PTA Announcements – Week of October 4, 2020

McKinley Dance-a-thon kicks off Friday, 10/9!

Get ready for a week filled with dancing, prizes, and surprises.

Due to unprecedented times and distance learning, our annual Jog-a-thon will now be a Dance-a-thon for all to enjoy.

Show us your scariest 19 second dance move to Thriller!

Submit your videos showcasing your dance moves on the last week of October (10/26 to 10/30). Pledging will start on Friday 10/9 and the final day to pledge will be Friday, 10/30.

More information will be posted to our website (https://ptamckinley.org), FB, and ParentSquare.


Get McKinley PTA Updates on ParentSquare!

Be the first to read all the PTA announcements by joining the ParentSquare McKinley PTA group. Get updates on all our fundraisers and initiatives in one easy-to-access place.

How to Join PTA ParentSquare Group


Dine, Sweat and Donate: Support some great local businesses and earn donations for McKinley at no additional cost to you!


Thursday, October 15: Brewsters

Southern BBQ meets California produce with a refined touch of explosive flavors

  • 4:00-9:30pm
  • Guests are welcome to bring in the flyer, show it on their device or mention it.
  • 10% of proceeds will be donated

Brewsters Beer Garden


Month of October: Park Fit

Outdoor fitness classes for women of every fitness level!

  • $60 for 5 packs of classes
  • $10 of sales donated to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase

    Visit the Park Fit Facebook Page

Month of October: Barber Cellars and Barber Lee Spirits

Local wines and spirits for every occasion.

  • 20% of sales of bottles of wine and spirits donated to McKinley
  • Please look for “McKinley School” dropdown menu when purchasing
  • This is a McKinley parent owned business!

Barber Lee Spirits Website

Barber Cellars

PTA Announcements – Week of September 27

Join the PTA

By joining the PTA, you help us meet our school’s needs that are outside the scope of their budget. Membership is $10 per person and includes an exclusive McKinley Mustangs wristband.

Join the PTA Now!


Dine, Sweat, and Donate

Support local businesses and earn donations for McKinley!

Final days of September: Yoga Hell

  • New members only – get 2 months for $99 and will donate 20% to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase

Yoga Hell Petaluma

Final days of September: Heart and Soul Yoga

  • 20% of sales donated to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase

Heart and Soul Yoga

Month of October: Park Fit Petaluma
Outdoor fitness classes for women of every fitness level!

  • $60 for 5 packs of classes
  • $10 of sales donated to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase


Visit the Park Fit Facebook Page


Get Your Spirit Wear!

Here’s a chance to freshen up that SIP wardrobe. You grab your Mustang swag at our TeeSpring store! There are many options to choose from in all sizes, styles, designs, and colors. Get 10% off using code: BYESUMMER valid until Sunday, August 30th at 11:59 PT.

Shop Now!

PTA Announcements – Week of August 30

Save the Date for Our First PTA General Meeting!

Join us for our first PTA general meeting of the 2020-2021 school year from the comfort of your home.

When: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 6:30PM

Agenda and Zoom link to come


Join the PTA

By joining the PTA, you help us meet our school’s needs that are outside the scope of their budget. Membership is $10 per person and includes an exclusive McKinley Mustangs wristband.

Join the PTA Now!


Dine, Sweat, and Donate

Support local businesses and earn donations for McKinley!

Month of August/September: Yoga Hell

  • New members only – get 2 months for $99 and will donate 20% to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase

Yoga Hell Petaluma

Month of September: Heart and Soul Yoga

  • 20% of sales donated to McKinley
  • Virtual and In Person classes happening
  • Mention “McKinley School” when you purchase

Heart and Soul Yoga

Thursday Sept 10: Stockhome
Enjoy popular Swedish foods in the heart of Petaluma

  • 3:00-8:00pm
  • No flyer necessary
  • Mention “McKinley” and 10% of dinner sales will be donated
  • Take out and dine in

Stockhome Restaurant


Get Your Spirit Wear!

