McKinley Monthly

December 2022

Upcoming Events - December

Plains Art Museum Field Trip Grade 3 - December 7

Choir/Handchimes/Orchestra Concert - December 15

West Acres Choir Tour - December 16

No School - December 23 - January 2, 2023

Classes Resume January 3, 2023


As we conclude 2022 and break for the winter holiday, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make McKinley elementary an amazing place to be. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another, and most importantly with our students. Our collective efforts help our students grow and meet their goals and are filled with passion, commitment, and a willingness to make decisions that have a positive lasting influence in the future for all.

I would be remise in not mentioning the continued partnerships of the PTA and our school business partner, Heat Transfer Warehouse. They support many critical needs of our students and staff. We are truly blessed to have these important caretakers on-board at McKinley.

During this holiday season we wish you all safety, warmth, health and the love of family and friends.

McKinley Students of the Month for October 2022

McKinley Students of the Month are nominated by staff members based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. The following students were awarded student of the month in October.


Daisy Loken

Grade 1

Jakob Knudson

Grade 2

Katherine Hogue

Grade 3

Sophia Hevus

Grade 4

Bailey Tiedemann

Grade 5

Johnneise Logan

These students were also nominated:

Nicholas Tarnavchyk, Lydia Hahnert, Jo Miller,

Deondre Nance, Charles Carson.

Congratulations to all!

McKinley Winter Concert

Thursday, December 15, 2022

5:30 - 7 p.m.

McKinley Gym

Enjoy the sounds of the McKinley choir, handchimes and orchestra playing your favorite holiday tunes!


Box Tops - a Great Way to Earn Cash for the McKinley PTA!

It's quick and easy! Clip your box tops and send them to school with your student. See the flyer for all of the details.

Fargo Public Schools Accepting Nominations for Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staff of the Year Awards

Community members are invited to nominate a deserving Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member for the annual Staff Recognition Program. The program honors FPS staff members who serve our students with excellence. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at

Winter Is Here!

It's that time of year when our students need to be dressed adequately for the cold. Please make sure that your child has mittens, hats, boots, coats and snowpants that are marked with their names, so if lost can be promptly returned to their rightful owner. It is important that our students are dressed warmly to participate during recess time. If the temperature does not exceed -10 below zero wind chill, we will go outside for the entire recess break! Each class is outside for 20 minutes.

Fargo Public Schools Illness Guidelines

Children with the following symptoms should not be sent to school and/or school activities if they have:

  • Indication of a temperature of 100 degrees or above
  • Undiagnosed rash or sores
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • The student is diagnosed by a physician to have a contagious infection and places the student on a prescription. First dose of medicine must have been taken 24 hours prior to returning to school
  • Their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen, (i.e., Tylenol), etc. to keep the temperature down.

Take Care of Your Learning Device

Here's a few tips to keep your learning device in tip-top shape!

  • Keep your device in the black Neoprene bag that was included, when transferring between home and school.

  • Clean the screen by using an electronics wipe, or polish lightly with a damp, no lint cloth.

  • Remember to charge your device every night.

  • Completely shut down your device at least once a week.

Replacement costs: May be paid by credit card, check or cash

PLD Repair Incident: $20

PLD Adapter: $20

PLD Case Attached: $20

Neoprene Bag: $20

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant, Editor