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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.


Spring ASE Applications – A few spots left!

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If you missed the deadline and really want to sign up, please take advantage of the is 1 day only opportunity. Click on the link below:

Registration is temporarily open for Late Applications Jan. 18th. Registration will close at 8:00 pm tonight.

The McKinley Parent Teacher Club offers a variety of After School Enrichment (ASE) opportunities on Thursday afternoons. Classes are one hour long, starting at 12:20 pm and will be offered in 2 periods.

Students participating in Prime Time & Character Builders are welcome; however, those that are enrolled in after-school tutoring may not always be able to join. (The after school Spanish program is run independent of this program and conflicts with the first hour. Please visit the Spanish Language Program page for more information.)

Spring Session: Jan. 26th – Mar. 16th (8 weeks)  Flyer (EN) / Flyer (ES)

Please visit the ASE page for class descriptions and to register online. We encourage you to register online, if possible. However, if you need a hard copy, there will be a few extras in the front office.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact  Pauline Treviño as soon as possible.


McKinley Joint Use Park Update

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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!

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


Digital Gym Camp Monday, 1/16

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Anyone still looking for a camp on January 16th? Don’t forget that Digital Gym is offering a day camp from 8:30 – 3:00 pm. Extended care is available until 5:00 pm. It’s open to children ages 6-14. Students will learn storyboarding, stop-motion animation, green screen and other digital video techniques and editing software. Digital Gym is also coming to McKinley’s ASE program starting January 26th, so this might be a good way to try it out (see flyer for details).

Spring ASE Applications Are Available!

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The McKinley Parent Teacher Club offers a variety of After School Enrichment (ASE) opportunities on Thursday afternoons. Classes are one hour long, starting at 12:20 pm and will be offered in 2 periods.

Students participating in Prime Time & Character Builders are welcome; however, those that are enrolled in after-school tutoring may not always be able to join. (The after school Spanish program is run independent of this program and conflicts with the first hour. Please visit the Spanish Language Program page for more information.)

Spring Session: Jan. 26th – Mar. 16th (8 weeks)  Flyer (EN) / Flyer (ES)

Please visit the ASE page for class descriptions and to register online. We encourage you to register online, if possible. However, if you need a hard copy, there will be a few extras in the front office.

Applications will be accepted with payment through January 11th, 4PM. Volunteers will be in front of the office to answer questions and process registrations over the next few days. Dates/times will be posted on the Calendar.

Please note that our program is slightly reduced this year due to construction and other space constraints. While we try to accommodate all students that apply, we anticipate running lotteries for impacted classes. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact  Pauline Treviño as soon as possible.


2017 McKinley Variety Show

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The 2017 McKinley Variety Show is just around the corner!
Ask your child to be thinking about what they might want to do to show off their talents. Registration and auditions will be coming in January. Be looking for more information soon.
Happy Holidays,

Elizabeth Newlin

Variety Show Director


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.


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.


Complete Federal Survey Cards

federal_survey_cardsYour help and support with securing federal funding for our school would be greatly appreciated.

Each year, our district receives over $8 million in Impact Aid funding. This is not automatic – we must apply for it each year. The U.S. Department of Education requires that a survey be conducted each year and our district then files a claim based on the cards received. This process precludes us from using enrollment cards for this purpose so completing the Federal Survey Cards is critical.

These will be sent home on Wednesday and we ask that they are completed by each and every family in our school community. Please return completed forms to us on or before Wednesday, October 12th. (One card per family)

Those classes that have 100% of their cards returned will win a popsicle party (with heartfelt gratitude from their very appreciative principal).

With thanks in advance,
Deb Ganderton


School Choice Application Info

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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.


Is My Child Changing Classrooms?

