January 11, 2018
Hello McKinley family!
Happy New Year and welcome back!
As we get back into our school routines, remember that there is no school on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday. Our next scheduled days off of school are Wednesday, February 7 for teacher workshops and Monday, February 19 for President's Day. Be sure to make appropriate arrangements for your children.
This month all students will be taking their second iReady Math Diagnostic test. We look forward to seeing how much our students have been learning and growing the first half of the school year. ENL students will also be taking their state-required WIDA test. As always, encourage your students to come to school each day and do their best to learn as much as possible. Many of the issues that result in children being sent to the office spring from focusing on things other than learning. Encourage your child to be Ready, Respectful, and Responsible at all times as this will maximize the likelihood that he/she is learning every day.
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 parent cooperate to order for all students to be safe during arrival and dismissal.
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.
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