McPherson News January 14, 2024
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY.
Hello McPherson Families,
We do not have school on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Our sibling and staff lottery for the 2024-2025 is now open. It closes tomorrow, Monday, January 15 at 3:30 pm. Please be sure to read the newsletter and our school website for details on entering a sibling into the lottery. The lottery will be run on Wednesday, January 31st.
We are still in need of Science Fair judges for our Middle School Science Fair coming up this week. Please see the newsletter for all of the information and contact Mrs. Conrad with any questions.
Have a great week Meteors,
McPherson Sibling and Staff Lottery
The Sibling and McPherson Staff Lottery application window will be open from Friday, January 12, 2024, @ 9:00am to Monday, January 15, 2024, @ 3:00pm. We are using a third-party online software, Lotterease, to run the lottery, therefore, please visit our website on how to register and apply. In regards to the Sibling Lottery, the current McPherson sibling must be currently enrolled in Kindergarten through 7th Grade. Current 8th grade students will not qualify your younger student for entry under the sibling status. Sibling status will be verified prior to January 23, 2024. Siblings include brothers, sisters, step-brothers and step-sisters only. Siblings must reside within the OUSD school boundaries. There are NO EXCEPTIONS for Sibling Status. If we are unable to verify sibling status, the application will be removed and disqualified for the 2024-25 Sibling Lottery. Please go to our website and read the details of our Lottery system.
McPHERSON GENERAL LOTTERY INFORMATION FOR 2024-2025
McPherson will hold a virtual lottery orientation and will also be using a third party online lottery software system, Lotterease. On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, Mrs. Godsey will host a live orientation about McPherson and the process for applying to our lottery. The live session will be at 9:00am using Microsoft Teams. A link for the virtual meeting will be posted on our webpage on Monday, January 22nd. If you are unable to attend the live meeting, the link to the recording will be posted on our website at the conclusion of the meeting. During the orientation, parents will be given directions on how to register for a Lotterease account. Directions are also on our webpage. The lottery will be open for applications on Tuesday, January 23rd, 10:00am to Thursday, January 25th at 3:30pm. Parents will be sent an email from Lotterease confirming that the lottery application was received. The lottery draw will be run via Lotterease on Wednesday, January 31st at 9:00am. Parents will receive confirmation from Lotterease of their lottery number and enrollment status (accepted or waitlisted) via email by 3:00pm on Wednesday, January 31st. Students who are accepted to McPherson will have 5 calendar days from the date the email is sent, to accept enrollment or the lottery spot will be given to the next student on the waitlist.
Science Fair Judges Needed
McPherson’s Annual Science Fair is in two weeks and we NEED YOUR HELP! Our kids have been working hard on their projects! One of the hallmarks of McPherson is that our students “get” to stand in front of members of our Local Community to defend projects, practice communication and show off their long-term projects. Our judging response rate has been smaller than in the past and we could use you! If you work in a STEM field or have relevant experience/education, you are eligible to be a judge at our Science Fair! Volunteer hours are available for your family or extended family.
Sign up using the link below, or email Mrs. Conrad, email@example.com
Science Fair agenda is as follows:
Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19, 2024
Session 1 8:45-10:40
Session 2 10:30-12:35
Lunch (provided) 12:45-1:10
Session 3 1:00-2:55
Snacks/drinks will be provided all day, and our Education Foundation would like to thank our volunteers by providing Taco Cart for Lunch! Sign up today and come enjoy the kids and make new friends!
The sign up link is here:
If the sign-up link does not work for you, please email Mrs. Conrad.
Thank you so much for your help and consideration. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who might also be interested.
PTSA Game Night - Friday, 1/26
Our Family Game Night is coming up! Friday 1/26 5:30 to 7:30pm. We will have concession stand food available for purchase.
But, we need your help! Please RSVP and let us know if you are joining us and if you can volunteer to make the event a success.
We are also in need of prize donations ($10-$20) - this is a GREAT opportunity to donate any extra items from holidays :) These donations can be dropped off in the front office by 1/24.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Fundraiser
Family Dinner Night - Chipotle Mexican Grill on February 7 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Come into the Chipotle at 3440 E Chapman Ave in Orange on Wednesday, March 15 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Bring the attached flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re
supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to McPherson Magnet School.
Middle School Basketball
Basketball practice begins on January 22, 2024 for our middle school basketball teams. The first soccer game will be on Monday, February 12. See all practice and game dates in "Upcoming Dates". Athletic Packet is required for all students to participate in any sport at McPherson. If your student is going to play basketball and has not filled out the athletic packet, please complete the packet by Friday, January 12 . ATHLETIC PACKET MUST BE TURNED IN TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS.
