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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.

 


Spring 2017 Jog-a-thon

One of the Biggest (and Funnest) School Fundraising Events of the Year!

Friday, March 17, 2017

img_6367The McKinley Parent Teacher Club’s JOG-A-THON is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers and your support is vital. Most importantly, this is the only event where the kids take the lead in raising money for their school. Please visit the Jog-a-thon page to learn more about how your child can participate and qualify for some cool prizes!

T-Shirts are now available! Volunteers will be selling t-shirts before and after school next week. (Check calendar for details.) You can also order your 2017 Jog-a-Thon T-Shirt online and have it delivered to your child’s classroom.


Family Friday Cancelled 3/17/2017

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Our Jog-a-thon is scheduled for Friday morning, March 17th. Family Friday falls upon that same afternoon.

We’d love to encourage parent attendance at our annual Jog-a-thon and have opted to cancel our March 17th Family Friday.

Sincerely,
Principal Ganderton

Volunteer for the McKinley Jog-A-Thon

Join the Jog-A-Thon Committee!

The McKinley Jog-A-Thon has always been a GREAT fundraiser, raising over $50K last year!  The big three events (SONO, Jog-A-Thon, and Gala) pay for the majority of the arts, dance, gardening, and the teachers’ training to maintain the school’s IB accreditation.

Please email or private message Mauricio Ahumada, maurice68@cox.net if you would like to help (he is fluent in Spanish too). He is requesting 7+ volunteers. The actual day of the event, March 17th, many additional volunteers will help with setup, lap counting, water, fruit, etc…

(Planning meetings will *always* be held in a brewery or somewhere equally as fun!)


McKinley Beautification Brigade

McKinley Beautification Committee News

If you couldn’t join us for Green Day, consider joining us in the morning. Starting in December, on Monday and Wednesday mornings (8:00-8:20 am), we will be working on smaller projects in the garden and around campus. A great way to start your day, working alongside other McKinley families to make our campus even more awesome! See flyer for more details (Español).

Thanks to the dedicated volunteers who came out on November 5, our Fall Green Day was a huge success! The volunteers (more…)


TB Test for McKinley Volunteers

Need a TB test?
All McKinley volunteers are required to have an up-to-date TB test (within 4 years) to be a regular volunteer on campus.

Our local South Park Doctor, Dr. Tara Zandvliet, is offering to provide TB tests for just $10 (cost of supplies).

She will be across the street from McKinley at 3020 Felton Street on Wednesday, 10/5 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the skin prick and again on Friday, 10/7 from 7:30 – 9:00am for the reading. You must plan for BOTH days so mark your calendars! Click here for more details and ver aquí en Español.

 


Seussical Update: Stage Crew Interest Form Available & Cast List Posted!

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The Cast list for Seussical has been posted. Thank you to everyone that auditioned! We had our biggest turnout yet, it’s going to be a great show! View the list here.

Stage Crew Interest Signup

CLOSES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23!

OPEN TO GRADES 3-5 ONLY
Please carefully fill out this form.

SHOW IS DECEMBER 8TH & 9TH.
Students should have availability the week before the show, (November 28-December 2) AND the week of the show (December 5-9). Please note any potential schedule conflicts in the form.

If you have more than one student interested, please fill out a form for each. Our Stage Crew may be smaller this year due to less set changes in the show. We will attempt to make room for as many as possible, but if there is exceeding interest, we will choose based on maturity, grade level and schedule availability.

For questions, please email Barbara Smith at BarbaraSmithWilke@gmail.com

 


Casting Call: Seussical the Musical (Audition Registration Now Closed)

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McKinley Theatre Company (MTC) is excited to announce that our 2016 production will be Seussical Jr!  This musical is based on Dr. Seuss books, filled with songs and rhyming dialogue. There will be several group production numbers as well as character roles in which  all cast members will shine.

