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Principal Message - February 16

February 16, 2021

Dear McKinley Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Last week, Santa Barbara Unified School District announced that elementary schools could potentially reopen as soon as February 26.  This all depends on the transmission of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County.  A survey was sent from the district office through ParentSquare to confirm that your student(s) would participate in distance learning or hybrid learning.  Your selection would apply for the remainder of the year.  Please call the office if you had a problem receiving or completing the survey.  They can note down your preferences and we will follow up with you if those adjustments can be made.  We will be having safety meetings for parents and students this week to go over our morning routines and safety procedures.   Dates and times are listed below in addition to other announcements and important reminders.  

Stay safe and healthy, 

Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi, Ed.D.

New Updates

Reopening Meeting Agenda
February 18 - 5:30PM-6:30PM (English) - Zoom code: 359 959 2750
February 18 - 6:30PM-7:30PM (Spanish) - Zoom code: 359 959 2750

  • COVID Tracking
  • Entry Procedures
  • Classroom Design and Ventilation
  • Recess/Lunch
  • Dismissal
  • Asynchronous Learning
BEARPAWS, BEAR BAGS, and the BEAR Guidelines!
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 BEAR BAG!  These students got 5 BEARPAWS and can come to the office for their prizes! CONGRATULATIONS! Prizes include a book and toys!

Christopher Cardona Cruz     Ms. Esquivel- Kinder
Mateo Gonzalez Garcia         Ms. Esquivel- Kinder
Evelyn Ascencion Garcia       Mrs. Lilibridge- 1st grade
Bridget Ramirez-Martinez      Mrs. Lilibridge- 1st grade
Alayna Rios                             Mrs. Lilibridge- 1st grade
Giselle Moreno Torres           Ms. Jacobs- 2nd grade
Bianca Soto Rodriguez          Ms. Jacobs- 2nd grade
Sadie Correa                          Ms. Jimenez- 3rd grade
Aleida Gallo                            Ms. Jimenez- 3rd grade
Jennifer Reyes Hernandez    Mrs. Schifferns- 4th grade

Check out our library Buzz eNewsletter which showcases a variety of ways our students may get involved in library programs & activities such as curated video tapings celebrating Black History Month, weekly K-3 "Story Time/," Battle of the Books, CYRM and our next Library Book Club featuring author Rosanne Parry, author of A Whale of a Tale and A Wolf Called Wander, perfect class reads aligned with our science units of study around environment/ecology/conservation.  

For the health and safety of others please remember to stay home if you are not feeling well. If you or any member of your family experiences any symptoms of COVID, it is important to stay in and not risk infecting others. 

Reminders for Last Message

Importance of Attendance
Please make sure that your students are attending their zoom classes throughout the instructional day. This is a requirement set by California Ed Code 48293a. If needed, the school will organize meetings specifically about attendance if you and your family are in this situation. Let’s all be BEARS and BE READY TO LEARN! GO BEARS!

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.  Let’s all be BEARS and ENGAGE with our classes!

California Healthy Kids Survey
We welcome all parents to complete the California Healthy Kids Survey.  This survey allows parents to express their opinion of the school.  These surveys help us make better decisions on serving our students and families. We would appreciate this survey to be completed by February 26. This survey is anonymous and will not be shared! Let’s be ENGAGED and ACTIVATE THE BRAIN to help the school!

Parent Survey - English
Parent Survey - Spanish

ELAC Needs Survey
We also have the ELAC needs survey!  This is another confidential survey for families of Emergent Multilingual Students.  This survey asks specific questions about school programs and services offered to Emergent Multilingual students.  Parents have until Friday, February 26th to complete the survey. It will take 7-10 minutes to complete and is bilingual in Spanish and English. If you need support completing the survey or have any questions please feel free to call the Family Engagement Unit at 805-696-2701 or our school office. 

Please click on this link to begin the ELAC Needs Assessment Questionnaire. 

All incoming TK and Kindergarten students must enroll for school. The minimum age for kindergarten is 5 years by September 1. Transitional Kindergarten is 5 years old between September 2-December 2. If you have any questions regarding enrollment please contact our front office.

Please know that we will begin our dual language immersion program at McKinley for the 2021-2022 school year.  For more information on dual language immersion please visit our school website:  

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
February 23 - Social Emotional Parent Lunch Meeting 12PM-1PM
February 24 - Social Emotional Parent Night 6PM-7PM
February 26 - Potential Re-opening