School will be dismissed at 1:30 on Friday, 9/18/20 (homecoming parade starts at 2:00). Please let your child know their after school plan before they come to school that day. Thanks!
Activity tickets are for sale until next Friday, 9/11/20. Students can purchase them in the office or parents can buzz into the front door to buy them. They are $10 each. Exact change or checks only. (Checks can be written to Watertown High School). The ticket will get students into ANY athletic event throughout the 2020-2021 seasons.
Please read through the September newsletter. It contains information about the school year, a note from our counselor, lunch menus and more! The newsletter can be found at: https://www.watertown.k12.sd.us/o/mckinley-elementary/browse/65075
A letter from Mrs. Knopf will be coming to you soon. Part of the letter asks that you sign up for individual open house times. It will also let them know who their teacher is this year! Please sign up by clicking on your child(ren)'s teacher link below: Borkhuis: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual Pieper: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual2 St. Sauver: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual3 Anderson: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual4 Turbak: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual5 Hatton: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual6 Nelson: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual7 Clausen: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual8 Thomas: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual9 Kluver: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual10 VanWell: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-individual11
In preparation of returning to school on August 27, you MUST pre-register children via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGsm2XxQw1kPSlygzknu-7CFTnQs8Tiun3xZr_fl8EYnuIVQ/viewform If you have not completed this, please do so as soon as possible! Thank you!
ALL parents: If you have not done so yet, please fill out the parent survey as soon as possible. It can be found at www.watertown.k12.sd.us. Then click on “COVID 19 RESOURCES”, then “parent survey”.
From the Watertown School District: Parents have been notified of the "Return to School Plans" in a call and text on July 17. Here is the link to the parent letter on the Watertown Webpage. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/805240/Return_to_School_Parent_Letter.pdf. Here is a link to the district's planning document, https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/805241/Return_to_School_for_Board.pdf. You can find more information at the district's Coronavirus website, https://www.watertown.k12.sd.us/o/watertown-school-district/page/covid-19-resources--13.
Summer Academy registration is open. Click on the link to register. http://wtnacademy2020.weebly.com
From the Watertown School District: Remodel work has begun at WHS. The high school offices can be found in the 500 hallway of WHS near the student entrance, and the district offices are now located at Garfield Elementary. This will remain in place for the summer.
Parents of fourth graders: please make sure you are subscribed to the Watertown Intermediate School for further important notifications. This is a setting that each person will need to change on their phone. In the app go to settings (on the left side) and check the schools that you wish to receive notifications from.
From the Watertown School District: A big thank you to all of you for your work getting us through the 4th quarter. Report cards will be mailed out on Friday, May 29. A reminder that the Boys and Girls Club will be starting lunches for the summer on Tues. May 26. Watch for details on the start of school scheduled for Aug. 27. We don't know what this will look like yet, but we are anxious for a return to school this Fall. Please check out the 2020 Graduation Ceremony on Sun. May 24 at 2:00 PM. Links for viewing can be found at http://watertown.k12.sd.us. Have a great summer!!
Computer/iPad and charger collection goes until 5:00pm tomorrow! Come to get your ticket to the CARnival (2-5pm)!
Diabetes Support Group is meeting at 6:30pm on May 19th. Please call Amanda at 882-7849 to sign up.
From the Watertown School District: The year is coming to a close with a materials turn-in on May 20-21. Please have the devices charged and turned on for return. Details will come from the building. Please join us in recognizing the Class of 2020 with a parade on May 20 at 7:30 PM. Graduation will be broadcast on Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM. Summer school will not take place until August, and Driver's Eduction will start in July. These students will be contacted separately about attendance. Thanks for all of your help. Have a great weekend!
All parents/guardians are invited to join the WSD Title Meeting virtually on Monday, May 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. If interested, please email your principal or Shannon.Smith@k12.sd.us for the Zoom meeting invitation. Prizes for those in attendance. Please join us!
From the Watertown School District: Happy Mother's Day to all our Moms!! The final materials exchange will take place at all buildings on Monday, May 11 from 8-5. We will be getting details out to families about end-of-year turn in to be held on May 20-21. Graduation ceremonies will be broadcast on Sunday, May 24 at 2:00 PM on the local Government channel, KXLG, KWAT, and Public Opinion websites. We are also aiming for an in-person graduation celebration on Sunday, July 26. Thanks again for all your help during this time. We appreciate it. Have a great weekend.
Check out this video for a read aloud with a new mystery reader! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ew6ufyqbJQ&t=39s
From the Watertown School District: Thank you parents for filling out the survey on our Flex Learning. We appreciate the feedback. Please note that we are closing off our playground equipment according to CDC guidelines. We intend to continue the Flex Learning until Thursday, May 21. We will have another materials exchange day on Monday, May 4 from 8-5 at all buildings. Graduation details were emailed to seniors this afternoon. We still intend to recognize the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 24 and hope for an in person ceremony in July. Have a great weekend.
