Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

April 18th - 22nd 2022

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

Dear McKinley Families,

I hope you had a beautiful Easter weekend. Thankful is what I am feeling these days. Thank you for the amazing community that surrounds McKinley. Just this last week, the students were blessed with a Try It Truck from the discovery museum, Awesome PE from the Academy of Athletics, safari assemblies, and our own production of the Lion King! These are just a few of the many opportunities our students have been given, all in part from our AWESOME PTA and the donations we have received from all of you. Thank you, PTA and families, for these wonderful opportunities.

Our PTA is made up of a group of hard-working parents. We are looking for strong student advocates to step into some important roles on the PTA. I was a working parent who helped run the WISE foundation for over ten years for the Waugh school district where my kids attended. The importance of this work, just like our PTA, provides opportunities for all students, especially students who might not get these opportunities outside of school.

We also have other opportunities for you if you can give an hour of your time a week (or more). Yard duty spots are open if you are interested; we need you!

Please reach out if you are interested. Your volunteerism means the world to the students and staff here at McKinley.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Join Us for LIVE Performances of The Lion King Jr. on April 22, 23, and 24

The African savannah comes to life onstage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale featuring the music of the award-winning Broadway musical and movie. This production is performed by the talented students of McKinley Elementary in the Multipurpose room.

ROAR CAST – April 22 at 6:30pm & April 24 at 1:30pm

STAR CAST – April 23 at 1:30pm & 6:30pm

FREE ADMISSION – A donation to the McKinley Patrons of the Performing Arts Fund is encouraged

Learn More and Meet the Cast

McKinley SRTS Winners

We drew from the punch cards turned in at the end of our two weeks of walk and roll; here are the winners:

1. Camilla Rodriguez Ambrocio, Ms. Cooper’s class

2. Yulisa Hernandez, Ms. Delao’s class

3. Angel Arango Gutierrez, Mr. Berry’s class

They will each get a $15 gift card for Java Hut.

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Yearbook Links

Yearbooks are on sale until May 12. Special lowest price option is NOW through May 5th.

Families have the option to purchase and add personalized pages (great for 6th and 8th grade families!)

Link to upload photos:

Link for yearbook sales:

(I attached the QR code)

Yearbook Design contest




  • 8.5x 11 inch vertical submission OR digital submission

  • McKinley and PACS names on the cover

  • The school year (2021-2022) on the cover

  • Your first and last name, and grade printed on the back

Submissions due: 4/29

Turn in to the Front Office or email to Ms. Alton:

1st place: Front cover design & win a free yearbook!

2nd place: back cover design

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Steve and Kate's Camp

Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. They try,

fail, and learn on their own. They learn to trust their own judgment and tackle the challenges of an ever-changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose minute to minute from a variety of activities, including sewing, stop-motion

animation, music, sports & recreation, makers crafts, bread making, and more. They'll decide

what they want to do and for how long.

This summer families can buy as many days as they’d like, and use them at any time. No

weekly reservations required–just show up!

Lunch and snacks are included daily, as well as all hours: 8 am–6 pm

Open this Summer:

June 13th- August 19th

Ages 4-12

4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa

Contact Tiffany at:, (415) 604-0082

Learn more at

Rivertown Racers Camp

June 20-25, 2022

Applications will be accepted between from March 14th – April 22nd

We‌ ‌expect‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌more‌ ‌people‌ ‌apply‌ ‌to‌ ‌this‌ ‌camp‌ ‌than‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌spots‌ ‌available.‌

Apply below and we will let you know if your camper has been accepted by April 25th.

About Camp

Learn to race sprint kayaks on the Petaluma River at our one and only introductory camp for new prospective club members in 2022.

Dates: Mon-Sat, June 20-25

Times: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am – 12:00+ lunch and awards (wrap up by 2pm)

Cost: $425 (24 hrs of instruction)

Limit: 10 campers

Requirements: Must be age 11-15 as of June 20th, 2022 and able to swim. No prior kayaking experience is necessary

Due to our summer racing schedule, this camp is the one time during the year for prospective new club members to try out the sport of sprint kayaking and apply to become members of River Town Racers' year-round training and racing club.

Apply here for camp by filling out the questionnaire thoroughly and thoughtfully. Your application will be reviewed, and you will receive either an invitation to register for camp, notification that you are on the waiting list, or an explanation as to why we did not accept your application.

Successful applicants generally possess the following attributes:

  • Live in or within easy reach of Petaluma.
  • Able to endure sustained physical effort.
  • Able to take directions for coaches.

