NORTH PARK, SAN DIEGO

PARENTS

Let’s Get Physical, McKinley Families!

If you are interested in flexing your muscles to help set up for the annual year-end Field Days events, please meet Coach Tennies on the blacktop at 8:30 am on the scheduled mornings. Thanks for supporting the Physical Education program!

Field Days Schedule
Weds (6/7): 1st Grade, 9-10:20 am.
Thurs (6/8): TK & Kinder, 9-10:20 am.
Friday (6/9): 2nd Grade 9-10:20 am.3rd Grade, 1-2:30 pm.
Mon (6/12): 4th Grade 9-10:20 am.

5th Grade Challenge!
Tues (6/13): 9-10:20 am.

Reminder! Tuesday is SPORTS DAY for Spirit Week!

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Turn in Your Box Tops by June 14

Please turn in your Box Tops before the last day of school! Anything you collect over the summer can be submitted in September.  Look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products, then clip them and send them to school. Look for the collection containers in the hallway of the front office and at the PrimeTime check-in/out desk.

So far this school year we have raised $283.80! The 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. For more information on Box Tops, go to BTFE.com or see flyer.


CRAVE Art Show – Saturday, 6/3/2017

The McKinley Elementary CRAVE Art Show is June 3 (Saturday, 3-7pm) at the Bread & Salt Community Center: 1955 Julian Ave in the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Invite your family, friends, neighbors and McKinley families past and future! Everyone is welcome! FREE! (Donations always welcome!) See flyer for details in English and Español.

Please sign up to help at the Art Show. We need volunteers to set-up art displays, donate baked goods, drinks & supplies, run the bake sale, arts & crafts and front tables, clean-up and more. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Ashley Bruce (858.775.7931 | ashleybruce@me.com).
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

A special thank you to Buona Forchetta | Officine Buona Forchetta for generously catering pizza and gelato for the art show.

Thank you for supporting the CRAVE Art Program and encouraging the arts in our children’s education!

Check out last year’s CRAVE Art Show 2016 video!


Spring Open House – Updated Times (5/25)

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We’re looking forward to seeing all of our McKinley families on Thursday (5/25) for Spring Open House!

4:30 – 7:00ish: Food trucks will be on campus. Choose from Organic, Sun & Sea, SnowCal Shaved Ice, and Lil’ Miss Shortcakes

4:30 – 6:30: Book Fair in library

5:30 – 7:00: 5th Grade Exhibition in auditorium

6:00 – 7:30: Classrooms open to see all of your students’ hard work

Your students have a lot to share and are excited you will be coming to Spring Open House!

 


McKinley Palm Street School Entrance

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In an effort to mitigate some of the traffic on Felton Street, we are opening the gate on Palm Street each morning at 8:10. A staff member will be on duty and will direct children to the playground to line up. The gate will be closed just before 8:25am so the staff member can join his/her class.

This will be done on a trial basis. If access is used by families, we will continue using this entrance, if not, we will reevaluate.

Thank you,

Principal Ganderton


Kid’s Create Recipe Contest

Does your child demonstrate creative culinary skills? Here is a chance to contribute to a healthier and more delicious school lunch by creating a winning recipe! The San Diego Unified School District Food and Nutrition Services is sponsoring a contest for student chefs. Submissions are due May 25, 2017 — no exceptions! Fill out the entry form here to submit your winning recipe! For more information, check out this website.


McKinley Events 5/23 – 5/29

Spring Open House 2017

There are many events happening at McKinley this week. Check it out!

Tuesday, 5/23 at 10:00am – Joint Use Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, 5/23 at 6:30pm – 4th and 5th grade Spring Concert in auditorium

Wednesday, 5/24 at 6:15pm – PTC Meeting in teacher’s lounge

Thursday, 5/25  – Food trucks outside the gates of the school before Spring Open House. Choose food from Organic, Sun & Sea, SnoCal Shaved Ice and Lil’ Miss Shortcakes

Thursday, 5/25 at 5:30 – Spring Open House, 5th Grade Exhibition (6:00 – 7:00pm) in auditorium, and Book Fair in library (4:30 – 6:30pm)

5/26 and 5/29, Friday and Monday – School CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend


McKinley Book Fair – 5/18 to 5/25

Stock up on books for summer! See attached Spring Book Fair flyer for each class’ shopping schedule to browse books at school or shop online.

