News from the Nest — April 21, 2023

Posted April 21, 2023

Vol. 7, No. 31

Wow, We Raised Over $90,000 at Our Auction!

Wow, McKinley-Thatcher! As a community, we raised over $90,000 during our auction fundraiser last week – that’s 183% of our $50,000 goal – AMAZING! This money will directly benefit our school by allowing us to continue funding our librarian position, add a health office aide position, and much more. We offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone in our community who donated time, energy, and auction items, to all of our silent and live auction attendees, and especially to our auction committee

Erin, Shelley, Evan, Gretchen, and Dan – we are so grateful for the many hours, meetings, emails, and so much more that you dedicated to creating the most successful auction we’ve ever had. Thank you, thank you!

Join Us for a School Budget Town Hall on May 9!

Do you have questions about how Denver Public Schools (DPS) funds McKinley-Thatcher? Join us on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in our cafeteria for a town hall meeting with Evan Mellman, DPS Director of School Financial Services, and Katie Hechavarria, DPS Executive Director of Finance. Evan and Katie will give us an overview of the school budgeting process and answer questions about our school’s financial future!

Interpretation and childcare available if you pre-register here. Please register by Wednesday, May 3 to request interpretation!

What’s a Town Hall Meeting?

A town hall meeting gathers people together so that all members of a community can receive important information and updates as well as ask questions and share their thoughts and opinions!

In Other News!

  • Mark your calendars: we have NO SCHOOL on Friday, April 28! This is a McKinley-Thatcher staff planning day.

  • Class Pictures now available: please visit the Bloom School Pictures’ website to view your student’s spring class pictures and place orders! Families can also place orders for our fall 2022 individual student portraits. For detailed instructions on ordering, visit our webpost here!

  • In case you missed it: click here to see the minutes from our PTA’s April meeting!
  • We have the following community news to share!
    • McKinley-Thatcher families are invited to join one of the upcoming drop-in gymnastics playgroups scheduled for May 7 and June 11 at DU!

    • C3, a DPS elementary school, is hosting a free virtual caregiver education talk titled “Executive Functioning in Yourself and Your Children: How to Know When Your or Someone Else’s System Needs a Check-Up, a Tune-Up, and an Appreciation” on Wednesday, April 26 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm! For more information and to RSVP, check out this flyer.

    • We are excited to share the givingSPREE fundraising campaign, hosted by South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE)! SPREE, part of the Greenway Foundation, has been introducing Denver area youth to the South Platte River through school excursions, day camps, and more for over 40 years. Each of McKinley’s classrooms receive a free SPREE field trip every year, and SPREE relies on donations to provide these experiences at no cost to our school. Donate to givingSPREE this April and help keep Denver youth playing outside!

Upcoming School Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

  • Mon., 4/24 to Weds., 4/265th Grade: CMAS (Science)
  • Thurs., 4/27 – Monthly School Value Assembly, 7:45am-8:15am
  • Fri., 4/28NO SCHOOL: McKinley-Thatcher Staff Planning Day
  • Mon., 5/1 – ESL & Rm. 106 Field Trip: Denver Zoo
  • Thurs., 5/4 – Monthly PTA Meeting, 7:30am
  • Thurs., 5/4 – K-5th Grade Field Trip: STEM Day @ Coors Field
  • Fri., 5/5 – Free Book Friday, 2:30pm

Upcoming DPS & Community Events