McKenzie Monitor

May 17, 2019

Principal's Note: PTA Stock The Shelves

Once again our PTA continues to spoil us! Thank you so much to all of our PTA members for contributing to "stock the shelves" of our teachers' lounge! What a treat!!! Thank you!

PTA Fun Run - Rescheduled 5/30/19

Due to the weather, our PTA Fun Run has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 30th at 3:15pm. Hope to see you there!

Board of Education Meeting 5/20/19 @7pm MEC

The monthly Board of Education meeting is Monday, May 20th at 7:00 PM at the MEC. Below are a couple of topics that may be of interest. If you can’t make the meeting, you can view it live or later, either on the District website or on Channel 6. Highlights of the meeting will be emailed and posted online within a day or two.

  • Student Recognition
  • CRC Reports
  • Fiscal Year 2020 Tentative Budget

Registration For School Year 2019-2020

Please complete registration online (CLICK HERE) for your child(ren) for the upcoming school year so that we can plan accordingly for next year. It is helpful to know our section numbers for each grade level before summer break! Thank you!

Paw Pride Winners!

We are happy to announce this week's students whose tickets were pulled for safe, responsible, and respectful behavior:


Olvia Dahl

Karina Salgado

Zaya Sugar

Grade 1

Jekabs Andersons

Sloane Hoffmeister

Sean Sonnenschein

Eleanor Verstraete

Grade 2

Oscar Bjorkman

Josephine Derrick

Eloise Dutro

MaryKate O'Keefe

Grade 3

Lucie Friedman

Meredith Harada

Sammie Paris

Rebecca Romera

Connor Van Buiten

Grade 4

Julianna Capretta

Isabelle Laude

Evan Molk

Kate Swain

Hallway CHAMPS

Mrs. Norton's PM Class

Mrs. Luskin's Class

Mrs. Weil's Class

Mrs. Flondro's Class

Mrs. Zorger's Class

PTA News & Information


Bike to Highcrest: Fourth Graders - grab your bikes and helmets and sign up for Bike to Highcrest on Monday, May 20. Meet on the blacktop to check in with your signed registration and waiver after dismissal. Teams of students and parent volunteers will leave around 3:25-3:30 to bike to Highcrest, meet with HMS admins and bike back to McKenzie by approximately 4:25-4:35 for parent pick up. We need PARENT VOLUNTEERS too! Register and sign up to volunteer here.

PTA Volunteer Brunch: Volunteer thank you brunch this Thursday, May 23rd from 9-11 at the Coffey Home (731 Park Ave). Have you volunteered as an Exec Board member, chair, or volunteered in PTA activities this past year? If so, please come share some coffee and brunch treats with McKenzie friends. Thanks to Michele Coffey for hosting!

Race for Recess: Help fund recess equipment for our sister school Carman-Buckner! New date for Race for Recess is Thursday, May 30th. Presented by the Power Up to Play Committee, Race for Recess will be a run/walk for the entire family and McKenzie staff. All proceeds will go toward gym equipment for Carman Buckner Elementary School. For more information click here.


No Fall Frenzy this October with No Chairs: Do you want your kids to have Fall Frenzy? We need co-chairs! PTA events only happen with parent volunteers and Fall Frenzy will not occur this October without interested parents to chair it. Fall Frenzy is a McKenzie favorite…please consider volunteering to chair!

PTA Executive Board: The PTA needs you! Are you interested in volunteering for the PTA Executive Board for 2019-2020? The Nominating Committee is looking for a dedicated parent to volunteer for President Elect.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Amy Falkowski

PTA Committee Chairs: The PTA needs parent volunteers for the following committees:


Book Fair (1 more needed)

Charging for Cheetahs

Community Review Committee (CRC – one more needed))

Fall Frenzy Co-Chairs

Girls on the Run (one more needed)

Lost and Found

Pass39 (two spots available)

Power up to play Fun Run (need shadow)

Please consider volunteering as these programs cannot run without chairs!

Contact Amy Falkowski for more information or to sign up!

AtoZ Directory: Are you a McKenzie parents who has a local business? If so, you might want to consider advertising in the AtoZ Directory next year. Please contact Janelle Quick if you’re interested in learning more.

Field Day: Field Day will take place Friday, May 31st. Rain date: Monday, June 3rd) and we need lots of volunteers to make this day run smoothly. Please sign up here.