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Dear McKinley Families,
I know you are eager to hear an update on the possibility of class changes. Last week, I communicated a timeline, but wasn’t able to honor that timeline due to issues outside my “circle of control”.
On Friday, we were notified that we ARE getting an additional teacher!
As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in a process like this. Principals are often in a holding pattern as determinations are made district wide to best meet the needs of each site. During the last three days, I asked myself, “Do I want to communicate every step or do I want to work every step?” I opted for the latter.
Our staff will convene this afternoon and examine our options. IAPW (in a perfect world), we’d be able to reduce class size, eliminate combos and have all students remain in their initial classroom placement. That said, it’s not a perfect world. I am providing the staff with options and we will vote on what we believe best supports the children in our charge. That decision will be communicated to our school community before I head home this evening. Families of children who are changing classrooms will be notified as soon as the district confirms our new teacher’s assignment.
Our district communicated that our new teacher should be joining us the first week in October. We will establish other opportunities for parents to meet the new teacher once for those students who have been reassigned.
Please plan on meeting with your child’s current teacher at tomorrow’s Back to School Night. I am available to answer any questions from 6:30 – 7:30 tomorrow evening (Thursday) and you can always reach me via email (dganderton@sandi.net).

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


Time Change for Back to School Night

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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT HAPPENINGS

Apologies – I was left alone with the calendar over the summer (should never let that happen again) and entered 5:00 – 6:30 for Back to School Night (BTSN). My mistake.

BTSN is scheduled for the same time this year as in years past. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 on Thursday, 9/29.

Come early for food trucks on campus at 5:00 for those interested in purchasing dinner before classroom visitations and support the 5th graders by donating to their root beer float fundraiser at 5:30. 

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


A Message from Principal Ganderton

33245-NZCLE4.jpgDear McKinley Families,

We have a problem and a proposed solution.

Afternoon pick up is a problem.

Cars are blocking neighbors driveways, folks are double parking on our terribly narrow streets and kids – our most precious resource – are crossing the street between vehicles.

I’m asking for your help. Please leave all neighbor’s driveways open so they are available to owners. Sadly, some of our neighbors have had McKinley families refuse to move. This is unfortunate and reflects poorly on our otherwise awesome school community.

When approaching McKinley, please drive on Felton from SOUTH to NORTH. We checked with the city and were notified that they are unable to consider signage (with requests to drive in one direction only as school gets out) without a collective, unanimous agreement of all homeowners who are impacted. If our voluntary efforts are ineffective and concerns continue, we will examine next steps with the city.

Our collective commitment is to the safety and well-being of the children in our charge. Your support during afternoon pick up is most appreciated.

With thanks in advance,
Deb Ganderton


Seussical Update: Stage Crew Interest Form Available & Cast List Posted!

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The Cast list for Seussical has been posted. Thank you to everyone that auditioned! We had our biggest turnout yet, it’s going to be a great show! View the list here.

Stage Crew Interest Signup

CLOSES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23!

OPEN TO GRADES 3-5 ONLY
Please carefully fill out this form.

SHOW IS DECEMBER 8TH & 9TH.
Students should have availability the week before the show, (November 28-December 2) AND the week of the show (December 5-9). Please note any potential schedule conflicts in the form.

If you have more than one student interested, please fill out a form for each. Our Stage Crew may be smaller this year due to less set changes in the show. We will attempt to make room for as many as possible, but if there is exceeding interest, we will choose based on maturity, grade level and schedule availability.

For questions, please email Barbara Smith at BarbaraSmithWilke@gmail.com

 


A Message from Principal Ganderton

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Earlier this evening, our Human Resources office was contacting schools with an update on staffing (in other words, do we get an additional classroom teacher?) No final answer this evening, but they anticipate a determination sometime Thursday.

Once I have been notified and establish our final classroom count, I will be communicating with all families of children who will be changing classrooms before we head home for the weekend. (If you don’t hear from me, your child will remain in their current classroom assignment.)
I anticipate those students who do change teachers will begin in their new classroom on Monday.
Please feel free to call with any questions.
Respectfully,
Deb Ganderton


Future Classroom Changes, a Message from the Principal

 

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Unfortunately, the answer is, “We don’t know yet.” Our enrollment is quite high in some grade levels and low in others. We’ve felt like we’re playing a perpetual game of chess the last two weeks as we plan for a variety of class configurations based on daily enrollment numbers.

As of today, we are very close to getting an additional teacher IF we enroll additional 4th or 5th graders and don’t lose any students. Although we were hopeful we’d be able to reconfigure classrooms by the end of this week, our “on-the-cusp-kid-count” (my technical term) is so close to an additional teacher, that I’ve opted to wait rather than move students more than once.

Our final student count on Friday, September 16th, will determine our next steps.

Regardless of enrollment, I do know we will be reorganizing after September 19th and anticipate we will have one or more combination classrooms.

I realize that change can be disconcerting and want to reassure parents that a great deal of thought goes into this process. We aim to minimize the impact to both students and staff while honoring the established parameters of our employee’s contract.

If your child is selected to move, we will send a letter home with your child as soon as we’ve determined our final classroom counts and established where our combination classrooms will be. The next day, we will escort those students to their new classroom assignment and their new teacher will introduce them to their classmates. The following day, they will line up with their new classroom, and the teachers will begin the day with a “getting to know you” activity.

In the meantime, my heartfelt thanks to those teachers who are teaching regardless of their high class count and to parents who are patiently waiting to see if their child will transition to another classroom.

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


Casting Call: Seussical the Musical (Audition Registration Now Closed)

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McKinley Theatre Company (MTC) is excited to announce that our 2016 production will be Seussical Jr!  This musical is based on Dr. Seuss books, filled with songs and rhyming dialogue. There will be several group production numbers as well as character roles in which  all cast members will shine.

SEUSSICAL AUDITIONS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2016

AFTER SCHOOL, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PLEASE REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE AT:

AUDITION REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

AUDITION REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

The cast list will be announced by the end of audition week. Parents of the cast are asked to attend an info meeting at the end of our first rehearsal. Our volunteer-run program can accept up to 70 students, including stage crew. Grades TK-3rd are more likely to be placed in group numbers. Lead roles will most likely be cast from grades 3-5.

Cast and crew are expected to commit to scheduled rehearsals and performances. Once the cast announcement is made, all families will be presented with a variety of volunteer opportunities to contribute to the success of the show.

We encourage interested students to start preparing now for auditions.

(NOTE: More information about Stage Crew coming soon)


After School Enrichment

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The McKinley Parent Teacher Club offers a variety of After School Enrichment opportunities on Thursday afternoons. Classes are one hour long, starting at 12:20 pm and will be offered in 2 periods.

Students participating in Prime Time & Character Builders are welcome; however, those that are enrolled in after-school tutoring may not always be able to join. (The after school Spanish program is run independent of this program and conflicts with the first hour. Please visit the Spanish Language Program page for more information.)

Fall 2016 ASE: Sept. 22nd – Nov. 10th

Fall applications will be sent home this week to the TK & K classrooms. All other grades will receive a flier with information on our new online application! Please visit the ASE page for class descriptions and to register online. We encourage you to register online, if possible. However, if you need a hard copy, there will be a few extras in the front office.

Applications will be accepted with payment through September 7th, 4PM. Volunteers will be in front of the office to answer questions and process registrations on the following days:

  • Thursday, 8:15-8:45 am
  • Friday, 8:15-8:45 am
  • Tuesday, 8:15-8:45 am, 2:45-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 8:15-8:45 am, 2:45-3:30 pm

Please note that our program is slightly reduced this year due to construction and other space constraints. While we try to accommodate all students that apply, we anticipate running lotteries for impacted classes. If your child does not get into the program this Fall, they will get priority for the Spring program.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact  Pauline Treviño as soon as possible.


After School Spanish Club at McKinley

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Learning a new language is fun. Studies also show it’s great for the cognitive development of our children.  We’re very pleased to offer an After School Spanish Club presented by the IES Language Foundation.

Classes meet on Thursdays from 12:20 – 1:20 and will start on Thursday, September 22, 2016 and run until Thursday, May 18, 2017 on the McKinley campus.

The cost is $405 for the full year, or can be paid in three easy installments of $149 (due 9/16/16, 1/13/17, and 3/17/17). This program will supplement the Spanish language class your children already receive during the weekly wheel.

You can sign up online here. By phone by calling 619.584.7956. Or by email at iessandiego@gmail.com.

Please note that this program is separate from our After School Enrichment program that you can learn about here.

 


A message from the Principal

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Dear McKinley School Community,
What a great first day! Especially appreciated was the excellent example our fifth graders set for our younger students at lunchtime! (Thanks, guys. Uber impressive!)
Any obstacle that was put in our path was overcome with brief brainstorming, collective cooperation and humor (the only way to solve problems!) Teachers were prepared, kids were excited and parents were appreciative. What more can a principal ask for?!?!? I am blessed.

