PTA General Meeting this Wednesday!


PTA General Meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm

Join us this Wednesday, October 20th via Zoom for our October PTA meeting!

We’ll be voting on the purchase of a school license for the online math facts tool, Reflex. If approved, this will make Reflex available to all 2nd-8th grade students. We’ll also be voting on whether to purchase an additional Gaga Ball Pit.

Please remember that the only requirement to vote is that you are a current member. Please sign up here to become a member if you haven’t already for the 21-22 school year. We also have sponsored memberships available for families who can’t afford the cost of membership.

We’ll also be hearing from various committee members on progress of their work.

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 825 2880 6004
Passcode: 462821


Attention TK-2nd Grade Families

The Staff Appreciation Committee is collecting monetary donations from the TK through 2nd grade families who are able to do so. The suggested donation is $10, but any amount is appreciated. They will be providing food and drinks in the staff room for teachers on Monday, October 25th.

Our goal is to collect the donations by this Friday October 22nd.

For the monetary donations, we accept cash and checks made out to McKinley PTA or you can click on this link and select Staff Appreciation Fund

You may also drop off your donations to the office in an envelope labeled ‘Staff Appreciation”.

If you are unable to donate at this time, there are other ways you can help out. If you are able to provide some bounty from your gardens, that would also be much appreciated. Or if you feel inspired to create some beautiful pictures/posters to help beautify the staff room, that would be fantastic.

Please feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any questions or ideas on how you would like to help out.

Lisa Baker: lisarch21@gmail.com
Lauran Colvin: lauran.colvin@gmail.com


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 smile.amazon.com 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

10/20 – PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
10/29 – Intercultural Café
11/3 – Dine and Donate at Chipotle

Dine and Donate at Amy’s Drive Thru


Dine and Donate This Wednesday, October 13th – Amy’s Drive Thru 10:30am-10:00pm

Get your fast food fix with organic burgers, pizzas and salads.  They even have kombucha on tap!

20% of proceeds will be donated to McKinley

Amy’s Drive Thru – Rohnert Park
8 Golf Course Dr W
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Mention McKinley when you order in-person.
If ordering online, use the code DINEANDDONATE


This coming week October 10-16 is the Week of the Administrator

This is a week for families and students to show appreciation for our school leaders.  For McKinley, this is our Principal, Ani Larson.  

We are so grateful to have Ms. Larson leading our educators and students.  Ms. Larson is approachable, thoughtful and an inspiration in how to create an inclusive school community.  But she’s not just filled with empathy and wisdom.  She’s also incredibly silly and kid-friendly. How many other principals in Petaluma can be found on roller skates in a T-Rex costume?!  Or are willing to have pies tossed at her year after year all in the name of raising much needed funds to support each child’s education?!  

To honor Ms. Larson, the PTA would like to provide lunch for her each day of the week.  If you’re interested in volunteering to bring lunch for Ms. Larson one day next week, please sign up here: Sign Up Genius- Lunch for Ms. Larson

If you’d like to contribute to an appreciation gift for Ms. Larson, please do so by donating here by Tuesday, October 12.


Attention TK-2nd Grade Families

The Staff Appreciation Committee is collecting monetary donations from the TK through 2nd grade families who are able to do so. The suggested donation is $10, but any amount is appreciated. They will be providing food and drinks in the staff room for teachers on Monday, October 25th.

Our goal is to collect the donations by Friday October 22nd.

For the monetary donations, we accept cash and checks made out to McKinley PTA or you can click on this link and select Staff Appreciation Fund

You may also drop off your donations to the office in an envelope labeled ‘Staff Appreciation”.

If you are unable to donate at this time, there are other ways you can help out. If you are able to provide some bounty from your gardens, that would also be much appreciated. Or if you feel inspired to create some beautiful pictures/posters to help beautify the staff room, that would be fantastic.

Please feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any questions or ideas on how you would like to help out.