Here’s a chance to freshen up that SIP wardrobe. You grab your Mustang swag at our TeeSpring store! There are many options to choose from in all sizes, styles, designs, and colors. Get 10% off using code: BYESUMMER valid until Sunday, August 30th at 11:59 PT.

Shop Now!

First Day of School!

Hello McKinley Mustangs! I hope that your first day of school goes as smoothly as possible.

In your nice McKinley tote bags, you should receive a welcome letter from myself and Ashley along with a flyer for a free ice cream scoop at Baskin Robbins! Our McKinley Ice Cream Social starts today until next Tuesday (8/18). Please post pictures of the kids with their ice cream on FaceBook/Instagram and don’t forget to hashtag McKinley and Baskin Robbins. We would love to see all the kids enjoying their ice cream!

Also, don’t forget to use our profile picture frame for the first day of school! Head on over to the McKinley PTA FaceBook page to use it.

Feel free to contact myself and Ashley at mckptapres@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Now More Than Ever, Make Sure That You Receive McKinley and PCS District Communications!

The PCS District collects information about families through an online platform (Aeries) at the beginning of the school year. This contact information is placed on a contact database that is used by the PCS District and the schools to communicate with families.

If you are not receiving information from the PCS District (e.g. email sent on 4/22/20 regarding contact information updates) or McKinley School (e.g. weekly newsletter sent out every Sunday) or receiving only some of these emails, follow these guidelines below in this order. 

1. Check your Spam-Social-Promotions-etc. folders or your filters to make sure they are not there. PCS emails usually get sent from donotreply@petk12.org and McKinley School emails come from McKinley Communications (alarson@petk12.org)

2. Check your information on the Aeries portal to make sure it is accurate and it is listed in the right place (under student’s contact).

  1. Log in to Aeries Parent Portal 
  2. Click on Student Info > Contacts
  3. Verify that you are listed as a Contact

Note that having a contact email under the general profile will not be enough. Each student has a section for contacts for that student and the information in that section is the one that schools use. If you have a Jr. High student and a McKinley student, you must have your contact information properly entered in each student’s contact section in order to receive communications from both schools. Otherwise, you will only receive communications from the school to which the student with proper contact information goes.

3. If you are still having trouble after trying #1 and #2 and not getting the Sunday newsletter/PCS District emails, contact the PCS District to get further assistance  General Phone: (707) 778-4813; Aeries Portal: Setup, Updates, etc.: parentconnect@petk12.org

What to expect from the PTA this summer

Keep connected: Make sure to subscribe to the PTA mailing listPTA Facebook page, McKinley School Community Facebook closed group and your grade level closed group to stay up to date.

Summer meetups: Unfortunately, McKinley PTA will not be able to have a June summer meetup due to restrictions in place. We want our McKinley families safe and do not want to put anyone at risk.

We will keep a July summer meetup open if restrictions are lifted.

Next school year update: We will send out an email this July regarding all the information that you’ll need to get you up to speed before school starts. Make sure to subscribe to the PTA mailing list

New website and family communication platform: we will have a new website and a new platform to keep in touch with all parents! Keep an eye out this summer to sign up for the new platform.

Want to contact us? Please feel free to reach out to your new PTA president and co-president, Chris Lum & Ashley Fitting at mckptapres@gmail.com if you have any questions.

McKinley School and McKinley PTA Recognized Nationally as a School of Excellence

The National PTA has recognized McKinley School and McKinley PTA as a 2019-2021 School of Excellence for their accomplishments in building a strong, effective family-school partnership that is enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates schools and PTAs that make a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, the schools and PTAs collect feedback from their school communities and create and implement plans of action to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decision-making and school improvement efforts.

McKinley School and McKinley PTA are one of only 326 PTAs and schools nationwide to be designated a 2019-2021 School of Excellence.

PTA President Amy Malaise says that “McKinley is proud of the work we have been doing on family engagement and issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We have worked hard over the last few years to make sure that every family feels included at McKinley and that every individual has a voice. We will continue this work over the next few years to ensure that we are doing our very best to make our families feel welcome.”

To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented McKinley School and McKinley PTA with a certificate and a National PTA School of Excellence banner to hang in their school.

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