With a happy heart,
Deb Ganderton

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Back to School Construction Update

McK Construction UpdateWe cannot wait to see you and your children tomorrow morning!

Please enter and exit our campus as you have in the past year.

This is an update on the ongoing construction at our school:

MAIN SCHOOL ENTRY/ACCESS
1. New concrete paving at the main school entry has been placed and complete. New ornamental fence posts are in place. However, given new ornamental fence panels and gates haven’t arrived, temorary fencing and gates for security and access/circulation have been installed.

2. The new ramp between Bldg. 100 and 200 has been placed and is complete, including paved tie-in to the top and bottom of the ramp and adjacent stairs. However, new handrails for the ramp haven’t arrived, so the ramp will not be accessible until railing is installed. An alternate route is available. Entrance remains the same and is accessible.

PARKING
1. Visitor and staff parking is open and accessible. New asphalt paving, striping and signage has been placed at the staff parking. The adjacent concrete paved walk between the exterior east wall of the boys’ restroom and the staff parking lot has also been placed. Railing and fencing at this location is not complete however. Therefore, cones/delineators will be placed at the edge of the new concrete walkway just south of the boys’ restroom.

PLAYGROUND
1. Ornamental fence panels between the joint-use field and school playground have been installed. Temporary fencing extends to the playcourt area to separate from work in the field to ensure safety.

We should have more updates to share with you shortly as work is progressing quickly. Your patience is appreciated!


Welcome Back & Class Lists Posted!

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Class rosters are now posted outside the main office! Please plan on lining up in  your child’s assigned classroom line on the first day of school, on the blacktop. The teachers will be holding signs to help you find your way.

We’re so excited to have your kids with us at McKinley Elementary School. Because the summer has been long, a few reminders:

The first day of school is Monday, August 29, 2016. We are starting a week early this year.

Please remember that each and every morning the campus opens at 7:45 AM for our students in our breakfast program.

The campus opens at 8:10 AM for all other students. (In the coming weeks we’ll share information about our Run for Your Life exercise program on the blacktop that will start at this time).

Short bell is at 8:20 AM. Students should start lining up with their class at this time.

At 8:25 AM the second bell rings. Students should be in line with their teachers at this time.

Class instruction begins exactly at 8:30 AM. Let’s start the year off with everyone at school on time and ready to learn!

On Monday mornings we have our weekly school assembly on the blacktop. Parents are encouraged to join us to learn about important school and community news.

School ends each day at 3 PM, with the exception of Thursdays, which is a minimum day.

Class ends at 12:15 PM on Thursdays. We’ll be sending out information about our After School Enrichment program on Thursdays shortly. Please stay tuned!

As you know, construction is ongoing on campus. Our principal, Deb Ganderton, is in contact with the construction project manager on a regular basis. Please expect an email this coming weekend that will let us know where to enter the campus for the first day of school. Your patience is appreciated!

If your child is enrolled in the breakfast program or purchases lunch through our cafeteria, you can check the menu here. Information will come home with your child about how to add money to their cafeteria account shortly.

We look forward to a wonderful school year with you!


McKinley Theatre Co. Announces Seussical the Musical for the 2016 Season!

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I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me Right onto the stage!

Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!  

Oh, the Thinks you can think! Oh, the Thinks you can think If you’re willing to try…

Think invisible ink! Or a gink with a stink! Or a stair to the sky…

If you open your mind, Oh, the Thinks you will find Lining up to get loose…

Oh, the Thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!

– The Cat in the Hat, OH THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK, Seussical the Musical

 

Dear McKinley Families, 

McKinley Theatre Company (MTC) is excited to announce that our 2016 production will be Seussical Jr.! Performances will be December 8th & 9th in the McKinley Auditorium.

This musical is based on Dr. Seuss books filled with songs and rhyming dialogue. There will be several group production numbers as well as character roles in which  all cast members will shine.

MTC expects to hold auditions in late September. The cast list will be announced followed by a parent meeting that same week. Our volunteer-run program can accept up to 70 students, including stage crew. Grades TK-3rd are more likely to be placed in group numbers. Lead roles will most likely be cast from grades 3-5.

