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.

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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.

We really need volunteers like you to make this event happen. Please sign up to volunteer during the event or donate a dessert for our dessert bar

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!

Yearbook Ordering

The yearbooks go on sale this week. If ordered between December 2nd - December 20th. The cost is $20 a yearbook. After the break, the cost will go up to $25,

Please see attached flyer

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Don’t miss out! Holiday programs end this week! Make sure you participate in our holiday programs before it’s too late!

See’s candy Fundraiser.

  • Order due date 12/4. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Order candy with the form sent on the Red folder and McKinley will get cashback.

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.

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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 during cyber Monday. Check this tutorial to set up your amazon.smiles account

Donations Needed

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 You can leave your items in the office clearly labeled for “McKinley Maker Space”. Thank you!

-PERFORMING ARTS: Gently used dance recital costumes and accessories taking up space in your closets or costumes boxes. In need of items size 6 Kid through Adult medium. You can leave your items in the office clearly labeled for “McKinley Performing Arts”. Thank you!
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Community Events

-Free resources at the Petaluma Regional Library * 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).

-Petaluma Regional Library Library Book sale (11/13-11/23) free book! (for children 12 and under with an adult). Read to a Dog.

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.

Zumba for Kids (Ages 5 & up)

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

Find the school calendar here and additional PTA events on the PTA calendar here


-End of Year Giving!!! Don’t forget to get in those last-minute tax donations! Consider giving to one of PTA’s dedicated funds.

- To become an active member of the McKinley community: check this list of areas/volunteer positions or donate money to one of our three dedicated donation funds.

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