Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

May 2nd- 6th 2022

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

Dear McKinley Families,

So many exciting events this past week at McKinley/PACS. Thank you to all who helped make these events happen. Whether it was hosting a table at our parent education night or taking students to 7th/8th-grade camp. Thank you for making our school great.

This week is our celebration of teachers. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our students. Please join in on celebrating the with me:

Fund link:

Monday - Leave a post-it notes. Be the class with the most post-its notes for your teacher!

Tuesday - Bring something from your garden or find something in the beautiful nature all around us.

Wednesday - Bring an apple-themed item.

Thursday - Bring something sweet.

Friday - Free day! Show your gratitude in any way you choose.

Have A Great Week!

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Buy Your Tickets for our Annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th Now!

We are looking for Volunteers for a few hours on May 14th

Can you volunteer for a few hours on May 14th to help with different aspects of the Spring Fundraiser? We need volunteers for shifts throughout the day to set up, sign in attendees, oversee dinner service, help with event checkout, and clean up.

This is a very important event for our school community as it raises funds for bilingual instruction, school supplies, experiential learning, and even physical education instruction.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to our fundraiser!

Sign up here:

Congratulations PACS Robotics Team

Awesome day at the robotics challenge. Along with two 1st places, two 2nd places, two 3rd places, and a 4th place, the team won three overall awards- more than any other school:

Grand Gear Head Award for Mechanical Design: Awarded to the team whose robot best demonstrates solid mechanical design and function

Genius Programmer Award: Awarded to the team that demonstrates the best use of robot programming

Best Overall Robot Performance Award

More Exciting Film Festival News!

Exciting news that Willow Mullen's latest film "Hank the Hero" made the top 14ish films & selected to screen in the Alexander Valley Film Festival Sat May 7 which covers Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties where they will hand out up to $3k in prizes to students from middle school through college, the top prize valued at $1000 which can only go to a Sonoma Cty resident.

Bike To School Day May 4th

May 2022 Bike to School Commercial


Tryouts for the 4th-8th grade talent show will be Tuesday May 10th (after school from 3pm to approx. 5pm*). Please complete the Sign-up form before coming to the tryout

Sign-up link:

*students may be picked up as soon as their tryout is complete;

tryouts will be completed in the order of sign-up forms turned in.

Mandatory rehearsal will be: on May 17th (after school from 3:00 to approx. 4:30 pm)

There may be additional rehearsals during lunch, as needed.

If you would like to be a crew or a host, please see Ms. Daly, Room 18

The 4-8 Talent Show will be on June 2nd

10:45am-11:50am for the school

6:00pm-7:30pm for families (performers arrive at 5:30)

Trex Challenge

Great news! McKinley came in 3rd place for the West Coast Region plastic bag/film Trex Challenge in the 351-500 student division ( YAY McKinley)!!! As a school, we collected a total of 221 lbs of plastic film, and collectively we were able to keep a total of 323,586lbs of plastic out of the landfills! There were 686 schools registered across the US with a total of 530 schools actively reporting.

A great big thank you to the Leadership Class and Ms. Roach for all their help with collecting and weighing the plastic film

Thank you to Vanessa, Staci and Julie for sharing the chore of loading up our cars and delivering the plastic to Sprouts and Safeway!

Thank you to Ani and Diana for managing the community inquiries and plastic film deposits over the series of school breaks. Great teamwork!

Looking for Summer Camps

River Town Racers (RTR) Summer Clinic: June 20-25

River Town Racers (RTR) Summer Clinic: June 20-25

Learn to race sprint kayaks on the Petaluma River at our only introductory camp for new prospective club members in 2022. Kayak sprint is an exciting Olympic sport, and it starts with an Introduction to Kayak Racing clinic where young people are invited to discover if this sport might be for them.

Dates: Mon-Sat, June 20-25
Times: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 12:00+ lunch and awards (wrap up by 2pm)
Cost: $425 (24 hrs of instruction)

Paddler ages: 11-15 (must be 11 years old by June 20th)

Submit your application here:

Learn more about the River Town Racers:

Email Sammy Ahmed, RTR Board Member, with any questions about the clinic at

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Yearbook Links

Yearbooks are on sale until May 12. The special lowest price option is NOW through May 5th.

Families can purchase and add personalized pages (great for 6th and 8th-grade families!)

If you cannot purchase a yearbook online, you can come to the office with the exact change or check made out to McKinley PTA and fill out an order form. There is no personalization allowed for yearbooks purchased with cash/check.

