McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

March 8, 2021

Presidents' Update

Don't feel like cooking? Head out to Portillo's in Brookfield on Tuesday, March 9th between 5-8 PM, be sure to present this FLYER, and 20% of your order will be donated back to McKinley.

The next PTO meeting will be this Thursday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

  • Save the Date, Friday, April 9th
  • PTO Meeting, Thursday, March 11th
  • Girls on the Run Spring Registration
  • Portillos Dine Out - March 9th
  • Amazon Smile

Have a good week and remember no school on Friday, March 12th!

Kayla Merker and Mike Hansen

Important Dates to Remember

  • Mar 9 - Portillos Dine Out

  • Mar 11 - 6:30 PM - PTO Meeting
  • Mar 12 - No School - JK-12
  • Mar 15 - Corner Bakery Dine Out
  • Mar 19 - Lots of Socks for Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Mar 29 - Apr 2 - No School - Spring Break
  • Apr 9 - Virtual Wine Tasting
  • Save the Date...Friday, April 9th!

    Join the McKinley PTO and the Ruby Tap for a night of fun and wine tasting! On Friday, April 9th join us for a virtual wine tasting event hosted by the Ruby Tap. We will have the opportunity to taste selected wines, learn details about the winemakers/vineyards they come from, and interact with each other.

    The tasting will include 2 white wines and 2 red wines...cost will be $25 for 4oz pours of each wine and $50 for 8oz pours of each wine. There will also be the opportunity to add a Sparkling Wine option, Cheese and Charcuterie plates and Truffle popcorn if desired. More details to follow on instructions for how to sign-up. Participants will need to pick-up wine/food options prior to the event.

    In the meantime, gather your friends, family and neighbors for this fun-filled event to help the staff and students transition to the new McKinley School! All proceeds will go towards supplies to help with preparing the new school for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Questions? Please reach out to Wendy Von Rueden (

    PTO Meeting, This Thursday, March 11th

    Bring your ideas and plan to participate on the next PTO Meeting on Thursday, March 11th at 6:30 PM.

    Join the PTO Meeting by clicking HERE.

    If you are unable to attend, but have some thoughts and/or ideas, please submit to Mike Hansen by Wednesday, March 10th.

    Girls on the Run Registration

    Registration for the spring season of Girls on the Run opens on Monday, March 15th at 9 AM. Girls on the Run is open to girls in grades three through five. Lottery registration runs from March 15th-21st. McKinley GOTR will meet at Hoyt Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 beginning the week of April 12th. We will offer two teams of 15 girls. There will be a separate team meeting at Hoyt Park on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:30. This team is not connected to McKinley and will be open to any girls in our community. It will be led by a different group of coaches. You can find more program information at

    Questions, please contact Program Director Kristi Knoedler at kristi.knoedler@girlsontherun.og.

    Portillos Dine Out - Tuesday, March 9th

    On Tuesday, March 9th 2021 from 5 pm - 8 pm Portillos at 17685 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield will donate 20% of sales to McKinley but they must show them the fundraising flyer. Click HERE for the flyer. Orders for drive through count, although online and phone orders do not count, unfortunately. ***Portillos said that to tell you that if the drive through line looks long you should know they have been doing this for months and it will move quickly.***

    The Corner Bakery Cafe will host McKinley on Monday, March 15th from 7 am - 9 pm on 11500 W Burleigh in Wauwatosa. 20% of sales that day that mention McKinley when checking out will be donated back to our school! Guests ordering online via for pick up or delivery will enter Coupon Code 659 to tag their order towards the fundraiser.

    Save the date for a fundraiser with the Real Good Life in April! All sales made all day on Friday, April 23rd will generate 10% back to McKinley (meals will be available for pick up on either Wednesday April 28th or Sunday, May 2nd). Please visit The Real Good Life to place your order on Friday, April 23rd.

    On Thursday, May 13th, 4:00 - 8:00 PM we will team up with Firehouse Subs on Mayfair Road for a Dine Out fundraiser. Firehouse Subs will donate 20% of proceeds to McKinley. Click HERE for the flyer that needs to be presented at check out.

    Support McKinley Elementary Through AmazonSmile

    Attention Amazon shoppers, which is probably the majority of us, please consider selecting McKinley Elementary PTO - Wauwatosa as your AmazonSmile charity. Remember, always start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

    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:

    March 11th

    May 13th

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