McKinley Minutes

Weekly Updates from Mrs. K

December 18th, 2020

Principal's Christmas Reflection

Christmas 2020

Teacher Feature - Mrs. Hamman

I have spent the majority of my time in Kindergarten and First grade at McKinley School. Both of my parents were teachers, so growing up “school” was always a topic of conversation in my home. Education and the importance of it has always been a central theme in my life. The best part of teaching is by far, the connection you make with students. Seeing their little faces light up and knowing that what you do matters is the best. I am so thankful for this job that I love and my McKinley School family.

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I live in Gridley with my husband Matt who is a Wildlife Biologist and our 3 daughters; Maddy a Senior, Becca a Sophomore and Sarah who is in 6th grade. We love this small town and all the people in it. My children are 5th generation Gridley. We enjoy spending time outdoors, hunting, playing sports, and sitting on the beach or riding around in the boat at our family cabin.

Let's Keep Everyone Healthy and Our School Open

We are so happy to be able to give parents the choice for in person instruction for their children. Working together we can ensure that schools stay open. We are asking every family to please do the following:

1. Screen your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school.

2. Keep your child home for at least 3 days if they are not feeling well - sick children should not be at school regardless of the cause of the illness.

3. Keep the lines of communication with the school open - we all want what is best for your child and working together we can accomplish that!

Because of the nature of our current reality, it is critical that our nurse’s office knows of any pre-existing medical conditions of your child, particularly if the symptoms might mirror those of COVID19. For example, if your child has asthma or seasonal allergies, he or she might frequently sneeze, have a runny nose or a cough. We can better support your child if we are already aware of a pre-existing condition. Please call us if this applies to you.


Tips for keeping kids happy and able to enjoy the fun from the Child Mind Institute

With the freedom and excess of the holiday season, kids can get a little carried away. There will be a point when the kids get overtired and cranky, or greedy about presents, or would rather play a video game than talk to Grandma. Here are some tips from the Child Mind Institute to keep kids happy and ready to enjoy whatever the season brings.
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Popcorn Storytelling

In this challenge, you will work together to craft a story about an unforgettable neighbor named Junior. Starting with, “I’ll never forget Junior,” everyone takes turns adding details to bring Junior’s fictional story to life. Pop in when you’ve got a detail you want to add. It’ll be fun to see where this delicious tale takes you.

If you want, write it down as you go! Leave room for illustrations. Who knows? You just may want to get this one published!

Our Staff

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