October 17, 2017
Hello McKinley family!
We hope you had a restful Fall Break! Can you believe the first grading period is already over? Today is the first day of the second grading period, which will continue until the last school day before Christmas Break on Thursday, Dec. 21. First Quarter report cards will be available on Friday, Oct. 20. Parents are reminded that you have access to your child's grades each and every day through our RDS parent access portal. Stop by the parent room or contact your child's teacher to get set up if you have not yet done so. Plan now to attend our second parent night of the year next Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:15 - 4:15 to review your child's report card with his/her teacher as well.
This quarter we will also be revamping our Interventions program to better meet the needs of our students. Teachers are using data to group students with similar needs and providing lessons and activities specific to the academic areas in need of intervention. We will primarily be using resources our district has recently acquired, including those from 95% Group and Benchmark Learning. Teachers have received training from these vendors and are equipped to help our students continue to learn and grow. We look forward to continued academic gains.
Parents, we 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. 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