News from the Nest — December 10, 2021

Posted December 9, 2021

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Vol. 6, No. 15

Special Information From Our School Health Office!

Many of our students have received their COVID vaccinations over the past month. Once your child has received their second dose, please share a copy of their vaccination card with the health office. You can bring the card to our front door so we can copy it, make a hardcopy and drop it off with our office, or email a copy to Jennifer Iltis, our nurse, at

Please also know that, once students are two weeks past their second dose, they will not need to quarantine after a COVID exposure unless they have symptoms. If you have any questions, please email or call Nurse Jen (, (720) 424-5606). 

December News from Our PTA!

Our December PTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, December 14, 5:30pm at the Denver Beer Company – Downing Street Taproom (2425 S. Downing Street)! PTA is meeting outside around a fire pit and will be enjoying some socializing rather than focusing just on business. The meeting begins at 5:30pm with signing cards for staff holidays bonuses and drinks, followed by some brief PTA business at 6:00pm. People are welcome to stay to socialize afterwards if they’d like!

Help Support McKinley Families In Crisis

Our PTA collects online donations through their Food Pantry fund to help support school families during Winter Break and throughout the school year. Please consider making a donation here if you are able!

REMINDER: Volunteer to Sort Food Drive Donations 

We are still looking for a couple more volunteers to help us sort and pack our food drive donations on Monday, December 13! People can sign up here to join for any amount of time on Monday from 7:30am to 10:30am or to be on the backup list for Tuesday. 

Please note that all volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID, meaning that they’ve received both doses of their vaccine more than two weeks ago. Volunteers will need to provide their vaccination card and a photo ID upon entering our building. 

In Other News… 

  • Our December Food Drive closed today and we collected almost 2,000 individual food items! We’re finalizing our classroom tallies this afternoon and we’ll announce the official winner of our special Ice Cream Party prize on Monday. A heartfelt thank-you to everyone in our school community who donated to our drive.

  • We have NO SCHOOL from Monday, December 20 to Monday, January 3 for our Winter Break. School resumes on Tuesday, January 4!

  • Our December CSC meeting is this coming Tuesday, December 14 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Zoom! Our meeting link will be shared on ClassDojo. 

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

  • Tues., 12/14 — PTA Meeting, 5:30pm-6:30pm, outdoor Happy Hour, Denver Beer Company on Downing
  • Tues., 12/14 — CSC Meeting, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Zoom
  • Wed., 12/15 — 3rd & 4th grade field trip (Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
  • Wed., 12/15 — Winter Break Help Distribution Event (for families who’ve signed up)
  • Fri., 12/17 — December Student Recognition Assembly, 7:45am, Google Meet
  • Mon., 12/20 to Mon., 1/3 — NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
  • Tues., 1/4 — SCHOOL RESUMES!