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Principal Message - November 16

Dear McKinley Families,

Here is some important information!

Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi, Ed.D.

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Reclassification
This week is parent/teacher conferences!  All zoom classes will be ending at noon including our specials classes and intervention.  During conferences, teachers will be reviewing progress with reading, writing, math, science, and language. If your student speaks more than one language, then they are considered an emergent multilingual learner.  Emergent multilingual learners take the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).  This test assesses our students’ language levels to ensure they are making progress with English.  There are videos linked to this message with more information on the ELPAC.  Students take this test and participate in designated English language development classes until they reclassify.  Teachers will explain the reclassification process during parent/teacher conferences.   

ELPAC Video - English
ELPAC Video - Spanish

Teachers will also review report cards.  Report cards may be viewed on Aeries and picked up in the front office with other school materials. 

Reopening McKinley Elementary School for Hybrid Learning
Last week parents had to make the tough decision to choose hybrid or distance learning for when schools reopen January 19.  This week, messages were sent via ParentSquare to verify if your selection was accurate.  Please call the school if you would like to review or adjust your selection for hybrid learning or distance learning.  All students are scheduled to receive their class and teacher assignments December 18.  Please refer to the Santa Barbara Unified School District website for more information on reopening schools. 
Reopening school frequently asked questions English
Reopening school frequently asked questions Spanish

School Community and Student Meetings for Reopening School
We will have another reopening task-force meeting this Tuesday at 5:30PM.  Please use the zoom code: 359 959 2750.  These meetings are for parents and staff members to discuss school reopening. There will also be lunch chats with the principal on the front steps of the school each Tuesday at noon.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms.  

Students can also ask questions or discuss concerns with the CALM Counselor Jasmine Reyes each Friday.  Kindergarten through second grade students have meetings from 1PM-2PM and third through sixth grade students can meet 2PM-3PM.  The zoom code for our student meetings is 729 055 7246

Thanksgiving Break and Construction
Construction for a new elevator in our main office building and remodeling of a makerspace.  A makerspace is a classroom where students can create projects using science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  Our STEAM teacher Ms. Bollingmo will be leading this new program!  We have already started STEAM classes during remote learning.  Pictures of the new classroom and construction will be shared soon.  Because this is going to be such a huge construction project, students and families are limited to coming to the main building.  Construction begins the first day of Thanksgiving break and will continue for approximately one year.  The district and McKinley Elementary School are ensuring that all safety measures are fully implemented.

Food Distribution on Fridays
Each Friday from 11AM-1:30PM 40 boxes of food are available for pick up for 40 families at McKinley Elementary School! The only information we need is your name and the number of people in your household

School Library Information
Take advantage of our engaging, literacy building library programs and activities! Read this month's Library Buzz Newsletter

Important Dates - Check the calendar at for all updates
November 16-20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - minimum days
November 23-27 - Fall Break
November 30 - Return to school
December 10 - School Site Council 5:30PM zoom code: 359 959 2750
December 16 - ELAC Meeting 5:30PM zoom code: 359 959 2750
December 18 - Final selections for hybrid/distance learning will be sent to parents.  
December 21-January 1 - Winter Break