McKinley PTO Newsletter

January 11, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

We would love for you to join us this Thursday, January 14th at 6:30p.m. for the Mechanics of McKinley. The topic will be Rigor and engagement—what does this mean for parents? (Featuring tips in response to this often-asked question: how do I help my child when I don’t understand the way it is being taught these days?)

The PTO meeting will be held immediately afterward at 7 p.m. Come be a part of the McKinley Community. Learn about what is happening at McKinley and give us feedback. We love new and fresh ideas.

We are looking ahead and preparing for teacher appreciation week in April. We are in search of a couple creative people to help brainstorm ideas to honor the teachers. We are also in search of people to help implement the creative ideas. If you can lend a hand even for an hour or two please email us at

Thank you to everyone who attended this month's dining out event at Qdoba. We appreciate your help in funding our amazing composting program!

Last but not least, be sure that you have January 22nd on your calendar for family game night, it is going to be a fun time!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

January 13 & 14 - Kindergarten Registration

January 14 - Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

January 15 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

January 18 - No School

January 22 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

January 22 - Family Game Night 6:30-8:30p.m.

January 29 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

McKinley PTO Play Deck Fundraiser!

Play! Milwaukee is a deck of 21 cards to 21 family fun places in the Milwaukee area. Each adorable card offers an amazing deal, and, in total, the entire fun-filled deck boasts over $400 in savings. Every family needs one of these decks to keep them busy, having fun and saving money!

Each deck will almost pay for itself if you simply use the YoMama, buy 1 get 1 free yogurt cups (up to 4)! Each deck costs $25. The McKinley PTO will earn $5 for each deck sold. Learn more about the decks at be sure to enter MCKINLEYPTO in the coupon line during checkout so McKinley earns $5.00 credit.

This fundraiser will end on January 25, so be sure to get yours before the deadline!

Find the flyer with more ordering information here:

Family Game Night

Come join us for Family Game Night on Friday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00p.m in the Small Gym. Bring your favorite game to play or share the McKinley games. There are games for all ages so everybody is welcome. Ruckus and Glee will be on hand demonstrating two new games for all age levels. We hope to see you there!

5th Grade Career Talks are Coming Up, and We Need Volunteers

We are looking for parents to present their careers to 5th grade students. We are looking for a variety of traditional and non traditional careers. The talks will occur on 1/28 between 1-3pm. (This is in lieu of brown bag lunches this year.)

If interested please email Megan Hambrook at Please send a short paragraph about what you do. Students will vote on the presentations they are most interested in.

Box Tops Update-Ways to Save in January

Start looking for Box Tops on Annie’s products!

Also, earn cash for your school at Roundy’s! From Jan 21-Feb 17th, Get 100 Bonus Box Tops when you purchase 15 General Mills Box Tops products or 50 Bonus Box Tops when you purchase 10 General Mills Box Tops products.

Keep clipping and saving for the Spring Box Tops Classroom Competition!

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School Dance Help Needed!

McKinley's school dance will be held on March 11. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Lori Hagopian at
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Safe Routes to School Update

January 11-15th is Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Please take time to make sure to say "Thank you" to the crossing guards. The McKinley PTO Safe Routes to School committee will be purchasing gift cards for the guards as tokens of our appreciation. Students and parents are encouraged to also make thank you cards.

McKinley Adult Social Auction Donations

The McKinley Adult Social will be held on Saturday, April 23. Committee Chairs are currently looking for auction items for the event. If you have anything you would like to donate (donations are tax deductible), please let Erin Kell ( know!