Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

September 20th, 2021

Una nota de la Sra. Larson/ A note from Mrs. Larson

Hello McKinley Mustangs.

We had another great week at McKinley. It is so wonderful to see all the kids on campus. My favorite part of the day is going into classes to see what they are learning. Our teachers are rockstars, and I love seeing the lessons come to life. As we navigate coming back to school, I am always looking for ways that we can improve. The recess yard has gotten significantly better, but we still can use some work. That is where you come into play. Please talk to your child about doing their part in keeping the yard friendly and safe. We will continue with those lessons in the classrooms as well. Some ideas for doing this would be role-playing. What would you do if another child took a ball from you on the yard? What should you do if someone says they don't want to play with you? What would you do if someone said something mean? Role-playing gives your child a script for positively navigating those hard times.

More importantly, our students must know that there are always trusted adults around. Mrs. Luis, Ms. Kim, Ms. Lupe, Ms. Rebecca, Ms. Diana, Ms. Jesica, Ms. Rocio, and Mrs. Larson are all trusted adults on the kindergarten and big yards. All yard duty wear an orange vest so that students can identify where they are.

We are excited to announce the addition of two student advisors, Mr. Chris and Ms. Kasso, who will be working with small groups of students throughout the day. They will also be on crosswalk duty as the students come into school. We are so excited to have them this year.

We are always trying to improve the information available on our website to be a valuable resource for you. To that end, we know that trying to figure out if you should send your student to school can sometimes be confusing, considering the different protocols and guidelines this year. To help you navigate these situations, we have posted a page of scenario-based flowcharts that we hope will help. You can find those on our "Should I Send My Student to School? (Flowcharts)" page.


As you may be aware, there is a TikTok trend that has students vandalizing and stealing random objects from the school grounds, often from school bathrooms. This trend is playing out across California, Petaluma, and even on our own school campuses. Please speak with your child about the importance of respecting and taking care of their campus. District staff works hard to maintain our campuses - clean and safe campuses create increased opportunities for students to learn, build relationships, and grow as students. While social media has many fun and positive aspects, engaging in any trend that results in acts of vandalism, stealing, or other illegal activity will be treated as such in terms of school consequences. Students have access to the STOPit app where they can anonymously report inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. As always, we appreciate your support and partnership in guiding and educating students.

Parent Information Night

We know setting boundaries at every age is tricky and your PCS family is here to help. In collaboration with Side-by-Side, we are hosting a Parent Information Night (via zoom), where we will discuss how to set clear and concise boundaries for children of all ages. To hear tips and strategies for your elementary-aged student you’ll want to mark your calendar for November 2nd, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. If your student is in middle or high school you’ll want to join us on November 3rd, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. We will share links for the Zoom as we get closer to the date of the event.

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15th

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Mrs. Larson will host a special zoom bedtime story.

Please join me on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you all there!

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Walk and Roll To School

Just a friendly reminder that this September is Back to School month with Safe Routes to School! There is still time to encourage teachers to assign (and/or students/families to complete) our September Map Your Route to School Challenge. Challenges must be submitted to SRTS by Monday, October 4th to be entered into our drawing for one of eight $25.00 gift certificates to Copperfield's bookstore. For monthly promotional resources and the challenge worksheet in English and Spanish, visit

UPDATE From Our Superintendent on COVID Testing

We recognize that it is getting increasingly more difficult to secure an appointment for a PCR COVID-19 test in our community and any delay in getting tested causes students to miss more school. In order to address this issue, Petaluma City Schools is offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for any student or staff member experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Starting Wednesday, September 15th, testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM each day at the Petaluma City Schools’ District Office - 200 Douglas Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Please note that we are not a community testing center and this testing is exclusively for students and staff of Petaluma City Schools. In the coming days, we will add more detailed instructions and support material for your reference on our COVID-19 Hub in advance of Wednesday’s opening.

Please use the appropriate link below to register your child on our testing platform. Pre-registering your child now will help make this a smooth process. Please note that a parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old, so please be sure to use the appropriate link when registering. You will give a one-time consent to share results (positive or negative) with the school district.

1. For PCS students/minors:

2. Testing to keep students in school after a positive exposure at school

Since the beginning of the school year, in an effort to keep students in school, we have been conducting this type of testing at school sites where there has been a positive COVID-19 case. Our goal is to keep our students in school and all members of our community safe, so we will continue to offer testing at our school sites to satisfy the requirements of modified quarantine.

