McKinley Mustang Newsletter

April 26th- 30th

We are Stronger together!

Thank You, Mustangs, and to all of our teachers and support staff for a positive first two weeks back

Lots of exciting opportunities coming up. Please look for important messages from your teachers and in the newsletter.

Thank You

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Cate Bruce -Low for working so hard to get our beautiful paintings up in front of the school. She helped me write the thank you, and I missed putting her name in the acknowledgment. Thank you for taking the lead, organizing the volunteers, opening your house, and making sure they were hung and ready to go for the first day of school.

Earth Day Celebrations!

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Safe Routes To School


  • April Walk & Roll for the Earth Video Commercial is now available!
  • April’s Walk & Roll to Anywhere (or School?!) week is April 1st-11th (to account for various Spring breaks), and the April Nature Walk Challenge is due on Monday, May 3rd.
  • Virtual Family Bike Workshops and On-Bike Workshops are still happening – please share if you can!
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Teacher Appreciation Week is the First Week of May

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Share Your Distance and Hybrid Learning Memories

The Staff Appreciation Committee is gathering quotes about distance and hybrid learning to share with the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We need quotes from all grades.


Please take a few moments to share your student's thoughts and favorite memories with us!


Fill out the form here!

Attention 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Families!

This trimester the 6th-8th grade classes are coming together to show our teachers appreciation and thanks and the Staff Appreciation Committee is collecting funds for a special celebration for our teachers .

If you are able to, you can donate on the PTA website by selecting the “Staff Appreciation Fund” on the donation form, or drop off cash at the school office by Thursday, April 29.

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

Wanted: Awesome Parents Like You!

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PTA Elections are May 12th. Join Our Board!

Are you looking for ways to connect with other families and help McKinley at the same time? You’re in luck as we are still recruiting PTA board members for the 2021-2022 school year.


Whether your hobbies include calculating the rent costs for apartments you see on TV down to the penny, cat herding, or wandering the folder aisle at Office Depot, there is a place for you on our board.


Here are the open positions:


  • President**
  • Co-President (Executive Vice President–Membership)
  • VP of Fundraising
  • Financial Secretary

If you would like to learn more about any of the open positions next year, please email PTA Chris Lum and Ashley Fitting at mckptapres@gmail.com.

We also have several committee and coordinator positions open for next year.

**Per 501c3 rules, we MUST have a President, Treasurer, and Secretary in order to function as a PTA.

Read the PTA Position descriptions here.

Got Auction Items?

We are still collecting auction items for the Mustang Social. Gift cards from local restaurants and businesses can still be dropped off at the office this week.


You can also donate a cash amount for us to use to purchase items from Petaluma businesses to include in the online auction.


Have other items you can donate?

Email mustangsocial@ptamckinley.org if you have any items (wine, gift baskets, art, sports tickets etc.), vacation homes, experiences or buy-in event connections you can donate.


The auction will go live May 12! Got questions? Click here for more information.

BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

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!

Still have BoxTops products in your pantry? No worries! This program is winding down but if you have unexpired BoxTops clips you can bring them to McKinley’s office by the fall deadline.