McKinley Elementary Variety Show!

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March 9th, 2017

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on line at:

There will also be hard copy forms available at the front office on Friday, February, 24.

$5 adult/$4 children

Get them Now!



Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts presents Gitanería de Jerez on February 26th

Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts, provider of Flamenco in McKinley ASE program, is hosting Gitanería de Jerez at Tango Del Rey on February 26th. Flamenco with Roots strives to keep this Hispanic heritage art form alive for future generations. In this event, Flamenco with Roots joins forces with award winning Spanish artist, Lakshmi Basile La Chimi, to bring an inspiring evening of entertainment, Mediterranean food, and silent auction benefiting Flamenco with Roots’ efforts to serve San Diego children with free and low cost classes and performance opportunities. (10% of proceeds benefit Flamenco with Roots.)


Youth Tennis League

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Try-outs: March 19 at Muirlands Middle School

Beginning April 5 for 8 weeks on Wednesdays

See this flyer for more information.


Got Bottle Caps?

Would you like to help us beautify the office? Please collect all colored bottle caps of any shape, color and size. There will be a cardboard box placed by the office for collection. Alternatively, you may deliver the bottle caps to your child’s classroom, and we can pick them up. Thank you for helping to make our office a colorful, happy place for our staff and families.screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-8-47-18-am

Free Tutoring

BAME Education Enhancement Program offers free tutoring!


When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm

Where: 2754 Imperial Ave.

Who: Grades K-8

More info: or see this flyer

McKinley Dine-Out, Thursday, Feb. 16 at Dunedin

Mark your calendars – Thursday, February 16th is our monthly McKinley Dine-Out at Dunedin. Take a night off from cooking and support McKinley Elementary IB School. Dunedin will donate 25% of your order to McKinley on February 16th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come for lunch or dinner, and be sure to bring this flyer.
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Green Art Labs President’s Day Camp

Green Art Labs President’s Day Camp – Create with reusable materials.

Friday 2/17 and Monday 2/20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Create with reusable materials while you learn how to cool the planet in this time of climate change. Campers will have ample opportunities to create while also spending time outside in nature. Possibilities include free creating with reusable materials, painting in the painting room, nature art, theater, music and movement. Daily outings in the neighborhood. STEAM Concepts, Collaborating, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving.

McKinley CRAVE Artists

McKinley’s CRAVE Artists are on display!
Visit our very own Santos Coffee House on 32nd and Thorn and check out the fun monster art created by some of our very talented first graders! Grab a cup of coffee or a delicious treat and be sure to tell them thank you for showing off the beautiful work done by our talented kids.


North Park Matrix Soccer Tryouts

North Park AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) has announced that they will be fielding several Matrix teams from our region for the first time beginning with the 2017 season — and tryouts start this weekend! Matrix teams are competitive soccer teams that play against other competitive club teams. However, because the teams fall under the umbrella of AYSO, Matrix teams are generally substantially less expensive than other club teams — while offering kids the chance to play competitive soccer with other kids from their local community. The Program maintains the AYSO Core values that include: Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. More information, click here or see the matrix_tryouts_flyer.matrix


2nd Annual CRAVE Art Show!

The CRAVE Student Art Show will be held on June 3, 2017 from 3pm-7pm at the fabulous Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan. It was such a fun beautiful venue last year, and we are excited and grateful to be welcomed back again this year! All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our students have been working very hard on their art this year and are looking forward to showing off their creative talents at their art show. We look forward to seeing everyone come out and celebrate these awesome artists!

January Dine-Out

Mazara Trattoria – Thursday, January 26

2302 30th St.

San Diego, CA 92104

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Take a night off from cooking! Mazara Trattoria  has generously offered to host McKinley’s January dine-out. So grab your flyer and head on over to Mazara’s on Thursday, Jan 26th. Flyers will be sent home on Tuesday for those receiving printed materials. Extra copies will be in the office and primetime on Thursday if you opt-out of printed materials. See you there!

PTC Meeting – Wednesday, January 25

Join us in the library at 6:15 PM. Come hear the latest McKinley news and exciting information on upcoming events. Free childcare and pizza provided in cafeteria.

Hope to see you there!

Family Friday is Tomorrow!

IMG_6430Meet in the Media Center from 2-2:30 PM for a chat with Principal Ganderton. She will be presenting an overview of the school’s safety policy (what the school will do in the event of an earthquake or lock-down).

Afterwards, you’re welcome to pop in to your student’s class and join in on the fun!

Please check in and grab a visitor sticker in the main lobby.

Congratulations, Mrs. Berg!

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Mrs. Ashely Knox-Berg, 5th grade teacher, will be honored this evening as a result of a parent nomination to the San Diego County Office of Education. She is most deserving of this award!

The segment Rory Devine filmed will be on the air tonight between 4:00 and 5:00 (probably closer to 4:30) on Channel 7, NBC.

Congratulations, Mrs. Berg!

