We are hosting our annual Halloween parade on October 28th from 9:00am - 10:15am. All students are invited to participate and to come dressed in their favorite costume. NO FAKE WEAPONS ARE ALLOWED. All parents are welcomed to come and see the parade. Please remind your child to bring a change of clothes for the remainder of the school day.
Everyone is also invited to the Fall Fun Festival from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Mission Playhouse Plaza. 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel. There will be free food, free family photos, games, and candy. Have a safe and happy Halloween. There is no school for students on Monday, October 31st.
Our school receives Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding is a supplementary federal fund given to schools depending on the socio-economic level of the school’s population.
The fund alloww for additional services for students in meeting Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and supports extra materials and extra instructional hours to help students. Please take a moment to take the Parent Survey regarding our school and the services we provide. The survey will provide valuable information for us to learn how our school is working for you as a parent. Please click on the heading to start. Thank you.
This month we will spend some time educating our students about bullying prevention and making positive choices. We will kick off the month with an Anti-Bullying Assembly on Friday, October 14th. We will then plan a series of activities that students can participate in during Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week will be October 24 - 28. Please help celebrate being drug free and kind to others. For a list of activities, click the link above.
Thanks to our 1:1 technology in the classroom, we have the opportunity to repurpose our scheduled computer lab time. We are introducing some of our 4th and 5th grade classrooms and Newcomers to coding. Students will learn critical thinking skills to solve problems and prepare them for technological opportunities in the 21st century. Our goal is to start with the upper grade students and then eventually introduce 2nd and 3rd grader in the coming year if not sooner. This will prepare them to program our Lego robots that are waiting in the STEM lab. The entire curriculum is provided by Google through their cs-first.com website and will start on October 18th.
We are pleased to announce that we are bringing Chess Masters back to McKinley this fall. Chess is a game of strategy which promotes critical thinking and your child will have the opportunity to be a part of it. In order to get the program started, we will need a minimum of 15 students to register; however, there is no maximum. It will be hosted after school from 1:35pm-2:25pm on certain Wednesday begin October 5th. Applications will be sent home with your child in their Thursday folders or you may pick one up in the office. You may also register online. Just click on the heading for more information.
Students at McKinley Elementary School have the opportunity to participate in the School Based Mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the program, a child is "matched" with a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister from high school. The volunteer will visit once a week on Tuesdays or Fridays to spend about one hour per week with your child reading, working on schoolwork, relationship building activities, playing games, sports, etc. The activities will take place after school, not outside the school grounds. If you would like your child to have this opportunity, please click the link for an application and more information.