School of Excellence Survey Results

Lion King Auditions are This Tuesday!

We are excited to announce that the performing arts are returning to McKinley this spring with The Lion King! All students in grades 1st through 8th are invited to audition on January 4th with callbacks on January 5th.
Click here for audition information and full details.

Do you shine more behind the scenes? We’ll have information about the tech crew coming soon.

Only a few spots left in our Martial Arts After-School Enrichment Winter Session

Martial Arts (TK-3) – $90

Schafer’s ATA Martial Arts teach children to be confident, disciplined, and respectful leaders in our community. Students will receive belts and have opportunities to test for stripes at the end of each session. The cost is $90.

Our six-week winter session begins Thursday, January 6th and ends February 10th. Classes will meet in the multipurpose room.

TK/K – Thursdays, 1:45pm-2:30pm

Grades 1-3 – Thursdays, 2:40pm-3:25pm

Click here to register for Martial Arts now!

School of Excellence Survey Results and Next Steps

We are thrilled to share with you that the McKinley School National PTA School of Excellence Survey Results are IN! Please review the results of the survey here

Please mark your calendars to join us during our regularly scheduled PTA Meeting on Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30pm. We will begin work to move forward with programs to address the needs of our community as evidenced by the survey responses.

January Meeting Goals:

1- Analyze results using the National PTA Roadmap

2- Use SOE survey responses to select one area to focus our efforts

We will use the National Standards for Family School Partnerships as the guide in our efforts.

Please contact Staci Stern and/or Emily Oh with any questions.

On-campus Volunteer Opportunity: Lunch Duty!

Volunteers needed for our first Lunch Support Pilot Program. Just one lunchtime per week (or more if you’d like), one-month commitment to start (11:45am – 1:00pm). We welcome a 6-month commitment, but you can start by committing to January. Quick overview, requirements, and sign up genius link below.


Volunteers will support lunchtime eating and recess for 1st through 6th graders (parents of TK and K also welcome to volunteer). You will assist during two shifts, 1st – 3rd grade, and 4th – 6th grade. Volunteers will ensure students eat lunch, clean up after themselves and stay safe during recess play. Volunteers have the opportunity to utilize or build skills in conflict management, basic first aid and social coaching skills will be developed.


  • TB Assessment (@ McKinley, good for 3 years. This is free)
  • Proof of Covid Vaccine
  • School Volunteer Application
  • Short Zoom Training with Principal Larson (Live or Rewatch)
  • 1 Consistent Lunchtime Day/ Week Commitment for January

Click here to sign up – grab a friend to join you, or plan to make new friends!

Questions, or need help signing up for a shift? Contact the PTA Family Engagement Team:

Lori Engelhardt (415) 706-9591

Alicia Callejas (habla español) (501) 398-8116

Elizabeth Harris (habla español) (310) 251-2191

Once signed up, you’ll be contacted directly to schedule your TB assessment and training.

But… hey, does this leave you wanting more? Do you want to spend 5 lunchtimes/ week on campus? There are several open, paid Yard Duty Positions for hire. Contact Principal Larson for more details.

Dine and Donate at Mary’s Pizza Shack – January 11

Get some delicious pizza at Mary’s Pizza on Tuesday, January 11th from 11am-8:30pm. Mary’s will donate 20% of take-out and delivery orders to McKinley.

Show this flyer on your device or mention McKinley when you order.

Mary’s Pizza Shack West
359 E Washington St
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-7200

To order online, select “Dine and Donate” in the Extras section when you order at

Sweat and Donate this January with Park Fit Petaluma

Get a pass to women’s outdoor fitness classes from Park Fit Petaluma and earn donations for McKinley!

$60 for 5 class pass (Value $70)
25% of each pass sold goes back to McKinley ($15/pass)

Use promo code: MCKINLEY for $10 OFF

Purchase Here

Pass expires 2 months from first visit after purchase

For more information visit or check @parkfitpetaluma on Instagram!

Collect BoxTops Using Your Phone!

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!

Earn Donations for McKinley When You Do Your Shopping on

You can earn money for McKinley every time you buy merchandise through at no extra cost to you. Shop through 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 or visit our website at to complete the application.

Upcoming Events

1/11Dine and Donate at Mary’s Pizza Shack
1/19PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm