McKinley Mustang Newsletter
Week of December 2nd- December 6th
A Note From Your Principal
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. It's just a short three weeks and we are out again for winter break. I wanted to recognize some of the cool grants we have received in the last few weeks. Our PEF grant was accepted and we will have $4, 300 to spend on Breakout EDU which will enhance the curriculum. We also received a John Jordan Grant to purchase Literature from SHift Box, a company "that selects books that feature a diversity of creators and characters and that represent socially just values. They pair the titles with conversational guides." Shift book box. Thank you, Ms. Roberts, for all of your hard work on these two grants. Finally, Congratulations to our Red Ribbon Team we were granted $500 to spend on supplies for our school.
Winter Festival this Thursday!
McKinley PTA’s Winter Festival is happening on Thursday 12/5 at 5:30 pm! This is a free event open to the whole McKinley-PACS community.
Find all the details here (TK-1 performance, play stations, can donation drive, etc.)
Performing arts Auditions happening on Wednesday!
Auditions for this year’s show will happen on Wednesday from 1:30-4:30 pm.
All details and information about the play, auditions, and registration can be found here. Please fill out your registration form before coming to the auditions (electronic registration form or paper form to be found at the office).
We are looking for writers, visual artists, crew types, and, of course, performers of all stripes to bring this year’s performing arts production, Calling All Dreamers: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Other Dreams, to life.
Come to Epicenter on Wednesday night!
Come play, Dine and donate for our December Fundraiser. Stop by Epicenter in Santa Rosa on
Wednesday, December 4 (5:00–9:00 pm). Don’t forget to show this flyer!
McKinley 5th/6th grade Chorus & Band Winter Music Share!
There will be music assemblies in the multi at McKinley School on:
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
11:25 - 11:50 Band Winter Share 5th/6th grade Bands (Students of Mr. Jent & Mrs. Kruse)
1:55 - 2:20 Chorus Winter Share 5th/6th grade Chorus (Students of Ms. Parks)
The McKinley Chorus and Band music students are looking forward to presenting some fun songs and pieces for a student audience and the school community. Family and friends are also invited to attend. We are happy to share the music and look forward to seeing you there!
Wish List for the Garden
We really need cooking and food prep supplies! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2BKCBXEARCKQR/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
Please see attached flyer
Don’t miss out! Holiday programs end this week! Make sure you participate in our holiday programs before it’s too late!
Gift Card Fundraiser.
Order due date 12/6. Buy gift cards at face value through our ordering system and McKinley PTA will get cashback at no extra cost to you. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Look for an ordering form in your Wednesday folder (or download one here) and return it to the office with payment. Cards will be ready for pick up by December 13.
Holiday Giving program
Are you able to help out a fellow McKinley family that could use a hand this upcoming holiday season? Read more here. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Look for the Holiday Giving Board by the school entrance this week (8:00-8:30 am and 2:30-3:15 pm). Pick a tag, buy the item (valued around $25), wrap it with the “wish tag” attached and return it to the office by Friday December 13. Remember you can order a gift card using the Gift Card Fundraiser to fulfill your tag. Forms will be provided.
Giving Tree for classrooms.
Every year we ask teachers which items they would most appreciate and ask families to grab a tag and fulfill a classroom need this way. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Look for the Giving Tree at the Winter Festival and grab a tag for your student’s classroom! Remember you can order a gift card using the Gift Card Fundraiser. Forms will be provided.
McKinley Cares Program
McKinley has started a new program to help McKinley families in need throughout the year. We will be collecting gift cards that will be kept in the office and given to McKinley families who are in need throughout the school year. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Buy a gift card for a grocery store, target or gas station and bring it to the office for the McKinley Cares program. Cards can be purchased throughout the year but remember you can order a gift card now using the Gift Card Fundraiser.
Amazon Smile for Cyber Monday
Make sure you use your Amazon Smile during Cyber Monday!
McKinley will get cash back every time you make purchases on Amazon through their Amazon Smile Program at no cost to you. Remember to always shop through smile.amazon.com during cyber Monday. Check this tutorial to set up your amazon.smiles account
Current donations needed:
-MAKER SPACE: paper rolls (toilet paper or paper towel), liquid glue, glue sticks, #2 pencils, sewing needles, tape (regular, decorated, duck tape), cardboard (please cut up boxes and bring in flat), sequins, beads, stickers, googly eyes… If you want to donate something not included here, please check in first by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can leave your items in the office clearly labeled for “McKinley Maker Space”. Thank you!
-Free resources at the Petaluma Regional Library * Tutor.com access with your Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review).* Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday at 3:30-5:30 pm).
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Presenter: Paws As Loving Support (PALS)
Location: Petaluma - Children's Room
Come read to a friendly PALS dog! For beginning readers. FREE! Children build confidence in reading skills by practicing reading aloud in a safe space.
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Presenter: Emily Rossi
Instructor Emily Rossi will join children ages 5 and up in dance and exercise. Please wear comfy clothes to move in and shoes for exercising.
Dec.2-6 Holiday Giving Program tag pick up
Dec. 4 - Deadline for See’s Candy Fundraiser Orders
Dec. 4 - McKinley Performing Arts Auditions
Dec. 4 - Dine, Play, and Donate at Epicenter, 5-9 pm (Flyer)
Dec. 5 - Winter Festival (5:30 pm)
Dec. 6 - Deadline for Gift Card Fundraiser Orders
Dec. 9 - Winter Band Concert (5th and 6th grades)
Dec. 11 - PTA Meeting
Dec. 12 - PACS Band Concert
Dec. 13 - Holiday Giving Program Gifts due at the office
Dec. 13 - Gift Card Fundraiser Orders Fulfilled
Dec. 18 - Intercultural Cafe
Dec. 20 - Minimum Day
Dec. 23 - Jan. 6 - Winter Break-NO SCHOOL