Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

September 12th, 2021

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

Hola Wonderful McKinley Mustangs

¡Estoy muy emocionado de anunciar el inicio de nuestra recaudación de fondos más grande del año! El jogathon McKinley / PACS. Sin su increíble apoyo, Mckinley / PACS no tendría todos nuestros maravillosos programas.

Apoyos de la PTA:

1. Nuestras aulas: Cada maestro recibe dinero para sus aulas.

2. Excursiones: Apoya el costo de las excursiones. Poner las excursiones a disposición de todos los que quieran ir.

3. Programas especiales

4. Necesidades de la escuela (sistemas de audio, robótica, bibliotecas bilingües)

5. Eventos comunitarios (carnaval de invierno, festival de salsa, bingo e intercambio)

¡Estamos muy orgullosos de todo el arduo trabajo que pusieron nuestro PTA y nuestro personal para hacer que McKinley sea grandioso!

Hello Wonderful McKinley Mustangs

I am so excited to announce the kick-off for our biggest fundraiser of the year! The McKinley/PACS jogathon. Without your amazing support, Mckinley/PACS would not have all of our wonderful programs.

PTA Supports:

1. Our classrooms: Each teacher is given money for their classrooms.

2. Field Trips: Contributes to the cost of field trips.

3. Special programs

4. Needs of the school (audio systems, robotics, bilingual libraries)

5. Community events (Winter carnival, salsa festival, bingo, and Intercambio)

We are so proud of all the hard work our PTA and staff put into making McKinley great!


We need you! Every two years we have to change our school site council board and ask for parents to sit on our McKinley / PACS site council. A school site council is a group of teachers, parents, classified employees, and students that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.

If you are interested in the school site council please email Ani Larson at The school site council will meet on the last Thursday (or last Thursday before a break) of the month at 5:30 pm.

Note: If we have many interested, we will have to vote on the parent positions.

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15th

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Mrs. Larson will host a special zoom bedtime story.

Please join me on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you all there!

UPDATE From Our Superintendent on COVID Testing

We recognize that it is getting increasingly more difficult to secure an appointment for a PCR COVID-19 test in our community and any delay in getting tested causes students to miss more school. In order to address this issue, Petaluma City Schools is offering free COVID-19 PCR tests for any student or staff member experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Starting Wednesday, September 15th, testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM each day at the Petaluma City Schools’ District Office - 200 Douglas Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Please note that we are not a community testing center and this testing is exclusively for students and staff of Petaluma City Schools. In the coming days, we will add more detailed instructions and support material for your reference on our COVID-19 Hub in advance of Wednesday’s opening.

Please use the appropriate link below to register your child on our testing platform. Pre-registering your child now will help make this a smooth process. Please note that a parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old, so please be sure to use the appropriate link when registering. You will give a one-time consent to share results (positive or negative) with the school district.

1. For PCS students/minors:

2. Testing to keep students in school after a positive exposure at school

Since the beginning of the school year, in an effort to keep students in school, we have been conducting this type of testing at school sites where there has been a positive COVID-19 case. Our goal is to keep our students in school and all members of our community safe, so we will continue to offer testing at our school sites to satisfy the requirements of modified quarantine.

Again, please register your student on the testing platform now, before the need arises."

School Pictures and Make up picture day

You should have received an email with a link to your child's school picture. The link stays open for a while, so you have not missed the cut-off to purchase. If you have not received this link, please contact customer service

Mugsy Clicks will be here on September 27th for Makeup picture day.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

September 14th School Board Meeting Via Zoom

September 15th ELAC Meeting 5:30 Via zoom

September 15th PTA Meeting 6:30 Via Zoom

September 17th BINGO 5:00 via Zoom

September 23rd Mrs. Larson Read Aloud 7:00 via Zoom

September 24th Intercultural Cafe 8:30 am

September 24th Dine and Donate

September 27th Make UP Picture Day

September Salsa Festival (DATE TBD)

School Menus : Click the picture for more information

Support Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year: Create Your Jog-A-Thon Pledge Page Today

Did you know that the Jog-A-Thon is our biggest annual fundraiser?

