Here Comes the Sun: Jog-a-thon is Here!

Support Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year: Create Your Jog-A-Thon Pledge Page Today

Did you know that the Jog-A-Thon is our biggest annual fundraiser?

The event, held October 1st, is just a few weeks away. Our goal this year is to raise $60,000 to help support important programs and provide critical resources, including experiential learning field trips, classroom tools, beautifying the school campus, supporting the garden/outdoor classroom, and much more. But we need your help.

To get started, please create a Pledge Page for your child — and share it broadly with your friends and families! Simply follow these instructions.

PTA Meeting – Wednesday, September 15th 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us for our September PTA meeting next  Wednesday via Zoom. Read the meeting agenda here

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 895 4533 5674
Passcode: 602060

Spanish translation will be provided. We will work towards finishing up the meeting a bit early to be respectful of those families observing Yom Kippur.

The PTA needs two minutes of your time!

TL;DR:Please fill out this quick form with your contact details so you can get updates from your class parent from time to time.

Did you know that each classroom at McKinley/PACS has a PTA class liaison (parent/guardian volunteer) who is the point of contact for the PTA in your classrooms? These volunteers will stay up-to-date on all the happenings with the PTA, help coordinate for things like teacher appreciation and class promotions,  and help identify classroom needs.

The PTA class liaison will need to send out email messages from time to time to your entire class, and we need your information to do that!

Please fill out THIS FORM. You’ll only need to fill it out once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Speaking of PTA class liaisons, we still need parent/guardian volunteers for the following classrooms:
First grade – Loughlin
Fourth grade – Cantor
Fifth grade – Solis
Sixth grade – Caamano

If you’d like to volunteer as a class liaison for your classroom, please email Emily Oh at

Thursday, September 16th – Stockhome 12pm-8:30pm

Enjoy popular Swedish foods in the heart of Petaluma! No flyer necessary.

Mention “McKinley” when you order and a portion of dinner sales will be donated. Valid for take out and dine in orders.

220 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952

Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night – Friday, September 17th 5:00pm

The PTA Family Engagement Committee alongside Erin Schlueter and Alise Roach are excited to host a Bilingual Virtual Bingo Night on Friday September 17th at 5pm.   

Last school year we connected over 60 participants for a virtual game night via Zoom, and we are so happy to bring this event to our community again. We look forward to welcoming new families to McKinley, as well as reconnecting with peers from previous years.   

The wonderful Mrs. Lupe Diaz will be working with us, side by side, translating in Spanish, so all families can participate.   

WIN PRIZES… including gift cards to Fruta, El Roy’s, Hector’s Pizza, Copperfields Books, Red Boy, Baskin Robbins and more!  

Lastly (and very importantly): Is 5pm – 6pm your dinnertime? Ours too! We will be partnering with a local pizza place to offer a discount on pizza you can pick up or have delivered on 9/17.  

*NEXT WEEK: Look for Bingo Cards, the Zoom Link & a Pizza Coupon to come home in your Wednesday folder on 9/15. We will have extra Bingo cards, Zoom info and coupons in the McKinley Breezeway (outside the office) Wednesday September 15th – Friday September 17th.  

Children are encouraged to participate!We hope to “see” you there!

PTA Family Engagement Committee (Elizabeth Harris, Lupe Diaz, Alicia Callejas & Lori Engelhardt), Erin Schlueter (Kindergarten Teacher) & Alise Roach (PACS 7th Grade Teacher)  

Questions?  Lori Engelhardt (415) 706-9591
Alicia Callejas (Habla Español)  (501) 398-8116

Connect with Other McKinley/PACS Families and Get Involved

From joining your grade’s Facebook group, to volunteering for initiatives, or signing up for the PTA, there are many ways to get involved.

We’ve gathered all the ways to stay connected and help the PTA in one spot. Check it out!

Earn Donations for McKinley Without Spending Extra $$$

We have several ways for you to earn donations for McKinley/PACS without needing to spend beyond your budget.

  1. Amazon Smile: If you make purchases through Amazon, make sure to shop through and designate McKinley/PACS PTA Petaluma as your charity. Make sure to configure your Amazon App to give to McKinley as well! Full instructions are here.
  2. BoxTops: Scan your grocery receipts using the BoxTops app. No more clipping and collecting BoxTops! Simply download the BoxTops app on your phone and use it to scan your receipts after you shop. Full instructions are here.
  3. Dine and Donate: Planning on going out to dinner? Once a month the PTA partners with a local restaurant or business to receive a portion of their sales. See the Dine and Donate section of the PTA website for all upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

9/15 – ELAC Meeting 5:30-6:15
9/15 –  PTA General Meeting 6:30-7:30 on Zoom. 
9/16 – Dine and Donate at Stockhome – All Day
9/17 –  Virtual Bingo Night hosted by the PTA Family Engagement Team  – 5pm
9/24 – Intercultural Cafe in front of school office at drop-off
9/30 – Dine and Donate at Tortilla Real – All Day 10/1 – Jog-A-Thon