SEUSSICAL AUDITIONS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2016

AFTER SCHOOL, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PLEASE REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE AT:

AUDITION REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

AUDITION REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

The cast list will be announced by the end of audition week. Parents of the cast are asked to attend an info meeting at the end of our first rehearsal. Our volunteer-run program can accept up to 70 students, including stage crew. Grades TK-3rd are more likely to be placed in group numbers. Lead roles will most likely be cast from grades 3-5.

Cast and crew are expected to commit to scheduled rehearsals and performances. Once the cast announcement is made, all families will be presented with a variety of volunteer opportunities to contribute to the success of the show.

We encourage interested students to start preparing now for auditions.

(NOTE: More information about Stage Crew coming soon)


McKinley Theatre Co. Announces Seussical the Musical for the 2016 Season!

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I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me Right onto the stage!

Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!  

Oh, the Thinks you can think! Oh, the Thinks you can think If you’re willing to try…

Think invisible ink! Or a gink with a stink! Or a stair to the sky…

If you open your mind, Oh, the Thinks you will find Lining up to get loose…

Oh, the Thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!

– The Cat in the Hat, OH THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK, Seussical the Musical

 

Dear McKinley Families, 

McKinley Theatre Company (MTC) is excited to announce that our 2016 production will be Seussical Jr.! Performances will be December 8th & 9th in the McKinley Auditorium.

This musical is based on Dr. Seuss books filled with songs and rhyming dialogue. There will be several group production numbers as well as character roles in which  all cast members will shine.

MTC expects to hold auditions in late September. The cast list will be announced followed by a parent meeting that same week. Our volunteer-run program can accept up to 70 students, including stage crew. Grades TK-3rd are more likely to be placed in group numbers. Lead roles will most likely be cast from grades 3-5.

Cast and crew are expected to commit to scheduled rehearsals and performances. Once the cast announcement is made, all families will be presented with a variety of opportunities to contribute to the success of the show.    

We encourage interested students to start preparing now for auditions. 

To see examples of Seussical Jr. production numbers, please browse the web and look up additional information through the publishing company, Music Theatre International, or see the following links:

More details will be announced the first week of school!

For questions about the show, please contact Barbara Smith: BarbaraSmithWilke@Gmail.com


Join the Communications Committee!

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We are in search of some volunteers to join the Communications Committee!  You will need access to a computer, and “meetings” are almost entirely through email.
We need:
  • Writers/Bloggers: Ability to post and/or edit on our McKinleyPTC.com website. (We use WordPress, which has a very short learning curve that we can teach you if needed) Most posts are emailed to us, and then we repost on the blog. Occasionally you will need to craft longer or original messages for web and print, so strong writing and grammar skills are appreciated. 🙂
  • Social Media-Savvy Posters: Help update and monitor the McKinleyPTC Facebook page (Facebook.com/McKinleyPTC) Posts from the website automatically post to Facebook, so this would mostly be helping respond to queries and comments on our page.
  • Website Designers or Coders: Experience editing websites using WordPress software and simple web form development (Google Forms).

If you have any of these skills and are interested in keeping the McKinley community in the loop, please send an email to Barbara SmithBridgette Tullis.


McKinley End of Year Happy Hour | June 3rd

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Let’s say a special goodbye to our retiring teacher Frankie Appleby, and our other McKinley families that are leaving us this year.


Where: Ritual Kitchen & Beer Garden – 30th & Polk, North Park, San Diego

When: June 3rd, 4:00- 7:00 pm 

*This is a non-hosted event. |  Facebook Event Page Here.


McKinley Student Art Show @ Bread & Salt | Saturday, June 4th!

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McKinley’s 1st Annual CRAVE Art Show

Saturday, June 4th from 3-7 pm at Bread and Salt!

All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE event!

All preschool through 5th grade students will have their artwork on display at the show! Please join us in celebrating their hard work and creativity. We will have an opportunity drawing, activities and entertainment for the family!

Food and other items will before sale at the event. The amazing folks at Buona Forchetta will have pizza available. All proceeds will go toward the CRAVE 2016-17 Art Program!

