McKinley Monthly

May 2022

Upcoming Events - May

Bonanzaville FT Grade Four - 5

Grade Five to Ben Franklin School - 5

Grades Three, Four, Five Music Program - 10

Zoo FT Kindergarten - 12

Storm Make-Up Day - 16

Grades Kindergarten, One, Two Music Program - 19

Choir/Handchimes Fun Day - 20

Track and Field Day - 25

Last Day of School - 26

Save the Date:

Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 5:30-7 p.m.

School begins - Thursday, August 25, 2022

From the Principal - Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1 - 7

Don't Forget to Thank a Teacher!

Teachers shape our lives!

  • Everyone can think of at least one teacher who pushed us to be our best selves, inspired us, or showed us a new way of thinking. Where would we be without them?

They work really hard!

  • No one works harder than teachers. One study indicates that the average workweek for teachers is 53 hours! They spend a great amount of time creating lesson plans, grading material, and coming up with fun extras to make classroom time more engaging.

They are heroes!

  • They provide comfort, familiarity and support to the well-being of the whole of each student - academically, physically and emotionally.

Teachers, you are valued and we thank you!

McKinley Wildcat Way




We are SAFE


Free School Meals Expiring June 2022

A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.

Title 1 and Fargo Public Schools Culture & Climate Survey's - Your Assistance Requested

Title 1 Parent Survey

McKinley Elementary is a School-wide Title 1 building where ALL of our students benefit from direct Title 1 intervention and/or resources that support them in reaching their goals. Your child/ren have a larger ‘team’ that is monitoring their progress throughout the year where interventions and extensions can be put into place as needed. We value your feedback each year on your child/ren’s growth and also the experiences that they had during the year. Please complete the following short survey to help us reflect on the 2021-2022 school year and then plan for next year. If your child/ren haven’t worked directly with a Title 1 teacher in math or reading please mark NA for those questions in this section.

Thanks for your input.

Mrs. Janssen

2021-2022 Title 1 Parent Survey link:

Fargo Public Schools Culture & Climate Survey

Fargo Public Schools is currently conducting a parent survey and would like your input. The results will be used to improve the environment and relationships at your child’s school. The

survey will end on Friday, May 13th; we hope you are able to take it.

To complete the survey, please select the survey link below or go to the Fargo Public Schools website. This survey is anonymous, takes no more than 5-8 minutes to complete, and is smartphone compatible, too.

Thank you for your input!

Mrs. Janssen

Fargo Public Schools Culture & Climate Survey

McKinley Students of the Month

Staff members nominate students for the McKinley Students of the Month. Those selected are awarded certificates and medals based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. Congratulations to our March recipients!


Anna Hruby

Grade 1

Emmalyn James

Grade 2

Khloe Honl

Grade 3

Abigail Peterson

Grade 4

Lilly Christopher

Grade 5

Tucker Benson

Delivery of Flowers and Balloons

Flowers and balloons delivered for students will be held in the office until the end of the school day when your student will be asked to pick them up as school is dismissed. These items are not allowed in the classroom. Thank you.
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Virtual Academy 2022-2023

Recently, Fargo Public Schools made the decision to continue its Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. For planning purposes, we need to gather information regarding interest for next year.

Elementary (grades K-5): The elementary model will stay the same through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE).

Secondary (grades 6-12): Secondary students will utilize a program called Edgenuity for core classes. This program, currently used at the high schools for credit recovery coursework, provides greater flexibility to meet students’ academic needs. In addition, secondary students will have the opportunity to meet via Zoom with an FPS instructor at scheduled times throughout the day. Elective courses will be offered through NDCDE at the secondary level.

Please complete the survey linked below to indicate your interest in attending the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year:

More information on the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy can be found on our webpage:

If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Academy administrators listed below:

Lori Nappe (Grades K-5)

(701) 446-1601

Holly Fiechtner (Grades 6-12)

(701) 446-1602

It's Time to Return Your Library Books!

A reminder to all students to please return overdue books as soon as possible.

Check under your beds, behind couches and in your backpacks!! Thank you!

Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 is NOW OPEN online at Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process:

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete forms in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

Progress Reports

A final progress report for school year 2021-2022 will be sent home with students the last day of school on May 26, 2022. You may also view it in your students PowerSchool account at any time after this date.

Summer Office Hours

The McKinley school office will be closed for the summer, June 6 through August 4. Any registration and/or questions will be handled through the Fargo Public Schools District Office by calling 701-446-1000.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant, Writer/Editor