News from the Nest — December 8, 2023

Posted December 8, 2023

Our December CSC Meeting Is Next Tuesday, 12/12!

Did you know that almost half of McKinley-Thatcher students identify as BIPOC? At our next CSC meeting, we’ll be brainstorming ways for families to help promote racial equity at our school and beyond, and we need your ideas! Join us at our meeting this coming Tuesday, December 12 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Google Meet at this link.

What’s the CSC?

McKinley-Thatcher’s Collaborative School Committee (CSC) consists of all our school stakeholders (educators, families, and community members) and is an opportunity for everyone to have a voice in building the school we want for our community. Our meetings are always open to the public, so anyone can participate at any time!

For more information, and to see recent CSC meeting minutes, please visit the CSC page on our school website!

Haulidays Toy Drive with Junk King

We have an extra opportunity to spread some holiday love with the help of one of our school sponsors, Junk King!

Every year, Junk King runs a holiday toy drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. This year, McKinley families are invited to participate in the toy drive by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the red collection bin set up in our main office! We’ll be collecting toys until Friday, December 15 (the last day before winter break). Families can also scan the QR code on the red collection bin for a discount on junk removal services by Junk King.

For questions or more information about the Junk King toy drive, please email Melissa at!

Other School News

  • We are still looking for a couple volunteers to help us distribute our Food Drive donations to school families after school on Wednesday, December 13! If you can help out, please sign up here!

  • Mark your calendars: we have NO SCHOOL from Monday, 12/18 to Tuesday, 1/2 for our winter break. School resumes on Wednesday, 1/3!

Community News & Resources

  • The City of Denver’s Tasty Food program is serving FREE snacks and dinners to kids ages 5 to 18 at a city rec center near you during winter break! See Tasty Food’s winter break schedule here or check out the City of Denver’s Tasty Food website here for more information! 

Upcoming School Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

  • Mon., 12/11 – Food Drive Donation Packing Day
  • Tues., 12/12 – December CSC Meeting, 5:00pm on Google Meet
  • Weds., 12/13 – ECE In-School Field Trip: Children’s Museum of Denver 
  • Weds., 12/13FREE Food Distribution for Winter Break, 2:30pm on our playground – we need volunteers!
  • Thurs., 12/14 – 5th Grade Walking Field Trip: Grant Beacon MS
  • Fri., 12/15 – Monthly School Value Assembly, 7:45am
  • Mon., 12/18 – Tues., 1/2NO SCHOOL: Winter Break
  • Weds., 1/3 SCHOOL RESUMES!

Upcoming DPS & Community Events

  • None at this time!