McKinley Monthly

April 2021

Upcoming Events - April

No School (Distance Learning Day) - April 1

No School Holiday - April 2

Make Up Storm Day - April 30

Save the Date: Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3 - 7

From the Principal - School Safety

McKinley Elementary has broad response plans in place, and has a Building Emergency Response Team (BERT) who coordinates procedures and drills throughout the year, including:

  • One evacuation drill per month when students are present with one drill occurring within the first 10 days of school.

  • Three lockdown drills occurring each school year with at least one being a threat from outside the building.

  • Three shelter drills occurring each school year with at least two being a tornado drill.

These drills allow for school staff and students to practice emergency procedures. I work with staff members to ensure they know their role in an emergency, teachers in turn work with students to ensure they know the procedures for each type of emergency. Drills allow for practice of these procedures. In addition, the District coordinates an annual large scale evacuation and reunification drill to test our procedures for both of these functions.

We continue to practice and analyze the drills to ensure the best possible chances of safety for all McKinley students. Please feel free to call me at 701-446-5200 if you have any questions.





We are SAFE

We are McKinley

McKinley Students of the Month for February

Staff members nominate students for the McKinley Students of the Month. Those selected are awarded certificates and medals based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. Congratulations to our February recipients!


Scarlett Erdman

Grade 1

Blake Lovell-Johnson

Grade 2

Jo Miller

Grade 3

Zeina Khashan

Grade 4

Kody Sandvik

Grade 5

Garrin Flemmer

AmericaCorp Reading Spotlight

Kudos to Laura Silkey and Peggy Wheeldon of McKinley, Fargo. They started the year in hybrid instruction with 18 students and kept serving until ALL students exited! They have shown such a great commitment to beat COVID instructional loss and help set McKinley students up for success!
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Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021 is NOW OPEN online at Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 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 forms in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before 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 PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

2020-2021 Yearbooks

Compliments of the PTA, each student will receive a 2020-2021 McKinley Wildcat Yearbook free of charge! These will be available in late May. Thank you PTA!


In order to keep all children safe, Fargo Public Schools asks that children and families refrain from visiting playgrounds at our school sites. This is to ensure all children and families remain safe and healthy during this time of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the equipment is germ-free nor can we monitor social distancing or the number of those gathering at playgrounds. We look forward to the time when the community can again enjoy our playgrounds. Thank you, FPS families, for your help in stopping the spread of COVID-19!

Summer School

Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:

June 7th to June 25th

8:00AM – 10:00AM

10:00AM – 12:00PM

All Classes held at Hawthorne Elementary School

555 8th Ave. South Fargo, ND 58103

Transitions Summer School

Transitions Summer School is a teacher referred program. It is designed to provide additional support for students, in the area of math and/or reading, who are in need of extra instruction for them to be successful for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are due by April 15th. Parents will receive an email confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 15th, informing them of their child's placement.

DATES: July 12th-30th (Monday-Friday)
TIMES: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

WHERE: Elementary Buildings

Attendance Policy: Students enrolled in the "Transitions" Summer School Program are expected to be in attendance a minimum of 13 days of the 15 class days scheduled. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they missed during their absence.

Please contact Rebecca Folden, Summer School Director, at 446-4404 with any questions.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant