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McKinley Elementary School
701 Paloma Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Principal’s Message

Dear McKinley Families,

It seems like the weeks are flying by and Memorial Day is this weekend! This week we completed the CAASPP test for Grades 3-5 and we are excited to see the results. I will be taking some time in the next few days to debrief with students on their thoughts on the test. Additionally, our 5th graders completed the CST – California Standards Test in the area of Science, so for now, we are all done with state testing.

Fire Marshal Kudos…

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Junior Fire Marshals for this school year.  Thank you for your service in making sure all your classmates and McKinley Bulldogs are safe during our Fire Drills. 

To honor our Junior Fire Marshals, our local Fire Department hosted a fun picnic at Washington Park to acknowledge their service to McKinley School.

Kudos to the following Junior Fire Marshalls:

Ms. Guerin’s class:  Nicole Rivas and Sienna Wells; Ms. Strang’s class:  Luciano Guerrero and Arianna Sandoval; Ms. Jaramillo’s class:  Andrew Shevach and Madelyn Lash; Ms. Kiel’s class:  Gabriel Irisarri and Sofia DeLaurentis; Mrs. DeMaria’s class:  Ariella Brodsky and James Wright; Ms. Mitchell’s class: Henry Sauer and Abby Grogan; Ms. Vilanova’s class:  Sakura Yamawaki and Caitlyn Casazza; Mrs. Carreira: Andrew Lee and Elana Weisman; Ms. Shin’s class:  Megan Gum and Michael Vargas; Mrs. Cruz:  Finn Lorian and Mateo Armijo; Mrs. Perdomo class:  Sebastian Valenzuela and John Hurley; Mr. Martil’s class:  Mateen Akhavein and Laryssa Oritiz; Mrs. Gumina class:  Chris Losito; Mrs. McCarley:  Stylianos Stavropoulos and Ares Polasek; Ms. Serrano’s class:  Joshua Coleman and Dantia Egorov; Mrs. R’s class:  Ali Endicott and Beckett Johnson; Mrs. S’s class:  Andre Dixon and Nikita Gromov; Ms. Vasquez’s class:  Ally Morris and Nicky Boroumand; Mrs. Tarango’s class:  Anthony Diaz and David Silva-Orencio; Mrs. Cuevas’ class:  Olivia Guido and Marcos Pineda-Wright; Ms. Burke’s class:  Elle O’Neil and Sonya Podkaminer; Ms. K’s class:  Danyon Mahoney and Mason Arellano; and Mrs. LaGory’s class:  Neil Loonawat and Will Zuercher.

And of course, this field trip would not have been possible without our marvelous Parent Drivers and chaperones:  Salvador Guerrero, Simone Figueroa, Judy Gum, Marc Losito, Hamed Akhavein, Andre Dixon, Dora Romero, Paul Guido, Manisha Loonawat, Roberto Armijo, Claudia Orencio, Celeste O’Neil, Blanka Oplustilova, and Eric Mahoney.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be there for our Junior Fire Marshals!

Just a reminder ….

No School next Monday, May 25 Memorial Day

Hawaiian Day, Tuesday, May 26th

Aloha!!!  Hawaiian Day comes to McKinley the day after the long weekend, Tuesday, May 26th.  Wear your moo moo’s, hula outfit, flowered shirts and think tropical!

Open House Next Thursday – May 28

Please join us in celebration of a terrific year of learning at our Open House, next Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. All classrooms will be open and we encourage you to come early for our fabulous Art Show in the gym starting at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, we are excited to have the Banana Seed Book Fair in the library from 6:15 to 8:00 that evening.

Please note that Friday, May 29 is a minimum day dismissal at 1:30.

Saturday, May 30th Save-the-Date Amity Picnic

Join fellow McKinley & BIS families from 1-4 pm on May 30th for a family picnic at Washington Park (picnic area near baseball field) to thank our interns for all their wonderful work this past year.  Bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks (BBQs available) and a dessert to share as we enjoy the afternoon together - everyone is welcome!   We’ll have some balls, hula-hoops etc. but feel free to bring your own sports equipment.


Dear Burlingame Community,

The Burlingame School District is looking for families to host our four Amity interns from this August 2015 to January 2016 - we invite you to submit an application if your family would like to host an intern in your home (note: you do not need to speak Spanish in your household. The interns are coming in part to help improve their English language skills). 

If you are interested, please contact Rachel Emanuel - rkemanuel40@hotmail.com or Chandra Lund - chandra.lund@gmail.com

What is "Amity" and what is an Amity intern?

Founded in 1962 and based in San Diego, CA, Amity Institute facilitates international exchange programs.  Its Educational Internship Program provides future educators the opportunity to gain teaching skills under the direct supervision of a certified teacher in an American classroom.  The Amity Intern Program is based on the belief that cultural exchange enables greater international understanding and friendship. During their assignment, participants volunteer for approximately 32 hours per week under the guidance of an experienced teacher.  

Amity Interns must be at least 20 years old, speak English and be enrolled at a college/university or have graduated no longer than 12 months before the start date of their program. Participants must have a career goal in education. Most importantly, interns must have an enthusiasm for working with US students and enjoy intercultural communication.  Interns commit their time and energy as volunteer foreign language teaching assistants to their host schools and in return receive the opportunity to live, learn and teach in the USA. Host schools recruit volunteer host families who provide free room and board.  To find out more about Amity, please visit www.amity.org.

What are my obligations as a host family? 

 Host families are an invaluable component to the program and provide the following:

• Room and board (meals) for the intern.  Host accommodations must offer a private bedroom  (a private bathroom is a plus but not required).

 • Transportation to/from airport upon arrival and departure (e.g bike)

 • Assist in daily transportation to/from school site 

 • A nurturing, helpful environment throughout the intern's stay

What is the selection process?

Interested host families can apply by completing an online application.  Upon review, a selection committee (approved by the District) will review the applications and place the interns accordingly.

What if I am not selected as a host family but I am very interested in interacting with the Amity Interns?

Amity interns want to experience as much American culture as possible, and would love to join your families for dinner, local events and family outings.  Please feel free to contact us (contact info above) so we can put you in touch with them.  

Thank you for your support of this exciting program!

Walk-a-thon on Friday, June 5th from 3-4pm!

Walk-a-thon materials went home with your child(ren) last week. Look for a Pledge Envelope with a blue Permission Form.

Pledging  This year we hope to raise $15,000 to contribute to the purchase and installation of ball walls on both the K-2 and 3-5 yards. Please help us reach our goal!  Submit pledge envelopes to your classroom teacher or into the office.

Friends and Family can also pledge online: www.mckinleywalkathon.myevent.com

Check out the pledge site to:

  • Create a personalized pledge page for your child/ren
  • Reach out easily to friends and family, in or out of town
  • Pledge anytime (day or night)
  • Volunteer

We need you help to make this a successful event. Please sign up to volunteer the day of the event or to bring a snack item at:


McKinley LOST and FOUND

The Lost and Found Bin located in the Breezeway towards the South Playground is filled to the brim.  PLEASE come claims items or they will be donated.  Thank you.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Paula J. Valerio



School Front
Today: 5/26/15
All Day: Hawaiian Shirt Day - Presented by Student Leadership
2:00 PM Spring Book Fair - Banana Seed
7:00 PM BSD Board Meeting @ 7:00

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