McKinley Monthly

October 2021

Upcoming Events - October

Grade 5 Plains Art Museum Field Trip 8

Grade 5 MSUM Field Trip 12

Conferences 14, 18

Photo Retakes 18

No School 21, 22

From the Principal

The 2021-2022 school year is off and running and we want to welcome 166 students and their families. We are glad you have joined us at McKinley Elementary!

The McKinley staff is a dedicated and caring staff that enthusiastically looks ahead to the new school year. The staff has worked collaboratively to identify values that we want people to think of when they hear McKinley Elementary.

Thank you for working with us to use these words and actions in your daily activities.





We are SAFE

We are McKinley


Conferences provide the opportunity for you and your child's teacher to -

  • Become acquainted
  • Discuss your child's progress on the standards at each grade
  • Share information about your child
  • Plan together for the further growth of your child
  • Discuss the school program and any concerns you might have

Parent/Teacher conferences are being scheduled virtually or in-person for Thursday, October 14, and Monday, October 18 from 3-7 p.m. Please watch your child's backpack for a scheduling form to arrive. It is important that you confirm the time of your conference by returning this form to your child's teacher. We look forward to seeing you!

Notification of School Accountability

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well its schools are doing. North Dakota's future success depends on preparing students to graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and desire to be successful. State education departments require accountability reports for every public school in the state. The School Accountability Report outlines how schools are performing on the elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

North Dakota has a public dashboard designed to help communities across the state access important data in K-12 districts and schools, including COVID-19 Response. Insights feature easy-to-read reports on many measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress, student engagement results, and state accountability.

To find out information about our school, visit the dashboard at, select "Find My School", and search alphabetically. Please note, data made available to the public hides data for groups with less than 10 students to protect private information about individual students and will say "no data available".

Family Engagement

We have district plans for working to continuously improve educational programs at our schools. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student learning by participating in school initiatives, offering input and support in our educational goals to raise student achievement, and volunteering at school. Meeting our school's goals will take a united effort, and we look forward to working with families to continue the success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

Our school has completed a continuous improvement plan and it is also available on the Insights Dashboard. McKinley is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 165.

Counselor's Corner

Hello and welcome back to another school year! I wanted to share the good news that I will be at McKinley full time this year. I am so excited that I will be available every day to work with our students and families. If you need to contact me, please call 446-5217 or email me at

The counseling lessons that I teach are from Second Step. The Second Step program promotes school success, school connectedness, and safe & respectful school climate. We focus on Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving. During September and October my lessons are focused on the Skills for Learning. In September, we learned how to focus our attention and to listen with respect. October’s lessons with focus on using self-talk to ignore distractions and how to be assertive and ask for help when you need it.

Coats for Kids & Families Distribution

The Salvation Army will give coats and winter apparel away to families in need in Cass, Clay, and Becker counties by appointment only at The Salvation Army in Fargo during the month of October. Families can register by using the link below.

Let's Get Lock-y!

Don't forget to lock your bike!

We encourage our students to ride their bikes to school. We want them to be safe, to wear a helmet, and to properly secure their bike to the bike rack, using a heavy-duty lock to keep it protected throughout the day. Please consider providing your student with a bike lock. Thank you!

Husky Hutch - Sponsored by the Great Plains Food Bank


We have a program that can help you! The Husky Hutch Food Pantry! We offer assistance at any time.


The mission of the Husky Hutch Food Pantry is a free service to help alleviate child hunger through the provision of food to children and their families at school. The pantry is located on the grounds of Clara Barton Elementary School and is intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance and clothing assistance to low-income students and their families. It is open to all elementary school children in the Fargo Public Schools Network and is accessible through a Student Wellness Facilitator (SWFF), School Counselor, or School Principal. It could be a one-time visit or more as needed and is totally confidential.

What types of items will be available at the school pantry?

Most of the items available are shelf-stable, nutritious, and easy to prepare so that the children are able to care for themselves as much as possible. Some staples that should be available include:

  • Crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit bars, chips, etc.
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Cereal
  • Canned soups and pasta meals
  • Applesauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables
  • Beverages (water, juice, etc.)
  • Assortment of other food items
  • Assortment of hygiene products

Contact us at

If you wish to make a donation to the Husky Hutch, below is a list of currently needed items. All donations can be dropped off a the Clara Barton Elementary Office, 1417 6 St S, Fargo, 701-446-4400.


Canned fruit and vegetables

Body wash


Full-size deodorant

Toilet paper

Dish soap

Diapers (all sizes)

Laundry soap

Dryer sheets

Easy Mac & Cheese, Ramen, ready made meals

Pop Tarts, breakfast bars


Fargo Public Schools Illness Guidelines

Children with the following symptoms should not be sent to school and/or school activities if they have:

Indication of a temperature of 100 degrees or above

Undiagnosed rash or sores

Vomiting or diarrhea

Students may not return to school until:

The student is diagnosed by a physician to have a contagious infection and places the student on a prescription. First dose of medicine must have been taken 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol), etc. to keep the temperature down

There has been no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours

Delivery of Flowers/Balloons

Please refrain from having flowers and balloons delivered to your student at school as they are a distraction from our educational day plans. Keep in mind that these items are not delivered to the classroom, and do remain in the office until the end of the school day when your student is asked to pick them up as school is dismissed. We appreciate your understanding and assistance with this request.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant

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