Cast and crew are expected to commit to scheduled rehearsals and performances. Once the cast announcement is made, all families will be presented with a variety of opportunities to contribute to the success of the show.    

We encourage interested students to start preparing now for auditions. 

To see examples of Seussical Jr. production numbers, please browse the web and look up additional information through the publishing company, Music Theatre International, or see the following links:

More details will be announced the first week of school!

For questions about the show, please contact Barbara Smith: BarbaraSmithWilke@Gmail.com


New Student Registration opens August 18th

 

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The McKinley office will re-open for new student registration August 18th. The office will be open from 8:00-3:00PM.

Save time by pre-enrolling online here (New to SD Unified students only), and then bring your immunization records, proof of residency, and student birth certificate or passport to McKinley during office hours. Enrollment forms will be available in the office as well.

See all enrollment requirements here.

New Students and Kindergarten Orientation is Friday, August 26th at 11:00am in the Auditorium.


Join the Communications Committee!

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We are in search of some volunteers to join the Communications Committee!  You will need access to a computer, and “meetings” are almost entirely through email.
We need:
  • Writers/Bloggers: Ability to post and/or edit on our McKinleyPTC.com website. (We use WordPress, which has a very short learning curve that we can teach you if needed) Most posts are emailed to us, and then we repost on the blog. Occasionally you will need to craft longer or original messages for web and print, so strong writing and grammar skills are appreciated. 🙂
  • Social Media-Savvy Posters: Help update and monitor the McKinleyPTC Facebook page (Facebook.com/McKinleyPTC) Posts from the website automatically post to Facebook, so this would mostly be helping respond to queries and comments on our page.
  • Website Designers or Coders: Experience editing websites using WordPress software and simple web form development (Google Forms).

If you have any of these skills and are interested in keeping the McKinley community in the loop, please send an email to Barbara SmithBridgette Tullis.


McKinley Summer Playdates– Dates have changed!

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Please note the following changes in the McKinley Summer Playdate schedule:

Sundays, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st at 4PM at Montclair Park. Hope to see you there!!

 


McKinley Summer Playdates!

 

McKinley Summer Playdates at Montclair ParkWe did it! Congratulations everyone on a wonderful year! Mark your calendars for these fun McKinley summer playdates at Montclair Park.

Please note the following changes in the McKinley Summer Playdate schedule:

Sundays, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st at 4PM at Montclair Park. Hope to see you there!!

Know any new families headed for McKinley this summer? Pass this along! We look forward to meeting new students and catching up with returning families. Have a great summer! 🙂


Roosevelt Theatre Co. Presents Grease! This Thursday & Friday 6:30 PM

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Thursday, June 16 6:30PM & Friday, June 17 6:30 PM

Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium

3366 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA

FREE ADMISSION!

The students (including many McKinley alumni) have been working very hard the past two months  on their first Roosevelt Theatre Co. production. Directed by  McKinley family volunteers Grant Ferrier, Barbara Smith and Celeste Ferrier, this production promises to be full of laughs and will have you dancing in your seat!


McKinley Spirit Week! June 13 – 17

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Kids get to enjoy dressing up each day:
Monday – Crazy Hair Day (not too distracting please)
Tuesday – Hawaiian Day
Wednesday – College Day (school Collegiate gear or McKinley School Colors/Shirts)
Thursday – Twin Day (or triplet, quadruplet, etc.)
Friday – Sports Day (favorite team gear or McKinley School Colors/Shirts)
Have fun McKinley!
 

La próxima semana es la “Spirit Week!” Junio 13 – 17

Los niños pueden disfrutar de vestirse cada día:
Lunes – Día loco del pelo
Martes – Día de Hawai
Miércoles – Día College
Jueves – Día gemelo (o triplete, cuatrillizos, etc.)
Viernes – Día del Deporte (equipos favoritos)
Divertirse McKinley!

Final PTC Meeting of the school year! Wed. June 1st

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Give a cheer, it’s the end of the year!

Please join us for the last PTC Meeting of the school year,  Wednesday, June 1 at 6:15 in the library/media center. Come hear the summary from the school year and plans for next. And don’t miss out on awesome McKinley giveaways!

