McKinley E-Newsletter

February 8, 2019

VARIETY SHOW TICKETS ON SALE - BUY THEM AT CONFERENCES!



Monday, February 11

McKinley News Team, 2:50-4:00

NO Learning Lab

Conferences - 3 to 8 pm (see below for more information)

STEAMFest from 5 to 7 pm (see below for more information)


Tuesday, February 12

Jazz Band/Chamber Orchestra, 7 am

Orchestra Practice Club

Orchestra Concert, 6:30 pm


Wednesday, February 13

EMPOWER Book Club

Wrestling, Girls BB, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band Pictures, 3:30 pm


Thursday, February 14

Jazz Band/Chamber Orchestra, 7 am

Orchestra Practice Club

Wrestling at Regis/LaSalle

8th Grade Video Game Club, 2:50-3:50 pm

Conferences from 3 to 8 pm (see below for more information)


Friday, February 15

1:20 pm Dismissal

Stop Motion Animation, 1:30 to 3:30 pm (art room)

Great River Show Choir Competition



CLICK HERE to download next week's calendar

9TH GRADE ORIENTATION AT WASHINGTON

Attention 8th grade families: 9th grade orientation at Wash will be Thursday, February 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Families are to meet in the auditorium.

CONFERENCES - FEBRUARY 11 AND 14

McKinley conferences will be Monday, February 11, and Thursday, February 14, from 3 pm to 8 pm. You do NOT need to sign up ahead of time, and you may speak to as many teachers as you wish. Students can attend conferences.

STEAMfest will be Monday, February 11 from 5 pm to 7 pm (same night as the first night of conferences). Teachers will be participating in STEAMFest and will not be able to conference during these times on Monday, February 11:


6th grade and art teachers will not be available from 4:30 to 5:30

7th grade and engineering tech teachers will not be available from 5:30 to 6:30

8th grade and computer science teachers will not be available from 6:30 to 7:30

Band and orchestra teaches will not be available from 5:00 to 7:00

Vocal music teacher will not be available from 3 to 6

DISMISSAL TIME ON FRIDAY IF THERE IS A TWO-HOUR DELAY

School normally ends at 1:20 pm on Friday's. if the District calls for a 2-hour delay on a Friday, the school day will end at 2:50 pm. Start time for a 2-hour delay is 9:50 am.

STEAMFEST 2019 - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - 5:00-7:00 PM

Areas to Visit: Big Gym, Foyer by McKinley Timeline, Auditorium


Activities in Big Gym: pinewood car races • spin art creations, Live reptiles and amphibians • Mrs. Gardner’s MakerSpace • Tower building using spaghetti and marshmallows • McKinley student work on display • Cedar Rapids Fire Department firefighting equipment • 5 year-old child simulator that can talk, cry, and interact with you • Thermal camera experiments and light bulb testing • Live Owl from the Raptor Center


Door Prizes:

*Goodie Bags: Enter a raffle ticket at the Door Prize table. Look for this live robot to see if you’ve won a prize! Claim prizes at Door Prize table. 2

*Grand Prizes: (each valued over $50) Get a card from Door Prize table & respectfully ask 12 exhibitors for a signature. Turn in completed cards at the Door Prize table. Listen for your name to be called over the intercom on Tuesday at school.


Food in the Foyer


Open Music Rehearsals


Conferences. Conferences will be going on during STEAMFest. Teachers will be participating in STEAMFest and will NOT be available during the following times on Monday:

6th grade and art teachers will not be available from 4:30 to 5:30

7th grade and engineering tech teachers will not be available from 5:30 to 6:30

8th grade and computer science teachers will not be available from 6:30 to 7:30

Band and orchestra teaches will not be available from 5:00 to 7:00

Vocal music teacher will not be available from 3 to 6

MCKINLEY STEAMFEST VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

It's time for the 2nd annual McKinley STEAMFEST! Come help make this night a success as McKinley teachers and staff, parents, and community members come together to showcase their STEAM Theme! Click on the link above to sign up. Thanks!

LAUNDRY ROOM AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS

Washing machines and dryers are now available for students to use. There is no cost to students, and they will have complete privacy. Students should let a teacher/staff member know, and they will help them get set up.

VARIETY SHOW - MARCH 14

The annual McKinley Variety show is just around the corner on Thursday, March 14. A Little Bit of Somethin' is an enduring McKinley tradition, celebrating the talents of the McKinley community while raising money for the Fine Arts department.


This year, we've decided to do something a little different.


From now on, 20% of all funds raised each year will be going to a special teacher-driven STEAM Fund. All McKinley teachers in every subject will have the opportunity to access this fund to help support their special classroom projects.


We are excited to share these resources as we transition into the McKinley STEAM Academy.

We need your help, and have several fun opportunities available!


DONATIONS AND SHOUT OUTS. The fundraising components of the Variety Show are open to everyone! The planning team is looking for fun items for the Silent Auction, as well as donations of baked goods for the bake sale. (*If you would like to solicit a business for a donation, please contact Sue Millar beforehand, to make sure that business has not already been asked.) As families, you also have an opportunity to buy an Ad for the program (maybe you run a business?) or purchase a "shout-out" to your student acknowledging their performance in the show, or in math and science class Below are links to the donation/shout-out form and bake sale sign-up. Thank you for your support.


If you have any questions about how to help with the fundraiser, please contact Variety Show coordinator, Sue Millar, directly.

sue@millarwoodwindrepair.com or 319-363-0226 (w).


Thanks for helping to make this year's event a success!

McKinley Fine Arts Team

FAMILIES OF 8TH GRADERS WHO GO TO WASH FOR CLASSES

ACT and PACT Exams will be administered at Wash HS on February 20; therefore, 8th graders are NOT to go to Wash that day for classes.

TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION

The McKinley PTA Hospitality Committee would like to show the McKinley staff that we appreciate all they for our students. This year we have been doing something every Friday to show our appreciation. If you’d like to participate, please sign up below to bring in something of your choice for the McKinley staff. Ideas would include bagels, cookies, chips and salsa, cut up veggies or it doesn't even need to be food. It could be handwritten notes from the kids or a poster board with some pictures of 'what's up' at McKinley. The internet has tons of great ideas… :)


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

SEND YOUR HY-VEE RECEIPTS ELECTRONICALLY

It's very easy to do.


E-mail your electronic Hy-Vee receipt to Mckhyvee@gmail.com.


To sign up for electronic receipts, go to https://www.hy-vee.com/perks/. Once you log in, it will bring you to your customer profile. Towards the bottom of the first column, it will ask you if you want to receive a digital receipt. Click yes.


If you send your receipts electronically, you do not need to drop them off at the main office.


Share McKinley’s Hy-Vee Receipt e-mail address with family, friends, neighbors, etc.


Money from the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Student program is used towards purchasing items for the bear paw store. For those new to McKinley, we believe in acknowledging students for exemplifying the BEAR way. Our positive acknowledgement system centers on the use of BEAR paws. Students can use BEAR paws for various incentives including pizza parties on Friday’s as well as purchasing items at the BEAR paw store.

VIRTUAL BACKPACK ACTIVITIES

Virtual Backpack was created to alert parents, students, and community members, to various community organization offerings including -music, sports or township events. Below are just a few of the many events listed on Virtual Backpack. For a complete listing, click on the link below.


Quad Con - Comic/Toy Show on January 26. CLICK HERE to download flyer


Youth Baseball Camp. CLICK HERE to download flyer.


Iowa vs. Rutgers Gymnastic Meet on January 26. 18 and under FREE. CLICK HERE to download flyer.


CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ALL ACTIVITIES