McKinley PTO Newsletter

February 1, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

February is finally here! Spring is a bit closer, and one of McKinley's favorite events occurs in just a few short weeks - Family Fun Night. Many hands are needed to make this event a success, please consider volunteering a bit of your time. Details can be found below!

We are still looking for a couple of people to help with teacher appreciation week in May. 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

We would also like to remind families that the rules put in place by Safe Routes to School are important to insure the safety of our children. We ask that you please follow the rules at all times, and respond with kindness if staff or volunteers remind you of these rules.

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

February 5 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 12 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 15 - No School

February 17 - Winter Walk to School Day

February 19 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 19 - Family Fun Night

February 26 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

Hats off to......

Thanks to Jenny Jablonsky for organizing the Play! Deck fundraiser. We appreciate all of the hard work needed to make this a successful fundraiser for McKinley. Thank you, too, to all of the families who puchased a Play! Deck.

Join Us For Family Fun Night!

Family Fun Night is Friday, February 19th, from 5:30-8:30pm. Look for the flyer in your child's Tuesday folder or print one here:

Meals must be pre-ordered, but game tickets can be pre-ordered or purchased the night of the event.

We are also in need of many helpers for one-hour shifts for the night. If you would like to help out, please email Tammy at or call her at 262-385-9494.

The Publishing Center Needs Your Help

We need Editors, Typists and Publishers. The students love their keepsake books, but the Publishing Center requires the work of many hands to be successful. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lori Brandenburg at Thank you!

Looking for a fun and social event to help beat the winter blues? Join other McKinley parents at a book cover making party. Kristi Knoedler will be hosting two cover making parties for the Publishing Center on Wednesday, February 3, from 9:00am to 11:30am and 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Come when you can, leave when you must. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Kristi Knoedler at if you plan to attend. Thank you!

Please consider bringing in a treat for our teachers

We all appreciate our teachers and staff of McKinley Elementary School. Please show your appreciation by signing up to bring a treat to the teacher lounge for them to enjoy! It can be whatever you want the treat to be ~ cookies, fruit, veggie trays, bagels, cheese and sausage, popcorn, breads, snack mix, etc. Along with your treat please have your child make a sign with their name and teacher's name on it so the teacher's know who to thank!

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

3D Printer Help Needed!

The PTO is looking for help researching and purchasing a 3D printer. We have the money, we have the teacher, now we need a savvy person to reach out to Longfellow and East to research which 3D printer would be best for McKinley. The time commitment is minimal but your effort would make a huge impact! If interested in learning more, please email

Attend the McKinley Adult Social

The PTO will be holding its 5th annual McKinley Adult Social on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at Blue’s Egg from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, February 16th. The ticket form will be sent home in Tuesday Folders. This year we are limited in the number of tickets we can sell based on venue capacity. Therefore, if you are interested in attending please return your ticket form promptly. We look forward to seeing you there!