McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

November 13th, 2020

Upcoming Events

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Teacher Feature - Mr. Tuft


When I was young I had the opportunity to go into teaching. I promptly ran from the field as fast as I could. I thought it to be painfully boring, not much creativity involved, and how can you make a career out of staring at a bunch of kids year after year - without going insane? Even when Mindy began teaching I could not see the upside of teaching - still looked tedious & boring. I began teaching when I needed money. I was laid off and needed to work, and substituting was quick and easy to get into, even in a depression. I quickly learned teaching was not easy, but very challenging, and working with students (yes, day after day) was a fantastic opportunity to help students learn and grow and young people! Ten years later (thanks to fantastic fellow teachers!!) I find the teaching profession to be fascinating, challenging & creative beyond comprehension, and that working with young people is a gift. Helping each to grow into their fullest potential, as a student and person, is truly a gift, and that is why I teach.

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When I am not teaching I love the outdoors. Whether in my backyard, the ocean, or in the mountains - I love being outside. I am fortunate to share these excursions with my family, and I love that Kassandra (our new grandbaby - 7 weeks old now!) likes to be outside too - grandpa will definitely help that along!

Let's Keep Everyone Healthy and Our School Open

We are so happy to be able to give parents the choice for in person instruction for their children. Working together we can ensure that schools stay open. We are asking every family to please do the following:

1. Screen your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school.

2. Keep your child home for at least 3 days if they are not feeling well - sick children should not be at school regardless of the cause of the illness.

3. Keep the lines of communication with the school open - we all want what is best for your child and working together we can accomplish that!

Because of the nature of our current reality, it is critical that our nurse’s office knows of any pre-existing medical conditions of your child, particularly if the symptoms might mirror those of COVID19. For example, if your child has asthma or seasonal allergies, he or she might frequently sneeze, have a runny nose or a cough. We can better support your child if we are already aware of a pre-existing condition. Please call us if this applies to you.

Reading Activities at Home

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This month we’re talking about Gratitude! The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” The definition we are using in class is:

Gratitude: choosing to notice and appreciate things in our life, things in others, and things in the world.

Conversation Starters

  • Talk about why you were grateful for the teachers and mentors in your life then ask your children why they are grateful for theirs. Have they had a favorite teacher? If so, who? What makes that teacher a favorite? If they haven’t had a favorite yet, find out what makes a great teacher in their eyes.
  • Gratitude takes practice! What can we do as a family to work on expressing Gratitude more regularly to each other and those around us?
  • Discuss why you are grateful for your child. Be specific: who are they? How do they make you feel? Ask them what they are grateful for about your family, your home, your neighborhood, etc..

Our Staff

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