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Principal Message - January 11

Dear McKinley Families,

We have a lot to look forward to this week at McKinley Elementary School! Please read the message below to see important information!


Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi, Ed.D.


Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an opportunity for students in grades 4-6 to read great books and talk with other students about what they're reading. Each year a list of books is selected and students are invited to read as many of them as possible. If students read at least 15, they may be invited to participate in a competition with students from all over Santa Barbara County at the end of April. Students are invited to meet with Ms. Gates (our Literacy Coach) and Mrs. Easbey (our Librarian) each Monday at lunch time to share what they're reading and hear from other students. The competition is not required so even if your student isn't interested in that part, we would love to welcome them to our group! 

Students may join our Zoom meeting on Monday 1/11 at 12:10 by following this link:

For more information about the Battle of the Books go here:

For the book list in PDF format click this link:

The Skirt

Our students were all given the book The Skirt.  Our families can read together or listen to our school librarian read the book to them on her YouTube channel! Students can record themselves reading their favorite page from the story for a chance to win a prize! Students can also complete this survey about whether or not they liked or read the book for a chance to win a reward from the school! Here is the link to the survey!

La Cumbre Junior High Orientation

La Cumbre Junior High School Principal, Dr. Bradley Brock, came to our sixth grade classes to provide a brief orientation about junior high school.  He gave students an overview of the middle school experience, introduced himself and the staff, and answered students' questions. We will also have visits from the counselors at La Cumbre, and being the process of course selection. Sixth grade teachers will keep you in the loop about this process! Click on the link to see Dr. Brock’s presentation!

Principal Presentation from La Cumbre Junior High

English Language Advisory Council Agenda (ELAC)

January 13 at 6PM-7PM

Zoom code: 359 959 2750

Review previous minutes

Principal Update

Social Emotional Learning

Progress Reports

Reopening School

School Site Council Agenda (SSC)

January 14 6PM-7PM

Zoom Code: 3599592750

Principal Update

  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Progress Reports
  • Reopening Schools
  • Encouraging parents to be partners
  • STEAM Lab
  • Encouraging Literacy
  • Positive Behavior Intervention

Review Notes from Last Meeting

Amend School Site Council Bylaws

Review and Approve School Safety Plan 


Students can get awarded BEARPAWS for following the BEAR guidelines!

B - Be ready to learn

E - Engaged

A - Activate the brain

R - Responsible

S - Safety

When students get 5 tickets they can get a goodie bag!  A lot of our students are almost there! Keep up the good work! 

These students got 5 BEARPAWS and can come to the office for their prizes! CONGRATULATIONS!

Evelyn Ibarra- Cisneros

Oliver Infante Parra

Froilan Sales

Dominick Valente Martínez

Ailyn Morales Razo

Derek Nava Rico

Anay Rutilo Montes


The new student enrollment period is now December 1-January 29, 2021. Therefore, all incoming TK and Kindergarten students, minimum age is 5 years by September 1, and Transitional Kindergarten, minimum age is 5 years old between September 2-December 2, must enroll. If you have any questions regarding enrollment please contact our front office.

Parent Meetings for our 2021-2022 Kindergarten Dual Language Immersion Program

McKinley Elementary School will offer a Dual Language Immersion program (DLI) in the 2021-2022 school year with all kindergarten classes.  Santa Barbara Unified School District’s planned DLI program integrates native speakers of Spanish and native speakers of English in the same classrooms and teaches them in both languages. We will have parent information meetings about enrollment and the language program before the transfer period is over for January. 

January 13 9:30AM

January 20 6:00PM

Zoom code: 927 3616 8544

Food Distribution

We will continue to distribute 40 boxes of food to families at McKinley Elementary School.  This will happen each Friday from 11:00AM-1:30PM.  Please be careful with parking and construction. 

Important Dates - Check the calendar at for all updates

January 12 - Regular School Board Meeting

January 13 - DLI Parent Information Meeting zoom code: 927 3616 8544

January 13 - ELAC Meeting 6:00PM zoom code: 359 959 2750

January 14 - School Site Council 6:00PM zoom code: 359 959 2750

January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 20 - DLI Parent Information Meeting zoom code: 927 3616 8544

December 1-January 29 - Student enrollment for kindergarten and new students

February 12 - Holiday (No School)

February 14 - Holiday (No School)