Questions? Email Ashley Bruce at: ashleybruce@me.com  If you would like to volunteer for this event please sign up here. 

 

A note from Ms. Ashley Bruce, CRAVE Program Director:

For the past 7 months, all preschool through 5th grade students have been taking part in art lessons being taught in their classrooms once a month, though the CRAVE Art Program. This is a new art program we started this year at McKinley and hope to continue for many years to come. The kids have enjoyed it so much and I have truly been blessed to teach along side many of our parent and grandparent volunteers, along with the support of our teachers and staff this year. CRAVE stands for CReative Arts Volunteer Enrichment, and it truly is a volunteer-run program that enriches the lives of these students, and is only possible with the support of all of these amazing people. 

Many of these art lessons have been tailored specifically to our schools IB program. It enforces the core themes of the IB program along with teaching the fundamentals of art, art history, and so much more. Art isn’t always easy, but it does teach us many great life lessons. These students have had to be risk-takers, problem solvers, open-minded, thinkers, and that’s just the beginning. It has been a joy for me to walk across campus at any given time and have a student come running up to ask me when their next art class is, or when the big art show is so they can tell their parents or grandparents. 

Please join us as we honor the students and their hard work this year. It’s a  busy this time of year, but even if you can make it for 20 minutes it would really make a wonderful difference in their lives. 

A note for the student artists:

Ask your parents, grandparents, family,  friends, and neighbors to come see the beautiful art work you have created this year in CRAVE!
You are all truly amazing and I am so proud of all of you for your hard work, enthusiasm and perseverance. You are all artists and you should all be proud of your accomplishments. It’s time for you to come to YOUR gallery show and be proud of all of the beautiful art you have created!
Now let’s have some more fun!
– Ms. Ashley Bruce, CRAVE Art Program Director
** Download the flier:
(en Español)

Save the Date: Green Day May 14th

The date is set for our spring Green Day, so mark your calendars for May 14, 9am-4pm.

The McKinley Beautification Committee has a Green Day several times a year. Some of our projects this time include:

  • Weeding and planting in the garden
  • Installing rain barrels
  • Art project for the kids
  • Cleaning up around campus
  • Finishing our new tool shed
  • Installing new tiles created this year by students
  • And giving our school some tender loving care!

This is a great opportunity to meet other McKinley families and keep our school looking awesome. No skills or experience necessary! Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, and to wear comfy clothes that can get messy! See you there!

In the meantime, bring your clean, empty plastic water bottles to the bin in front of the office to be turned into a fabulous art project.
More info on water bottle project: Water Bottle Art

See this flyer for more info:
Green Day May 14th

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Spring Gala LUAU Tickets

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Tickets for the Spring Gala are now on sale online!

Tickets must now be purchased at the door! See you there!

 

McKinley Elementary’s 6th Annual Spring Gala is an amazing night for McKinley families, friends and the North Park Community to raise funds for McKinley School. This year’s theme is “Luau!” See the Facebook event page for updates.

When is it?

Saturday, April 30th from 6pm to 10:30pm

Where is it?

Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center
3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104  – right in the heart of North Park!

  • Tickets are also for sale M/W/F before/after school. We can accept credit cards and checks payable to McKinleyPTC Foundation. $35/ticket before event, $40 at the door. Includes admittance to event, $100 in casino money, one drink ticket.
  • Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 25th from 4:30-5:30PM for PrimeTime families
  • Arrive at 6-7PM on the night of the event for a FREE extra Happy Hour drink ticket.
  • Leis are on sale! 1 /$3 or 2 / $5
  • 50/50 Drawing:  tickets are $2 each. Winner to receive half the pot. Ticket must be present to win! So if they know they won’t be there, send tickets along with a friend or show up at 10:00 at Queen Bee’s when winner will be announced
  • Babysitting available at North Park Community Preschool from 5:00 – 11:00 at 3030 Thorn St: $35/child ($25 each sibling), includes dinner. RSVP to Kaylie Kirby at kackirby@yahoo.com by 4/29. Max 30 kids.
  • McKinley Mai Tais, Beer & Wine available for purchase! Food by Ono Grinds Grill
  • DJ BODYRAWK will be there, casino tables, classroom silent auction and NEW this year:  LIVE Teacher Auction!

