McNear Falcon Flyer

Keeping Us Connected with Campus and PTA News

Dear McNear Falcons,

How many years did we pack into one year? Or was Spring Break, Summer Break? This historic year has been fast and slow, busy and mellow. We are grateful for all that we have learned, for the ways we came together as a community and for the hope of a new year to come.

Our teachers have planned many fun activities for your students throughout the final school days that spark joy, provide some closure for their students, and begin to build some excitement for next year! Please continue to help us all stay safe with frequent hand washing, masking and distancing.

Petaluma City Schools will be back to full in-person instruction for 2021-22! Students will come back for the first day of school on August 17th. More information to come! Stay up-to-date by following PCS on social media or going to our district website at

Thank you again for your resilience, patience, compassion, and dedication this year.

Well wishes and gratitude,

Principal Eichert

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Important G St. Entrance Guidelines

If you normally enter through the G St. Entrance, things have been tricky and are going to get even more so this last week of school. For this week, some options include using the Sunnyslope drive through and drop off. Parking on Sunnyslope and walking down G St.. Entering G St. off of Sunnyslope, dropping off along G St. but not parking or driving through the staff parking lot and dropping off at the circle for this week only. You will only be able to enter our section of G St. via Sunnyslope. Sorry for the inconvenience, we will all be happy for improved roads, maintained sewer systems and improved infrastructure.

Last Day Of School Lunches and Beyond

On the last day of school students can pick up lunches on the tables outside the multi, lunches will not be delivered to classes on the last day. Additional community options supporting food security include:

  • Petaluma Bounty
  • (707) 775-3663
  • Petaluma Kitchen
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • (707) 765-6530
  • 900 Hopper Street Petaluma
  • Redwood Empire Food Bank - Food Finder
  • Call the Food Connections office and get a referral to a local food distribution source as well as get help applying for CalFresh.
  • (707) 523-7903
  • M-F 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Text FOOD Program
  • Text the word FOOD or COMIDA to 707-353-6333
  • You will be asked to reply, “1” for Meals or “2” for Groceries
  • Follow the prompt, send a text specifying the City or zip code you're in
  • Receive up-to-date information about the free food options close by
  • Interfaith Pantries - Free groceries

    Saturday morning pantryBetween 10:30 AM & Noon
    United Church of Christ, located at 825 Middlefield Dr. (Google maps link)
    Tuesday evening pantry5:30 PM
    Petaluma Community Center, North parking lot, 320 North McDowell Blvd. (Google maps link)
    Thursday evening pantry
    5:30 PM
    Elim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, at the corner of Baker & Stanley Streets (Google maps link)

    Last Day Activities and Schedule Changes

    On June 4th we are looking forward to celebrating safely together. Activities have been planned for a day outside enjoying field day traditions, resilience and community. Please read your classroom news for details. All COVID 19 safety protocols will be in place.

    2 cohorts in the morning on the last day with a special day of music and fun
    8:30 - 10
    10:15 - 11:45

    All kids will enjoy field day rotations at school in their cohorts

    All kids will enjoy rotations at McNear Park in their cohorts

    All kids will enjoy the traditional Bowling Walking Trip in their cohorts

    Order Your Yearbook Today

    Last week to order 2020-2021 Yearbooks! Books are $25 each. Distribution will take place this Summer with a special signing party and sweet treat celebration. Delivery will also be available as needed. Click here to order your book today: Cash or check may also be sent into school in envelope with your name, your child's name and their teacher's name. Gratitude to Heather Brooks and Michelle Sanders for making this possible! Thank you!

    McNear Summer Reading Program

    There will be Rootbeer Floats! Download your packet here or look for printed copies coming home this week.

    PCS Oversight Committees Need Your Input

    PCS Oversight Committees
    Call For Volunteers

    Our Bond and Parcel Tax funds contribute to building projects and special programs. We are seeking volunteers for PCS bond and parcel tax committees. These groups verify that these special funds have been spent appropriately. Committee Members participate in 1-2 meetings per year and contribute to annual reports. They must also be active in a business, senior, or taxpayer organization, be a parent/guardian of a PCS student, or be a parent/guardian in a Petaluma City Schools PTA or School Site Council.

    For more information or to apply, contact Lori Hirasa at or 707-778-4621 OR visit
    - YouTube

    Open House: Successes and Hopes

    " I know we might not feel very lucky, but we are surrounded by people that will support us every step of the way. We got through this and will continue to get through this. I don’t think anyone will ever know how grateful I am for every single person I know. "

    Thank you for joining and participating in our Virtual Open House. If one more Zoom wasn't in the cards, please enjoy the slides linked above and video. Read through our padlet comments and some of your own successes and hopes as well:

    Can you bring Girls on The Run Back to McNear?

    Check out the registration packet here or speak with Principal Eichert. Thank you!

    Affordable Internet

    The new FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit provides eligible households with a temporary, $50/mo. discount on Internet costs and a device discount. Any member of your household can make your household eligible and there are a variety of ways to qualify, including :
    • Low income
    • Receive Medi-Cal, CalFresh (food stamps), have a student enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or receive other benefits
    • Experienced loss of income since Mar. 2020
    • Approved for free or reduced school lunches in 2019-20 or 2020-21
    For more info and to apply, go to Emergency Broadband Benefit - Do I qualify?

    Petaluma City Schools Family Resource Center (FRC) staff are fluent in both English and Spanish and are happy to help PCS families who have questions. You can find their contact information on the FRC website.
    Bike2it! May
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    Walk and Roll Year End Survey

    Dear Parent,

    Please take 5-7 minutes to fill out the following transportation survey for our Safe Routes to School Program (link below). All survey respondents who provide contact information will be entered into a drawing for several $50.00 gift cards to a local business of your choice. The information you provide will help Sonoma County create a safer and healthier community to support active and alternative travel to and from school and in the community. THANK YOU for taking the time to do so!

    English Survey Link

    Encuesta en español

    Summer Reading Program at the Public Library

    Just in case you haven’t heard the Summer Reading Program at the public library starts June 1! Sign up online here: or pick up a log at your local library. Win prizes for reading this summer!

    The library is hosting many virtual events for kids, teens and adults! Including 123 Andrés in Concert, Hip Hop for Change, Paint Party and much more! Check it out!


    McNear has 2 open positions for Playground Supervisors. Click here to find out more & submit an application.

    Time to Enroll for Next Year! TK or K Siblings? Neighbors?

    Registration for next year is in full swing, please help us spread the word about our amazing school community. Information about tours, enrollment and our school can be found in our special edition newsletter linked here. Thank you for sharing with friends and neighbors. We have spaces in all grades but particularly kinder and first for the coming year.
    2021-2022 McNear Intent to Return Survey

    Please take a moment to fill out this survey for EACH CHILD you have enrolled at McNear.


    Memorial Day

    Monday, May 31st

    6th Grade Promotion

    Thursday June 3, 4:00-5:30pm

    Front Lawn

    Last Day of School

    Friday, June 4th