McKinley Elementary Newsletter

August 2022


Week of Aug 29 - look for a letter from your new teacher

Sep 6 - Back to School Open House Grades K-5 5:00-6:30 PM

Sep 6 - PTC Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM in the cafeteria

Sep 7 - First Day of School Grades 1-5 (Late Start Wednesday)

Sep 7, 8 - Kinder Assessments - Families will be called to schedule a time

Sep 12, 13 - Kinder Transition (Mon A-L, Tue M-Z)

Sep 14 - First Day of School for Kinder (Late Start Wednesday)

Oct 5 - Picture Day

Oct 7 - McKinley Fun Run

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

Who is my child's teacher?

Children in 1st-5th grade should expect a letter from their new teacher to arrive via mail after the 29th of August. The staff has put a lot of thought into class lists that will encourage a successful learning environment for all students. We are looking forward to a great school year.

(Kindergarten class lists will be completed by the afternoon of Sept 9th. A letter from their teacher will be sent out via email that evening)

Back to School Night

Tuesday, Sept 6th from 5:00 -6:30 PM
  • Meet your child's teacher
  • Drop off school supplies
  • Pick up a popsicle

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.

Bus Rider?

Bus Registration is needed to ride the bus this year. If your child is eligible (lives at least 1 mile from school) and you did not select the "register bus rider" button when registering, please call the office and we can help. Check the district bus information page to check your address for bus service eligibility. Check bus info for details on time and location of bus pick up and drop off(remember, Wednesday schedules will vary from rest of week due to late start).

Before & After School Care

Salem Child Development Center (SCDC) will be providing the before and after school care at McKinley for this school year. You can learn more about their organization and the services they provide by calling them at 503-363-9821 or clicking on their name above.
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Fun Run is coming and other volunteer opportunities!


Yay, McKinley PTC is hosting the annual Fun Run this year! This is a FUN opportunity to volunteer. Important requirement for ALL volunteers: Make sure you have your background check up to date. They are good for 5 years. Click here to submit your background check right now, today. These can take up to 3 or 4 weeks to process so please fill yours out ASAP.

Field trips will also be a great volunteer opportunity. In order to be ready to volunteer for any fall field trips, you need to submit your background check today.

3 back to school tips

1. Get Back Into a Regular Bedtime Routine

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that kids between the ages of 6 and 13 get nine to 11 hours of sleep, so plan your child’s bedtime to account for earlier mornings. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to your child’s health and ability to learn and play at school.

2. Plan a Visit to Your Family Doctor

Make sure your child is up-to-date on any immunizations and get flu vaccine

3. Teach the Importance of Washing Hands

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs at school is to teach your kids just how important it is to wash their hands throughout the day. Let them know that it’s especially important to wash their hands:

· Before eating

· After sneezing or coughing

· After playing outside or with toys, which can harbor bacteria


Parent Teacher Community

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

Changes over the summer?

Make sure to update your child's information after any changes over the summer. You can update it in Parentvue or call the school.

  • a move
  • new daycare provider
  • change in school (private, home school, etc)
  • new parent contact information
  • updated immunizations

Student Medication

Parents are encouraged to administer medication to their children before and/or after school hours. When a child must take any medication during school hours and a parent cannot be at school to administer the medication, the parent must obtain a "Daily Medication Administration Record" form from the school. This signed written request is submitted along with the following:

  • The original container with the label containing the name of the medication, dosage, time interval, and method of administration. Prescription medication containers must include the physician’s name and written instructions or prescription label.

Please do not send medication with your student. All medications (even nonprescription cough drops) must be kept in the school office unless special arrangements have been made.

If your child needs medication at school, please bring it in to the office at Back to School night, Sept 6th 5:00 PM - 6:30PM or during the first week of school.

Conference Schedule - 3 Times a Year

October 26-28

· October 26 – NO SCHOOL – Elementary Conferences 7:30 am-7:30 pm

· October 27 – NO SCHOOL – Elementary Conferences 7:30 am-7:30 pm

· October 28 – NO SCHOOL

February 2-3

· February 2 – NO SCHOOL – Elementary Conferences Hours TBA

· February 3 – NO SCHOOL – Elementary Conferences Hours TBA

March 22-24

· March 22 – NO SCHOOL - Grading Day and Elementary evening Conferences 2:30-7:30

· March 23 – NO SCHOOL - Elementary Conferences 7:30 AM- 7:30 PM

· March 24 – NO SCHOOL


Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

Download the app or log into the ParentSquare web portal using the contact email used for your child’s school.
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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 DISTRICT CALENDAR - click the calendar to go to the website for details


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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