McKenzie Monitor

October 13, 2017

Principal's Note: Fall Frenzy

Greetings McKenzie Families!

I can't wait to see everyone at Fall Frenzy tonight! If you would like to sign up to volunteer or to provide baked goods, there is still time! CLICK HERE



1st Posting: Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindergarten Option

Wednesday, November 8th

8:15am - 3:45pm

Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Thursday, November 9th

8:15am - 8:00pm

Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Friday, November 10th

8:15am - 3:15pm

The online sign-up system is scheduled to go live on Tuesday, October 24th. An email will be sent on Monday, October 23rd with specific sign up information.

Conferences can only be scheduled on the designated dates and times listed.

PTA NEEDS your input!!! Please take this QUICK survey to support our students!


The McKenzie PTA raises money during the year to support the iGNITE programming for all McKenzie students as well as to provide a gift or gifts to the school that can enhance our students' learning experiences today and tomorrow. This survey is the initial brainstorming tool to see where you, McKenzie parents and PTA members, would like to see those funds distributed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact MaryAnne O'Keefe at directly. Thank you for your time in completing this survey and in supporting the McKenzie PTA and your McKenzie students, teachers, staff, and community!

The 4C's: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity

3rd Posting: After School Club Fall II Registration - Wilmette Park District

Please make sure to sign up for ASC Fall II classes! Fall II classes run from October 16th - December 22nd. CLICK HERE to register.

PTA News and Information


PTA General Board Meeting:

All PTA members are welcome! Please join us on October 17th immediately after morning drop-off to learn about the many programs and events the PTA sponsors. The meeting will be in the cafeteria and start at 8:40am. Children are welcome to attend.


Thanks to the 50% of McKenzie families who have donated to IGNITE! We are at 78% of our goal of $35,250. Recently, iGNITE has funded or will fund: Kindergarten trip to Emily Oaks Nature Center, 1st grade habitat lessons, 3rd grade trip to the Heller Nature Center, and 4th grade trip to the water treatment plant. Please show your support for these iGNITE programs and more by clicking here.

Fall Frenzy:

Tonight, 5:30pm – 8pm!

Teacher Gift Fund:

The PTA is changing things up this year by asking for a monetary contribution that will go toward holiday gifts for all teachers and the entire McKenzie staff! In the past, room parents collected funds for classroom teacher gifts, but front office, custodians, specials teachers and paraprofessional staff members were not included. In an effort to recognize everyone working with the children, please consider a suggested donation of $40 per student. Thanks in advance! Please click here to contribute before November 17th.

It’s Time to Start a New Adventure at the McKenzie PTA Scholastic Book Fair!

New EXTENDED Book Fair Hours:

Tuesday, October 24th from 8:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday, October 25th from 8:00am–9:00am and 3:00pm–8:00pm

Thursday, October 26th from 8:00am – 6:00pm


Scholastic Book Fair:

We need volunteers for set up on Monday, October 23rd, manning the book fair Tuesday, October 24th through Thursday, October 26th, and take-down on Friday, October 27th Sign up today!


Be an important advisor to the PTA! We are looking for someone who is interested in understanding the finer points of PTA bylaws and procedure, and advising the board when questions arise. Please email if interested.

Learning Commons:

Sign up to volunteer during your child’s library time!

McKenzie Gardens:

We need your help to keep the McKenzie Gardens beautiful this fall. Click here to sign up!


PASS 39/Student Services Meeting:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:15am at McKenzie Elementary. Please join PASS39, D39 Student Services, and McKenzie School's new Principal Rachel Filippi, and Dr. Thrasher for an update on McKenzie's student services programming and the new What I Need (WIN) program. We will meet in McKenzie's new Learning Commons.

District 39 Educational Foundation Family Bingo Night:

Come and enjoy a night of family fun at D39’s Annual Family Bingo Night!

Where: Wilmette Masonic Lodge (1010 Central Avenue)

When: October 20th; doors open @6pm, Bingo starts @ 6.30pm

Admission - $15 per person. Click here to order tickets now!

Youth Connection of Wilmette:

Make dinner a selfless act and help support Youth Connection of Wilmette. Come in to the Chipotle at 9408 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie on Saturday, October 28th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Connection, a non-profit District39 Partner serving Wilmette 5th-8th graders.

McKenzie's PTA Website

Community Events

  • PEDAL POWER is collecting gently used bicycles to reward CPS students for making honor roll! Drop off in Wilmette at McKenzie Elementary School November 11th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • New Trier HS Football Schedule is posted online.
  • Wilmette Rotary Club hosts annual BIG BOOK DRIVE October 2nd - November 15th. Donate books at any D39 school.
  • Loyola Ramblerettes host SPOOKTACULAR Dance Clinic for 3rd - 8th grade girls Sunday October 15th. Registration is through October 13th.
  • Register now for Wilmette Park District’s Saturday Basketball for boys & girls grades 4-8.
  • Free sneak peek of WTTW’s “Nature Cat” Screening at Wilmette Theatre for kids ages 3-7 Saturday October 28th at 9:30 am.
  • League of Women Voters of Wilmette & Wilmette Public Library host informational meeting on IL School Funding Reform - SB 1947 at Wilmette Library on November 5th 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Community Events Website

Upcoming Dates

10/13/17 Fall Frenzy

10/23/17 Book Fair Begins

10/31/17 Halloween - Half Day

11/8/17 AM/PM Kinder Teacher Conferences

11/9/17 No School for Students/K - 4 Conferences

11/10/17 No School for Students/K - 4 Conferences

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.