McKinley Mustang Newsletter

May 17th - 21st

A Note From Mrs. Larson

This week we celebrate the wonderful Classified staff on our campus. Our amazing office staff, custodial staff, yard duty, library, and instructional assistants. Without these fantastic people, our school would not be this amazing. Thank you, Classified Staff.

Let's celebrate our classified staff this week!

Have a great Monday!

Mrs. Larson


If you missed our Zoom Open House, here is a link to the recording:

2021 Open House zoom recording

Passcode: S3!702VJ

Testing Update

An Update from the District:

As you may know, each year in the spring, districts, and schools are charged with administering the Smarter Balanced California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) to students in grades 3–8 and 11th. On March 16, 2021, the California State Board of Education (SBE) took action to move forward with the administration of the CAASPP for the 2020-21 year but with great sensitivity to the additional stress that annual assessments can place on teachers and students, and understanding that some districts will not be able to administer the CAASPP because of the pandemic.

It is apparent that parents/guardians are more engaged than ever before in their student’s learning and progress. Therefore, it is important that you are also equipped with the most up-to-date information. To this end, Petaluma City Schools will administer the two district measures to our 3rd through 6th-grade students: STAR assessments in reading and math along with the Illuminate Outgoing Broad Coverage Assessments in English language arts and math. Even though the administration of the CAASPP assessment is not a viable option due to the shortened window of time available for testing students, it is the district’s priority to provide parents/guardians to the clearest extent possible with indicators of whether or not their child is on track for grade-level learning. Therefore, we will strive to send parents/guardians their student’s STAR and Illuminate score reports from the 2020-21 spring administration by June 4, 2021.

We plan to administer the alternative assessments between May 10th and May 28th

For more information, please visit our school district website at Petaluma City Schools.

Home/Broadband/Internet Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:
  • $50 / month toward broadband service
  • $100 one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase laptop, desktop, or tablet if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting

More Information can be found on the FCC website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit

Option to resubmit Health Screening

Families, students, and staff should now have the option to delete and resubmit a ParentSquare daily health screening if a mistake is made on the form. After submitting, there's a clickable link that says "delete," which you can see in the screenshots below. After clicking that, you should see a button to "Submit Daily Screening." Clicking on this will allow you to resubmit the screening.
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Safe Routes To School

  • It’s our last Walk and Roll to Anywhere Week of the school year and also the beginning of May Bike2It! month! We have some awesome, fun activities and a great way to share the information is to show our fantastic Video Commercial!
  • Please also share our Parent Survey (English Spanish) with your parent community—their responses will really help to inform our program (and they might win a $50 gift card to a local business of their choice!).


In case you missed the April 28 Petaluma City Schools Parent Education Night on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Elementary Students, you can access the recording below!

This panel included North Bay LGBTQI Families, Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center, Promotores de Amor/LGBTQ Connection, Amor Para Todos, Petaluma TIDE, and United Community Learning Coalition/Comunidad Unida en Aprendizaje Colaboratorio.

At A Glance


May 21 - McKinley Film Festival

May 31 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL


June 2nd @5:00 pm - 8th Grade Promotion and Celebration

June 3rd @ 5:00 pm - 6th Grade Promotion and Celebration!

June 4 the- Last Day of School

June 14 - Summer School, TK-2nd Grades, through July 30th

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Buy-in Parties and Wine Will Still Be Available for Purchase After the Auction Closes

You still have the chance to place your bids on great items before time runs out. Auction closes at 9pm tonight (Sunday). Check out all the action at

Please pay for your auction items ASAP so we can finalize the fundraiser. To pay, click on My Account and select the Won Auctions tab.

Items like wine and buy-in parties will still be available for purchase this week in the Buy Now section of the site.

You will receive an email this week with information on how to receive your items. Thank you so much for supporting our school!

Month of May: Support McKinley by Enrolling Your Child in a Wise Girl Summer Fun Workshop

Crafts, Games, and Activities focused on having fun, making friends, wellness, and building strong, confident girls. Includes go at your own pace fitness sessions with Certified Personal Trainer, Tina Parrish.

Enroll your child in a Wise Girl Summer FUN Workshop and 10% of the proceeds will go to McKinley School.

Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase. This fundraiser is ongoing through the entire month of May.

Register Here

Learn More About Wise Girl Workshops

Welcome to Our New PTA Board Members for the 2021-2022 School Year

Our last PTA general meeting was Wednesday and we elected new board members for the 2021-22 school year! Congrats and we know that you all will do well!

Here is your new McKinley PTA board for 2021-22:

  • President: Emily Oh
  • Co-President (VP of Membership): Staci Stern
  • Treasurer: Joe Stern
  • Secretary: Trisha Young
  • VP of Communications: Enelia Faithful
  • Parliamentarian: Larissa Laska-Ruebusch

VP of Fundraising and Financial Secretary are open so if you are interested, please feel free to reach out to Chris Lum ( for questions. We also have a few volunteer positions that are still open.

We would like to thank our outgoing board members Chris Lum, Ashley Fitting, Kelly Pounds, Juliet Bowen, Julie Petersen, and Jessica Servin for all of their hard work and dedication during the pandemic. Thank you also to all our volunteers who juggled distance learning and their committee commitments to help out the PTA this year. You are all rock stars!

BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

Follow the full instructions here
to get started!

Still have BoxTops products in your pantry? No worries! This program is winding down but if you have unexpired BoxTops clips you can bring them to McKinley’s office by the fall deadline.