McKenzie Monitor

May 3, 2019

Principal's Note: The Magic of Toys

Message from Mrs. Blomberg & Mrs. Eckholm:

When preparing for our project based learning unit, we looked at the standards taught for the informational text units for reading and writing in 4th grade. The students learned and practiced reading skills such as determine text structure, and synthesizing multiple texts through researching an iconic toy of their choice. They practiced their writing skills of using text evidence, organizing ideas, informational essay structure and effectively using text features to create their Iconic Toy book. As a review of narrative writing, the students used the writing process to publish a picture book that highlighted a theme relating to their toy or buddy.

We incorporated other subject areas. We integrated our social studies unit on innovations by giving the students first hand experience in creating and developing an innovator's mindset. They learned the importance of perseverance and problem solving to be successful. We integrated math operations standards and measurement standards by having students submit a budget, planning and designing their toy. Throughout this process, students also developed their communication skills through interviews, teaching others, and presenting their completed project in a professional way.

Beyond just meeting the standards, this unit helped foster real-life problem solving, a creative mindset and pride in their work by creating something for someone else. The students were able to positively contribute to the Wilmette community by gifting their toy and picture book to a student in Romona’s early childhood program.

CLICK HERE to Check out our PBL photos!

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!

Order Now! School Kits 2019-2020

It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Online ordering is underway. 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! Ordering runs from May 1st – May 17th and a portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the McKenzie PTA. Order here. Questions? Contact Evita Gailuma

Friday Minute: HMS Live on JAM

HMS has an awesome broadcast studio, yet another innovation supported by our Education Foundation. The HMS News Team made the JAM TV Show on Thursday. Well done HMS! CLICK HERE

Flag Football Tournament

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Paw Pride Winners!

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


Olivia Coffey

Karli Harada

Frida Jimenez-Flores

Grade 1

Norah Cox

Stella Hohimer

Eleanor Tomlinson

Maggie Weir

Grade 2

Ruby Heffron

Izzy Nagel

Claire O'Brien

Sophia Petri

Grade 3

Zain Ali

Isaac Atlan

CJ Dominello

Evan Huang

Landon Reiner

Grade 4

Ben Epps

Sophia Farina

Colin Fitzgerald

Andrew Vankula

Hallway CHAMPS

Mrs. Norton's AM Class

Ms. Hinton's Class

Ms Faulkner's Class

Mrs. Schroeder's Class

Mrs. Eckholm's Class

PTA News & Information


Thank you to the following PTA volunteers for helping to provide McKenzie students with so many wonderful experiences and events!

MaryAnne O’Keefe- Second Grade Bike Safety


Second Grade Bike Safety: On Monday, May 13, all McKenzie second graders will participate in a 30 minute active bike safety presentation and obstacle course on the blacktop during one of their afternoon class periods. Students need to have a bike (no problem if they do not, they can walk the course), a helmet and a bike lock to secure the bikes. Thanks to our parent volunteers! Questions: Email

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.

Race for Recess: Help fund recess equipment for our sister school Carman-Buckner! 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. The Race for Recess takes place on Thursday, May 16, from 3:15-5 pm. For more information and to sign up 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!

Staff Appreciation and Stock the Shelves: Let's honor our wonderful teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week by throwing a Mexican Fiesta-themed luncheon and stocking the shelves of the staff lounge. There are many ways to get involved. Please sign up here to contribute food or drink items or your time.
Thank you in advance!

Fourth Grade Bike to Highcrest: Parents we need your help! We need parent volunteers to ride with a team of students to Highcrest for the Bike to Highcrest Monday, May 20. Students and parents will leave McKenzie at 3:25 and return at 4:25. Sign up here.

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 dedicated parents to volunteer for the following positions:

  • President-elect
  • Treasurer-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:

  • Audit
  • 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!

McKenzie Garden: The McKenzie Garden is now open and needs your help! Please sign up here.


School Kits: It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Online ordering is underway. 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! Ordering runs from May 1st – May 17th and 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 5/29

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.

District 39 Education Foundation: The District 39 Educational Foundation is proud to announce the Ray of Light Fund to celebrate and honor Dr. Lechner's background, support, and advocacy of special education and inclusion programming. Please click here to make a donation in honor of his retirement after 20 years of service.

District 39 Education Foundation: Show your appreciation to your child’s teacher in a unique way this year. D39 Educational Foundation Teacher Appreciation Certificates are a special thank you. For $39, your honoree is sent a certificate displaying your own words of thanks. In addition, his/her name and yours are added to a virtual Wall of Honor. These donations are used for Gripp Grants that enrich the lives of all D39 students. Click here to order.

McKenzie PTA Website

Community News

Wilmette Historical Museum & Wilmette Police Department host Open Houses on Sunday, May 5th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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

North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) offers year-round recreation programming for disabled individuals.

Trevian Girls Softball Association is seeking a few more 9/10 year old girls (4th/5th graders) interested in playing spring/summer softball. Contact Kelsey Lee at for more information.

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.

Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development offers Weekend Enrichment Programs for students age 3 through 8th grade.

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

2nd Posting: McKenzie's New Assistant Principal 2019-2020

We are excited to announce that Anthony Haduch will be the new assistant principal for Central and McKenzie elementary schools. Anthony is currently teaching 3rd grade at Central. Before coming to District 39, he taught 4th grade at the Estrella Vista STEM Academy in Avondale, Arizona. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Arizona State University. Anthony currently holds educational endorsements in early childhood, special education, and English as a second language. By the end of the summer, he will also hold his gifted education certificate. Anthony has expressed his excitement to continue his work alongside of our wonderful Wilmette community, and we all welcome him to his new role!

Upcoming Dates

5/6/19 - 5/10/19

Teacher Appreciation Week


2nd Grade Bike Safety


PTA PUP Fun Run @3:15pm


Spirit Day - Hat Day


School Board Meeting @7pm MEC

5/22/19 - 5/24/19

4th Grade Outdoor Ed


No School - Memorial Day


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.