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5th Grade Action Week, 5/8 – 5/12

Support the 5th grade during Action Week as they make a difference in their community. Boxes will be placed throughout the school to accept donations for nonprofit organizations such as Make a Wish, PAWS, Goodwill, Blood Bank, Project Wildlife and many more.

The 5th graders will be selling drinks, food and treats on May 11th, Thursday so please bring your donations!

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!

McKinley Music Spring Concert – May 23

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Please join us for the McKinley Music Spring Concert featuring 4th and 5th grade Band, Choir, and String Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
McKinley ES Auditorium

Performers must arrive at 6:00 pm
The concert starts at 6:30 pm

Student performers must dress appropriately:
Girls: Conservative black or white dresses, black dress pants or skirts with white top.
Boys: Black dress pants and white dress or polo shirt.
Shoes should be black if possible.
Please bring music stands if available.

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

 

McKinley Water Testing Results

Below is Principal Ganderton’s update on the water testing results at McKinley (Haga clic aquí para Español). Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 12.59.34 PM

Registration for the 2017-18 School Year

The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open April 24 – May 19, 2017 for all grades. Office hours for enrollment are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (see enrollment guidelines and forms).

You will need the following documentation to register: Proof of residence (utility bill, rental agreement, etc…), birth certificate, and immunization records.

In order to assure your child’s placement for the 2017 fall school year, please enroll during these dates.

Spring Portraits – Wednesday, May 3

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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!

Crave Art Show – 6/3/2017

2nd Annual CRAVE Art Show

When: June 3rd 2017, 3-7 pm

Where: Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

What: An Art Show to display works by all McKinley students preschool-5th grade. Buona Forchetta will again be there with their amazing pizza and happy smiles. Almost Famous Entertainment will again be our DJ for this event spinning the tunes the kids request, and we will have make-and-take crafts for everyone to enjoy.

Who: Family, friends and neighbors are all invited to celebrate the amazing talent and hard work of all of our McKinley kids. Every month K-5 all have an extra art class we call CRAVE. All of their artwork has been saved all year, mounted nicely, and each and every student will have many of their pieces on display at this years art show! Last year we displayed over 1800 pieces of art all made by McKinley students. This year we plan to do the same.

We will have a sign-up sheet out soon for volunteers to come help with set-up and tear-down. Thanks for all the support this year and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Weekly Papers

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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).

 

Jog-a-thon Update, Pizza Party & More…


The pizza party with the principal is on Thursday, April 20th. Invites have been sent home with students that earned $85+ for Jog-a-thon. (Teachers also have a list of qualifying students.)

Jog-a-thon Awards/Raffle is scheduled for Monday, April 24th, at the morning assembly. Trophies and other awards will be presented as well as raffle prizes.

Final stats are being tabulated and will be published soon on the Jog-a-thon event page.

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!

Gala Tickets on Sale Now!

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Reminder: Ticket prices go up starting tomorrow, April 15th. Today is the last day to get the early bird price. Buy your tickets now!

First time coming to the Gala? Details can be found here and here.

Need someone to watch the kids? North Park Community Preschool is available the night of the event from 5:30 – 11:00 pm! $40/child and $30/sibling. Max of 30, so make sure to RSVP to Kaylie Kirby to reserve your spot!

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation for the event, email the committee.

 

We’d also love more volunteers to help us with the event! You can signup here:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

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.

Weekly Papers

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City of San Diego will initiate water testing for lead across the San Diego Unified School District beginning April 4, 2017

Dear McKinley School, Parents and Staff:

At  McKinley School, the well-being of students and staff is our top priority. For that reason, San Diego Unified School District has asked the City of San Diego to test the water at our school site.

Beginning Tuesday, April 4, the City of San Diego will initiate water testing for lead across the San Diego Unified School District. It’s anticipated that the water at all district schools, including charter schools on district property, will be tested for lead by the end of the traditional school year in June.

The safety and health of students and staff across San Diego Unified is the highest priority for the district. Therefore, the city will be using a geographic approach that provides the most efficient testing. Five schools will be tested daily, beginning at the southeast corner of the district where some of the oldest district schools are located. City staff will work their way north and west until all of the testing is done. The comprehensive effort will take multiple months to complete due to the relevant regulatory requirements.

