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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Expressive Arts SD
3201 Thorn St., SD 92014
We can walk kids over to the class from McKinley for an additional fee.
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!
While 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 @ email@example.com
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
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!
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
Advanced section now rated by
United States Chess Federation.
Time Control: G/20
(bring chess clock if you have one)
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, www.chesscamp.net, 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.
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.
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!
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
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 www.CreektoBay.org.
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.
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.
-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
Hope everyone’s having a great spring break!
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
Meet Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30 in front of San Diego High School for a Save San Diego High rally. Councilman and SDHS Alumnus David Alvarez and other guest speakers will address the importance of keeping SDHS at our current location. McKinley is in the San Diego High School cluster, which includes the International Baccalaureate high school program. For more information, see this website: SaveSanDiegoHigh
What? A FUNdraiser for Deanne Cervantes: Live music, silent auction, and opportunity drawing with great prizes!
When? Sunday, March 20, 4-7pm
Where? Rebecca’s Coffeehouse, 30th & Juniper
Is there an event Facebook page? Yes, click here: Fundraiser Facebook Page
Deanne Cervantes is the beloved former McKinley librarian and unwavering booster of McKinley who students who suffered a terrible accident. She is making amazing progress, and the fundraiser is to help with the expenses of making her home accessible. More information can be found at her gofundme page: Deanne’s Recovery Fund
Join Green Art Labs, Dig Down Deep (provider of McKinley gardening classes), and Brick Builders for an enriching week of activities at our Spring Break Camp, March 28 – April 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Birney Elementary. Each day your children will work on engaging projects in art, Lego building and gardening. All week they will be developing their skills including: creative thinking, problem solving, critical thinking, collaborating, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, community building, and so much more. Early bird pricing ends March 15 – only $260. To sign up or for more information go to https://www.payit2.com/event/79984, or contact Joan Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can purchase flower bouquets for $15 at McKinley’s Variety Show this Thursday, March 10 at Lincoln High. 100% of proceeds will benefit Deanne Cervantes’ recovery. Thank you Trader Joe’s – San Diego , CA Hillcrest for donating the flowers! More information about Deanne’s recovery can be found at Deanne’s gofundme page: Deanne’s Recovery Fund
Don’t forget that you can still buy tickets for the variety show with this link: Variety Show Tickets or at the McKinley front office.
When: Saturday, March 5th 9am
Where: Parking lot by the Morley Field Dog Park
San Diego’s urban canyons are an amazing resource of wildlife and native plants all within walking distance! Come explore Florida Canyon with a canyoneer.
What’s a canyoneer?
Canyoneers are San Diego Natural History Museum volunteers trained to teach appreciation of plants and animals in southern California. When you hike with a Canyoneer, you are encouraged to stop, look, listen, touch, smell, and examine—to understand that everything is linked together. This is a great opportunity to experience nature without having to travel to far!
Be prepared! Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and water. You may also wish to bring a jacket, binoculars, and field guides.
Box Stop Etc. (3401-A Adams Ave. at 34th St.) will be selling flowers this weekend, with a significant portion of the proceeds going directly to support Deanne Cervantes, the former McKinley librarian.
Deanne Cervantes was the librarian at McKinley for many years and has always been a devoted supporter of McKinley students. Last November she suffered a devastating fall. She is making an amazing recovery, and her family is in the process of preparing her house to bring her home.
Show your love to the special person in your life this Valentine’s, and to a cherished member of our community.
See the full flyer here: Flowers for Deanne
To learn more about Deanne’s recovery, see the gofundme page: Deanne’s Recovery Fund