School Registration

2022-2023 School Year

Welcome to McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School’s Online Registration for the 2022-2023 school year! Please read the following information carefully and complete all registration tasks to ensure that your family has a smooth start to the year.

If you need help with registration, please call our main office at (720) 424-5600,
email us at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org, or stop by our front office between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm!

For assistance with registration in another language, please call our office at (720) 424-5600 or stop by our building. We are happy to provide an interpreter!

Para obtener ayuda con el registro en otro idioma, llame a nuestra oficina al (720) 424-5600
o pase por nuestro edificio. ¡Nos complace proporcionarle un intérprete!

For assistance with registration in another language, please call our office at (720) 424-5600
or stop by our building. We are happy to provide an interpreter!

Returning McKinley Families and New SchoolChoice Families

Please complete each registration step below. Our front office staff are here to assist you in any way, so call us at (720) 424-5600 if you have questions or stop by our building if you need in-person help!

Neighborhood Families Without a SchoolChoice Application

If you live in our school’s neighborhood boundary zone but did not complete a SchoolChoice application, please call us at (720) 424-5600 so that we may help you begin the enrollment process.

If you aren’t sure whether you live in our boundary zone, please refer to the SchoolFinder tool.

STEP 1: DPS ONLINE REGISTRATION & IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Using a Parent Portal account, families will verify that the information in their students’ school records is correct. If you completed this step earlier in the summer, you do not need to do it again. If you can’t remember if you’ve already completed this step, please call us at (720) 424-5600.

What to Do

To begin your Online Registration, log into Parent Portal here, click on “See All Apps,” then click on “Online Registration.” The online registration process gives families the opportunity to verify or update their student’s household and other information. If your child’s immunization record has changed since last school year, or if your child is new to McKinley-Thatcher, please upload their immunization record or exemption when prompted during the Online Registration process.

Need to Know

  • Online registration is not mobile-friendly. Please use a computer or call us if you need to borrow a Chromebook or receive a paper form.
  • Only the primary parent/guardian registered in your student’s school record can complete online registration.
  • To create a Parent Portal account, use this guide. To create your account, you must use the email address associated with your name on your student’s school record. Please call us at (720) 424-5600 if you’re unsure which email address we have listed.
  • If you’ve created a Parent Portal account and need to recover your username, click here. To recover your Parent Portal password, click here.
  • New students MUST submit an immunization record before they begin school. If you are unable to upload your child’s immunization record during Online Registration, you may email it to us at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.

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STEP 2: DPS MEAL BENEFITS APPLICATION

The DPS Meal Benefits Application is used to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch. It also helps us receive the most possible state funding dollars for each of our students. Therefore, we request that all families complete a Meal Benefits Application before school begins. If you believe your student will not qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunches or if you do not wish to utilize free and reduced-price meal benefits, please complete the waiver on the first page of the application.

What to Do

To complete the DPS Meal Benefits Application, visit www.myschoolapps.com and follow the instructions on the website. You will need your student’s DPS ID number and, if you have one, your SNAP number to complete this application. Please call our office at (720) 424-5600 or use the DPS ID Lookup Tool to find your student’s ID number.

Need to Know

  • Starting in August 2022, lunch meals will no longer be provided at no cost to all students. This means that families must complete a Meal Benefits Application in order to receive free or reduced-price school lunches.
  • Please note that all DPS students may eat breakfast for free at school, regardless of free/reduced-price eligibility. Breakfast is served in our cafeteria from 7:15am to 7:25am before school. Students should plan to arrive around 7:15am in order to have time to eat breakfast.
  • For more information about adding funds to a student lunch account, please see Step #3 below.

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STEP 3: SCHOOL FEE PAYMENT & LUNCH MONEY ACCOUNTS

McKinley-Thatcher asks that each family pay a $55 supply and field trip fee during registration. Teachers use this money to buy supplies to distribute to all students and to pay for field trips throughout the year.

Families who pay for their students’ school lunch may also add money to their students’ lunch accounts online using the website below.

What to Do

Families may pay their school fee through our online payment website, MySchoolBucks.com. Log into MySchoolBucks.com using your Parent Portal username and password or access the site by clicking the MySchoolBucks link in Parent Portal.

Families in need of financial assistance to pay their school fee or purchase backpacks and school clothes may complete this Google form to request help.

Families may also add money to their student’s school lunch account using the same MySchoolBucks.com website. You will need your student’s ID number, which can be found using the DPS ID Lookup Tool.

Need to Know

  • McKinley-Thatcher does not have school supply lists for students; instead, school fees are used to provide supplies for all students.
  • You may make a financial donation to our school through MySchoolBucks to help cover fees for other school families and/or you may make a financial donation to our PTA here to help purchase Target and Walmart gift cards for families who need assistance with backpacks, clothes, and other school supplies.
  • You may pay also your school fees using cash, card, or check in our main office. Please call us at (720) 424-5600 to arrange this.
  • You may add money to your student’s lunch account in-person using cash or check in our cafeteria. Please visit our cafeteria on the first day of school to arrange this.

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STEP 4: SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS

McKinley-Thatcher works hard to communicate well with all our families. Families receive our weekly school newsletter, News from the Nest, and other important updates via email. If you are not receiving our school emails, you may sign up to do so below.

McKinley-Thatcher also regularly utilizes the ClassDojo app for school-wide communications, communications from teachers to their students’ families, and mobile direct messaging between parents/guardians and school staff members. We strongly encourage all our families to download the ClassDojo app. ClassDojo is the easiest and most direct way for families to contact their teachers and receive school news and updates!

