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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


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


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.


Support McKinley While Shopping on Amazon

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If you shop on Amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.

 


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.


Green Day is November 5!

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McKinley Elementary’s Fall Green Day
Campus Clean Up Event
November 5, 2016 9am-2pm

We need your help!
This year’s campus beautification projects include:
• Weeding and planting in the garden
• Installing rain barrels
• Art project for the kids
• Cleaning up around campus
• And giving our school some tender loving care!

We will have projects for the kids and all skill levels.
No experience or skills necessary!
Come volunteer with enthusiastic students and parents and help make our school campus even better!

See flyer for more details. (Espanol)

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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

 


McKinley PTC Meeting this Wednesday, 9/21 6:15 PM

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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.


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


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.


Parent Survey Follow-Up

A word from our PTC President, Betsey Z:

sunThanks to all who completed our survey. We appreciate your input and feedback. Deb Ganderton and I will be working on a few solutions and follow-up to some of the comments we received. Be on the lookout for updates when the new school year starts.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Betsey


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! 🙂


Parent Survey Follow-Up

IMG_7072Thanks to all who completed the survey we sent out in June. We appreciate your input and feedback. Deb Ganderton and I will be working on a few solutions and follow-up to some of the comments we received. Be on the lookout for updates when the new school year starts.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Betsey

PTC President


We Want Your Feedback!

We’ve made it to the end of the year! Let us know what worked, what could be better! Three (3) short questions! We’d really appreciate 3 minutes of your time to give us feedback.

English:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2749818/McKinley-Parent-Survey-2016

Spanish:
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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.


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
** Download the flier:
(en Español)

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)


Congratulations to McKinley Artists Featured in SDSU Art Competition and Exhibition!

IMG_1150.JPGCongratulations to our McKinley students who were featured at the San Diego State University College of Education Art Competition & Exhibition!

We are so proud of the talent and creativity in our students, and special thanks to Ashley Bruce and the parent volunteers of the CRAVE Art Program, along with the support from Mckinley Elementary Teachers for inspiring and encouraging the students to express themselves in such beautiful ways.

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Featured 3rd Grade Artists:

Izzy Villanueva, Ava Gallo, Ashley Schoenfield, Grace Jensen, Magnolia Wilke, Alexander Prieto-Matias, Milena Trevino, Jude Hutchinson, Juliet Law, Anna Talley, Lily Wessman, Adelin Chance, Evie Mowat Winston Conlee, Naiya Arguelles, Yetzira Frias Herrera, Leena Soltero, Alexander Hartman, Madeline Henneforth

Competition Finalists:

Magnolia Wilke, Milena Trevino, Adelin Chance, Yetzira Herrera, Madeline Henneforth, Alexander Hartman, Naiya Arguelles, Grace Jensen, Ava Gallo

2nd Place Winner!:

Anna Talley

 

Amazing work, students!  Next year, art projects will be submitted from more grade levels. Stay tuned for more details about the end-of-year McKinley Student Art Show!


Spring Gala LUAU Tickets

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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 kackirby@yahoo.com 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 maribelaking@gmail.com

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PTC Meeting Wednesday

Join us for a PTC Meeting Wednesday, March 23, at 6:15 in the library. Childcare will be available in the cafeteria. Get filled in on the latest PTC news!

Parent Teacher Club is just grand!

 


McKinley Car Magnets Are In!

IMG_7312Check out our latest and greatest swag! Purchase your car* magnets at the table out front before and after school next week. Only $5!

* Not just for cars anymore!


PTC Updates from the 1/27 Meeting (updated)

What? You couldn’t make the meeting?  There was a lot of information, but we can still share it with you. How much did SoNo raise after all? What’s the deal with the joint-use park? What IS morning running club? Find out what you missed! Sorry, we couldn’t save you any swanky PTC swag!

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If you have any questions, would like additional information, or are interested in volunteering for any of the positions listed, please contact info@mckinleyptc.com


Annie is now available on DVD & Digital Download!

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The McKinley Theatre Company Musical Annie is now available on DVD and Digital Download!


Order your Annie DVD ($10), Digital Download ($5) and T-Shirt ($10) on the McKinley Theatre Company’s on-line Annie Store.

Or make a tax-deductible donation to the McKinley Foundation.

On-line orders and donations are payable by credit card and PayPal. Orders will be delivered to classrooms Feb 1 – 5Please include your email address and your child’s name, teacher and classroom in your order.

A limited number of Annie DVDs and T-shirts will be available for purchase before and after the PTC Meeting Wednesday, Jan 27.

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy the show!


Next Wednesday PTC Meeting!

