Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

August 22nd, 2021

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

¡Qué maravillosa primera semana de clases! Amo nuestra comunidad de McKinley. Vi a muchos niños y profesores felices. Nuestra semana de bienvenida fue maravillosa ya que los estudiantes trabajaron para conocer a sus compañeros y amistades. Por supuesto, hay muchos recordatorios cuando regresamos a la escuela. Es esencial leer este boletín completo para garantizar la seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes. No olvide venir este miércoles a nuestra primera reunión de la PTA en persona. Por una maravillosa semana completa de clases.

What a wonderful first week of school! I love our McKinley Community. I saw lots of happy children and teachers. Our week of welcome was wonderful as the students worked on getting to know their classmates and buddies. Of course, there are lots of reminders as we come back to school. It is essential to read this entire newsletter to ensure the safety of all of our students. Don't forget to come this Wednesday to our first in-person PTA meeting. Here's to a wonderful full week of school.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

August 25th - PTA General Meeting 6:30 pm-7:30 pm In multi-purpose room

August 26th/ 27th Mugsy Clicks Picture Days

August 31st Back To School Night for grades 1- 8 Time TBD

PICTURE DAY - August 26th and 27th

Picture day is this week! Mugsy Clicks wil be on campus on Thursday and Friday.

Do I need an envelope? NO

Do I need payment? NO

Do I need a smile? YES

Does McKinley need volunteers? YES

Will we have a class photo? YES/NO we will not take a class photo till the spring.

Is there Makeup days? Yes (late September)

What day does my child take their picture?

Thursday, August 26th

TK, K, 1st, 2nd, 7th and, 8th

Friday, August 27th

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th


Coming back to school after being off-campus for a long time can be challenging. We are always looking for ways to improve. We can't do the work without your help. The fabulous PTA has gotten together a committee to help solve the traffic problems. The good news is we are not the only school with this issue. What can you do to help? Be a part of the solution.

When Dropping Off:

1. PULL all the way forward when you are dropping off your child.

2. Have your child ready to exit the car when it's your turn to drop off. This is not the time for a million hugs and a conversation about what they are doing after school.

3. Do not leave your car and park in the drive-up area.

When Picking up:

1. Do not exit your car

2. Do not wait for an older student. You must exit the area and come back around when it's time.

3. Park and Walk. I still encourage everyone to park at the fairgrounds and walk across the street. What makes it so great? You have an easy in and easy out. You have a signal that allows you to turn left or right.

Moving The Sibling Bench

We are moving the sibling waiting area to the garden. Students can sit on the benches to wait for their siblings.

PTA General Meeting Wednesday, August 25th 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us in the McKinley multipurpose room for our first general meeting of the school year. We will be discussing our annual budget and our upcoming initiatives.

Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.

Don't Forget to Get Your Free Scoop from Baskin-Robbins!

Celebrate back-to-school with a cold treat this week! McKinley students can get a free scoop at Baskin-Robbins in the Grocery Outlet shopping center at 60 East Washington in Petaluma.

Exchange the green numbered flyer that your child received from their teacher last week for a free scoop, valid only until Wednesday, August 25, 2021!

Bonus points: take some photos of your kids and their scoops to share your appreciation with our local Baskin-Robbins and our PTA. Post photos tagged with @mckinleyPTA @petalumabr #mckinleyPTA #petalumabr on Facebook or Instagram, or email them to

Buy-in Parties from the Mustang Social Are Still Available!

We still have tickets available for some of the great buy-in parties from our spring auction. These parties are great opportunities to connect with other McKinley families, especially if you are new to the school or just love being a social butterfly.

Below are the links to purchase tickets and read more information:

Guys Night Out Whiskey Tasting ($30/person): September 11, 2021

Mystery Mission & Meal ($40/person): September 12, 2021

Ladies Poolside Yoga and Brunch ($40/person): September 19, 2021

Oktoberfest Party ($65/person): October 16, 2021

We Invite YOU to Join the McKinley PTA Today!

The McKinley PTA community welcomes and encourages leadership, volunteerism and membership from ALL of our families. PTA is for EVERYONE involved in our school including Parents, Caregivers, Grandparents, Teachers, Staff and the broader community. There are many reasons to join!

We are an inclusive community and value participation from all families. Membership is $10 per person or you may have your membership sponsored for free.

Join the PTA Now!

Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on

You can earn money for McKinley every time you buy merchandise through at no extra cost to you. Shop through and the charity of your choice will receive a portion of your purchase.

Follow these instructions to add McKinley as your chosen non-profit. You may also configure your Amazon mobile app to ensure all your purchases are credited to our school.

COVID Questions

I wanted to let you know that our updated Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook has been posted to the COVID-19 Hub on our PCS website. Here's the link:

The Student & Family COVID Safety Handbook (Handbook) is intended to be a helpful resource for families to both understand our safety protocols and navigate the school year ahead. We will continue to update it regularly to reflect new changes in guidance throughout the year.