McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

October 29, 2018

President's Update

The Fall Conferences are upon us! Some of you had the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher last week, others are looking forward to meetings tomorrow. We all appreciate the time and effort that our McKinley teachers and staff put into making these Fall conferences happen. As a show of appreciation, the PTO provided dinner at school for teachers and staff last Thursday evening. Thank you to Carie Hertzberg and Jane Parish for coordinating last week's Chipotle conference dinner. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to bring in food and drinks for the dinner as well. Our teachers and staff loved it!

A quick reminder that the McKinley Costume Parade is this Wednesday, October 31, at 1:15 PM. Join us as we watch the kids parade through the neighborhood. You won't want to miss it!

Have a great week!

Lindsay Stadler

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

  • October 30th - McKinley Conferences
  • October 31st - 1:15 PM - Costume Parade
  • November 5th-30th - Fall BoxTops Campaign/Competition
  • November 6th - Election Day Bake Sale (Hoyt Park Grand Hall Polling Location)
  • November 7th - Keepsake Art Night
  • November 13th - Jose's Blue Sombrero Dine Out
  • November 20th - City Tins Order Deadline
  • November 21st-23rd - Thanksgiving; No classes
  • November 26 - No School, JK-12

Calling All Bakers - Election Day Bake Sale November 6th!

We are looking for donations of small packaged goodies to sell at the bake sale. The baked goods can be store bought or hand made. The bake sale will be from 7am - 8pm at the Grand Hall at Hoyt Park. We'll need volunteers to work the sale and bring baked goods.

Sign up here: Election Day Bake Sale Sign Up. Please place your goods at the table outside of the office on Monday, 11/05 or bring to the sale on 11/06. If you have any questions or concerns please contact at Rebecca Shaw at OR 414-510-0600

All profits raised will support the McKinley PTO. Thank you in advance for your help!

Becca Shaw

Bake Sale Chair

2019 City Tins Fundraiser Now Through November 20th

Just in time for the holidays, the 2019 City Tin line up is on its way to McKinley! This fundraiser offers 7 different Tin options each filled with a variety of different coasters that can each be redeemed for $10 off your bill at the restaurant featured on the coaster. There are 3 new Tins this year: Lake Country, Twin Cities, and Milwaukee heritage.

Be on the lookout for a paper order form (HERE) and in the Tuesday folders, or feel free to order online this year HERE . You will need to enter the password @fundraiser18 and select McKinley from the drop down menu.

All orders will be ready to be picked up after school at McKinley Nov 27th. Contact with any questions.

Fall BOX TOPS COMPETITION Begins November 5th!

It’s time to gather the Box Tops you have been collecting! The Fall Box Tops Classroom Competition will start November 5th and run until November 30th.

Send your neatly clipped and counted (in sets of 50) BoxTops 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 Sarah Atols at

Keepsake Art Night November 7th!

Join us November 7th from 5:30-7:30 in the big gym for a favorite McKinley tradition, Keepsake Art night.

As in years past, your child (and adults too if they’d like) will have the opportunity to create a piece of art which will then be transferred onto keepsake products to enjoy for years.Your masterpieces will be returned in time for the holidays, and they make great gifts! We are again using Original Works and details on product pricing can be found HERE.

Please bring your cash or checkbook the night of the event as payment is due onsite. Contact Faith O'Tool if you’re interested in volunteering at the event:

Becky Smale & Faith O'Tool

Keepsake Art Night Co-Chairs

Jose's Blue Sombrero Dine Out

The next event will be with the new Jose’s Blue Sombrero in the village all day on November 13th. Please remember to bring in the attached flyer to them that day and 25% of your purchase will support McKinley.

Thank you!

Dana Wurzburger

Dine Out Chair

Let's Kick Reading Into Overdrive!

WSD Elementary Libraries-Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium

OverDrive is a free library collection for all elementary students to check out ebooks and digital audio books on personal devices.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3

1. Visit or open the app

Sora on any smartphone, tablet, mp3 player, e-reader, or computer. Choose Wauwatosa School District from the dropdown.

2. Login: Library card number is your school username

(same as logging onto your chromebook)

Pin is your password (same as logging onto your chromebook)

3. Read in your browser or download the epub/kindle book!

Happy Reading!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Meegan Archambo, Elementary Library Media Services Coordinator

Teacher Treat Sign Up

If you'd like to show your appreciation to the McKinley teachers and staff by bringing in a treat for the teacher/staff lounge, please sign up for a day by clicking HERE.

Art Room Volunteer Sign Up

Please consider signing up to volunteer in your student’s art class by clicking HERE. K5 classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes. 1st to 5th grade classes meet once a week for an hour. It’s a fun opportunity to help kids express their creativity. If you can help mount or hang art at other times, please contact Heidi Engbring at

How Do I Become a Member of the PTO?

You already are! If you are a parent, guardian or teacher at McKinley Elementary School, you are a member of the PTO.

Interested in becoming more involved? The PTO is always looking for help. Volunteer opportunities in areas of marketing, communication, social media coordination, event coordination, website design, merchandising and more! There are volunteer opportunities that fit everyone's schedule - during school hours, after school hours, work from home hours and one time event hours.

For more information about how you can become involved in PTO efforts, contact Lindsay Stadler