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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,

We would like to thank all the parents that attended last week’s showing of the movie, “Bully” during Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week. We are very fortunate to have an incredible counselor, Fallyn Smith, working with our students and staff. To continue to educate our community on this important topic of ‘Bullying,” Miss Smith has written the following article.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The generally accepted definition of bullying is aggressive behavior that must have three components: intent to harm, repetition, and a power imbalance between the bully and the target or victim. There are four types of bullying: verbal (teasing, name calling), social also known as relational (rumors, leaving someone out on purpose), physical (hitting, tripping) and cyber bullying (any of the mentioned behaviors using digital technologies).

The Burlingame School District takes this topic very seriously and believes in a proactive approach. With the completion of another successful Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week, we realize how important it is to carry on the vital message that our students should continue to develop their empathy and tolerance of others.


It is of high priority that your child receives not only an amazing academic education but also one that promotes “the whole child.” It is our job to make sure the students of Burlingame feel safe, empowered and successful. This includes developing their social and emotional skills. The District has implemented multiple evidence-based programs including Responsive Classroom and Tribes, which emphasize social and emotional learning (SEL) by creating a community within the classroom. The newest program that has been introduced is called Second Step. Second  Step is a classroom-based social skills curriculum that focuses on developing skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving. These programs have been proven to reduce negative behaviors and emotional distress as well as improve attitudes, behaviors and academic performance. If you would like more information on social and emotional learning, you can refer to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL.org).




We would like to take a moment to honor Amy Strang, Grade 1, and Melanie LaGory, Transitional Kindergarten, on being recognized as a master teacher with tenure in the Burlingame School District. They have added greatly to our comprehensive TK-5 educational program, and we are very fortunate to have them on out team.


Dual Immersion Kinder Sub Search

Please note that we are current interviewing for a long-term substitute for Miss Cuevas. If you know of any bilingual teachers that are available, and they have a BCLAD credential - please email Vikki Ouye, Human Resources, at vouye@bsd.k12.ca.us. We appreciate all the leads that our community has provided.


Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Peninsula Museum of Art is hosting a mini-exhibit of the artwork of world famous Cuban author/artist, Rafael Arzuaga on Saturday afternoon, October 18th. Rafael is the author of many children’s literature books in English and Spanish including “Purple Ina,” and “ Miss Carol Sees New York.” The museum is located at 1777 California Drive in Burlingame. Admission to the event is free.


BIS News


BIS proudly presents their Fall Play, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a treat for all ages this Halloween season! Performances are Thursday 10/23 at 7pm, Saturday 10/25 at 1pm, and Sunday 10/26 at1pm. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/875269 or visit the box office one hour before each performance.


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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! Happy Halloween!


Paula J. Valerio


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