Mustang Magazine

Week of Monday, August 29 - Friday, September 2

Dear McKinley Community,

We just completed the first full week of school and the positive energy can be felt all over the McKinley campus. Walking around school throughout the week, I have witnessed so many inspiring moments from students of all ages. Students are sitting with new friends or reaching out to new students who are waiting to make a friend, students are using manners while at the lunch tables, students are standing up for what is right even if it is challenging, and students are reminding others of the school expectations to help keep everyone safe. These are just a few of the moments I have had the pleasure of seeing while on campus this week. Thank you to the amazing staff, PTA, and families for supporting a positive and engaging start to the 2022-23 school year.


Gina Roberts

After School Enrichment

Is your student interested in After School Enrichment courses? We have some fun classes coming soon!

Fall Session will take place beginning the week of September 12th- October 17th (6-week session)

After School Enrichment (ASE) Interest Form will open Monday, August 29th, and closes Friday, September 2nd. This will be a google form and paper forms will be available at the front office.

Placement emails confirming your student’s enrollment will be sent on Wednesday, September 7th.

Questions? Contact Emily Oh

Phones/Smart Watches

In an effort to support student learning and teacher instruction during the school day, we ask that your child put away their cell phone AND smartwatch during school hours. If they need to communicate with you before or after school with a device, they may do so when school is not in session. Please help us by going over this with your child if they have a device. Thank you!

School Site Council

McKinley and PACS School Site Council is seeking new school-site council members! Our school-site council is a decision-making body that helps drive our school-site plan and goals and advises on how we spend our school resources. The school-site council is composed of 5 parents and 5 faculty members. Ideally, we would have a balanced school-site council composed of 1 parent from TK/K, 1-2 parents from 1st-3rd, 1-2 parents from 4th-6th, and 1 parent from 7th-8th. All parents are invited to attend the school-site council meetings, however, elected members will be responsible for voting at these school-site council meetings.

If you are interested, please email Gina Roberts at by September 9, 2022. Please write a few sentences about why you feel you would make a great addition to our School Site Council so I can include this information on the ballot if we have more parents interested than spots available.

Volunteering Guidelines

Our school nurse is available Tuesday mornings at McKinley to offer TB tests for anyone interested in volunteering on campus. Feel free to stop in at the office and ask for nurse Gigi and she will get you set up.

If you are interested in volunteering on campus, you will need to complete the District's volunteer application. In addition, all volunteers need to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours.

Link to PCS Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer Opportunities on Campus

We have a few volunteer opportunities on campus to help you get involved:

  • Crossing guard from 8:05-8:20 on the corner of Madison and Ellis
  • Lunch supervisor support (supervising lunch/recess from 12:00-1:00)
If you are interested, please email Carly Costello at

Ice Cream Sales

After-school popsicle ($1) and ice cream ($2) sales are up and running!

Every Friday (weather permitting/temperature above 60 degrees), sales will begin at the final bell, 1st - 3rd at 2:35, and 4th - PACS at 3 pm.

Cash & SMALL bills are preferred and there will be a square reader available as well (prices will go up a bit to compensate for the use of a square reader).

All sales go towards field trip support and extracurricular activities at McKinley!

RIFF Choir Opportunity

artaluma’s RIFF show choir program

This is a singing and dancing choir taught by a professional musical theatre director- Elizabeth McKoy and a native Spanish speaking educator Maggie Pagin as well as guest

Choreographers and musical artists.

The final show in Late January will feature a live band and microphones for the performance.

Artaluma is a non-profit and special funding allows us to have generous financial aid for those who quality.

The program starts in Sept on Wednesdays and some Fridays 3:30-5:30.

Spots filled up fast -we are now mostly looking for enthusiastic kids who are native Spanish speaking youth grades 4, 5 and 6.

If interested, please register at

Please note: This is not a school or District event. As such, Petaluma City Schools District does not sponsor, staff, supervise, support, or endorse the information, activities, or events posted.

PTA is Looking for Volunteers

The PTA has planned many initiatives throughout the school year, and we can’t do our work without our wonderful volunteers. We are especially looking for volunteers to fill the following roles:

PTA Financial Secretary
Assists the PTA Treasurer, Joe Stern, with day-to-day bookkeeping. Pays bills and processes reimbursements.

After School Enrichment coordinator
Works with vendors and teachers to schedule after school enrichment classes (martial arts, baking, chess, etc.) and coordinates enrollment.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, email our PTA president, Brett Goldstein, at

Help us create a school directory!

Have you ever wanted to connect with other families for birthday parties, carpooling, playdates, questions about activities, etc? Us, too! We are putting together a private directory to help all our families do just that.

This directory will also allow your class parent to send out email messages from time to time to your entire class about important announcements. You’ll have the option to only share your contact information with your class parent and not in the full directory.

Fill out the form once per family here:

More PTA Announcements

For more PTA announcements, ways to get involved and to support the McKinley PTA and our community checkout the PTA Website!!

Upcoming Events

  • 8/31- BTSN:
    • PACS and 1st-3rd grades: 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM (classrooms)

    • All families: dinner and principal’s message 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

    • 4th-6th grades: 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM (classrooms)

  • 9/6- Picture Day
  • 9/22- Salsa Festival