5/24 Wednesday, and 5/25 Thursday – Open shopping at McKinley from 9:15 – 11:45am

5/25, Thursday – Spring Open House shopping at McKinley from 4:30 – 6:30pm


Festival of the Arts in North Park: McKinley Art Booth

This Saturday, McKinley PTC will host a booth at the Festival of the Arts in North Park. It will be located on the Kids Art Block on Grim Street. We will offer hands-on art projects for children of all ages. This is a great opportunity to showcase McKinley’s art program and model community involvement for our children. We usually get a few prospective McKinley families stop by and ask questions about our school.

We need a few additional art ambassadors. Please consider signing up for a shift:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com


Drop off/Pick up Zone Reminder

Dear Parents,

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

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

Thank you!


Office Art Mural – Update

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Thank you for all the bottle tops donations. The office art mural is coming along nicely! We still need more colored bottle tops. Please leave in the box by the office. Thank you so much!


North Park Festival of the Arts

npmsfestivaladThe North Park Festival of the Arts is on May 20. It’s a fun community festival that features a hands-on Kids Art Block. McKinley will have a booth and will be doing a really fun art project as well as displaying some of our CRAVE art. Please sign up here for a shift! It’s a fun event to be a part of!


New Student Soiree for Future Roosevelt Students – 5/16

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

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

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

 


5th Grade Action Week, 5/8 – 5/12

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

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


TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK May 8 – 12

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 8.40.59 AMPlease check with your room parent(s) to see what your classroom(s) will be doing to show appreciation for your child(ren)’s teacher(s). McKinley is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day on May 9 with a Teacher & Staff Breakfast hosted by the room parents. The Teacher & Staff Luncheon on May 11 will be catered by Barons North Park. If you can volunteer your time setting up, serving, cleaning up or bringing a dessert for the luncheon, please sign-up here. We are also accepting gift donations for the luncheon raffle.

If you have any questions, please contact Pauline Treviño: pptrevino96@gmail.com.

Thank you, McKinley Families!


McKinley Music Spring Concert – May 23

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Please join us for the McKinley Music Spring Concert featuring 4th and 5th grade Band, Choir, and String Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 23, 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.


Safety Reminder

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

Thanks for your help keeping everyone safe!


A Request from our Principal

Dear McKinley Families,

We sent a district survey home last Friday and are asking each family to complete it (one survey per family, please). This survey is part of a district-wide initiative and serves to provide valuable information to both our site and our district.

We need a minimum of 25% of our surveys returned or our results will not “count.” Gotta’ tell you, I’ve kind of set myself up on this one….I brag about our families all the time. (This is true. I celebrate your contributions with folks I know and strangers I’ve just met.) When speaking with other educators, I invariably comment on the high percentage of parent involvement at McKinley Elementary School. Here’s how I’m reaching out for your support on this task – we’d like to have 100% of our surveys returned – one per family. (I’d also like world peace, but that’s a goal for another time…)

Your input is valued. Please take the time to complete this survey and return it to school by this Friday, May 5th.

With thanks in advance,
Principal Deb Ganderton


McKinley Water Testing Results

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


Registration for the 2017-18 School Year

The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open April 24 – May 19, 2017 for all grades. Office hours for enrollment are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (see enrollment guidelines and forms).

You will need the following documentation to register: Proof of residence (utility bill, rental agreement, etc…), birth certificate, and immunization records.

In order to assure your child’s placement for the 2017 fall school year, please enroll during these dates.


