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Dear McKinley Families,
This past week has been filled with incredible showcase performances from our TK-3 grade classes. Thank you to Mr. Collaros and Mrs. Yamamoto for inspiring such a love for sing and performing in all our students.
With the end of the school year in sight, I want to again thank everyone for all the many ways you support our school community throughout the year. I also wanted to call your attention to an upcoming opportunity to support our schools through Silicon Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 3rd.
BCE is participating in SVGives Day on Tuesday, May 3rd, an online, 24-hour fundraising campaign run by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in which business sponsors offer big incentive prizes to encourage non-profit philanthropy across the area.
Your support of BCE directly helps our schools function at the highest level for our kids. Raising almost $1.8 million dollars last year, BCE helps support many important programs at McKinley Elementary like music, PE, math, science, professional development, technology, the arts, library and media services, teacher aides and smaller class sizes.
SVGives dollars are important to the BCE grant, and will help to continue to sustain our current programs.
VAPA Parent Survey
The Burlingame School District is nearing the completion of the first year of our new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program, and we are excited to get your feedback. As we continue to develop our goals for the next school year in line with the Common Core State Standards, we would like to hear from you so we can incorporate your feedback and address any concerns. We are striving to make the arts an integral part of the curriculum and parent feedback is essential. Please click this link SURVEY LINK to access a short VAPA Parent Survey.
State Testing Starts Next Week
State testing (CAASPP) begins next Monday, May 2 through May 23 for students in Grades 3-5. Each teacher will have a specific testing time for both English Language Arts and Math. We are asking parents to please make sure that students get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, arrive to school on-time and to please schedule appointments after school.
Grade 2 Poetry Night
Snap, snap, snap and a round of applause for all our 2nd grade poets that shared their poems at Wednesday's Poetry Café! Thank you to our dedicated 2nd grade team who created an incredible "beat poet" environment for the students to shine.
Tomorrow we welcome back our 5th graders from Outdoor Education. We know they will be tired, dusty, but also filled with many stories of their weeklong adventures in Jones Gulch. We want to thank our 5th grade Team - Miss Vilanova (first timer at ODE), Mrs. Gumina, Mrs. McCarley and Eliseo and Cristina, our Amity Interns, for their guidance and care while our Bulldogs were away from home this week.
All next week we honor our teachers/staff for the incredible work they do for our students and school community.
Paula J. Valerio
Site Council Candidate Statements
School Site Council News
English Program Candidates:
My name is Iglika Boyanova and I am interested in serving on McKinley's School Site Council. Being a mom for three wonderful boys - a fourth grader, a first grader and a two-year-old has taught me how to be a resourceful, patient and diligent person. In addition I have math-teaching credentials from San Francisco State University and have been working with students for many years. This I believe helps me better understand what our teachers needs are. Furthermore being involved with the Art program at McKinley as a docent for four years has showed me firsthand what some of the challenges in a school classroom environment are. I really enjoy volunteering for our school and this year I was in charge for making the McKinley school directory. For all those reasons I believe I have what it takes to make decisions that will best serve our wonderful school community.
My family and I have lived in Burlingame for the past 7 years. I am the mother of two McKinley students, Charlotte- 3rd grade Dual Language and Jack- 1st grade English. I consider myself and my family fortunate to be a part of two dynamic programs within the McKinley community, and would be honored to represent both on the School Site Committee.
At McKinley, I have served as Co-Chair of the McKinley Garden, and volunteered in the Library, classrooms, book fairs, Harvest Festival, and Hearing and Vision testing. In past years, I chaired Learning Links Pre-School's largest fundraising and community event- Touch-A-Truck. I have also chaired book fair fundraisers at Peninsula Temple Shalom Pre-School.
I am currently working from home and managing our family. Professionally, I held a leadership position in a corporate setting; responsible for client relationships, budget management, revenue growth, policy writing, and team and project management. Thank you for your consideration.
Dual Immersion Candidates:
My name is Kasey Bohaboy Schuh, and I would be thrilled to serve as a member of School Site Council at McKinley. I am mom to Kaitlyn, a current 1st grader daughter at McKinley I will have an incoming kinder, Maddie entering McKinley in the fall of 2016.
Throughout our two years at McKinley, our family has been thrilled be part of the Bulldog community. While my daughter has been at McKinley, I have been fortunate to serve as a room parent, on the McKinley PTA Nomination Committee, as an Art in Action Docent and on the PTA Teacher Appreciation Committee.
In my professional life, I've had experience working in higher education managing programs in educational leadership and professional development. I was the Program Coordinator for a Fellowship program at Teachers College, Columbia University that was founded to recognize outstanding Principals in the New York City Public School System and provide them with opportunities for professional growth. The professional development program enabled Fellows to become even more effective principals and strengthen the broader school system. Our group also served as an advisory board under Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein in the restructuring phase of the New York City Department of Education. Prior to that, I was the Program Coordinator for a variety of Professional Development Programs both at the Stanford Alumni Association and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
I believe McKinley is a wonderful school community. The school's success is due to the contributions of our teachers, parents and our principal. This type of collaboration and accountability is what makes it a learning environment in which our children achieve and thrive. I would love to help be part of Site Council team that looks in depth at some of the larger school issues and come together with creative solutions to challenges students are facing. I also feel it's important to champion our school's successes and continue to build upon those.
Thank you for considering voting for me as member of School Site Council.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the McKinley community. I have twins in third grade and my youngest will be an incoming Kinder for next year. A little bit about me: I have been on the St Paul's Co-op Nursery School board of directors for two years; this year I am serving as St Paul's Registration Chair, with responsibility for recruiting/marketing as well as student placement and other enrollment details. I also work part-time in marketing, where I do a lot with data and spreadsheets, strategy development and creative problem solving. I would love to have the opportunity to join the dedicated staff and volunteers on the Council and hopefully give a little back to McKinley!