McKinley PTO Newsletter

April 11, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

A huge thank you to Rebecca Shaw for her tireless efforts in organizing and running a successful Election Day Bake Sale. The McKinley PTO made over $1200 thanks to Rebecca, her volunteers, and the generous voters. Great job everyone!

This week we have a Dining Out Event at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00-8:00p.m. For the McKinley PTO to receive money from your purchase, you will need to put your receipt in a box on the front counter (a teacher will be able to direct you to the box). The McKinley PTO will receive 20% of all receipts placed in the box. Some teachers/staff members have volunteered to be at this event to greet your family, help serve food, and point out the receipt box. Here is a schedule of the teachers:

5:00-6:00: Mrs. Lawinger, Mrs. Netko, and Mrs.Uden

6:00-7:00: Mrs. Loechler

7:00-8:00: Mrs. Leigh, Ms. Mottet, Mrs. Smith

Please join other McKinley families for a night out on the town and help fund the composting program for another year at McKinley. Be sure to thank the teachers for also supporting the PTO and families of McKinley by working the event.

We hope you have a great week!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

April 13 - Dine Out at Chick-Fil-A 5:00-8:00p.m.

April 15 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

April 15 - Family Movie Night - Peanuts Movie 6:30p.m.

April 22 - High Interest Day

April 22 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

April 23 - McKinley Adult Social

April 29 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

Hats off to.....

Thank you to Rebecca Shaw for chairing the Election Day Bake Sale. She would like to say the following:

"THANK YOU to all the of the volunteers who made the Election Day Bake Sale a huge success. The sale raised roughly $1200! There were many people who contributed their time by baking and working the event. Thank you to Kate Nersesian, Monica Deluhery, Tiffany Fabian, Beth Thuli, Sara Lerand, Anna Schmidt, Chuck Schmidt, Lori Hagopian, Katie Petitt, Bryan Shaw, Ashley Merritt, Kristin Marlier, Heidi Engbring, Erica Zipp, Allison Byrnes, Elia Navarro, Katie Farwell, Joellen Bradach, Matt Sanders, and Sarah Dupee. Thank you to all the anonymous bakers or names we may missed.

I can't say thank you enough to all the people who brought bake goods on the spot when the table was running low on goods. McKinley parents and volunteers are truly one of a kind!"

Dine Out to Support the McKinley Composting Project

April Composting Dine Out Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A, 12625 West Capital Drive, Wednesday April 13th from 5-8pm.

You MUST put your receipts in the box on the counter for McKinley to receive credit. Teachers will be there to greet and help you!

Compost Field Trip

Tomorrow (4/12) is the deadline to turn in permission slips for the Compost Field Trip!

Have you ever wondered what happens to McKinley's compost materal after it leaves our school? Is your family interested in learning more about composting? This field trip offers families the opportunity to see firsthand how our composting initiative is helping to create new soil. Check out the flyer below to learn more and sign up!

Family Movie Night

Bring your blankets and join us in the gym Friday, April 15th at 6:30pm for "The Peanuts Movie" (rated G). You are welcome to carry in family friendly drinks and snacks, but no meals, please! Popcorn will be available. Everyone is welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions, or would like to help before or after the movie, please contact Chris Pivonka at

Adult Social Update

The Adult Social tickets are SOLD OUT! For those who have purchased tickets, your tickets will be in the Tuesday Folder on April 12th. If you do not received them, please contact Erin Kell @ or 262-751-6924.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to vote, please click on the link below to vote on where funds raised at the Adult Social will go towards. The link will be available until Friday, April 15th.

Spring Box Tops Competition

It’s time to gather the Box Tops you have been collecting all winter long! The Spring Box Tops Classroom Competition will start May 2nd and go until May 20th. Send your neatly clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher. The classroom that collects the most will win an ice cream party!

If you would like to volunteer to help count the Box Tops, please contact Carolyn Callahan at

Empty 2 Liter Bottles Needed for High Interest Day

The High Interest Day Mini Greenhouse class needs 24 clear plastic 2 liter bottles. If you can help, please drop your rinsed out bottles in the HID collection bin in front of the school office. Thanks!

High Interest Day Update

Students will receive a copy of their class listings on Monday, April 18th. If you would like to be a part of this special day please complete the volunteer form and turn it in to the office.

If you signed up to bring in items for HID classes, please place them in the bin outside the office by Wednesday, April 13th.

We also need volunteers to bring in drinks, baked goods, fruit and treats for the hardworking staff, presenters and volunteers who help make High Interest Day possible. Please use the following SignUp Genius link to select which item(s) you can provide. Thank you for contributing to this special day!

Safe Routes to School

The 4th Annual McKinley Elementary School Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4th. Students will be encouraged to walk, roll, or bike to school. Bike helmet fitting and helmets will be available again before and after school. Coloring contest and more!!

We are considering a new event - a Bike Train. We would pick one or two spots to start and make a bike train to school. A bike train is a group of bikes that ride together. Please contact Sarah Lerand if you would be interested in leading a Bike Train or could volunteer before or after school to help with helmets. Sarah Lerand,

EFW Run/Walk

It is time to reqister for EFW Walk/Run 2016! This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 7 at the Milwaukee County Zoo. More information and registration information can be found on the EFW website. The online registration deadline is April 10, so don't delay! Please note there are NO registrations at the event!

Wauwatosa West Band Night

If you are looking for something to do next Saturday, 4/16, Tosa West’s We the People team is hosting a Band Night to raise money for their upcoming trip to DC. The team has 10 kids who attended McKinley and live in our neighborhood including Adam Fendos, Simon Ng, Nadiyah Salawdeh, Anna Baish, Libbi Fassbender, Noahy Suchy, Clare Honan, Max Herteen, Eileen Reetz and Aubrianna Mierow. The first band playing from 6-:45 will be Fellowship of the Strings, a high school fiddle group which includes neighborhood kids Adam, Simon and Max among other kids.

Below is the link to a flyer with information about it. It should be a fun night and a good excuse to get out!

We the People Fundraising

Dear McKinley Families,

At Wauwatosa West High School, a class known as “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” competed in a state competition at Marquette Law School on January 9th. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing before judges, demonstrating students’ understanding of the Constitutional principles of our government. The students were judged on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation.

Three McKinley alumni, Simon Ng, Eileen Reetz, and Libbi Fassbender, were part of the team that won the state championship and will be representing the state of Wisconsin at national hearings in Washington D.C. on April 23-April 25. In addition to working hard to prepare for the national competition in Washington, their team of 29 students also has the tremendous task of raising $60,000 in the next ten weeks to ensure that our entire team may travel together to the national hearings. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to represent Wauwatosa and the State of Wisconsin.

The McKinley Messengers are hoping the McKinley community can help support these students. Therefore, donations can be sent to Chad Mateske at Tosa West. Checks should be made out to Tosa West with ‘We the People’ in the memo section. Donations and messages can also be submitted through their secure GoFundMe website at


McKinley Messengers