McKinley Mustang Newsletter

Week of May 18 - 22

A Note From Your Principal

We are headed into the last few weeks of school in such a strange time. I have missed you all and look forward to some celebrations for the end of the school year.

We will have the last Student of the month assembly this Wednesday. It will be sent out by your teachers and uploaded to the McKinley Distance Learning Website.

We will have the celebration of our Mckinley Film Festival winners and interviews Coming out this Friday!

We will have a special slide show of our Math Counts winners!

Finally, A special celebration for our 6th and 8th-grade promotions. On Thursday, May 28th and Friday 29th at 10:00. We will live stream the event.

We might be apart but we are happy to celebrate all the amazing accomplishments of our Amazing Mustangs!

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Join us for a Special Edition of our May Dine & Donate: McKinley at Don Pancho’s

Don Pancho’s has been wonderfully supportive of McKinley and Petaluma schools in the past. Now, they need our help. We are switching our scheduled Dine and Donate to a “McKinley at Don Pancho’s” event.

Grab some takeout and maybe run into some McKinley friends while you are there on Wednesday 5/20.

Take photos of your family sharing dinner and we will post a photo collage of McKinley families eating together (but separately). Email photos to PTA presidents

Join us in celebrating our students at the PCS Virtual Innovation Showcase starting on Thursday

We hope you encouraged your student to submit an entry to the PCS 2020 Virtual Innovation Showcase by 5/17.

Come back starting next Thursday and until 5/30 to view the entries from all the PCS schools (link will not be active to view until 5/21). Rumor has it that McKinley has submitted many amazing entries. Don’t miss out!

For questions, check out Flipgrid's help section or email Danna Rocca.

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6th Grade Promotion and 8th Grade Graduation

We can’t wait to celebrate our 6th graders and our PACS class of 2020 in the best way possible (under the current circumstances).

If you are part of the graduating classes, make sure to read Mrs. Larson’s email to prepare for this celebration.

If you are not part of the graduating classes, make sure to tune to McKinley’s official Facebook page to follow the live streaming of the drive up ceremonies on 5/27 and 5/28 at 10:00 am!

End of year study material pick up and drop off

The end of the school year is approaching and we have set the following procedure to collect your study material and hand out your work left in the classrooms.

Classroom work: all work left in the classroom will be handed back to you on

Thursday, May 28th.


Drop off lane

If your last name starts with A-G (TK/K, 2-5, 7)


Drop off lane

If your last name starts with H-M (TK/K, 2-5, 7)

2:00 - 2:45

Drop off lane

If your last name starts with N-S (TK/K, 2-5, 7)

2:45 - 3:30

Drop off lane

If your last name starts with T-Z (TK/K, 2-5, 7)

*Reminder First grade already picked up their stuff and 6th and 8th grade will receive at their promotion drive-thru.

Ipads: given that the health conditions are changing and we cannot foresee what they will look like when school starts again in August, IPads will remain home during the summer.

Please remember that you can purchase optional insurance for your student’s iPad to cover the cost of accidental damage while the iPad is not in the school setting. Check the Ipad Coverage Plan Information here. For questions, email the PCS district.


If your student has been using a District Loaner Instrument this year, please return it along with any loaner music books & stands to your school site. Band Teachers will be at school sites next week.

We will follow the safe collection protocols that have been put in place by the District:

  • Parents may drive or walk up to the collection table.

  • Only one person/family at a time should approach the table for drop-off.

  • Remember to wear a face mask.

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

  • Families that have an ill family member should stay home. If the parent can’t send a replacement that day, arrange for drop off at another time.

Wednesday MAY 20 - McKinley

11:15 -12:00 5th Grade

12:00 - 12:45 6th Grade

Drive-thru front entrance.

Returns can be also made at Valley Vista School in Room 5 on 5/21 and 5/22 from 10:00-12:30 pm.

If you have questions, please email

Thank you for returning your instrument!

