Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

March 21st - March 25th 2022

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

Dear McKinley Families,

Just one week, and we will be ready for spring break. I hope you all have a wonderful time off with your family. When we come back, we have a short time together with a lot happening. We will keep our newsletter up to date with all of the latest news. Have a wonderful week, Mustangs.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Need a pep talk? Call this number!

Our school Psychologist, Ms. Valdovinos, recently came across a post on Instagram about a school doing a project where they have pre-recorded messages of positivity and encouragement for those who call their number.

I highly recommend giving it a call. It is the cutest thing you'll hear, and really does make you smile.

Here is the phone number: 707-998-8410

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

March 22nd School Board Meeting

March 25th ECO Challenge Assembly

March 28th Spring Break Begins

Lion King Rehearsal Information

We will be rehearsing in the multi this week on Wednesday and Friday! Full rehearsal details are here

Got questions? Email Cate Bruce-Low at

Online School Menu

New Food Service for PCS

Petaluma City Schools is excited to announce a whole new Food Service opportunity for our elementary schools. Our Food Service Department will be providing new and improved menu offerings through a partnership with a company called Better4You Meals. This new program will be able to provide a greater variety of healthy food options for our students, while also improving the flavor and options available to our students. Some of the menu options for breakfast and lunch include fruit parfaits, pan dulce, coffee cake, chicken tortilla soup, chili, chicken burgers, and enchiladas.

So far the feedback on the new program, which had a soft opening this week, has been great! The students are very excited about the new menu and food choices. Ultimately, we know providing a consistently high-quality food program with healthy options, means students will continue to have the fuel necessary for academic success when in the classroom. As a reminder, this year, all students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch and we encourage you to have your child give our food a try! Our new website is currently under construction and should be available after Spring Break - we will send out the new link as soon as it is available. In the meantime, please visit our PCS Food Service Facebook page for current menus and updates.

Auction Items, Buy-In Parties and Volunteers Wanted for Our Spring Fundraiser!

Join us to celebrate Woodstock at Herzog Hall on the Fairgrounds during our annual spring fundraiser and silent auction on May 14th. More details are coming in the next few weeks.

Host a Buy-In Party: A Buy-In Party is a fun event one or multiple families host at a future date to help us raise funds. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis to McKinley families. The host families cover all expenses. Here are some ideas for kinds of parties a family could host, but the possibilities are endless:

Tasting party (Wine, bourbon, cheese, coffee, etc.)

Game board night

Karaoke night

Cooking class (prepare your favorite recipes!)

Guided hike and picnic

Farm-to-table meal

Dodgeball/soccer/basketball game

We are also looking for silent auction donations. If you’ve got items you’d like to donate (gift baskets, tickets to professional sports games, vacation rentals, buy-in parties, summer camps etc.), contact Erin Schlueter

Volunteers wanted: We are looking for a few enthusiastic volunteers to help plan and execute the raffle portion of our spring fundraiser and work on outreach to our McKinley community to promote the event.

If you’d like to volunteer, contact Emily Oh at

We need people like you on the PTA Board Next School Year!

Our McKinley PTA is run entirely by parent volunteers who are passionate about serving all of our children in the McKinley community. With a budget of over $100,000, we need dedicated volunteers to help us promote, support, advocate, and adopt new programs and maintain our existing programs for our incredible McKinley school!

We need YOU to step up and help us fill our board positions! We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help fill positions for:

  • President
  • Financial Secretary
  • Communications
  • Parliamentarian
  • Fundraising

“I joined the PTA board because I wanted to feel like a part of my child’s school community. Over this year I have had a fast track to getting to know the amazing school staff, parents, and have had a front row seat on how we can allocate our PTA funds. It has been incredibly rewarding.” -Emily Oh

Want to learn more? Email Emily Oh at

A few spots still available in our Spring After-School Enrichment

Our spring session is 6 weeks and it runs from April 18th – May 27th. Space is still available in:

  • Martial Arts (Thursdays, 1-3)
  • Origami (Thursdays, grades 4-6)

Learn More About After School Enrichment and sign up!

Do you want to help your teacher in a fun and rewarding way?

In a recent survey of McKinley staff, the #1 ask was for more parent support. One of the ways staff identified we could help is by volunteering out on the blacktop during recess and lunch, allowing staff more time to focus on meeting the complex needs of their students.

Just one recess (10:05 – 10:45 am) or lunchtime (11:45 am – 1:00pm) per week (more or less if you’d like), one-month commitment to start. We welcome a longer commitment.

Click here to sign up – grab a friend to join you, or plan to make new friends!

Free coffee this Friday morning at our monthly Intercultural Café

Come for the coffee, stay for the community. Not able to make it to the last PTA meeting? Want to make some new connections across our McKinley community? Just love coffee? Join the McKinley PTA Family Engagement Team at our monthly Intercultural Cafe!

Friday, March 25th, after drop-off in the morning, under the overhang outside the front office.

Pick up the PTA meeting minutes (in English or Spanish) and get to know new people. See you there!

Questions? Alicia Callejas (hablo español),, 501-398-8116

Lori Engelhardt,, 415-706-9591

Elizabeth Harris (hablo español),, 310-251-2191

Details About the Petaluma Council of PTAs

Hello McKinley Community,

Please find the following Frequently Asked Questions regarding PTA Council.

The McKinley PTA will be voting to participate in the PTA Council in our April meeting.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Emily Oh at

School of Excellence Update – Save the Date! Thursday, April 28

In response to the PTA-sponsored survey called “School of Excellence” that you may have completed in November, the PTA will be hosting an in person event on Thursday, April 28. Survey responses indicated an opportunity for the PTA to better serve the school community by helping families understand how they can better support their student’s learning.

In order to prepare for this meeting and to capture feedback from those who are unable to attend, we’d like to hear more about what you’d like to see at an event like this. Please respond to this quick, four question Survey

Earn donations for McKinley when you shop at no additional cost to you!

  1. Shop at Petaluma Market or Oliver’s Markets: these grocers will donate 2.5% of your purchase amount to the McKinley PTA if you have the Store’s Community Card. Learn how to get started

  2. Shop on Amazon: 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.

  3. Scan your grocery receipts with the BoxTops app: 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!