Dassa McKinney
Elementary School

Warrior News

School is a huge part of family and community life. It’s where our children spend their days; it’s where we gather to celebrate talent and promote the pursuit of lifelong learning. Use this page to keep apprised of the news and events that affect your family.

Progress Reports

Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education. We are already at the halfway point of the third grading period. To review your child’s midterm progress, we ask that families of students in grades 1–6 access your child’s grades on Skyward. If your child is in kindergarten, we will send home his/her progress report.

The purpose of the progress report is to provide you with a summary of your child’s progress throughout the grading period. It represents what your child’s report card would look like if the grading period were to end now. It is our hope that the progress report gives you a reason to discuss academics with your child, as well as with your child’s teacher.

We believe that an open line of communication between the home and school is one of the most important components of academic success. Our faculty and staff are eager and willing to discuss your child’s progress in greater details with you. Please see our progress report letter for more information.

Spring 2023–2024 The 5th Bee Quarterly Newsletter

Please take a moment to read our spring 2023–2024 edition of the 5th Bee quarterly newsletter. In this newsletter you will find valuable information on the following:

  • Upcoming school events
  • Progress reports and report cards
  • Bus passes
  • Honor roll students
  • And more!
2024–2025 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2024–2025 school year will take place on Wednesday, February 28 and on Thursday, February 29 by appointment only from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Dassa McKinney Elementary School. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2024, to register for kindergarten. Please see our kindergarten registration fact sheet for more information.

Family & Community Financial Education Series

Click to read the Families and Community Financial Education Series flyer

Join us for our new educational series from February through May 2024! With door prizes and dinner included, our four-part series will cover financial and stress management, health eating on a budget, and more!

Managing Your Money

Tuesday, February 27
6:00–7:00 p.m.
LGI Classroom at Moniteau High School

Mr. Erik Fuhr, Dollar Bank Branch Manager, will share budgeting tips and talk about starting a savings account for a rainy day, a special project, or retirement.

Mrs. Jean Bowen, VITA coordinator and program specialist for Center for Community Resources (CCR), will also speak at the end of this presentation. She will explain how you can get your taxes prepared for free if your individual or family income is under $60,000.

Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16 for our first session. An RSVP is needed if you plan to take advantage of the takeout meals (cheeseburger and tater tots) at the end of the presentation.

Managing Stress in Our Homes

Tuesday, March 26
6:00–7:00 p.m.
MHS Auditorium

Dr. Sheffield, author of Practice Makes Perfect—Not!, will share strategies to remove stress from our homes. He will teach you how to build a positive attitude in your child! Childcare will be available with RSVP.

Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15 for our second session. An RSVP is needed if you plan to take advantage of childcare or the takeout meals (pizza) at the end of the presentation. Childcare will be provided for children ages four through 10.

Health is Wealth!

Wednesday, April 24
5:30–7:30 p.m.
MHS Family & Consumer Sciences Classroom

Dr. Joseph Robare, associate professor and MPH program director at SRU, will present how to eat healthy and nutritious meals while keeping a budget in mind. Participants will prepare and eat a meal together.

Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 for our third session. An RSVP is needed so we have enough food ready to prepare and eat.

Saving for Your Child's Education

Tuesday, May 14
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Dassa McKinney Cafeteria

Mr. George Pry of Horace Mann will discuss what a 529 plan is and why you may want to consider starting one for your child's postsecondary education.

Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 for our fourth session. An RSVP is needed if you plan to take advantage of the takeout meals at the end of the presentation.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) is now available! To get scheduled, call the VITA appointment line starting on January 16, 2024. Call: 2-1-1, Option: 1. If your individual or family income is under $60,000, you can get your taxes prepared and e-filed for free. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers are ready to help and ensure you receive the tax refund you deserve. 

Butler Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

2024 VITA Locations

  • Butler
    Clearview Mall
    101 Clearview Circle, Butler, PA 16001
    (Across from Pearle Vision in the mall)

  • Cabot
    St. Luke’s Lutheran School
    330 Hannahstown Road, Cabot, PA 16023

  • Cranberry Township
    Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA
    20001 Ehrman Road. Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

  • Kittanning
    Harvest Community Church
    143 Reed Road, Kittanning, PA 16201

  • Slippery Rock
    Slippery Rock University
    165 Elm Street. Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Get your taxes done for free, brought to you by: Center for Community Resources, United Way, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and E-File, an authorized IRS provider.