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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1:30 pm

Parents Welcome
Please spread out along the route to wave and cheer as the kids parade along the Yorktown and Swanson bands.

– Label all parts with your child’s name and place in a labeled bag
– No costume masks that cover eyes/face
– No weapons
– Walking shoes for the parade
– Please make sure kids can change into their costumes on their own

Note that all kids will return to the classroom after the parade; no early pick up is planned.

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We are very excited to see you tomorrow, Thursday, August 26 from 9:00-10:30 AM for our Open House. Folks who have not had an opportunity to attend any prior information session are invited to attend a brief session starting at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria on the second floor.  This session is an opportunity for students and parents to have a chance to bring supplies, briefly meet the staff, and see the new school and classrooms. Others may just attend the Open House.  Please help us keep everyone safe by limiting this event to Cardinal students, parents, and guardians only.

I would like to encourage you to walk to school if at all possible as it is a great way to get some fresh air and unwind prior to and after the school.  If you do decide to drive your child to school, please use the designated driveway on McKinley Road for drop-off.  In particular, please avoid dropping off at the following intersections that are adjacent to the school:  18th Street and Madison Street, Lexington Street and McKinley Road, and 19th near Parkhurst Park at the path.

Relative to mask wearing, masks will be required for students and staff while inside the building and on school buses but will not be required when eating or when outside during recess, PE, athletics, or other activities.   Again, please visit the Arlington Public Schools Health and Safety Measures or review this Safety Infographic to learn more about expectations for students, families, and staff. Here are some key highlights for Cardinal.  As I shared last week, visitors will have limited access to the building in the days and weeks following the open house to help us maintain a safe and secure environment.  

We will have greeters ready to help your child find their way to our classrooms on the first days of school. However, parents will not be able to walk students to classrooms on the first day of school.  Free breakfast and lunch are available for all students daily. They will be prepackaged in grab and go style. There will be no ala carte items available for lunch and breakfast.  Students should not share their food with others or bring snacks/ treats for other students. We ensure safety measures to protect students with food allergies in the classroom and while at lunch.  Answers to your questions may also be found by visiting and FAQ page. The FAQ will be updated daily. 

Finally, please use entrance D18 for Extended Day drop-off and pick-up.  You may park in the front parking lot and walk to the entrance.

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On Wednesday, August 12 there was a joint meeting of the PTA and McKinley Elementary staff.  Principal Colin Brown along with staff answered questions submitted during the meeting, along with answering some questions that were submitted before the meeting.
Watch the video of the meeting
View the slides from the meeting.

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