Yearbooks Are Now On Sale!!! - ORDER BEFORE PRICE GOES UP!!!
Order your McPherson Magnet School 2024 yearbook now at a discounted price and save $$. Order before January 26 for $50, after that the price will increase. The yearbooks will only be offered to purchase online. Cash sales will ONLY be accepted at the end of the year provided there are books left to sell. To guarantee your child a copy at a discounted price now, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com. Don't let your child miss out on the opportunity to ask their friends "Will you sign my yearbook?". ORDER YOUR 2024 YEARBOOK ONLINE AT WWW.JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM, locate McPherson Magnet school, choose to purchase the yearbook, and select any additional optional options you would like to purchase.
OUSD Present Phase 5 Parent Workshops
A POSITIVE DISCIPLINE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, PRESENTS: Phase 5: “Building Strong Parent-Child Bridges for Academic Success”.
Presented on: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/4, & 3/11 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
See attached flyer for details on this workshop.
McPherson Parents: WE NEED YOUR INPUT
It is time for our annual LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) Survey. Our survey is essential in informing our actions outlined in our LCAP. Thank you in advance for participating in our survey! Please use the link provided to take the survey today on any device.
Please use the link provided to take
the survey today on any device. Survey window is open from October 23, 2023 through January 12, 2024. https://bit.ly/LCAPSurvey23-24
McPherson Wellness Center
We are developing the McPherson Wellness Center for the support and well-being of all students on our campus. If you would like to support us with purchasing any of the items on the Amazon Wish List or Target Wish List. The Links are listed below, we would appreciate your kindness and assistance.
Amazon Wish List Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2Q0D5VI9UVBOC?ref_=wl_share
Target Wish List: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/mcphersonwellnesswishlist
PTSA BIRTHDAY MARQUEE
It is always fun to post a special message for your child's birthday. You can purchase Birthday Marquee messages now at - https://my.cheddarup.com/c/map-birthday?cart=558b524f-dfb5-4dff-b5ee-620c1d38e040%21%2159728133
All birthday marquee messages must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the week you are requesting.
BOX TOPS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Hello McPherson Families! My name is Trinh and I'm your school Box Top for Education Coordinator.
Our school is participating in Box Tops, which means that you can earn cash with the products you already buy to help our school earn money for classroom supplies. We need your help, collecting Box Tops to earn cash for McPherson. Each one is worth 10¢! Everyone’s participation is helpful. Let's work together to give our students what they need to succeed — and see how much we can earn this year!
Here's how you can help:
If you haven't done so already, download the Box Tops app on your smartphone.
Buy Box Tops products, scan your receipt with the Box Tops app within 14 days of purchase and earn for McPherson with every Box Tops product you buy. The earnings through the application are recognized immediately. Our school will get a check to spend on classroom supplies. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE STUDENT & TEACHER’S NAME UNDER “GIVE CREDIT MEMO.”
Refer your friends, family and other parents in the school to sign up for Box Tops. You'll earn Bonus Box Tops for our school when your referral scans their first receipt! Turn on notifications in your Box Tops app to get scan reminders and stay updated on special offers, new products and opportunities to earn for our school. Go to your Communications Settings by tapping on the person icon in the upper-right corner of the app. · If you shop online, you can earn with your digital or email receipt, too. MCPHERSON MAGNET SCHOOL | School ID: 227368. If you have trouble scanning your receipts, please email Trinh a copy of the receipts immediately. Thank you for your support of the Box Tops Program and McPherson! We couldn’t do it without you!
Box Tops Coordinator
1/25/24 - VAPA showcase for All 5TH GRADE STUDENTS
1/12-1/15 - Staff/Sibling Lottery Window
1/23-1/25/24 - General Public Lottery Window
1/31/24 - PTSA Meeting & Principal's Coffee
2/7/24 - Chipotle Family Dinner Fundraiser
Boys' & Girls' Basketball
Monday & Thursday Practices 3:00-4:00
Boys' Basketball Coaches - Ms. Lau & Mrs. Wyckoff
Girls' Basketball Coaches - Mrs. Palucki & Ms. Mary
2/12 - Boys@Cerro Villa, Girls@Home
2/26 - Boys@Portola, Girls@Home
3/4 - Boys@Home, Girls@Yorba
3/11 - Boys@ElRancho, Girls@Home
3/18 - Boys@Home, Girls@Santiago
Students should have no D’s or F’s for grades and citizenship with no U’s to be eligible. Tryouts will be based on grade standings, effort, and skill.