November 15th, 2021

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

McKinley Family,

It is our last week of conferences, and we are headed into a week off for Thanksgiving break. I love everything about Thanksgiving. It's a great time to spend time with friends and family and reflect on what we are thankful for. Thank you all for all the time that you put into McKinley school. We are all so lucky to have such a wonderful community.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Fechas Importantes/Important dates

November 15th - 19th Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 15th -April We will be collecting Plastic

November 16th Student Voice Forums

November 17th - Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day

November 17th ELAC Meeting 5:30

November 17th PTA Meeting 6:30

November 22nd - 28th Fall Break

Plastic recycling starts Monday

McKinley will be participating in the Trex plastic bag and film recycling challenge starting on Nov. 15th! We will be competing against other schools across the country to see if we can recycle the most plastic bags and film. The winning school will receive a new Trex bench! From Nov. 15th-April 15th (Earth Day), there will be bins at both school entrances for you to recycle your plastic bags and film.

Stay tuned for more information. Details of the program and what types of plastic are allowed can be found here.



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 15th-November 19th.

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:

Online School Menu

Volunteer Opportunity: After School Enrichment Coordinator(s)

McKinley’s After School Enrichment program is in need of one or more motivated volunteers to coordinate our After School Enrichment program beginning Spring 2022. Please note that ASE will not run a Winter Session due to lack of space and a lead volunteer.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please reach out to Thank you!

As we finish up our After School Enrichment Fall Session I wanted to give a very big THANK YOU to Jessica Servin who has been the ASE Volunteer Coordinator and has done an incredible job organizing and providing fantastic opportunities to our students. This is Jessica’s final session and we appreciate everything that she has done. Thank you!

PTA Meeting this Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30pm

Join us for our November PTA meeting this Wednesday via Zoom. All families are welcome!

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 850 8596 2140
Passcode: 623543

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

Do Your Holiday Shopping on and Earn Donations for McKinley

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.

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.