Posts tagged “McKinley Elementary

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.

Box Tops for Education


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.

For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Ver flyer en español.

Thank you for your support,

Melissa Dohner

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.

School Site Council Ballots


Please vote for your McKinley School Site Council (SSC) candidates. One ballot per family. Return your ssc_parent_community_member_ballot to the office by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Click here to learn more about School Site Council (SSC).

Come Hungry to Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday, 9/29!
5:00pmOrganic and Sun & Sea food trucks will be in the front parking lot selling dinner options. Also, SnoCal Ice will be parked on Redwood St.

5:30pm – The 5th graders will be offering Root Beer Floats at the lunch tables (donations accepted) for their first fundraiser of the year.


Is My Child Changing Classrooms?

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 (


Principal Ganderton

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.

Time Change for Back to School Night



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!


Principal Ganderton

McKinley PTC Meeting this Wednesday, 9/21 6:15 PM


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.

Future Classroom Changes, a Message from the Principal


a-message-from-pgIs my child changing classrooms?

Unfortunately, the answer is, “We don’t know yet.” Our enrollment is quite high in some grade levels and low in others. We’ve felt like we’re playing a perpetual game of chess the last two weeks as we plan for a variety of class configurations based on daily enrollment numbers.

As of today, we are very close to getting an additional teacher IF we enroll additional 4th or 5th graders and don’t lose any students. Although we were hopeful we’d be able to reconfigure classrooms by the end of this week, our “on-the-cusp-kid-count” (my technical term) is so close to an additional teacher, that I’ve opted to wait rather than move students more than once.

Our final student count on Friday, September 16th, will determine our next steps.

Regardless of enrollment, I do know we will be reorganizing after September 19th and anticipate we will have one or more combination classrooms.

I realize that change can be disconcerting and want to reassure parents that a great deal of thought goes into this process. We aim to minimize the impact to both students and staff while honoring the established parameters of our employee’s contract.

If your child is selected to move, we will send a letter home with your child as soon as we’ve determined our final classroom counts and established where our combination classrooms will be. The next day, we will escort those students to their new classroom assignment and their new teacher will introduce them to their classmates. The following day, they will line up with their new classroom, and the teachers will begin the day with a “getting to know you” activity.

In the meantime, my heartfelt thanks to those teachers who are teaching regardless of their high class count and to parents who are patiently waiting to see if their child will transition to another classroom.


Principal Ganderton

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!

Morning Bell Times

stock-illustration-5380728-rooster-crowing-at-dawnHello Families –
We would like to clarify the morning bell times.

8:20am Short bell rings – line up begins
8:25am Bell rings – all students should be lined up
8:30am Bell rings – all students should be at their desks

Sorry for any confusion.  All students should be at school and lined up by 8:25am in order to avoid tardy slips.

Thank you!  The McKinley PTC

A Big Thank You for a Great Jog-A-Thon!


Aerial View of McKinley Jog-A-Thon 2015!

We had a great turnout today, and the kids ran their hearts out! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers. teachers, staff and sponsors today.  A reminder that donations are due October 28. You can visit pledgestar here:

Give your kids a high five tonight for a job well done!

Good News About AC!

kidsfunMs. Ganderton got word from the district that the AC in the main building should be up and running by Thursday at the latest.

Let the good times roll!

Star Gazing Party – October 23rd!



San Diego Astronomy Association and 3rd grade invite you to join us for a Star Gazing Party! 

When: Thursday, October 23, 6:45 – 8:00 PM *Note Time Change

Where: at the McKinley playground!

Multiple telescopes will be set up to view the moon, planets, and stars!

This should be a great evening of community building and learning.

We hope to see you there!

Friday Oct. 3rd is Family Friday!

IMG_6430Family Friday is this week! All parents are invited to visit school at 2:35 and meet in the Media Center with Mrs. Ashton-Gray from 2:35-3:05.  The topic of the month is the International Baccalaureate Program with our coordinator, Erin Knight.

At 3:10  parents will visit classes to participate in the learning activities for the remainder of the day. Please mark your calendar for the first Friday of the month to spend time alongside your child in school!

Exciting News for McKinley’s Joint Use Area!

The City of San Diego Park and Recreation board approved the General Development Plan for the Joint Use Park at McKinley on Thursday, September 18th!!!!  This is a great victory after YEARS of hard work by parents, staff and our amazing community to create a plan that balances the needs of the students and community as well as providing TREES and a large natural turf area for all to enjoy!
The San Diego Unified School District will now take over and move forward with the process of creating the park.  This process will include hiring a consultant to create construction documents as well as creating a construction schedule once the documents are approved.  As of today, they do not have a timeline for the process, but we are told that funding has been allocated to move forward with the process.   See a preview of plans here!  Joint Use