Spring Portraits – Wednesday, May 3

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School Board Town Hall Meetings

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

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

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

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


Crave Art Show – 6/3/2017

2nd Annual CRAVE Art Show

When: June 3rd 2017, 3-7 pm

Where: Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

What: An Art Show to display works by all McKinley students preschool-5th grade. Buona Forchetta will again be there with their amazing pizza and happy smiles. Almost Famous Entertainment will again be our DJ for this event spinning the tunes the kids request, and we will have make-and-take crafts for everyone to enjoy.

Who: Family, friends and neighbors are all invited to celebrate the amazing talent and hard work of all of our McKinley kids. Every month K-5 all have an extra art class we call CRAVE. All of their artwork has been saved all year, mounted nicely, and each and every student will have many of their pieces on display at this years art show! Last year we displayed over 1800 pieces of art all made by McKinley students. This year we plan to do the same.

We will have a sign-up sheet out soon for volunteers to come help with set-up and tear-down. Thanks for all the support this year and we can’t wait to see you all there!


Primetime-Summer 2017 Program

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The PrimeTime Summer Program will be offered at Jefferson Elementary on June 26-July 21, 2017, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Enrollment packets are available on the SDUSD PrimeTime website or at school. See this flier for more information (Spanish and English).

 


Jog-a-thon Update, Pizza Party & More…


The pizza party with the principal is on Thursday, April 20th. Invites have been sent home with students that earned $85+ for Jog-a-thon. (Teachers also have a list of qualifying students.)

Jog-a-thon Awards/Raffle is scheduled for Monday, April 24th, at the morning assembly. Trophies and other awards will be presented as well as raffle prizes.

Final stats are being tabulated and will be published soon on the Jog-a-thon event page.


McKINLEY PTC/FOUNDATION OPEN POSITIONS

cropped-logo2.jpgThe McKinley Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit organization which manages all the funds raised by the McKinley PTC events, has the following positions open for the 2017-2018 school year.

President (2-year term), duties include:

  • Oversee all efforts of PTC committees, events, fundraisers and other activities
  • Meet with Principal monthly
  • Coordinate and write agenda for 6 Foundation meetings
  • Coordinate and write agenda for 5 PTC meetings
  • Coordinate calendar of activities for the school year
  • Oversee all financials, budgets and expenditures for PTC
  • Oversee communication with parents, teachers and community
  • Attend Foundation and PTC meetings
  • Vote on Board issues
  • Communicate with Board Members

Board Member (2-year term), duties include:

  • Represent general interest of all parents
  • Attend all Board and PTC Meetings
  • Vote on all Board issues
  • Communicate with Board members

If you are interested, please send your name/contact information, a brief description of yourself and why you would like to be a board member by April 30, 2017 to info@mckinleyptc.com.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Betsey (current President), bzby@cox.net.


McKinley PTC Meeting – Wednesday, 4/12

 

Our PTC Meeting is April 12 at 6:15pm in the library.

Come and hear the latest news and information on upcoming McKinley events! Childcare (with pizza) will be provided in the cafeteria.


First Thursday Garden Work Party and First Friday Farm Stand

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

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

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

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

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

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


Come Help Us Build a Mosaic Mural at Roosevelt IB Middle School!

Leave your artistic mark on the Roosevelt campus by helping to create a mosaic masterpiece! We are looking for enthusiastic artists, craftspeople, students, parents & community members to be a part of the mosaic team, under the guidance of Rob Tobin, from the non-profit organization, ARTS.

Saturday, April 8th9 am4 pm (place mosaic tiles)
Sunday, April 9th9 am3 pm (grouting mosaic tiles)

Roosevelt IB Middle School
3366 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Meet in front of the office.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
All you need is a willingness to try & a spirit of fun! Come for the day or just a couple hours. Any and all kinds of help will be welcome & appreciated! We’ll need help with set-up, tile sorting, tiling, and clean-up. Make sure to dress to get dirty!

Questions? email: info@friendsofroosevelt.org

For more information, see this flyer.

Saturday lunch will be donated by Buona Forchetta Pizza Oven! Sunday lunch will be donated by True North and Encontro-North Park.

