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Joint Use Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, May 23rd, 10:00 am

Joint Use Park Update –

Good news – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:00 am. Please feel free to join us!

Gotta be patient news – Unfortunately, we will not be able to use the grass field until the city takes possession from the district. We don’t have a time line for this at this point in time, but will keep everyone posted.

Until the park transfer occurs, students will be able to use the full blacktop, but will remain off the grass field.

We will also be opening up an access point to campus each morning. You can now drop off your children at the Palm Street entrance. A staff member will be on duty at 8:10 each morning. Gate will be locked promptly at 8:25.

Everyone’s patience and understanding is appreciated.

Deb Ganderton


Blood Drive at McKinley Elementary – June 8, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 10.07.58 AMMcKinley students, Santana, Gabriel, Morgan and Nicholas, have chosen to explore and support the San Diego Blood Bank for their IB Exhibition project. For their action, they are hosting a blood drive here at McKinley Elementary on June 8, 2017, from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm, and would like to invite all parents and staff to participate and donate blood.

Location: Parking Lot at 3045 Felton St.

Sign Up Here. Click on “Donate Now,” scroll down to June 8, 2017, select the time and location at McKinley, and enter the sponsor code “MCKE.”

Please see this flyer for more information.

Hope to see you there!!


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!


McKinley Dine Out this Thursday at Buona Forchetta!

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This month, Buona Forchetta is generously donating 25% precent of Thursday’s proceeds to McKinley Elementary when you bring in the Dine Out flyer between 12-3 pm & 5-11 pm for Dine in or Take Out! Thank you, Buona Forchetta!

Buona Forchetta

THURSDAY MAY 18th, 2017

LOCATION
3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92104
619-381-4844

 

Must present flyer at time of purchase. (Digital OK.)

Click on flyer to print: Dine-Out at Buona Forchetta Flyer


Teacher Pink Slips Rescinded

I wanted to share the great news that SDUSD School Board rescinded all pink slips last night! Mrs. MacElwee, Mrs. Schoonmaker and Mrs. Seims will be returning in the Fall and we couldn’t be happier!

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


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!


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!


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


Green Art Labs Camp

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 7.49.12 PMLooking for a camp Memorial Day Weekend or this summer? Look no further than Green Art Labs! See this flyer for more information.

Memorial Day Camp
Friday, May 26. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5+
At Expressive Arts SD 3201 Thorn St. 
$60 per camper, $51 per sibling (15% discount)
Email joan@greenartlabs.com about 1/2 day options
Register at: www.greenartlabs.com/schedule

Summer Camps in August
Aug 14-17. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (no camp Friday)
Aug 21-24. 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. (no camp Friday)
Ages 5+
At Expressive Arts SD 3201 Thorn St. 
$240 per week per camper, $204 per sibling (15% discount)
Email joan@greenartlabs.com about single day and 1/2 day options
Register at www.greenartlabs.com/schedule

 


Weekly Papers

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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


Temporary Closure for Playground

Our playground is almost finished! We’re only a few weeks away from our May 22nd ribbon cutting. A few last minute things need to be completed before we open it up for action. In order for Mike Pittman & his incredible crew to finish up we will TEMPORARILY be closing the playground all the way to the basketball courts. This closure will allow the construction crew to completely resurface the new areas with blacktop, build some wall balls, and re-paint so that everything is looking spiffy. The impact is that during morning recess & lunch times the students will have some new areas to play in, and it will be pretty crowded. Another ramification of this is that the two YMCA programs we have after school will be looking for areas to provide services to the children in their care. Please be aware that they may need areas previously used for after school play in order to set things up. Flexibility is key! Your support is appreciated!


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).

 


Dine Out – April 20 at Encontro

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 7.38.49 PMDINE OUT at Encontro North Park this Thursday, April 20, 11 AM – 10PM. Show the Dine Out flyer, paper or electronic, and Encontro will donate 25% of your bill to McKinley programs! Find convenient, affordable parking at the North Park Garage on 29th & North Park Way…just steps away from Encontro on the corner of 30th & University. Thanks for your participation and support!


