McKinley PTO Newsletter

December 13, 2015

Co-Presidents' Update

Thank you to Jamie Schwake and Margaret Stockbauer for co-chairing the Secret Holiday Workshop. It was a great event and numerous treasures were found.

Thank you also to Audrey Davis for running the McKinley Spirit Wear sale.

Thank you to Allison Byrne, Carolyn Neikirk, Deni Klingforth, Joy Provan and the McKinley Messengers for running the Concert Seat Raffle.

We are in dire need of volunteers to bake for the winter bake sale and also help set up and work the sale. Please consider helping to bake (or buy) treats or to work the sale. This is a volunteer run and supplied event, any help you can contribute is much appreciated. Please see the bake sale section below for more information.

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

December 16 - Star Wars Day (no weapons or masks please)

December 17 - Winter Sing at 2p.m. (Grades K5-3)

December 18 - Winter Concert at 2p.m. (Grades 4-5)

December 18 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

December 23 - Winter Break Begins

Hats off to...

A big thank you to Audrey Davis for running a successful McKinley Spirit Wear Event. We have received a lot of positive comments about the new items you added this year. Over 130 items of spirit wear were sold! Great job Audrey and thanks for your efforts.

Thanks to Jamie Schwake and Margaret Stockbauer for running the Secret Holiday Workshop. Thanks also to Mrs. Daily and the orchestra members for entertaining the crowds. Thanks to Keith Briggs our custodian for his extra help. Thanks also to Terri Uden, Jill Gutormson, Meg Malloy, Maggie DiCastri, Bridget Schmitt, Heather Yencha, Molly Hannan, Lori Brandenburg, Cara Schwantes and Katie Wick. The workshop could not be done without the organization of the bake sale, wrapping station, Girl Scout shopper helpers, and shopping for the families in need. Thank you everyone!

Bake Sale Help Needed!

Support the McKinley PTO and stop by the Winter Bake sale this Thursday and Friday from 1pm-4pm. We need volunteers to help set up and work the event.

Please also consider baking (or buying) baked items. Donated items can be dropped off outside the office beginning Wed. December 16. All items should be packaged and ready to sell.

Please contact Lori Brandenburg at or

(414)607-3745 with any questions or to volunteer.

McKinley PTO Play Deck Fundraiser!

We will be selling Play! Milwaukee decks of cards as a fundraiser to support the McKinley PTO.

Play! Milwaukee is a deck of 21 cards to 21 family fun places in the Milwaukee area. Each adorable card offers an amazing deal, and, in total, the entire fun-filled deck boasts over $400 in savings. Every family needs one of these decks to keep them busy, having fun and saving money!

Each deck will almost pay for itself if you simply use the YoMama, buy 1 get 1 free yogurt cups (up to 4)!

Just in time for the holidays, Play Milwaukee is the perfect stocking stuffer and hostess gift. Each deck costs $25. The McKinley PTO will earn $5 for each deck sold. Learn more about the decks at

Find the flyer with more ordering information here:

Art Supplies Needed

Ms. Leigh is looking for a few items for upcoming art projects. Please bring in the following, for use by McKinley’s budding artists! Thank you for your help.

Plastic silverware

Wood blocks (6” by 7” or larger, plywood is acceptable)

Googly eyes

Pom Poms

Wine corks

Lost and Found

Starting December 16, tables will be set up in the hallway (near Room 14) with all items that are currently in the lost and found. Please consider stopping by, before or after the Winter concerts, to see if anything looks familiar! On December 22, the remaining items will be taken down and eventually donated. If your kiddo is missing something, please come take a look!

McKinley Messengers Christmas Concert Front Row Ticket Raffle

Congratulations to Stephanie Czukas who won four front row seats and preferred parking to the SK-3 concert. Congratulations also to Mary Blomfeldt who won four front row seats and preferred parking to the 4th and 5th grade winter concert.

Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The Messengers raised $619 from the raffle. They appreciate your support. The money will be used to buy emergency snacks and winter clothes for children at McKinley.

Last but not least thanks to Allison Byrne, Carolyn Neikirk, Mrs. Klingforth, Ms. Provan and the McKinley Messengers for running the raffle.

Thank You McKinley Families and Staff!

You donated 31 blankets, 41 pairs of shoes/boots, 131 pairs of socks, 1 winter jacket and 5 hats during Brownie Troop 8378's collection for the homeless.

Thank you for your generosity!

Family Game Night is January 22!

Please note the new date.

Do You Have a Flair for Hair?

This year’s High Interest Day committee is looking for one or two people to teach the very popular Flair for Hair class. You don’t need to be a professional stylist. You just need to be handy with colored hair spray and a quick updo. You could work by yourself or with a friend for the three classes in the morning session, the two in the afternoon or all five. Necessary materials (colored hair spray, rubber bands, etc.) are provided. High Interest Day will be on April 22nd. Please contact Heidi Engbring at if you’re interested or know of someone who may help. Thanks!

High Interest Day Presenters Needed

High Interest Day will be held on April 22nd this year. We’re looking for one or two presenters for both the morning (3 classes) and afternoon (2 classes) sessions. Please consider sharing your time and talents with the McKinley community. We’d love to hear your idea for a class or we can help a willing presenter find something they’d like to present. Please contact Heidi Engbring at for more information.

School Dance Help Needed!

McKinley's school dance will be held on March. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Lori Hagopian at

McKinley Adult Social Auction Donations

The McKinley Adult Social will be held on Saturday, April 23. Committee Chairs are currently looking for auction items for the event. If you have anything you would like to donate (donations are tax deductible), please let Erin Kell ( know!