Communications at McKinley
There are multiple ways that we communicate with each other at McKinley. The primary means of communication include:
Morning Assemblies at drop-off
Wednesday folders each week
Monthly Principal Chats
Konstella – an on-line communication platform for principal, teachers, staff, PTA volunteers, parents, to efficiently and effectively streamline communications
McKinley Monitor (Bi-monthly newsletter)
Room parent communications
School messenger – district-wide autodialer/text/email for important communications
Weekly informal coffee klatch gathering of parents
Communicating with your Teacher
Each teacher will indicate his/her preference for communication, but most teachers would prefer email, and/or meeting by appointment. Please talk to your child’s teacher to establish the best way to stay in touch.
Communicating with the Principal
Feel free to stop our principal, Ms. Molly Pope, whenever you see her, but understand that she has many responsibilities and appointments each day. For specific discussions, please set up an appointment through the front office clerk (415-241-6300). Principal Pope also holds monthly Principal Chats which are a great opportunity to hear about the school’s priorities and ask questions.
The Front Office
Ms. Jennifer Hancock is our office clerk and is a great asset for answering questions, setting up appointments, organizing the school, and many, many other things. She can be reached at (415) 241-6300 or email@example.com.
Communicating via Konstella
Konstella is the online communications tool that McKinley uses to connect parents, teachers, classrooms, and school staff to each other. Important announcements are sent via Konstella, including the weekly feed, information from the front office and Principal, newsletters from your child’s teacher, messages from room parents, and the bi-monthly McKinley Monitor newsletter. Each family should have at least one contact in Konstella. You can also find the parent directory on Konstella and message other parents or find their contact information. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions/access requests/technical support.
Each Wednesday, your child will bring home a folder with notices from the school and your child’s teacher. Please be sure to read these notices each week and return the folders the next day, and be sure to include any forms that need your response or signature.
Back to School Night
Back to school night is a great opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and learn about the teacher’s plans for the year, expectations for your child, and opportunities for involvement. Back to School Night generally takes place in September. Important details on the date, time and ASEP childcare will be announced via Konstella.
There are two formal meetings planned each year for teachers and parents/guardians to exchange information and plan together for their child’s education. School is dismissed one hour early during the week of these conferences. You will review your child’s report card with your teacher and get updates on their academic performance and overall development. Your teacher will have signup sheets for times and days in the Spring and Fall.