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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 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.


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


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.)

 


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.


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


Trick or Trot Fun Run 10/30

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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.


School Choice Application Info

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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.


Registration Deadline Extended to April 30th! Young Artists Photography Competition

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 7.42.43 AMParticipate in the San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park’s Young Artists Photography Competition! Children of all ages are able  to participate in categories of Landscapes, Portraits, Manipulated and Miscellany. Register by April 30th 2015 to participate:http://tinyurl.com/youthphotocontest

Submissions due by May 10th

All photos submission must be matted. Sizes should be at least 5 x7 and no larger than 11 x14

Bring all completed submissions to: 

Simply Local  – North Park

3013 University Ave

San Diego CA. 92104

The 19th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park Is coming up on Saturday, May 19. In order for this community event to be a success, we need the help of volunteers. There are a number of volunteer shifts available, from helping set up to pouring beer. We would LOVE to have you help how you can! http://www.northparkfestivalofarts.com/volunteer/ Thank you! –  Festival of Arts in North Park


McKinley Alumnus Nathan Odom is a MasterChef Jr. Finalist!

Nathan Odom of North Park competing on MasterChef Jr.

Nathan Odom of North Park competing on MasterChef Jr.

Spoiler alert: a former McKinley Elementary and current Roosevelt Middle School student Nathan Odom is one of two remaining junior chefs on Fox’s hit reality cooking competition MasterChef Jr.! 

Tune in Tuesday night to find out who wins, and to support one of our own! Congratulations, Nathan!

Nathan Odom, pictured on the far left, is a former McKinley student and participant in the Scratch after-school cooking class.

Nathan Odom, pictured on the far left, is a former McKinley student and participant in the Scratch after-school cooking class.

 

An excerpt from Nathan’s interview in UT San Diego:

“It’s widely known that North Park is considered one of San Diego’s food meccas, but the neighborhood is also home to a budding young chef.

Nathan Odom, a 13-year-old from Roosevelt Middle School, is currently starring on the third season of “MasterChef Junior,” a reality cooking competition on Fox.

On the show, he’s had to do everything from cook octopus to make complicated sauces good enough to impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. Odom is among the top four chefs still competing and can be seen at 8 p.m. Tuesday vying for the top spot.

Odom, who was introduced to the TV show after watching the first season, tells us about his time in the spotlight.nathan_bio

Q: Why did you want to audition for “MasterChef Junior?”

A: Because it seemed like a lot of fun, and I wanted an excuse to cook every day.

Q: What was the audition process like?

A: It started out with us being tested on our basic skills, and the auditions got slightly harder every time. I found out I was on the show one morning while I was making breakfast.

Q: How long have you been cooking?

A: Since I was about 6 years old. I usually just helped out baking cookies and doing minor stuff. Occasionally I would help my Nonie (grandma) make pasta. But the main thing that taught me to cook was the Scratch Culinary Education Program at my school, a program started by Chef Ricardo Heredia that focuses on inner-city fourth- and fifth-grade kids who don’t have a lot of opportunities to cook with nice ingredients at home.

Q: Did you have to convince your parents to let you try things on your own?

A: My parents were always really supportive of the things I wanted to do, so it didn’t take much convincing for them to let me cook. I usually cook for my family about 30 to 40 percent of the time, but my mom and I both love using the kitchen, so we share the cooking!

Q: What are some of your favorite things to make?

A: I really enjoy making ramen and Japanese foods, but I also really like French pastries. I really like making macarons, mille-feuilles (puff pastry with vanilla and custard), Mont Blancs (puréed, sweetened chestnuts) and tarts.

Well done, Nathan!! Read more after the break, and don’t forget to tune in Tuesday night on Fox!  (more…)


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