Principal Message - December 17

Elena Garcia-Yoshitomi

Dear McKinley Families,


Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.  This year’s holiday season has such a special tone for me personally.  Last year, every aspect of human life had to be adjusted to ensure safety to a mysterious virus.  As time progressed we have learned how to better protect ourselves along with effective vaccinations.  


McKinley Elementary School will be providing a one-day vaccination clinic January 8 from 9AM-12PM.  


If there is anything I learned from the pandemic, it is to always cherish moments that provide you joy and happiness.  As a first year principal, I remember fondly the holiday concert we had with food and family.  Families and neighbors came together to celebrate our students and community.  The virus did not allow a celebration like that to occur last year.  That was such a huge loss to our community.  But with loss comes an opportunity to rebuild, grow, and change our practices for the better!  Instead of a traditional concert with food fundraisers we turned to a recording of our students singing on YouTube.    


Thank you Mr. Sayer for providing music instruction to our McKinley Bears! 


Here is the link to our whole school performance!


We had a car parade for our school neighborhood and our staff performed for the students in the A-OK program!  



I am so lucky to be your principal and to serve our students, families, and staff.  Have a wonderful vacation with your family and I look forward to returning January 19. In the meantime please contact Ms. Suzette McCormick with any questions or concerns and to please read with your child at home.  All students were given a book to read over the break from the school! Here are the activities you can do at home!


K-2 Book

Stripes of All Types / Rayas de Todas Las Talles

Recording on YouTube



Activity Guide - ENGLISH

Guia de actividades - SPANISH


3-6 Book

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Videos de YouTube

YouTube Videos

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

Part 16


Preguntas en espanol e ingles

Questions in Spanish and English



December 20-December 31 - Winter Vacation

January 3 - First Day Back

January 8 - Vaccination Clinic 9AM-12PM

January 20 - ELAC Meeting

January 27 - School Site Council Meeting

January 28 - Guadalajara Market Meeting