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McKinley Elementary School
701 Paloma Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Special Announcement

Hello McKinley Community!!!
 
Please note the DATE CHANGE below for the K-2 Spring Showcase and 3rd Grade Choir performance.  
 
It is now Tuesday, APRIL 28th as follows:
 
Kinder 8:45am
1st 9:15am
2nd 9:45am
3rd After lunch, 1pm

Principal’s Message

Dear McKinley Families,

Last Friday’s Petal Prom was truly a special event not to be missed.   Karen Sneffner, Hope Kavoosi-Chatterjee, Dina DiLoreto and their team of talented event coordinators and assistants transformed our gym into a magical beautiful venue. Our young ladies wore fancy dresses and their dads looked fashionable in their fancy attire too!   A Big Thank You to All for a memorable event for our dad’s and daughters for years to come!

English Learner Advisory Committee, April 21st

Please come to our second ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) meeting of the year.  The meeting is for parents who have children who speak another language.  At the meeting we will discuss the redesignation process, library services at the public library and programs and activities at McKinley School.  The meeting will be April 21st, Tuesday, 8:45am in the teacher’s room.

We hope you can make it!

Mrs. Jaffe and Mrs. O’Flaherty

DATE CHANGE! Spring K-3 Showcase Performances coming now Tuesday, April 28th

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28th for McKinley’s Spring K-3 Choral Showcase Performance. Please join us in the gym at the performance times below:

Kindergarten:    8:45am

1st Grade:         9:15am

2nd Grade:        9:45am

3rd Grade:         1:00pm (after lunchtime)

Hope to see you there!

 

State Testing Update

This past week I sent home a letter detailing the upcoming the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) state testing which begins next Monday, April 20, for Grades 4 and 5 in the area of English Language Arts.

To better prepare our students for the CAASPP test, please make sure that they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, arrive to school on time and let them know to just try their best.

For more information on the CAASPP assessment, please check out the practice test site by going to the Student Interface Practice and Training at: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

 

Reflections from Principal of the Day: Master Josh Coleman

On Tuesday, April 14th, the Principal baton was passed to Mr. Josh Coleman for the day.  In his new position throughout the day, Principal Coleman had the following reflections about his experience:

  • Students were engaged and focused.  They asked great questions.
  • Students are smart!
  • Recess, all care about each other, especially when any falls occurred or any crying.  Recess was organized especially with new schedule.
  • Teachers included all students in their classroom.  Classes were not boring, on the contrary, they were fun.  For example, reading books, having circle discussion, creating keynote presentations on ipads to name a few.
  • Spanish classes were great and I was able to share my own learning of the Spanish language with the students and it was neat.
  • Overall, it was a super experience of a day of higher learning as well as a memorable day at McKinley and what it takes to be an exceptional Principal like Ms. Valerio.

School Site Council Vacancy

Interested in getting more involved at McKinley? There are two parent vacancies on the School Site Council (SSC) and we are looking for interested parents to join our committee.  The primary role of the SSC, which is comprised of parents, teachers and administrative staff, is to assist the principal and the staff in developing our school planning goals which enhances the overall curriculum and culture at McKinley.  The SSC also directs the use of the School Improvement Budget, which supports the implementation of the School Site Plan.  Active parent participation on the SSC is critical to ensure that parent feedback is incorporated into the strategic planning process.  SSC meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30.  

If you are interested, please contact SSC Chair, Francesca Segre at Francesca.segre@gmail.com or Ms. Valerio by April 17, 2015 regarding more information about the position. Should we have more than two individuals come forward with an interest to join our SSC, we will hold a runoff election for the two openings.

Upcoming Spring Concert….

Dear Parents,

The Spring Concert is just around the corner and the students have been working hard to bring you a great show. Any extra practice you can encourage your kids to do will greatly enhance everyone’s Spring Concert experience. This year’s theme is Legends. We could use a little help with some costumes such as the Flintstones and some weird ones like a candy bar wrapper, hot dog, box of cracker jacks and a soda cup with a straw. If anyone wants to help please contact Doug Simon at dsimon@bsd.k12.ca.us.  Thanks, Doug Simon and John Collaros

 

Esperando que la noche de la Cena-Baile del BCE este llena de estrellas! Looking forward to an incredible star filled night at the BCE Dinner Dance!

Paula J. Valerio

pvalerio@bsd.k12.ca.us