School Programs


Classes are filled according to registration form/payment submissions and many will fill up; return registration forms to the front office.

Opportunities Abound!  Here are the choices and program details.


The Caring Schools Community program includes schoolwide community-building activities, classroom meetings and lessons, a home-school connection, buddy activities, and more. This program enables partnering with McNear families  to support our students’ academic, social, ethical, and emotional growth.


Students show their school spirit each Friday by dressing in school colors: blue and gold. If a class has at least 50% participation, they are included in a drawing to keep one of the Falcon Pride Plaques in their classroom! Go Falcons! Show your Falcon Pride!

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the McNear logo are available. Sales are organized and coordinated by the PTA. Email for more information.


McNear has an active Garden Education program. Each Fall and Spring the garden turns into a  rotating outdoor classroom for students K-5 that consist of science and hands-on gardening. Parent volunteers are a huge part of keeping our garden as beautiful as it is today.


Each December this program provides opportunities for McNear families to support others in our own school community by anonymously donating gifts and cards.  Detailed information is sent home with students in December.


Performing Arts is a volunteer-run after-school drama program designed and run by McNear parents for McNear students. Please consider taking advantage of this fabulous confidence and character building experience.

Our program has become so popular with the McNear community that enrollment numbers are very high. Because of this fantastic participation level, the program has been split into Primary (1-3 graders – Spring Show) and Secondary (4-6 graders – Fall Show).

Rehearsals typically begin for the Fall show shortly after school starts. The Spring show rehearsals start shortly after the Winter break.

Thank you for your interest and participation in our all-volunteer program. We COULD NOT do it without you!

Click here to email the production team.

Check the school calendar for rehearsal and performances dates. 


***First Grade Families: Sign up for Spring 2017 Performing Arts here. ***

Number of Students Participating in Performing Arts

To register to serve as part of the Performing Arts Crew (5th and 6th graders), please go here.



This volunteer-led program makes available a variety of traditional and non-traditional playground activities with the goals of engaging students and strengthening social interactions. Parents are invited to volunteer to lead or assist with a scheduled recess activity such as knitting, art, yoga, hula hoop, scavenger hunt, board games, science activity, jewelry making, etc. This program helps engage students who may not be drawn in by traditional recess activities. Sign up to volunteer for Spring 2017 here:!/showSignUp/20f0f44a9a82aa0fa7-recess1/17364588


McNear School was chosen as one of two pilot schools in Petaluma for SEEC’s Environmental Learning Pathways Program. This collaboration will provide McNear students with the opportunity to become leaders on the cutting edge of science learning. Learn more about this exciting new program here.


Students from grades 4-6 are elected two times a year to the Student Leadership Council. This teacher-led council advises the principal, organizes special events, creates fundraisers, and works at solutions regarding student issues.


TOOLBOX is a research-based, community-tested Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program. This program of 12 “tools” strengthens students’ self-mastery, resilience, and empathy.  


Thanks to special funding from 2016′s WISH Benefit, many McNear teachers went through training for Visual Thinking Strategies in Summer 2016. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images. This method can help develop key behaviors such as “thinking skills that become habitual and transfer from lesson to lesson, oral and written language literacy, visual literacy, and collaborative interactions among peers.” Learn more about VTS here.

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