Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

January 2nd, 2022

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

Dear McKinley Families,

Welcome back, and here is to a wonderful 2022! I had a great break relaxing, snuggling with dogs, and hanging out with family. I hope that you all enjoyed your holiday as well.

Thank you to all who have been able to test before returning to school. We have seen an uptick in cases and will continuously monitor the situation. An important message was sent out today with guidelines to follow.

School registration opens this week. Please get the word out if you have friends interested in McKinley.

Finally, Our school of excellence survey is in, and a blurb is posted below. We also have the Youth truth survey starting this week. A link for families will be sent out soon. Having this vital information helps us to improve our school. Thank you so much for your participation.

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Larson

4th - 6th SOM December
Student of the Month TK-3 December

Youth Truth Survey in January

What is Youth Truth?

We believe, and research shows, that student and stakeholder voices matter.

We equip education leaders to integrate these on-the-ground insights into planning, professional development, and improvement processes. What would your school system look like if the unique perspectives of your students, families, and staff were central to decision-making? You'd likely see a happier, healthier, school system on the path to higher academic achievement.

Here is a link to more information:

What grades will the survey be conducted?

Grades 3 - 8 will take the survey.

When will they take the survey?

Your teacher will send out a message before the students take the survey in class.

Is there an opt-out form?

Yes, if you wish for your student not to take the survey, an opt-out form is available. Please get in touch with your student's teacher.

Is there a parent Survey?

We look forward to collecting vital data from all stakeholders to make our school the best that it can be.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

Jan. 4th- TK/K Informational night 5:30 McKinley multi

Jan. 4th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 4th Auditions For Lion King

Jan. 5th Auditions for Lion King

Jan. 5th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan 6th PACS Info Night Via Zoom 6:00

Jan. 7th 1st - 3rd Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 7th priority Registration opens

Jan. 11th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 12th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 14th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 17th NO School

Jan. 18th 4th- 6th Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan 19th TK/K Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 19th PTA Meeting 6:30

Jan 19th District LCAP Meeting

Jan. 21st 1st - 3rd Tour 9:00 (must sign up)

Jan. 24th - 28th The Great Kindness Challenge

Jan. 27th 100th day of school

Jan. 28th Intercultural Cafe

Jan. 29th LUMACON


If you have an aspiring student writer in your household or classroom who enjoys drama, action, and suspense, make sure they know about Lumacon! This year's Lumacon will be held on January 29, 2022 and they are looking for wonderful writers for the Drabble Contest. If you have a student that enjoys writing and wants something creative to do during the break, please check out the Lumacon Contests page for more information. Please note that there will be covid safety protocols in place for the event itself, including limited entry. Keep a lookout on the Lumacon website for when (free) tickets will be available, for youth art submissions, and cosplay opportunities as well!
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Pledge To be Idle Free

This January, we are holding our 2nd annual "Idle Free Sonoma County Month", to educate parents, staff, and students about the benefits of turning their car engines off if idling for 30 seconds or more.

To help students and families do that, we've created both a coloring page for students, and an online pledge for parents and/or school staff.

For enrolled, comprehensive sites, in early-mid January, we will also be dropping off ~100 hard copies of the coloring page, a set of bookmarks, and in some cases, an educational banner.

Parents/families, teachers, and school administrators/staff who sign the pledge by Friday, February 4th will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $50.00 gift cards to a local business of the winner's choice.

Please REPLY to this email to let us know if you will be promoting our January Challenge at your site, and/or if you have any questions or need technical support! Scroll down for downloadable English/Spanish resources for the January Challenge including the Coloring Page, flyers, and other images.

All resources referred to below are accessible at

Our January Idle Free Challenge is sponsored by the Sonoma County Spare the Air Resource Team.

Lion King Auditions Are This Tuesday!

We are excited to announce that the performing arts are returning to McKinley this spring with The Lion King! All students in grades 1st through 8th are invited to audition on January 4th with callbacks on January 5th.

Click here for audition information and full details.

Do you shine more behind the scenes? We'll have information about the tech crew coming soon.

Winter festival Thank you

Here is the list of volunteers from the Winter Festival:

Planning & Execution Team:

Emily Betts

Rebecca Hachmyer

Kristen Joyce

Erica Kliewer

Alanna Murphy

Sarah Winders

Kristin Richman

Event Volunteers

Gwynn Kliewer

Matt Richman

Tracie Hankers

Courtney Wolfe

Elda Molina

Alma Gonzalez

Julie Glew
Cesar Barahona


Oliver's Market donated 16 gallons of organic apple juice!

