Family Friday Cancelled 3/17/2017


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.

Principal Ganderton

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, 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!)

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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Valentine Grams for Sale 2/8 – 2/10


Send your child a Valentine Gram for just $1. Your child can also send grams to friends at school. Each gram is sent with a Tootsie Pop and will be delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day, 2/14.

When: Purchase on 2/8, 2/9 and 2/10 before and after school
Where: Outside the school gates, at PrimeTime desk, (and confirming at Character Builders)
How much: $1 per gram

2017 McKinley Jog-A-Thon

Start training for the McKinley Jog-a-thon to be held on March 17, 2017.

More details to follow soon but mark your calendars now. We will have fun showing our Irish colors for the Leprechaun run!

Support McKinley While Shopping on Amazon


If you shop on, there is a way to divert a portion of your purchase as a charitable contribution to the McKinley School Foundation. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to McKinley.

Signing up is easy! Logon to before shopping. Designate the McKinley School Foundation of San Diego as your charitable organization (you can change your selection anytime). Then shop as you would on


McKinley Dine-Out Night 12/15


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.

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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: or McKinley’s main office


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.

Get Your Otter Pops Friday


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


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.

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.

Box Tops for Education


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 Ver flyer en español.

Thank you for your support,

Melissa Dohner

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.


Floats for 5th Grade on Thursday


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.

Trick or Trot Roosevelt Fundraiser


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.  All proceeds go to the Roosevelt after-school enrichment programs.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed. Register by October 9th and save money. Discounts are given for teams so get your runners together! See flyer for more details.

McKinley Dine-Out Night 9/15

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Present the attached flyer at Carnitas’ Snack Shack on Thursday, 9/15, between 5:00pm and 9:00pm and McKinley Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds.

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!

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Don’t Forget Thursday Pizza Night

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3001 Beech St., San Diego, CA 92102

Must present flyer at time of purchase. 

Print out your flyer to support McKinley: Buona Forchetta Pizza Night

Spring Gala LUAU Tickets



Tickets for the Spring Gala are now on sale online!

Tickets must now be purchased at the door! See you there!


McKinley Elementary’s 6th Annual Spring Gala is an amazing night for McKinley families, friends and the North Park Community to raise funds for McKinley School. This year’s theme is “Luau!” See the Facebook event page for updates.

When is it?

Saturday, April 30th from 6pm to 10:30pm

Where is it?

Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center
3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104  – right in the heart of North Park!

  • Tickets are also for sale M/W/F before/after school. We can accept credit cards and checks payable to McKinleyPTC Foundation. $35/ticket before event, $40 at the door. Includes admittance to event, $100 in casino money, one drink ticket.
  • Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 25th from 4:30-5:30PM for PrimeTime families
  • Arrive at 6-7PM on the night of the event for a FREE extra Happy Hour drink ticket.
  • Leis are on sale! 1 /$3 or 2 / $5
  • 50/50 Drawing:  tickets are $2 each. Winner to receive half the pot. Ticket must be present to win! So if they know they won’t be there, send tickets along with a friend or show up at 10:00 at Queen Bee’s when winner will be announced
  • Babysitting available at North Park Community Preschool from 5:00 – 11:00 at 3030 Thorn St: $35/child ($25 each sibling), includes dinner. RSVP to Kaylie Kirby at by 4/29. Max 30 kids.
  • McKinley Mai Tais, Beer & Wine available for purchase! Food by Ono Grinds Grill
  • DJ BODYRAWK will be there, casino tables, classroom silent auction and NEW this year:  LIVE Teacher Auction!

If you would like to volunteer to help sell tickets, set up the event, assist with the auction details during the event, or would like to donate items for the auction, please email Maribel King at


Spring Gala Wine Rally at the Rose


Please join us for a Spring Gala Warm-Up/Wine Rally: Tuesday April 12 from 6-8 at The Rose in South Park. Appetizers and good cheer will be provided.

There’s only one catch: we ask that you help us by donating a bottle of wine valued at $12 or more. No time to shop ahead of the event? Please note that The Rose has wonderful selections for every palette and will have many available to purchase for donating that evening. Bottles collected will be offered for bidding on the night of the Spring Gala.

In addition, please bring any unused gift cards you don’t plan to use; we can put them to good use at the Gala. This year, we are also hoping to put together a “Book Lovers” basket for kids and adults. Please bring any gently used books to donate to our cause.

Moms and Dads are welcome, but this is a kids-free event.
We hope to see you there!

Spring Gala Committee

February Pizza Night at Lefty’s!

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Deep dish, and hot dogs, and subs, oh my!
Get some authentic windy city flavor at Lefty’s!

North Park
3448 30th Street/

Mission Hills
4030 Goldfinch Street/619.299.4030

Present flyer between 5 and 9 pm and McKinley Elementary will receive 25% of the cost of your order.
Dine in or Take Out.

Must present flyer at time of purchase.
Click on flyer LINK to print:
Lefty’s Pizza Night Flyer
See menu at their website here: Lefty’s


Valentine Grams go on Sale Tomorrow!



Valentine Grams go on Sale Tomorrow!

Valentines are $1, and your Valentine message and Tootsie Pop will be delivered to your child, classmate, teacher, or friend. Grams will be on sale before and after school Thursday 2/4 -Tuesday 2/9 in front of the school.

All proceeds help support 5th Grade Activities.

Thank you!!

Annie Refreshment Stand

Come visit the Annie Refreshment Stand!
Help support the 5th Grade Fund
(activities for those students in their last year at McKinley)
Buy a snack before the big show.
We have Goodies for everyone:
Coffee (donated by Starbucks)
Pizza (donated by URBN, Mazara and Sammy’s Woodfire)
Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Popcorn, and much more!
See you all out in front of the auditorium at 5:30!
(Thurs. & Fri.)
– The 5th Grade Committee

December Pizza Night Thursday at Jersey Joe’s!