Lisa Baker: lisarch21@gmail.com
Lauran Colvin: lauran.colvin@gmail.com


Sponsored (No Cost) PTA Memberships Are Available

Joining the PTA is a great way for you to provide input about our initiatives and funding priorities. The McKinley PTA welcomes members from all our school families, including those who cannot afford the cost of membership. Membership for the school year is $10 and we offer sponsored memberships.


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 smile.amazon.com 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

10/13 – Dine and Donate at Amy’s Drive Thru
10/20 – PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
10/29 – Intercultural Café

Thank you for a fantastic Jog-a-thon!


We hit our $60,00 goal!

Thank you so much for a very successful Jog-a-thon. We hit our $60,000 goal with your support. Stay tuned for updates about all the incentives your students earned once the numbers are finalized!

The funds we raised will go a long way to support every child and classroom at McKinley school and PACS.

If you haven’t dropped off your cash and check donations yet, please do so on Monday morning.

We would also like to thank Clover Sonoma for providing delicious smoothies for the kids after their runs, our Jog-a-thon chairs, Renee McArdle and Nina Jarum Walters for organizing this event, and all the teachers and volunteers who helped us get the word out about the fundraiser in the last few weeks.


Did you know that the McKinley PTA provides funds for programs and initiatives that support every student and classroom at McKinley/PACS?

We are so proud to have been able to support McKinley / PACS by providing funds for a bilingual instructional assistant for the lower grades, funding classroom supply stipends for every teacher, purchasing water filling and hand washing stations for the school campus, hosting events throughout the year for all our families, and much more! See our full list of accomplishments.

You can help us on our mission!

Joining the PTA is a great way for you to provide input about our initiatives and funding priorities. The McKinley PTA welcomes members from all our school families, including those who cannot afford the cost of membership. Membership for the school year is $10 and we offer sponsored memberships.


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 smile.amazon.com 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.

Wednesday, October 13th – Amy’s Drive Thru 10:30am-10:00pm

Get your fast food fix with organic burgers, pizzas and salads.  They even have kombucha on tap!

20% of proceeds will be donated to McKinley

Amy’s Drive Thru – Rohnert Park
8 Golf Course Dr W
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Mention McKinley when you order in-person.
If ordering online, use the code DINEANDDONATE


Take one minute to fill out the class email list form!

The PTA is creating email lists for each classroom so that your class parent can send out important messages about events, teacher appreciation, and other class-specific announcements. You only have to fill out the form below once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Add your information to the Class Email List Form

Thank you so much to those of you who have filled out this form already!


Upcoming Events

10/13 – Dine and Donate at Amy’s Drive Thru
10/20 – PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
10/29 – Intercultural Café

Less than a week left to raise funds for our Jog-a-thon!


It’s Not Too Late to Raise Funds!

The PTA’s biggest annual fundraiser is this Friday, October 1! So far, we’ve received around $17,500 in pledges. But we need your help to reach our goal of $60,000 this year. Remember, these funds go to important causes, like experiential learning field trips, classroom tools, school and campus beautification (including our awesome garden/outdoor classroom), and much more.

Remember to create your child’s pledge page here and share with friends near and far via email and social media.

Are your friends and family old school? Use your Jog-A-Thon envelope to collect checks and cash. Make checks payable to McKinley PTA. Be sure to return the envelope to school on the date of our event, October 1.

Help Us Raise Jog-A-Thon Funds and Qualify for These Great Incentives!

Did you know your child can earn some fantastic prizes by raising money for the Jog-A-Thon? The incentives include:

Individual Student Incentives:

  • Every child who raises any amount of funds will get a ticket for a classroom lottery and one additional ticket for every $20 raised. 
  • Students who hit the per student goal of $150 will receive a one-day “no homework” pass from their teacher.  
  • There will be two lottery winners from each class. 
    • The first ticket drawn will get to take one friend to Yogurtland with Mrs. Larson. 
    • The second ticket drawn will represent their classroom in a MINUTE TO WIN IT assembly. *The second drawing only happens if we raise $55,000 collectively as a school.

