McKinley PTO Newsletter

September 6, 2015

Co-Presidents Update

This Thursday is the first PTO meeting of the year. Join us to learn about upcoming events this year, ratify the new bylaws, and suggest any new ideas. It is also the first Mechanics of McKinley. Please join us and Mrs. Hoffmann to learn about new things at McKinley and the composting initiative.

6:30-7:00 Mechanics of McKinley with Mrs. Hoffmann in the small gym

7:00-8:00 PTO Meeting immediately following in the small gym

8:00-9:00 Parent social time at place TBD

If you haven't done so already, please register for the directory and complete the volunteer forms by clicking on the link below.

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 6:30pm

McKinley Small Gym

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure the following dates are on your calendars!

September 10 - PTO Meeting and Mechanics of McKinley

September 11- McKinley Wear Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

September 18 - McKinley Wear Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

September 25 - McKinley Wear Sprit Day (wear McKinley, red, or white gear)

September 24 - McKinley Mile 5:15

October 7- Walk to School Day

Hats Off To....

We would like to thank Sarah Lerand for her tireless work on keeping our students safe walking to school. The new flashing signs on Swan Boulevard are a great addition to the neighborhood. Thanks also to Sarah for her work with the 5th graders getting the hug and go drop off system off to a great start this school year.

McKinley Mile

Join fellow McKinley families on September 24 for the McKinley Mile, a one-mile course which starts and finishes on 90th Street. McKinley Mile Registration forms are available on at and also at the front office. The registration form can be turned in to the office.

To ensure the continued success of the McKinley Mile we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please use this sign up genius link.

If you have any questions please contact Karla Baierl

Classroom Parents Needed

We are in need of several classroom parents for the following classrooms:

  • Mrs. Brown (2nd grade)
  • Mrs. Lawinger

If you have a child in one of these classrooms and would like to help out please email us at

Committee Chairs Needed

We are still in need of volunteers to chair the following:

Chess Club

High Interest Day Luncheon

Sock Hop

Co-Chair for Family Fun Night

If you are interested in learning more about the open positions please email Renee Michel at

Dine out For McKinley

Mark your calendars for Monday, October 6th for our next Dine Out Event at Culver's on 124th street. Come join us for dinner from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. The McKinley PTO will receive a percentage of all sales made during that time period. Be sure to tell your friends and family.

- We will receive 5% of total sales if sales are below $3000

- We will receive 10% if total sales are between $3000 and $4000

- We will receive 15% if total sales are above $4000

Do you want to be in the Directory?

Please go to the McKinley website at Click on the link in the upper right hand corner called Directory/Volunteer Forms. Then select your family key, which is your last name and number part of your address.

Then simply select if you want to keep your information the same as last year or enter new information.

Per Wauwatosa School District policy, our directory is an opt-in directory, meaning we cannot get any information from the school. It must come from you! If you do not select one of the two options, your entry will not appear in this year's directory.

Advertise in the Directory

The deadline for all directory ads is Tuesday, September 15th. If you are interested in having an add in the 2015-2016 McKinley directory please contact Heidi Engbring at

Do you want to get involved?

Please click on the link below to fill out the online volunteer form to get involved. There are so many ways to make McKinley a better place to be for our children.

Safe Routes to School Survey

The McKinley Safe Routes to School Committee is looking for ways to make pick up easier/ safer for our students. Please take the time to respond to our survey.

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Safe Routes to School Update

It was a great week for McKinley Safe Routes to School (SRTS). The two new Rapid Flashing Beacon Lights are installed and working on Swan Boulevard. The new speed radar feedback signs will be installed on North Avenue and Swan Boulevard later this month. These signs were paid for by a SRTS grant received by McKinley Elementary School.

If you are driving, please remember:

• Drive only in a clockwise direction around school.

• Pull all the way forward in the Hug and Go.

• Students should exit car on the sidewalk side, never into the street.

• Do not leave your car idling when parked.

Thank you to the 5th grade Hug and Go Ambassadors who helped greet students the first week of school - Mia Yencha, Owen Pivonka, Braden Dupee, Patrick Klein, Camille Socol, Sara Blomfeldt, Keagan Schmitt, Connor Neikirk, and Jane Janiszewski.

Wauwatosa Safe Routes to School is hiring a district coordinator. Find out more at:

Attend Wauwatosa's Green Summit




Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10 am to 1 pm

The fifth annual Tosa Green Summit will be held September 12, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue. The event is a free informational open house to learn how you can make your community green and sustainable. Over 20 Exhibitors will build AWARENESS and education on topics ranging from home energy, conservation, water, gardening, transportation, and food.

Exhibitors include: Green Neighbor Wauwatosa, Focus on Energy, SEWRPC, Sierra Club, Respect Our Waters, Bike Federation, Master Gardeners, Bepods, Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, Interfaith Earth Network, ATC, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and MORE!

This year's summit also offers several opportunities to take ACTION with numerous recycling and refuse collections taking place in the Civic Center/City Hall Parking Lot (enter off North Avenue). Perfect for your end of summer home cleanup!

• 8 am to 2 pm MMSD Household Hazardous Waste Collection,

• 10 am to 1 pm Habitat for Humanity Restore Collection,

• 10 am to 1 pm Better Earth Textile Recycling,

• 11 am to 1 pm PROSHRED Security Shredding (max of 6 boxes)

Raffles for a Rain Barrel, Composter, and Wauwatosa Drop Off Center Permits will take place during the Summit!

Thanks to our generous sponsors: American Transmission Company, Outpost Natural Foods, and Waterstone Bank!

For more information, like us on Facebook or contact Jeff Roznowski at or 414-258-0633.