Again, please register your student on the testing platform now, before the need arises."

Lost and Found

We will put Lost and Found out this week! We have a lot that has accumulated already! Please have your children look for their stuff!!

School Pictures and Make up picture day

You should have received an email with a link to your child's school picture. The link stays open for a while, so you have not missed the cut-off to purchase. If you have not received this link, please contact customer service

Mugsy Clicks will be here on September 27th for Makeup picture day.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

September 23rd Mrs. Larson Read Aloud 7:00 via Zoom

September 24th Intercultural Cafe 8:30 am

September 27th Make Up Picture Day

September 30th Dine and Donate at Tortilla Real

September Salsa Festival (DATE TBD)

October 1 - Jog-a-thon

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Have you created your Jog-a-thon pledge page yet?

Now is the perfect time to create a pledge page for our Jog-a-thon fundraiser and share it with all your friends and family. It takes only a few minutes.

Click here for details on how to get started!

Here are some other ways you could raise funds to donate to our fundraiser:

  • Has life (or your fruit trees) given you literal lemons? Host a lemonade stand!
  • Trying to declutter your home? You could have a yard sale or sell some items on Facebook Marketplace and donate a portion of the proceeds!
  • Got extra eggs from your chickens or veggies from your garden? You could give them to your neighbors in exchange for a donation.

Any amount raised, big or small, will make a huge impact!

We need volunteers to promote Jog-a-thon at drop-off and pick-up!

The McKinley PTA could use some volunteer help to help generate energy (and donations) for this year’s jog-a-thon.

The event will be held on Friday, October 1, so we’d like some people to help promote the event on campus during drop-off and pick-up during the weeks leading up to the event.

We’ll provide you with signs to walk around near the Gateway at drop-off, near the front office during TK/K pickup, or around the Gateway and then the PACS area during the later pickups — you just bring the energy (along with music, costumes and/or props if you’d like)!

Click here to sign up!

Email event organizers Nina Jarnum ( or Renee McArdle ( with any questions.

Have you filled out the class email list form yet? It takes just one minute!

The PTA is creating email lists for each classroom so that your class parent can send out important messages about events, teacher appreciation, and other class-specific announcements. You only have to fill out the form below once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Add your information to the Class Email List Form

Thank you so much to those of you who have filled out this form already!

We still need a class parent for Ms. Loughlin and Ms. Cantor. If you'd like more information about the role, please email PTA president Emily Oh at

Intercultural Café is this Friday after morning drop-off!

Join us at the main McKinley entrance Friday, September 24th at around 8:30am after morning drop-off.

Enjoy a free cup of coffee, meet new families, discuss the prior week’s PTA meeting and learn how to get involved. Notes from the PTA meeting will be available in English and Spanish.

More details here

Thank you for joining us at bingo night!

On behalf of the PTA Family Engagement Committee, we’d like to give big thanks to the 42+ families who contributed to Virtual Bingo Night's success! Ms. Schlueter and Mrs. Lupe Diaz were a fantastic team, and ensured all participants had fun. Congratulations to our September Bingo winners below! We hope to see you all at the spring Bingo event!

Congratulations to:
Marshall Ladd
Birdie Doyle
Penelope & Gustavo Faithful
Pablo & Daniel Kim
Avalon Siebhold
Jazmine Quintas
MacKenzie Hopp
Thomas Larkey

Earn Donations for McKinley Without Spending Extra $$$

We have several ways for you to earn donations for McKinley/PACS without needing to spend beyond your budget.

  1. Amazon Smile: If you make purchases through Amazon, make sure to shop through and designate McKinley/PACS PTA Petaluma as your charity. Make sure to configure your Amazon App to give to McKinley as well! Full instructions are here.
  2. BoxTops: Scan your grocery receipts using the BoxTops app. No more clipping and collecting BoxTops! Simply download the BoxTops app on your phone and use it to scan your receipts after you shop. Full instructions are here.
  3. Dine and Donate: Planning on going out to dinner? Once a month the PTA partners with a local restaurant or business to receive a portion of their sales. See the Dine and Donate section of the PTA website for all upcoming events.