McKinley Elementary Newsletter
Feb 28 - Mar 4 - McKinley Read-A-Thon
Mar 1 - PTC Meeting 6:30
Mar 4 - Character Dress Up Day
Mar 11 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day
Mar 13 - Daylight Savings (turn your clocks ahead 1 hour)
Mar 21-25 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Apr 4 - Vision Screening
*Every Wednesday is a 1 hour late start at 8:50 AM - the other days 7:50 AM
Note from Principal Nelson
As you are dropping off and picking up your students, please drive slowly and safely. We had some close calls in the last few weeks in the bus loading area. Take extra care driving through intersections and cross walk areas including stopping completely at stop signs. Please follow instructions from crossing guards. Watch for no parking areas and keep those clear. Park (even while driver waiting at the wheel) in designated areas to keep visibility clear. Thank you for doing your part in keeping all students, staff and families safe around the school.
Michelle Nelson, Principal
NEWS FROM MCKINLEY'S PARENT TEACHER CLUB(ptc)
~ PTC Monthly General Meeting 2021 – 2022 ~
Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 / 6:30 – 7:30 pm
School Library, McKinley Elementary School, and virtually over Zoom
Childcare will be provided
1) Principal Report,
2) Oregon Battle of the Books,
3) Restaurant Fundraiser,
4) Vote on Running Scanner
5) Update on Summer Library
6) New Business
Have questions? Reach out to us through the email below:
~ What’s Happening March 2022 ~
Update on the event and explanation and brainstorm of how Read-A-Thon will be run. Volunteers may be requested.
Battles are currently underway. Cheer on the McKinley teams to read
hard and do their best!
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no spaghetti feed in the month
of March. Sorry for the inconvenience
PTC officers: Jason Tei, Lea Hinchcliff, Sarah Phillips, and Becky Tei
Year at a Glance
- 1st Tuesday of most months - PTC Meeting 6:30 PM-7:40 PM
- 2nd Tuesday of most months - Take Out Tuesday - fundraisers at local resturants
- February 28-March 4 - Read-A-Thon
- June 3 - School Carnival
SALEM-KEIZER CHARTER SCHOOLS
Salem-Keizer Public Schools currently sponsors four local charter schools:
- Optimum Learning Environments: Grades K-5
- Valley Inquiry Charter School: Grades K-5
- Howard Street Charter School: Grades 6-8 (applications due Mar 4th)
- Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School: Grades 6-8 (applications due Mar 11th)
Charter Schools are independently operated, publicly funded schools. The charter school establishes a contract (a charter) with a sponsor, often a school district (such as SKPS), university, or public educational institution depending on the state, to which they are academically and financially accountable.
Click Here for more information.
IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER (IDT) APPLICATION WINDOW
MARCH 1-31, 2022
IDT applications received after March 31, 2022 will not be considered.
This includes EDGE, incoming Kindergarteners and next years 6th Graders
Transfer requests for the 2022-2023 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.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE STUDENTS
Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2022-2023 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2022. Pick up the IDT's from your neighborhood middle school.
REGISTRATION OPENS IN MARCH
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
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.
An opportunity to learn more about EDGE for prospective students and their families are scheduled. Two optional Parent Informational Nights will be held on March 10th 6:00 pm-7:00 pm and March 15th 6:00-7:00 pm. Both nights will be virtual. Link will be provided via the EDGE Website. https://edge.salkeiz.k12.or.us/
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.
SKPS DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
STAY HOME IF......... & COVID HOTLINE
If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home and call the office. With added procedures for COVID, here is the district’s current policy for sick students. If a child has any of these symptoms listed below, please contact the school office and your child will need to stay home and quarantine for 5 days if not tested. If a student comes to school with any of these symptoms or other signs of feeling unwell, students are brought to the office and parents are called to pick students up. If your child does test positive for COVID, please notify the school and send a copy or picture of the positive test results.
- temp of 100.4 or higher
- new cough
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- loss of taste or smell
Please notify the school if your child is not feeling well. For information regarding a potential COVID exposure, please call the District COVID Hotline 503-399-9797.
SAFEOREGON. FEEL SAFE. BE SAFE.
SafeOregon – Report confidential safety concerns
Salem-Keizer Public Schools partners with SafeOregon, a confidential tip line that gives students, parents, schools and communities a confidential way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence.
MONTHLY MEAL MENU
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 on the menu below to go to the district food service page for a current montly menu.
2021-22 updated 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
Address: 466 McGilchrist St SE Salem OR 97302