A note about ARTS
The creation of our mosaic mural will be led by the non-profit arts organization – ARTS – A Reason To Survive. They also helped us create the mosaics at McKinley Elementary – our Octopus and Tree murals! This organization is dedicated to assisting youth by building hope, self-confidence, resiliency, and 21st century life & work skills through art!

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This project has been funded by Friends of Roosevelt Foundation.


Variety Show DVD’s are in!

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I will be handing them out after school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week (April 5 – 7, 2017). If you have already purchased one, stop by the table before or after school to pick it up. If not, please purchase via this link.

Thanks Everyone!
Elizabeth Newlin


Water Sampling Reminder

Dear McKinley School, Parents and Staff:

At McKinley School, the well-being of students and staff is our top priority. For that reason, San Diego Unified School District has asked the City of San Diego to test the water at our school site (Español aquí).

Beginning Tuesday, April 4, the City of San Diego will initiate water testing for lead across the San Diego Unified School District. It’s anticipated that the water at all district schools, including charter schools on district property, will be tested for lead by the end of the traditional school year in June.

The safety and health of students and staff across San Diego Unified is the highest priority for the district. Therefore, the city will be using a geographic approach that provides the most efficient testing. Five schools will be tested daily, beginning at the southeast corner of the district where some of the oldest district schools are located. City staff will work their way north and west until all of the testing is done. The comprehensive effort will take multiple months to complete due to the relevant regulatory requirements.

Testing will occur in the early morning hours, before the school day begins. Up to five samples will be taken at each site. The sampling locations may include drinking fountains, cafeterias and food preparation areas. The city will analyze the water samples and notify the school district of the results.

If results indicate that there is lead above allowable levels, district staff will determine the source of contamination and take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis (e.g., turn off water, replace fixtures and/or make plumbing repairs).

I want to reiterate that, at this time, there is no indication of unsafe levels of lead in our school’s water system, and the district’s testing is being done out of an abundance of caution. I will continue to monitor these efforts and will provide timely updates to our community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

For more information on the district’s plan and water testing results as they become available, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/watersampling.

Sincerely,

Deb Ganderton
Principal


SBAC state testing is coming soon

SBAC State Testing window is May 5th – June 9th.
The following is an informative website for parents and students. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher.

The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, including scoring guides, are now available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments. As such, the practice tests should not be used to guide instructional decisions about students. No score reports are generated from the Practice Tests. This link will take you to the online SBAC Practice Tests.


Jog-A-Thon Money Due Friday, 3/24

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!


Gala Volunteer Exchange

Hello McKinley Families! Our Spring Gala is coming up on April 29th, and we are partnering up with Urban Discovery Academy to exchange volunteers. This means that we will provide about 7-10 people for their event, and they in turn would do the same for our event. This helps insure that all our parents will be having a good time and will be bidding on items instead of running the event.

UDA’s Gala is this Saturday, March 18th from 5:30 to 10. We need about 6 people to help us out this weekend. You would in essence be helping out our Gala by helping this weekend. Please contact Maurice if you are interested in helping.

 


Yoga Rascals

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 6.31.46 AMKids Yoga Class begins this Saturday!

Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Expressive Arts Gallery
March 18 – May 6 • 8-week session • $120.00
Recommended for kids ages 5 – 10

In Yoga Rascals’ playful yoga classes children go on an imaginary yoga adventure while learning a variety of yoga poses, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Practicing yoga regularly increases flexibility and strength, improves balance and coordination, develops focus and concentration, and promotes a positive self-image. Yoga Rascals’ classes aim at reducing stress, developing kindness, and nurturing a peaceful mindset ­– all while having lots of fun. Check out this flyer for more information.

For more information please call Yoga Rascals at 619-865-9506, or email info@yogarascals.com
To register please go to http://www.yogarascals.com/kids-yoga.html


Spring Break Camp – Kooky Creatures and Their Towns

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 6.01.55 AMJoin 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


Update on 2017-2018 Budget

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 6.22.54 AMThe district has posted the 2017-18 BUDGET UPDATE presentation and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the SDUSD website for your reference.