What to Do

If you or your student’s other parent/guardian are not receiving our school emails, please send a message to McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org with a request to sign up.

To download ClassDojo, search “ClassDojo” in your mobile app store, or click here for the Apple App Store listing and here for the Google Play Store listing. Once you’ve installed the app, you do not need to take further steps until your child’s teacher sends you an invitation code later in August.

Need to Know

  • ClassDojo offers a paid subscription version called “ClassDojo Plus.” Families do not need to buy the paid version in order to use ClassDojo to receive school notifications and direct message teachers. You may simply select “skip” or tap the “X” in the upper righthand corner to bypass the subscription setup message.
  • ClassDojo can use Google Translate to translate school messages from English into most other languages! Families can also change the ClassDojo interface language. Click here for instructions on how change your interface language and click here for instructions on translating school messages.
  • Your student’s classroom teachers will send invitations to connect to their specific ClassDojo class later in August.

I Need Help

  • Please call our main office at (720) 424-5600 for help with any part of Step 4.
STEP 5: MCKINLEY SCHOOL INFORMATION

Please review our school-specific registration information below.

What to Do

  1. Read through our general Back-to-School information:
    • Please note our school hours for students: 7:30am to 2:30pm. Our office is open from 7:15am to 3:30pm.
    • Mark your calendars for our upcoming August events!
      • Attend our Open House on Thursday, August 18 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your teachers and tour classrooms. Our PTA will be hosting an ice cream social on our playground during Open House, too!
      • Join us for our First Day Celebration, 7:15am to 7:30am on Monday, August 22. We’ll have First Day photo ops, answers to any of your lingering questions, and coffee and sweets from our PTA!
    • Review, save, or print the 2022-2023 McKinley-Thatcher School Year Calendar. Please note that we have four additional no-school days specific to our school on Thursday, September 29; Tuesday, January 17; Friday, March 10; and Friday, April 28.
    • Review our Family & Student Handbook.
  2. OPTIONAL: if your student will be walking or taking public transit home from school unaccompanied, please complete our “Walk Home / Public Transit” permission form here.
  3. OPTIONAL: Visit the Discovery Link website to learn about and register for our after-school care program for ECE-4 through 5th graders (2:30pm-6:00pm).
  4. OPTIONAL: Sign up here to receive news and information from our Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) and visit PTA’s page on our school website to learn more about the many ways they support our school.

I Need Help

  • For assistance with Discovery Link registration or for additional information on the Discovery Link program, please contact Discovery Link directly at (720) 423-1781 or discovery_link@dpsk12.org.
FOR ECE FAMILIES ONLY: STEP 6: ECE REGISTRATION FORMS

ECE-4 families are required by the Colorado Department of Education to complete additional registration forms before they can begin school. If you do not have an ECE student, please skip this step!

What to Do

  • Please click here to download the ECE registration forms. Haga clic aquí para descargar los formularios de ECE en español. To receive our ECE forms in another language, please call our office at (720) 424-5600.
    • You may use the Adobe Acrobat PDF program to view and complete the forms on your computer. Adobe Acrobat may be downloaded for free here.
    • IMPORTANT: to successfully complete these forms, please download them to your computer and complete them using Adobe Acrobat, then save them to your desktop using a different file name. This helps make sure your information isn’t lost when emailing your completed forms!
    • Completed forms may be emailed to our office at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.
  • Families may also choose to:
    • Download and print the forms, complete them by hand at home, and submit them to our office in-person.
    • Pick up a paper packet from our office and submit completed forms in-person.

Need to Know

  • The following ECE forms are included in the packet (see above or click here to download) and MUST be submitted BEFORE your ECE student can attend class on the first day of school (August 22).
    • Preschool Child Interest Survey (pages 4-6)
    • DPS Early Childhood Family Survey (pages 7-8)
    • Parent/Guardian Information & Permissions (pages 9-15)
    • Immunization records (received from your child’s doctor)
  • The “Health Status for Enrollment” form (pages 16-17) MUST be submitted within 30 days of the first day of school. Health forms for McKinley ECE students are due by Wednesday, September 21. Students will not be able to attend class after this date without a completed health form on file.
    • Health forms MUST be signed by your child’s doctor, so please plan ahead!
  • The DPS ECE program is tuition-based. Families can estimate their monthly tuition payment by using this tuition chart.

I Need Help

  • For help completing or submitting your ECE registration forms, please call our main office at (720) 424-5600.
FOR ECE FAMILIES ONLY: STEP 7: ECE FIRST WEEK SCHEDULE & WELCOME LETTER

Our ECE students have a unique schedule for our first week of school (different from our kindergarten through 5th graders). If you do not have an ECE student, please skip this step!

What to Do

Please review our ECE students’ special first week schedule below.

  • Monday, August 22, 7:30am-11:30am – First Day of School: 1⁄2 day ECE class
    • Students will have lunch before going home.
  • Tuesday, August 23, 7:30am-11:30am – 1⁄2 day ECE class
    • Students will have lunch before going home.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 7:30am-11:30am – 1⁄2 day ECE class
    • Students will have lunch before going home.
    • 11:30am-12:00pm – Q&A with teachers on the playground for any unanswered questions!
  • Thursday, August 25, 7:30am-2:30pm Regular classes begin for ECE students!

Need to Know

Families should have received our ECE welcome letter via email in May 2022. Please review the letter here for a refresher on important information from our ECE teachers.

I Need Help

For more information about our ECE students’ special first week schedule, please call our main office at (720) 424-5600.