*We have limited scholarship funding available. Please apply if you are unable to manage the full cost of the camp.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

April 18th Afterschool Enrichment Begins

April 19th Safari Class Event

April 19th Student of The Semester PACS (at Board Meeting)

April 20th Safari Class Event

April 20th PTA meeting

April 20th Walk and Roll To School

April 21st Bike Rodeo

April 21st Safari Class Event

April 22nd Guest Speaker PACS

April 22nd Lion King Performance ROAR cast (6:30)

April 23rd Lion King Performance STAR cast (1:30 and 6:30)

April 24th Lion King Performance ROAR cast (1:30)

April 25th and April 26th PACS Day Camp

April 27th Vaccine Clinic at McKinley (4:00 - 6:00)
April 27th and 28th Shop and Donate at Rusty Hinges

April 28th - McKinley Block Party - FREE DINNER

April 29th SOM assembly

May 2nd - May 13th CAASPP Testing (3rd - 8th)

May 4th Bike to School Day

May 4th District Art Show

May 12th Open House

May 14th Spring Fundraiser

May 18th PTA Meeting

May 19th Westside Relays (5th and 6th grade)

May 20th McKinley Film Festival Submissions due

May 27th McKinley Film Festival

May 27th SOM assembly

June 1st Volunteer Tea (7:45 am)

June 2nd K- 3 Talent Show

June 3rd, 4th - 8th Talent Show

June 8th 8th Grade Promotion (5:00)

June 9th 6th-grade Promotion (TBD)

June 9th 6th grade Field Trip to Beach

June 10th, Last Day of School/ Field Day

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Sonoma County Libray Read Alouds!

Spanish Read Aloud Book Club will be taking place again at the library next Wednesday, April 13 at 2:30 pm. Please spread the word! The first 10 kids to sign up will be getting their very own copy of Los Tipos Malos #2 (Bad Guys #2). Recommended for kids who are ready to start reading Spanish with a little more text on each page, but still want some illustrations and short chapters.

Here is the link for signing up:

These meetings will be happening monthly:

Wednesdays at 2:30 pm

April 13

May 18

June 15

July 20

September 14

October 19

(no meetings in August, November, or December)

Please note registration opens after each meeting ends.

Thanks so much for supporting library programs! Our first meeting was a lot of fun!

Tickets to Our Annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th Go On Sale This Week!

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We Need Donations For Our Silent Auction and Raffle!

Our Spring Fundraiser is made possible through generous donations from businesses and individuals in the McKinley and the greater Sonoma County community. We are collecting the following items to make our event a huge success and help support our students:

  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Services (spa, hairdresser, home organizing, tutoring, lawn services, etc.)
  • Summer camps
  • Wine and wine tastings
  • Event tickets (concerts, professional sports, fairs, festivals, etc.)
  • Retail items
  • Vacation homes

Contact Erin Schlueter with your donations! We appreciate your generosity.

Tickets Go on Sale this Week!

Travel back in time and experience Woodstock! Our Spring Fundraiser will take place on Saturday evening, May 14th in Herzog Hall at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

Join us for a silent auction with live music, raffles, and plenty of fun to support our students. There will be a delicious buffet provided by McKinley family-owned What A Chicken and a cash bar.

Tickets to our past spring fundraisers have sold out quickly, so make sure you are following the McKinley PTA Facebook Page and have joined our ParentSquare group to be the first to know when ticket sales go live!

Your PTA Fundraising Dollars at Work

Last week, the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Try It Truck stopped by McKinley for a rainy afternoon of fun science enrichment activities! This activity was funded by our McKinley PTA. See some photos below!

PTA General Meeting THIS Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30pm

Join us on April 20th at 6:30pm IN PERSON in the Multipurpose room for our April PTA General Meeting.

Learn about all our current programs and vote on upcoming initiatives. Spanish translation will be provided.

Shop and Donate at Kandila by Jem’s Booth at the Butter and Eggs Festival – April 23, 2022

Purchase unique hand-poured soy candles and soaps from Kandila by Jem and 15% of the proceeds will go to McKinley!

Simply visit the Kandila by Jem booth at the Butter and Eggs Festival on April 23 located at Western Street and Petaluma Boulevard by the Old Bank.

Show this flyer on your phone when you purchase!

Shop and Donate at Rusty Hinges – Order by Monday, April 25th – Pick up on April 27th and 28th

Order a Provisions Bundle box which includes fresh produce, eggs, milk & dairy products, pastured protein and bread selections for a week. 20% of the proceeds will go to McKinley.

Pick up at Rusty Hinges Ranch on April 27th and 28th.

212 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma CA 94952

Order Now and Learn More!

Join Us for a FREE Dinner at the McKinley Block Party - Thursday, April 28th

Mark your calendars to join your fellow McKinley families at school for a FREE Dinner on Thursday April 28th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the PTA Sponsored "McKinley Block Party"

Come for dinner, stay for community, leave enlightened!

Click here for more details on this fun, engaging evening!

Recess Playground Volunteers Wanted!

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!

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Make a lasting impact on McKinley. Join the PTA Board

Are you interested in making a lasting impact on your child’s school? Our award-winning McKinley PTA operates with a $100,000 budget per year to provide resources and support programs, including experiential learning, bilingual instruction, classroom supplies, school community events, and much more.

As we start looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we’re looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help fill PTA board positions for:

  • President

  • Vice-president
  • Financial Secretary

  • Communications

  • Parliamentarian

  • Fundraising

A full description of the roles and responsibilities can be found here.

If you are interested in any of these roles — or you would like to nominate someone — please email us at and let us know!

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!