Highlights from 4/12 Virtual PTA Meeting

Enrichment Activities for Students:

Above and beyond the instructional activities, if your child is looking for other ways to create, explore, and interact with others, here are some things to consider:

  • Baroody (our Enrichment vendor) is offering a series of virtual classes. They start this week and run 6 weeks.
  • ETC is offering K-2 and 3-5 online classes starting April 20.
  • APS has a page with recommended educational resources for families.
  • Adrienne DeSantis, our fabulous librarian, is sending out a “Library Weekly” every Monday with suggested reading/language arts activities.
  • Many of the apps your children may be using in school, like Dreambox (math) and RAZ-Kids (reading), present increasing challenge as students move through the activities and will “level up” automatically. If you have questions about which apps do this, you can reach out to your child’s teacher or Marnie Lewis, our talented Instructional Tech Coach, for guidance.

PTA Lending Program:

It may well be that your kids are getting tired of the books, games, outdoor toys, etc. that you have at your house. If you’re interested in borrowing these types of things from other McK families–and lending out yours–we’re organizing a Lending Program. You can access a set of spreadsheets HERE to see what’s available to borrow and to add items you’d be willing to lend. Details about how to pick up or drop off will be left to you and the other family to arrange.

Support for Families in Need:

We will be keeping in close contact with Cherelle Washington, our McK social worker, to learn about any McK family needs that we can help with. Countywide, you’re encouraged to consider one of the following:

  • The GoFundMe campaign organized by some Yorktown teachers is wrapping up soon– you can donate here.  So far, this campaign has provided more than $220,000 in grocery cards to needy families–but it’s not nearly enough. Consider donating before this campaign closes on 4/20.
  • AFAC can use your help–consider making a donation here. 

2021 Elementary Boundary Process:

Colin shared that APS has formed a committee to get started working on the school moves for Key, ATS, and McKinley. This committee includes staff from various departments at APS as well as the principals of each affected school. Colin shared that the group will be developing a work plan and timeline in early May; this and other information will be posted on the Engage website in the coming weeks. It’s my understanding that Colin (and the Engage site) will be our main conduit for information and engagement. 

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