McKinley Elementary School

Weekly News--October 11-15

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the month of October! Our classrooms are buzzing with learning and our students are filling our Bulldog Buck tower in the office each week. We are more than halfway to our schoolwide reward. Keep being safe, responsible, and respectful!

October 21 is the Great American Shakeout. We will have an earthquake drill this day at school. Please review earthquake safety at home with your child as well. Use this link for more information: https://www.shakeout.org/california/

As part of the LCAP for Susanville School District and to help us review our program here at McKinley, we need your honest opinions. Please use this link to complete the California Healthy Kids Parent Survey. This survey will be open until November 19. Our staff and School Site Council appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback.

This is the last week to send a "Boo-Gram" to your child, your child's friends, or even the whole class. Our PTA is also hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 29. If you would like more information, please read the PTA information section of this newsletter. You can also email mckinleypta.bulldogs@gmail.com or message the PTA on their Facebook page.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Ms. Cockerill

TK/K Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Field trips are happening! Our TK/K classes went to the pumpkin patch this past week.

Cross Country Results

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McKinley took first place for the third week in a row! Here are the students who placed in this week's Cross Country Race:

Tobin Schlesinger--9:54 (First Place, 1st/2nd Grade Boys)

William Lepage--9:55 (SecondPlace, 1st/2nd Grade Boys)

Lillian Shepard--11:10 (First Place, 1st/2nd Grade Girls)

Alice Lepage--19:02 (Third Place, P/K girls)


The next race will be Thursday at Ranch Park.

Staff Feature

Each week we will use this section to introduce you to our staff at McKinley. This week we continue to introduce to you our teachers.
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Mrs. Carolyn O'Brien--Kindergarten

Mrs. O'Brien has been a teacher at McKinley Elementary for 15 years. Prior to that, she was a substitute teacher in Susanville for 5 years. While most of her teaching experience is with our kindergarten students, she did teach 4th grade for one year. Mrs. O'Brien loves to teach letters and sounds to help our kindergarten students become readers. She also enjoys teaching numbers and counting so that our students will love math! Mrs. O'Brien says, "I love to be with the children. They are quick to give hugs!" Our students, staff, and families, all appreciate the warmth Mrs. O'Brien brings each day!

Title VI News

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Lost and Found

Our lost and found is already starting to fill with coats and other items. It is located right inside the entrance at the main hallway. Putting your child's name on items will help us return them. With colder temperatures in the morning, this is very important. Please check the lost and found!
If you would like to purchase school spirit wear, please use the order form sent home with students or you can order using this link.
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Free Breakfast and Lunch

All of our students receive free breakfast and lunch this year.


Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:10. Please allow enough time for your child to eat prior to school starting. The tardy bell rings at 8:15.

PTA Information

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Box Tops For Education

Our PTA is continuing to collect Box Tops. Teachers will each have a collection box in their classrooms. You can also download the new Box Top app on a smartphone. When you do so, choose McKinley as you school! Scan your receipts and Box Tops will put the points into our school account.

Thank you for supporting our school~

Community Information

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Upcoming Events

10/18 Early Release Monday--Dismissal at 1:35

10/19-10/20 Cross Country Practice

10/20 Boo Grams Due

10/21 Great American Shakeout--Earthquake Drill

10/21 Cross Country Meet at Shaffer

10/22 Box Top Fall Collection ends

10/29--Boo Grams Delivered/PTA Trunk or Treat