Too busy to cook? Get some cheesy goodness and support Mckinley at the same time!

Thursday, December 10 at Jersey Joe’s Pizzeria (click on link for menu)

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Link to flyer here to print.

Present flyer between 5 and 10pm and McKinley Elementary will receive 25% of the cost of your order. Both dine-in and take-out orders apply!

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GET THE FACTS about SoNo FEST & CHILI COOK-OFF 2015 (Dec 5 & 6, 2015) !

-1-SoNo FEST is December 6

– Volunteer! We still need over 170 volunteers, especially:

  • Teachers to serve as cashiers
  • 50 Beer Servers
  • 50 Kid Zone Helpers
  • Sign up TODAY! Recruit friends and family! Sign up HERE!


– Be a Winner! Get Your Tickets for the SoNo Opportunity Drawing.

– Donate Your Vintage SoNo Chili Bowl.

– Get Your Kids Involved in SoNo. Create “Crafted with 💛” Banners for the Kids Fun Fest.

Find out more at the SoNo website HERE

Sign Up to Help with SONO



Come have fun with friends for a good cause! The annual SONO Fest and Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner and we need your help. Please donate two hours of your time during the event on Sunday, December 6.  You can use this link to sign up for your spot: SONO Signup

Please note that you will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time.  Also, if you sign up to serve beer you will be required to attend a brief training (required by law) at 10:30 a.m.

We need over 300 volunteers!  Thank you for participating in this fun event that raises significant funds for McKinley. For more information on SONO, see their website here: SONO Fest

SONO Opportunity Drawing Tickets and Banners This Week

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SONO Fest wants to make you a WINNER! 

This year’s Opportunity Drawing is bigger and better than ever with  prizes to make you look better, feel better and get away from it all.
Prizes include: Old Globe tickets (you pick the show), a night at Barona Casino, Club Pilates classes, family photo sessions, Salvage Salon, CrossFit Elysium, lots of good food and tons of other fun stuff! Get ready to WIN!
Tickets are on sale before and after school this week (and Nov. 16-20) in front of school, at the North Park Farmer’s Market and other surprising locations. Don’t miss the chance to support McKinley and SoNo Fest… and maybe win big!
Crafted with ♥
It’s time to make the banners for SoNo Kids Fun Fest!
Buy one or two, or as many as you like.  Come after school and get crafty with us.
Who are invited to make heart banners: All McKinley Students, friends and family
What: Crafted with ♥ Banners will decorate the entrance into SoNo Kids Fun Fest
Cost: $3.00
When: Week of Nov 2 thru 7 – After school
Nov 16 thru 20 (short week – dismissal at 12:15pm)

Jog-A-Thon is this Thursday!

IMG_9247Jog-A-Thon is this Thursday! Oranges are needed for the event. Please bring them to the Teacher’s Lounge this week. If you plan on bringing them on Thursday, please have them already cut.

Come out and cheer our kids on! Thank you for helping make the Jog-A-Thon a fun and successful event.

McKinley Pizza Night at Mazara Trattoria THIS Thursday, Oct. 15th!


For this month, Mazara Trattoria is generously donating 20% of the night’s proceeds to McKinley! (Must present flyer.)

Mazara Trattoria

2302 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104

619-284-2050 •

(No online orders, please call & mention McKinley)

Thursday 11am-10pm

Must present flyer at time of purchase. 

Click on flyer to print:

 Mazara Trattoria Pizza Night Flyer

Principal for the Day! Raffle tickets for sale this week

The fifth graders are going to be selling raffle tickets this Wed, Thurs, and Friday (June 3-5) after school.  The raffle will be held on Monday June 8th in the morning to be principal of the day with Mrs. Ashton-Gray.
The student that wins will be principal on Thursday, June 11th.  The tickets will be sold right after school for 30 minutes, tickets will be $1.00 each.  All money goes to the 5th grade fund. Good luck!

McKinley Gala & Casino Night is TOMORROW NIGHT!

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Get on the VIP list now, before the price goes up at the door tomorrow!

April McKinley Messenger is Here!

April McKinley Messenger

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APRIL MCKINLEY MESSENGER is here! Make sure to check out our featured faculty members of the month.

McKinley Pizza Night – TONIGHT – at Sicilian Thing!

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This month’s pizza night is sponsored by Sicilian Thing Pizza!

In the heart of North Park, we offer both the famous Sicilian (square/thick) and traditional New York style (round/thin) pizza.

Our dough rises to create the lightest tasting pizza with an amazing crust. It’s “OMG – to die for!”

Today, Thursday, April 16th, Sicilian Thing will donate to McKinley 20% of the proceeds from patrons who bring in a McKinley Pizza Night flyer (SP) with purchase.


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4046 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

619 282 3000

Dine in or Take Out.

Must present flyer at time of purchase.

Print flyer here. (English) (Spanish)

McKinley Casino Night Gala – Buy Your Tickets Now!

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Tickets are ONLY $30 if you purchase before the event! mckinley-masquerade-logo

You can purchase tickets two ways:

Need a babysitter?  North Park Community Preschool’s Kaylee and her team have you covered!

When: Sat. May 2nd, 5:30-11:00 pm
North Park Community Preschool - 3030 Thorn st. 92104
$35/child, $25/sibling, includes dinner
RSVP to Kaylee by April 18th -

Please forward onto anyone over 21 who might be interested – hope to see you there!