Mustang Magazine

Week of Monday, January 9 - Friday, January 13

Dear McKinley Community,

Welcome, 2023! I hope you enjoyed time with your family and friends during the holidays while also finding time to rejuvenate yourselves. After a break, we remember how to incorporate the important things which keep us going. As we return to school on Monday, January 9th, our staff is ready to engage our students and pick up right where we left off. We look forward to seeing all of you!

Take care,

Gina Roberts

PACS PE, RSP Aide, and Spanish Teacher Positions Open at McKinley

We are looking to fill the PACS PE position, an aide for our RSP classroom, and hire a Spanish teacher. If you, or anyone you know, are interested, please see the job postings below. Please help us spread the word!

Instructional Assistant - Special Ed (RSP) - McKinley

Enrichment Specialist - Physical Education - PACs

Spanish Teacher - McKinley Elementary & Petaluma Accelerated Charter School

Crosswalk Volunteers Needed

As we all know, the traffic around McKinley can be a lot at times and brings about concerns regarding the safety of our students and families. We are looking for volunteers to help support as:

  • Crossing guard from 8:05-8:20 on the corner of Madison and Ellis
  • Crossing guard from 8:05-8:20 on the corner of Madison and Payran

Please get in touch with Carly Costello at

PCS 2023-24 School Calendars

PCS recently released the school calendars for the 2023-24 school year. Please see the attached for the specifics.

Interested in sending your student to Petaluma Accelerated Charter School for 7th-8th Grades?

Click here for the slide show that was shared at the info night

View a video recording of last year's info night

2023 PACS Campus Tours - Sign-up here

● Wednesday, January 11 @ 11:00 AM
● Thursday, January 12 @ 9:00 AM
● Wednesday, January 18 @ 9:00 AM
● Tuesday, January 24 @ 1:30 PM
● Thursday, February 2 @ 11:00 AM


PACS Application Packets Available in the McKinley Office

  • Friday, December 16th

PACS Math and Writing Assessment (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS )

Enrollment Closes

  • Friday, January 27th - 4:00pm

Admission and Acceptance letters mailed to students by

  • Friday, February 24th

PACS Orientation and First Day of School

  • August 2023

  • Information will be shared Summer of 2023

For more information on the application process and to access the application click here

Library News

There will be an author visit for TK-3rd grades on Tuesday, 1/10/23, with Cindy Derby. Cindy will be introducing her new book "Blurp!".

Please see the online order link; the password is Read.

Canceled---Friday, 1/13/23 Maria Scriven

Trex Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Challenge

McKinley & PACS will participate in the Trex plastic bag and film recycling challenge starting on December 6th. The school will be competing against other schools across the country to see if we can recycle the most plastic bags and plastic film. The winning school will receive a new Trex bench! From December 6th - April 15th (Earth Day), there will be bins at both entrances of the school for you to recycle your plastic bags and film.

Please know that this is only for plastic bags and plastic film items. Signage of what is accepted and not accepted will be noted on the collection bins.

Click the link to understand what is an acceptable item to include in the collection bin.

Earn McKinley free money. Use Amazon Smile.

Did you know that you can earn your school free money every time you buy merchandise through Amazon smile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases bought through to the charity of your choice.

Same amazon you know but in order to generate donations, you must always shop at instead (or configure your Amazon App)

The Amazon Smile program allows you to do this with a one time simple set up process. Cannot get easier!

How it works

Join Amazon Smile

  1. Log into with your login information
  2. Mouseover Account & Lists and click on AmazonSmile
  3. Click on the Change charity button
  4. In the search box under “Or pick your own charitable organization” type in McKinley PACS and push the Search button.

  5. Select McKinley/PACS PTA Petaluma from the list.

  6. You’re done! You should receive the confirmation below. Now every time you start an Amazon purchase at a small portion of your purchase will go to McKinley.

    Remember, if you purchase from and not through we will NOT receive funds. So please ALWAYS

More PTA Announcements

For more PTA announcements, ways to get involved and to support the McKinley PTA and our community checkout the PTA Website!!

Upcoming Events

  • 1/9- First day back from break
  • 1/11- PACS Tour- 11 am
  • 1/12- PACS Tour- 9 am
  • 1/13- TK-6 Tour - 10:45 am
  • 1/16 - No School
  • 1/18- PTA Meeting- 6:30 PM