McKinley Elementary Newsletter

November 2021


Nov 2 - PTC Meeting 6:30-7:40 PM Library

Nov 3 - Crazy Hat and Crazy Hair Day

Nov 9 - Take Out Tuesday @ Chipotle

Nov 10 - Picture Retake Day

Nov 11- NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day Holiday

Nov 24-26 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 29 - Dec 2 - PTC Usborne Book Fair

Dec 3 - NO SCHOOL, Grading Day

Dec 7 - PTC Meeting 6:30-7:40 PM Library

Dec 20 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Jan 3 - First day back in 2022

*Every Wednesday is a 1 hour late start at 8:50 AM - the other days 7:50 AM

Counselor's Corner - Mrs. Tanikawa

We’re excited to be using a new curriculum for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade this year called Sources of Strength. This curriculum will help us think about, develop, and practice positive social and emotional skills along with identifying and growing the strengths in our lives. At the core of the curriculum are eight Strengths: Family Support, Positive Friends, Mentors, Healthy Activities, Generosity, Spirituality, Physical Health, and Mental Health (See Strength definitions on back). Each of these strengths shows up in a person’s life differently. Each lesson invites students to explore strength in their own lives, empowers them to grow their strengths and build resilience in order to promote health and wellness for themselves and others.

Click this link to read more about Sources of Strengh curriculum.

Info on K, 1st & 2nd curriculum in the next newsletter.

PE News from Mr. Miller & Mr. Johnston

McKinley students and families are encouraged to participate in NO SODA NOVEMBER. Mr. Miller and Mr. Johnston will talk about the tracking forms during PE and students will bring them home in their Thursday folders.
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crazy hat and crazy hair day

Students have earn a Crazy Hat/Hair Day on Wed, Nov 3rd. Use your creative skills to make your hair and or hat wacky and crazy.

Picture Retake Day is November 10th

If you missed the September 28th Picture Day or need a retake, our photographer will be back on November 10th. If you are having retakes, please send the original photos and packet to school on this day. Images will also be available online to order direct from the photographer. Go to for details.

If you ordered pictures from the original photo day, those will be mailed directly to your home. If you have not already received those, they should arrive any day now.

Choir Performances

This year's event at the Capitol has been canceled. We will look forward to joining the festivities next year. But, we are still slated to perform in the Elementary Choir Festival, in March of 2022.

Chapstick OK

Winter weather sometimes brings with it dry, cracked lips. It is OKAY for your child to bring “Chapstick” to school as long as they keep it in their backpack and use it as needed. The health room does not provide any remedies or treatments for chapped lips.

Thank You PTC!!

A big THANK YOU to the PTC for the fun lunches supporting local establishments and feeding our hungry staff. We appreciate your support.


Parent Teacher Community


  • Tuesday, November 9th
  • 5:00-9:00pm
  • 3883 Commercial St SE
  • Must show flyer (ok to show flyer on phone)
  • Order online use code QPVPMY6
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A huge THANK YOU to all the joggers, volunteers, donators and family supporters for a very successful Color Run! We made the $10,000 goal and will be finalizing a school wide celebration soon!


~PTC Monthly General Meeting 2021 – 2022 ~

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 / 6:30 – 7:40 pm

School Library, McKinley Elementary School,

Agenda includes

1) Principal Report

2) Color Run

3) Bookfair

4) Restaurant Fundraiser


6) New Business

~ Color Run ~

How did we do? Discussion of what went right and what went wrong.

Suggestions for next year.

~ What’s Happening October 2021 ~

Book Fair: Nov 29th - Dec 2nd. Usborne Bookfair is coming up.

Volunteers needed and logistics needto be confirmed.


Goal is to start having the students make teams for the trivia competition!

~Restaurant Fundraiser: Nov 9th, Tuesday~

This month is Chipotle. Stop on in for a meal to help support McKinley

PTC officers: Jason Tei, Lea Hinchcliff, Sarah Phillips, and Becky Tei

Questions? Visit or contact the PTC exec team at

OBOB Tip #1 (Oregon Battle of Books)

READ, READ, READ! Start reading the books. Check on the OBOB website for the list of books for grades 3-5. Click the "3-5 Annotated List" at the bottom for details on each book. More details to come regarding creating teams.