Grade-level incentives (TK and Kinder are combined as one grade level):

  • If every student participates in fundraising, that grade will receive a special, 45-minute recess.
  • The grade level to raise the most money overall (on a per student basis), will receive a pizza party!

School-wide incentives:

  • If we raise $50,000 all students will receive a special, 1-hour recess with a Popsicle             
  • If we raise $55,000, above PLUS – the teachers will host MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES
  • If we reach our goal $60,000, above PLUS – students will get to throw whip cream pies at Ms. Larson while she is on roller skates

If we reach our stretch goal of $65,000 – all the above PLUS students will get to have a NINJA WARRIOR BLOW UP COURSE during a special recess.  


We Need Jog-a-thon Volunteers at Pick-up and Drop-Off This Week

We need a few folks to help generate some excitement for the McKinley/PACS Jog-a-thon!

Volunteers are needed on campus for just 30 minutes during drop-off and pick-up during the final days leading up to the event, reminding people to turn in their donations in a fun and energetic way.

What we’ll provide: pre-made signs, available in the front office

What you’ll need: a willingness to get silly and make yourself seen — you can bring a speaker to play music and dance, or wear something goofy, or just throw on your Spirit Wear and shake your sign!

Sign up to volunteer now!


Dine and Donate at Tortilla Real This Thursday!

Thursday, September 30th – 11am-8:30pm

Enjoy traditional Mexican dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. See their delicious menu.

Tortilla Real
5 Petaluma Boulevard South
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-658-1415

Show the flyer on your phone or print it out! 20% of the proceeds will go to McKinley.


Did you know that the McKinley PTA provides funds for programs and initiatives that support every student and classroom at McKinley/PACS?

We are so proud to have been able to support McKinley / PACS by providing funds for a bilingual instructional assistant for the lower grades, funding classroom supply stipends for every teacher, purchasing water filling and hand washing stations for the school campus, hosting events throughout the year for all our families, and much more! See our full list of accomplishments.

You can help us on our mission!

Joining the PTA is a great way for you to provide input about our initiatives and funding priorities. The McKinley PTA welcomes members from all our school families, including those who cannot afford the cost of membership. Membership for the school year is $10 and we offer sponsored memberships.


Upcoming Events

9/30 – Dine and Donate at Tortilla Real – All Day
10/1 – Jog-A-Thon

Jog-a-thon Incentives Are Here!


Help Us Raise Jog-A-Thon Funds and Qualify for These Great Incentives!

Did you know your child can earn some fantastic prizes by raising money for the Jog-A-Thon? The incentives include:

Individual Student Incentives:

  • Every child who raises any amount of funds will get a ticket for a classroom lottery and one additional ticket for every $20 raised. 
  • Students who hit the per student goal of $150 will receive a one-day “no homework” pass from their teacher.  
  • There will be two lottery winners from each class. 
    • The first ticket drawn will get to take one friend to Yogurtland with Mrs. Larson. 
    • The second ticket drawn will represent their classroom in a MINUTE TO WIN IT assembly. *The second drawing only happens if we raise $55,000 collectively as a school.

Grade-level incentives (TK and Kinder are combined as one grade level):

  • If every student participates in fundraising, that grade will receive a special, 45-minute recess.
  • The grade level to raise the most money overall (on a per student basis), will receive a pizza party!

School-wide incentives:

  • If we raise $50,000 all students will receive a special, 1-hour recess with a Popsicle             
  • If we raise $55,000, above PLUS – the teachers will host MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES
  • If we reach our goal $60,000, above PLUS – students will get to throw whip cream pies at Ms. Larson while she is on roller skates

If we reach our stretch goal of $65,000 – all the above PLUS students will get to have a NINJA WARRIOR BLOW UP COURSE during a special recess.  

Remember to create your child’s pledge page here and share with friends near and far via email and social media.

Are your friends and family old school? Use your Jog-A-Thon envelope to collect checks and cash. Make checks payable to McKinley PTA. Be sure to return the envelope to school on the date of our event, October 1.


We need volunteers to promote Jog-a-thon at drop-off!

