McKinley Monthly

November 2020

Upcoming Events - November


NO SCHOOL - 11, 25, 26, 27

From the Principal

Conferences provide the opportunity for you and your child's teacher to become acquainted, to discuss your child's progress, and to plan for further growth based on the standards at each grade. I am happy to say that we had many families who participated in the October Parent Teacher conferences. McKinley teacher's report a nearly 93% attendance rate! This is fantastic! Our parents and teachers working together make a wonderful team in helping our students to succeed!

We want to extend our appreciation to the PTA for providing staff with an evening conference meal. Thank you for taking such good care of us on these important extended days!





We are SAFE

We are McKinley

McKinley Students of the Month for September

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


Maddyx Koenig

Grade 1

Khloe Honl

Grade 2

Abigail Peterson

Grade 3

Ava Hagen

Grade 4

Jacob Adekunle

Grade 5

Sophia Peterson

YMCA Before and After Care at McKinley

The YMCA Program is here at McKinley! If you are interested in registering your child for before or after school care, please call the YMCA at 701-364-4117 or email for registration options.

School Age Learning Centers Grades K – 5 | 20+ area sites

School Year Theme: Once Upon a Time | Come along with us as we set sail to far-away worlds, explore kingdoms of all sorts, enjoy the beauty in our own backyards, and expand our interests and vocabulary! Kids will have fun becoming storytellers, authors, and creative masters! We’ll also enjoy outdoor play, STEM and art activities, healthy snacks, and more!

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Thanks Heat Transfer Warehouse!

McKinley's school partner, Heat Transfer Warehouse provided students and staff with McKinley clothing in October. We love our new t-shirts and will wear them proudly! Thank you!

ND Approved Face Masks

ND Department of Health Approved Face Masks

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has new guidelines for safe and effective face coverings. Per North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's recent quarantine guideline update, close contacts will NOT be required to isolate if all parties are wearing approved masks. Fargo Public Schools is now requiring the use of NDDoH approved face masks. Please see the graphic to view which masks are approved and which do not qualify. Non-qualified masks include neck gaiters, bandanas, plastic face shields (without a mask) and any masks with outlet valves.

Don't Forget Your Winter Gear!

Dress warmly! This includes a coat, gloves, hat, snowpants and boots! If the temperature does not exceed -15 below zero wind-chill, we will go outside for recess. Each class is outside for 20 minutes!

YMCA to Provide To-Go Meals



YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties

We want to help kids continue to be healthy in spirit, mind, and

body. Meals are provided in partnership with the State of ND and

the USDA. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.

Meals are distributed to families via walk-up in the parking lots near the school’s front doors.

Available Locations:

Jefferson Elementary - 1701 4th St, Fargo

Eastwood Elementary - 500 10th Ave E, West Fargo

Madison Elementary - 1040 29th St N, Fargo

McKinley Elementary - 2930 8th St. N, Fargo

Horace Mann Elementary - 1025 3rd St N, Fargo

L.E. Berger Elementary - 631 4th Ave E, West Fargo

FREE for ages 18 and younger

with no eligibility requirements.

A five day supply of to-go-style

suppers are distributed on

Mondays from 4:00-4:30pm

Enrolled in a YMCA Learning Center?

Your child will already receive meals if needed – no need to make an extra trip! Still

need meals? Contact our team at 218.359.2322 and we will be happy to help!

Counselor's Corner

Dear McKinley Families,

How are you? It has been a tricky year. Things are changing with all our students back to school four days a week. This is an adjustment for children and families. It can be like the beginning of school all over again. Please let me know if you have any concerns about your child. I am always happy to work with our students and/or help families to find referrals in our community.

Classroom Lessons

The lower grades: K-3 we will be learning about Empathy: feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling. We will identify feelings and recognize that people can have different feelings about the same situation. We will also look at how people’s feelings can change.

The upper grades: 4th grade will be learning about being assertive and how to ask for what you want or need in a calm, firm, respectful voice. 5th grade will be learning that others may have different perspectives and being able to understand someone else’s perspective.

Jill Linnell

School Counselor

McKinley Elementary School


COVID-19 School Attendance Guidelines

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Daylight Savings Time

Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 1st.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant