Monday, October 31, 2016

Reflections 2016

Once Upon a Time....there was a contest called REFLECTIONS! We invite all students, that would like, to participate through art and show us What's Your Story! 

All entries MUST HAVE A STUDENT ENTRY FORM AND ARTIST STATEMENT. They can be printed out online-- or pick them up at the school (located by the Big book in the entryway). Please go online and read the rules per category. All participants will BE HAPPILY EVER AFTER and receive an award!

A PTA Reflections Art Show will be November 14th from 6:00-7:00pm in the gym. Come with your family and vote for your favorite one! ...THE END

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

One Book One School

We will be sending home the book "The Mouse & The Motorcycle" with each family to read together.  Each family will receive ONE book and it will go home with the oldest child at the school.  They will be given out at Parent Teacher Conferences but if you are unable to attend a conference time with your teacher, then the teachers will send home the books on Friday with those that weren't handed out at PTC.

Each student will be given a bookmark with the reading schedule on it so you can follow along.

If you didn't receive a bookmark or it goes misplaced, below is the reading schedule as well.

Thanks and enjoy reading TOGETHER as a FAMILY!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Parent Teacher Conferences October 2016

It is time for Parent Teacher Conferences at McKinley Elementary.  They will be held Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th.  Kindergarten will also have conferences on Friday, October 28th from 8 AM-3 PM.  There will be no school that day for KINDERGARTEN ONLY.

To schedule a time with your student's teacher, please click on the teacher's name below and it will take you to their Parent Teacher Conference webpage where you can sign up for a conference time.  It is very simple to use.  You just review the slot times and when you find one that works for you, push the "Sign Up" button next to the time slot you want and it puts a check mark in the box, then you push the "Submit and Sign Up" button at the bottom of the screen and follow the directions.  It should automatically come up with the "I do not have a sign up genius account" checked and leave it that way and fill in the information.  MAKE SURE TO PUT PARENT'S NAME IN THE SIGN UP WHERE IT ASKS FOR NAME AND EMAIL BUT PUT YOUR STUDENT'S NAME IN THE COMMENT BOX ON THE SIGN UP PAGE THAT IS AT THE TOP WHERE IT SHOWS THE CONFERENCE TIME YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR.

If you have any questions, please notify us.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting with you.

Mrs. Ayotte
Mrs. Scothern
Mrs. Theurer

1st Grade
Mrs. Bailey
Mrs. Jardine
Mrs. Obray

2nd Grade
Mrs. Archibald
Mrs. Canfield
Mrs. Hannum
Mrs. Wise

3rd Grade
Mrs. Detwiler
Mrs. Reese
Mr. Richards
Mrs. Wilkey

4th Grade
Mrs. Bradwisch
Mrs. Brandt
Ms. Litchford
Mr. Norris

5th Grade
Mr. Bennett
Mrs. Brandt
Mr. Darrington
Mr. Esplin

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October LIM Family Challenge

Dear Families,

This month our school is focusing on becoming proactive. Being proactive helps us
understand that we are in charge of ourselves and our choices and actions. Talking
about your feelings and actions help you understand the consequences, whether good or
bad, that come from these actions. Changing our language can help make a paradigm
shift and see our situations in a different light.
Reactive language
  • There’s nothing I can do
  • He makes me so mad
  • That’s just the way I am
  • I have to do that
Proactive language
  • Let’s look at the alternatives
  • I control my own feelings
  • I can choose a different approach
  • I will choose an appropriate approach
Being versus having

The verbs we use to describe a situation are a good measure of how proactive we are.

Just have a look at the difference between the following sentences:
  • If only I had more obedient kids
  • I can be more patient towards my kids
Stephen Covey suggests some points of attention if we want to work on being proactive.
  • Don’t suffer from the mistakes you made, be proactive and correct. Accept that you made a mistake and take action.
  • Make promises, set goals, even if they are really small ones. It builds the feeling of integrity and awareness and feeling of self-control.
The Family Challenge for October is an M&M activity (see accompanying directions).
This activity will help our students talk about their day and the choices that were made.
We are challenging you and your family to complete the M&M activity during the month of
October. If you do the activity make sure to send a note with one of your students and we
will put you in the monthly Leader In Me Family Challenge. Prizes will include fun family
board games, coupons to local food establishments and stores. We hope that this will be
a fun way to connect with your kids!!

M&M Game Rules: (You can choose to do either the Anger Game or the Feeling Game or
if you are an overachiever you can do both. If you do both you can get 2 tickets to the
prize drawing!! Just make sure to tell us that on the note you send in.

Give each student a fun size pack of m&m’s®. If you have one large bag, give each child
10-15 of them making sure they have at least one of every color. The students will then
sort their m&m’s® according to color. Students will take turns sharing their answers for
each color. If a student has two orange m&m’s®, he or she will share two things that
make him or her angry. (This is according to my sample. Your color order can be
however you choose.) As the students share they may eat their m&m’s.

Click HERE to open and print the October Challenge.