Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

August 29th, 2021

Una nota de la Sra. Larson/ A note from Mrs. Larson

Hola maravillosas familias de McKinley,

Acabamos de terminar nuestra primera semana COMPLETA de clases. Es maravilloso tener a nuestros estudiantes en el patio de recreo y en las aulas. He tenido la oportunidad de observar mucho tanto en el patio de recreo como en el aula. Estar alejado de la rutina durante más de un año y medio puede ser un verdadero desafío. En nuestros primeros días, los estudiantes no recordaban qué era una campana. Cuando sonó la campana del recreo, ninguno de los estudiantes salió del patio. Al principio, me pareció extraño, pero me di cuenta de que no lo habían escuchado a largo plazo. Con mi megáfono a cuestas, tuve que recordarles: "Ese es el final del recreo; por favor, hagan fila". Nuestras primeras dos semanas se han ocupado de trabajar en rutinas y comportamientos apropiados en el aula.

Cuando trabajamos juntos como socios, ayudamos a aliviar los comportamientos no deseados en la escuela.

Un par de cosas que pedimos:

Por favor revise las mochilas de su estudiante para ver si hay juguetes, incluyendo tarjetas coleccionables. Estos se convierten en una distracción, especialmente si se pierden. Asegúrese de que su estudiante tenga una botella de agua con su nombre. ¡Vaya, ya tenemos colección después de 9 días! Hable con su hijo sobre cómo mantener las manos quietas.

Finalmente, Celulares. Los teléfonos celulares deben estar apagados y en las mochilas durante el horario escolar. He pillado a varios estudiantes con teléfonos móviles en el patio e incluso en el aula. Trae un teléfono celular a la escuela bajo su propio riesgo. No asumimos ninguna responsabilidad en caso de pérdida o robo. Entendemos el propósito de que algunos niños los tengan, pero son innecesarios porque nuestra oficina siempre puede conectarlo.

¡Gracias a todos por su colaboración para hacer de McKinley INCREÍBLE!

Hello Wonderful McKinley Families,

We just finished our first FULL week of school. It is so wonderful to have our students on the playground and in the classrooms. I have had the opportunity to observe a lot on both the playground and in the classroom. Being away from the routine for over a year and a half can be really challenging. In our first few days out, students didn't remember what a bell was. As the recess bell chimed, none of the students moved off the yard. At first, I thought it odd but realized they had not heard it in the long term. With my megaphone in tow, I had to remind them, "That's the end of recess; please line up." Our first two weeks have been filled with working on routines and appropriate classroom behaviors.

When we work together as partners, it helps alleviate unwanted behaviors at school.

A couple of things we are asking for:

Please check your student's backpacks for toys, including trading cards. These become a distraction, especially if they get lost. Make sure your student has a water bottle with their name on it. Boy, do we already have a collection after 9 days! Talk to your child about keeping their hands to themselves.

Finally, cell phones. Cell phones are to be off and in backpacks during school hours. I have caught several students with cell phones on the yard and even in the classroom. You bring a cell phone to school at your own risk. We take zero liability if it is lost or stolen. We understand the purpose of cell phones and want to work with you to eliminate the problem.

Thank you all for your partnership in making McKinley AWESOME!


This Tuesday is Back To School Night!

When: Tuesday, August 31st
Where: In person at Mckinley
1st- 3rd 5:00 - 6:00
4th-6th 6:10 - 7:10
7th - 8th 5:00 - 6:00

What happens if you can't come?: Teachers will send home information/ slides from their presentation.

Will you have translators? Yes

Can students come? NO, not this year due to reducing the number of people on campus.

We can't wait to see you all there!

Soccer League

Elementary Soccer League

We are excited to announce that we are starting our first PCS elementary soccer league! Students don't need to have previous experience in order to participate. Schools will practice and scrimmage at their school site from September 20th - November 2nd and then participate in a final tournament with all PCS schools in early November as a culminating event. Practices will be held either on Mondays or Tuesdays after school at your child’s school site. We are hoping to form multiple teams at each school and then group students by grade level. What better way to bring our community together than by coaching students in a teambuilding sport.

