Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

December 13th , 2021

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

Dear McKinley Families,

We have just one week left till winter break. I wish you a wonderful vacation full of family time and memories. I look forward to reading books by the fire, setting goals for the new year, and slowing down just a little.

Thank you to our AMAZING winter festival team. It was such a beautiful night to gather as a community. It was wonderful to see you all there.

Please take some time to relax, reset and enjoy slowing down just a little bit.

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PEF Grant Winners Unruly SPLATS!

I am so excited to announce that McKinley has won a grant for $10, 945 from The Petaluma Education Foundation. We are excited to kick off UNRULY Splats a Coding, Social Emotional Learning Tool, and PE tool that students will use in their classroom. Curious to know more about Unruly Splats click on the picture below. Thank You PEF for all of your amazing support.

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

Dec. 14th PCS Board meeting

Dec. 14th Dine and Donate Brewsters
Dec. 15h PTA Meeting at 6:30pm via Zoom

Dec. 16th 1hr. Recess prize day

Dec. 20th - January 2nd Winter Break

Early Release Friday December 17th

TK/K 11:45

1st- 6th 12:20

7th - 8th 12:20

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Holiday Giving Program - Bring your gifts tomorrow!

Remember to bring back your gifts for our Holiday Giving Program to the McKinley office tomorrow, Monday, December 13th. All gifts must be wrapped and original tag must be attached.

Any questions/concerns contact the coordinators.

Jessica Servin -

Chris Lum -

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Thank you to the Winter Festival Team!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped on the Winter Festival team led by Rebecca Hachmeyer and Emily Betts.

There were so many happily helping families making the night magical and we didn't have all of their names handy at the time of printing but please know that we saw your smiling eyes behind those masks and appreciate each of the volunteers who made the night so beautiful, warm and welcoming.

We’ve received a few thank you emails from families who came and want to extend our sincere gratitude for your incredible vision, pulling it together so quickly and making it a beautiful night for all.

PTA General Meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm

Join us this Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30pm via Zoom for our December PTA meeting!

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 895 7898 0966
Passcode: 951084

Last chance to participate in the Giving Tree for Classrooms!

The Giving Tree is in full swing and we need your help to assist in replenishing out children's classrooms with all the much needed materials and other supplies.

This year the PTA will match the amount we raise so teachers can enjoy double the resources for their classroom!

Visit our Giving Tree portal to choose and purchase your gift card to a classroom

Deadline to participate is Friday 12/17

Dine and Donate at Brewsters This Tuesday, December 14th – 11:30am-9:00pm

Get festive with the family and cross off that holiday bucket list item for the Miracle at Brewsters. Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.”

229 Water St North
Petaluma, CA 94952

Guests are welcome to bring in the flyer, show it on their device or mention it. 10% of proceeds will be donated

Enroll 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 now!

On-campus Volunteer Opportunity: Lunch Duty!

Do you know...

  • How to play Gaga Ball (or even, what a Gaga Ball is)?
  • How oreo wrappers end up in your kiddo’s lunchbox, when you didn’t send oreos to school?
  • Who your child plays with outside on the blacktop?

Get answers to all these questions (and more) starting January 3rd, 2022!

We need your help!
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.

Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas for our wonderful teachers and staff?

Look no further! Click here to find a list for the favorite stores and restaurants of our McKinley/PACS staff.

Final Call: Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade families - December Teacher Appreciation

We are reaching out to the Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade families and asking, if you are in a position to do so, to please donate $5-$10 to help us put on our December staff appreciation event. We realize that some families may not be in the position to donate, and others may be able to donate more and that is totally okay.

With the funds we collect, our plan is to provide a lunch for the staff from a local restaurant on Wednesday December 15th. Due to covid protocols, we must stick to store/restaurant bought, individually wrapped items (ie sandwiches, burritos, snacks etc.)

Our goal is to collect the donations by EOD tomorrow, Monday, December 13th.

You can donate via this link on the PTA website and select Staff Appreciation Fund

You may also drop off cash and checks made out to McKinley PTA to the office in an envelope labeled 'Staff Appreciation".

Thank you for your assistance in helping make our fantastic McKinley teachers and staff feel the love. Please feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any questions or ideas on how you would like to help out.

Lisa Baker and Lauran Colvin

Are you shopping on on for your holiday gifts?

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.