McKinley Mustang Newsletter

Week of November 11th - 15th

A Note From Your Principal

Hi Wonderful McKinley Families,

We had a wonderful week of "Re-do's" Due to our time off we missed some beloved events. The teachers sprang into action and created a wonderful week of redo's, We had wonderful presentations in Spanish class. I watched as students presented their Dia De Los Muertos altars and in Spanish reported to their class. I was able to attend the wonderful mall in Mrs. Acquistapace's class where students made, sold and presented their own products. My favorite part was the commercials they created on their IPADs we definitely have some future entrepreneurs. We rounded the week out with our wonderful Halloween parade and parties. The kids were very happy having a chance to wear their costumes and celebrate.

Ani Larson

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Flu Information

-Flu info. This is the time of year when we see increased Influenza (flu), and other respiratory infections, such as Pertussis (whooping cough) in our schools and community.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu, pertussis, and common colds (colds), are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne droplets or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.

It is important to know what symptoms may indicate a more serious infection, such as pertussis or the flu vs. a common cold because of possibly serious complications. Check this chart to learn about differences.

Remember, and remind your student, that frequent handwashing is the most effective way to prevent infections. It is also useful to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or coughing into your sleeve, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, sharing cups or eating utensils, etc.

For more useful tips, check this PCS document.

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Plan to join us on Saturday for McKinley/PACS’s 1st Flea Market

McKinley Families! Who likes donuts, coffee, tamales, handcrafted wood signs, clothes, toys, books, homemade gifts and more? Come shop at our 1st Annual Flea Market this Saturday, November 16th from 9:30-1:00 on campus at McKinley. All profits go back to the families participating. We will also have a donation table full of free items!

Learn more about the flea market or find out which products you can donate.

We will also need volunteers during the event. Want to help make this a success? Sign up here as a volunteer.

Did you miss the deadline to register as a vendor? Contact Elizabeth Harris if you’re still interested in setting up a table to sell your goods. You keep all your own profits! Kids (supervised by parents) are welcome to sell food as well! 310-251-2191 or

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Join us for November’s PTA meeting on Wednesday

Remember that PTA monthly meetings are always at 6:30 in the multi, Spanish translation is offered by Ms. Lupe and childcare is offered free of charge at the PPNS (across the parking lot from the PACS classrooms).

This month we will discuss some interesting topics such as the organization of the Winter Festival or the results of the PTA member survey. Check out the meeting agenda here.

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The Maker Space needs donations!

Can’t volunteer your time but still would love to be part of this project? This is for you! The maker space is in need of some donations so our students can keep creating.

We are in need of: paper rolls (toilet paper or paper towel), liquid glue, glue sticks, #2 pencils, sewing needles, tape (regular, decorated, ducktape), cardboard (please cut up boxes and bring in flat), sequins, beads… Please do not bring any more yarn or plastic containers. We have plenty of those for now.

You can leave your items in the office clearly labeled for “McKinley Maker Space”. Thank you!

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Launching our Online Spirit Wear Store!

McKinley PTA is proud to announce the launch of our new Teespring Spirit Wear store! Choose from several logo designs and put them on a variety of products with color options! T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, beach towels, tank tops, tote bags, pillows, iPhone cases… The selection is almost endless! Check it out and put in your orders!

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Calling All Dreamers!

McKinley Performing Arts are looking for writers, visual artists, crew types, and, of course, performers of all stripes to bring this year’s performing arts production, Calling All Dreamers: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Other Dreams, to life.

On Wednesday 11/20, we will have FREE information and play session from 1:20-3:30 pm for anyone curious about getting involved.

Want to learn more about our McKinley Performing Arts? check out our past productions here.

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Volunteers Needed for our Holiday Giving Program Board

Every year the McKinley community comes together to help provide some extra holiday cheer to our families that could use a hand during the upcoming holiday season.

The Holiday Giving Program organizers are looking for volunteers to help monitor the "sign up" board at morning drop off and afternoon pick up during the first week of December. If you would be interested in helping, please pick a spot on this sign up.

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Gate Testing will begin Dec. 2.

The month of December 2018 begins the Petaluma City Schools’ Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification cycle.

The cycle for GATE identification includes assessing all students in 3rd grade, whose parents have given their permission as indicated on the AERIES Parent Portal. Students in 4-6 grade may be reassessed by either teacher or parent recommendation. If you would like your student to be reassessed, please submit a request to your principal or GATE Coordinator before November 15, 2019.

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Want to get involved in school life and don’t know how?

Do you want to get involved in school life but don’t know how to? We compiled a list of areas/volunteer positions that you could pursue if you wanted to be a more active member of the McKinley community.

Are you short on time but still want to make a difference? You can donate money to one of our three dedicated donation funds

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Community Events

Go safely California Poster Contest by the California Office of Traffic Safety. For students 6-8 grade. Submission deadline 11/19. Prizes include a laptop, tablet and art sets.

-Petaluma Regional Library Resources: * Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm). * Free access with your Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review).

-Petaluma Regional Library Events: Library Book sale (11/13-11/23) free book! (for children 12 and under with an adult). November events.


Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL

Nov. 12- Nov. 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (View Early Release Schedule)

Nov. 13 - PTA Meeting (agenda)

Nov. 16 - McKinley/PACS 1st Community Flea Market

Nov. 20 - Intercultural Cafe

Nov. 20 - McKinley Performing Arts Informational Session

Nov. 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL

Dec. 4 - McKinley Performing Arts Casting

Dec. 4 - Dine, Play, and Donate at Epicenter, 5-9 pm (FLYER)

Dec. 5 - Winter Festival

Dec. 9 - Winter Band Concert (5th and 6th)

Dec. 11 - PTA Meeting

Dec. 12 - PACS Band Concert

Dec. 18 - Intercultural Cafe

Dec. 20 - Minimum Day

Dec. 23 - Jan. 6 - Winter Break-NO SCHOOL

Find the school calendar here and additional PTA events on the PTA calendar here

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-Parent-Teacher Conferences start on Tuesday and students will follow early release schedule all week.

- Find your grade level closed Facebook group and become part of the community.

- Set up your amazon smile account so Amazon donates to McKinley every time you shop.

- Set up your boxtop account on your phone so Boxtops donates to McKinley every time you shop eligible products.

- Sign up for Morning Care at school (7:15-8:05 am) for a flat rate of $20/week.

- You can buy your car magnet at the office for $2

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With appreciation

Thank you to Chris Lum for setting up our new online Spirit Wear Shop!

Thank you to Alicia Callejas for getting the PTA website up to date!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Chipotle Dine and Donate fundraiser. We raised $284.23. This brings our grand total for Dine and Donates to $1434.79 so far and we have five more to go!

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