We have another mystery reader. Check out the video by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48EDqcDzUlU
From the Watertown School District: We will have another materials exchange on Monday, April 27 from 8-5 at all buildings. Senior students have been surveyed about graduation, and we will make an announcement soon about the May 24 ceremony. Parents, please help us gather feedback about our flexible learning by filling out the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xMsy5tXrHP91hK7R_BZoC98A-SpCw-iyMRjq-sUUxVs/edit. Please continue to take advantage of the free student lunches served daily. Have a great weekend.
From the Watertown School District: Materials Exchange will take place on Mon., April 20 from 8-5 at all buildings. The final day of school for students will be Thurs. May 21. The PACH program will no longer have a separate distribution and will instead be included in the Community Food Distribution held at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursdays at 4:00 PM. More information coming soon on graduation. Have a great weekend.
Here is a new mystery reader video. See if you can guess who the reader is before the end of the book. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyis6m7Jyxc&feature=youtu.be
We have another mystery reader for you. Please enjoy this video. Can you tell who the reader is? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usjc9JurKTg
From the Watertown School District: No school or lunches served on Fri. April 10 and Mon. April 13. We will continue with flex learning on Tues. April 14. Our next materials exchange will be on Mon. April 20. Thanks for your continued help with all of our school needs. One tip to keep in mind is to remember to login to the filter each day on the school device. Enjoy the long weekend.
It's story time! Can you guess who the mystery reader is? Watch this read-aloud and make a guess while they read! https://youtu.be/UpklWbjSs5k
The meal sign up form for next week is now available. Please click on "Meal Order" (purple lettering near the top/middle of the page) here: https://www.watertown.k12.sd.us/o/watertown-school-district/page/covid-19-resources--13
From the Watertown School District: Thank you for your cooperation with our materials handout on Monday. It went very well!! I also wanted to remind you of the free lunches available for K-12 students at all 5 elementary schools and the intermediate school each day. The Governor has asked all schools to close until Friday, May 1. We will remain closed to students until that time and continue to work with students through online means as we have already started. More communication will follow about turning in work and other learning elated items. All activities until May 1 will be postponed until we know more information.
Come to McKinley! WE HAVE SEVERAL MEALS LEFT! If you would like to sign up for Wed-Fri meals --> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18JUMY7hXynkVjK9EUEuLzmvbCfbShBwY_ImocdBw7bE/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR1lF47gc1KpGWcRVR-rAga9BiJ46JHlMxM-fUGGqk1IN1vryZRmwy6jcAE
Reminder: Meals are FREE to EVERYONE. Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can be prepared with the number of meals needed. Thanks! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18JUMY7hXynkVjK9EUEuLzmvbCfbShBwY_ImocdBw7bE/viewform?edit_requested=true
Come to McKinley! Even if you forgot to sign up, we have several meals left. You can pick up your materials for at home learning any time until 5:00pm.
From the Watertown School District: Governor Noem has declared no school throughout the state during the week of March 23-27. We have been working on alternative learning materials for all students. Please click on this link for a letter with more details about materials, free meals for all students, and free Internet access for families. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/627317/Parent_Update_3-19-20.pdf We will continue to update you through the usual means as more details are known. Best wishes on the health and safety of your family.
There will be a Food Distribution at the Montgomery Furniture parking lot on Wed. March 18th at 4pm with one box of food distributed per car. *Each car will need to enter from Jensen Avenue only. *Do not come early. Arrive at 4pm. *Do not park on Jensen Avenue prior to 4pm or you will be asked to move your car. *Stay in your car. Do not leave your car or approach any volunteer assisting. Police will assist in enforcing strict rules regarding this. *350 food boxes will be available to be distributed. *No diapers will be distributed at this time. The rules are to ensure the safety of box participants and volunteers.
From the Watertown School District: The Governor has announced another week of school closures for March 23-27. This means we will not have students physically attending school; however, we are working on alternative learning plans for the week at home. We are also working on a plan to offer school breakfast and lunch. More details to follow before the end of the day on Friday.
From the Watertown School District: Following the Governor’s recommendation to close schools for students the week of March 16-20, the Watertown School District will be closed. All facilities will be off-limits to students and the public beginning at 6:00 PM tonight until Monday, March 23rd. This will include practices as well as school activities and outside use of our facilities. Conditions will continue to be evaluated during this week in the event there would need to be a need for further closure to students and the public.
From the Watertown School District: It has come to our attention that a phony Facebook page is stating there is no school. That is false. There will be school in Watertown on Friday, March 13. Please watch for further updates from this account or the school webpage.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District is having Kindergarten screening this Thurs. Mar. 12 & Fri. Mar. 13. If you have a child who turns 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2020, please call Garfield School at 605-882-6398.
