McKinley Mustang Newsletter

February 22nd-26th

Thank you for joining us on our Virtual Bingo Night!

Congratulations to our inaugural Virtual Bingo Winners:

  • Lizeth Mendoza
  • Angel Arango Gutierrez
  • Olive Dinubila
  • Rylind Hankerson
  • Juliet Engel
  • Pablo Kim
  • Andrea Navarro
  • Rylind Hankerson
  • Marshall Ladd & Lindsey Ladd (Staff)

On behalf of the PTA Family Engagement Committee, we’d like to give big thanks to the 64 families who participated and made this event a success! We also are thankful for Ms. Schlueter and Ms. Roach for kicking off game night last year, Principal Larson for calling the winning Bingo numbers, Ms. Lupe Diaz for her participation and translation throughout the event, Alicia Callejas Kim for translating written materials and Diana & Rocio in the front office for successfully marketing Virtual Bingo night in person to our families. We look forward to hosting even more families at our next virtual event (tbd)!


"The story of Black History Month begins in Chicago during the summer of 1915. An alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city, Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Thousands of African Americans traveled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery. Awarded a doctorate in Harvard three years earlier, Woodson joined the other exhibitors with a black history display. Despite being held at the Coliseum, the site of the 1912 Republican convention, an overflow crowd of six to twelve thousand waited outside for their turn to view the exhibits. Inspired by the three-week celebration, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. On September 9th, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA with A. L. Jackson and three others and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)."

To read more about the history:

The theme of Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

McKinley Celebrates:

Feb. 1st - 5th Come by McKinley to write a quote on our front patio from important Black leaders.

Feb. 8th - 12th Be inspired by a Black artist and create your own version of their famous artwork. Mrs. Larson will have materials if you need them and she would love for you to bring the art to the school so she can display it.

Feb. 15th - 19th Celebrate Black literature by reading books from Black authors and sharing them with your class. Special read aloud on Wednesday, February 24 @ 5:00 pm.

Feb. 22nd - 26th Celebrate Black Poets and be inspired by their poetry by writing something of your own to share. Mrs. Larson will create a special slide show of all the student work turned in for the month.

Black History Month Read Aloud

McKinley's Got Talent

Calling all TK-8th grade musicians, comedians, dancers, magicians, filmmakers, and performing artists!

The McKinley Talent Show is going virtual! Submit a video (up to 2 minutes) featuring your talents to Mr. D-Z and Mrs. Delao by Friday, March 12.

On Thursday, March 25 we will webcast all of our entries for the community to see!

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Dine and Donate This Thursday!

Thursday, February 25 3-8pm: Stockhome

Enjoy popular Swedish foods in the heart of Petaluma! No flyer necessary.

Mention “McKinley” and 10% of dinner sales will be donated. Valid for take out and dine in orders.

Stockhome Restaurant
220 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952

Stockhome Restaurant Website

Join the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 School Year!

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We are currently recruiting PTA board members for next year. We would especially love to see TK-3rd families step up to leadership positions. Serving on the PTA board is a great opportunity to connect with other parents to help meet the needs of our school community.

Here are the open positions:

  • President**
  • Co-President (Executive Vice President--Membership)
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Treasurer**
  • Financial Secretary
  • Secretary**

If you would like to learn more about any of the open positions next year, please email PTA Chris Lum and Ashley Fitting at Elections will be held in April.

We also have several committee and coordinator positions open for next year. More information will be coming soon!

**Per 501c3 rules, we MUST have a President, Treasurer, and Secretary in order to function as a PTA.

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