We are very excited to see you tomorrow, Thursday, August 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM for our Open House. Folks who have not had an opportunity to attend any prior information session are invited to attend a brief session starting at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria on the second floor.  This session is an opportunity for students and parents to have a chance to bring supplies, briefly meet the staff, and see the new school and classrooms. Others may just attend the Open House.  Please help us keep everyone safe by limiting this event to Cardinal students, parents, and guardians only.

I would like to encourage you to walk to school if at all possible as it is a great way to get some fresh air and unwind prior to and after the school.  If you do decide to drive your child to school, please use the designated driveway on McKinley Road for drop-off.  In particular, please avoid dropping off at the following intersections that are adjacent to the school:  18th Street and Madison Street, Lexington Street and McKinley Road, and 19th near Parkhurst Park at the path.

Relative to mask wearing, masks will be required for students and staff while inside the building and on school buses but will not be required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, athletics, or other activities.   Again, please visit the Arlington Public Schools Health and Safety Measures or review this Safety Infographic to learn more about expectations for students, families, and staff. Here are some key highlights for Cardinal.  As I shared last week, visitors will have limited access to the building in the days and weeks following the open house to help us maintain a safe and secure environment.  

We will have greeters ready to help your child find their way to our classrooms on the first days of school. However, parents will not be able to walk students to classrooms on the first day of school.  Free breakfast and lunch are available for all students daily. They will be prepackaged in grab and go style. There will be no ala carte items available for lunch and breakfast.  Students should not share their food with others or bring snacks/ treats for other students. We ensure safety measures to protect students with food allergies in the classroom and while at lunch.  Answers to your questions may also be found by visiting and FAQ page. The FAQ will be updated daily. 

Finally, please use entrance D18 for Extended Day drop-off and pick-up.  You may park in the front parking lot and walk to the entrance.

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On Wednesday, August 12 there was a joint meeting of the PTA and McKinley Elementary staff.  Principal Colin Brown along with staff answered questions submitted during the meeting, along with answering some questions that were submitted before the meeting.
Watch the video of the meeting
View the slides from the meeting.

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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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