If you would like to volunteer to help sell tickets, set up the event, assist with the auction details during the event, or would like to donate items for the auction, please email Maribel King at maribelaking@gmail.com

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Great Article On Neighborhood Schools

Former McKinley parent and all-around volunteering powerhouse Sandy Weiner-Mattson wrote this fantastic opinion piece for Voice of San Diego: Do Your Homework Before Dismissing Your Neighborhood School.

It’s worth a read!

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Spring Gala Wine Rally at the Rose

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Please join us for a Spring Gala Warm-Up/Wine Rally: Tuesday April 12 from 6-8 at The Rose in South Park. Appetizers and good cheer will be provided.

There’s only one catch: we ask that you help us by donating a bottle of wine valued at $12 or more. No time to shop ahead of the event? Please note that The Rose has wonderful selections for every palette and will have many available to purchase for donating that evening. Bottles collected will be offered for bidding on the night of the Spring Gala.

In addition, please bring any unused gift cards you don’t plan to use; we can put them to good use at the Gala. This year, we are also hoping to put together a “Book Lovers” basket for kids and adults. Please bring any gently used books to donate to our cause.

Moms and Dads are welcome, but this is a kids-free event.
We hope to see you there!

Spring Gala Committee


McKinley Variety Show 2016!

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It’s that time of year again! We are looking for some unique talent from our McKinley Students. So practice your dance moves, magic tricks, musical instruments, and more and come try out for this year’s Variety Show.

Be sure to have your parent fill out our online registration form (En Español) by January 14th. (there is also a limited supply of hard copies in the front office).

More information can be found herebut here are some important dates:

  • Thursday January 14thRegistration is DUE
  • Tues/Wed Jan. 19th and 20th – Try outs
  • Mon/ Wed 1/25-3/9, 3:30-5:00 – Rehearsals (by group – details later)
  • Mandatory Rehearsals for EVERYONE: 2/29, 3/2, 3/7 & 3/8(Tuesday)
  • Wednesday 3/9, 1:30– 3:00pm, Dress Rehearsal for the School
  • Thursday 3/10, 6:00pm – Performance at  (4:30 Drop off)

 

Es esa época del año otra vez! Estamos en busca de un poco de talento único de nuestros estudiantes de McKinley. Así practicar sus movimientos de baile, trucos de magia, instrumentos musicales, y más, y llegar probar para este año Variety Show.

Asegúrese de que su padre los pasos de nuestro formulario de registro en línea de 14 de enero (también hay una cantidad limitada de copias impresas en la oficina).

Más información se puede encontrar en línea. Pero aquí hay algunas fechas importantes:

  • Jueves 14 de enero – La inscripción es DUE
  • mar / Mier 19 de enero y el 20 – Trate outs
  • Lun / Mie 1 / 25-3 / 9, 3: 30-5: 00 – Ensayos (por grupo – detalles más adelante)
  • Los ensayos obligatorio para todos: 2/29, 3/2, 3/7 y 3/8 (martes)
  • Miércoles 3/9, 1: 30- 3:00 pm Ensayo general para la Escuela
  • Jueves 10/03, 18:00 – Actuación en la Escuela Secundaria Lincoln

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

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– 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


Campus Clean Up and Electronic Recycling This Saturday

 

imagesThis Saturday November 14, 9am-4pm
Free Electronics Recycling 9am-1pm

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 (after 11 am)
Cleaning up around campus
Finishing our new tool shed
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!

Feel free to come by for 1/2 an hour or longer – every little bit helps!