The event, held October 1st, is just a few weeks away. Our goal this year is to raise $60,000 to help support important programs and provide critical resources, including experiential learning field trips, classroom tools, beautifying the school campus, supporting the garden/outdoor classroom, and much more. But we need your help.

To get started, please create a Pledge Page for your child — and share it broadly with your friends and families! Simply follow these instructions.

Learn more about the Jog-A-Thon here.

PTA Meeting – Wednesday, September 15th 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us for our September PTA meeting Wednesday, September 15th via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 895 4533 5674
Passcode: 602060

We will work towards finishing up the meeting a bit early to be respectful of those families observing Yom Kippur.

Dine and Donate at Stockhome This Thursday!

Thursday, September 16th – 12pm-8:30pm

Enjoy popular Swedish foods in the heart of Petaluma at Stockhome! No flyer necessary.

Mention “McKinley” when you order and a portion of dinner sales will be donated. Valid for take out and dine in orders.

220 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952

Stockhome Website

Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night - Friday, September 17th 5:00pm

The PTA Family Engagement Committee alongside Erin Schlueter and Alise Roach are excited to host a Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night on Friday September 17th at 5pm.

The wonderful Mrs. Lupe Diaz will be working with us, side by side, translating in Spanish, so all families can participate.

WIN PRIZES... including gift cards to Fruta, El Roy's, Hector's Pizza, Copperfields Books, Red Boy, Baskin Robbins and more!

We will be partnering with a local pizza place to offer a discount on pizza you can pick up or have delivered on 9/17.

NEXT WEEK: Look for Bingo Cards, the Zoom Link & a Pizza Coupon to come home in your Wednesday folder on 9/15. We will have extra Bingo cards, Zoom info and coupons in the McKinley Breezeway (outside the office) Wednesday September 15th - Friday September 17th.

Children are encouraged to participate! We hope to "see" you there!

Lori Engelhardt (415) 706-9591
Alicia Callejas (Habla Español) (501) 398-8116

Click here for full event details

TK/K Welcome to McKinley - Tuesday, September 14th 8am-8:30am

The McKinley PTA will host a "Welcome to McKinley" event for our TK/K families during drop-off on Tuesday, September 14th from 8am - 8:30am directly outside of the office entrance.

Coffee and a light refreshment will be provided.

The PTA would like to welcome you and learn more about what you're wanting in your school community in the years to come. The PTA supports many programs and provides lots of opportunities to create community for you, your child and family.

We'd love to learn more about you and share with you what the PTA is doing at McKinley.

There is never pressure to volunteer! Our primary goal is to ensure that every family feels welcome at McKinley and that we do what we can together to support the best educational opportunity for every child.

Questions? Please contact Staci Stern

We need two minutes of your time! Fill out this quick form!

Did you know that each classroom at McKinley/PACS has a PTA class liaison (parent/guardian volunteer) who is the point of contact for the PTA in your classrooms?

These volunteers will stay up-to-date on all the happenings with the PTA, help coordinate for things like teacher appreciation and class promotions, and help identify classroom needs.

The PTA class liaison will need to send out email messages from time to time to your entire class, and we need your contact information to do that!

Please fill out this form to give us your contact information. You'll only need to fill it out once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Thank you!

Earn Donations for McKinley Without Spending Extra $$$

We have several ways for you to earn donations for McKinley/PACS without needing to spend beyond your budget.

  1. Amazon Smile: If you make purchases through Amazon, make sure to shop through and designate McKinley/PACS PTA Petaluma as your charity. Make sure to configure your Amazon App to give to McKinley as well! Full instructions are here.
  2. BoxTops: Scan your grocery receipts using the BoxTops app. No more clipping and collecting BoxTops! Simply download the BoxTops app on your phone and use it to scan your receipts after you shop. Full instructions are here.
  3. Dine and Donate: Planning on going out to dinner? Once a month the PTA partners with a local restaurant or business to receive a portion of their sales. See the Dine and Donate section of the PTA website for all upcoming events.