The San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) invites the San Gabriel community to Kidapalooza! It is a fun night for the entire family. Come out and enjoy the food, entertainment, karaoke and activities. You can also participate in great raffles and receive give-aways while supplies last. This event is made possible with the support from our community partners at Whole Foods Market at 3751 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. This event will be on Friday, October y7th, 6-9pm in the Jefferson Middle School quad. See you there!
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.
McKinley PEP invites all families to join us for Movie Night on September 23 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please support our school. All proceeds go directly back to the students to fund a variety of events which include but not limited to school buses for field trips, school supplies, graduation, etc. It will be hosted in the multipurpose room and the featured movie will be The Good Dinosaur. Admission is $5/person which includes pizza and a drink. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a blanket and extra money for popcorn. Tickets will be sold in front of the school each day or your child may return a completed movie night flyer to their teacher.
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.
Why focus on September for Attendance Awareness Month? At the start of the school year schools and communities lay out expectations for the coming year, which is a perfect time to begin to develop a culture of attendance. Kids who miss too much school in pre-K and kindergarten are less likely to be reading in the third grade, making it much harder to learn in the years that follow. Studies show that 75% of students who are chronically absent in 6th grade will dropout of high school, and students who are chronically absent in high school are 7.4 times more likely to dropout.
Let’s do what we can to turn around chronic absence in our schools and help kids to be in school every day!