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Dear McKinley Families
We are proud to announce that next week is Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week in the Burlingame School District with the theme of being AWARE - Accepting, Wise, Appreciative, Respectful, and Empathetic. On Wednesday, October 7th we are excited to bring many different learning opportunities to our Bulldogs including Experience Stations, New Kids on the Block Puppet Show for our Kindergarteners, Guide Dogs for our TK/Ks, and our upper grades will watch a video produced by BIS students on empathy and compassion in action. Afterwards, the students will engage in a meaningful conversation on how to show empathy towards people that are different from them.
We would like to thank Karen Gemmer, McKinley's SEDAC (Special Education District Advisory Committee) representative and all the parents that came to volunteer for this very important learning day at McKinley.
Ability Awareness & Tolerance Week Special Speaker
Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016
BIS Auditorium (1715 Quesada Way, Burlingame)
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00pm
FREE; Open to everyone; No ticket required
Speaker: Ms. Wheelchair America 2016, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple. Dr. Coble-Temple has fought the odds throughout her life. At birth, due to oxygen deprivation, she was given a 10% chance of survival and developed cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and has a significant speech impediment. Despite being misdiagnosed with intellectual disability at the age of 5, she successfully advocated for inclusion in her local elementary school. She went on to earn a masters degree in sports psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and full professor at JFK University. She has been an advocate for the disability community for many years, which influenced her platform for the Ms. Wheelchair America contest: PRIDE - Parental Rights Includes Disability Equality. Come meet and hear from this amazing individual. She inspires with her words and her example. Contact: BurlingameSEDAC@gmail.com
Ability Awareness Night
Roosevelt Elementary School (1151 Vancouver Ave., Burlingame)
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Who can attend:
All school district students, parents, and staff
FREE; no ticket required
Event Info: Come participate in the final event of Ability Awareness & Tolerance Week. Students who participate in Learning Stations can enter to win a Books Inc. gift card. Meet and hear from our guest speaker, State Senator Jerry Hill. Sen. Hill will talk about the significance of the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (See flyer in Attachments) Contact: BurlingameSEDAC@gmail.com
Join us for a McKinley PTA & Principal Meet & Greet
We know that transitioning to a new school can be an overwhelming and sometimes confusing experience- whether you are a kindergarten parent or you are new to the school due to a move, or a change in occupation. To help you with the process of acclimating to our school community, Miss Valerio and the PTA will be hosting 2 new Family "Meet and Greets" in October to give you a chance to check in, hear more about the McKinley Community and ask any questions you may have. These are completely optional, but we offer them with an understanding that sometimes it is nice to meet new families in the same position as you and hear in an informal, laid back, and friendly setting.
New Family "Meet & Greet" Dates:
Walk/Ride to School Day - Wednesday, October 7th
Being out in front of school I have noticed that more and more families are walking, biking and using scooters to get to school. Next Wednesday, October 7th is a day to celebrate walking to school. We will have Walk to School banner up on the North Yard to post a sticker to show how many McKinley families participated. We will distribute a special prize to students immediately after posting your sticker to the banner. Please show your spirit and walk to school next Wednesday, October 7th.
Parent Teacher Conferences - Grades 4 and 5
Just a reminder that 4th and 5th grade Parent Teacher Conferences continue next Monday through Wednesday, October 5 to October 7. Students in Grades 4 and 5 are dismissed at 1:30 on these days. All other students have their regular dismissal times - TK at 2:15, Kindergarten at 2:00 and Grades 1-3 are dismissed at 3:00.
Arrival and Dismissal Reminders
Now that we are in the routine of arrival and dismissal procedures, I wanted to take a moment to remind you to please do not block our neighbors' driveways or park in front of trash receptacles. Let's be good neighbors and do the right thing. Additionally, it has come to my attention that students are being let out of cars on the Fairfield side of school that is extremely unsafe. Please drive around and drop your child off on the Paloma side of school. Also, cars should not be leftunattended in the white zone in front of school - it is our drop off and pick up area and we need to keep the traffic flowing.
Have a great weekend full of family fun!
Paula J. Valerio