MCKINLEY STEAM ACADEMY

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Dear CRCSD Families,


Due to a significant increase in the COVID-19 community rate of infection, impact on the healthcare systems, as well as CRCSD’s staff absenteeism rate related to illness (impacting all departments, including transportation and schools), CRCSD applied Tuesday, November 10th, for a district-wide waiver to conduct full remote learning for PK-12 students. The district was notified at 9:06 a.m. on November 12th that the waiver was granted.


For all grades and schools, remote learning began Thursday, November 12th. In-person instruction will resume on Monday, November 30th.


Please note that all in-person activities/athletics are suspended during this time period. Respective school athletic directors have been communicating directly with activity/athletic groups regarding practice and event schedules.


If you have any questions, please call the McKinley office at 558-2348.

WHAT CHANGES WILL THE NEW QUARTER BRING?

There will NOT be A & B Weeks


Exploratory Classes Per Grade

6th Grade - Engineering Tech

7th Grade - Wellness

8th Grade Art


Music and PE wll stay the same

ATTENTION 6TH GRADE IN-PERSON AND REMOTE STUDENTS

Your Language Arts book is now available to be picked up at McKinley. Please call 558.2348 upon arrival, and we will bring it out to you.

NEED TECH HELP

If your student needs help logging into classes, he/she can type MSAHELPDESK in Google Meet. They call also call the District help desk at 558-2900.

GRADES

Grade reports will be mailed to families next week.

HOTSPOT UPDATE

We are out of hotspots. If you were given a hotspot at the beginning of the school year and no longer need it, please return it to McKinley. If you need a hotspot, call the main office at 558.2348, and we will add you to a list.

THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

November 25-27.

GENTLY USED GAMES

We are accepting donations of gently used board games, puzzles, and balls for kids to use during recess. Donations can be dropped off at McKinley
ORDER MCKINLEY SPIRIT WEAR!

Last Day to Order is November 19

EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT MCKINLEY

Amazon Smile

McKinley PTA has set up an Amazon Smile account. If you haven't heard of it, when people choose McKinley as their charitable organization, every time they shop at Amazon, McKinley receives a % of their sale.


This link will take you directly to McKinley's Amazon Smile Account

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1313714


Box Tops

Box Tops has gone digital! Simply download the Box Tops App, set up your account designating McKinley as your school and scan your receipts! Unsure if your purchase included any Box Top items? Scan your receipt anyway and in just a few seconds you'll know. It's fast and easy! McKinley will still collect clipped Box Tops during the transition to 100% digital. Simply clip and drop off in the main office. Each Box Top is worth $0.10 for our school. Talk about easy money!! Thank you for supporting our school!


Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students

Scroll down to the bottom of newsletter for more information.


Office Depot

When you make an in-store or online purchase at Office Depot, provide McKinley's School ID #70027714 at checkout and McKinley will receive 5% back in credits for FREE student school supplies!


Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation

Your money would go towards purchases to support the following vital programs at McKinley STEAM Academy

Help Us Meet Our Goal of $20,000!

  • Funding for STEAM-integrated projects in all classrooms

  • Consumable supplies for our STEAMLab

  • Multicultural books for Language Arts classroom libraries

  • After-school student enrichment programs (material and stipend support)

  • BearPaw Store — Recognizing and celebrating students for exhibiting the BEARWay

  • Grizzly Cove — Funding to support McKinley’s food pantry and clothes closet

  • Classic Edition Show Choir — Costumes, music, transportation, and student scholarships


DONATION FORM

YEARBOOK PHOTO REQUEST

What does your student's learning space look like? Does your child have a favorite mask? What activity does your student do for PE? I am collecting photos for the yearbook and need your help. If you have a photo to share, please send it to Jackie Mason at jmason@crschools.us. Thank you!
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HY-VEE RECEIPTS RAISE OVER $1200 FOR MCKINLEY

A BIG thank you to all who are participating in the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program.


Your Hy-Vee receipts turned into $1,200 for McKinley! With the money earned this year we were able to purchase earbuds, mouse, mouse pads, stickers, and stylus pens for the bear paw store.


For families new to McKinley, students can earn bear paws for following the BEAR Way (BE engaged, empathetic, accountable, and respectful). Students can them redeem their paws for items in the store.


Please scroll down for more information about how to participate in the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

HOW TO CHECK OUT A BOOK FROM THE MCKINLEY IMC

CURBSIDE PICK UP FORM https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQA7da6HKM2wofDeahdVdBtkWa9eNAQcqGzS-xcgxflIxmPg/viewform

ORDER A MCKINLEY YEARBOOK

Go to: www.treering.com McKinley Passcode: 1013613902043906 All yearbooks will be mailed home.

PARENT STUDENT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Visit this site for a list of Internet hubs and help with device/Internet issues

MCKINLEY PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

If you want a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the main office at 558-2348.

REGISTRATION AND ANNUAL VERIFICATION (MUST BE DONE YEARLY)

It is critical we have the most current information for every student. Please take time to update this information in Infinite Campus. The District will continue to hold drive-up Registration and Annual Verification assistance on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm at ELSC (located at 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405) through the month of September. Interpreters will be available. Once buildings reopen to the public, families will be able to get assist with registration and annual verification at any open CRCSD building


CLICK HERE to log into Infinite Campus

HY-VEE CASH 4 STUDENTS PROGRAM UPDATE

Thank you to all who participated in last year's Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program. Thanks to you we raised over $1200 for McKinley.


CONTINUE TO COLLECT HY-VEE RECEIPTS! Because of COVID, we are encouraging you to sign up for electronic receipts. Instructions on how to sign up are below. If your student is returning in person, receipts can be given to their advisory teacher. Receipts can also be mailed or dropped off at McKinley. Call the main office at 558-2348 when you arrive, and someone will come down to meet you.


SCAN: If you wish to scan/take photos of your receipts, you can send them to mckhyvee@gmail.com.


Money raised from the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program goes towards purchasing items for the bear paw store.


Thank you for your support.


To sign up for electronic receipts, go to https://www.hy-vee.com/perks/. Once you log in, it will bring you to your customer profile. Towards the bottom of the first column, it will ask you if you want to receive a digital receipt. Click yes. E-mail your electronic Hy-Vee receipts to Mckhyvee@gmail.com