Did you fill the Distance Learning Survey sent out by the PCS?

f you haven’t done so, or haven’t received the PCS email, please take a minute to fill out a short survey created by the PCS district.

This is your chance to send feedback on your Distance Learning experience as a parent and report which areas you think were great and what could be improved in the future.
Please do also encourage your student (3rd grade or older) to fill out the student survey too.

The Mustang Social fundraising totals are in!

Once more, our McKinley community stepped up and showed it’s amazingly supporting spirit. The PTA had budgeted a net fundraising goal of $23,000 for The Mustang Social spring fundraiser. We raised over $25,000!

We are genuinely thankful to all the families, teachers, and community members that have supported this fundraiser in numerous ways. We would like to express our gratitude to all the families that we're able to donate the amount they had already paid towards their tickets to the dinner that had to be canceled. We raised over $3,000 thanks to you!

Remember that there are still a few tickets left for sale for two buy-in parties (Oktoberfest and Mystery Mission) and our wine pull.

Mrs. O’s Library Corner : Book Return

It's that time of the year, I am in the process of trying to get the library books back. It is very important that the students who will not be returning to McKinley next school year bring their books back by the last day of school.

The following are available times to return library books:

- Box drop off (there will be a box set up in the breezeway labeled Library Book Return): 9 am-2 pm Monday - Friday.

-Handoff to a person: Thursday 5/21 (12-2 pm) or Thursday 5/28 (12-3 pm).

-Bring them the last week of school when students will be picking up/dropping off supplies.

My hope is to get as many books back and checked in before the last day of school as possible.

Take good care,

Mrs. O

PTA meeting outcomes

Thanks to everyone who was able to join our zoom PTA meeting. It is so important for your voices to be heard!

We would like to highlight three items addressed during the meeting:

*The PTA has received a partial grant from Raley’s to purchase 2 water filling stations (pending District installation). We thank you, Julie Petersen, for writing the grant.

*Mrs. Larson would like to purchase portable handwashing stations to place around campus and the PTA approved funding for 3 stations to be purchased over the summer.

*Due to the uncertainty derived from the current pandemic, the PTA plans to craft a very conservative budget for next year but we are so happy to get these projects done for our community.

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Community Events

*Online Stories with Storyline, Family Resources, and Virtual Activities page, Create At Home.

*Online Petaluma Regional Library Card lets you enjoy Sonoma County Library free electronic resources (, books, movies, music, etc). Library Facebook page with storytime videos, crafts for teens and tweens, science experiments, etc.

*Sonoma County Arts Education Virtual Offerings.

*YMCA Work Out From Home page free online fitness classes for students and families offering Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, and even guided meditation.

*City of Petaluma Virtual Recreation Center

*Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE): a comprehensive repository of resources for schools and families.

*Family stress resources: Sonoma County Free Behavioral Warm Line (open 7 days, 10am to 7pm; (707) 565-2652. English and Spanish staff), Self Care and Mental Wellness webinar recording, Calm app (free trial), Calm app limited access (free during COVID-19), Headspace app (free during COVID-19), Petaluma City Schools COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellness Resources

With Appreciation

Thank you to all the families that participated in The Mustang Social. We could have not raised so much money without your constant support.


May 20 - May Dine & Donate at Don Pancho’s

May 21-30 PCS Innovations Showcase opens on Flipgrid for public viewing

May 25 - Memorial Day-NO SCHOOL

May 28 - 6th Grade drive up Promotion (10:00 am. Live streaming at McKinley School Facebook)

May 28 Pick Up Day for TK - 7 See article above for details

May 29 - 8th Grade drive up Graduation (10:00 am. Live streaming at McKinley School Facebook)

May 29 - Last Day of School

May 31 - Deadline to submit Green Sneaker Challenge tracking cards


*bookmark McKinley Distance Learning Website to easily locate your student’s weekly schedule and other additional information.

*Make sure Art Docent lessons are not missing in your Distant Learning experience!

*update your contact information with the PCS District to receive their latest communications and the school weekly newsletter.

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