Link to upload photos:

Link for yearbook sales:

(I attached the QR code)

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

May 2nd - May 13th CAASPP Testing (3rd - 8th)

May 4th Bike to School Day

May 4th District Art Show

May 10th 4th - 8th grade Talent Show try out

May 12th Open House

May 14th Spring Fundraiser

May 17th Mandatory rehearsal for 4th - 8th talent Show

May 18th PTA Meeting and 2022-2023 Board Elections

May 19th Westside Relays (5th and 6th grade)

May 20th McKinley Film Festival Submissions due

May 27th McKinley Film Festival

May 27th SOM assembly

May 31st 4th Grade Bike Rodeo

June 1st Volunteer Tea (7:45 am)

June 1st K- 3 Talent Show

June 2nd, 4th - 8th Talent Show

June 3rd PACS Dance

June 8th 8th Grade Promotion (5:00)

June 9th 6th-grade Promotion (TBD)

June 9th 6th grade Field Trip to Beach

June 10th, Last Day of School/ Field Day

New Testing sign up for color

Here is the registration link for parents to register their students to the new color system(This allows them to do both PRC and Professionally administered Rapid Test). We have been getting parents that are registering their students in the old color system.

Also attached is the QR code. We recommend printing it out and having it available for parents to use in your offices.

Student Link

Missed Out on the lion King? Here are the links To watch

Looking for ways to connect with other McKinley/PACS families?

There's no better to get to meet other parents/guardians at McKinley/PACS and form some great friendships than volunteering! Below are a few crucial volunteer opportunities available to help our school community thrive:

Recess and Lunch Volunteers - One shift a week for the month of May

Volunteer just one recess (10:05 – 10:45 am) or lunchtime (11:45 am – 1:00pm) per week (more or less if you’d like).

Volunteers will support recess and/or lunchtime eating/recess for 1st through 8th graders (parents of TK and K also welcome to volunteer). You will assist during two timeframes, 1st – 3rd grade, and/or 4th – 8th grade*.

Volunteers will ensure students eat snack/lunch, clean up after themselves and stay safe during recess play. Volunteers have the opportunity to utilize or build skills in conflict management, basic first aid and social coaching skills will be developed.

Questions? Need help signing up for a shift?
Lori (415) 706-9591
Alicia (habla español) (501) 398-8116
Elizabeth (habla español) (310) 251-2191

Sign up for a shift now or Learn More

Make a lasting impact on McKinley. Join the PTA Board

Elections for our new board members will take place at our May 18th meeting!

Are you interested in making a lasting impact on your child’s school? Our award-winning McKinley PTA provides resources and support programs, including experiential learning, bilingual instruction, classroom supplies, school community events, and much more.

As we start looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we’re looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help fill PTA board positions for:

  • President

  • Vice-president
  • Financial Secretary

  • VP of Communications

  • VP of Fundraising

A full description of the roles and responsibilities can be found here.

If you are interested in any of these roles — or you would like to nominate someone — please email us at and let us know!

Thanks for joining us at the McKinley Block Party

Thank you community for joining us at the McKinley Block Party and Parent Info Night! So great to see so many families out enjoying each other! HUGE Thank you to all those who so generously donated their time, wisdom and food!

Did you miss this event? Get Some Parent Education Resources Here

Especially to our 4th Grade Family, Griselda and Caesar Ortega of What A Chicken! for their generous discount and donation! Want more What A Chicken!? Stop into their restaurant on Washington Street and/or come to the McKinley Social - Peace, Love, McKinley on Saturday, May 14th for more of their delicious food!

To our table hosts:

Parenting Coach, Meghan Brand-Stauf of Grateful Parenting, Mr. Caamano, Principal Larson. Ms. Kasso & Mr. Chris Lum, Ms. Diana, Dave Fichera of PCS Technology, Joe Stern of Enso Wealth, The Young Family, Trisha, Rick, Dominic and Caroline, Ms. Drumm (RSP Teacher, Ms. Valdovinos, School Psychologist, Coach Lindsey Fisher and Michelle & Jackie of Petaluma Regional Library

And all the volunteers and McKinley Team who made the night possible,
Pedro Guevara, Ms. Patricia, Ms. Diana, Ms. Larson, Ms. Cooper, Maria Esparza, Ms. Lupe Diaz, Emily Oh, Alicia Callejas, Lori Engelhardt, Phillip Green, Julie Peterson, Ellie Birnbaum, Jen Hundley, The Adam-Ander Family, Adrianna Alvarez, David Schlitgen, Gina Roberts, Trisha Young, Danny and team from Boys & Girls Club, Enelia Faithful, Rebecca Hachmeyer, Staci Stern and every teacher who stuffed Wednesday Folders and spread the word in their classroom Newsletters, THANK YOU!

Earn donations for McKinley when you shop at no additional cost to you!

  1. Shop at Petaluma Market or Oliver’s Markets: these grocers will donate 2.5% of your purchase amount to the McKinley PTA if you have the Store’s Community Card. Learn how to get started

  2. Shop on Amazon: Shop through and the charity of your choice will receive a portion of your purchase.

    Follow these instructions
    to add McKinley as your chosen non-profit. You may also configure your Amazon mobile app to ensure all your purchases are credited to our school.

  3. Scan your grocery receipts with the BoxTops app: Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

    Follow the full instructions here
    to get started!