinley Elementary will receive 25% of the total cost of your order. Both Take Out and Dine In orders apply.
Electronic Flyer accepted. Present it on your phone. Tell them you’re with McKinley.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
San Diego Unified Family and Community Engagement Department is organizing an event to support the right of all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion to be educated in an environment free from fear, violence and intimidation. All staff, students and families are invited to attend.
• Multi-cultural student performances
• Important facts for diverse families
• Immigration advice
• Healthcare information
• LGBTQIA resources
• Muslim student support
• Unifying crafts for young children
• Food trucks/Bag lunches
Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110
In support of this event, the San Diego Unified School Board passed a resolution at its Dec. 6 meeting reaffirming the values of peace, tolerance and respect for multiple perspectives.
For more information, go here.
For a flier, go here.
Calling all of Santa’s creative elves!
Santa’s Workshop – Saturday, Dec 10, 10:00-12:00 noon
3201 Thorn St. 92104
For more info: email@example.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.
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:
Fabric and burlap
Paint, markers, glue guns, oil pastels
And so much more!
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!
The Kindergarten Classes
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 (more…)
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
Come & be a part of the North Park Toyland Parade with
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
November Dine-Out at Pete’s Seafood – Thursday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5:30pm – The 5th graders will be offering Root Beer Floats at the lunch tables (donations accepted) for their first fundraiser of the year.
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.
Fun Fact: Mexican Independence Day is 9/16 and it is a tradition for the President to “yell” out the first cry of freedom at 12:00am on 9/16 as Hidalgo did when the battle had been won. Mexicans are known to start celebrating from 9/15 through to the next day, so eat up to support your local elementary school!
Have your old markers run out of their color? Don’t want to send them to the landfill? Good for you! You can put your old markers from home or the classroom in the box outside of the main office for recycling. Any marker type or brand can be recycled!
Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools are collecting and reusing empty markers.
You can learn more about the ColorCycle program here. And thank you for coloring our world green by recycling!
Join us at Thorn Street Brewery and help us raise money to create a mosaic mural at Roosevelt IB Middle School!!! RMS is the community middle school that McKinley Elementary feeds into.
When: Thursday, September 8th from 5pm-8pm
Where: Thorn St. Brewery
3176 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92104
Thorn Street will contribute $1 of each individual beer sale to our mural fundraiser.
Raise $6,000 by Fall to create a meaningful and artistic mosaic mural on the Roosevelt IB Middle School campus in the 2016-17 school year. The kids will help design and install the mural.
Questions? Would you like to help but can’t make it to Thorn St? You can also make a tax deductible donation at our fundraising website.
For more information, click here.
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.
Expressive Arts SD
3201 Thorn St., SD 92014
We can walk kids over to the class from McKinley for an additional fee.