McKinley Elementary Family Bulletin


Our Core Values: Safe, Respectful, Responsible

McKinley Carnival April 26th-28th don't miss this fun family event! Click HERE for more information

This family bulletin is updated every Friday. Please check often for news and updates and contact us with any questions. Follow us on Twitter McKinleyFairfield@McKinleyCares

Teresa Gingrave, Principal

Eric Therriault, Elementary Program Facilitator

Christine Petrino, Secretary

School phone: (203) 255-8318

NEXT UPDATE Friday, April 26th

Happy Spring Vacation! We will resume classes on April 22nd!

Upcoming Events for the Month of April

April 15th - 19th - SCHOOL VACATION

April 23: SBA Assessment (ELA) for 3R and 3S

April 24: SBA Assessment (ELA) 3K and 3C

April 25th - PTA meeting

Nutrition lesson in grade 4

SBA Assessment (ELA) 3K and 3C

April 26th - McKinley Cares Assembly

SBA Assessmsnt (ELA) in 3R and 3S

April 26th, 27th and 28th - PTA Annual Carnival

April 29th: Math PT in 4O, 4P and 4F

A sneak Preview into MAY

May 2nd: Grade 4 to CT Science Center

May 3rd: Art Show Pasta Dinner 5-8PM

May 9th: Grade 3 Life Safety Trailer

May 13th - Comic book presenter all school assembly

Pasta dinner and spring art show 5-8:00 PM - Join us for a fun family event!

Core Values at Home...

We have created an extension of our core values for use at home. Please see the Home Matrix by clicking HERE

If your child is working on improving in any of the areas outlined in the matrix send a shout out from home and principal Gingrave will meet with your child to hear all about it. See shout out from home HERE

Below is a list of summer opportunities for students:

Click HERE

Nurse's Corner

Please click HERE for some important information from our school nurse.

From our Social Worker

Please click HERE for some important information regarding a free dental care opportunity. Click HERE for the Spanish version.

It’s finally spring! Third graders have been BUSY BEES!

Third graders have been working hard to review the skills they’ve learned in reading. We’ve focused on reading a text closely, digging deeper to find the main idea or theme of a passage, and writing about reading. When writing about reading, students learned to restate the question, answer the question completely and support their answer with 2 pieces of evidence. After April break, students will begin a reading unit titled, “Fairy Tales.” Here, students will learn the elements of a fairy tale and how various parts of a story connect together.

ORDER! ORDER! ORDER! In writing, third graders have been writing opinion essays! They’ve been working hard to develop ideas of changes they would like to see in their world (school, home, community, etc.). Students have been asking and answering, “Why?” with various types of evidence. This unit will be wrapping up after break. After, students will take what they’ve learned while reading fairy tales and begin writing their own adaptations. Always a huge hit!

In math, students have just finished a unit on fractions. This unit focused on having students model fractions in multiple ways (number line, circles, bar models, parts of a set), determine equivalent fractions and compare fractions with like and unlike denominators. Math tests will be sent home after break to be signed and returned.

Third graders are currently in the 3rd social studies unit where we are focusing on learning about the government and how laws are made. Students have learned the different branches and how they work together to do a job.

The stretch from January to April is always a long one, so we hope you and your children are able to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation next week. SBA testing for third graders begins when we return so we’ll need students to be well-rested and ready to show all they’ve learned this year! In order to help keep the students’ skills sharp, we are sending home a SPRING BREAK READING AND MATH CHALLENGE! The students are excited to take on this challenge and we hope you’ll encourage them to complete as much of it as possible. While not required, it is strong encouraged. Thank you for your anticipated support! Have a great break and we’ll see on April 22nd!

SBA STATE Assessment is Upon Us! Grade 3 students will begin their assessment after school vacation. Please visit the CT assessment portal HERE for more information.

Please stress to your child the importance of a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast. Students need to be in attendance everyday and on time for school. Please remind your child to try their very best even when they face some challenging questions. This is an opportunity to showcase what they know and have been learning.

Gingrave - Learning Wave

will take place on the last Friday of the month from 9:00-9:30. Come and have coffee with principal Gingrave and chat about school initiatives and share insights. We will also walk and talk to learn about student work. This month we will tour the art and music hallway. All parents are invited! Please notice time change above.

Next Gingrave Learning Wave

Friday 4/26/19 - Focus Grades 3 and 4 wing

Friday 5/31 - Focus Grade 5 wing


As we move into the final quarter of the school year, the time has come to put together our PTA Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in a position (positions can be shared as a "co") on the PTA Executive Board, please contact Anna Wood by April 22nd, 2019. Fliers will go home next week. If you have questions, please feel free to direct them to the Nominating Committee -- Alice Morgan; Sofia Luciano at; Anna Wood at


Here is a link to our website: PTA website

  • Online ordering is now open for this year's yearbook! Please go to the link below and enter in ID code 13488719

If you are unable to pay online or have any questions, please contact Jessica Decker at

  • School supply website: Order your child's school supplies for next year through this website. This is also a fundraiser for the PTA. Click HERE


When you shop through Amazon Smile, you can pick a charity which will receive a percentage of your purchases. With the holidays approaching, the PTA has created a flyer so when McKinley families shop with Amazon it will benefit McKinley.

See Amazon smile flyer HERE

Join us for an amazing event sponsored by our PTA and our Art department.