McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

January 15th, 2021

Upcoming Events

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Teacher Feature - Welcome to McKinley Ms. McDole!

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. I have been inspired by a few of my amazing family members who have taught all their lives. I believe teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding professions. I love making connections with each student and forming a special bond that can last forever. A classroom is such a magical place and I am so excited to continue my teaching journey at a wonderful school. The support I have received from this school family is irreplaceable.

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Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and going on almost any outdoor adventure. I love camping, boating, and spending a day at the park. I also love crafting at home, listening to music, and reading a good book. My family and friends mean the world to me and I value any time I spend with them. I’m also staying extra busy planning my wedding for this summer!

No School Monday in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Listen to his famous speech

I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King .Jr HD (subtitled)

create dream clouds at home

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Let's Keep Everyone Healthy and Our School Open

We are so happy to be able to give parents the choice for in person instruction for their children. Working together we can ensure that schools stay open. We are asking every family to please do the following:

1. Screen your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school.

2. Keep your child home for at least 3 days if they are not feeling well - sick children should not be at school regardless of the cause of the illness.

3. Keep the lines of communication with the school open - we all want what is best for your child and working together we can accomplish that!

Because of the nature of our current reality, it is critical that our nurse’s office knows of any pre-existing medical conditions of your child, particularly if the symptoms might mirror those of COVID19. For example, if your child has asthma or seasonal allergies, he or she might frequently sneeze, have a runny nose or a cough. We can better support your child if we are already aware of a pre-existing condition. Please call us if this applies to you.

Please keep children at home if anyone in the household is awaiting test results

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This month we are talking about the social-emotional skill of Empathy. We are using this definition at school:

Empathy: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

Empathy is a crucial skill for being in community with others and a powerful skill to develop in personal and professional relationships. We are focusing on a few key pieces of Empathy: knowing how we feel (and having language to describe those feelings!), understanding what others are feeling, and listening to others well so that we can connect in more meaningful ways! We will reflect on powerful images that will inspire conversations about emotions, connection, and friendship. We will celebrate what makes us different and find the amazing things that bring us together.

Our Staff

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