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CRAVE Art Show – Saturday, 6/3/2017

The McKinley Elementary CRAVE Art Show is June 3 (Saturday, 3-7pm) at the Bread & Salt Community Center: 1955 Julian Ave in the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Invite your family, friends, neighbors and McKinley families past and future! Everyone is welcome! FREE! (Donations always welcome!) See flyer for details in English and Español.

Please sign up to help at the Art Show. We need volunteers to set-up art displays, donate baked goods, drinks & supplies, run the bake sale, arts & crafts and front tables, clean-up and more. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Ashley Bruce (858.775.7931 | ashleybruce@me.com).
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

A special thank you to Buona Forchetta | Officine Buona Forchetta for generously catering pizza and gelato for the art show.

Thank you for supporting the CRAVE Art Program and encouraging the arts in our children’s education!

Check out last year’s CRAVE Art Show 2016 video!


Spring Open House – Updated Times (5/25)

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We’re looking forward to seeing all of our McKinley families on Thursday (5/25) for Spring Open House!

4:30 – 7:00ish: Food trucks will be on campus. Choose from Organic, Sun & Sea, SnowCal Shaved Ice, and Lil’ Miss Shortcakes

4:30 – 6:30: Book Fair in library

5:30 – 7:00: 5th Grade Exhibition in auditorium

6:00 – 7:30: Classrooms open to see all of your students’ hard work

Your students have a lot to share and are excited you will be coming to Spring Open House!

 


McKinley Palm Street School Entrance

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In an effort to mitigate some of the traffic on Felton Street, we are opening the gate on Palm Street each morning at 8:10. A staff member will be on duty and will direct children to the playground to line up. The gate will be closed just before 8:25am so the staff member can join his/her class.

This will be done on a trial basis. If access is used by families, we will continue using this entrance, if not, we will reevaluate.

Thank you,

Principal Ganderton


McKinley Events 5/23 – 5/29

Spring Open House 2017

There are many events happening at McKinley this week. Check it out!

Tuesday, 5/23 at 10:00am – Joint Use Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tuesday, 5/23 at 6:30pm – 4th and 5th grade Spring Concert in auditorium

Wednesday, 5/24 at 6:15pm – PTC Meeting in teacher’s lounge

Thursday, 5/25  – Food trucks outside the gates of the school before Spring Open House. Choose food from Organic, Sun & Sea, SnoCal Shaved Ice and Lil’ Miss Shortcakes

Thursday, 5/25 at 5:30 – Spring Open House, 5th Grade Exhibition (6:00 – 7:00pm) in auditorium, and Book Fair in library (4:30 – 6:30pm)

5/26 and 5/29, Friday and Monday – School CLOSED for Memorial Day weekend


McKinley Book Fair – 5/18 to 5/25

Stock up on books for summer! See attached Spring Book Fair flyer for each class’ shopping schedule to browse books at school or shop online.

5/24 Wednesday, and 5/25 Thursday – Open shopping at McKinley from 9:15 – 11:45am

5/25, Thursday – Spring Open House shopping at McKinley from 4:30 – 6:30pm


New Student Soiree for Future Roosevelt Students – 5/16

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Mark Tuesday, May 16, on your calendars for the Roosevelt New Student Soiree & IB Festival if your student is planning to attend Roosevelt IB Middle School in the Fall.

5:00 – 5:30pm: Informal meet and greet with staff, learn about school polices, and purchase uniforms.

5:30 – 7:00pm: Stick around for the IB Festival and see academic displays in the library, live performances by the Orchestra and Spirit Squad, visit the Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

 


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!


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.


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

Mark your calendars for McKinley spring portraits on Wednesday, May 3rd. Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 11.28.33 AM


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!


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.


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.


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


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!


Girl Scouts Info & Celebration – March 7

 

On Tuesday, March 7, at Girl Scouts Balboa Campus, 1231 Upas Street, San Diego 92103 at 6:00pm, the Girl Scouts are celebrating their birthday of 100 years.

Find out how to join troops, info about summer camps, and more! (See flyer for details.)

