McKay Creek Elementary Monthly Newsletter November, 2016

Parents, Students, Friends and Families of McKay Creek Elementary School:

Happy Fall! We are thrilled to share some GREAT things that have been happening at McKay in November! Our school is bursting with staff and students who are excited about learning and having fun together while learning!

In November we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Our school attended Native American Assemblies at Sherwood or Washington School. We had our very own students participate in drumming and dancing. It was a beautiful day.

Two McKay Creek Elementary Native American students were recognized at the Pendleton School District School Board meeting this month. Cooper Tallman and Annie Glover, both fourth graders, were recognized for being great citizens, leaders among their peers, and excellent students. Way to go Cooper and Annie!

Awesome citizens at McKay, Showing GREAT Assembly behavior! Smiles all around!

McKay's ATTENDANCE PERCENTAGE continues to excel! From the beginning of the year until the end of November McKay student body has had a 96% attendance rate. We have many classrooms who have met their attendance goals and many students who continue to strive for improved attendance. Thank you to students, parents, and families who make attendance important, everyday! It is the great communication from our parents, and procedures being followed by our students and families that help to keep our attendance rate , top-notch! A BIG thank you to Mrs. Thorne, our counselor, who works diligently with classrooms to promote GREAT attendance! Way to go, Mustang families and students!

Bingo for books was an evening filled with family fun, eating popcorn, drinking lemonade and playing bingo with books as prizes. We also had themed baskets that were raffled off from every classroom. Our amazing parents club put on quite a fun evening and helped to get books into the hands of many kids. They also hosted the Scholastic Book Fair at our school which was a huge success.

King Arthur Flour Company put on an assembly for our Third and fourth grade students. Students each took home a bread making kit in which they were encouraged to work with their family to bake homemade bread. The bread was brought back to school and donated to our local shelters and food banks. Our students learned about math and science in baking bread and the great feeling of giving back to community while working with your family in the kitchen.

We had our first awards assembly in which many students were honored for excellent character, achievement in academics, and improvement at school. Gus Dunfee was honored with a Principal's award for his excellent citizenship at McKay! Congratulations, Gus!

McKay has two teachers being honored as civic scholars. Mrs. Noble a fifth-grade teacher and Mrs. Schimel a third-grade teacher both strive every day to help their students become better citizens in the classroom, on the playground, and in their lives. Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Schimel are being honored as educators who are making a difference in the lives of kids through learning about Civics and being good citizens. They get to attend a special conference and be honored as a recognized as civics scholar leaders in the world of education, and in the state of Oregon.

Parent-teacher conference says were well attended at McKay this year. Parents were encouraged to give their input about McKay. In addition parents were encouraged to share what they are proud of about their students. Below are just a few of the comments made by parents, about how proud they are of their students at McKay.

The foundations team, a committee at our school, is working to improve processes and procedures in common areas at our school. Through this committee data has been collected and changes have been made to better support our students in being safe and efficient in our school. Cafeteria procedures have recently been changed so that students can be served more quickly, and things operate more efficiently. Our school is running more and more efficiently every day, because students are explicitly taught the expectations, practice the expectations correctly, and are recognized for their efforts in doing what is expected. Way to go mustangs!

Upcoming events:

Dec. 5-9 Canned Food Drive- Bring your cans, and support our community!

Dec. 6th 8:30 - 9:30 Principal's Coffee- Come to McKay's cafeteria and talk with the Principal about what's happening at McKay. Mrs. Smith will share school-wide data and answer questions about any topics concerning our school!

Dec. 7: Kick-off Battle of the Books

Dec. 13th : Christmas Program at the Vert (9:30- Grades 1, 2 & 3) (1:00 - Grades 4 & 5)

Dec. 15th 2:00 DARE Graduation

Dec. 19- Jan 2 Winter Break- See you in 2017 on Tuesday, January 3rd!

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