And a huge thank you to the front office staff, the custodial team, the PACS maestro and band, the PTA, and to Principal Larson for their work and support in making it all happen!

Online School Menu

Only a few spots left in our Martial Arts After-School Enrichment Winter Session

Schafer’s ATA Martial Arts teach children to be confident, disciplined, and respectful leaders in our community. Students will receive belts and have opportunities to test for stripes at the end of each session. The cost is $90.

Our six-week winter session begins Thursday, January 6th and ends February 10th. Classes will meet in room 13.

TK/K – Thursdays, 1:45pm-2:30pm

Grades 1-3 – Thursdays, 2:40pm-3:25pm

Click here to register for Martial Arts now!

School of Excellence Survey Results and Next Steps

We are thrilled to share with you that the McKinley School National PTA School of Excellence Survey Results are IN! Please review the results of the survey here

Please mark your calendars to join us during our regularly scheduled PTA Meeting on Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30pm. We will begin work to move forward with programs to address the needs of our community as evidenced by the survey responses.

January Meeting Goals:

1- Analyze results using the National PTA Roadmap

2- Use SOE survey responses to select one area to focus our efforts

We will use the National Standards for Family School Partnerships as the guide in our efforts.

Please contact Staci Stern and/or Emily Oh with any questions.

On-campus Volunteer Opportunity: Lunch Duty!

Volunteers needed for our first Lunch Support Pilot Program. Just one lunchtime per week (or more if you’d like), one-month commitment to start (11:45am - 1:00pm). We welcome a 6-month commitment, but you can start by committing to January. Quick overview, requirements, and sign up genius link below.


Volunteers will support lunchtime eating and recess for 1st through 6th graders (parents of TK and K also welcome to volunteer). You will assist during two shifts, 1st - 3rd grade, and 4th - 6th grade. Volunteers will ensure students eat lunch, clean up after themselves and stay safe during recess play. Volunteers have the opportunity to utilize or build skills in conflict management, basic first aid and social coaching skills will be developed.


  • TB Assessment (@ McKinley, good for 3 years. This is free)

  • Proof of Covid Vaccine

  • School Volunteer Application

  • Short Zoom Training with Principal Larson (Live or Rewatch)

  • 1 Consistent Lunchtime Day/ Week Commitment for January

Click here to sign up - grab a friend to join you, or plan to make new friends!

Questions, or need help signing up for a shift? Contact the PTA Family Engagement Team:

Lori Engelhardt (415) 706-9591

Alicia Callejas (habla español) (501) 398-8116

Elizabeth Harris (habla español) (310) 251-2191

Once signed up, you’ll be contacted directly to schedule your TB assessment and training.

But… hey, does this leave you wanting more? Do you want to spend 5 lunchtimes/ week on campus? There are several open, paid Yard Duty Positions for hire. Contact Principal Larson for more details.

Sweat and Donate This January with Park Fit Petaluma!

Get a pass to women's outdoor fitness classes from Park Fit Petaluma and earn donations for McKinley!

$60 for 5 class pass (Value $70)

25% of each pass sold goes back to McKinley ($15/pass)

Use promo code: MCKINLEY for $10 OFF

Purchase Here

Pass expires 2 months from first visit after purchase

For more information visit or check @parkfitpetaluma on Instagram!

Dine and Donate at Mary's Pizza Shack - January 11

Get some delicious pizza at Mary's Pizza on Tuesday, January 11th from 11am-8:30pm. Mary's will donate 20% of the proceeds from take-out and delivery orders to McKinley.

Show this flyer on your device or mention McKinley when you order.

Mary's Pizza Shack West
359 E Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-7200

To order online, select "Dine and Donate" in the Extras section when you order at

Collect BoxTops Using Your Phone!

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!

Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on

You can earn money for McKinley every time you buy merchandise through at no extra cost to you. 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.

Volunteer Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run this Spring!

Girls on the Run is coming to McKinley this spring and we need coaches to help with the program.

What is Girls on the Run? Girls on the Run is a 10-week life skills learning program powered by running that meets twice a week for 90 minutes. The program teaches 3rd-6th (3-5 or 4-6) grade girls about health, friendship, body image, self-esteem and service while training for a 5k. Learn more about Girls on the Run!

Read more information about coaching here.

To learn more, email Megan McClellan, Program Director at or visit our website at to complete the application.