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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.

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Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year

The McKinley registration window for new student enrollment will be open March 13 – March 24, 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.

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Immigration Forums 2/22 – 2/24


Do you have a question about an immigration topic?
Learn the facts at a community forum (flyer en Español and see details on Facebook).
Topics include:
•Applying for U.S. Citizenship
•Information about DACA
•Legal Rights
•Refugee Status

The forums will be held from 5pm-7pm at:
2/22, Wednesday – San Diego High School
2/23, Thursday – Mann Middle School
2/24, Friday – Mira Mesa High School

Childcare and refreshments provided.

Brought to you by the San Diego Unified School District Office of Family and Community Engagement and the PTSA.

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McKinley Joint Use Park Update


The rain has been a setback, but on the up side, the soil has been “flushed” and should better support the subsequent sod installation. (For the record, there are technical terms for “flushed”, but I’m at a loss for what they are at this moment, so I’m sticking with layman’s language.)

This week our district support team met with City in effort to correct all irrigation issues for the field. Once we have 10 days of clear weather, the balance of scope -grass field, ramps, playground and surrounding areas will move forward.

We’ve been told our field will be ready by the end of April and the city will release the field for daily use shortly after that.

We’ll keep our school community updated with regular posts. We’re on the home stretch folks!


Principal Ganderton

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Support Kinder’s Cause at McKinley

In the spirit of the holidays, the Kindergarten classes have embarked on a community service project.

Last week, we discussed several different causes we could potentially support (e.g., hungry children, sick children, etc.), and then we voted to support animals in need. The specific shelter we will be supporting is the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Helen Woodward is a wonderful local shelter that relies heavily on volunteers and donations.

Click here to donate or bring any of the following items to ROOM 5 by 12/16: newspaper, puppy pads, unopened dog/cat food (wet or dry), plastic crates, blankets, grocery bags (paper or reusable), toner, printers, camera equipment, ladders, and spare coins.

We also created posters to spread the word of our project. They are posted around the campus…take a look.

Thank you for supporting Kinder’s Cause!

The Kindergarten Classes

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20th Annual SDCC Community Chili Contest 12/3/16

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.

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Joint Use Park Update

McK Construction Update
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.

-Principal Ganderton

Trick or Trot Fun Run 10/30


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.

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School Choice Application Info


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.

Floats for 5th Grade on Thursday


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.

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Trick or Trot Roosevelt Fundraiser


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.  All proceeds go to the Roosevelt after-school enrichment programs.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed. Register by October 9th and save money. Discounts are given for teams so get your runners together! See flyer for more details.

McKinley Dine-Out Night 9/15

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Present the attached flyer at Carnitas’ Snack Shack on Thursday, 9/15, between 5:00pm and 9:00pm and McKinley Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds.

Fun Fact: Mexican Independence Day is 9/16 and it is a tradition for the President to “yell” out the first cry of freedom at 12:00am on 9/16 as Hidalgo did when the battle had been won.  Mexicans are known to start celebrating from 9/15 through to the next day, so eat up to support your local elementary school!

Creative Kids Class Mondays After School

Children will express their creativity and have fun experimenting in the Green Art Lab with artist, Joan Green. Each week we’ll offer a different palette of reusable materials – clean and safe items saved from the landfill and turned into amazing one-of-a-kind creations such as inventions, games, vehicles, instruments, sculptures and dioramas. Students will work individually and collaboratively. Through art making they will find their inventor, engineer, designer, artist, and environmentalist self! This class encourages problem solving, social-emotional opportunities, creative thinking, fine motor skills, and more with STEAM concepts. Ages 5 and up. Small ratio of 8 students per teacher.

3:30-5:00 p.m.
Expressive Arts SD
3201 Thorn St., SD 92014

Green Art Labs Website

We can walk kids over to the class from McKinley for an additional fee.


Reminder: come to the park on Sunday!

McKinley Summer Playdates at Montclair Park

Join us this Sunday (August 21st) at Montclair Park (at the end of Nile St.) for the final playdate of the summer. 4pm! New and returning students welcome! Bring food to share, or just bring yourselves. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones.

Returning McKinley families: please come as ambassadors to give a warm welcome to our new families!


CRAVE at the Old House Fair

6124170While you’re at the Old House Fair in South Park this Saturday, swing by and visit the CRAVE art tent near Buona Forchetta! There will be crafting for the kids and fabulous student art on display.

