News from the Nest — May 26, 2023

Posted May 26, 2023

Vol. 7, No. 36

Mark Your Calendars: Last Week of School Schedule!

  • We have NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. 
  • ECE ONLY: Last Day of School for ECE – Thursday, June 1 (half-day with dismissal after continuation)
    • CORRECTION: We previously communicated that Thursday, June 1 was a full day for ECE students. It is a half-day with dismissal after ECE continuation. Our apologies for the error!
  • Last Day of School for K-5th Grade – Friday, June 2 (half-day with dismissal at 12:00pm)

On Friday, June 2, all kindergarten through 5th grade students will have a half-day with dismissal at 12:00pm. Students will eat lunch before dismissal, and our school bus will pick up at noon. All students must be picked up at 12:00pm on our playground. Please make your pick-up plans now!

Join PTA’s Last Day of School Celebration on Friday, June 2!

Our PTA is excited to host their annual Last Day of School celebration on Friday, June 2! 

  • Who: all current and incoming McKinley families
  • What: PTA Last Day of School Celebration
  • When: Friday, June 2 (K-5th grade last day of school!) 
    • 12:00pm – school dismissal & popsicles with PTA on our playground.
    • 12:30pm – pizza & family fun with PTA at Platt Park.
  • Where: popsicles on our playground, then moving to Platt Park for the celebration. 
  • Why: to celebrate the last day of school and beginning of summer break!

PTA Needs Your Help!

Our PTA could still use a couple more volunteers for some easy jobs at the Last Day Celebration! If you can help out, please email Thank you!

Share Your School Photos for Our Yearbook!

Do you have photos from school events that we can include in the yearbook? We’d love to include your submissions so we can have the best chance at representing the whole school community.

All parents, guardians, caregivers, students, and staff are invited to please submit photos to our Lifetouch yearbook upload here. Pictures must be submitted by Friday, June 16!

We’re looking for photos of…

Specials, library, staff appreciation, snow days, movie night, glow dance, field trips, field day, discovery link, enrichments, and more!

The 2022-2023 yearbook will be distributed to all students at the 2023 Open House on Thursday, August 17!

Some tips:

  • If you already have a Shutterfly account, you might have to log in with that account, or try using a different email address altogether!
  • If you get prompted for a passcode for our school, it’s EAGLES-23.
  • The Lifetouch link is the preferred way to submit, but if that doesn’t work, feel free to upload your photos via Dropbox here.

Have Questions Or Need Help?

The submission tool is easy to use, but for any questions, reach out to Matt, our yearbook committee volunteer, at

In Other News!

  • REMINDER: all student medications must go! If you have any medication for your student at school, please plan on picking it up no later than 1:00pm on Friday, June 2. To pick up medications, come to the front office and the school nurse will meet you to sign them out. Colorado’s state guidelines state that medications are not permitted to be sent home with your child. Any medication not picked up by 1:00pm on June 2 will be destroyed per DPS policy.

    For questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Jen at or (720) 424-5606. Thank you!

  • REMINDER: we are working towards the goal of 95% attendance for all students during the month of May! There are 3.5 days of school left…ANY student who misses only 1 day of school (or 0 days) in May will participate in a DONUT PARTY on Wednesday, May 31. We can’t wait to see you at school every day this month!

  • Summer reading opportunities: we have two great summer reading opportunities for kids and families!
    • Denver Public Schools Summer of Sora reading contest: Sora is a free eBook / audiobook website and app that all DPS students can access. audiobooks. Starting June 5, ten winners each week will receive a new book! Four grand prize winners will receive a Kindle e-reader and more books! Click here for full details. 

      Haga clic aquí para leer esta información en español.

    • Denver Public Library (DPL) Summer of Adventure program: the Summer of Adventure program encourages youth from birth to 12th grade to READ, MAKE, and EXPLORE. DPL will provide youth with opportunities for learning and activities to help them retain academic and social skills throughout their summer vacation. Learn more here!

Upcoming School Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

  • Mon., 5/29NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day 
  • Weds., 5/31 – May Attendance Donut Party
  • Weds., 5/31 – 5th Grade Continuation, 4:00pm-5:45pm
  • Thurs., 6/1ECE ONLY: Last Day of School (half-day!)
  • Thurs., 6/1 – ECE Continuation, 9:30am-11:00am
  • Fri., 6/2 ECE ONLY: No School
  • Fri., 6/2 – K-5th Grade: Last Day of School (half-day with dismissal at 12:00pm!)
  • Fri., 6/2 – End-of-Year School Assembly, 7:45am-8:45pm
  • Fri., 6/2 PTA Last Day Celebration, 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Fri., 6/16DEADLINE to submit photos for our yearbook!

Upcoming DPS & Community Events

  • None at this time!