McKinley Mustang Newsletter

Week of November 4th - 8th

A Note From Your Principal

Hi Wonderful McKinley Families,

First, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our first responders in our wonderful county! I know many of you have loved ones that do these jobs day in and day out. My father served 35 years in the police force and I know the toll that it takes on both the first responders and their families. Please thank them from the bottom of my heart for all of their hard work.

I was able to talk to all staff over the last two days and it was wonderful to hear that everyone on staff at Mckinley is safe. Thank you to all who have reached out. We as a staff know how important it is to return to some normalcy after an event like this. The staff and I have talked about the different ways that they will address the trauma in their classrooms. Linked at the bottom of this email are resources that you can use at home as well.

A few things that went well, the ability to send out social media alerts. At the bottom, I have also put links to all of our social media outlets. We continue to struggle with our email platform but most of you are receiving emails. I will continue to look into ways that we can improve the out going information. I did, however, learn that the REMIND app does not work anymore because our REMIND group is too big. REMIND wants to charge $2000 for groups that have 150 members or more. I believe I found a workaround and hopefully will have an update soon.

The staff and I have agreed that we would like to have a REDO on Halloween. They all had class parties and fun activities planned. Our school parade is one of my favorite times during the year. This Friday, November 8th, we will have HALLOWEEN REDO! Look for a flyer in your Wednesday folder and classroom information sent home by your teachers.

Thank You for being such a wonderful community. The heartwarming stories of volunteers, shelters, housing evacuees and first responders saving entire communities is AMAZING. Stay strong and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. #McKinleySTRONG

I look forward to seeing you all Monday,

Ani Larson

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Come to Chipotle on Tuesday 11/5!

On Tuesday November 5th, plan to come and enjoy some Chipotle for dinner (4-8 pm). It is dinner with a cause as 33% of your purchase will benefit our school. Chipotle is located at 401 Kenilworth Dr. Show this flyer (Spanish) on your cellphone to benefit our school.

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Come to the 1st McKinley TIDE organization meeting on Wednesday!

Are you interested in making sure McKinley remains diverse, kind and fair?

Have ideas for how we can strengthen the bonds that hold us together

while also celebrating our differences and becoming more equitable and inclusive?

Join us for the first meeting of McKinley’s new TIDE (Team for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) on Wednesday,11/6 in the multi at 4:30 pm.

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Don’t put away your costumes! We will have a Halloween redo on Friday!

This Friday, November 8th, we will have HALLOWEEN REDO! Look for a flyer in your Wednesday folder and classroom information sent home by your teachers.

Please come dressed in your costumes on Friday!

Please No: Weapons, Gore, and Clowns.

Masks will be worn at the parade only.

Please check-in with your individual classrooms for details.

An all-school parade will start at 1:45 and end around 2:00.

Tk/K will go home and all other students will go back to your classrooms.

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Deadline to register your vendor stand at McKinley/PACS’s 1st Flea Market is Friday

Our first ever Flea Market will take place on November 16 at McKinley. The deadline to sign up for a vendor stand has been extended to Nov 8. Do you bake delicious goods? Have a student that wants to sell collectibles or lemonade? Have items you would like to donate? Learn more about the Flea Market and find out how to set up your stand to sell, donate items or volunteer.

Each participant/ vendor signing up for a table will be able to specify their own suggested donation price for their goods, services, food, etc. Any goods sold by our community families will be their profits to keep (to clarify, this is not a school fundraiser).

In addition, the PTA plans to set up a table of donated items for anyone attending to take what they need, at no charge.

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Registration is Open for After Care during Parent Teacher Conference Weeks

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held from November 12-November 22 and students will follow the Wednesday release schedule. Once again, the PTA has arranged for optional aftercare partnering with the National Academy of Athletics. Programs will happen at school and will run from dismissal until 3 pm every day. Register here. For more information check out this flyer (note there is a typo in the flyer as NAoA will definitely offer classes on Wednesdays).

Note: Please check with your ASE instructor to find out if this activity will overlap with your ASE classes.

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Want to get involved in school life and don’t know how?

Do you want to get involved in school life but don’t know how to? We compiled a list of areas/volunteer positions that you could pursue if you wanted to be a more active member of the McKinley community.

Are you short on time but still want to make a difference? You can donate money to one of our three dedicated donation funds

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Parent Teacher Conferences start next week

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held November 12-22 for McKinley students and November 18-22 for PACS students. Remember that Fall conferences are mandatory. Check with your teacher if you have not been offered a conference time or have questions about it. The school will follow the early release schedule.

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Community Events

-Petaluma Regional Library Resources: * Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday at 3:30-5:30 pm). * Free access with your Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review).

-Petaluma Regional Library free November Events: Read to a Dog (Beginner readers, 11/5, 3:15-4:15pm), Coder dojo (ages 8 & up, 11/6, 4:30-6:00pm), Explore STEAM Kits: Take-Apart Technology (ages 5-12, 11/7, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm), Go BIG and PLAY On! (ages 6-12, 11/8, 3:30pm - 4:30pm).


Nov. 4-8 -"Please check with your ASE instructor to find out if classes will be extended

Nov. 5 - November Dine & Donate: Chipotle (en español)

Nov. 6 - TIDE meeting (4:30 pm)

Nov. 8 - Halloween REDO Day

Nov. 8 - Flea Market Vendor registration ends (registration form)

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Holiday-NO SCHOOL

Nov. 12- Nov. 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (View Early Release Schedule)

Nov. 16 - McKinley/PACS 1st Community Flea Market

Nov. 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break-NO SCHOOL

Find the school calendar here and additional PTA events on the PTA calendar here

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- Find your grade level closed Facebook group and become part of the community.

- Set up your amazon smile account so Amazon donates to McKinley every time you shop.

- Set up your boxtop account on your phone so Boxtops donates to McKinley every time you shop eligible products.

- Sign up for Morning Care at school (7:15-8:05 am) for a flat rate of $20/week.

- Volunteer for the PTA. Check out open volunteer positions. Please consider volunteering for a position in the Spring Fundraiser Committee or to become Vice-Chair of Staff Appreciation. We could really use some help with these positions. Thank you!

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With appreciation

Thank you to Amy’s Drive-Thru and all the families that came out to dine there. We raised $70.56! Unfortunately, we did not meet the minimum number of attendees at CalSkate to receive a donation but we want to thank those of you who came out. We hope you had a great time!

Thank you to Mr. Jackson (7th grade PACS teacher) and Mr. Caamano (6th-grade Teacher)

for running an intramural football league at lunch recess time for the 4th-6th grades. They have given up their own break time to do this!

Thank You Lindsey Fisher for running soccer games at both recess and lunchtime. I appreciate all you do for our kids to have an organized game to play.

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