Giving Tuesday Fundraiser for McKinley Cares

Giving Tuesday Fundraiser to Support McKinley Families in Need – This Tuesday

This Tuesday, November 30th starting at 5AM PST, the McKinley PTA will be raising funds via Facebook to support the McKinley Cares program, which provides grocery store gift cards to struggling families in our school community.

As part of Giving Tuesday, Facebook will match up to $8M donated to charities and nonprofits that day on a first come first serve basis.

We are asking our McKinley community to create their own fundraiser on their Facebook profile that will donate to the McKinley PTA page on . Simply follow this link on Tuesday, November 30th starting at 5am and click the “Create” button. That’s it.

In case you have issues on mobile with the above link, here are instructions for setting up the fundraiser through your Facebook app.

Please make sure to create your donation on your profile page early on November 30th to help us receive matching donations.

All donations made on Tuesday will go towards the McKinley Cares program. Grocery store gift cards will be distributed to families in need throughout the school year.

Create your fundraising page on November 30th

More info on Facebook’s matching donations on Giving Tuesday


Dine and Donate at Barber Cellars and Barber Lee Spirits – This Sunday, December 5th

Enjoy authentic Sonoma wine and spirits in downtown Petaluma on Sunday, December 5th from 1pm-6pm.

Barber Cellars – Tasting Room

112 Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952 (inside Hotel Petaluma)

Barber Lee Spirits – Distillery Barrel Room

120 Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952

Mention McKinley and 20% of sales will benefit the school


Join us for the McKinley Winter Festival on December 9th

Save the Date! The McKinley Winter Festival returns on December 9th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Join us for hot cider, live music, and a craft sale with vendors from McKinley / PACS.

Do you make handmade crafts? Sign up to reserve a table to sell your products! https://bit.ly/WinterFestCraft

Would you like to volunteer on the day of the event? Sign up to volunteer via SignUp Genius

We’ll also need  strands of holiday lights and patio lights to light up the outdoor space at the school. Please contact Emily Betts at emilyfbetts@gmail.com if you can help!


Volunteer Opportunity: After School Enrichment Coordinator(s)

McKinley’s After School Enrichment program is in need of one or more motivated volunteers to coordinate our After School Enrichment program beginning Spring 2022.   Please note that ASE will not run a Winter Session due to lack of space and a lead volunteer. 

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please reach out to mckptapres@gmail.com. Thank you!

As we finish up our After School Enrichment Fall Session I wanted to give a very big THANK YOU to Jessica Servin who has been the ASE Volunteer Coordinator and has done an incredible job organizing and providing fantastic opportunities to our students.  This is Jessica’s final session and we appreciate everything that she has done.  Thank you! 


Intercultural Café this Friday at 8:30AM 

Join us at the main McKinley entrance Friday, December 3rd at around 8:30am after morning drop-off.

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

More details here


Let us know how you help your community 

During this season of giving, we want to know how you help your community, small or big. Answers will be put up on the PTA bulletin board outside of the front office so that we all may be inspired to lend a helping hand.

Simply fill out this form to share the ways you give back.


The Petaluma City Schools Holiday Fun Run is December 11th at Shollenberger Park and We Need Volunteers 

We are looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming Petaluma City Schools Family Holiday Fun Run on December 11th at Shollenberger! 

If you are interested in volunteering to help make this event a success, please contact Gina Roberts at groberts@petk12.org.


Dine and Donate Tuesday, December 14th – Brewsters – 11:30am-9:00pm

Get festive with the family and cross off that holiday bucket list item for the Miracle at Brewsters.  Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.”


229 Water St North
Petaluma, CA 94952

Guests are welcome to bring in the flyer, show it on their device or mention it. 10% of proceeds will be donated


Are you shopping on Amazon.com on Cyber Monday? You could earn money for McKinley

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.


Volunteer Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run this Spring!

Girls on the Run is coming to McKinley this spring and we need coaches to help with the program. 

What is Girls on the Run? Girls on the Run is a 10-week life skills learning program powered by running that meets twice a week for 90 minutes. The program teaches 3rd-6th (3-5 or 4-6) grade girls about health, friendship, body image, self-esteem and service while training for a 5k. Learn more about Girls on the Run!

Read more information about coaching here. 

To learn more, email Megan McClellan, Program Director at megan.mcclellan@girlsontherun.org or visit our website at gotrsonomacounty.org/coach to complete the application.


Upcoming Events

11/30 –  Giving Tuesday Fundraiser via Facebook
12/3 – Intercultural Café
12/5 – Dine and Donate at Barber Cellars and Barber Lee Spirits
12/9 – McKinley Winter Festival
12/14 – Dine and Donate at Brewsters

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