McKinley Mustang Newsletter

March 22nd- 26th

A Note From Mrs. Larson

I want to take a moment to reflect on last week's tragedies and stand in solidarity with our AAPI community. The McKinley/PACS family supports you and is here if you need anything. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity. This work is ongoing, and promoting our allyship is what makes the McKinley/PACS community so special. We encourage your input and remain committed to improving the delivery of education that supports and amplifies the AAPI community's voices.


In Solidarity,


Mrs. Larson

We can do anything for 8 weeks!

Dear McKinley/PACS Families,


Whew! We've almost made it to Spring Break! My new mantra "We can do anything for 8 weeks." Come on say it with me "We can do anything for 8 weeks."


When we return back from spring break we only have 8 weeks of the school year left. A lot of planning has gone into the return to campus. I know that I can't make the perfect schedule for everyone and that really bothers me. With 520 students to place into schedules, it has been a mighty task. We all have to make sacrifices. I just told someone that I feel like I bought a 10,000 piece puzzle which is impossible to finish. Just to clarify:


ALL FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A PARENTSQUARE MESSAGE WITH YOUR CHILD'S CONDITIONAL PLACEMENT. If you have not, please check your ParentSquare messages as soon as possible.


This Thursday and Friday, our teachers will be preparing for the shift to hybrid (with a splash of DL) so your students will be working on an AMAZING Around the World 2 day adventure! There will be no Zooms and no office hours during this time. You will likely hear from your child's teacher early this week with information about what to expect on April 12th.


Additionally, I will be working on a video this week that explains drop-off, pick-up, movement around campus, safety, mask-wearing, etc.


When we shift into hybrid, we're going to need everyone to be very punctual so that our staggered arrival and departure times keep our students spread out and safe. Over the next few weeks, please take steps to prepare your family for what it looks like and feels like to be out the door on time. Our students will likely face enough uncertainty and nervousness with the return to school, so we don't want to add the additional stress of poor sleep habits, forgotten meals, and rushed car rides into the mix. Thank you in advance for helping set your child up for success!


Just to keep in mind Thursday and Friday only apply to McKinley, not PACS. Additionally, PACS classes will be released at a later time.


Warm regards,


Mrs. Larson

We are bringing our entire school community together by hosting a virtual assembly called “The EcoHero Show” which is sponsored by Zero Waste Sonoma.


The EcoHero Show is educational and empowering and features content from rap superhero and YouTuber, Mr. Eco, whose videos have 2.5 million views. The show has been performed for more than 1,200 schools reaching 600,000 students in five countries.

The show allows students to enjoy songs, dances, stories, trivia, and more. It is a live stream show, so all you need to participate at home is internet access and a device to watch the show, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone.


*Safety: Students will not be able to share their individual screens or see each other. All they see is the performer’s slides and the performer giving the show. There is a private chat with comments moderated by the performers before being posted.

To participate, just click the streaming link below at our scheduled show time and enjoy!


When: Wednesday, March 24th at 10:00 am

Click Link To Join Webinar: McKinley Elementary


*Students can use: "contact@mreco.org" to join the webinar, instead of their own email.


We'll see you then!

Talent Show

This Thursday we wil have a Live release of our Talent Show. Please look for a parent Square message Thursday with all the links and information.
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Spring Break

Don't forget Spring Break is March 29th - April 11th!

PCS is looking for Subs

Please take a look at the sub-application. The county has a shortage of subs and we are hoping to get some wonderful subs on our list.


Long-Term Substitute Positions at Petaluma City Schools

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Mark Your Calendars, Mustangs!

Dine and Donate at Wicked Slush - Thursday, April 1st

Spring break and frozen treats go hand-in-hand. Enjoy towering swirls of soft serve ice cream, made from local, organic Straus Family Creamery dairy in 26 different flavors.


A portion of the proceeds will be donated to McKinley!

Bring or show this flyer

122 B American Alley
Petaluma, CA 94952

Wicked Slush Website

Drive-In Movie Night - Friday, April 16th

Join us for a socially distanced movie night at the Petaluma Fairgrounds on Friday, April 16th hosted by the PTA. The movie will start at 8pm.

More details coming soon including an opportunity to vote on the movie!

Auction Items Needed for the Mustang Social Spring Fundraiser

This year, we will once again hold the Mustang Social Spring Fundraiser silent auction online and we want to use it as an opportunity to support businesses in Petaluma. With this goal in mind, we are inviting families who can do so to help us by donating gift cards from local businesses and other items.

Here are ways you can support this event:

  • Use this Sign Up Genius link and select a local business to support by purchasing a gift card to be part of our online auction. Gift card sign ups start at $10. If there are any favorite local businesses that you’d like to support that aren’t included in this list, please feel free to drop off a gift card to that business instead.
  • Donate a cash amount for us to use to purchase items from Petaluma businesses to include in the online auction
  • Email mustangsocial@ptamckinley.org if you have any items (wine, gift baskets, art, etc.), vacation homes, experiences or buy-in event connections you can donate!

We’ll be collecting donations at the McKinley office from April 12 to April 23 (when we return from Spring Break and into hybrid learning). The auction will open on May 12 and close on May 16.

Got questions? Click here for more information.

Wanted: Awesome Parents Like You

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Are you looking for ways to connect with other families and help McKinley at the same time? You're in luck as we are currently recruiting PTA board members for the 2021-2022 school year. Elections will be held during our May 12th PTA meeting.

Whether your hobbies include calculating the rent costs for apartments you see on TV down to the penny, cat herding, or wandering the folder aisle at Office Depot, there is a place for you on our board.


Here are the open positions:


  • President**
  • Co-President (Executive Vice President--Membership)
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Treasurer**
  • Financial Secretary
  • Secretary**

Read the position descriptions here


If you would like to learn more about any of the open positions next year, please email PTA Chris Lum and Ashley Fitting at mckptapres@gmail.com.

**Per 501c3 rules, we MUST have a President, Treasurer, and Secretary in order to function as a PTA.

Q&A Session with the PTA Board

Not sure you can commit to a board position or where your skills could be put to good use? Do you have questions for our current board members? Join us at our next PTA meeting on April 21 at 6:30pm. Zoom details will be available soon!

BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

Follow the full instructions here
to get started!

Still have BoxTops products in your pantry? No worries! This program is winding down but if you have unexpired BoxTops clips you can bring them to McKinley’s office by the fall deadline.