Childcare (with pizza) provided in the cafeteria.

See you there!

 


McKinley End of Year Happy Hour | June 3rd

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Let’s say a special goodbye to our retiring teacher Frankie Appleby, and our other McKinley families that are leaving us this year.


Where: Ritual Kitchen & Beer Garden – 30th & Polk, North Park, San Diego

When: June 3rd, 4:00- 7:00 pm 

*This is a non-hosted event. |  Facebook Event Page Here.


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No School This Friday

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Just a reminder that there is no school this Friday, May 27th, as well as Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.


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

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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: ashleybruce@me.com  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
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Wheel Enrichment Classes Open House & Book Fair Schedule | May 20th – 26th

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We invite you to visit our K-3 Wheel Classes and the Scholastic Book Fair, and experience a celebration of Reading, Language, and Dance at McKinley, May 20th – 26th!

Friday, May 20th – 3rd Grade

Time 16 Wagner 19 Zdunich 20 Whitehead 25 Chavira
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
11:15 – 11:45 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance

Monday, May 23rd (AM) – 1st Grade

Time 22 Jackson 7   Paneiro 5 Appleby 8 Mackenzie
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
11:15 – 11:45 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance

Monday, May 23rd (PM) – Kindergarten

Time 1 McElwee 2 Schoonmaker 3 Davis 4 Trocha
12:15 – 12:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
12:50 – 1:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
1:25 – 1:55 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
2:00-2:30 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance
         

Tuesday, May 24th – 2nd Grade

Time 11 Carrillo 18 Gentle 17 Kenyon 12 Som
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Rm 12 Library Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Library Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Library
11:15 – 11:45 Library Spanish Garden Dance

Thursday, May 26th – 4th & 5th Grade (Book Fair Only)

8:45 -9:15  | Honma   15

9:15- 9:45  | Mills   14

9: 45 – 10:15  | Ghahary   24

10:15 – 10:45 | Knox   28

10:45 – 11:15  | Phillips  26

11:15 – 11:45  | Cheesman   27

School-Wide Open House May 26 5:30 – 7pm

And if you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the

Book Fair online May 16 – May 30 http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mckinleyelemsch3

  • Send wish lists and eCards to family and friends.
  • Find books for everyone, from preschool to adults.
  • All purchases benefit the school.
  • And — orders ship to school for FREE! (2 – 4 weeks after closing of online date )

 

Be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs

 

Invitacion los Padres May 20 – 26

Le invitamos a visitar K – 3 nuestras clases de rotación y la Feria del Libro Scholastic, donde experimentamos una celebración de lectura, idioma y Danza.

Friday, May 20th – 3rd Grade

Time 16 Wagner 19 Zdunich 20 Whitehead 25 Chavira
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
11:15 – 11:45 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance

Monday, May 23rd (AM) – 1st Grade

Time 22 Jackson 7   Paneiro 5 Appleby 8 Mackenzie
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
11:15 – 11:45 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance

Monday, May 23rd (PM) – Kindergarten

Time 1 McElwee 2 Schoonmaker 3 Davis 4 Trocha
12:15 – 12:45 Spanish Book Fair Dance Garden
12:50 – 1:20 Garden Dance Book Fair Spanish
1:25 – 1:55 Dance Garden Spanish Book Fair
2:00-2:30 Book Fair Spanish Garden Dance

Tuesday, May 24th – 2nd Grade

Time 11 Carrillo 18 Gentle 17 Kenyon 12 Som
9:15 – 9:45 Spanish Rm 12 Library Dance Garden
9:50 – 10:20 Garden Dance Library Spanish
10:20-10:35 Recess Recess Recess Recess
10:40 – 11:10 Dance Garden Spanish Library
11:15 – 11:45 Library Spanish Garden Dance

Thursday, May 26th – 4th & 5th Grade

Time Book Fair      
8:45 -9:15 15 Honma
9:15- 9:45 14 Mills
9: 45 – 10:15 24 Ghahary
10:15 – 10:45 28 Knox
10:45 – 11:15 26 Phillips
11:15 – 11:45 27 Cheesman
During Open House May 26 5:30 – 7pm
Asegúrese de descargar la aplicación gratuita Ferias del Libro para ayudarle a encontrar los libros más adecuados para su hijo. Para obtener más información, visite: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mckinleyelemsch3.