Tonight! McKinley Teacher Receives Award

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Mrs. Ashely Knox-Berg, 5th grade teacher, will be honored this evening as a result of a parent nomination to the San Diego County Office of Education. She is most deserving of this award!

The segment Rory Devine filmed will be on the air tonight between 4:00 and 5:00 (probably closer to 4:30) on Channel 7, NBC.

Congratulations, Mrs. Berg!

Get Ready for McKinley’s 56th Annual Variety Show March 9th!

Get those Acts Ready!

Try-outs are Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17th and 18th, after school.


Everyone can participate as long as they register by Thursday, January 12th. Registration can be done, and more information can be found online via the link below. (There will also be a few hard copies available in the front office).

Register online here

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Newlin:

McKinley Dine-Out Night 12/15


December Dine-Out at Del Sur – Thursday, 12/15, 4:00 pm-9:30 pm
2310 30th St. San Diego

McKinley Elementary will receive 25% of the total cost of your order. Both Take Out and Dine In orders apply.

Electronic Flyer accepted. Present it on your phone. Tell them you’re with McKinley.

Celebration of Light

Wednesday, December 14, 20164:00pm to 6:00pm

San Diego Unified Family and Community Engagement Department is organizing an event to support the right of all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion to be educated in an environment free from fear, violence and intimidation. All staff, students and families are invited to attend.

• Multi-cultural student performances
• Important facts for diverse familiesscreen-shot-2016-12-12-at-8-12-11-pm
• Immigration advice
• Healthcare information
• LGBTQIA resources
• Muslim student support
• Unifying crafts for young children
• Food trucks/Bag lunches

Ballard Parent Center
2375 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110

In support of this event, the San Diego Unified School Board passed a resolution at its Dec. 6 meeting reaffirming the values of peace, tolerance and respect for multiple perspectives.

For more information, go here.

For a flier, go here.


Santa’s Workshop This Saturday!

Calling all of Santa’s creative elves!

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3201 Thorn St. 92104

For more info: or (619) 206-6613, or check out this flyer.

Sign up here:
Make hand-made gifts, decorations, cards, and wrappings – all with reusable materials. Only $20 per person, which includes all supplies. Create together as a family – all children under 13 are free with paying adult. Drop off ok for kids ages 5+, $20 per child.

Possibilities include:
Sewing with reusable fabric and burlap
Creative ornament and decoration making
Hand-painted wrapping paper
Hand-made cards and tags

Endless possibilities with materials such as:
Wood pieces
Fabric and burlap
Colorful plastic
Colorful papers
Paint, markers, glue guns, oil pastels
And so much more!

Community Chili Potluck and Contest

San Diego Ceramic Connection

Fundraiser for McKinley Elementary and neighborhood tradition!

Where: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn St., San Diego 92104
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 from 1-4 pm

The Community Chili Potluck is an event where neighbors make, share, and vote for the best neighborhood chili. For $20 you get your choice of a handmade ceramic chili bowl, SoNo Fest passes, and a fun time with neighbors. Half 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!

For more information and to sign up visit: or McKinley’s main office


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

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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Attention: SoNo Website Coordinator Needed Immediately

Seeking volunteer experienced with WordPress, available 1-2 hours/week to post updates on SoNo Fest website.

If interested contact Jean Rivaldi right away.

Weekly Papers


Operation of Schools During Hot Weather

sunMs. Ganderton is closely monitoring the weather forecast as San Diego is experiencing an increase in temperatures this week. McKinley will be open tomorrow on regular schedule and implementing their Hot Weather plan. Parents, please make sure that your child wears light clothing, brings plenty of fluids and is wearing sunscreen as needed. Learn more about the district’s hot weather plans at SDUSD Operation of Schools During Hot Weather.

Fall ASE Update

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If you applied for Fall ASE 2016 by the Sept. 7th deadline, you should be receiving your class confirmation in the next 1-2 days. Due to space constraints this Fall, we had a slightly smaller program and unfortunately demand exceeded the number of spots available.Over the past week, we’ve been contacting families that didn’t make the lotteries this time.

Capacity should be much better in the Spring, so if you didn’t get your first choice, missed the deadline, or decided to withdraw from the Fall session, please try again in the Spring.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for using the new online application process. It really made it easier for the ASE admin. team. We had 210 applicants and 83% used the online system. Thank you!

For more program information, including session dates, please visit the ASE Program page. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Pauline Treviño.

Construction Update from Ms. Ganderton

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A construction update as of Friday, August 19th.

The Construction Project Manager has informed me the restrooms (that are near the lunch area) will be ready the first day of school. The ramp at the entrance will not be ready (railing will still have to be set) but there is an alternate ramp off of Redwood that will take you down in front of the new boys girls restrooms. The parking lots will be complete, striping maybe the only thing missing and everything will be power washed.

We will post another update on Friday, August 26th.  At that time, we’ll let everyone know where students will enter the campus for the first day of school.

