McKinley PTO Newsletter

February 8, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

Congratulations to Angela Katula and Robin Lane for co-chairing the EFW Black & White Catered Affair event this past Saturday night. It was a really fun night and a successful fundraising event-job well done ladies! Thanks for being such great representatives of the McKinley community.

February brings one of McKinley's family favorites - FAMILY FUN NIGHT! Please consider signing up to volunteer for an hour-long shift at the event. Or put your baking and cake decorating skills to the test and make treats for the Cake Walk!

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

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

February 12 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 15 - No School

February 19 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 19 - Family Fun Night

February 24 - Winter Walk to School Day-Please note the new date!

February 26 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

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.

Bakers Needed for Family Fun Night Cakewalk!

We are in need of bakers for the Family Fun Night Cakewalk! Small cakes, packages of 6 cupcakes or brownies, and other treats (equivalent in size to a small cake) are welcome! Please package baked goods in disposable containers. Baked goods should be delivered to school on Friday, February 19. If delivering before or during the school day, please place items on the tables set up near the school office. If delivering after school, please bring items to the small gym stage area. Treats will be used in the McKinley Messengers Cakewalk at Family Fun Night. The value of tickets redeemed at the Cakewalk will be donated to the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge.

New this year - a Best in Show category! The McKinley Messengers will be picking a Best in Show cake! If you would like to participate, please label your disposable container with the baker/decorator's name!

A New Season of Girls on the Run is Coming Up!

Girls on the Run, of Greater Milwaukee, is a professionally designed running program that is about a lot more than running. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Snowpants and Boots Needed

Do you have winter gear that needs a new home? Donate your outgrown or unwanted snowpants and boots for use by students in need. These items will be used throughout the Wauwatosa School District and all donations are welcome. Bring them to the office marked Attn: Rachel Kumferman. Thank you!

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 by Friday, February 12, at 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

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!

Safe Routes to School Updates

Date Change- 3rd Annual Wauwatosa Winter Walk to School Day will be Wednesday, February 24th. Please note the date change. Watch for important winter walking safety tips coming home in the Tuesday folder.

The Wauwatosa School District has hired a Safe Routes to School District coordinator. Her name is Laura Gesiler. She held a district wide SRTS meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd. She has an office at the Fisher Building. She shared that she is looking forward to working to grow the SRTS program in our school district.

Help keep our children safe! Follow the McKinley Message -

Be Responsible

  • Talk to your kids about pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  • Arrive at school ready to learn! Did you know that research shows (and McKinley teachers have noted) that kids who walk or bike to school arrive more ready to learn?
  • Drivers and pedestrians need to stay alert and follow the rules of the road.
  • NO CELLPHONE USE OR TEXTING while driving or walking in school zones - Stay Alert!

Be Respectful

· Follow Hug and Go and Pick up procedures - They are for the safety of everyone.

  • Only use designated crosswalks to cross the street.
  • Do not double, triple park or park in front of the neighbor’s driveways.

Be Caring

  • Care for the environment- fewer cars means few carbon emissions around our school. This is healthier for everyone!
  • Consider being a Walking School Bus leader or joining the PTA SRTS committee.

Volunteers will be helping to reinforce pick up and drop off procedures. Please respect the work of the volunteers and volunteer if you are available. You will be provided with a vest and instructions on how to help keep students safe at pick up. You can sign up at: VolunteerSpot: