May 14, 2018
Hello McKinley family!
The year is winding down and we want to finish strong. Check out the calendar below for dates of upcoming events and plan to attend any that you are able. Parents are reminded that an orientation session is required for anybody planning to volunteer for Field Day. Contact the office for information. Beginning May 14, any students who receive an office referral that results in a consequence will not be permitted to participate in our End of the Year activities. Be sure to show the 3 Rs each day!
Congratulations to our 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders who completed their second part of the ISTEP test! Though this most important test of the year is now complete, we still have a month of school to go and we need to ensure students are still demonstrating that they are Ready, Respectful, and Responsible each day. All students K-6 will still be taking their final NWEA and iReady tests beginning on May 7. Be sure to do your best and prove how much you have learned and grown this year!
Congratulations also go out to all 3rd graders who passed their IREAD assessments, and especially to Nishant N., Leonel H., and Joel M. who achieved perfect scores on their test! Third graders who did not pass IREAD received a summer school slip. Be sure to fill it out and return it to the office as soon as possible.
You may already be aware that we are instituting the Safe Visitor Management System in all school buildings. This process is helping ensure our students are safe at all times. Your cooperation is expected and your understanding is appreciated. We do hope to see as many parents as possible at our next parent night on Wednesday, May 23 at 3:15.
As the construction along 149th and Magoun continues, please plan appropriately for dropping off and picking up your children in a safe and responsible way each day. Please refrain from driving/reversing southbound on Magoun, blocking our buses by parking in the alley, and from driving around barricades that are erected to ensure student safety. While we are aware that the construction is causing an inconvenience, we insist that parents cooperate to order for all students to be safe during arrival and dismissal. This includes parents in the car pickup line as well, as there have been concerns regarding some refusing to wait their turn, cutting other parents off, and not cooperating with procedures designed to keep students safe. With over 650 students dismissing at the same time each day, it is important for all McKinley family members to recognize the need for patience and understanding as we work to get all our kids home in a safe manner.
Parents, we also need your help with attendance. Our students learn the most when they are in school all day, each day. Each month students with PERFECT attendance (no absences, tardies, or early dismissals) will earn an extra day to dress out of uniform. Please make efforts to schedule appointments so that your child will not miss any lessons. During ISTEP we will have the additional incentive of a bike raffle where 3-6 grade students will have their name entered into a drawing each week they are have perfect attendance with two bicycles being awarded to the names who are chosen at the end of the test. Be aware that picking your child up early before the end of the day is recorded in the same manner as a tardy for arriving late to school. Also know that 2:40 PM is the "cut-off" time for early dismissals as our staff will be preparing for the end of the day. Parents requesting early dismissal after this time will have to wait until 2:55 when dismissal begins. As much as we want kids in school all day, however, at dismissal time it is time to go home. Be sure to pick up your child on time each day. The office is not a daycare and we often have students waiting to be picked up by parents who are late. Please demonstrate courtesy and respect for McKinley by being timely in picking up your children so that our staff can go home to their families too.
A reminder that the doors open for arrival each day at 7:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and one hour later at 8:45 every Wednesday. Only students are permitted to enter through Door D in the cafeteria. Parents will need to check into the office for permission to enter the building. Breakfast is served from 7:45 - 8:15, 8:45 - 9:15 on Wednesday. Be sure to get your child to school in time to enjoy a breakfast before the lessons begin. Students will be marked tardy at 8:20, 9:20 on Wednesdays. Bus riders from Roxanna and the former Carrie Gosch district should be ready to catch the bus at their corner at 7:40 each morning, 8:40 on Wednesdays.
Check out our updated handbook posted in the parents link of the SCEC and McKinley websites. Take special note that khaki has been approved in addition to navy blue as a part of the Uniformity of Colors policy for pants, skirts, etc. Be sure to bookmark our webpage to keep up with the important information and announcements it contains. You can even follow us on Twitter now! @ECMcKCardinals
We are Ready, Respectful, and Responsible.
Mr. David A. Alvarado
Principal, McKinley Elementary School