McKinley Elementary

February 2021

Important Dates

February 2 - PTC Family Eat out Fundraiser @ Limeberry in West Salem 6 PM - 9 PM

February 10 - PTC Vitural Meeting @ 6:30 PM - Link will be email before meeting

February 15 - President's Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

February 17 - Exclusion Day - see below

Exclusion Day - February 17

Questions regarding what immunization(s) is/are needed can be answered by the school office.

Questions about available resources to receive immunizations can be directed to the Nurse Help Line at 503-399-3376.

News from the PTC (Parent Teacher Community)

Check out the PTC webpage for more details. http://ptcmckinley.org/

OBOB - Oregon Battle of the Books is Back! - Hosted by PTC

McKinley and McKinley Edge Families, Remember Battle of the Books?

We’re still here! BUT it’s going to look very different this year. Since Oregon OBOB will not be hosting regional or state competitions, and because of all the challenges this school year has thrown at us, we are going to take the opportunity to have some fun and rewrite the rules a bit. Wait, I don’t remember Battle of the Books! New to OBOB? YOU CAN FIND ALL THE DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS NEWSLETTER. KEEP SCROLLING.....

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Boxtops for Education

Check out the BoxTop website for the new, non-clipping way to collect BoxTops. Thank you for supporting McKinley!

https://www.boxtops4education.com/

State Annual Notice 2020-2021

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Oregon Health Plan Free for Youth

Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.

5th Grade Parents: Charter School Options for Middle School

Check the Salem Keizer District website for information regarding the middle school charter school options. http://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/

The deadline to submit applications are coming soon:

  • Howard Street March 5th by 4:00 PM
  • JGEMS March 12th by 4:00 PM .

Fun Stuff - Safe Routes Poster Contest

www.sksaferoutes.org Click this link or picture for more information.

Fun Stuff - Fluor Engineering Challenge

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/fluor-challenge Click this link or picture for more information.

OBOB Battle of the Books - Details


McKinley and McKinley Edge Families, Remember Battle of the Books?


We’re still here! BUT it’s going to look very different this year. Since Oregon OBOB will not be hosting regional or state competitions, and because of all the challenges this school year has thrown at us, we are going to take the opportunity to have some fun and rewrite the rules a bit. Wait, I don’t remember Battle of the Books! New to OBOB? To quote from the website:


The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.


Each “battle” is normally conducted between two teams in a Jeopardy-style competition. Teams answer trivia questions based on a set of 16 books with up to 5 points awarded for correct answers. A “normal” battle involves rules and mechanisms that are simply not feasible this year. For more information, check out OBOB's official website: www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org


Battles will be conducted over Google Meet and Kahoot. Questions will be multiple choice. Rather than one on one battles, everyone will compete at the same time. It’ll take a little while to adjust the questions and work the bugs out, so…


Battles will be on Friday afternoons starting sometime in March


We’ll start out by having a couple days where we meet up on Google Meet and explain rules and do some practice battles. We’ll probably do 2-4 battles each day, and students can participate in as many or as few as they like.


Compete in teams or on your own: Competitive students can still compete in teams of up to 4 (this is your best chance to win points), but anyone can also compete as an individual just for fun. Students will need to know what team they’re on before their first battle.


All McKinley, McKinley Edge, and McKinley area homeschool students welcome


For this year only, participation is not limited to grades 3-5. Be advised, parents, that the OBOB book list is curated for children in the grade 3-5 age group, and the content covers a wide range of literary styles and viewpoints. They are selected to be challenging in a variety of ways. If you are unsure if a book’s subject matter is appropriate for your child, I recommend reading it or checking out it’s reviews online. As always, students do not have to read all of the books to participate.


Some tips if you are new to OBOB:


Teams: Teams of up to 4 are the norm for OBOB. While you don’t need to be on a team to participate this year, it will still be the best way to get the most points. Team members can divide the 16 books between themselves so that no one has to read the entire list. So, grab a few friends and decide on a team name, but no changing teams after battle season starts!


Questions: There are are two types of questions, “In which book” questions, in which students will answer which book an event or item occurred in, and “content” questions, in which students will answer trivia about the content of a particular book. There are 8 of each question type per battle.


Books?: Good Question! Here are this year’s books:


• Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle

• Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

• A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

• Changeling by William Ritter

• The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

• El Deafo by Cece Bell

• Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

• Front Desk by Kelly Yang

• The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

• Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

• Power Forward by Hena Khan

• Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

• Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

• Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

• The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

• A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry


Books may be purchased at local bookstores:


Escape Fiction Books 3240 Triangle Dr SE

The Book Bin 450 Court St NE, Salem


Books may also be checked out, as they become available, through the McKinley and Salem Public Libraries. Audio and ebook versions of the titles are also options to consider.


What is OBOB? Still have a million questions about what “normal” OBOB looks like? Head over to theofficial website at https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org where you will find tons of useful information, including the official handbook.


Parents with questions or interested in helping please contact McKinley’s OBOB coordinator Becky

Tei laidiebug@gmail.com.

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