McKinley Monthly

March 2021

Upcoming Events - March

Daylight Savings Time - March 14

No School - March 15 through March 19

From the Principal

As our Parent/Teacher conferences come to a close, I want to thank you for taking an active role in your child's educational growth. This partnership is imperative in helping our students reach their achievement goals. There is still a lot of learning ahead of us in order to finish the school year strong! We continue to focus on our McKinley school-wide goals in the areas of reading, math, attendance, and self-regulation. These goals are infused in all that we do daily at McKinley!

You may also have had the opportunity to discuss with your child's teacher about Transitions Summer School. Summer School registration is open now and the deadline for registering is April 15, 2021. Data shows that those who are able to attend summer school are better at maintaining their progress from the end of the school year to the beginning of the next. Students will participate in four hours of fun (July 12 through July 30) in enriching activities designed to help maintain their recently obtained skills. I hope you'll consider registering your child for this rewarding experience.





We are SAFE

We are McKinley

Heat Transfer Warehouse and Giving Hearts Day!

Special thanks to our school partner, Heat Transfer Warehouse for helping McKinley pay it forward on Giving Hearts Day. They provided funds so our students in each classroom could donate money to a charity that they researched, made a poster of, and created a video about. Thank you Heat Transfer Warehouse! Your generosity to McKinley and to our community is outstanding and will always be remembered.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

Fargo Public Schools 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.

Watch the video below to learn more about the kindergarten experience at Fargo Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the registration process and sign your student up for school in the fall of 2021!

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.

Kindergarten Registration

McKinley Students of the Month for January

McKinley Students of the Month have their picture posted, and are awarded certificates and medals by staff members based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. Congratulations to our January recipients!


Rodell Kolo

Grade 1

Aspyn Schumack

Grade 2

Nora Gravalin

Grade 3

Makayla Johnson

Grade 4

Tucker Benson

Grade 5

Lila Servant

Food Distribution During Spring Break

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is offering FREE food assistance for enrolled FPS students while school is closed for Spring Break March 15-19. Food boxes will be available to all students regardless of financial means to ensure all have access to food when not in school. All students, whether learning in-person or in the Virtual Academy, are encouraged to participate. Food boxes must be preordered.

What: FREE Spring Break Food Boxes

Order Deadline:

  • Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Pickup Time:

  • Thursday, March 11
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pickup Location:

  • FPS Operations Center
  • 3901 40th Avenue South

Order by using this address:

*Families with more than one student must place separate orders for each student.

Thank you PTA!

Many thanks to our PTA for providing a conference meal to our staff on Thursday, February 18th. We are thankful for your support of our dedicated faculty!

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

February 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota’s Insights dashboard provides important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

  • Test Scores
  • Graduation Rates
  • English Learner Progress
  • Student Engagement
  • State Accountability

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful. State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading. Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED). As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is available on the Insights Dashboard.

McKinley Elementary is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 139. Our school was selected for Comprehensive Support.

If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 2930 8 St N, Fargo, ND 58102 or call 701-446-5200.


Cheryl Janssen


Daylight Saving Time Begins

Reminder...move your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 14, 2021!

Middle School Music Page - Check It Out!

Check out this webpage which contains information regarding middle school music classes, registration, contact information, and more!


If you have any questions, please contact Leah Ruef, Orchestra teacher at Discovery Middle School - 701-446-3300.

Fargo Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is open for Fall 2021 online at Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.

STEP ONE: Registration can be completed at home online anytime or at computer kiosks in the office at each Fargo Public elementary school building.

STEP TWO: Once online registration has been completed, families MUST bring the following documents to the school their child will attend to finalize their child’s registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and address to verify the correct neighborhood school

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

Questions? Call the school office or Betsy Beaton at 701-446-1043.

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 clinking 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 a confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 10th, informing you of your 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.

Spring Break Fun!

Here's some family ideas for Spring Break - have fun!

Make a bird feeder

Have a tea party and bake some cookies

Make up a story together and have your child illustrate it

Have a board game day

Build a fort and eat lunch or dinner in it

Introduce topics and create a top 10 list

Sleep-in and relax

Winter Weather

Reminder...please dress your students warmly. If the temperature does not exceed -15 below zero wind chill, we will go outside for the entire recess break! Each class is outside for 20 minutes.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant