Mustang Magazine

Week of Monday, September 5 - Friday, September 9

Dear McKinley Community,

Our Back to School Night was well attended and truly inspiring. Seeing families, teachers, and staff come together on campus to learn about how to support all of our McKinley and PACS students warmed my heart. It is events such as this that make our school magical and show the strength of the home-school connection.

Thank you to our PTA for the amazing dinner provided to all staff and families. Thank you to all of our teachers and staff for their time and energy spent on making this night such a success and information for all.


Gina Roberts

Picture Day

This year we will have two picture days on campus.

Tuesday, September 6th- TK, K, 1st, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades will get their pictures taken.

Wednesday, September 7th- 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades will get their pictures taken.

Purchasing information will be sent out from Mugsy Clicks after pictures have been taken.

For more information click the link below for Elementary School’s Your School Page.


Click here for tips for getting a great portrait!

We could use 2-3 volunteers to help with both days. Please email Gina Roberts at if you are able to help.

Heat on Tuesday and Wednesday

Due to the extreme heat we are expecting on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have students eat lunch in the shade and then be inside the multi for their lunch recess. Please make sure your child has a water bottle.

School Site Council

McKinley and PACS School Site Council is seeking new school-site council members! Our school-site council is a decision-making body that helps drive our school-site plan and goals and advises on how we spend our school resources. The school-site council is composed of 5 parents and 5 faculty members. Ideally, we would have a balanced school-site council composed of 1 parent from TK/K, 1-2 parents from 1st-3rd, 1-2 parents from 4th-6th, and 1 parent from 7th-8th. All parents are invited to attend the school-site council meetings, however, elected members will be responsible for voting at these school-site council meetings.

If you are interested, please email Gina Roberts at by September 9, 2022. Please write a few sentences about why you feel you would make a great addition to our School Site Council so I can include this information on the ballot if we have more parents interested than spots available.

Events for the Year

On Tuesday, a paper copy of the McKinley and PACS events for the year will be sent home. Below is a digital copy for you to view. Please note that not all events are on the calendar and some still need to be scheduled. However, we hope this at least provides you the opportunity to see what will happen over the course of the year and help you to plan accordingly.

English calendar

Spanish calendar

Art Docent Program

Are you interested in art? Do you like working with children? Combine the 2 in a wonderful volunteer opportunity! The Art Docent Program is looking for volunteers to teach art in the classrooms (TK-6th Grades). Absolutely no art experience is necessary!- all you need is a desire to bring the joy of art into children’s lives.

Upcoming informational Orientations for separate schools:

When: McKinley , McDowell & Valley Vista volunteers 9/14 @ 8:45

Where : McDowell Elementary School

421 South McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

Please park in north end of parking lot

Enter double doors by south end near mural

Contact:Alyse Breece Art Docent Coordinator or 707-778-4958

Volunteering Guidelines

Our school nurse is available to offer TB tests for anyone interested in volunteering on campus. Feel free to nurse Gigi at to set up an appointment.

If you are interested in volunteering on campus, you will need to complete the District's volunteer application. In addition, all volunteers need to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours.

Link to PCS Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer Opportunities on Campus

We have a few volunteer opportunities on campus to help you get involved:

  • Crossing guard from 8:05-8:20 on the corner of Madison and Ellis
  • Lunch supervisor support (supervising lunch/recess from 12:00-1:00)
If you are interested, please email Carly Costello at

School Spirit Wear

Looking for McKinley spirit wear? The website has been updated with items for your family. You can check them out here.

Dine and Donate: Stockhome 9/15

Please join is on 9/15 for a Dine and Donate at Stockhome.

Enjoy popular Swedish foods in the heart of Petaluma! No flyer necessary. Mention “McKinley” when you order and a portion of dinner sales will be donated. Valid for take out and dine in orders.

Open 12-8:30pm

220 Western Ave. Petaluma 94952

School Directory Deadline Submission 9/9

Have you ever wanted to connect with other families for birthday parties, carpooling, playdates, questions about activities, etc? Us, too! We are putting together a private directory to help all our families do just that. The deadline to submit your information is 9/9.

This directory will also allow your class parent to send out email messages from time to time to your entire class about important announcements. You’ll have the option to only share your contact information with your class parent and not in the full directory.

Fill out the form once per family here:

Earn donations for McKinley when you shop without 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 Amazon Smile 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!

More PTA Announcements

For more PTA announcements, ways to get involved and to support the McKinley PTA and our community checkout the PTA Website!!

Upcoming Events

  • 9/15- ELAC
  • 9/15- Dine and Donate at Stockhome
  • 9/21- PTA Meeting
  • 9/22- Salsa Festival