McKinley Elementary School

What's Happening —

PTA Activity Leads Needed for 2020/21 School Year

(Updated 7/7/2020)

While you’ve got time at home to think, please consider volunteering for one of these activity leads for next school year. Lots of training and appreciation provided!

  • International Night: Plan (with help) a multicultural celebration that coincides with the annual spring Art Fair.

Please email Jon if you're interested in taking on one of these important roles!

A Thank You, Auction Update, and More

Thank You to everyone who contributed cash and gift cards to McKinley families in need. Together we raised more than $3,600! 

If you find that your family is experiencing financial hardship because of the closures in our area, please know that you can reach out to our school social worker, Cherelle Washington, at cherelle.washington@apsva.us and get confidential assistance. She can point you to some good community resources.

Auction Update: Our indefatigable Auction Committee has wisely but regretfully concluded that we need to table the auction entirely until next fall. We recognize that families may have economic hardships now and that our collective priority needs to be the well-being of the community. Look for the fall game plan later this spring.

A Note from APS Regarding Social Distancing Measures

Parents have asked: what does social distancing mean, and how can I protect my family? Here are some reminders.

  • Avoid group gatherings, such as play dates, sleepovers, parties and visiting each other’s homes.
  • Those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible.
  • Get outside, take walks, ride bikes, go to the playground or go on hikes, but maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals outside of your immediate family.
  • Cook meals at home, if possible.
  • Limit visits to stores and restaurants or coffee shops; try to plan grocery store trips during non-peak hours if/when possible.
  • Practice prevention like covering coughs, hand washing and social distancing techniques with children and have them practice among themselves.
  • Remember that there are many safe activities to explore – family game nights, reading books, listening to music, going for walks and spending time outside, checking on a friend and group video chats are a few.

As the weather continues to improve, outdoor gatherings of fewer than 10 are viewed as appropriate at the moment, but social distancing techniques must still be practiced. Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as better alternatives to gathering in groups.

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What We Did Last Year —

1,700 POUNDS OF FOOD

Donated to AFAC through the Food Bus

$30,000+ IN GRANTS

Gifted to McKinley staff for training, supplies, field trips and more

3,000 Books

Purchased at the Book Fair, including 60 for the McKinley library

30 ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Offered to students, from robotics and coding to yoga, cooking, and more

12,000 TICKETS

Traded in for carnival games, activities, and food at the Fun Fair

200 STUDENTS

Participated in the arts thru Reflections and the Educational Theater Co.

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