Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

November 8th, 2021

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

McKinley Family,

Just a friendly reminder that parent-teacher conferences start this week for McKinley students. If you also have a PACS student, they have regular school this week and conferences next week.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Larson

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

November 8th - 19th Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11th Veterans Day

November 15th -April We will be collecting Plastic

November 16th Student Voice Forums

November 17th - Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day

November 22nd - 28th Fall Break

Program Interest Survey: Tell Us What You Want to See in Petaluma Schools by 11/12/21

We are asking to hear from our families with young children ages 0-5 by Friday, November 12th. We want to make sure that the programs we offer at the elementary level are in line with what you hope your children will experience in our schools. Please take a moment to respond to this brief PCS Program Interest Survey, as your input will help drive future planning for our schools. To complete the survey in Spanish, select Spanish from the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of the survey.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences will be here before we know it! In order for teachers to meet with each family to discuss their student's progress, there will be a shortened school day schedule for two weeks from November 8th-November 19th. Please note the following dismissal times for these days:

  • Grade K 11:40 am
  • Grades 1-3 1:05 pm
  • Grades 4-6 1:15 pm

Food Collection

My name is Daniella Skye and I am a sixth-grader here at McKinley. Recently, I have done some volunteer work at Redwood Empire Food Bank.* This past Thanksgiving, I did a food drive in my neighborhood. We collected over 200 pounds of food, in one neighborhood! That is a lot of families fed. This year, I want to go bigger, and imagine how much food you could get with a school full of families!

I am going to get barrels from the Food Bank, and place them in the breezeway near the office. It would be great if you could donate some food there! It will start on October 25th, and end on November 19th, so if you are going to donate, please do it before November 19th! After that, we will drive the food up to the Food Bank. They accept canned foods and foods that won’t go stale quickly, like boxed items, and no glass!** We are hoping to get around 400 pounds of food; please help us reach our goal! Thank you so much!

*If you want to get more information about how you can help, click this link:

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The PTA wants to hear your opinions about McKinley/PACS

Your PTA Board Members are eager to continue to create community among our families at McKinley School. One way that we’ve identified is to first gauge how families are feeling right now via the National PTA School of Excellence Survey. Would you please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey? It is completely anonymous and we value and welcome candid feedback.

McKinley School of Excellence Survey – it takes 5 to 10 minutes

What will happen with the results? The PTA will choose the most pressing issue or opportunity as selected by YOU, our respondents to the survey. We’ll create an “Excellence Committee” to evaluate the data and determine what we can do as a community to make the biggest impact this year.

What is “School of Excellence” anyway? It’s a designation offered by National PTA to recognize schools that seek to grow partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. The survey gives us a snapshot of how families feel in the fall. We’ll send the survey out again in the spring to see if we’ve been able to make progress on issues that matter to our community.

Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Contact Staci Stern at to learn more!

McKinley School of Excellence Survey

Tell Us What You’re Thankful For

We are so lucky to have such amazing teachers and staff at McKinley!

During this season of gratitude, please share something you are thankful for as a member of our McKinley Community. Answers will be put up on the PTA bulletin board outside of the front office.

Simply fill out this form. It only takes a couple of minutes.

It’s Never Too Late to Join the McKinley PTA!

Joining the PTA is a great way for you to provide input about our initiatives and funding priorities.

The McKinley PTA welcomes members from all our school families, including those who cannot afford the cost of membership. Membership for the school year is $10 and we offer sponsored memberships.

Join the PTA Now

Stay connected with the McKinley/PACS Community and the PTA

Did you know that we have grade level Facebook groups where you can connect with other parents and guardians? Find your grade’s Facebook group here.

Also remember to follow the McKinley PTA page on Facebook. You can also find the PTA on ParentSquare (follow these instructions to add us).

Walk and Roll to School For a Chance to Win a Pumpkin Pie!

November is Walk and Roll GRATITUDE Month!

Let’s celebrate this month by walking, biking or rolling to school tomorrow and all month long, when possible.

To enter a chance to win a pie, download the gratitude tracker sheet here.