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North Park Toyland Parade

Come & be a part of the North Park Toyland Parade with

McKinley Elementary!


All McKinley students are invited to march with the McKinley entry at the Toyland Parade on Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Plan on arriving by 10:00 am and meeting around the Lions Club located at 3927 Utah St. We are dressing in McKinley/SONO shirts this year. We need parents to volunteer on the day of the event.

Contact Cheramie Raffield to volunteer or sign your child up to march in the parade: or 619.961.9417

Parking will be tight in the area, so plan ahead. There is $1 all day parking in the North Park Parking Garage from 8:00 am-6:30 pm, located on the corner of 29th and North Park Way.imgres

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Amazing McKinley People, Part I

Theresa Sinicrope Talley is a McKinley parent and stellar volunteer. Find out how she has made it easier to get local seafood to your plate.

Read the interview with Theresa here: Theresa Talley in the UT

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And she’s making it easy to get some local seafood on YOUR plate! Get yourself to the Chili Potluck to try her San Diego Fishermen’s Chili on Saturday. Click here to find out more: Chili Potluck

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

-1-SoNo FEST is December 6

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

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


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

– Donate Your Vintage SoNo Chili Bowl.

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

Find out more at the SoNo website HERE

Sign Up to Help with SONO



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

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

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

SONO Opportunity Drawing Tickets and Banners This Week

Opportunity Drawing

SONO Fest wants to make you a WINNER! 

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

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 @ 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!