McKinley PTO Newsletter

March 20, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

The PTO's next big event is Math Night on Tuesday, March 22nd. Parents, please volunteer if you can to make this event a success. We will need set-up help, game organizers, and clean-up crew. Please follow this link:

The PTO also has a dine out event on March 22nd at Cousins Subs on State Street. Make Tuesday a fun McKinley family night by grabbing subs and heading to Math Night. We appreciate your support of the McKinley PTO.

Liz Daily is looking at organizing a family field trip to learn more about composting. She is looking for some feedback in order to finalize some plans. Please take a minute and fill out the brief survey below.

We are in need of some items for High Interest Day. The following link shows the wish list. High Interest Class Day Donations Please also consider providing an item or two for the High Interest Day Breakfast

Last but not least McKinley is celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness Week this week. Be sure to wear mismatched socks on Monday and blue or yellow on Thursday to show your support.

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!

March 21- Mismatched Socks Day for Down Syndrome Awareness

March 22 - Dine Out at Cousins Subs on State Street 4:00-8:00p.m.

March 22 - Math Night 6:30-8:00p.m.

March 24 - Wear Blue or Yellow to Support Down Syndrome Awareness

March 25 - Spring Break Begins

April 4 - Classes Resume

April 5 - Election Day Bake Sale 7:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

April 8 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

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 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

April 23 - McKinley Adult Social

April 29 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

Hats Off To.....

We would like to thank Corner Bakery for sponsoring our Dine Out for Composting Event. Thank you to all the families that attended and supported the McKinley PTO.

McKinley Celebrates World Down Syndrome Awareness Week

World Down Syndrome day is nationally recognized on 3/21/16. McKinley would like to show our support by participating in some school spirit.

Here's a quick view of what McKinley has planned:

Monday- Wear LOTS OF SOCKS, mismatched socks- to represent the uniqueness in everyone. LOTS OF SOCKS is the campaign logo for World Down Syndrome Day.

Tuesday- Watch and learn about friendships with some short videos that will be shown in classes

Wednesday- students will join in a sock-project with classmates & find things they have in common

Thursday- wear blue or yellow in support of DS awareness and we'll share supportive stickers with all classrooms.

THANK YOU for spreading awareness and support!

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Math Night is Coming Up!

Mark your calendars for the PTO’s Math Extravaganza, which will be on March 22nd . from 6:30-8:00 in the large/small gym. This free event will have over 40 activities for preschoolers to adults.

Every student who attends will receive a Math Homework Pass and 2 tickets to enter a raffle for prizes. Also submit a guess for the ever-popular estimating jar of candy you could win for your class.

Parents, please volunteer if you can, to make this event a success. We will need set-up help, game organizers, and clean-up crew. Please follow this link:

Dine Out to Support the McKinley Composting Project!

Dine out at Cousins on State Street in the village on Tuesday, March 22, from 4pm-8pm to support the McKinley Composting program! 15% of all sales during that time go to McKinley, no flyer required. Please consider participating in a fun McKinley night for your family. Have an early dinner at Cousins and head to Math Night!

Election Day Bake Sale

The PTO will sponsor a bake sale on April 5, 2016. Please contact Rebecca Shaw by email ( OR call (414-510-0600) if you are able to bring baked goods. Goods should be in small packages and ready for sale. It's also very helpful if the baked goods are labeled if they contain nuts or dairy. Thank you in advance for your help!

Lastly, if you are able to volunteer your time to work the bake sale please sign up here:

Family Movie Night

Do you love Snoopy and the gang? If so, bring your blankets and snacks and join us for “A Peanuts Movie” (rated G) in the gym on Friday, April 15th at 6:30pm. More information will follow after spring break. If you are interesting in helping the day of or have any questions, please contact Chris Pivonka at

High Interest Day Volunteer Opportunities, Registration and Donation Information

Last week your student(s) received important information about High Interest Day. 1st through 5th graders should have brought home a single page Class Selection Sheet, a listing of all 31 classes being offered and a yellow Volunteer Form. If you are missing any of these documents, you can access them here. Class selections and volunteer forms are due back to school by March 24th. Please contact Heidi Engbring at if you have questions. Thanks.

Several of our most popular classes require items easily found where you shop. Please consider signing up to donate one or more of the items requested in this SignUp Genius link below this section. If you can’t join us on April 22nd, it’s a great way to be a part of the fun.

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!

High Interest Breakfast Donations

Adult Social Update

Thank you for the great response to this year’s social! Only a few tickets remain. For those who have already returned their ticket form, tickets will be sent home the week of April 4th.

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 registration deadline is April 4, so don't delay!

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