The McKinley PTA could use some volunteer help to help generate energy (and donations) for this year’s jog-a-thon.

The event will be held on Friday, October 1, so we’d like some people to help promote the event on campus during drop-off and pick-up during the weeks leading up to the event.

We’ll provide you with signs to walk around near the Gateway at drop-off, near the front office during TK/K pickup, or around the Gateway and then the PACS area during the later pickups — you just bring the energy (along with music, costumes and/or props if you’d like)!

Click here to sign up!

Email event organizers Nina Jarnum (ninajarnumyoga@gmail.com) or Renee McArdle (renee_mcardle@att.net) with any questions.


Take one minute to fill out the class email list form!

The PTA is creating email lists for each classroom so that your class parent can send out important messages about events, teacher appreciation, and other class-specific announcements. You only have to fill out the form below once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Add your information to the Class Email List Form

Thank you so much to those of you who have filled out this form already!


Intercultural Café is this Friday after morning drop-off!

Join us at the main McKinley entrance Friday, September 24th at around 8:30am after morning drop-off.

Enjoy a free cup of coffee, meet new families, discuss the prior week’s PTA meeting and learn how to get involved. Notes from the PTA meeting will be available in English and Spanish.

More details here


Thursday, September 30th – Tortilla Real 11am-8:30pm

Enjoy traditional Mexican dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. See their delicious menu.

Tortilla Real
5 Petaluma Boulevard South
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-658-1415

Show the flyer on your phone or print it out! 20% of the proceeds will go to McKinley.


Thank you for joining us at bingo night!

On behalf of the PTA Family Engagement Committee, we’d like to give big thanks to the 42+ families who contributed to Virtual Bingo Night’s success! Ms. Schlueter and Mrs. Lupe Diaz were a fantastic team, and ensured all participants had fun. Congratulations to our September Bingo winners below! We hope to see you all at the spring Bingo event!

Congratulations to:
Marshall Ladd
Birdie Doyle
Penelope & Gustavo Faithful
Pablo & Daniel Kim
Avalon Siebhold
Jazmine Quintas
MacKenzie Hopp
Thomas Larkey


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 smile.amazon.com 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

9/24 – 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

Less than two weeks left until Jog-a-thon!


Have you created your Jog-a-thon pledge page yet?

Now is the perfect time to create a pledge page for our Jog-a-thon fundraiser and share it with all your friends and family. It takes only a few minutes. Click here for details on how to get started!

Here are some other ways you could raise funds to donate to our fundraiser:

  • Has life (or your fruit trees) given you literal lemons? Host a lemonade stand!
  • Trying to declutter your home? You could have a yard sale or sell some items on Facebook Marketplace and donate a portion of the proceeds!
  • Got extra eggs from your chickens or veggies from your garden? You could give them to your neighbors in exchange for a donation.

Any amount raised, big or small, will make a huge impact!


We need volunteers to promote Jog-a-thon at drop-off!

The McKinley PTA could use some volunteer help to help generate energy (and donations) for this year’s jog-a-thon.

The event will be held on Friday, October 1, so we’d like some people to help promote the event on campus during drop-off and pick-up during the weeks leading up to the event.

We’ll provide you with signs to walk around near the Gateway at drop-off, near the front office during TK/K pickup, or around the Gateway and then the PACS area during the later pickups — you just bring the energy (along with music, costumes and/or props if you’d like)!

Click here to sign up!

Email event organizers Nina Jarnum (ninajarnumyoga@gmail.com) or Renee McArdle (renee_mcardle@att.net) with any questions.


Take one minute to fill out the class email list form!

The PTA is creating email lists for each classroom so that your class parent can send out important messages about events, teacher appreciation, and other class-specific announcements. You only have to fill out the form below once for all your students enrolled at McKinley/PACS.

Add your information to the Class Email List Form

Thank you so much to those of you who have filled out this form already!

We still need a class parent for Ms. Loughlin and Ms. Cantor. If you’d like more information about the role, please email PTA president Emily Oh at mckptapres@gmail.com


Intercultural Café is this Friday after morning drop-off!

Join us at the main McKinley entrance Friday, September 24th at around 8:30am after morning drop-off.

Enjoy a free cup of coffee, meet new families, discuss the prior week’s PTA meeting and learn how to get involved. Notes from the PTA meeting will be available in English and Spanish.

More details here


Thank you for joining us at bingo night!

On behalf of the PTA Family Engagement Committee, we’d like to give big thanks to the 42+ families who contributed to Virtual Bingo Night’s success! Ms. Schlueter and Mrs. Lupe Diaz were a fantastic team, and ensured all participants had fun. Congratulations to our September Bingo winners below! We hope to see you all at the spring Bingo event!

Congratulations to:
Marshall Ladd
Birdie Doyle
Penelope & Gustavo Faithful
Pablo & Daniel Kim
Avalon Siebhold
Jazmine Quintas
MacKenzie Hopp
Thomas Larkey


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 smile.amazon.com 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

9/24 – 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

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 mckptapres@gmail.com


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
(707)981-8511


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 smile.amazon.com 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

Sign Ups for After-School Enrichment Are Happening Now!


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

Join us for our September PTA meeting next  Wednesday via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 895 4533 5674
Passcode: 602060

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


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.


Don’t Forget to Sign Up for After-School Enrichment!

Registration will be open until Wednesday, September 15th. Classes will begin on Monday, September 20th and run for 8 weeks. This session we will be offering Martial Arts on Monday, Jewelry Making, and Chess on Wednesdays.

To read the class descriptions and register, click here. Paper forms are also available in the office.

Classes will fill up quickly, so register early. Any questions or concerns please contact ASE coordinator, Jessica Servin at jservin@petk12.org


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


Jog-A-Thon is Coming! Save the Date for October 1st!

Get your running shoes ready because our biggest fundraiser of the year is almost here!

Watch out for fundraising instructions coming this week about our Jog-a-thon event and save the date for our fun event taking place on Friday, October 1st. Here’s some information to get you started!

And as always, watch these weekly newsletters as we will be updating you with the latest details and fantastic incentives!


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 smile.amazon.com 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.

We are looking for volunteers!

The PTA has planned many initiatives throughout the school year, and we can’t do our work without our wonderful volunteers.

We have several opportunities for volunteers including:

  • Board Position: Financial Secretary (works with the Treasurer)
  • Traffic Flow/Safe Routes to School
  • Science Night
  • School Clean Up
  • Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • Sustainability Program
  • Winter Festival
  • PTA liaison for your class

Intrigued? Fill out this form to let us know your interests.

If you have any questions, email Emily Oh at mckptapres@gmail.com


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

Wanted: People like you!


We are looking for volunteers!

The PTA has planned many initiatives throughout the school year, and we can’t do our work without our wonderful volunteers.

We have several opportunities for volunteers including:

  • Board Position: Financial Secretary (works with the Treasurer)
  • Traffic Flow/Safe Routes to School
  • Science Night
  • School Clean Up
  • Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • Sustainability Program
  • Winter Festival
  • PTA liaison for your class

Intrigued? Fill out this form to let us know your interests.

If you have any questions, email Emily Oh at mckptapres@gmail.com


After-School Enrichment Registration Begins Wednesday

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to begin our After-School Enrichment session.

Classes will begin on Monday, September 20th and run for 8 weeks.

This session we will be offering Martial Arts on Monday, Jewelry Making, and Chess on Wednesdays.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 1st through September 15th. Online and in-person registration will be available.

To read the class descriptions and register, click here.

Forms will be available in the office on Wednesday, September 1.

Classes will fill up quickly, so register early. Any questions or concerns please contact ASE coordinator, Jessica Servin at jservin@petk12.org


PTA Meeting Preference Survey

We want to make sure that as many families as possible participate in our monthly PTA meetings, so we want to know how you’d prefer to meet this school year. 

Please fill out this survey to let us know your preference. It takes less than 30 seconds.

