McKinley Elementary Newsletter

December 2021


Nov 29 - Dec 5 - Online Usborne Book Sale

Dec 2 - In person Usborne Book Sale

Dec 3 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day

Dec 7 - PTC Meeting 6:30-7:40 PM Library

Dec 14 - Take Out Tuesday, Cafe' Yumm!

Dec 20 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Jan 3 - First day back in 2022

Jan 4 - PTC Meeting 6:30-7:40 PM Library

Jan 17 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday

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

Update on the McKinley Bond Construction Work

Dear Mountain Lions family,

Bond funding provided some exciting improvements at McKinley Elementary School, which were completed over the summer!

Thanks to voters around the district who approved the 2018 bond, more than $2 million was invested in improvements at McKinley. The upgrades we received over the summer helped to increase safety and security, support music programs and more.

Improvements at McKinley

  • Music room improvements, such as heating/ventilation system upgrades and new shelving
  • Library improvements, including new bookshelves, improvements to the circulation area and new lighting
  • Building improvements include seismic strengthening, intercom system upgrades and electronic badge access system upgrades.
  • Front office also received improvements to help office staff monitor and control the front entrance.

Information about other schools that received or will receive improvements in the 2018 bond program can be found at

We truly benefit from the bond-funded improvements provided here at McKinley. Thank you so much for supporting our students, and thank you, voters!


Principal Michelle Nelson

Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Tanikawa

Students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades are working with a curriculum called “Second Step.” We are currently in units on Empathy and Emotion Management. Students are learning to identify and understand their own and other’s feelings. Students are learning specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety and anger. Your child is learning that some uncomfortable feelings are strong and need to be managed.

Use the following steps to manage strong feelings;

  • Say “Stop”, name the feeling
  • Use belly breathing
  • Use positive self-talk to calm down.

Here’s an example,

  • “I see you’re having a strong feeling. Remember to say “Stop.” Wait for your child to say stop.
  • “What are you feeling?” Help your child name the feeling, if needed.
  • “Now, let’s belly breathe together.” Practice belly breathing with your child.
  • “What can you say to yourself that will help you keep calm?”


Please stay current with your immunizations. If your child needs a shot, please schedule it ASAP. Don’t wait for Exclusion Day—Feb 16, 2022. It is difficult to schedule appointments when it gets closer to that day. For more information, read here.


Protect the health of your child. Make sure they have all their needed immunizations. With COVID-19, it’s now more important than ever. Students need to be current on their required immunizations before February 16, 2022.


Parent Teacher Community

Usborne Book Fair

Shop In Person

December 2nd, 2pm-6pm

(outside under the covered area)

Shop Online!

November 29th - December 5th

Browse titles online at, select McKinley during check out


  • Tuesday, December 14th
  • ALL DAY, 10AM to 9PM
  • 2755 Commercial St SE, Ste 100
  • Make sure to tell them you are there for McKinley to get 25% of profits will be donated
  • Order online mention McKinley please


~PTC Monthly General Meeting 2021 – 2022 ~

Tuesday, December7th, 2021 / 6:30 – 7:40 pm

School Library, McKinley Elementary School.

Childcare will be provided

Agenda includes

1) Principal Report

2)Oreogn Battle of the Books

3) Book Fair Results

4) Restaurant Fundraiser (Cafe' Yumm)

5) T-Shirt Contract

6) New Business

~Oregon Battle of the Books~

We need volunteers to help run battles and write practice questions. Volunteers in the building need to be preapproved which includes proof of COVID vaccination and a district background check.

Teams will be forming at the beginning of December.

~ What’s Happening December 2021 ~

Book Fair: Nov 29th - Dec 5th . Usborne Bookfair is here.


Read those books and if your student wants to participate, have them contact Becky Tei as soon as possible

Restaurant Fundraiser: Dec 14th, Tuesday

This month is Cafe' Yumm!. Stop on in for a meal to help support McKinley

PTC officers: Jason Tei, Lea Hinchcliff, Sarah Phillips, and Becky Tei

Questions? Visit or contact the PTC exec team at

OBOB Update (Oregon Battle of Books)

We have a small but mighty group of OBOB readers this year! Teams are nearly finalized and battles will begin in January, so it’s time to start thinking strategy.

1. Keep reading!

2. Memorize the authors and titles.

3. Plan with your team.

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
  • November 29- Dec 2 Book Fair
  • November thru February OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)
  • February 28-March 4 - Read-A-Thon
  • March - Spaghetti Feed (if restrictions allow)
  • June 3 - School Carnival


In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.


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Winter Weather

In the event of bad weather, district officials will make the decision by 5:15 a.m. that day to close all or selected schools or to delay the start of school.

If schools are closed or start times delayed, all students and staff will get a recorded message to the phone number on record with the district. This message will tell you about school cancellation, delay to start times or district closure. Calls begin going out at 6 a.m. Make sure your contact information is up to date. Families who need to update their phone number should contact their school.

You can also visit our website at and click on the Emergency Closures & Delays tab at the top of the page. In addition, a message will be posted on the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts as soon as a decision to cancel school, delay school, or close the district is made.

In the event that inclement weather is predicted, but there is no change to school schedules, that confirmation will be posted on social media channels; however, an automated phone call likely will not be used.

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 until they are symptom free for 24 hours AND after a COVID-19 test is negative OR quarantine for 10 days if not tested. If a student comes to school with any of these symptoms, students are brought to the office and parents are called to pick students up.

  • 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.


We are excited to introduce ParentSquare, a new two-way communication platform that will streamline and improve communication with families and staff. It has the functions of both Remind and SchoolMessenger and will eventually replace both platforms.

To sign up go to

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current. Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.


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 close up of the montly menu.

2021-22 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

Office 7:30AM-3:50PM

Address: 466 McGilchrist St SE Salem OR 97302

Phone: 503-399-3167