This Friday, March 24th, is the last day to get your pledged Jogathon money in. It’s also the last day we will count money toward prizes and raffle tickets. Please bring your pledge money in by Friday!
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.
Kids 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.
Join Green Art Labs and the Young Artist Program to create robots, monsters, fairies and any creature from your imagination – all with reusable materials and items from our treasure boxes of colorful odds and ends. Then we’ll create their living spaces – towns, galaxies, forest homes – wherever your creative mind can take you. STEAM concepts: collaborating, creative thinking, problem solving, engineering, math, science and art.
Ages 5-12. Ages 12+ can join us to create and as helpers.
Early bird prices until 3/20: $280 per week, $60 per day, $30 per 1/2 day.
Sign up at www.greenartlabs.com/schedule
March Dine-Out is March 16, 2017, at the North Park Thursday Market. Present the flyer at the North Park Welcome Booth for the purchase of “Market Money” and then spend it with the vendors. North Park Thursday Market will donate 25% of the proceeds to McKinley. Thanks for your support!
During 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!
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.)
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!
The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open March 13 – March 24, 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.
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.
INITIAL APPLICATION TIMELINE: MARCH 6, 2017 – MAY 5, 2017
Applications will be available online beginning Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. and must be completed and submitted online by Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. to be included in the initial review and enrollment process. Applications faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered will not be accepted. Please see the 2017-18 PrimeTime Application flyer or visit SDUSD’s PrimeTime page for more information (and translated forms).
Join us for an informational meeting about the new application process on Monday, February 27th at 5:30 pm in McKinley’s auditorium. PrimeTime staff will go over the new process and how to apply for the PrimeTime program online. Additionally, families will have an opportunity to create email accounts, as an active email account is required for the 2017-2018 application process.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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!)
BAME Education Enhancement Program offers free tutoring!
When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm
Where: 2754 Imperial Ave.
Who: Grades K-8
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!
Please join us for the McKinley Music Winter Concert featuring 4th and 5th grade Band, Choir, and String Orchestra.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
McKinley ES Auditorium
Performers must arrive at 6:00 pm
The concert starts at 6:30 pm
Student performers must dress appropriately:
Girls: Conservative black or white dresses, black dress pants or skirts with white top.
Boys: Black dress pants and white dress or polo shirt.
Shoes should be black if possible.
Please bring music stands if available.
(There will be a music assembly earlier in the day at 2:00 pm.)
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!
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).
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…)
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.
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!
McKinley Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds from Grand Ole BBQ and 15% from Coronado Spice & Tea.
The CRAVE (CReative Arts Volunteer Enrichment) program started last year at McKinley and brings visual art into each classroom every month. Click here to see a video of last Spring’s amazing art show.
See the attached newsletter for more CRAVE information and how parents can help.
Crave Program Director
Your 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,
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.
Thank you for your support,
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.
Picture Day is coming! Mark your calendars for Monday, October 10th. As the flyer states – Smile now – Pay later!
Need a TB test?
All McKinley volunteers are required to have an up-to-date TB test (within 4 years) to be a regular volunteer on campus.
Our local South Park Doctor, Dr. Tara Zandvliet, is offering to provide TB tests for just $10 (cost of supplies).
She will be across the street from McKinley at 3020 Felton Street on Wednesday, 10/5 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the skin prick and again on Friday, 10/7 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the reading. You must plan for BOTH days so mark your calendars! Click here for more details and ver aquí en Español.
Please vote for your McKinley School Site Council (SSC) candidates. One ballot per family. Return your ssc_parent_community_member_ballot to the office by Monday, October 3, 2016.
Click here to learn more about School Site Council (SSC).
5:30pm – The 5th graders will be offering Root Beer Floats at the lunch tables (donations accepted) for their first fundraiser of the year.
- School Site Council (SSC) Ballot
- TB Test for Parent Volunteers
- TB Test for Parent Volunteers (Español)
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 (email@example.com).
Come hear the latest and greatest happenings at McKinley by attending the PTC Meeting Wednesday, September 21 at 6:15 pm in the Library/Media Center.
Childcare with pizza will be provided in the auditorium.