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Principal Message - January 18

Dear McKinley Families,

We have important events occurring this week.  On Monday McKinley Elementary School and all other schools in the United States will be observing Martin Luther King Junior Holiday.  He is known for advancing civil rights in our society.  Advancing our students’ learning for a better future is a part of his legacy.  There will be no school and the office will be closed to remember his contributions.  Here is a video from our district Superintendent and school board members about the importance of Martin Luther King Junior.  

English Video 

Spanish Video

On Wednesday, January 20 teachers will be showing the Presidential Inauguration of President- Elect, Joseph Biden.  Here are some resources teachers and families can use to discuss the election and recent occurrences in Washington D.C. They are both in English and Spanish


Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi, Ed.D.


Music, STEAM, and PE announcements

All students receive either a 1, 2, 3, or 4 on report cards in all subjects.  When students do not attend Music, STEAM or PE class they can receive a 1.  A 1 means that they are not meeting the class’s expectations or attending class.  Students may receive better grades but they have to attend zoom classes or complete independent work. Our Music and STEAM teacher assign work on google classroom and our PE teacher has a weekly survey students can complete on the school PE website. Click here for more information on Music, STEAM, and PE.  

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 Tuesday, January 19 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 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 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 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 4 - ELAC

February 11 - SSC

February 12 - Holiday (No School)

February 14 - Holiday (No School)