News from the Nest — March 11, 2022

Posted March 11, 2022

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Vol. 6, No. 26

News From Our PTA:
March Meeting, Modern Plate Fundraiser, & Auction Donation Reminder

Just a reminder that our next PTA gathering is this coming Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30am (right after drop-off) on the playground! PTA will be chatting about ideas for a grant fund for teachers to support them with unforeseen needs/expenses throughout the school year, as well as a social opportunity for McKinley families to attend a DU Hockey game together on April 16! 

Bring your own cup for some free coffee from Broken Beak Coffee! We hope to see you!

Modern Plate Meal Delivery Fundraiser Runs Through March 21!

Just a reminder that our PTA is partnering with Modern Plate Meal Delivery to host a two-week fundraiser for our school now through Monday, March 21. Modern Plate delivers family-style, chef-crafted meals right to your doorstep!

How to Participate

  • Visit between now and March 21.
  • Purchase the meal(s) of your choice and use code “MTE” at checkout.
  • Meals will be delivered directly to your home or business. 
  • Our PTA will earn 10% back on all sales – including gift cards!

For more information, check out our fundraiser flyer here or on ClassDojo!

Reminder to Donate to Our School Auction If You Are Able!

The McKinley-Thatcher PTA relies on our annual auction event to raise money for critical educational initiatives! This volunteer-run event relies on parent and community support for all auction donations and full event execution. We thank you in advance for your generous donations of goods, services or cash, which will help us exceed our goal of $20,000 raised and ensure our students maintain full access to the books and resources that grow big dreams and inspire our next generation of leaders.

Can You Make a Donation? 

If so, please fill out our Google form here or return the paper form that came home in your child’s March 4 Friday Folder. 

Have Questions or Need More Information?

Contact your auction co-chairs, Katie Millard and Liz Smith, at with any questions.

We’re Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, 2022! 

Down Syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. All around the world, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21 by the #LOTSOFSOCKS Campaign.

How to Participate in the #LOTSOFSOCKS Campaign with Us:

All you need to do is choose socks that are going to get noticed – they might be mismatched socks or your silliest, most colorful socks. The idea is to start a conversation, so when people ask you about your socks you can tell them “I’m wearing them to raise awareness of Down Syndrome!”

What We Are Doing at School:

In addition to wearing exciting socks, our staff and students will be learning about Down Syndrome and familiarizing ourselves with the ideals of World Down Syndrome Day: We are more alike than different! 

If your family would like to learn more about World Down Syndrome Day, visit

In Other News…

  • Mark Your Calendars: we will have NO SCHOOL for Spring Break from Monday, March 28 to Monday, April 4. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 5!

  • K-5th Grade Families: student progress reports for kindergarten through 5 graders are now available to be viewed in DPS’s Parent Portal! Please check Parent Portal for your student’s most updated information about grades, attendance, and overall performance. To create a Parent Portal account, click here.

  • RIF Book Giveaway for all students: next Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, our PTA is holding their spring Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) book giveaway! All our students get to choose a free book to take home, thanks to PTA’s generosity!

  • Eagle Club Families: please mark your calendars now: there is NO EAGLE CLUB on Tuesday, March 22 or Thursday, March 24. Our Eagle Club tutors are University of Denver students and will be on their spring break this week. Please plan to pick Eagle Club students up at normal dismissal time (2:30pm) both of these days. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.