McKinley Monthly

May 2021

Upcoming Events - May

No School (Storm Make-Up Day) - May 17

No School Holiday - May 31

Last Day of Class - June 3

Save the Date: School begins Wednesday, August 25, 2021

From the Principal - Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3 - 7

Don't Forget to Thank a Teacher!

Teachers shape our lives!

  • Everyone can think of at least one teacher who pushed us to be our best selves, inspired us, or showed us a new way of thinking. Where would we be without them?

They work really hard!

  • No one works harder than teachers. One study indicates that the average workweek for teachers is 53 hours! They spend a great amount of time creating lesson plans, grading material, and coming up with fun extras to make classroom time more engaging.

They are heroes!

  • They provide comfort, familiarity and support to the well-being of the whole of each student - academically, physically and emotionally.

Teachers, you are valued and we thank you!





We are SAFE


Title 1 Parent Survey


Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback about the Title 1 Schoolwide Program at McKinley Elementary. Please complete the survey by May 7, 2021.

Here is the link to the Google Survey:

McKinley 2020-2021 Title 1 Parent Survey


Cheryl Janssen, Principal

McKinley Students of the Month

Staff members nominate students for the McKinley Students of the Month. Those selected are awarded certificates and medals based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. Congratulations to our March recipients!


Addie Cooper

Grade 1

Abby Niemi

Grade 2

Walker Morken

Grade 3

Jaxon Honl

Grade 4

Ethan Willard

Grade 5

Alexis Dingman

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It's Time to Return Your Library Books!

A reminder to all students to please return overdue books as soon as possible.

Check under your beds, behind couches and in your backpacks!! Thank you!

2021 McKinley Staff Program Nominees


These McKinley staff members were recently nominated for their dedication to their students, their school, and the the District. Together, we are educating and empowering all students to succeed! Thank you for your outstanding service!

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Meghan Bye, Grade 2

Karen Derby, Kindergarten

Laura Silkey, Student Performance Strategist

Fun Ways to Learn All Summer Long

Keep your children physically busy and mentally active during the summer months. Here are some fun ways to learn and stay active!

  • Read everyday
  • Act out a story
  • Create a puppet show
  • Send a postcard
  • Play I Spy
  • Make a treasure map
  • Go on a hike
  • Make a bug hotel
  • Invent a new smoothie recipe
  • Write a movie review
  • Learn how to use the washing machine
  • Make popsicles
  • Build a card tower
  • Paint
  • Write a poem
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Play a ball game
  • Fingerprint each family member and compare
  • Collect 10 of something you like
  • Enjoy a refreshing pool and learn a new swim stroke

Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021 is NOW OPEN online at Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2021 to attend school in the fall. Registration is a two-step process:

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete forms in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school before August 25 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

If you need PowerSchool help, please call 701.446.1030.

2020-2021 Yearbooks

Compliments of the PTA, each student will receive a 2020-2021 McKinley Wildcat Yearbook free of charge! These will be available in late May. Thank you PTA!

Progress Reports

A final progress report for school year 2020-2021 will be mailed to parents the week of June 7. You may also view it in your students PowerSchool account at any time after this date.

Summer Office Hours

The McKinley school office will be closed for the summer, June 11 through August 4. Any registration and/or questions will be handled through the Fargo Public Schools District Office by calling 701-446-1000.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant