APS has dedicated a page specifically for elementary school planning, including sample schedules and many FAQs. Please consult it for the latest developments. 

In summary:

Students in all grade levels will engage in both online, synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning 4 days per week, Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will give teachers time for planning and also for small-group interventions conducted synchronously, as necessary. All students will participate in independent/asynchronous learning on Monday.

New instructional content will be offered to all students, attendance will be required, and student work will be graded.



Visit the APS website for the latest updates from the County.

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Please join us for our LAST PTA meeting of the 2019-20 school year – and Mary’s final PTA meeting as our undeniably committed, measured, and outstanding leader!

Join us via ZOOM on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89033904775.

Please bring your favorite beverage of any type so we can toast the end of what has got to be one of the strangest and most challenging school years any of us can remember. (Not kidding about the toast.)

At this meeting we’ll also be talking about the start to next school year (what we know at this point), presenting the draft PTA budget for next year (it gets voted on in September), and voting on next year’s PTA officers. Hope to see you there!

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Are your kids in a reading slump?  Here’s your answer: a selection of brand new titles at your fingertips, available June 1-12.

R.E.A.D. is a nonprofit that supports economically vulnerable children in Arlington with their buy a book, give a book model. Every book purchased gives 20% back to McKinley AND a book to a child in our community.

Selections appeal to early readers through middle school.

Families can choose from regular or Book Bus delivery – all contactless.

SHOP ONLINE – and support McKinley’s PTA – at THIS LINK – June 1-12!

At checkout, add a note that you are a McKinley family. You will find “Note to Seller” at the last step of the check-out when reviewing your order. 

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Transportation Fund:
Our super social worker, Cherelle Washington, shared that some McK families are experiencing difficulty paying for transportation to run essential errands (including, in one case, getting to a COVID-19 testing site). She’s asked if the PTA could set up a fund where we could help defray the cost of taxis, Ubers, etc. for families who need to make these kinds of trips. She will dispense the funding–I am just the money collector. If you’d like to contribute, please Venmo @Mary-Kadera or PayPal me at marykakdera@gmail.com. We’ll keep this open through next Tuesday.

Kaleidoscope Update:
As you probably know, the School Board’s approved budget for FY21 cuts the funding for elementary schools’ Exemplary Projects by half. We’d definitely like to preserve as many aspects of our Kaleidoscope arts integration initiative as possible, including our wonderful partnership with ETC. In order to do that and offer two plays next year, we’re going to have to ask families whose students are involved in the two ETC productions to pay a participation fee of $30/student per play. Scholarships will be available.

APS Updates: 

  • Planning Unit data review is now underway through June 5. See https://www.apsva.us/engage/data-review-for-fall-2020-boundary-process/
  • In light of Gov. Northam’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Northern VA, APS has decided that summer school will be a remote learning experience this year.
  • APS is planning for “several scenarios,” according to Asst Supt Bridget Loft during last night’s CCPTA meeting, with regard to schools re-opening in the fall. APS and other VA districts expect guidance from the VA Dept of Ed to be released very soon to aid in the planning.
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The Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington (CHFA) has an opportunity to expand free meals that Bayou Bakery is providing.  They offer a plant-base meal of rice and beans, fruit, and greens up to 5 days a week. Their funder, Real Food for Kids, now has a truck that could deliver the meals to the Westover area. CHFA is investigating possible sites in Westover to serve as the distribution/pick-up location.

CHFA reached out to explore if the McKinley and/or Swanson PTAs could staff this location. The details are still getting ironed out, but if you’d be interested in helping, please email Mary.

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