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
To register please go to

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,, 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

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 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:

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.
Ages 5+. $60 per day. 16 students max. 8:1 student to teacher ratiscreen-shot-2017-02-05-at-9-07-34-amo

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.