Thank you so much to all the families that joined us for our PTA meeting on Wednesday. Check out our event calendar to see all we have planned for the school year and take a look at the meeting minutes.


Buy-in Parties from the Mustang Social Are Still Available!

We still have tickets available for some of the great buy-in parties from our spring auction.
These parties are great opportunities to connect with other McKinley families, especially if you are new to the school or just love being a social butterfly.

Below are the links to purchase tickets and read more information:

Guys Night Out Whiskey Tasting ($30/person): September 11, 2021

Mystery Mission & Meal ($40/person): September 12, 2021

Oktoberfest Party ($65/person): October 16, 2021


Ways to Support McKinley


We Invite YOU to Join the PTA Today!!

Did you know that the PTA does a lot more than raise funds for McKinley? While we provide funding to help meet the school’s needs, we also host a variety of community events throughout the year like Bingo Nights, Multicultural Cafés, and the Winter Festival to connect you with other families.

The McKinley PTA community welcomes and encourages leadership, volunteerism and membership from ALL of our families. There are many reasons to join!

We are an inclusive community and value participation from all families. Membership is $10 per person or you may have your membership sponsored for free.


Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on Amazon.com

You can earn money for McKinley every time you buy merchandise through Amazon.com at no extra cost to you. Shop through smile.amazon.com and the charity of your choice will receive a portion of your purchase.

Follow these instructions to add McKinley as your chosen non-profit. You may also configure your Amazon mobile app to ensure all your purchases are credited to our school.


BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

Follow the full instructions here
to get started!

First PTA Meeting of the Year is This Wednesday!


PTA General Meeting Wednesday, August 25th 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us in the McKinley multipurpose room for our first general meeting of the school year. We will be discussing our annual budget and our upcoming initiatives.

Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.


Don’t Forget to Get Your Free Scoop from Baskin-Robbins!

Celebrate back-to-school with a cold treat this week! McKinley students can get a free scoop at Baskin-Robbins in the Grocery Outlet shopping center at 60 East Washington in Petaluma. 

Exchange the green numbered flyer that your child received from their teacher this week for a free scoop, valid only Thursday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 25, 2021!

Bonus points: take some photos of your kids and their scoops to share your appreciation with our local Baskin-Robbins and our PTA. Post photos tagged with @mckinleyPTA @petalumabr #mckinleyPTA #petalumabr on Facebook or Instagram, or email them to mckPTApres@gmail.com


Buy-in Parties from the Mustang Social Are Still Available!

We still have tickets available for some of the great buy-in parties from our spring auction.
These parties are great opportunities to connect with other McKinley families, especially if you are new to the school or just love being a social butterfly.

Below are the links to purchase tickets and read more information:

Guys Night Out Whiskey Tasting ($30/person): September 11, 2021

Mystery Mission & Meal ($40/person): September 12, 2021

Ladies Poolside Yoga and Brunch ($40/person): September 19, 2021

Oktoberfest Party ($65/person): October 16, 2021


Ways to Support McKinley


We Invite YOU to Join the PTA Today!!

The McKinley PTA community welcomes and encourages leadership, volunteerism and membership from ALL of our families.   PTA is for EVERYONE involved in our school including Parents, Caregivers, Grandparents, Teachers, Staff and the broader community. There are many reasons to join!

Membership is on a sliding scale starting at $10 per person.  No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds! You may sign up one family member or student for $10 or add a membership for each family member for an additional $10 per person or you may have your membership sponsored for free.  We are an inclusive community and value participation from all families.  


Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on Amazon.com

You can earn money for McKinley every time you buy merchandise through Amazon.com at no extra cost to you. Shop through smile.amazon.com and the charity of your choice will receive a portion of your purchase.

Follow these instructions to add McKinley as your chosen non-profit. You may also configure your Amazon mobile app to ensure all your purchases are credited to our school.


BoxTops Collection Has Gone Digital

Did you know you can now easily collect BoxTops on your phone? Simply scan your receipts with eligible items using the BoxTops app and you are done. No more clipping!

Follow the full instructions here
to get started!

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