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

  • The New TK Tour for Parents Only will be on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.


  • The Second New Kindergartener Tour for Parents Only will be on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.


All tours will last approximately 1 hour.  More details to follow.

Principal’s Message

Dear McKinley Families,

What a week at McKinley – spellers and scientists came out to showcase their talents. We had an incredible Spelling Bee last Friday! We would like to thank Wendi Upchurch for all of her hard work in preparing for the annual 3-5  Spelling Bee! We were grateful that Mr. Upchurch was available to serve as our moderator, and also our judges, Mrs. Kulin and Hope Kavoosi-Chatterjee Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Spelling Bee – they did an outstanding job…and the grade level results are:

Third Grade
1. Eddie Gill
2. Mikey Vargas
3. Kabir Batra

Fourth Grade
1. Mateen Akhavein
2. Elise Ehrhardt
3. Tommy Salas, Grace Ann Pardilla, Blake St. Lawrence, Jack Garland, Alejandro Contreras, Tommy Kiesling, Elise Upchurch

Fifth Grade
1. Kayla Joachin and Natasha Marangu
2. Kate Christian
3. Zara Jones, Melia Choy, Robert Peterson

Overall Top Spellers
1. Eddie Gill
2. Natasha Marangu and Kayla Joachin
3. Mateen Akhavein

Science Fair Kudos
Last night our student scientists exhibited their creative experiments in the fields of engineering, technology, physics, chemistry, and math & software – just to name a few areas exhibited. We were so impressed with the creative thinking and experiments that were showcased. We appreciate Maestra Jaramillo and our BCE Science Coach, Mr. Brockbank for guiding our young scientists in their discovery. 

BCE Read a Thon
Thank you to all of our Bulldogs and families that came out for the Read-a-Thon Kick Off night at Books, Inc. on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure reading and seeing such a super turnout for the event.

McKinley students are get ready to blast off with this year’s BCE Read-a-Thon, Rocket into Reading. Come join us for a Read-In in the McKinley Library next Thursday, January 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wear your jammies, bring a pillow and your favorite book and we can all Rocket into Reading together!

FDI – Families of Dual Immersion Meeting
Just a reminder that there is a FDI meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 in the McKinley Library.

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

Spread the news to neighbors and friends that Kindergarten Registration begins on Monday, February 2nd. Siblings are “grandfathered” into the school including Dual Language students. If you are a current family and have a child entering Kindergarten this Fall, please contact Ms. Rose Bercow as soon as possible to make sure your child is on our Enrollment List (650) 259-3870 and to discuss to enrollment procedures. 

hildren are eligible for Kindergarten if they were born on or before September 1, 2010 (must be 5 by September 1, 2015). A birth certificate or other legal proof of birth date must be presented along with the child’s current immunization record and two proofs verifying residency within Burlingame. One of these proofs must be a PF&E bill. These items must be presented to the school before a registration packet will be given. Parents are urged to register their children as soon as possible and return completed paperwork prior to the end of February to ensure a greater chance of placement at their home school. Children also must have all required immunizations before entering school in August.

The Burlingame School District will be accepting Kindergarten Registration for the 2015-2016 school year beginning February 2, 2015. Parents may register their children between 8:00am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday at their child’s attendance area school:

Roosevelt School, 1151 Vancouver Avenue - 259-3890
Franklin School, 2385 Trousdale Drive - 259-3850
Lincoln School, 1801 Devereux Drive - 259-3860
McKinley School, 701 Paloma Avenue - 259-3870
Washington School, 801 Howard Avenue - 259-3880


Kindergarten New Family Upcoming Tour
Do you know of someone that is new to Burlingame or will have a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall? McKinley will be offering a school tour and a Q&A session with Principal Valerio. No Reservation is required. 
The following is the tour date:
 Monday, March 9th at 9:00am
Kindergarten Parents Only

Transitional Kindergarten Registration (TK)
2015-2016 – REGISTER NOW!

Spread the news to neighbors and friends that Transitional Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, February 2nd. Children are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if they were born on or between September 2, 2010 and December 2, 1010. 

Also, please mark your calendar for the upcoming TK Parent Only Tour: Friday, February 13th at 9:30am. McKinley will offer a school tour and a Q&A session with Principal Valerio. No Reservation is required. Simply come join us! 

The Burlingame School District will be accepting Transitional Kindergarten registration for the 2015- 2016 school year beginning February 2, 2015. Parents may register their TK children between 8:00am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday at their child’s Attendance Area Home School as follows:

Roosevelt School, 1151 Vancouver Avenue - 259-3890
Franklin School, 2385 Trousdale Drive - 259-3850
Lincoln School, 1801 Devereux Drive - 259-3860
McKinley School, 701 Paloma Avenue - 259-3870
Washington School, 801 Howard Avenue -259-3880

A birth certificate or other legal proof of birth date must be presented along with the child’s current immunization record and two proofs verifying residency within Burlingame. One of these proofs must be a PF&E bill. These items must be presented to the school before a registration packet will be given. Parents are urged to register their children as soon as possible and return completed paperwork prior to the end of February to ensure a greater chance of placement at their home school. Children also must have all required immunizations before entering school in August.

Attention CURRENT TK Families
If you are an existing Transitional Kindergarten Family in the Burlingame School District, you do NOT need to register for the upcoming Kindergarten Registration being held in the district on February 2nd. However, please confirm with
your Home School whether or not you are planning to return for Kindergarten, school year 2015-2016. Your cooperation will help with our planning process for the upcoming school year and your confirmation will ensure that there will be space for you in your home school. Thank you.

Roosevelt School, 1151 Vancouver Avenue – 259-3890
Franklin School, 2385 Trousdale Drive – 259-3850
Lincoln School, 1801 Devereux Drive – 259-3860
McKinley School, 701 Paloma Avenue – 259-3870
Washington School, 801 Howard Avenue – 259-3880

Spanish Spelling Bee Save-The-Date
We are now entering our 3rd annual Spanish Spelling Bee. The Spanish Spelling Bee is open to all 3rd -5th grade students. The Spanish Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 25th, 2014, from 1:00-3:00PM in the Gym. The Spanish Spelling Bee packets will be available in the front office. Parents are welcomed to watch. The National Spanish Spelling Bee is open to 4th -8th graders and it is organized by the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education, and is sponsored by Santillana, an International publisher. The winner of the Spanish Spelling Bee is encouraged to participate in The National Spanish Spelling Bee this summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paula J. Valerio



School Front
Today: 1/27/15
All Day: BCE Read A Thon
7:00 PM FDI Immersion Meeting @ 7:00pm
7:00 PM BSD Board Meeting @ 7:00

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