 


Wear Your Pajamas for Read Across America – March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd is National Read Across America Day to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday. McKinley will be celebrating this Thursday by allowing students to come to school dressed in their pajamas (please no slippers, stuffed animals or toys). We will also have a designated 30 minute community reading time from 8:45-9:15 for students to go outside and read their favorite Dr. Seuss books. Parents are welcome to join their child for this reading time.

Dr. Seuss forever changed the way children’s books were written and he continues to inspire generations. Thank you so much and happy reading!


Registration for the 2017-2018 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.


Immigration Forums 2/22 – 2/24

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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.


Family Friday Cancelled 3/17/2017

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Our Jog-a-thon is scheduled for Friday morning, March 17th. Family Friday falls upon that same afternoon.

We’d love to encourage parent attendance at our annual Jog-a-thon and have opted to cancel our March 17th Family Friday.

Sincerely,
Principal Ganderton

Volunteer for the McKinley Jog-A-Thon

Join the Jog-A-Thon Committee!

The McKinley Jog-A-Thon has always been a GREAT fundraiser, raising over $50K last year!  The big three events (SONO, Jog-A-Thon, and Gala) pay for the majority of the arts, dance, gardening, and the teachers’ training to maintain the school’s IB accreditation.

Please email or private message Mauricio Ahumada, maurice68@cox.net if you would like to help (he is fluent in Spanish too). He is requesting 7+ volunteers. The actual day of the event, March 17th, many additional volunteers will help with setup, lap counting, water, fruit, etc…

(Planning meetings will *always* be held in a brewery or somewhere equally as fun!)


Valentine Grams for Sale 2/8 – 2/10

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Send your child a Valentine Gram for just $1. Your child can also send grams to friends at school. Each gram is sent with a Tootsie Pop and will be delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day, 2/14.

When: Purchase on 2/8, 2/9 and 2/10 before and after school
Where: Outside the school gates, at PrimeTime desk, (and confirming at Character Builders)
How much: $1 per gram


2017 McKinley Jog-A-Thon

Start training for the McKinley Jog-a-thon to be held on March 17, 2017.

More details to follow soon but mark your calendars now. We will have fun showing our Irish colors for the Leprechaun run!


McKinley Music Winter Concert – 1/24

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

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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.

(There will be a music assembly earlier in the day at 2:00 pm.)


McKinley Joint Use Park Update

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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!

Sincerely,

Principal Ganderton


Digital Gym Camp Monday, 1/16

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Anyone still looking for a camp on January 16th? Don’t forget that Digital Gym is offering a day camp from 8:30 – 3:00 pm. Extended care is available until 5:00 pm. It’s open to children ages 6-14. Students will learn storyboarding, stop-motion animation, green screen and other digital video techniques and editing software. Digital Gym is also coming to McKinley’s ASE program starting January 26th, so this might be a good way to try it out (see flyer for details).

Support McKinley While Shopping on Amazon

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If you shop on Amazon.com, there is a way to divert a portion of your purchase as a charitable contribution to the McKinley School Foundation. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to McKinley.

Signing up is easy! Logon to smile.amazon.com before shopping. Designate the McKinley School Foundation of San Diego as your charitable organization (you can change your selection anytime). Then shop as you would on Amazon.com.

 


2017 McKinley Variety Show

Seussical was amazing and I know everyone is exhausted after all of their hard work,
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The 2017 McKinley Variety Show is just around the corner!
Ask your child to be thinking about what they might want to do to show off their talents. Registration and auditions will be coming in January. Be looking for more information soon.
Happy Holidays,

Elizabeth Newlin

Variety Show Director


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!

Sincerely,
The Kindergarten Classes


McKinley Beautification Brigade

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 (more…)


McKinley Dine-Out Night 11/17

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November Dine-Out at Pete’s SeafoodThursday, 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.

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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.


Get Your Otter Pops Friday

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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!


McKinley Dine-Out Night 10/20

Present the attached flyer at Grand Ole BBQ y Asado and/or Coronado Spice & Tea  (electronic flyer accepted at Coronado Spice & Tea) on Thursday, 10/20, beginning at 12:00pm. 

McKinley Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds from Grand Ole BBQ and 15% from Coronado Spice & Tea.


CRAVE News

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

Ashley Bruce

ashleybruce@me.com


Complete Federal Survey Cards

federal_survey_cardsYour 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,
Deb Ganderton