From the Watertown School District: Please follow this link for information on the Coronovirus. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/612500/Coronavirus.pdf
Early dismissal tomorrow at 12:20. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home!
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will start two hours late on Thursday, February 13. All morning practices and activities will also start two hours late.
From the Watertown School District: There will be no school on Wednesday, February 12. All activities will be postponed or canceled.
From the Watertown School District: We will be running two hours late on Friday, January 31. All morning activities and practices will also be two hours late.
Tomorrow, the 24th, is a 12:20 dismissal. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home. Thanks!
From the Watertown School District: There will be no school on Friday, January 17. All activities will be postponed or canceled for Friday.
From the Watertown School District: Public meeting in the WHS Arrow Academy Room 307 to view the plans for a remodel of WHS. Session is on Thurs. Jan. 9 at 5:30 PM.
Happy New Year from the Watertown School District. A reminder that school will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.
There is a new kindergarten readiness program available. · 15-20 minute daily instruction · All necessary hardware (including a laptop) · Families can register at www.waterfordupstart.org or by calling 1-888-982-9898. · Children must have a birth date between: 09/16/15 - 09/15/16
Please remind your child to bring their boots and snow pants everyday! It keeps them warm outside and allows them to play in the snow. If you need any winter gear for your child, please call the school 882-6350.
Turkey bingo is TONIGHT! Please join us from 6-8 for a chance to win $1,000 worth of great prizes!
Just a reminder that GIFT is running today and tomorrow this week!
Don't forget! Turkey Bingo is on MONDAY from 6-8pm. You will have a chance to win $1,000s of dollars in prizes!!! We hope to see you there!
Reminder: There is no school on Monday for Veteran's Day. Have a nice long weekend!
If you need assistance with winter apparel, please stop at the office during parent/teacher conferences. Also, the Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Angel Tree registration is coming up. Nov. 4th 10:00am to 4:00pm and Nov. 5th 1:00pm to 6:00pm (see attached flyer).
Have a great long weekend McKinley! No school on Monday for Native American Day. Tuesday, Oct. 15th is picture re-take day. If your child was gone on picture day, they will take it then. If you would like re-takes done please bring the uncut packet back by Oct. 15th to exchange.
Upcoming Info: The cha-cha slide at Friday (Oct. 11th) night's football game has been cancelled. NO SCHOOl on Monday (Oct. 14th) for Native American Day.
Parent teacher conference time request letters are going home this week. You can sign up for a time via the letter or online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805054AABAD2CAAFF2-parent
It's cold out! Please have your kids come prepared for recess with pants, long sleeves and gloves. Thank you.
The October Newsletter is now online via the school website (www.watertown.k12.sd.us, click on sites, McKinley, explore, documents, newsletters)
Reminder: School is dismissed at 12:20 tomorrow (Wednesday). Please make sure your child knows their after school plan.
Reminder for the parent literacy training tonight a@ Lincoln. We begin at 6:00 and complete at 7:30. We will meet in the lunch room. There is a “sloppy Joe meal “ ready and will provide childcare. Come attend this training if it works in your schedule. All invited. Thank you!
Tomorrow, Friday the 13th we dismiss at 1:30. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home. *The homecoming parade starts at 2:00.
Join us to decorate the McKinley float at 6:00pm. We will meet at 1207 6th Ave NW # 140.
G.I.F.T. (Get It Finished Today), our after school program for 2nd-4th graders to their finish homework has started. There is no charge for this program. It runs from 3:30-4:30 Monday - Thursday. Sign up forms are in the office if you are interested in having your child join!
Just a reminder, there is no school tomorrow for Labor Day. We will see you Tuesday!
Please check out the September newsletter on our new website under "Documents". Have a great long weekend. School resumes on Tuesday the 3rd!
Reminder: Tomorrow is picture day! If you plan on ordering photos, and have not yet sent in your order form, please send it with your child tomorrow. Thanks!
Thanks for a great First Day of School!! See you again tomorrow at all buildings.
Reminder: Open house for K-4th grade is TONIGHT from 5:15-6:15. // Preschool open house is tomorrow night AM class from 5:15-5:45 and PM class from 6:00-6:30
Pay for your students meals through MealTime at no charge! Food service deposits will no longer be charged a processing fee for paying online. Go to MyMealTime.com to register. Contact your school for the required student code. Save time, pay online!
McKinley Preschool has openings for the 2019-2020 school year. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st. Call 882-6350.
Open House will be Tuesday, August 20 at 5:15! Hope to see you all there!
McKinley Parents: You are invited to PTO Planning and Pizza meeting on Wednesday, August 21 at 11:00am. Help us plan for a great year at McKinley! Pizza will be provided.
McKinley has Preschool openings for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have a child that will be 4 years old on or before September 1st call McKinley at 882-6350.
Welcome to the new website and app for the Watertown School District!
Thank you for sharing your children with us. We had a blast on the last day of school!