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Sign Up to Help with SONO

 

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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


McKinley Elementary’s Fall GREEN DAY

20150131_105822McKinley Elementary’s Fall GREEN DAY Campus Clean UP and Electronic Recycling
Saturday, November 14, 2015 9am-4pm

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
•       Finishing our new tool shed
•       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!

Find out more here: Nov. Green Day Flyer and in Spanish: Nov. Green Day Flyer Español


Jog-A-Thon is this Thursday!

IMG_9247Jog-A-Thon is this Thursday! Oranges are needed for the event. Please bring them to the Teacher’s Lounge this week. If you plan on bringing them on Thursday, please have them already cut.

Come out and cheer our kids on! Thank you for helping make the Jog-A-Thon a fun and successful event.


McKinley Theatre Co. | Annie Audition Registration Forms Due Today!

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Forms are due today! Please use this online form to register your student for an audition. Auditions will be held on Monday, October 19th after school by appointment only. We will email your student’s time tomorrow. For more details about the production and audition procedures, please see this post or the Annie homepage.

Note: If you have a 3rd-5th grader that is interested in joining the stage crew, we ask that you fill out a form as well.

For questions, please email BarbaraSmithWilke [at] gmail.com  Thanks!!


McKinley Alumni Reunion – Saturday October, 17th at 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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The McKinley Elementary Alumni Reunion is this Saturday, October, 17th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  We would love to have a few PTC volunteers donate an hour or two of their time. Please email info@mckinleyptc.com if you are able to help out with this fun event.

If you are a McKinley alumnus or know of any alumni that would enjoy this event, please forward this information on, and don’t forget to “like” the McKinley Elementary Reunion Facebook Page and Event Page!  


Casting Call!

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Last year, the McKinley Theatre Company saw its highest ever turnout for auditions. It is exciting that our program has attracted so many talented young performers, and we love that the arts are thriving at McKinley!

However, when faced with such a large cast size, there are certain aspects that need to be taken into consideration. Our priority is to give all participating performers the best experience possible, allowing them to learn a few things, be safe, and have fun.

With that in mind, all parts will be auditioned for (including the ensemble/chorus).  

After filling out your Audition Registration Form, you will be given an audition time slot. Forms are due Friday, October 16th Late Registration Forms and “walk-in” auditions will not be accepted.

McKinley Theatre Program is put on entirely by volunteers. If your child is given a role in this year’s production, we count on your enthusiastic support along with your active participation. Volunteer Opportunities are listed on the website and the registration form.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD

Monday, October 19th

by appointment only

 

CALL BACKS

Tuesday, October 20th

(If needed, for lead roles)

You MUST complete the Audition Registration Form* by Friday, October 16th


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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 @ gmail.com) 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!


TB Tests for Volunteers – This Morning!

FullSizeRender (3)Come on down and get your TB skin prick test this morning from 8AM to 9AM. More details here.


Join McKinley Elementary’s Monday Morning Brigade!

Meet in the Octopus Garden on Monday mornings to help with campus clean up and projects to support the gardening program!

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  • Projects will include trash pickup, pulling weeds, organizing, etc.
  • Students will pair up with their parents or other adults.

Come volunteer with enthusiastic students and parents to help make our school campus even better!


Jog-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

IMG_9206It’s Jog-A-Thon Season! McKinley Elementary’s Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser is October 22nd. We are in need of volunteers to help with raffle prizes.

If you have some time and are able to help, please contact:

Helen Newlin – tradgirl92109 [at] yahoo.com  or 619-865-9616


 Can’t help with Jog-A-Thon, but want to get involved? Learn about other PTC  volunteer opportunities here!


Coolers & Ice Needed! 

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Tomorrow McKinley will supply water to the bungalow kids.  However, we need to keep it cold.  If you have a cooler you could loan the school, please write your name on the bottom and leave in the teachers lounge in the morning.  Don’t have a cooler to loan?  Pick up a bag of ice on the way to school and leave in a cooler in the teacher’s lounge.  Thanks for your help!

Before & After : Teachers’ Lounge Makeover!

