McKinley PTO Newsletter

October 11, 2015

Co-Presidents Update

The City Tin fundraiser is running from now through October 16th. Please order your City Tins at the link below. More information on City Tins is located later in the newsletter. Remember the PTO gets $10 from every City Tin ordered. Please reach out to your friends, family and neighbors to see if they need any!

Also the booking deadline for the McKinley Wilderness Resort Waterpark Weekend is October 13th. The dates this year are November 13-15th. Be sure to gather your friends and book your rooms. More information is below.

Thank you to all the families that dined out at Culvers this past week. We appreciate your support!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

October 13- Deadline to Reserve Room at Wilderness Resort

October 16- Deadline to order City Tins

October 16 - McKinley Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

October 22- Costume Parade starting at 2:15

October 23- No School

October 30- No School

November 4- Keepsake Plate Night

Hats Off To....

Sarah Lerand for her tireless work ensuring our children's safety walking to and from school. Thank you also to all the volunteers that made Walk to School Day a success.

Thank you to the following McKinley staff for volunteering at the Dine Out at Culvers event: Mrs. Smith, Ms. Mottet, Mrs. Klingforth, Mrs. Netko, Mrs. Uden, Mrs. Lawinger, Ms. Loechler, Mrs. Petri and Mrs. Wessing. Your serving skills were incredible!

Order your City Tins now online!

The CityTins fundraiser is back, with the addition of a new tin: Milwaukee Performing Arts! CityTins is an extra gifty, ultra thrifty tin chock full of value for your favorite foodie or performing arts fan. Every restaurant or bar tin houses 20 coaster gift cards, each worth $10 off your tab at 20 iconic, locally owned restaurants. The new performing arts tin offers great deals on tickets to some of Milwaukee's finest arts venues. It’s a $200 value for only $30 inside every clever little tin.

Order your City Tins now online at the link below. You can order anytime now through 10/16. You can pickup your tins at McKinley after school on 11/18 or pay extra and have them shipped directly to your home.

The McKinley PTO will receive $10 from each City Tin you purchase.

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Thank you for making Walk to School Day a success! It was a beautiful morning to take a walk to school and breath the fresh air—fewer carbon emissions around school thanks to fewer cars!

Special thanks to Mrs. Hoffmann, Alderwoman Byrne, Mrs. Osman, Mrs. Hanks, Mrs. Petitt, and Mrs. Botelho for leading Walking School Buses. It was great to see so many groups walking together and holding signs. The Walking School Bus leaders were overwhelmed with the number of students who joined the “bus”. Thank you to Mrs. Merriman for leading students again in the “Pedestrian Safety Dance”- it gets better every year! Thank you to Amy Standal, Firefly Real Estate for providing apples and Cindi Lambert, Wauwatosa Public Health Department, for passing out apples. Safe Kids, SE Wisconsin donated 8 “Clifford Walks to School” books that were read in the JK, SK, and 1st grade classrooms.

Way to Walk students in Mr. Sperl’s and Mrs. Simek’s K5 classes- both classes had 94% of students walk to school on Wednesday.

McKinley's Wilderness Resort Weekend

Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Nov. 13-15, 2015

Reservation Deadline: Oct. 13, 2015

Enjoy a relaxing, pre-Thanksgiving vacation at the Wisconsin Dells' largest water park resort AND support the McKinley PTO at the same time! For $109.99 per night plus taxes and resort fees, your family of four* can reserve a double queen-size room at the Wilderness Resort and receive unlimited access to four indoor waterparks (including one you can tan in year-round) and a four-story interactive play park.

The resort also features six restaurants, an indoor, two-story go-kart trail, an indoor ropes course, 3D miniature golf, laser tag, three huge arcades and a Wild Kids' Club that offers scheduled activities, crafts and scavenger hunts.

The number of McKinley PTO-block rooms is limited. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Stay one or both nights. Multiple families vacationing together must make their own reservations. * Each additional family member costs $20. Price does not include taxes and resort fees.

For every room booked, $10 goes to the McKinley PTO.

To reserve a room:

Call 1-800-867-9453 and mention group name

McKinley Elementary School Group #D17932

Join us for the Book Fair!

Coming Soon!! McKinley Book Fair

Tuesday 10/27 3:00 - 8:00

Wednesday 10/28 11:00 - 6:00

Thursday 10/29 3:00 - 8:00

Friday 10/30 8:30 - 12:00

The Class Coin Competition is back!!

Starting Wednesday, October 14 we are collecting loose change for the All for Books program through our Class Coin Competition. The competition runs until Wednesday, October 28. The classroom raising the most money will win popcorn and a movie! Let’s see if we can top last year!

Money raised through All for Books will be used to buy books for McKinley’s school and classroom libraries. Scholastic donates a book for every dollar we raise to 2 non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids in need. Kids in Distressed Situations & Kids in Need Foundation

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 - “Old School” will be available to pre-order for $8.99 starting next week. This is a specially priced paperback edition (compare to hardcover price of $13.99 elsewhere). Order forms are located in the office. Books will be delivered to your child’s classroom the week of November 3rd.

Volunteers are needed to help out at the fair. No experience necessary! Shopping on the job is encouraged and snacks are yummy! Please contact Melissa Mann or Beth Thuli

Keepsake Plate Night is Coming Soon!

Save the date for KEEPSAKE PLATE NIGHT, November 4, 2015, in the small gym. We have enlisted the help of a new company this year so folks have many more product options to showcase their children's art, in addition to plates. Think bags, coasters, calendars, etc!!!

Look for more information to come in the Tuesday folders.

Turn In Those Box Tops!


Please turn in your neatly clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher October 5 - 22nd! The classroom that collects the most will win an ice cream party!

Committee Chairs Needed

We are still in need of volunteers to chair the following:

High Interest Day Luncheon

Co-Chair for Family Fun Night

If you are interested in learning more about the open positions please email Renee Michel at