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.


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


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.


Order your Variety Show DVDs today!

Click Here to Order DVDs now!

All proceeds go to the McKinley School Foundation earmarked for the McKinley Variety Show. It will be used for renting the venue, audio equipment, etc. The vendors listed here are McKinley parents and have generously offered their products and services. Thank you!


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


Jog-A-Thon is this Friday!

Please make sure you’re sending out your emails and posting those links on social media to get donations from friends and family. Right now we’re on track to make about half of what we did last year! We’re all hoping to see a surge in these next few days. You may have heard in the news that the governor’s budget predicts a large shortfall in funds for schools. We will need every penny this year and next year to continue to have all these extra activities the PTC pays for.

One small change, the 4th & 5th graders start time has been moved up from 10:40 to 10:20.

Thanks to all those who have signed up to volunteer. Even if you haven’t signed up to volunteer, if you show up the day of the event, we can really use your help. Come down in comfy running clothes, run a lap or two with the students, and then help us mark laps, handout oranges, water, and help keep the kids on the right path. The running path this year is a lot more complicated because of the construction.

It’s going to be a warm day on Friday. We need shade canopies of all sizes. We need volunteers to help set up starting at 7AM and people who will be around later for the 4th & 5th graders too.

It’s going to be a great time with a DJ, water misters, and a fun time for the children.

See Jog-a-Thon event page for more details.


Interscholastic Chess Tournament on March 12th

The Mountain Lake Chess Camp & IM Larry Evans

(McKinley’s ASE Chess provider)

host their ninth

Interscholastic Chess Tournament

this Sunday, March 12 from 12:00 – 3:30

Get a National Ranking!
Advanced section now rated by
United States Chess Federation.
Time Control: G/20
(bring chess clock if you have one)

This tournament is open to students at all skill levels, with trophies awarded to the top finishers in each section. We will also provide an ice cream snack during the break.
Date: March 12, 2017
Price: $25 ($5 more if you register after March 11)
Registration: 11:00-12:00 on-site
Tournament Time: 12:30 – 3:30
Location: Pacific Bluffs Clubhouse
Address: 5326 Mount Alifan Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

You can register online at our website, www.chesscamp.net, or fill out and mail the linked form to: 155 G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

First game starts at 12:30. Please arrive no later than 12:00 for first pairings.

 


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.


Dine-Out on March 16 | North Park Thursday Market

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 7.10.07 PMMarch 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!


2017-2018 PrimeTime Application Timeline and Parent Support

ptmasterlogoThe PrimeTime Application window opens Monday, March 6 at 6 a.m. and remains open through May 5, 2017. All families with children in elementary, middle, or K-8 schools (including transitional kindergarten) interested in participating in PrimeTime during the 2017-2018 school year must complete and submit an application online at www.sandiegounified.org/PrimeTime. This includes children currently participating in PrimeTime, and children on the wait list.

The Extended Learning Opportunities Department will be providing support during the week of March 6 for families who need assistance with accessing the internet and/or assistance in completing an application online. Staff will be available at:

  • Lincoln High School (4777 Imperial Ave, 92113)
  • San Diego Unified Education Center Main Lobby (4100 Normal St., 92103)
  • Extended Learning Opportunities Department (2441 Cardinal Lane, Building A. 92123)

Additional information is available online. For questions, you may contact the Extended Learning Opportunities Department at 858-503-1870.


Digital Gym- Youth Media and Tech Spring Break Camp

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-6-11-52-amDuring 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!


Drinking Water Sampling

We contacted the district as soon as we were made aware of this concern and submitted a written request to have our water tested.

District sent this response to sites yesterday which reads:

For inquiries regarding information about lead testing in drinking water at SDUSD, here is a link to the District Safety Management Webpage.

Deb Ganderton, Principal


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:
http://mckinleyvarietyshow.brownpapertickets.com

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.)

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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!

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When: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm

Where: 2754 Imperial Ave.

Who: Grades K-8

More info: www.bamecdc.org or see this flyer