Boletín de McKinley/ McKinley News

April 25th - 29th 2022

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

Dear McKinley Families,

What a wonderful weekend for McKinley performing arts. It was so amazing to see our community come together. Thank you to all of the volunteers and students that made this such a special show. It truly takes a village. Cate Bruce-low, there are no words for the magic you produce every time. The kids are so blessed to have you.

This week we have a community event to support parent education. Thursday, April 28th, please come to listen to experts talk about helpful subjects to provide support to your students.

Did you love the Lion King? How about your teachers receiving supplies for their classrooms? How about the Safari assembly? or the Discovery Museum? We could not do any of those things if we didn't have the support of our PTA. One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is just around the corner. We can't wait. Our AMAZING team is in preparation look for details below. I know I already have my dancing shoes ready.

Have A Great Week!

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Larson

Tickets to Our Annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th Are On Sale Now!

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Our Spring Fundraiser is made possible through generous donations from businesses and individuals in the McKinley and the greater Sonoma County community.

We are collecting restaurant gift cards, event tickets, services, stays at vacation homes, and retail items for our silent and live auctions.

Please contact Renee McArdle at with your donations!

Join Us for the McKinley Parent Education Night– Thursday, April 28th

Please join your fellow classmates’ families on Thursday, April 28th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for a FREE Dinner and a sweet treat at the McKinley Block Party!

Please RSVP here so we can order the right amount of food.

Everyone in your family is heartily invited and welcome to attend whether you RSVP or not!Come for dinner, stay for community, leave enlightened!

Learn More About This Event

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Yearbook Links

Yearbooks are on sale until May 12. The special lowest price option is NOW through May 5th.

Families can purchase and add personalized pages (great for 6th and 8th-grade families!)

If you cannot purchase a yearbook online, you can come to the office with the exact change or check made out to McKinley PTA and fill out an order form. There is no personalization allowed for yearbooks purchased with cash/check.

Link to upload photos:

Link for yearbook sales:

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Yearbook Design contest




  • 8.5x 11 inch vertical submission OR digital submission

  • McKinley and PACS names on the cover

  • The school year (2021-2022) on the cover

  • Your first and last name, and grade printed on the back

Submissions due: 4/29

Turn in to the Front Office or email to Ms. Alton:

1st place: Front cover design & win a free yearbook!

2nd place: back cover design

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Fechas Importantes/Important dates

April 25th and April 26th PACS Day Camp

April 27th Vaccine Clinic at McKinley (4:00 - 6:00)
April 27th and 28th, Shop and Donate at Rusty Hinges

April 28th - McKinley Block Party - FREE DINNER

April 29th SOM assembly

May 2nd - May 13th CAASPP Testing (3rd - 8th)

May 4th Bike to School Day

May 4th District Art Show

May 12th Open House

May 14th Spring Fundraiser

May 18th PTA Meeting

May 19th Westside Relays (5th and 6th grade)

May 20th McKinley Film Festival Submissions due

May 27th McKinley Film Festival

May 27th SOM assembly

June 1st Volunteer Tea (7:45 am)

June 2nd K- 3 Talent Show

June 3rd, 4th - 8th Talent Show

June 8th 8th Grade Promotion (5:00)

June 9th 6th-grade Promotion (TBD)

June 9th 6th grade Field Trip to Beach

June 10th, Last Day of School/ Field Day

Join Us For Our Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th!

Travel back in time and experience Woodstock! Our Spring Fundraiser will take place on Saturday evening, May 14th in Herzog Hall at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.

Join us for a silent and live auction with live music, raffles, and plenty of fun to support our students. There will be a delicious buffet provided by McKinley family-owned What A Chicken and a cash bar.

Tickets to our past spring fundraisers have sold out quickly, so act now! Get special early bird pricing until Friday, April 29th!

Learn more or buy your tickets now!

Shop and Donate at Rusty Hinges – Last Day to Order is TOMORROW, Monday, April 25th

Order a Provisions Bundle box which includes fresh produce, eggs, milk & dairy products, pastured protein and bread selections for a week. 20% of the proceeds will go to McKinley.

Pick up at Rusty Hinges Ranch on April 27th and 28th.

212 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma CA 94952

Order Now and Learn More!

Make a lasting impact on McKinley. Join the PTA Board

Are you interested in making a lasting impact on your child’s school? Our award-winning McKinley PTA operates with a $100,000 budget per year to provide resources and support programs, including experiential learning, bilingual instruction, classroom supplies, school community events, and much more.

As we start looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we’re looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help fill PTA board positions for:

  • President

  • Vice-president
  • Financial Secretary

  • VP of Communications

  • VP of Fundraising

A full description of the roles and responsibilities can be found here.

If you are interested in any of these roles — or you would like to nominate someone — please email us at and let us know!

Your PTA Fundraising Dollars at Work

Last week, the lower grades were treated to a fun visit from Classroom Safari!
This activity was funded by our McKinley PTA.

FREE COFFEE at Intercultural Café This Friday After Drop Off

Come for the coffee, stay for the community. Not able to make it to the last PTA meeting? Want to make some new connections across our McKinley community? Just love coffee?

Join the McKinley PTA Family Engagement Team at our monthly Intercultural Cafe! Friday, April 29th, after drop-off in the morning, under the overhang outside the front office. Pick up the PTA meeting minutes (in English or Spanish) and get to know new people. See you there!

Questions? Alicia Callejas (hablo español),, 501-398-8116
Lori Engelhardt,, 415-706-9591
Elizabeth Harris (hablo español),, 310-251-2191

Earn donations for McKinley when you shop at no additional cost to you!

  1. Shop at Petaluma Market or Oliver’s Markets: these grocers will donate 2.5% of your purchase amount to the McKinley PTA if you have the Store’s Community Card. Learn how to get started

  2. Shop on Amazon: 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.

  3. Scan your grocery receipts with the BoxTops app: 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!