McKinley Mustang Newsletter

Week of February 10th - 14th

A Note From Your Principal

I can't believe we are already in February? With a couple of Mondays off and minimum days for conferences February is sure to fly by. It's so important to stay in touch with school reading the school newsletter and looking at Instagram and Facebook for updates. We also have many exciting events happening on campus. We look forward to the Talent show, movie night and conferences.

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Join us on Wednesday for February’s PTA meeting

This month we will be appointing our Nominating Committee to recruit for PTA positions for next year. View the agenda here. Remember that PTA monthly meetings are always at 6:30 pm in the multi. Spanish translation and childcare are offered free of charge. Childcare at the PPNS (across the parking lot from the PACS classrooms).

We have many open positions this year that need to be filled up in order to have an operating PTA next year! Please take a look at this list of open positions and let us know how you would like to get involved. Email the PTA Presidents if you want to nominate yourself or you have any further questions about a particular position.

Come enjoy an evening full of Talent this Thursday!

Our Annual 4th-8th grade Talent Show will be happening on Thursday. Join us at 6:00 pm in the multi and support our talented and courageous students!

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Australia Needs Our Help

A team of wonderful 7th graders will be selling candygrams and bracelets this Wednesday, February 12th right after school at the front entrance. Everything will cost $1. Bring extra money for a personalized message. All profits will go towards the Red Cross Foundation to support Australia.

Remember that Friday is our Share the Love Event!

On Valentine’s Day, bring your gently used spirit wear for our Spirit Wear Swap and/or bring gas/grocery gift cards to school for #McKinleyCares. You will get some samples as a thank you token (adult caregivers only). Read more details here!

Sign up for our Garden Work Day this Saturday!

Please plan on coming to our Garden Work Day on Saturday and make sure you sign up before you do! Families welcome!

Sign up and information about hours and materials to bring can be found here.

We need your donations for The Mustang Social spring fundraiser!

Our 8th annual spring fundraiser got a name and a brand new look! Join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Lagunitas Tap Room for The Mustang Social. Tickets will go on sale March 2nd. For more information about the event visit

We need your donations to make the raffle, live auction, and silent auction a success. Bring your donations to the office by 2/24. We are looking for wine, new/unused items for theme baskets, vacation home weekends, and concert/experience tickets. We also need a few families to host buy-in parties. No item is too small! Need some inspiration on items to donate? Read this list of suggestions. Have questions or a unique idea for an auction or raffle item? Contact Ms. Schlueter

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McKinley TIDE needs parent reading volunteers! Just 1.5h a month!

McKinley's TIDE (Team for Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity) is launching a new parent reading volunteer program to address the needs of our English language learners and help remedy the achievement gap between some of our student subgroups. We are piloting this program in 3rd grade, in the hopes that trained parent volunteers can help these students increase their reading fluency.

If you can devote a 1.5 hour block of time to read to students every three weeks, let Mrs. Roberts know ASAP! She'll get you trained and help slot you into the volunteer schedule; the first training session is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 12 at 9am.

Questions or other input for McKinley TIDE regarding diversity, equity, or inclusion on campus? Contact McKinley TIDE committee lead Julie Petersen anytime at or 415.269.2984

Shade structure project manager needed

Many families have asked for some kind of shade structure over the picnic tables during the last few years and the PTA heard you!

The PTA is looking into this investment but has faced the difficulty is that this is a capital improvement to the school and it requires getting permission from and working with District to make it happen.

If you are passionate about adding shade to the picnic table areas and would like to help make it happen, please contact PTA president Amy Malaise

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Want to become a Mentor at McKinley and have a positive impact on a student’s life?

Mentor me is a nonprofit organization serving Petaluma schools and beyond that has been working for 20 years to support students whose life circumstances made them particularly vulnerable to academic failure and participation in risky behavior. Read more about their history and goals and register for a training session to start your mentoring adventure! Next training sessions on 2/15 and 3/7.

Are you up to date on Petaluma City Schools latest communications?

Are you getting all the updates from PCS? If you are having trouble getting those emails, or this newsletter, check this tutorial to update your information on the PCS database.

In the meantime, you can read their latest communications here.

-An email with the updated school calendars for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

-Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools’ comment on the Supreme Court’s decision to expand the public charge rule.

-Letter from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Regarding the Coronavirus

-PCS revised information regarding the Coronavirus

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Community Events

-Free resources at the Petaluma Regional Library * access with your Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review).* Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm).

-Petaluma Regional Library Black History Month Events: Meet Miz. Lucretia Borgia, Ma'am (Thursday 2/13, 4:00-5:00pm, ages 5 and up), African Village Celebration with Onye Onyemaechi (Friday 2/14, 4:00-5:00pm, ages 3 and up with caregiver).

With Appreciation

Thank you to Ms. Daly and Ms. Stone for putting together the 4th -8th-grade talent Show this Thursday.


Feb. 10- Lincoln’s Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Feb. 12- PTA meeting (agenda)

Feb. 13- 4th-8th Talent Show (6:00 pm)

Feb. 14 - Share the Love event (drop off & pick up times)

Feb. 15 - Garden workday (8:30 am)

Feb. 17 - Washington’s Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Feb. 19 - Intercultural Cafe

Feb. 20- TK-3rd Talent Show (6:00 pm)

Feb. 21- Last day to vote for Family Movie Night

Feb. 24 - Deadline to bring in donations for The Mustang Social to the office

Feb. 24-25: Dine and Donate - Pub Republic (Reservations strongly encouraged)

Feb. 24-28: Spring Conference Week TK/K (12:00), 1-3 (1:20) 4-8 (1:35) (early dismissal). No NAoA classes offered.

Feb. 28- Deadline for submissions to the Yearbook Cover Contest

Mar. 2- Ticket sales for The Mustang Social open

Mar. 6- Family Movie Night (previously scheduled for 2/28)


- You have one more week to vote for your favorite movie for our the second and last Family Movie Night scheduled for 3/6

- Remember to work on your artwork for the Yearbook Cover Contest. Deadline for submissions on 2/28.

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