McKinley Monthly

February 2022

Upcoming Events - February

PTA Meeting - February 1

Planetarium FT - Grade 5 - February 7

Plains Art Museum FT - Grade 3 - February 16

No School - Professional Development for Teachers - February 21

Elephant & Piggy Play FT - Grades KGN & Grade 2 - February 28

From the Principal

Our spring Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 3rd and March 7th from 3-7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you at your child's conference. This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to come together to ensure the best possible chance of success for your child. It's an opportunity for us to share information on how your child is doing in class. Please put this on your calendar and start making arrangements to attend.

As a parent of former elementary students, I am reminded how much they look forward to their parents and teacher talking about them. They are filled with curiosity about what we are saying and thinking. Because of this, we try to share as much of the positives as we can because we know how proud children can be when we are sharing positive things about them. This is the excitement that we hope children are able to continue to bring to school each day. We also know that children can lose motivation pretty quickly if conferences turn into a negative situation as we discuss concerns. Children can be disappointed and let down if they think that nothing but negative things are being shared between the main people in their lives. If you have concerns, we will work together to support your child, while remaining positive and proud of who they are.

McKinley Students of the Month for December 2021

McKinley Students of the Month are nominated by staff members based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. The following students were nominated for the months of November. Congratulations to all!


Gia Corl

Grade 1

Harper Honl

Grade 2

Abby Niemi

Grade 3

Izzy Sanoski

Grade 4

Makayla Johnson

Grade 5

Andrew Martin

Hey 5th Graders - Come Join the BFMS Band!

Greetings 5th Grade Families! We are excited to help you start your band experience next year in 6th grade! We first invite you to the All-Northside Band Concert at Fargo North SpartanDome on Thursday, Jan. 20th at 6pm for our Music of Broadway concert. This concert will go from approximately 6–6:40 p.m. and will showcase 6 – 12 grade bands with a few mass numbers at the end. This is a great time to look, listen and think about what band instrument you might like to play!

Second, come to Ben Franklin on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 10 from 5-7 p.m. to try out the instruments, meet the band directors and visit with local music store representatives. Please come to the Ben Franklin main lobby outside of the auditorium. Use the Main (East) entrance. It is okay to come to the other time if your scheduled school time does not work for your family. If you are unable to attend either of these nights, BF band directors will be returning to the elementary music classrooms so all students may have an opportunity to try.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 4:30–7:30 p.m. - for Washington, Roosevelt & Clara Barton/Hawthorne or Thursday, Feb 10 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. - for Longfellow, Madison & McKinley.

Kirstin Carlson

Band Director

Instrumental Sectional Teacher

Ben Franklin Middle School

Woodwind Mentor

Trollwood Mainstage Musical

Fargo Public Schools

701-446-3821 Classroom

701-446-3637 Band Office

McKinley Book Fair Returns!

Thursday, March 3 and Monday, March 7, 2022

During Parent/Teacher Conferences

3-7 p.m.


Stop by and purchase your favorite book!

Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 is open online at on February 1, 2022. 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 in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by 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 help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006. Thank you!

McKinley/Grace Covenant Sewing Club

McKinley students are creating memories on Mondays at Grace Covenant Church by making projects for themselves, gifts for their families, and items to help people in the community and around the globe.

The first project was a pillowcase they fashioned for themselves. Then they each made a dress or shorts to put in shoeboxes to send to boys and girls worldwide. They also made two holiday gifts for someone in their family. Next semester, they will be learning how to use different fabrics and studying some more challenging sewing steps.

If you are interested in signing up your 4th or 5th grader for next years club, please let the office know by calling 701-446-5200.

School Make Up Days

Due to the weather-related school cancellations on January 7 and January 14, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up days built in to the school calendar. Fargo Public Schools will hold classes on Monday, April 18, 2022 and Monday, May 16, 2022. These days are now days that students and staff are expected to be at school.

Community Resources

School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:

  • FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1 (24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)

  • Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660

  • If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1

Support Your School - Clip Box Tops

Box Tops - a Great Way to Earn Cash for the McKinley PTA!

It's quick and easy! Clip your box tops and send them to school with your student. See the flyer for all of the details.

Winter Weather

Reminder! Please dress your students warmly. If the temperature does not exceed -10 below zero wind chill, we will go outside for the entire recess break! Each class is outside for 20 minutes.

Waterford UPSTART

Free At-Home Pre-K Program for Fargo Public School Families!

Waterford Upstart is an at-home Kindergarten, readiness program that gives your child a fun start in reading, math, and science in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Register at 1-888-982-9898 or at

It's not too early too start getting ready for Kindergarten!

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
  • 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.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant, Editor