2015-5-mckinley-17Wow! What a wonderful space for staff and teachers. Check out the Before & After pics below.

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Thanks again to all the wonderful volunteers and sponsors! Learn more about the project here.


Volunteers Needed for Teacher’s Lounge Remodel!

Teachers Lounge Remodel Begins!

This Sunday, June 28 from 9am – 12pm there will be a “clean-out”. (clean out the room, rip out the kitchen, etc.) We need people to help! And, muscles too.

Please e-mail Jen Byard to RSVP. jenbyard@mac.com.


Thank You, Safety Patrol!

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A big shout out to our Safety Patrol for keeping the crosswalks safe and making mornings & afternoons less hectic for us all! We sincerely thank you for your commitment and maturity, you have served our community well!


New Vice President of McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Alison DeardenOur new VP of the McKinley PTC & McKinley Foundation is Alison Dearden!

Ali Dearden has been a part of the McKinley family for nearly ten years. She was one of the original Foundation members and helped to create the current PTC/Foundation structure. Her youngest, Madi, is in first grade. Her other two kids, McKinley graduates, are at Roosevelt Middle School and San Diego High School—International Studies.

Ali is very familiar with the International Baccalaureate program from the Primary Years through the high school diploma program—her son will graduate with an IB diploma next year. Ali is a dedicated McKinley parent and committed to its students. Her passion is ensuring the success of all students, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses may be. She believes programs provided through Foundation funds such as art, music, language, and gardening, help many students feel successful and improves academic performance as well.

Thank you to all who voted, and to both of our candidates for stepping up to volunteer for our community. What an awesome group of parents we have at McKinley!


PTC Meeting THIS Wednesday!

Parent Teacher Club is just grand!

It’s the final PTC Meeting of the year! Come hear the exciting updates for the new school year and take home some McKinley goodies! Childcare (with pizza) will be provided.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 6:15pm

Where: In the Media Center

Hope to see you there!


McKinley Beautification Work Days this Weekend!

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We will be having our final work party of the year this weekend on May 30th AND May 31st, from 9:30 am to noon.

We will install new tiles created by students this year and work on a few other campus clean up and gardening projects.  Any time you can volunteer either day is much appreciated!

(More details here)


Volunteer at the McKinley Booth at North Park Festival of Arts!

The annual free festival is a local tradition that features amazing local art, live music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, vendor booths, and delicious food. The hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. The McKinley booth will give kids an opportunity to create their own tactile collage! It’s also a great spot to meet other families from the neighborhood, and chat about the amazing programs at McKinley Elementary!

We need Volunteers Saturday May, 16th! SIGN UP HERE
Volunteers will be doing an assortment of little and large tasks at the McKinley booth. Hopefully, everyone volunteering will get a chance to also see the event in its entirety and have a wonderful day.
This year, kids will assemble collage boards that combine materials such as wood, fabric, magazines, beads, stones, tiles, and construction paper. There will also be an array of painting tools such as brushes, paint, and markers. If there are any other items out there that people can provide, it’s more than welcome.
There will be a “kit” and tote bag to give to each child that contains the basics: a hardwood mounting board (masonite), a few small colored tiles, pre-cut bass wood, some fabric and ribbon. In addition, there will be pre-cut twine and eye hooks for mounting to the backside of the finished work at the end.
During the event, we need volunteers to assist the kids with the materials and keeping brushes and other supplies clean.
The morning tasks will involved setting up the booth, work tables, material boxes, and totes.  Parent volunteers will be helping with the art work for most of the day. The end of the day will involve clean-up and moving out of the festival venue. SIGN UP HERE
Besides helping the kids, a good portion of the time is also just hanging out and chatting with the parents of the kids. Younger kids may have parents who are interested in enrolling students at McKinley – so it’s an advantage to have some thoughts regarding the school in mind. Be prepared to get a few questions about the school and the teachers!
Please use this sign up sheet if you are able to help, and contact Will Dumka, project coordinator, at wdumka@gmail.com if you have any questions! 
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