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.
TIK TOK TREND
Parent Information Night
Walk and Roll To School
UPDATE From Our Superintendent on COVID Testing
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:
- Register your student here Parents/guardians, when you click on this link, you are registering on behalf of your student(s) so please be sure to enter your student’s information (not your own) in the testing system.
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."
School Pictures and Make up picture day
Mugsy Clicks will be here on September 27th for Makeup picture day.
School Menus : Click the picture for more information
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thank you for joining us at bingo night!
Penelope & Gustavo Faithful
Pablo & Daniel Kim
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.
- Amazon Smile: If you make purchases through Amazon, make sure to shop through smile.amazon.com 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.
- 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.
- 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.