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Learner Profile Activities for Parents

Students who are CARING want people around them to be happy and are sensitive to their needs. They think about the world and work to take care of their community and the environment. They remember to treat others how they themselves would like to be treated. How can parents help to develop students who are Caring at home?

  • Role model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child all the time. Your child has big eyes and ears and notices everything you do. Using kind words, helping people without being asked, being an active listener all show your child that you care about people. Even a simple thing, like holding a door for someone, shows your child that you are aware of others around you and want to help them.

  • Think about how your family can get involved with community organizations.

  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Make the effort to establish these habits in your home. By developing children who care about the environment, you are helping the future of the globe.

  • Smile.

  • After reading a book, spend some time considering how the people in the book acted. Was someone in the book caring? All of the time or just some of the time? Were all of the characters in the book caring or just some of them? ​

Students who are knowledgeable have explored relevant and significant concepts and can remember what they have learned. They can draw on this knowledge and apply it in new situations. How can parents help to develop students who are Knowledgeable at home?

  • Encourage your child to read books at home that correspond with the topics being covered in school. In particular, books in their mother tongue will help your child make more meaningful, lasting connections to what is being taught in their classroom in English.

  • Ask your child about what they are learning in school and engage them in conversations about it:

  • “Why do you think that is an important thing to know about?”

  • “Can you think of anything happening in the world today that might be similar to that aspect of History?”

  • Foster any area that your child expresses an interest in with books and activities, but also be sure to encourage them to explore other areas.

  • Encourage your child to become familiar with current events and to read the newspaper and watch the news when appropriate.​


An Open-Minded student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making a decision. They celebrate the differences that make all people unique. How can parents help to develop this Open-Minded trait at home?

  • Encourage your child to try new things – new foods, new games and new activities.

  • Expose your child to different festivals, celebrations and traditions and be sure to present them in a non-judgmental way.

  • Encourage your child to really listen to others when they speak.

  • Introduce literature about many different cultures into your home library. Be sure that it is appropriate and reflects the culture in an appropriate way.

  • When you observe your child being Open-Minded, reinforce this positive behavior and use the PYP Learner Profile terms.
Celebrating Citizenship
Citizenship is alive and well and living at McKinley Elementary. Over the next few weeks, our Global Kids will be focusing on the IB Learner Attributes of Knowledgeable, Caring and Open-Minded. Teachers will be recognizing students who demonstrate these attributes with Positive Referral Shout-Outs. In January, we will hold our next IB assembly to recognize the students who exemplify the attributes connected to citizenship. We will also kick off "Responsibility" and the attributes of Thinker, Inquirer and Communicator.
Principled and Reflective Students Recognized
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at our IB assembly on Monday, October 12th.

Principled: Sophia Barr, Vince Catri, Tyson Beseda, Joey Goetz, Kensley Basiger, Irelyn Swan, Caden Phinick, Isaac Maldonado, Fiona Johnston, Natalie Goetz, Annalea Schilling, Madison McFadden, Lillian Washner, Joe Whitaker, Ali Avant, Raymond Crittle, Sean Murphy, Kara McFadden, Madison Goetz, Judy Maher, and Pedro Arredondo

Reflective: Jake Tenney, Joseph Humphreys, Victoia Lopez-Soto, Jonathon Arredondo, Colin Archer, Carter Pike, Anthony File, Aria Pitrone, Isis Quarterman, Caleb Shaw, Caitlin McBride, Andrea McKinney, Makayla Howard, Isaac Martinez, Kaylin Hess, Aiden Church, Vinny Phelps, Colin Penhollow, Shylo Spiesman, and Shana Kocevar

We are so proud of our McKinley Global Kids!
Discussion Topics
Slideshow Sabrina Rowan: Citizenship Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Discuss
Slideshow Sabrina Rowan: IB PYP at McKinley Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2015 Discuss
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