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Burlingame, CA 94010
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McKinley Elementary School is hosting a two night Halloween extravaganza known as Harvest Festival and Haunted Mansion on October 24-25, 2014. This one-of-a-kind festival attracts families from all over the peninsula! The Harvest Festival is known for its legendary haunted mansion and outstanding food, music, and games. The silent auction, arts and crafts, rides, and prize drawing can't be beat!!

Principal’s Message

Dear McKinley Families,


Are you ready for some fun? The last few weeks our community has been gearing up for our wonderful Harvest Festival event. The lights are up, the hay bales have arrived, and people say that the Haunted Mansion is the scariest ever! Join the fun, bring a friend, and watch the World Series on the North Yard!

Halloween is a very thrilling and spooktacular time of year at McKinley with our Harvest Festival, Haunted House, and our Halloween Parade. Many of you are already purchasing costumes, and we encourage you to show the spirit of Halloween and refrain from costumes that include play weapons including guns, and swords. Please remember we have primary students and even preschool children here for the parade and that bloody, frightening costumes can be scary for young children.


This year our Halloween Festivities are on Friday, October 31. Please remember, students should not wear their costumes to school. Our TK students are invited to return to school and report back to their classrooms at 12:50. Our Halloween Parade starts at 1:00 on the North Yard. This is a regular dismissal day!

Poetry Is …

For many years Mrs. Gumina has continued to inspire and guide her students to discover their talent for authoring great poems. This year Mrs. Gumina promoted the San Mateo Poet Laureate Contest, and we are thrilled that four of her students were selected in the top ten poets in the “12 and under” category! Congratulations to Ari Suffin, Cohlton Mendoza, Robert Peterson and Dalal Erekat who have been invited to join notable poets at the upcoming celebration of poetry at the Belmont Library on October 30th.


Message from FDI by Laura Huff

As we mentioned at the end of the last school year, the District has been working with a San Diego based organization, Amity Institute (amity.org), to bring two Spanish speaking teacher interns to work with us at McKinley. This program offers university students and recent graduates educational internships at primary and secondary schools in the USA. During the internship, participants not only gain teaching experience under the guidance of an experienced teacher, but  also have opportunities to share their native language and culture. Well, if your students haven’t already told you, the interns are here and i would like to introduce them to you!


Mirian Rey Retortillo, 22, is from Palencia, Spain and has recently completed her undergraduate degree in Primary Education. Her career goal is to become an English teacher and she has had past work experience as a practice teacher as well as a music teacher. Miriam loves music and is an accomplished cornet player. She is also passionate about cooking and makes a delicious Spanish tortilla! This is her first trip to the United States, and she looks forward to all the wonderful and exciting experiences that are ahead this coming year.

Juan “Nacho” González, 25, is from Valladoid, Spain and has recently completed an undergraduate degree in Primary Education, after completing another bachelor degree as well as an English grammar degree. Nacho wants to become a teacher and he has had prior work experience as a soccer coach, private tutor, and primary school intern focusing on math, science, and language. His interests include soccer (and all sports), outdoor activities (including biking), art/theater, and music (flute and Spanish guitar.) Nacho hopes to get as much as possible both in and out of the classroom during this coming school year, and looks forward to every new adventure!

Our McKinley interns are joined in Burlingame by two additional Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) interns (Gemma Anguix Garcia from Villamalea, Spain and Monica Sagredo Venero from Burgos, Spain) and will be here for the entire
school year. Please say hello if you see them on campus.


Harvest Festival Time…see you there and GO GIANTS! Harvest Festival de tiempo ... nos vemos allí y GO GIANTS!


Paula J. Valerio


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Today: 10/25/14
4:30 PM Harvest Festival

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