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 Read the rest of this page »
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: www.SDCeramic.com or McKinley’s main office
Come & be a part of the North Park Toyland Parade with
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
November Dine-Out at Pete’s Seafood – Thursday, 11/17 from 12pm-9pm.
McKinley will receive 20% of the total cost of your order. Pete’s will honor the flyer on your phone. In fact, he says just let them know you’re with McKinley! See you there!
Also that night, our friends at Roosevelt Middle School PTSA will be holding a fundraiser at Thorn Street Brewery, 5-8pm. Stop by and enjoy a brew on your walk home from Pete’s. This event benefits the mosaic mural project they are working toward.
Come join the 20th Annual SDCC Community Chili Potluck & Contest!
This McKinley fundraiser and local tradition is where neighbors make, share, and vote for the best neighborhood chili.
Where: San Diego Ceramic Connection, 3216 Thorn St., San Diego 92104
When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016 from 1-4 pm
Info and sign-up: Click here or go to McKinley’s main office
Come buy a handmade ceramic chili bowl and enjoy a fun time with neighbors. 50% of 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 anyway.
So much is happening, and each step of the process brings us closer to the completion of our Joint Use Park!
This week features the import and placement of the topsoil for the field and of the decomposed granite areas, including the running path around the perimeter of the field. In addition, the new concrete walk on the southwest corner of the site has been completed, and the subcontractor is currently working on installation of the perimeter 10’ fence.
Placement of asphalt concrete paving in the play court area is scheduled to begin next week, along with concrete formwork for the ramp off Palm Street.
The construction crew, led by our very own Mike Pittman, will also be finishing up the ornamental fence, gate details, landscaping, and irrigation between Buildings 100/200.
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!
Due to popular demand, Otter Pops are back! The 5th graders will be selling Otter Pops for $1 after school this Friday, October 28th (and they have upped their supply to satisfy more customers). Thank you for your support!
Help raise money for Roosevelt IB Middle School by participating in the Trick or Trot 5K/1 Mile Fun Run in Balboa Park on Sunday, October 30 at 9:00 am.
Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed. Discounts are given for teams so get your runners together! All proceeds go to the Roosevelt after-school enrichment programs. See flyer for more details.
The CRAVE (CReative Arts Volunteer Enrichment) program started last year at McKinley and brings visual art into each classroom every month. Click here to see a video of last Spring’s amazing art show.
See the attached newsletter for more CRAVE information and how parents can help.
Crave Program Director
Your help and support with securing federal funding for our school would be greatly appreciated.
Each year, our district receives over $8 million in Impact Aid funding. This is not automatic – we must apply for it each year. The U.S. Department of Education requires that a survey be conducted each year and our district then files a claim based on the cards received. This process precludes us from using enrollment cards for this purpose so completing the Federal Survey Cards is critical.
These will be sent home on Wednesday and we ask that they are completed by each and every family in our school community. Please return completed forms to us on or before Wednesday, October 12th. (One card per family)
Those classes that have 100% of their cards returned will win a popsicle party (with heartfelt gratitude from their very appreciative principal).
With thanks in advance,
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each box top is worth 10¢. Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products, cut them out, and send them to school. The collection containers are in the hallway of the front office and at the PrimeTime check-in/out desk.
Last school year, we earned $490.30 for our school from Box Tops. All money earned is contributed toward our Spanish, ceramics, dance, CRAVE art and garden programs as well as buses for field trips and extra classroom supplies. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000.00.
Thank you for your support,
The School Choice Application period for the 2017-18 school year opens on Oct. 3, 2016 and will close on Nov. 14, 2016. This is a change from prior years in order to align the district’s application window with neighboring school districts, and thus simplify the placement process for schools and families.
San Diego Unified offers excellent educational opportunities around every corner, and visiting your neighborhood school is a great place to start. However, students who want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school should submit a School Choice Application.
The process is not first come, first served, so there is no urgency to be the first to apply. All applications received by the Nov. 14 deadline are processed through a randomized computer lottery, using a priority structure to weigh factors such as magnet program continuity and sibling enrollment.
Applications will not be accepted after the deadline unless the student is new to the district or a current San Diego Unified student has a change of residence.
Students who were enrolled into their school of choice last year do not need to reapply to remain at that school unless they moved outside of the school district.
Please forward this information to anyone you know that might be interested in applying. This school year, McKinley had a very limited number of School Choice spots available to incoming kindergartners. Visit SDUSD’s site for more information and ver flyer para Español.
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.
5:30pm – The 5th graders will be offering Root Beer Floats at the lunch tables (donations accepted) for their first fundraiser of the year.
Dear McKinley Families,
I know you are eager to hear an update on the possibility of class changes. Last week, I communicated a timeline, but wasn’t able to honor that timeline due to issues outside my “circle of control”.
On Friday, we were notified that we ARE getting an additional teacher!
As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in a process like this. Principals are often in a holding pattern as determinations are made district wide to best meet the needs of each site. During the last three days, I asked myself, “Do I want to communicate every step or do I want to work every step?” I opted for the latter.
Our staff will convene this afternoon and examine our options. IAPW (in a perfect world), we’d be able to reduce class size, eliminate combos and have all students remain in their initial classroom placement. That said, it’s not a perfect world. I am providing the staff with options and we will vote on what we believe best supports the children in our charge. That decision will be communicated to our school community before I head home this evening. Families of children who are changing classrooms will be notified as soon as the district confirms our new teacher’s assignment.
Our district communicated that our new teacher should be joining us the first week in October. We will establish other opportunities for parents to meet the new teacher once for those students who have been reassigned.
Please plan on meeting with your child’s current teacher at tomorrow’s Back to School Night. I am available to answer any questions from 6:30 – 7:30 tomorrow evening (Thursday) and you can always reach me via email (email@example.com).
Come support the McKinley 5th graders at Back to School Night by enjoying a ROOT BEER FLOAT on Thursday, 9/29 beginning at 5:30pm.
All donations go toward 5th grade events and activities throughout the school year.
Ms. 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.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT HAPPENINGS
Apologies – I was left alone with the calendar over the summer (should never let that happen again) and entered 5:00 – 6:30 for Back to School Night (BTSN). My mistake.
BTSN is scheduled for the same time this year as in years past. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 on Thursday, 9/29.
Come early for food trucks on campus at 5:00 for those interested in purchasing dinner before classroom visitations and support the 5th graders by donating to their root beer float fundraiser at 5:30.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!
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.
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
Come hear the latest and greatest happenings at McKinley by attending the PTC Meeting Wednesday, September 21 at 6:15 pm in the Library/Media Center.
Childcare with pizza will be provided in the auditorium.
If you applied for Fall ASE 2016 by the Sept. 7th deadline, you should be receiving your class confirmation in the next 1-2 days. Due to space constraints this Fall, we had a slightly smaller program and unfortunately demand exceeded the number of spots available.Over the past week, we’ve been contacting families that didn’t make the lotteries this time.
Capacity should be much better in the Spring, so if you didn’t get your first choice, missed the deadline, or decided to withdraw from the Fall session, please try again in the Spring.
We appreciate your patience and thank you for using the new online application process. It really made it easier for the ASE admin. team. We had 210 applicants and 83% used the online system. Thank you!