McNear PTA Newsletter

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Wish Benefit Update!

Wish Benefit - Saturday, May 4th 5-10pm at the Petaluma Women's Club

Ticket Prices Increase Saturday!

Ticket prices increase Saturday (4/27) at 8pm so get yours today at .

Donations are due Monday

Thanks to everyone who helped contribute items to our silent and live auctions. The response has been so good, we are no longer in need of additional items. However, please be sure to bring any outstanding items to the office by Monday (4/29) or contact Leslie Buerger at to arrange for pick-up.

Call for Volunteer Help

We are in need a of 4-6 people to serve as spotters and/or recorders to help ensure our live auction runs smoothly. This does not require being on stage or presenting, but it does require your full attention for the duration of the live auction (about 30 min). For more information, or if you are interested in helping with this, please contact Stacey Jennings at

We are also in need of someone to pick up coffee for our dessert service from the Acre Coffee on 4th St. (just 1.5 blocks from the venue) at 6pm and deliver it to the event. Please contact Britt Galler at if you are able to help facilitate a fun caffeine run!

2019 Paddle Pledge & Live Auction Items Announced

This year, at the request of a broad coalition of parents, we are taking the bold step of funding a new Campus Advisor position to help support the social-emotional needs of our kids on the playground and across campus throughout the school day. As you'll read below, we have already started a pilot of this position, hiring the amazing Nanci Ryan to take on this important role. We hope that you will consider lending your financial support to to fund this position during this year's Paddle Pledge.

Live Auction

We have an absolutely stellar line up for our live auction this year which will feature; Vacation getaways to Mexico, Hawaii and Newport Beach, as well as two separate wine wall collections, and "A Year of Pampering" package. Start planning your bidding strategy now!

Hate to Say Goodnight?

Join us for the afterparty at the Big Easy featuring Citizen Flannel! Show starts at 10pm

The Paddle Pledge: Our New Campus Advisor

At the start of the year the idea of bringing back a student advisor bubbled up in many conversations, but it was clear that this niche could not be filled by just anyone. With just the right timing things fell into place; our PTA was able to commit pilot funding and the perfect person came forward bringing positive energy, community connections and steadfast dedication to students. Nanci Ryan is not new to the McNear Community, she has served as the Mentor Me school site coordinator since 2007 pairing students with adult mentors, organizing lunch activities and this year bringing staff and community members together to host the successful after school homework club. In her added role as student advisor, Nanci is already out welcoming families each morning and improving safety at the crosswalk, connecting students with one another and just right games at recess, assisting in classrooms, running small groups, evaluating schoolwide needs and helping us dream big for a community of caring and learning for all. Please join us in welcoming and partnering with Nanci, we are so grateful she is here! Nanci can be found out and about on campus, in her office in the main hallway or via email:

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McNear Spring Music Concerts

McNear Spring Music Concerts - Wednesday May 8, 2019

6:30PM Grade 5/6 Band

7:30PM Grade 5/6 Chorus

The fifth and sixth grade Band & Chorus students of McNear School are looking forward to performing their musical selections in the upcoming Spring Music Concerts. The McNear School Community, parents and family members are invited to attend these special events.

MASC Update!

The MASC Committee has been busy during the 2018-2019 school year! Updates include:

  • MASC space construction has been completed. Teacher trainings are underway to facilitate usage of the space and curriculum development. Thanks to O’Meara Cover and Sarah Shah for their efforts in establishing this infrastructure.
  • A new MASC sign has been installed thanks to talented work of parent Tanner Boeger.
  • A 3-D printer has been purchased and is being assembled in the room, for development of CAD and 3D printing workshops.
  • After School Enrichment programs, Art Club and Visual Thinking Strategy programs continue to activate the space, thanks to Catherine Sky, Linsey Larimore and O’Meara Cover for leading these efforts.
  • A MASC Docent program, led by parents to bring their unique science and arts backgrounds into classroom curriculums, is in development, along with a MASC Handbook. The program launched in April with a Robotics lesson in the 4th grade led by Ramsey Musallam.
  • Students participated in a second year of the Science Challenge Competition, coached by dedicated parent Jay Roberts.
  • McNear Robotics Team is in its second year, led by Ramsey Musallam, and getting ready to compete May 4th.

We are excited to share what we’ve been up to at McNear’s Open House on May 15th. Please stop by the space and check out student projects, our new 3-D printer in action, and demonstrations from McNear’s Robotics program.

We are always looking for parent support to help grow the MASC Committee. For more information, contact Dave Felix at

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Upcoming Events

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 5/3

Wish Benefit 5/4

PTA Meeting (Postponed Elections) 5/6

Open House + Art Show 5/15

Variety Show 5/17

Sixth Grade Promotion 5/30

Last Day of School 5/31