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 email@example.com 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.
PTA Activity Leads: 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!
Parents have asked: what does social distancing mean, and how can I protect my family? Here are some reminders.
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.
I received some wonderful messages from you all asking how we can support families in need, both in the McK community and countywide.
Here's the information I have in hand. If you have other information or ideas, please email me.
Q: What will happen to the hourly employees who work in/for our schools? (e.g., bus drivers, cafeteria staff, etc.)
A: APS has reported that at this time, it will continue to compensate hourly employees as planned. Other positions, including clinic staff and crossing guards, are employees of Arlington County, which has also confirmed these employees will be paid through this time.
Q: What will happen to families in our community who can't pay bills (rent, utilities, etc.) because parents may be temporarily out of work?
A: There is a program called Arlington Thrive which provides emergency funds to low-income families in need in our area. You can donate to this fund at https://arlingtonthrive.org/donate/.
Q: How can I help McKinley families in need, specifically?
A: The request from our school social workers, counselors, and admin team is this: they would appreciate donations of gift cards, either grocery gift cards or gift cards that function as cash (like a VISA gift card) to help families with bills. You can order one via Amazon Prime and have it mailed directly to me: 901 N McKinley Rd , Arlington VA 22205. Gina Miller will pick them up from me next Monday, 3/23 for distribution.
You may also/otherwise donate to one of the countywide programs/efforts described elsewhere in this email, or to others you may know about.
McK's families in need are encouraged to get in touch with Cherelle Washington, our school social worker, or Maria Montas, McK's bilingual resource coordinator.
Q: How can families in need access food?
A: There are a number of ways you can support families' access to food, above and beyond the measures that APS is taking to provide free lunches to children in need (APS described this in an email late last week). Additional measures you could take include:
Interested in helping with McKinley’s long-standing partnership with Educational Theater Company?
This is Stephanie Dickerson’s last year as a parent at McKinley, and we are looking for someone to take the lead for next year! It’s a great way to support the Arts at McKinley, connect with McKinley families, and work with a great team.
It’s a well-run program that is easy to lead.
If interested, contact Stephanie Dickerson (firstname.lastname@example.org / 919.368.4964)
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Submit your Box Tops to support the McKinley PTA!
The classroom with the most Box Tops in the fall and spring will be rewarded with a special activity!
Donated to AFAC through the Food Bus
Gifted to McKinley staff for training, supplies, field trips and more
Purchased at the Book Fair, including 60 for the McKinley library
Offered to students, from robotics and coding to yoga, cooking, and more
Traded in for carnival games, activities, and food at the Fun Fair
Participated in the arts thru Reflections and the Educational Theater Co.