If you are available to volunteer to work at the CRAVE tent during the day,  contact Ashley Bruce @


Library Summer Reading Program!

The North Park Library Summer Reading Program kicks off today with Library Olympics at 3:30pm!

Sign up to get prizes for reading books, and enjoy free programs all summer long — Thursday mornings at 10am!

See the full program activities by clicking to see the flyer: Summer Reading Program

Visit the library at the corner of 31st Street and North Park Way, and visit their Facebook page for a full schedule of activities here: NPLibrary Facebook


Green Art Labs Classes & Camps


Joan Green at Green Art Labs has been doing fantastic garden art with our McKinley kindergartners. Check out her upcoming classes and camps for all your kids here: Green Art Labs

Also, check out an update on all the great projects that happened at the last Green Day: Green Day Update!

Chess Tournament

The Mountain Lake Chess Camp (provider of McKinley after school chess club) & IM Larry Evans
host their fifth
Interscholastic Chess Tournament
on Sunday, May 15 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: May 15, 2016
Price: $25 ($5 off if you register before May 13)
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 92111You can register online at our website,, or fill out and mail the linked form to: 155 G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910First game starts at 12:30. Please arrive no later than 12:00 for first pairings.


Children’s Book Party Next Saturday!

Join Reading Literacy Learning, Inc. for the 32nd Annual Children’s Book Party.

Saturday, April 30, 8:30am-10:30am at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.
Admission is FREE, all children will receive 2 new books FREE, there will be refreshments and entertainment.

See website for more details:
Or see the flyer here: Children’s Book Party



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!


Month of the Military Child

April is The Month of the Military Child. We want to give a big shout out to all of our McKinley families who have members serving in the military, and to honor and support the children for their contributions.


Find more information at this website: Month of the Military Child

Save the date for the 14th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

The 14th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup sponsored by I Love A Clean San Diego is on Saturday, April 23rd! CleanSD_logo_header

Join 6,000 volunteers for this countywide cleanup project as they help beautify 100 cleanup sites countywide. At last year’s event, volunteers removed 180,000 pounds of debris from a record number of cleanup sites countywide. Registration will open on April 1st at

In North Park our community sites are North Park Community Park and South Park Switzer Canyon. Having a site out in your own community helps facilitate the clean-up of your neighborhood and allow the community to reach its full potential! It would be amazing to have you come out and support your neighborhood, or simply just spread the word!

When you register, consider taking the Bring Your Own (B.Y.O.) pledge, and make a commitment to bring at least one reusable cleanup item with you. Whether it’s a plastic bucket to hold trash, work gloves or a reusable water bottle, you’ll be able to help cut down on the amount of waste generated by such a large event. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form (coming soon), and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.


Saturday Ping Pong!

McKinley families are invited to an afternoon of ping pong and fun and chance to meet some neighbors!  This is a great opportunity for kids who like to play ping pong or would like to try it out for the first time.   Ping pong is great way to stimulate the brain and promotes quick thinking while improving hand-eye coordination. Please come out and join in the fun on April 2nd!

April 2nd 1:00-3:00 p.m.index
-Jefferson Elementary School open space park
-For McKinley and Jefferson students of all ages
-Ping Pong instructional clinic for beginners and experienced players
-5 ping pong tables, all kids will have the opportunity to play
-Kids Tournament

Hope everyone’s having a great spring break!


Thursday Farmer’s Market Grand Opening!

There’s a brand *new* farmers’ market in our neighborhood! The North Park Thursday Market is opening at 3pm on March 24th at North Park Way & 30th Street! (3001 North Park Way)

The market will be open every Thursday, year-round, rain-or-shine from 3pm – 7pm.
Find all your favorite farmers & vendors from the old market on Herman Avenue, plus many new additions!

It’s the perfect after-school stop to stock up on healthy fruits and veggies grown locally by friendly farmers, plus great grocery items, hand-crafted gifts and more. Bring the kids and enjoy the live music, regularly scheduled kids arts & crafts, and grab an easy dinner for the whole family. See their facebook page here: Thursday Market

This market is co-managed by a McKinley mom, Brijet Myers! We would love to see lots of McKinley families out at the market on opening day and every week!NPMarket