What your child will need:

  • TK/K- just their sneakers (NO cleats or shin guards)

  • 1st-3rd- shin guards required, soccer cleats are recommended but not required

  • 4th-6th- shin guards and soccer cleats are required

If you don’t have access to soccer equipment OR if you have shin guards or cleats you would like to donate, please contact Gina Roberts at to coordinate.

Please make sure to complete the following:

  • Suggested donation of $40 per child, check made payable to Petaluma City Schools

Your school sites practices are as follows:

Mondays or Tuesdays after school from September 20th-November 2nd AT MCKINLEY.

TK/K - 1:45-2:45 on Mondays

1st-3rd- 2:40-3:40 on Tuesdays

4th-6th- 3:00-4:00 on Mondays

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

August 31st Back To School Night for grades 1- 8 (Check times above)

September 6th Labor Day NO School

September 15th PTA Meeting

September 17th BINGO

September 24th Intercultural Cafe

September 30th Dine and Donate

September Salsa Festival (DATE TBD)

School Menus : Click the picture for more information

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Wanted: Awesome People Like You

The PTA has planned many initiatives throughout the school year, and we can't do our work without our wonderful volunteers.

We have several opportunities for volunteers including:

  • Traffic Flow/Safe Routes to School
  • Science Night
  • School Clean Up
  • Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • Sustainability Program
  • Winter Festival
  • PTA liaison for your class

Intrigued? Fill out this form to let us know your interests.

If you have any questions, email Emily Oh at

After-School Enrichment Registration Begins Wednesday

We are excited to begin our After-School Enrichment session this fall.

Classes will begin on Monday, September 20th and run for 8 weeks. This session we will be offering Martial Arts on Monday, Jewelry Making, and Chess on Wednesdays.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 1st through September 15th. Online and in-person registration will be available.

To read the class descriptions and register, click here.

Forms will be available in the office on Wednesday, September 1.

Classes will fill up quickly, so register early. Any questions or concerns please contact ASE coordinator, Jessica Servin at

PTA Meeting Preference Survey

We want to make sure that as many families as possible participate in our monthly PTA meetings, so we want to know how you'd prefer to meet this school year.

Please fill out this survey to let us know your preference. It takes less than 30 seconds.

Thank you so much to all the families that joined us for our PTA meeting on Wednesday. Check out our event calendar to see all we have planned for the school year and take a look at the meeting minutes.

We Invite YOU to Join the McKinley PTA Today!

Did you know that the PTA does a lot more than raise funds for McKinley? While we provide funding to help meet the school's needs, we also host a variety of community events throughout the year like Bingo Nights, Multicultural Cafés, and the Winter Festival to connect you with other families.

The McKinley PTA community welcomes and encourages leadership, volunteerism and membership from ALL of our families. There are many reasons to join!

We are an inclusive community and value participation from all families. Membership is $10 per person or you may have your membership sponsored for free.

Join the PTA Now!

Buy-in Parties from the Mustang Social Are Still Available!

We still have tickets available for some of the great buy-in parties from our spring auction. These parties are great opportunities to connect with other McKinley families, especially if you are new to the school or just love being a social butterfly.

Below are the links to purchase tickets and read more information:

Guys Night Out Whiskey Tasting ($30/person): September 11, 2021

Mystery Mission & Meal ($40/person): September 12, 2021

Oktoberfest Party ($65/person): October 16, 2021

Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on

You can earn money for McKinley 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.

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COVID Questions

I wanted to let you know that our updated Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook has been posted to the COVID-19 Hub on our PCS website. Here's the link:

The Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook (Handbook) is intended to be a helpful resource for families to both understand our safety protocols and navigate the school year ahead. We will continue to update it regularly to reflect new changes in guidance throughout the year.