McKinley Elementary Newsletter

March 2023


Mar 3 - Read A Thon- Character Dress Up Day

Mar 6 - Turn in Read A Thon Pledge money

Mar 7 - PTC Meeting @ 6:30 in the library

Mar 9 - OBOB Tournament, see below for details

Mar 14 - Take Out Tuesday - Panera Bread

Mar 22 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day and Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mar 23 - NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences 7:30 AM -7:00 PM

Mar 24 - NO SCHOOL

Mar 27-31 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

Every Wednesday is a 1 hour late start at 8:50 AM - the other days 7:50 AM

School Grounds After School

This is our yearly spring reminder that there is no supervision on school grounds after 2:30 pm unless your child is enrolled in after school care with Salem Child Development Center or waiting for band or orchestra.

Michelle Nelson

Parent teacher conferences

Virtual or In Person

Wednesday, Mar 22nd - Conferences 3:30PM-7:00PM no school

Thursday, Mar 23rd - Conferences 7:30AM-7:00PM no school

Some families had Winter conferences and some will have these Spring conferences. Teachers will reach out to those with Spring conferences. If you are not contacted and would like a conference, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule.

Borrowed Clothes from the Clothes Closet

Our Clothes Closest is running low on kids clothes, specifically sweats sizes 6 to 16. These clothes are used if a child has an bathroom accident or gets wet or muddy outside or spills milk, etc. If you have any clothes that were borrowed, please wash and return. Or, if you have any gently used sweat pants to donate, you can drop them by the office. This is much appreciated. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Community

PTC Monthly Meeting

PTC Meeting

Mar 7th @ 6:30 PM

Childcare provided 6:30 -7:45PM- Cafeteria

Parent Meeting - Library

Agenda - In no particular order

Principle report

Request for stage curtain purchase

Request for obstacle course

Take out Tuesday — Panda Express / Panera


Read a thon

Scholastic book fair


McKinley Read-A-Thon

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McKinley Scholastic Book Fair

Monday- Friday, April 10-14 2:20-3:00PM

Volunteer here.

OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)

Volunteer Opportunity! Lea and Tressa are looking for parent volunteers to help run the battles. You do NOT have to have a student in OBOB. Lea started helping years before her son Archie was old enough. Battles are held on Thursday afternoon from 2:00-2:20 PM.

Take Out Tuesday - - Panera Bread

Tuesday, March14th

4:00 PM - 8: 00 PM

2825 Commercial St SE Ste 150

Use code FUND4U at online checkout, in the Panera App, or at the kiosk in-cafe.

Year at a Glance

  • 1st Tuesday of most months - PTC Meeting 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
  • 2nd Tuesday of most months - Take Out Tuesday - fundraisers at local restaurants
  • October 7th - Fun Run
  • October 12th - Willamette Valley Pie Fundraiser
  • November 28- Dec 2 Usborne Book Fair
  • December thru February OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)
  • February 27-March 3 - Read-A-Thon
  • April - Scholastic Book Fair
  • June 2 - School Carnival

PTC officers: Lea Hinchcliff, Beth Gallini, Thomas Wells and Raina Wickstrom

Questions? Contact the PTC exec team at

Calling All Student Artists!

March is National Youth Art Month! To celebrate, SKPS is welcoming all student artists to participate in an art contest to inspire the new logo for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and there will be prizes! Learn more about the district logo inspiration contest on the district website.

In-District Transfer (IDT) Application Window

MARCH 1-31, 2023

IDT applications received after March 31, 2023 will not be considered.

This includes EDGE, incoming Kindergarteners and next years 6th Graders

Transfer requests for the 2023-2024 school year are due to your home school between March 1 and 31. Please note, students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. Please talk to school office staff if you have any questions.

Link to detailed information on district website.


Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2023-2024 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2023. Pick up the IDT's from your neighborhood middle school.

State Testing 30 Day Opt Out Notice

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents/guardians and adult students* to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and/or Mathematics. The school shall provide any student who is excused from a statewide ELA or mathematics assessment with supervised study time while other students are testing. For forms, and more information visit the SKSD website.

Kindergarten Registration


Students must be five years old on or before September 10

Register online at the Salem Keizer Website .

What you need to have available:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate)
  • Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)
  • Immunization records


Kindergarten - Salem-Keizer School District 24J (

Dual Language Immersion Program

Enrollment Application for 2023-24

Applications for enrollment in Magnets schools will be open March 1, 2023 to any in-district or out of district family. Selection is based on 4 priorities:

  1. Students who live in the school boundary for the Magnet school.
  2. Students who have siblings in the Magnet School Program.
  3. Students who live in the Salem-Keizer School District boundary, but live outside the Magnet School boundary.
  4. Students who live outside of the Salem-Keizer School District Boundary.

Parents interested in enrolling their child in a Dual Language Program at a Magnet school for Kindergarten or first Grade for the 2023-24 school year, can pick up application forms at Grant, Harritt or Myers elementary schools beginning on March 1, 2023.

For more information check out the district website.

Edge Application Window March 1-31

Established in 2020, the EDGE program is a K-12 program within the Salem-Keizer public school system. This program was created to meet the needs of families seeking an alternative pathway towards graduation and support student development of digital literacy skills. EDGE’s curriculum is standards based, incorporates digital tools, and is measured by proficiency-based assessments. EDGE students, while enrolled in the program, continue to have access to their resident schools for resources such as after school clubs, as well as other extracurricular activities.

Your student must be enrolled and have a student number in Salem Keizer School District to be accepted into the EDGE program. If you are new to the Salem Keizer School District or have a student entering kindergarten for the first time, you must enroll at your resident school before admission can be granted into the EDGE program.

Need more information? Check the district website.

BoxTops for Education

The BoxTop program has changed. Check out their website for the new, non-clipping way to collect BoxTops. Thank you for supporting McKinley!

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Spring Break Meals Available at 9 Schools

MARCH 22, 27 & 29

Breakfast and lunches will be offered at nine schools during Spring break 2023. Meals will be packed in grocery bags and available via curbside pickup. Each person may receive up to five meal packs during pickup. Check the district website out for more information.

Meal locations

  • Claggett Creek Middle School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • Houck Middle School
  • Judson Middle School
  • North Salem High School
  • Stephens Middle School
  • Walker Middle School
  • Washington Elementary
  • Whiteaker Middle School

2022-23 Meal Prices: Free!

Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

Lunch Menus Food Services will not be printing lunch menus to send to the schools. They will post on each schools website, as well on the District website. They are having a hard time getting anything on a consistent basis and cannot depend on suppliers to have what is needed. The food chain/Supply and Demand is ever flexing.

Click here to visit the Food Service Website

2022-23 UPDATED DISTRICT CALENDAR - click the calendar to go to the website for details

School Hours

EVERY Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30 Breakfast available in cafeteria (free to all students)

7:35 Doors Open for all students

7:50 School Starts- tardy bell rings

2:20 School Ends

EVERY Wednesday

8:30 Breakfast available in cafeteria (free to all students)

8:35 Doors Open for all students

8:50 School Starts- tardy bell rings

2:20 School Ends

Arrival and Dismissal doors will be the front courtyard and back breezeway doors for grades 1-5 and Kindergarten in the garden area.


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School hours: 7:50AM - 2:20PM (M,T,Th,F) 8:50AM - 2:20PM (Weds Only)

Doors open at 7:35AM

Principal Michelle Nelson

Office 7:30AM-3:50PM

Address: 466 McGilchrist St SE Salem OR 97302

Phone: 503-399-3167