October 25th, 2021
Una nota de la Sra. Larson/ A note from Mrs. Larson
Here comes the rain! So excited that we are finally getting some much-needed rain. I have a love-dislike relationship with rain. I wish I could turn it on and off when the kids are not at school. Rainy day recess comes with lots of plans, add Covid into the mix, and we are looking at moving over 500 students in shifts outside under covered hallways to eat. We had our first experience this week, and it worked well.
This week brought the announcement of a bomb threat on a PCS campus. I wanted you to know that McKinley has a complete safety plan reviewed by local law enforcement every year. It addresses all types of emergencies. We also have monthly Fire and Earthquake drills.
When an emergency happens on campus, one of the most important things to do is wait for information coming from the school. Calling the office creates a lot of commotion and takes the office staff away from helping us serve the students. If a threat is happening on another campus, you will hear from the district office as their main priority is site-specific threats. Next week, I will send out a link to our safety plan so you can review this information.
I hope that you have a wonderful week.
Fechas Importantes/Important dates
October 25th Superintendent Chats @McKinley
October 26th Board of Education Meeting
October 28th Makeup Picture day
October 28th Dia De Los Muertos Special gallery walk 5 - 7pm
October 29th Intercultural Cafe
November 2nd Parent Ed night PCS
November 8th - 19th Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 11th Veterans Day
November 22nd - 28th Fall Break
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- Access 50+ electronic resources 24/7
- Check out up to 10 books at a time from the public library without worrying about fines
- Get free online tutoring in English and Spanish
- And more
SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATES: CONFERENCE WEEKS' SHORT DAY SCHEDULE 11/15 - 11/19
Please note this is different than McKinley. If you have a McKinley student they have two weeks of Minimum days PACS only has 11/15 - 11/19.
- Week of 11/8 - 11/12 NORMAL DISMISSAL TIME 3:05
- Week of 11/15 - 11/19 Dismissal Time is 1:45
Plastic Recycling Challenge!
PLEASE DO NOT BRING PLASTIC BAGS TO SCHOOL UNTIL NOVEMBER 15TH
McKinley will be participating in the Trex plastic bag and film recycling challenge starting on Nov. 15th! We will be competing against other schools across the country to see if we can recycle the most plastic bags and film. The winning school will receive a new Trex bench! From Nov. 15th-April 15th (Earth Day) there will be bins at both entrances of the school for you to recycle your plastic bags and film.
Stay tuned for more information. Details of the program and what types of plastic are allowed can be found here.
Student Voice Forums
Recently, the Sonoma County Office of Education organized Student Voice Forums in an attempt to understand a variety of perspectives on our schools. In the same vein, PCS is organizing several secondary student voice forums to allow students to share their life experiences with our community of learners. Our first of several student forums will take place on November 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM and will highlight our Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) students. These forums are a great venue to hear directly from our BIPOC student community. If you are a student who is interested in sitting on the panel and sharing your thoughts, please contact our District Wellness Coordinator, Jimena Gomez, at email@example.com.
School Pictures and Make up picture day
Intercultural Café is this Friday after morning drop-off!
Join us at the main McKinley entrance Friday, October 29th 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.
Do you like data entry and love using Google Forms? We need your help!
The McKinley PTA would like to participate in the National PTA School of Excellence Survey Program this year. More details on this program to come in future Newsletters!
In the meantime, we are a looking for a volunteer familiar with Google Forms or Survey Monkey to load survey questions into an easy to use survey system. We anticipate this effort to take a few hours in the coming week (10/25-10/29)
Does this sound like a PTA initiative you’d really like to help with? We would love to have you on our Excellence Team! Email McKPTAVP@gmail.com to get involved today!
Not able to commit fully just yet? Stay tuned for additional opportunities to get involved or reach out to Staci Stern at McKPTAVP@gmail.com.
Scan your grocery receipts with the BoxTops app! No more clipping necessary!
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