McKinley Mustang Newsletter

November 16th - 20th

A note from Mrs. Larson

This week we finish up parent-teacher conferences and head into a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving. I know that many of us need this break to recharge as we head into the holidays. I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher and think about goals that you can help your child achieve when we get back. Goal setting has always helped me with getting through my toughest times.

At this time of year, I also like to reflect on what I am thankful for. I'm thankful for many things in my personal life but I will focus on what I am thankful for at McKinley:

-I am thankful for the big smiles through masks when I see kiddos picking up work.

-I am thankful for the kind words of hope that I hear from adults that visit our office.

-I am thankful for the teachers that work countless hours to make an impossible situation possible for so many students.

-I am thankful for our awesome custodians that keep our school looking beautiful.

-I am thankful for our office staff that works hard to take care of families in need and always answer the phones with care and understanding.

-I am thankful for our classified staff that has stepped up to work with our cohorts and call families in need.

-I am thankful for our families that are trying their best even when the days can be long.

This list can keep going for sure.

Take time to think about what you are thankful for and share it with others. I know it helps me get through those tough days.

With Gratitude,

Ani Larson

McKinley CARES

McKinley Cares Is asking for Safeway gift card donations for the Thanksgiving season. Would love to gather Safeway gift cards in denominations of $25. That way we can spread the love. If you are interested you can send the e-card to Ani Larson at
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Online Book Fair Coming soon 12/7 - 12/13

Greetings McKinley Parents,

We are thrilled to announce that we are going to be partnering with Copperfield’s Books to provide an Online Book Fair fundraiser for our school! This is a fabulous opportunity for us to support a local business, while also raising money for much-needed resources to help us better support our students and families. Here’s what you need to know:

The week of our Online Book Fair is: Monday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 13

The website for the Online Book Fair is:

Attached are Copper Picks, a PDF Flier, and a Wish List sheet so that while maybe taking a sneak peek at the website, you can start figuring out what you might want to add to your home library!

We are very excited about this partnership and this opportunity to receive a benefit for our school while also sharing a love of literature. We thank you for your support and look forward to your participation, and wish you happy reading!

Take care,

Kathy O’Sullivan

McKinley Library Coordinator

Dance-a-thon Update!

Final total raised: $21,282!

Thank you so much for participating in our Dance-a-thon! We raised $21,282 to support each and every McKinley/PACS student.

Ms. Alton’s class raised the most among the lower grades and they earned free ice cream scoops from Baskin Robbins.

Mr. Jackson’s class raised the most in PACS and they will get a free slice of pizza from Rafy’s Pizza.

Theo Ruebusch (2nd Grade - Ms. Alton) raised the most individually and he will get a gift basket that has gift certificates to Lombardi’s BBQ and Stockhome, bottles of wine (for the adults) and apple cider for the kids.

Information on how to receive your incentives is coming!

Special thanks to Jessica Servin and Ashley Fitting for helping to put this all together, our awesome finance team on the board (Kelly Pounds and Juliet Bowen), Channon Cederna for creating the t-shirt design, and the folks at Givemefive for producing t-shirts.

Get Involved with the PTA

General PTA Meeting Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30pm

Join us via Zoom this Wednesday for our November PTA meeting. Click here for the meeting link and agenda.

Haven't Joined the PTA yet?

By joining the PTA, you help us meet our school’s needs that are outside the scope of their budget. You also get great discounts, locally and nationally. When you go a step further and volunteer to help with events—or join our board— you set a fine example for our students to follow, and greatly encourage our teachers and staff.

More Information About Joining the PTA

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Connect with the PTA and Your Fellow Mustang Families

Can’t remember where you saw an announcement?
Our website has the latest information about our fundraisers, Dine, Sweat and Donate and all our volunteer opportunities.

Other Ways to Support McKinley/PACS

Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Holiday Shopping on

You can earn McKinley free money every time you buy merchandise through at no extra cost to you. 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.

BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

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!