News from the Nest — January 5, 2024

Posted January 5, 2024

Coming Soon:
SchoolChoice Applications for 2024-2025 School Year

SchoolChoice is the Denver Public Schools process designed to ensure all students have access to quality schools. Round 1 of the 2024-2025 SchoolChoice process will run from Thursday, January 11 to Monday, February 12. Families with students going into ECE, kindergarten, 6th grade, or 9th grade next year should complete a SchoolChoice application during the Round 1 window to sign up for a space at their preferred school. 

Current McKinley families with students going into 1st through 5th grade do not need to complete a SchoolChoice application in order for their student to continue at McKinley-Thatcher next year.

For more details about SchoolChoice, visit the SchoolChoice website here. We’ll also share more information next week!

Next Week: January Restaurant Fundraiser Is Wednesday, 1/10!

Families are invited to enjoy our January Restaurant Fundraiser at GB Fish & Chips (1311 S. Broadway) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, January 10!

Show our restaurant night flyer at the register to have 20% of sales donated to our school!

Save-the-Date: PTA Chili Cook-Off Is Friday, 1/26!

The McKinley-Thatcher community is invited to our PTA’s annual Chili Cook-Off on Friday, January 26 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in our cafeteria! We’ll need community members to bring chilis, donate sweet treats to our cake walk, help with setup and takedown, and, of course, to help our local firefighters vote for the best chili! Keep an eye on your email and ClassDojo for more Chili Cook-Off information and sign-up forms coming soon!

Donation Request: Big and Small, We Need Them All! 

Our PTA needs donations for our upcoming auction, Shine, on Friday, March 1, 2024. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we need you all to help make it a success! Handmade items, sharing a skill, fine wine or liquor, time at a vacation home – whatever it is you have to give, we’re so grateful!

Can You Help?

Please let us know using this Google form.

We’re happy to take donations until February 9, and request donation items in hand by February 14 so we can get them posted to our auction site.

We have some great volunteers helping us solicit local businesses but could always use extra help. We’ll provide the tools, but we need your feet and voice! Email and we’ll get you set up.

(And don’t worry, we will once again return with the very popular Teacher Treasures!)

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.

We’re looking for photos of…

Events, library, staff appreciation, snow days, Movie Night, Glow Dance, field trips, Field Day, Discovery Link, enrichments, and more!

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 MKT_YEARBOOK-24.
  • 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

Other School News

  • This month, we’re celebrating our first school value, be kind and considerate!

  • In case you missed it, here are our January lunch menus: English menu, Spanish menu, and Arabic menu.

  • REMINDER: Winter Reading Challenge submissions are due to our main office by Wednesday, January 10. All completed submissions will be entered into a raffle for fun prizes on Friday, January 12. If you need a new challenge sheet, click here!

  • Our January PTA meeting will be held at 7:30am on Thursday, January 11 in our library!

  • Mark your calendars: we have NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 15 (MLK Day) or Tuesday, January 16 (McKinley Staff Planning Day).

  • We’d like to say a special thank-you to Ride Revolution for hosting our school staff for a free spin class last month, and to our own PTA Wellness Committee for providing post-ride snacks!

Community News & Resources

  • McKinley families can score FREE tickets to Denver Gymnastics home competitions at Magness Arena – click here for details!  

Upcoming School Events

Click here to view the McKinley-Thatcher school calendar.

Upcoming DPS & Community Events

  • None at this time!