McKay Creek Elementary February, 2017

It's been a busy month at McKay, and February has flown by! We have been busy with Reading, Writing, Math, and MORE!

Our 4th graders participated in their annual Wax Museum. They read an autobiography and did research on a person from history, then wrote a report. They created an informational board and dressed as their historical figure, using props and costumes. We invited family and friends in to see the event. We had Sally Ride, Abe Lincoln, Sacajawea, and even Annie Oakley in our Wax museum this year. It was a great way to share our academic hard work with the public. GREAT work, 4th graders!

Our attendance has been way up, as we continue to focus in on our EveryDay Matters campaign. Our school is at 95% attendance from the first day of school until February. Mrs. Thorne collects data and celebrates with students. We had root beer float parties for the students who have 98% or greater attendance. Mr. Spencer from the TAPP grant brought in trophies for our school to help us honor classes who have the highest attendance percentage. These tall trophies are pretty amazing. Our students were so excited to see them. Thank you to the TAPP grant for providing these for our school!

We had more than 160 students participate in the Battle of the Books competition. Each team had to read 16 books, then compete against other teams to answer questions about the books. We had our final OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) Assembly on Friday, Feb. 24th, where Team Bookworms became the McKay School OBOB Champions. The final battle, done in front of the entire school, was a nail biter with 4 rounds of over-time, tie breaker sessions. Our teams Really know their stuff. The Beavers came in second and Team Dum-Dums came in third.

McKay Parents Club runs the Battle of the Books at McKay. A special thank you to our parent club volunteers who help by being battle masters, get questions together, and organize the brackets. A special thank you, especially to Mandy Oyama, who organizes the entire program. We wouldn't be able to have OBOB without your support and hard work.

Pie Social is McKay's largest fundraiser. We had a successful turn out on Thursday, February 23rd. Our parents work hard to set up, serve, and clean up this fun event. Kids brought family and friends to the school for a pizza dinner, lemonade and/or punch, and a dessert. THere were games to play like the junk-food-walk, mini golf, face painting, and even just dance on the Wi. We gave away some fun prizes in the raffle, with the BIG prize (a 48 inch smart TV) going to our 2nd grade student Caitlyn Cooley. It was a fun night for all!

We have had a safety concern at McKay lately and have been very successful in taking care of the problem, thanks to our AMAZING parents. Our drop-off and pick-up line has become dangerous. We have had people doing U-turns near our school, crossing streets or driveways to get to their cars (without using cross-walks) and even people walking onto our playground without checking in to the office. We have had some accidents, and near misses, and want to keep everyone safe, so we are asking that all adults stay in their vehicles when dropping off or picking up their students. We have been keeping data on the carline, and have opened three loading areas within the carline, which helps it to move along. We have improved the safety and efficiency of the carline tremendously! On Friday, the last car was loaded at 3:09. I'd say that's pretty good. Thank you to all of the students and parents who have followed the policy. Safety is our number ONE concern for all people!

Our First graders have been working to learn their lines for their plays. The first graders learn all about penguins, doing math, reading, writing, and science. They end the unit by performing a play based on the Tacky the Penguin books. Our first graders are become eloquent readers, and excellent actors!

On Valentine's Day our 4th graders studied Oregon, since it was Oregon's birthday, and celebrated with some fun activities. They made special corn meal cakes, churned butter, did informational sheets on Oregon, played Oregon-trail youth games, and even made their own edible wagon. Fun and LEARNING was had by all!

Coming up:

Feb. 27- Mar 3 Dr. Suess Week- Mon.--- Wear a shirt you can read/Let’s celebrate reading, Tues.--- Wear college team shirt, colors, future career/Oh The Places You’ll Go, Wed.--- Wear crazy socks/Fox in Socks, Thurs.-- Wear Pajama Day/The Sleep Book, Fri.---- Wear a hat/Cat in the Hat

Mar 9 Jump Rope For Heart’s last day

Mar 10 Staff In-service/No School

Mar 16 100th Day of School!!!

Mar 22 Lifetouch Spring Portrait Day

Mar 23 2:15 Award Assembly

Mar 27-31 Spring Break

April 11 8:30-9:30 Principal Coffee @ McKay

April 12- Evening Conferences, April 13- No School/Conferences, April 14- No School

April 20 McKay School To Art Show

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