May 9th- 13th 2022

Una nota de la Sra. Larson/ A note from Mrs. Larson

Dear McKinley Families,

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had a restful weekend.

We have a lot happening the next 5 week, continue to look for updates to our calendar. This Thursday is open house from 5:30 - 6:30 hope to see you all there. We have a lot to celebrate.

PTA is still looking for board members. PTA is essential to McKinley/PACS, bringing important programs, vital resources and wonderful supplies to our classrooms. Thank you!

Have A Great Week!

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Our Spring Fundraiser is Next Saturday! Don't miss out and buy your tickets today!

We have a really fun night planned with music, dancing, delicious food, and community. The silent and live auction items are incredible, and include phenomenal tickets to see the Giants and the Sacramento Kings, artwork from each grade, restaurant gift cards, and much more!

If you can't join us, there are a few ways you can help us meet our fundraising goals:

  • Purchase a ticket for a teacher! They deserve a night of fun:
  • Buy a raffle ticket! We will be selling raffle tickets for some great teacher experiences in front of the school at pick-up time until May 20th to close off our fundraiser activities. 1 ticket for $1, 5 tickets for $3.
  • Volunteer! You can help us sell raffle tickets after school or if you have a couple of hours to spare on the morning of the 14th to help with set up for our event, we'd love your help. Sign up here:
  • Tell your friends! Forward this email to families you know in our community to let them know about the event!

Congratulations Willow Mullen

Willow's film "Hank The Hero" came in first place at the Andersen Valley Film festival in the middle school category. Willow earned $100 for Mrs. Gill's film Studies class.
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Tryouts for the 4th-8th grade talent show will be Tuesday May 10th (after school from 3pm to approx. 5pm*). Please complete the Sign-up form before coming to the tryout

Sign-up link:

*students may be picked up as soon as their tryout is complete;

tryouts will be completed in the order of sign-up forms turned in.

Mandatory rehearsal will be: on May 17th (after school from 3:00 to approx. 4:30 pm)

There may be additional rehearsals during lunch, as needed.

If you would like to be a crew or a host, please see Ms. Daly, Room 18

The 4-8 Talent Show will be on June 2nd

10:45am-11:50am for the school

6:00pm-7:30pm for families (performers arrive at 5:30)

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

May 10th 4th - 8th grade Talent Show try out

May 12th Open House

May 14th Spring Fundraiser

May 17th Mandatory rehearsal for 4th - 8th talent Show

May 19th Westside Relays (5th and 6th grade)

May 20th McKinley Film Festival Submissions due

May 25th PTA Meeting and 2022-2023 Board Elections

May 27th McKinley Film Festival

May 27th SOM assembly

May 31st 4th Grade Bike Rodeo

June 1st Volunteer Tea (7:45 am)

June 1st K- 3 Talent Show

June 2nd, 4th - 8th Talent Show

June 3rd PACS Dance

June 8th 8th Grade Promotion (5:00)

June 9th 6th-grade Promotion (TBD)

June 9th 6th grade Field Trip to Beach

June 10th, Last Day of School/ Field Day

Looking for Summer Camps

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River Town Racers (RTR) Summer Clinic: June 20-25

River Town Racers (RTR) Summer Clinic: June 20-25

Learn to race sprint kayaks on the Petaluma River at our only introductory camp for new prospective club members in 2022. Kayak sprint is an exciting Olympic sport, and it starts with an Introduction to Kayak Racing clinic where young people are invited to discover if this sport might be for them.

Dates: Mon-Sat, June 20-25
Times: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 12:00+ lunch and awards (wrap up by 2pm)
Cost: $425 (24 hrs of instruction)

Paddler ages: 11-15 (must be 11 years old by June 20th)

Submit your application here:

Learn more about the River Town Racers:

Email Sammy Ahmed, RTR Board Member, with any questions about the clinic at

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Yearbook Links

Yearbooks are on sale until May 12. The special lowest price option is NOW through May 5th.

Families can purchase and add personalized pages (great for 6th and 8th-grade families!)

If you cannot purchase a yearbook online, you can come to the office with the exact change or check made out to McKinley PTA and fill out an order form. There is no personalization allowed for yearbooks purchased with cash/check.

Link to upload photos:

Link for yearbook sales:

(I attached the QR code)

New Testing sign up for color

Here is the registration link for parents to register their students to the new color system(This allows them to do both PRC and Professionally administered Rapid Test). We have been getting parents that are registering their students in the old color system.

Also attached is the QR code. We recommend printing it out and having it available for parents to use in your offices.

Student Link

Did you know that our PTA can't operate without a president?

We need YOU to step up and join our board for the 2022-2023 school year.

This school year the McKinley PTA has provided funding for:

  • A bilingual instructional assistant for the lower grades
  • A physical education teacher
  • Classroom supplies for every McKinley/PACS teacher
  • A site license for Reflex Math software
  • A second Gaga ball pit
  • A new playground (coming this summer for next school year!)
  • And much more!

We have plans to continue to fund amazing initiatives next school year, but we cannot do this without a PTA board. We are looking for a few enthusiastic individuals for the following positions:

  • President (the PTA can't legally operate without a president!)
  • Vice-president
  • Financial Secretary
  • VP of Communications
  • VP of Fundraising

A full description of the roles and responsibilities can be found here.

If you are interested in any of these roles — or you would like to nominate someone — please email us at and let us know!

Elections will be held at our May 25th meeting! (Note change of date)

Meet the Current Board for a Q&A Session

Want to find out about the different board positions? Would you like to learn more about the time commitment and expectations?

Please join current board members and other McKinley families for a Zoom Q&A session on Monday, May 16th at 7:00pm to get all your questions answered.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 845 0226 2361
Passcode: 131851

Recess and Lunch Volunteers - One shift a week for the month of May

Volunteer just one recess (10:05 – 10:45 am) or lunchtime (11:45 am – 1:00pm) per week (more or less if you’d like).

Volunteers will support recess and/or lunchtime eating/recess for 1st through 8th graders (parents of TK and K also welcome to volunteer). You will assist during two timeframes, 1st – 3rd grade, and/or 4th – 8th grade*.

Volunteers will ensure students eat snack/lunch, clean up after themselves and stay safe during recess play. Volunteers have the opportunity to utilize or build skills in conflict management, basic first aid and social coaching skills will be developed.

Questions? Need help signing up for a shift?
Lori (415) 706-9591
Alicia (habla español) (501) 398-8116
Elizabeth (habla español) (310) 251-2191

Sign up for a shift now or Learn More

Earn donations for McKinley when you shop at no additional cost to you!

  1. Shop at Petaluma Market or Oliver’s Markets: these grocers will donate 2.5% of your purchase amount to the McKinley PTA if you have the Store’s Community Card. Learn how to get started

  2. Shop on Amazon: Shop through and the charity of your choice will receive a portion of your purchase.

    Follow these instructions
    to add McKinley as your chosen non-profit. You may also configure your Amazon mobile app to ensure all your purchases are credited to our school.

  3. Scan your grocery receipts with the BoxTops app: Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

    Follow the full instructions here
    to get started!