News from the Nest — December 2, 2022

Posted December 2, 2022

Vol. 7, No. 14

NEXT WEEK: December Food Drive!

We are so excited to hold our annual December Food Drive next week from Monday, December 5 to Friday, December 9. Our food drive directly supports school families who need food assistance over Winter Break!

What Can We Donate & Where Do We Drop It Off?

We are looking for donations of the following items:

  • Canned goods (fruits, vegetables, beans, etc.)
  • Shelf-stable goods (cereal, pasta, applesauce, etc.)
  • $25 gift cards to Target & Walmart (preferred) or Safeway & King Soopers
  • Please be sure to check expiration dates on all donated food items!

Food item donations can be dropped off in the donation box in your child’s classroom any day from December 5 to December 9!

Gift card donations can be dropped off in our main office.

I’d Like to Volunteer!

We need volunteers to help pick up food drive donations from each classroom every day next week. We also need volunteers to help organize and pack up donations for distribution on Monday, December 12. If you’d like to help out, please visit our SignUpGenius!

Where Do the Donations Go?

All donated food items and gift cards go to McKinley families in need of assistance over Winter Break. Leftover donations will be used to support families throughout the rest of the school year!

The Grade Level That Donates the Most Wins a Special Party!

The grade level that collects the most donations during the drive wins a special Ice Cream Sundae Party from our PTA! Our party will be held the week before Winter Break begins.

I Have Questions or Need More Information!

Please call our main office at (720) 424-5600 or email us at

NEXT WEEK: Fall Book Fair!

Our Fall Book Fair is running from Monday, December 5 to Friday, December 9 after school in our library! Check out our fair’s digital catalog here! Our fair is a great opportunity to pick up holiday gifts and stock up on books for Winter Break, and every purchase benefits our school! 

Fair Schedule

  • Monday, December 5 – 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 6 – 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 7 – 2:30pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 8 – 2:30pm-6:00pm
  • Friday, December 9 – 2:30pm-4:00pm

Book Fair eWallet & Online Fair Shopping

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet, your child’s digital payment account! Before the fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

We Need Volunteers!

Volunteer for at least one shift at our fair and choose a book of your own to keep for FREE! Sign up to volunteer through our SignUpGenius here

In Other News!

Upcoming School Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

  • Mon., 12/5 to Fri., 12/9December Food Drive (drop donations in the box in your child’s classroom!) 
  • Mon., 12/5 to Fri., 12/9Fall Book Fair (after school in our library!)
  • Tues., 12/6 – Children’s Museum visits our ECE classrooms, 9:30am-10:15am
  • Thurs., 12/6 Winter Enrichment Registration CLOSES @ 10:00pm
  • Tues., 12/13 – ECE-2nd Grade Field Trip: Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
  • Tues., 12/13 – December CSC Meeting, 5:00pm, ONLINE via Google Meet
  • Fri., 12/16 – Monthly School Value Assembly, 7:45am
  • Mon., 12/19 to Tues., 1/3NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
  • Weds., 1/4 – Classes resume!

Upcoming DPS & Community Events