McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

June 3, 2019

President's Update

9 (school) days until summer break!

A huge thank you to Becca Shaw for coordinating the Spring Orchestra Bake Sale benefiting this year's 5th Grade Class! Thanks to Becca's efforts, along with Bake Sale bakers, volunteers and everyone who purchased baked goods during the sale, $495 will go towards the 5th Grade Celebration end of year party!

Even though the school year is winding down, it's quite possibly the busiest time of year for teachers and families. Good luck to everyone as we finish out these last few days of the 2018-19 school year!

Have a great week,

Lindsay Stadler

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

  • June 4th - JK and New Student Meeting
  • June 13th - Last Day of Classes

Spring Bake Sale Thank You

Thank you to all the McKinley families who contributed their time and talents to the Spring Bake Sale. The gracious McKinley families donated $495 to the 5th Grade Celebrations.

Thank you to our amazing bakers Caroline Niekirk, Elysabeth Reichman, Sara Deutsch, Laurie Kunz, Miranda Banks, Stacy Prowse, Stacy Randolph, Amanda Mast and Heidi Engbring. Thank you to the volunteers who took time work the Bake Sale table: Monica Deluhery, Gina Dee, Suzana Gossett, Sara Deutsch, and Carolyn Neikirk.

Thank you to Suzana Gossett and Gina Dee for planning and initiating the Bake Sale. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated!

Lost and Found - Last Call!

Please consider stopping by the lost and found rack located in the hallway between the cafeteria and gym to see if anything looks familiar. On the morning of Friday June 14 (the day after the last day of school), the remaining items will be taken down, washed, and eventually donated. If your kiddo is missing something, please come take a look!

Summer Reading

Have you heard of the “summer slide”?

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around.

Here’s the secret to preventing the summer slide: Keep learning all summer long. In other words, strive to provide learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep kids’ academic skills sharp.

Click HERE for a list of ideas to help you put an end to the summer slide!

New Family Mentor Program Volunteers Needed

McKinley's New Family Mentor Program connects existing McKinley families with families new to McKinley with the goal of welcoming new families to the school as well as providing a resource for information and questions throughout the school year.

In order to make this program successful, we are in need of veteran McKinley families to volunteer to be mentor families this year. The time commitment is minimal and the impact is lasting. Please consider becoming a Mentor Family by contacting Paige Brown at

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

Support McKinley Elementary Through AmazonSmile

If you plan to do some holiday shopping using Amazon this year, please consider selecting McKinley Elementary PTO - Wauwatosa as your Amazon Smile charity. Remember, always start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

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