February 20, 2018
Hello McKinley family!
The countdown to ISTEP is winding down! Beginning Feb. 26 all 3-6 graders will begin the most important test of the year. 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. We need your support to ensure we are successful as we learn and grow!
This month is Black History Month. Students will be participating in a number of activities and learning opportunities designed to increase their knowledge and awareness of Black History. Thursday, February 22 will be Cultural Day at McKinley, and students will have permission to wear attire associated with specific cultures. We will also be having a Black History trivia question each day during announcements and several Black History displays throughout the building. Be sure to ask your child what they are learning about Black History each day!
Our next parent night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 from 3:15 - 4:15. It will be another Family Craft Night and we hope to see a large turnout for this wonderful event.
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