Testing will occur in the early morning hours, before the school day begins. Up to five samples will be taken at each site. The sampling locations may include drinking fountains, cafeterias and food preparation areas. The city will analyze the water samples and notify the school district of the results.

If results indicate that there is lead above allowable levels, district staff will determine the source of contamination and take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis (e.g., turn off water, replace fixtures and/or make plumbing repairs).

I want to reiterate that, at this time, there is no indication of unsafe levels of lead in our school’s water system, and the district’s testing is being done out of an abundance of caution. I will continue to monitor these efforts and will provide timely updates to our community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

For more information on the district’s plan and water testing results as they become available, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/watersampling.

Sincerely,

Deb Ganderton

Principal

 

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McKinley PTC Meeting – Wednesday, 4/12

 

Our PTC Meeting is April 12 at 6:15pm in the library.

Come and hear the latest news and information on upcoming McKinley events! Childcare (with pizza) will be provided in the cafeteria.

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

Gala Tickets on Sale Now!

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Are you ready to boogie?! Spring Gala is less than 30 days away! Get your tickets now! You can also purchase tickets at school starting this week on Tuesday. Early bird purchase is $35/person. Price will increase to $40/person starting 4/16 and tickets at the door will be $45/person. So get them early!

First time coming to the Gala? Details can be found here and here.

Need someone to watch the kids? North Park Community Preschool is available the night of the event from 5:30 – 11:00! $40/child and $30/sibling. Max of 30, so make sure to RSVP to Kaylie Kirby to reserve your spot!

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation for the event, email the committee.

 

Water Sampling Reminder

Dear McKinley School, Parents and Staff:

At McKinley School, the well-being of students and staff is our top priority. For that reason, San Diego Unified School District has asked the City of San Diego to test the water at our school site (Español aquí).

Beginning Tuesday, April 4, the City of San Diego will initiate water testing for lead across the San Diego Unified School District. It’s anticipated that the water at all district schools, including charter schools on district property, will be tested for lead by the end of the traditional school year in June.

The safety and health of students and staff across San Diego Unified is the highest priority for the district. Therefore, the city will be using a geographic approach that provides the most efficient testing. Five schools will be tested daily, beginning at the southeast corner of the district where some of the oldest district schools are located. City staff will work their way north and west until all of the testing is done. The comprehensive effort will take multiple months to complete due to the relevant regulatory requirements.

Testing will occur in the early morning hours, before the school day begins. Up to five samples will be taken at each site. The sampling locations may include drinking fountains, cafeterias and food preparation areas. The city will analyze the water samples and notify the school district of the results.

If results indicate that there is lead above allowable levels, district staff will determine the source of contamination and take appropriate action on a case-by-case basis (e.g., turn off water, replace fixtures and/or make plumbing repairs).

I want to reiterate that, at this time, there is no indication of unsafe levels of lead in our school’s water system, and the district’s testing is being done out of an abundance of caution. I will continue to monitor these efforts and will provide timely updates to our community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

For more information on the district’s plan and water testing results as they become available, please visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/watersampling.

Sincerely,

Deb Ganderton
Principal

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.

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It’s Spring Gala Time! Here’s more information on this fun event!

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Jog-A-Thon Money Due Friday, 3/24

This Friday, March 24th, is the last day to get your pledged Jogathon money in. It’s also the last day we will count money toward prizes and raffle tickets. Please bring your pledge money in by Friday!

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.

This Week at McKinley

This week will be very busy for McKinley families so please mark your calendars!

Jog-a-thon

One of our biggest fundraisers is this Friday, March 17th! If you haven’t yet got donors, it’s not too late. Please go to Pledgestar now and set up your online donation account. It just takes a few minutes. Also remember:

  • Running Times have been updated. Check the Jog-a-Thon event page for updated times by grade level. (See also Calendar)
  • Sign Up to Volunteer Online:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Dine Out

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!

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.

 

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