News from the Nest — October 13, 2022

Posted October 13, 2022

Vol. 7, No. 8

Reminder: NO SCHOOL Tomorrow (10/14) or Monday (10/17)!

Just a reminder that we have no school tomorrow (Friday, October 14) or Monday, October 17. Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you again on Tuesday, October 18!

PTA’s October Restaurant Fundraiser @ Chook Charcoal Chicken

Our PTA’s October restaurant fundraiser is next Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18 at Chook Charcoal Chicken (1300 S. Pearl St.)! Families can order in-person or online to have a percentage of the proceeds donated to our school! Be sure to mention McKinley to your server if you’re ordering in-person. If you’re ordering online, use the code “SCHOOLS20” when you check out!

School Halloween Celebration is Monday, October 31!

We will be celebrating Halloween at McKinley-Thatcher on the morning of Monday, October 31. We’ll share full plans for our celebration next week, but here’s our basic details for now!

  • K-5th Grade Celebration: Monday, October 31
    • 7:45am-8:00am – Costume Parade around our track (families are welcome!)
    • 8:00am-9:00am – Classroom Parties (sorry, no families due to space limitations!)
  • Our ECE classrooms will have different Halloween plans, so please check messages from your child’s teacher. 
  • We will have an alternative activity for children who do not celebrate Halloween. Families will be able to sign up for this activity when we share more Halloween information next week.
  • Halloween costumes must be school-appropriate and may not have full face masks, fake blood/gore, or weapons.

In Other News!

  • Fundraise for McKinley-Thatcher while supporting a neighborhood business and enjoying some great wine at the same time! Pearl Wine Company (PWC), a South Pearl St. staple, is hosting their annual anniversary wine tasting on Saturday, November 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 100% of the proceeds from each tasting ticket purchased through our special McKinley-Thatcher link come back to our school. Visit PWC’s website for more information and to buy a ticket to support McKinley!

  • We all need internet access! The federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program offers families up to a $30/month discount on your internet (up to $75/month if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands) and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet or desktop computer! Visit to see if your household qualifies!

  • If you or someone you know needs help paying their energy bill, DPS can help! Energy Outreach Colorado is partnering with DPS to offer families up to $2,000 towards past due utility payments! For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

  • Interested in gymnastics? Check out upcoming gymnastic playgroups for kids at the University of Denver!

Upcoming Events

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