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Wednesday, January 27 @ 6:15 pm in the Library @ McKinley Elementary

Exciting things are happening at McKinley! Hear updates from:The Beautification Committee, our New Art Program, SoNo Fest, Variety Show, ASE, Ms. Pat’s Reading Club, and much more!

Bonus: Free McKinley Giveaways

Childcare provided in the auditorium.

 


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

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McKinley Theatre Co. Presents Annie – Save the Date!

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Leaping Lizards!

You are invited to McKinley Theatre Company’s production of Annie!

Thursday, December 17th and Friday, December 18th

6:30PM in the McKinley Elementary Auditorium.

3045 Felton St.

San Diego,  CA 92104

Doors open at 6PM. Admission is FREE! 

 


PTC Meeting Tuesday Night!

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Childcare provided by PrimeTime and free pizza for the kids will be available.


Joint Use Field Update

McKinley Elementary Joint Use Field

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Hello McKinley families!  As many of you know, our school will soon be benefitting from the addition of a Joint-Use field at the south edge of campus.  This is a project that has been MANY years in the making and we owe a lot of thanks to current and former McKinley parents as well as staff from McKinley, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), and Todd Gloria’s office for helping to make this idea into reality.

For anyone who is new to campus or who wasn’t able to participate in various planning meetings, the City (Todd Gloria’s office) generously donated funds for a Master Plan to be created for turning the “dirt field” at the south end of campus into a more useable turf field.  Amenities shown in the Master Plan include a walking path surrounding the field, addition of trees and other landscape, and access improvements including sidewalks and fencing upgrades.

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We Are Looking For More SoNo Fest Sponsors!

12074643_892457047458598_3001245014599861790_nMcKinley parents, if your employer sponsors community events we would like to get in touch with them. Business partner sponsorships start at $1000.

Please contact Jen Ohman (jenohman13 @ gmail.com) for details and a sponsorship packet, or to connect us with a contact at your place of business!

And don’t forget to join the SoNo Facebook Event Page!


The Sono Fest & Chili Cook-off is presented by the McKinley Elementary School PTC (Parent Teacher Club) and the San Diego Ceramic Connection (SDCC) every year on the first Sunday of December. This event brings together McKinley families, ceramic makers, stellar San Diego Chefs, clever craftersbeer brewers and lovers, local band groupies, the coolest neighbors in town, and chili enthusiasts!  The fine folks at SDCC contribute months of hard work shaping bowls for attendees to fill with delicious and unique chilis served up by generous neighborhood restaurants. Although we may pull it off like the pros, this event is 100% planned and operated by McKinley parent volunteers!

Funds raised by the sale of chili bowls, our vendors and donations made by our incredible sponsors will all contribute to the art, music and language programs (and beyond!)  at McKinley Elementary School. We rely on the success of this grand event to support these classes for our kids. So go tell your friends, your neighbors, and your friends’ neighbors… hey, it’s for the kids!


TB Tests for Volunteers – This Morning!

FullSizeRender (3)Come on down and get your TB skin prick test this morning from 8AM to 9AM. More details here.


Reminder: PTC Meeting Tonight!

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Join us in the Media Center tonight at 6:15 PM for the PTC Meeting!

Childcare (and pizza for the kiddos!) will be provided.


Back to School Night is TONIGHT!

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Just a friendly reminder that Back to School Night starts tonight at 5:30 PM! More details and the agenda here.  We hope to see you there!


Coolers & Ice Needed! 

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Tomorrow McKinley will supply water to the bungalow kids.  However, we need to keep it cold.  If you have a cooler you could loan the school, please write your name on the bottom and leave in the teachers lounge in the morning.  Don’t have a cooler to loan?  Pick up a bag of ice on the way to school and leave in a cooler in the teacher’s lounge.  Thanks for your help!

New Vice President of McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Alison DeardenOur new VP of the McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Ali Dearden has been a part of the McKinley family for nearly ten years. She was one of the original Foundation members and helped to create the current PTC/Foundation structure. Her youngest, Madi, is in first grade. Her other two kids, McKinley graduates, are at Roosevelt Middle School and San Diego High School—International Studies.

Ali is very familiar with the International Baccalaureate program from the Primary Years through the high school diploma program—her son will graduate with an IB diploma next year. Ali is a dedicated McKinley parent and committed to its students. Her passion is ensuring the success of all students, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses may be. She believes programs provided through Foundation funds such as art, music, language, and gardening, help many students feel successful and improves academic performance as well.

Thank you to all who voted, and to both of our candidates for stepping up to volunteer for our community. What an awesome group of parents we have at McKinley!


Weekly Papers!

newsieLots of important year-end info this week: