McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

May 4, 2020

Presidents' Update

Hello McKinley Families,

As we are ending April with some potential showers, this only means it will bring May flowers! Please consider shopping at Shady Lane Greenhouses to support a local business as well as McKinley! This year instead of the annual plant sale, Shady Lane Greenhouses will giving back 25% to us. All you need to do at the check out is let them know that you are with McKinley.

Last week you may have watched the video that the teachers created for us all. We know our families have watched numerous times and the video always puts a big smile on our faces. If you missed the video or would like to view again, look below in the newsletter.

We are happy to announce that Aaron Knapp has accepted the Treasurer role and Amanda Mast will be the new VP of Committees for the 2020/21 school year. Thank you to Joe Stadler and Maura Riordan for your dedication and service.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 14th, the last PTO Meeting of the 2020/21 school year. This will be a virtual meeting, so a link will be provided closer to the date.

In this edition of the PTO newsletter look for more information about:

-McKinley Teacher Video

-Shady Lane Greenhouse

-"My House" 2nd Project Theme

-Adult Auction and Social

-Pop Up Food Pantry

Have a great week!

Kayla Merker and Mike Hansen

Support McKinley When You Buy Your Flowers at Shady Lane Greenhouses - Gift Certificates Are Now Available

Now until June 1, Shady Lane Gift Certificates are available for purchase in $10, $25, and $50 increments. The McKinley PTO makes 25% from each gift certificate purchase. Please submit your order here and make your secure payment here. You will be contacted about gift certificate delivery or pickup within two days of placing your order. Gift certificates are valid until July 31, 2020. Thank you for your support!

You can also support the McKinley PTO by shopping at Shady Lane Greenhouse through August 2020. If you mention McKinley Elementary when you check out, Shady Lane will donate 25% of your full-price in-store purchases to the McKinley PTO. Please note that this option does not apply to purchases made with gift certificates.

Questions? Contact Terri Holzen at tmholzen@yahoo.oom or 303-523-5391.

Yo Mama Fundraiser This Friday, May 8th

This Friday is a good opportunity to support a small business, YoMama and the McKinley PTO!

Here's how you can participate:

To order, click HERE. While choosing items (including the pint party pack), there is a "special instructions" section where you can write notes. Just write "For McKinley" in the notes section. You can order at any time, there is a 15 minute pickup time for the fastest pickup otherwise you can order at any time for pick up between 2 and 9 pm on May 8th and there is a curbside option (this is strongly recommended and was easy when our family did it last week). As long as McKinley is written in the special instructions it will count.

In the same way, on the website, there is a gift cards and rewards tab on the top right of the page, click on that and that will lead you to the online e gift cards. You can buy yourself or someone else a gift card and they can track it again if in the notes it says "For McKinley". They said they can also do physical gift cards with a handheld that can be brought out when the food is picked up. If the person forgets to mark it on the order, they can tell them at pickup and they can save receipts if necessary.

Thank you for submitting the McKinley PTO.

McKinley Safe Routes to School - Bike to School Day 2020: From a Distance

Grab your helmets and lace up your shoes! The week of ideas to celebrate Bike to School Day 2020 from a distance kicks off on Monday, May 4. We will be offering an idea each day to support safety, fun and community connection.

Be sure to look for information in daily emails and follow us on the McKinley PTO Facebook page, as we’ll be posting the “idea of the day” each morning. And remember to post photos on social media using the tag #McKinleySRTS #BiketoSchoolDay to continue the strong sense of community that makes Bike to School Day so powerful.

Here is a preview of next week’s activities:

Monday, May 4

INSPIRE: Decorate your sidewalk, windows or bike with signs of encouragement for your neighbors to bike and walk.

Tuesday, May 5

PREPARE: Conduct a bike safety and helmet fit check. Do you have a bicycle? If so, have you done a basic safety check? Do you have a new bicyclist ready to ride? Look for information on how you can receive a new bike helmet.

Wednesday, May 6

GET OUT THERE: Get out for a walk or ride with your family! Can you take a test ride to your school or around your neighborhood?

Thursday, May 7

SHARE: Do you have some favorite walking or biking routes? Do you have safety concerns with walking or biking around your neighborhood?

Friday, May 8

TALK: Join a Zoom meeting to ask questions with local bike experts and community leaders or hold a five-minute interview with family members about their experience walking or biking.

SEVERAL SURPRISES are in store next week! Stay Tuned!

And Let’s Ride Together, apart!

Curbside Pick Up for Library Books!

Wauwatosa Elementary & Middle School Libraries

are now (sort of) open:

Now offering “Curbside Pick Up” for library books 1 day each week!

Click HERE for more information.

Pop - Up Food Pantry

McKinley Food Pantry Update!

Please keep donating. McKinley keeps getting feedback from members of our community that the food pantry is greatly appreciated and utilized locally. When you pass Sendik’s please pick up a couple of extra items to add to the box on the corner of 90th and Meinecke.

Tosa Community Food Pantry at Mt. Zion church will accept food donations on Saturdays from 10-11. If our volunteers could check the box on Fridays. If there are more than about three bags of food in the box please bring donations to the Tosa community food pantry or any food pantry.

Thank you community.

How Do I Become a Member of the PTO?

You already are! If you are a parent, guardian or teacher at McKinley Elementary School, you are a member of the PTO.

Interested in becoming more involved? The PTO is always looking for help. Volunteer opportunities in areas of marketing, communication, social media coordination, event coordination, website design, merchandising and more! There are volunteer opportunities that fit everyone's schedule - during school hours, after school hours, work from home hours and one time event hours.

Please plan to attend the PTO Meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the followings date:

May 14th

For more information about how you can become involved in PTO efforts, contact Kayla Merker at or Mike Hansen at