Join Us for the McKinley/PACS PTA Block Party on Thursday, April 28th!

Come for dinner, stay for community, leave enlightened!

Please Join Us! Thursday, April 28th 2022 5:30pm – 7:30pm at McKinley School

The Block Party is not to be confused with the McKinley Mustang Social “Peace, Love, McKinley” Fundraiser that is on May 14th!! Click here to buy your tickets to now while Early Bird Pricing is still available! :

In response to the PTA-sponsored survey called “School of Excellence” that you may have completed in November, the PTA will be hosting a FREE in person dinner on Thursday, April 28.  Survey responses indicated an opportunity for the PTA to serve the school community by helping families understand how they can better support their student’s learning. This evening aims to do just that!

What to expect….

  • A FUN evening for families to share in a casual, FREE dinner provided by What A Chicken!
  • Casually meet your child’s classmates and their families, and share resources / learnings.
  • Boys & Girls Club Advisors on the field to play with kids (and the kid in you!)

Families will also have the opportunity to visit bilingual (English and Spanish) resources on supporting their child’s education. Confirmed to date are:

Homework Help – How to help your child with homework hosted by Meghan Brand-Stauf of

Thinking Ahead About Junior High School– Hosted by Mr. Caamano (6th Grade Teacher) What you need to know about timelines, the registration process, and what each junior high has to offer. 

Get to know our McKinley Student Advisors – Learn more from Ms. Kasso Harvey and Mr. Chris Lum about their role and how they work with students.

Tech Support – How do I use Aeries, Parent Square, the district website, email lists, etc! Hosted by Dave Fichera, Petaluma City Schools Director of Learning & Innovation Technology

How to Save (Tax Free!) for College – Hosted by 6th grade Dad, Joe Stern, Financial Advisor

Kindness IS Contagious! And leads to all sorts of improved outcomes for mental health. Hosted by 6th grade Mom, Trisha Young

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support – Hosted by Principal Larson (learn more about this offering here:

Student Study Team & Special Education – Learn more about the services provided by Brenna Drumm Resources Specialist (RSP) teacher) and Cecilia Valdovino (School Psychologist)

Healthy Habits – Exercise, Nutrition & Sleep Tips- Hosted by parent, Lindsey Fisher

Ask the Office! – Hosted by Diana Cannon & Rocia Victoria

How to Nurture Your Child’s Love of Reading – Hosted by Petaluma Regional Library Librarians, Michelle & Jackie

And more to come!

Can you join us?

Please RSVP if you get the chance so we can order the right amount of food!  Everyone in your family is heartily invited and welcome to attend whether you RSVP or not.

At the end of the night, you and your family will leave with a full belly, new friends and more confidence in the School of Excellence survey question:   “Our school helps families understand how they can support their child’s learning.”

In order to prepare for this evening and to capture feedback from those who are unable to attend, we’d like to hear more about what you’d like to see at an event like this.  Please respond to this quick, four question English Survey or Spanish


  • Who can come? Students, Staff, Teachers and their whole family – the more the merrier!
  • How much does this cost? NOTHING!! This event is hosted for free to the community by the PTA
  • Is this the Spring Fundraiser? NO! The Mustang Social is on Saturday, May 14th.
  • I’d like to Volunteer, how do I do that?! Great! Please email Staci Stern at
  • I have a resource to share. How do I do that? Excellent! Please email Staci Stern

For reference, here are the results of the School of Excellence Survey Responses from November:

McKinley PTA SOE Responses 2021-22

What is “School of Excellence” anyway?  

School of Excellence is a designation offered by National PTA to recognize schools that seek to grow partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.  The survey gives us a snapshot of how families feel in the fall.  We’ll send the survey out again in the spring to see if we’ve been able to make progress on issues that matter to our community.

Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Contact Staci Stern at to learn more!



School of Excellence January 2022 Meeting Agenda and Escuela de excelencia Agenda de la reunión de enero de 2022 .