McKinley PTO Newsletter

January 18, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

Thank you to Mrs. Hoffmann for presenting during the Mechanics of McKinley on Thursday. Her presentation was informative of the current goals and practices in the classroom. For those of you not able to make it, Mrs. Hoffmann's presentation also provided details on helping parents support their children with homework. She shared some valuable websites and applications which included:

IXL math practice app

Simplex Spelling app

Story Path app (ages 6-8)

She also shared some updates on standardized testing and curriculum changes. We are very appreciative of the information Mrs. Hoffmann shared at the meeting.


We are three Milwaukee Play! decks away from our goal. If we sell under 49 playdecks the PTO will make $5.00 from every sale. If we sell 50 or more playdecks, the PTO will receive $7.50 from each sale. Right now we are at 47 playdecks. Please help us receive the additional $125 from the increase in profit. If you have not purchased your deck yet please do so in next 3 days! Learn more about the decks at be sure to enter MCKINLEYPTO in the coupon line during checkout so McKinley earns their credit.

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

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

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 18 - No School

January 22 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

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

January 28 - Career Day Spirit Wear Day

January 29 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 5 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 12 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 15 - No School

February 19 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

February 19 - Family Fun Night

February 26 - 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 6:30-8:30p.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!

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!

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.

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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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 January 21 to February 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!

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!