McKinley Elementary School

2023-2024 Weekly News--August 21-25

Vision Statement: McKinley School will foster a safe environment that builds a foundation in which students can grow academically, socially, and emotionally so that they are motivated to contribute to their classroom, school, and community.

Early Release Monday, 8/28--All grades dismissed at 1:35

Principal's Message

Thank you to all who attended our Back to School Night on Tuesday. We had a fantastic turnout! We also have over 100 PTA members this year! If you were unable to attend, please contact your child's teacher for information that you missed. At my presentation, I shared about the role of our School Site Council. We have four parent/community member positions available this year. Please use the link below to vote for parent representatives. Voting will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1. Paper ballots are available in the office. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 5, at 3:15 p.m.

Are you interested in volunteering? Our first training for volunteers will be Tuesday, August 29 at 5:30 p.m. If you completed the training last year, you do not need to attend this training. You can come by the school office and pick up a 2023-2024 McKinley Volunteer packet and complete the online questionnaire. Please make sure we have an updated Confidential Volunteer Information sheet. You must complete the forms each year. Copies of these forms are available in the office.

Your 2023/2024 back to school paperwork is now online. If you have not already completed your packet, please log into and complete ASAP. If you need assistance, please call the office at (530) 257-5161. An all call alert was sent out yesterday as a reminder.

As a reminder, we open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop your child off prior to 7:30 a.m. If your child is not eating breakfast, you can still drop off at 7:30 and your child will wait in the cafeteria until we go to the playgrounds at 7:55. (TK will go to the playground after the other students leave the cafeteria). Breakfast ends at 8:10 when the first bell rings. Please allow enough time for your child to eat breakfast and still be able to make it to class on time at 8:15 when the tardy bell rings.

If you are interested in the After School Program (also called Expanded Learning Program) please see the information below to register. We still have space available!

Our office is open from 7:45-3:45 each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school office or you can reach me by email at

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Cockerill

School Site Council Parent Ballot

Use this link to vote for parent representatives for our School Site Council. Voting is available until 9/1/24 at 3:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

8/28 Early Release 1:35 for TK-2

8/29 5:30 Volunteer Training

9/1 August PBIS and Attendance Awards

9/4 No School--Labor Day

9/5 School Site Council Meeting 3:15 p.m.

9/20 School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m.

9/21 DELAC/ELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) Meeting 5:00 p.m.

9/22 No School--Native American Day

9/27 Fall Picture Day

9/29 Spirit Day--Super Hero Day

9/29--Family Engagement Night--Literacy Night

We love Susanville PD!

Thank you to Officer Salas from the Susanville Police Department who stopped by one morning this past week. Our students appreciated seeing him and getting those badge stickers!

Bulldogs are Safe, Responsible, and Respectful

We spend time each day learning about what it means to be a good student.

Our TK students Cooking Up Some Fun!

Our TK students in Ms. Coleman's class were learning to make waffles. Yum!

Color Days

First grade celebrated different colors each day this past week. Students in Mrs. Torres' class were painting on green day!

Bulldogs or Hedgehogs??!!

We had a hedgehog visit some of our classrooms on Friday. Here some of our TK students are getting an up close look. No touching, please!

Luau Day

Each month we have a spirit dress up day. This past Friday was Luau Day! Our TK were showing their school spirit! Our next dress up day is Super Hero Day on September 29! Get your super powers ready!

Family Engagement--Movie Night

Each month, our PTA hosts a free family engagement night. Friday night was our first event. We had a movie night. Families watched The Little Mermaid. At the end of the movie, a few students won some fun prizes! Our next event is Family Literacy Night on September 29. More information will be out soon!

Meet Our Helpers

We have lots of aides who work in our classrooms and on the playground. Here are their names and faces. See how many your child already knows!

Staff Feature

We will use this section to introduce to our staff throughout the school year.
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Mr. Jason Waddell, Susanville School District Superintendent

This year marks the 30th year in education for Superintendent Waddell. This is his 14th year as the Superintendent of Susanville School District..

When Mr. Waddell was a student, his favorite teacher was Mr. Wheat who taught sixth grade. Mr. Waddell recalled that Mr. Wheat instilled a love of reading for all of his students. He also spent his lunch time teaching students how to tie flys so they would be ready to go fishing!

Mr. Waddell says the best thing about leading Susanville School District is working with all of the awesome people who have a love for working with our students.

Mr. Waddell can be reached at

PTA Information

Want to get involved? PTA is a great place to start!
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2023-2024 After School Program

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August Menu

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2023-2024 School Calendar

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