McKinley Mustang Newsletter

February 15th-19th

Mrs. Larson Announcement

Supporting our Latinx Community here at McKinley School

McKinley will be hosting this artwork in our front Quad area to support our Latinx community.

Artists from Los Raizes Collective from within the Roseland district of Santa Rosa have created visuals that will resonate with our Latinx Sonoma County brothers and sisters to see this vaccine as a messenger of healing, hope, and opportunity. This pandemic has taken its toll for too long on our mental health and taken too many lives along the way from our community.

We will spread the artwork broadly starting at 8 AM on Valentine's Day Sunday 2/14 throughout the Roseland community in Santa Rosa on Sebastopol Road between Stony Point Road and Dutton Avenue. Three peaceful VW buses full of posters of various sizes, lotería cards, and tape will be strategically located on geographic perimeters of this area.

The scope of the event has expanded, as loving ideas always do, to include several more towns in Sonoma County including Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, and Sonoma.

This visual display will be peaceful, healing, and loving on Valentine’s Day but will also agitate and provoke discussion about disproportionate health inequities that plague our Sonoma County Latinx communities. This is a public health issue and only by building trust in the coronavirus vaccines will we be able to defeat coronavirus and begin the process of healing as one unified community.

Please share this broadly, show up and join us. I will send a follow-up email closer to Valentine’s Day with the appropriate contact people for your respective Sonoma County town and the logistics of where to meet them, pick up posters, lotería cards, and tape.

Go Fund Me: Latinx Art

Brian Prystowsky, MD

Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night

This Friday, February 19th at 5pm!

You are invited to a free Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night next Friday, February 19th at 5pm.

Win great prizes like gift cards to Fruta, El Roy’s, Hector’s Pizza and more! Hector’s Pizza has offered McKinley families $10 off a Large or X-Large pizza the night of the event.

For Zoom credentials and details on how to get your bingo cards and your coupon click here.

Children are welcome!

Bingo Night Details


"The story of Black History Month begins in Chicago during the summer of 1915. An alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city, Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Thousands of African Americans traveled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery. Awarded a doctorate in Harvard three years earlier, Woodson joined the other exhibitors with a black history display. Despite being held at the Coliseum, the site of the 1912 Republican convention, an overflow crowd of six to twelve thousand waited outside for their turn to view the exhibits. Inspired by the three-week celebration, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. On September 9th, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA with A. L. Jackson and three others and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH)."

To read more about the history:

The theme of Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

McKinley Celebrates:

Feb. 1st - 5th Come by McKinley to write a quote on our front patio from important Black leaders.

Feb. 8th - 12th Be inspired by a Black artist and create your own version of their famous artwork. Mrs. Larson will have materials if you need them and she would love for you to bring the art to the school so she can display it.

Feb. 15th - 19th Celebrate Black literature by reading books from Black authors and sharing them with your class. Special read aloud on Wednesday, February 17th @ 6:30 pm. (date and time are subject to change).

Feb. 22nd - 26th Celebrate Black Poets and be inspired by their poetry by writing something of your own to share. Mrs. Larson will create a special slide show of all the student work turned in for the month.

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A Special Message for our 3rd through 5th Grade Families

The Staff Appreciation Committee Needs Your Help!

The Staff Appreciation Committee is collecting funds from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes are coming together to show our teachers and staff their appreciation with a deli sandwich lunch!

If you are able to, send your contributions to Lisa Baker through Venmo: @teacher-appreciation-234, donate on the PTA website by selecting the "Staff Appreciation Fund" on the donation form, or drop off cash at the school office by this Friday, February 19.

The suggested donation is $10, but donations of any size are appreciated.
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