News from the Nest — April 18, 2022

Posted March 18, 2022

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Vol. 6, No. 27

We’re Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day Next Monday!

We are excited to participate in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day this coming Monday, March 21! 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 by the #LOTSOFSOCKS Campaign.

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! 

To learn more about World Down Syndrome Day, visit

Reminders from PTA:
Modern Plate Fundraiser Ending Soon + There’s Still Time to Donate to Our Auction!

Our fundraiser with Modern Plate Meal Delivery is ending on Monday, March 21. Modern Plate delivers family-style, chef-crafted meals right to your doorstep – if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, now is the time!

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!

Make an Auction Donation Today to Support Our School!

The McKinley-Thatcher PTA relies on our annual auction event to raise money for critical educational initiatives! This volunteer-run event relies on family 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 today in your child’s Friday Folder. 

Have Questions or Need More Information?

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

In Other News…

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

  • Save-the-Date: our spring Class Picture Day with Bloom School Photography is Friday, April 8! We’ll share more details, including ordering information, in April.

  • Eagle Club Families: a reminder that there is NO EAGLE CLUB next Tuesday, March 22 or next Thursday, March 24 due to our DU tutors being on their spring break. Please pick up your Eagle Club students at normal dismissal time (2:30pm) on these days. Thank you!

  • 3rd-5th Grade Families: please save-the-date for our spring 2022 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing in April! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking literacy and math tests during the second and third week of April. 5th graders will also do science testing during the last week of April. We’ll share a testing calendar with specific dates soon! 

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.