We’ll have the proverbial “all hands on deck” the first day of school to streamline the entry and exit process.

Eager to see all our kids and start the new school year!

Deb Ganderton

Construction Update from Ms. Ganderton

Dear McKinley Families,


I’d like to offer a construction update as the beginning of the year is fast approaching.

I’ve been in regular contact with our Site Project Manager (who, lucky for us, happens to be the parent of a McKinley student!)  Construction is a bit delayed which we have planned for since the inception of the project.

We have a plan in place for several potential scenarios to ensure safety and will be asking our school community to work with us as we weather the challenges inherent in any construction project.

The construction supervisor and I reevaluate weekly and I will be communicating an update to all our families via this website and a School Messenger on Friday, August 26th.

Please feel free to reach out to me via email ( should you have further questions.

Deb Ganderton
McKinley Principal

Join the ASE Committee!


The After School Enrichment (ASE) committee is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2016-17 school year. If you’d like to lend your talents to this beloved program, please contact us for more information. (Click here to learn more about the ASE program.)


  • Program Coordinators: Be a part of the team that selects course offerings! Highly organized individuals with a passion for bringing high value enrichment programs to our students. Face-to-face meetings are usually limited to 2-4 times per school year. Must be comfortable with communicating via email. Position requires working with some confidential material, so discretion is required. A professional communication style is highly desirable as you will be interacting with various organizations in setting up contracts, communicating requirements, requesting invoices, etc. This position does not require you to be present on Thursdays during program hours. Most work can be done at home and outside of school hours. Familiarity with Google Docs and MS Excel is highly desirable. Contact Bridgette Tullis for more information. (Note: The Fall program will be set prior to the first day of school, so please don’t delay.)
  • Site Volunteers: If you have availability most Thursdays between 12:15-1:30 pm or 2:00 pm, and work well with young children, we’d love to have you join the team. Site volunteers escort the TK-1st grade students, assist instructors in classes, take attendance, answer questions, and even socialize a little between periods. (In the past, ASE site volunteers have even offered some support to our CRAVE art program and McKinley Theater Company.) SDUSD screening requirements apply. If you can envision yourself hanging with the stylish crew in the photo below, please contact Pauline Treviño.

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Art Playdates at Expressive Arts SD

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Voice of San Diego Article About McKinley’s Transformation

See Voice of San Diego Article written by Mario Koran: McKinley Elementary’s Transformation Mirrors a Changing Neighborhood


June 20, 2016. I San Diego, CA. USA. |Betsey Zibyszynsky is the President of the Parent Teacher Club at McKinley Elementary School. |Photos by Jamie Scott Lytle. Copyright.


Summer Fun Cafe

Summer Fun Café is where kids 18 and under can enjoy healthy food, engage in active play and have fun. No proof of income or paperwork are necessary. There are 61 sites throughout the city of San Diego. Visit the SDUSD website for more details and to find a site near you.

The Kick Off Party will be at Skyline Park on June 29th. Click here for event details on Facebook.

Operation of Schools During Hot Weather

sunThe district is closely monitoring the weather forecast as San Diego is experiencing an increase in temperatures this week. All schools will be open tomorrow on regular schedules and implementing their Hot Weather plans. Parents, please make sure that your child wears light clothing, brings plenty of fluids and is wearing sunscreen as needed. Learn more about our Hot Weather plans at

San Diego Unified schools sending more than 13,000 computers home with students next year | San Diego Unified Newscenter

Source: San Diego Unified schools sending more than 13,000 computers home with students next year | San Diego Unified Newscenter

Library Summer Reading Program!

The North Park Library Summer Reading Program kicks off today with Library Olympics at 3:30pm!

Sign up to get prizes for reading books, and enjoy free programs all summer long — Thursday mornings at 10am!

See the full program activities by clicking to see the flyer: Summer Reading Program

Visit the library at the corner of 31st Street and North Park Way, and visit their Facebook page for a full schedule of activities here: NPLibrary Facebook


Donate Your Backpacks & Recycle Old Markers!

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Don’t want to send them to the landfill? Put old markers from home or the classroom in the box outside of the main office for recycling at the end of the school year. Any marker type or brand can be recycled!

Are you retiring your backpacks?

YMCA Character Builders is collecting backpacks to donate to a school site in Tijuana, Mexico. If your children won’t be reusing their backpacks for the next school year, please consider donating them to this good cause. Please drop-off your backpack donations in the Character Builders classroom in the bungalow building with Ms. Chavira’s and Mr. Ghahary’s classrooms. Thank you for your generosity!

Learn more about Character Builders here: Character Builders




Green Art Labs Classes & Camps


Joan Green at Green Art Labs has been doing fantastic garden art with our McKinley kindergartners. Check out her upcoming classes and camps for all your kids here: Green Art Labs

Also, check out an update on all the great projects that happened at the last Green Day: Green Day Update!