Fresh California Fruits and Vegetables

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 4.06.33 PM.pngFree summer meals for children ages 18 and younger. Find a location near you at

Download the flyer here.



Summer Camps


Click here to learn about summer camps recommended by McKinley parents.

Have a recommendation? Submit one here.

Study on Brain Development and Child Health

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Is your child age 9-10? Be Part of the Largest Study on Brain Development and Child Health! Click here to download the flyer.

A message from outgoing McKinley PTC President, Betsey Zbyszynski…


Maribel King

Hello All – I would like to introduce our new PTC President for (at least) the next 2 years, Maribel King. Maribel will have a 1st and 4th grader in September. She has been Chair of our McKinley Gala for the past 2 years and has been an integral part on and off campus volunteering. I am excited to have her take over and I know she is going to make a good, strong leader for our Foundation.

I have really enjoyed my time as the McKinley PTC President. Getting to know the parents and teachers as well as learning more about the education system has been so interesting. My son will be in 5th grade come September so, I will still be on campus and will continue to be on our Foundation Board for the next year. Thank you to everyone for all your support, time and effort to make McKinley Elementary a great place for our kids!
Have a fun summer!

Blood Drive at McKinley Elementary – Tomorrow, June 8, 2017 – PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY!

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 community 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!!

McKinley PTC End of Year Happy Hour – June 9th



5th grade parent Suzanne Vega and outgoing PTC President Betsey Zbyszynski

Come and join us at Thorn Street Brewery for the end of year happy hour as we congratulate our retiring teachers and parents that are moving on. Mastiff Sausage Co. – Food Truck will be parked out front.

Friday, June 9th, 5-7 PM
Thorn Street Brewery
3176 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92104


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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Assessments for Incoming Kindergarten Students for 2017-2018

kidsfunThe kindergarten teachers are holding assessments for INCOMING kindergartners for the 2017-2018 school year. The assessments will be held on Friday, June 9th from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. This is an opportunity for the teachers to get to know your child and best prepare for the upcoming school year. It should take no longer than 20 minutes per child. If you have enrolled your child and have not yet made an appointment to meet the teachers, please call the office at (619) 282-7694. If you still need to enroll your child into the program for the 2017-2018 school year, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Thank you. We look forward to an exciting 2017-2018 school year with your child!!!

-The Kindergarten Team

McKinley Dine Out at Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria – June 8th 11am-10pm


This Thursday, June 8th, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria is generously donating 25% precent of Thursday’s proceeds to McKinley Elementary when you bring in the Dine Out flyer between 11 am-10 pm for Dine in or Take Out! Thank you, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria!


Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria

THURSDAY June 8th, 2017


Mission Hills – 4030 Goldfinch – 619.299.4030

North Park – 3448 30th St. – 619.295.1720

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

Click on flyer to print: Lefty’s Flyer

The CRAVE ART SHOW is SATURDAY, June 3rd, 3:00-7:00 pm!

Please join us at the Bread & Salt Community Center in Barrio Logan, 1955 Julian Ave., San Diego, CA 92113.  This is a very special event for our children. They’re so excited and proud to show you their artistic accomplishments from this school year.

See flyer for details in English and Español.

Please come enjoy the show. Invite your family, friends and neighbors!

In order for this to be a success, we need everyone to pitch in a little. If you haven’t done so already, please sign-up for a shift or to bring a few items:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Buona ForchettaA 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!


McKinley Spirit Week – June 5-9

Spirit Week

McKinley Spirit Week!
June 5th-9th
Don’t forget to dress up!
Mustache Monday
Sports Wear Tuesday
Wacky Hair Wednesday
Career Threads Thursday
Backwards Wear Friday

McKinley Garden Work Party-June 8

We hope you can join us for the last garden work party of the school year next week on Thursday, June 8 (12:30-2:30 pm). We will have lots of fun giving the garden some extra care before the summer break. Please feel free to pass along the flyer to anyone else!

We are also looking for a few 5th-grade parents to help install the special tiles created by all McKinley 5th graders this year. If you can help on June 8 (install tile) or June 11 (grout tile), please sign up below or contact Jen Spencer. Sign Up Here.

For more information, click on this flyerMcKinley Garden 2015.

Thank you!

Ms. Marney & the Beautification Committee

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CORRECTION-Spring Open House Times


We’re looking forward to seeing all of our McKinley families on Thursday (5/25) for Spring Open House! (Underlined times have been updated. We apologize for any confusion.)

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

6:00–  7:00: 5th Grade Exhibition in auditorium

6:00 – 7:20: 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!

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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.

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.”

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


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!


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

3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92104


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!


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!


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:

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 about 1/2 day options
Register at:

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 about single day and 1/2 day options
Register at


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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!


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

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Betsey (current President),

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

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, or Jon Rogers,

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.

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:

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!