 

 

Y si ya está usted ocupado durante la semana la Feria del Libro no deje de visitar la Feria del Libro en línea desde mayo 16 hasta mayo 30 http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mckinleyelemsch3
• Envía las listas de deseos y tarjetas electrónicas a tus amigos y familia.
• Busque libros para todos los gustos, desde el preescolar hasta adultos.
• Todas las compras benefician a la escuela.
• Y – el envió es GRATIS! (2 – 4 weeks after closing of online date)


Update on the Morgan Hill lawsuit

SDUSD asked us to share this information:

Please see below for an important update on the Morgan Hill lawsuit relating to release of confidential student data. For background on the case and instructions on how to file an objection, please read the Newscenter article posted Feb. 17 or visit the California Department of Education website.

In her March 1 order, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller noted the large number of objections to the potential release of student data received by the court following the posting of the Notice of Disclosure of Student Records on February 1.

In response to the objections, the court ordered that the California Department of Education maintain custody of the most sensitive of its databases, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), while running searches for information requested by the plaintiffs. The court also reiterated that no student personally identifiable information may be released to the plaintiffs unless and until they demonstrate to the satisfaction of the court that the method to be used to store the sensitive student data is secure. The parties are still litigating the extent of the disclosure of student data.

As we alerted you last month (Feb. 17), parents, guardians and former students over 18 have the opportunity to object to the data release by printing out, completing, and mailing to the court the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records form or sending a confidential letter to the judge. The forms and letters are due by April 1, 2016.

Judge Mueller’s March 1 order made clear that the objection forms are not a means to “opt-out” of any data release. The court also noted that it “has not and cannot realistically review the objections individually” due to the volume of the objections it has received. Therefore, the court will consider “the objections in bulk as objecting strongly to public disclosure of personal identifying information contained in the CDE’s educational records.” The court will maintain the objection forms in sealed boxes in a secure room at the federal court building in Sacramento.

The March 1 court order follows a February 29 special status hearing in the lawsuit filed by two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parents Association, against the CDE that dates to 2011 alleging systemic failure by the CDE to monitor the provision of special education by school districts, in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The CDE denies these allegations.

Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations.

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.


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McKinley Variety Show 2016!

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It’s that time of year again! We are looking for some unique talent from our McKinley Students. So practice your dance moves, magic tricks, musical instruments, and more and come try out for this year’s Variety Show.

Be sure to have your parent fill out our online registration form (En Español) by January 14th. (there is also a limited supply of hard copies in the front office).

More information can be found herebut here are some important dates:

  • Thursday January 14thRegistration is DUE
  • Tues/Wed Jan. 19th and 20th – Try outs
  • Mon/ Wed 1/25-3/9, 3:30-5:00 – Rehearsals (by group – details later)
  • Mandatory Rehearsals for EVERYONE: 2/29, 3/2, 3/7 & 3/8(Tuesday)
  • Wednesday 3/9, 1:30– 3:00pm, Dress Rehearsal for the School
  • Thursday 3/10, 6:00pm – Performance at  (4:30 Drop off)

 

Es esa época del año otra vez! Estamos en busca de un poco de talento único de nuestros estudiantes de McKinley. Así practicar sus movimientos de baile, trucos de magia, instrumentos musicales, y más, y llegar probar para este año Variety Show.

Asegúrese de que su padre los pasos de nuestro formulario de registro en línea de 14 de enero (también hay una cantidad limitada de copias impresas en la oficina).

Más información se puede encontrar en línea. Pero aquí hay algunas fechas importantes:

  • Jueves 14 de enero – La inscripción es DUE
  • mar / Mier 19 de enero y el 20 – Trate outs
  • Lun / Mie 1 / 25-3 / 9, 3: 30-5: 00 – Ensayos (por grupo – detalles más adelante)
  • Los ensayos obligatorio para todos: 2/29, 3/2, 3/7 y 3/8 (martes)
  • Miércoles 3/9, 1: 30- 3:00 pm Ensayo general para la Escuela
  • Jueves 10/03, 18:00 – Actuación en la Escuela Secundaria Lincoln