Bonus Tip: Read at least 2 books before teams are created (required) and audio books count!

Year at a Glance

  • 1st Tuesday of most months - PTC Meeting 6:30 PM-7:40 PM
  • 2nd Tuesday of most months - Take Out Tuesday - fundraisers at local resturants
  • November 29- Dec 2 Book Fair
  • November thru February OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)
  • February 28-March 4 - Read-A-Thon
  • March - Spaghetti Feed (if restrictions allow)
  • June 3 - School Carnival


Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school may apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between November 1–30, 2021. This includes elementary, middle, high school and students who would like to transfer to the EDGE online program.

If your student already has an approved IDT, you do not need to fill out the application.

There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. IDT applications received after November 30, 2021, will not be considered. If an IDT is granted at this time, the students will start at the new school when they return to school in January 2022.

In-district transfer request forms can be picked up at your student’s assigned school. They will also be posted on the Student Transfers page on November 1. The webpage will also include instructions on how to turn in the forms via email, snail mail.

It is preferred that families fill out the forms and drop them off at their assigned schools.


Join us in celebrating American Indian Alaskan Native Month in November at the American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration 2021.


The first resolution of its kind was developed through collaboration with district staff, leadership, community feedback and engagement.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4-2 to approve a resolution recognizing the board and district’s commitment to equity and anti-racism. One board director was absent. It is the first time a resolution of its kind was introduced in SKPS.


In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.


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Winter Weather

In the event of bad weather, district officials will make the decision by 5:15 a.m. that day to close all or selected schools or to delay the start of school.

If schools are closed or start times delayed, all students and staff will get a recorded message to the phone number on record with the district. This message will tell you about school cancellation, delay to start times or district closure. Calls begin going out at 6 a.m. Make sure your contact information is up to date. Families who need to update their phone number should contact their school.

You can also visit our website at and click on the Emergency Closures & Delays tab at the top of the page. In addition, a message will be posted on the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts as soon as a decision to cancel school, delay school, or close the district is made.

In the event that inclement weather is predicted, but there is no change to school schedules, that confirmation will be posted on social media channels; however, an automated phone call likely will not be used.


With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.

Rainy Day Recess

Please send your child to school with a hooded jacket or coat on days when there may be light rain. Whenever possible we will recess outdoors this year to maintain a safe distance between students of other classrooms. When the weather is severe we will move classrooms into various areas of the building for indoor play.

Stay Home If......... & COVID Hotline

If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home and call the office. With added procedures for COVID, here is the district’s current policy for sick students. If a child has any of these symptoms listed below, please contact the school office and your child will need to stay home and quarantine until they are symptom free for 24 hours AND after a COVID-19 test is negative OR quarantine for 10 days if not tested. If a student comes to school with any of these symptoms, students are brought to the office and parents are called to pick students up.

  • temp of 100.4 or higher
  • new cough
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell

Please notify the school if your child is not feeling well. For information regarding a potential COVID exposure, please call the District COVID Hotline 503-399-9797.


We are excited to introduce ParentSquare, a new two-way communication platform that will streamline and improve communication with families and staff. It has the functions of both Remind and SchoolMessenger and will eventually replace both platforms.

To sign up go to

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current. Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Capital City Elite Volleyball Club -- Click on flyer below for more information

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Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness. Click here for more information


Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

Lunch Menus Food Services will not be printing lunch menus to send to the schools. They will post on each schools website, as well on the District website. They are having a hard time getting anything on a consistent basis and cannot depend on suppliers to have what is needed. The food chain/Supply and Demand is ever flexing.

Click on the menu below to go to the district food service page for a close up of the montly menu.

2021-22 DISTRICT CALENDAR - click the calendar to go to the website for details


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School hours: 7:50AM - 2:20PM (M,T,Th,F) 8:50AM - 2:20PM (Weds Only)

Doors open at 7:35AM

Office 7:30AM-3:50PM

Address: 466 McGilchrist St SE Salem OR 97302

Phone: 503-399-3167