Flex Seating: The PTA is excited to announce that the Exec Board voted to approve a $50,000 use of funds for Phase 2 of the Flexible Classroom project. Information regarding the projected costs is here. This vote will be put to the General Membership at Tuesday’s 10 am General PTA meeting. Thanks to all McKenzie parents for your year-long dedication to fundraising and this project. McKenzie is the district leader in Flexible Classrooms, and we all should be very excited and proud!

School Kits: Ordering deadline has been extended by one week and now ends on Friday May 24th. Don’t miss out! Pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school! A portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the McKenzie PTA. Order here. Questions? Contact Evita Gailuma

4th Grade Farewell: Attention 4th Grade Families! Pictures needed for 4th grade farewell slideshow! Please submit at least 3 pictures of your child at McKenzie with friends or alone (ideas include first/last day of school, class parties, field day, field trips, Fall Frenzy, pictures on the blacktop/playground/front of school/classroom...). If you do not have any pictures taken at school, please send pictures taken elsewhere. Submit pictures to by May 29th

PTA Budget: Attention General PTA Membership! The McKenzie 2019-2020 budget is now posted on the McKenzie PTA website. Please review and contact Julieta LaMalfa ( with any questions.

The budget will be voted on and finalized at the May 21, 2018 General Board Meeting.

Destination Imagination: Are you curious about DI? Come to an informational presentation to find out what Destination Imagination (DI) is all about! DI is a team-based creative problem solving competition for ids grades K-12. There are several identical, 1hour presentations to choose from. RSVP here.

  • May 30th, 7 pm @ TBD
  • June 4th, 7 pm @ McKenzie
  • June 7th, 9 am @ MEC
  • June 11th 3:45 @ Harper

AmazonSmile: You can now earn money for McKenzie just by shopping at Amazon! You shop. Amazon gives. Same products, same prices, same service. Support McKenzie and register here.

Pass 39: Please join Pass 39 to end the year with coffee and friends Tuesday, May 21st at 9:30 am. Please bring any ideas and tips you have for next year. We’ll be meeting at Betsy Armacost Crosswhite’s house (address in directory). Please contact Jocelyn Shook or Jody Boquist with questions. Everyone is welcome!

HMS Room parents: Have a 4th graders moving to Highcrest in the fall? Here’s your chance to sign up to be a room parent! By signing up now, you’ll get first dibs to be the room parent for your child’s class. Being a room parent at Highcrest is a great way to get to know other parents and students from other D39 schools and the time commitment is much less than being a room parent in elementary school. Please sign up here.

McKenzie PTA Website

Community News

Wilmette Fire Department will have a fire engine dedication ceremony at Fire Station #26, 1304 Lake Avenue on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 - 12:00 noon. Join this family fun event with raffles and giveaways.

Winnetka Youth Organization hosts Junior Game Night for 7th - 12th graders on Friday, May 24th 6:00-9:00 pm.

Wilmette Baseball Association has opened Summer League Registration for students in Kindergarten - 3 grades.

Wilmette Historical Museum hosts Summer Scavenger Hunt June 17 - August 4th.

Trevian Juniors is a softball program for girls ages 6-10. Go to the website for tryout information.

Oakton Community College hosts summer STEAM camps and classes for students ages 8-12. Registration is now open.

Love to sing? Youth Choral Theatre of Chicago offers a free vocal training class with flyer. Vocal classes available for children ages 4-18.

The Center Fitness Club schedule and various park district classes for children are posted.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Community News

Upcoming Dates


Bike To Highcrest

School Board Meeting @7pm MEC

5/22/19 - 5/24/19

4th Grade Outdoor Ed


No School - Memorial Day


PTA Fun Run @3:15pm (Rescheduled)


Field Day


4th Grade Music Show @2:15


8th Grade WJHS Promotion


Paw Pride Assembly

4th Grade Farewell Party


Last Day of School

PTA Popsicle Party @11:55am

Regular School Hours


Kindergarten AM 8:35am - 11:10am

Kindergarten PM 12:40pm - 3:15pm

Grades 1st - 4th

Monday - Thursday 8:35am - 3:15pm

Friday 8:35am - 2:15pm

Student drop off will begin at 8:20am, and the first bell will ring at 8:30am. Please refer to McKenzie's calendar for important dates/holidays.