McKinley PTO Newsletter

May 9, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

May has been an extremely busy month for the PTO. This newsletter is full of important information and details. Please read through the the end!

This Wednesday McKinley has a dine out event at Murf's Custard. The event runs all day. For the PTO to get credit you must mention McKinley at checkout. The PTO gets 20% of all sales that mention McKinley including carryouts and gift card purchases. Please come on out and show your support for McKinley.

McKinley has several awesome fundraisers going on this week. The McKinley brick sale will run through June 1st. Please see below for more information. Please consider leaving your mark on McKinley.

McKinley PTO's first art auction is officially underway! Each K5-5th Grade classroom at McKinley has worked with Mrs. Leigh to produce a classroom masterpiece. These masterpieces will be available to all McKinley families to bid on at the following site:

More information on the auction can be found below.

We hope you have a great week!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

May 9 - McKinley Art Auction Begins

May 10 - Spring Concert Bake Sale

May 11 - Dine Out Event at Murf's (all day event)

May 12 - Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

May 13 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

May 19 - Fire Safety House

May 20 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

May 20 - McKinley Art Auction Ends at 8:00p.m.

May 27 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

June 1 - Brick Sale Ends

Hats Off To.....

Thank you to Terri Holzen for running the McKinley plant sale. We really appreciate your dedication to McKinley and the peace garden.

A huge thank you to Matt Sanders for coordinating teacher appreciation week. Thank you to Colleen Tiefenbrun, Amanda Potter, and Shalini Khare for helping with gifts, notes, and other misc things. Thank you to Heather Sanders for helping to make waffles for the teachers.

Thank you to the following parents for bringing in items for the teachers lunch:

Megan Hambrook, Maggie Niebler-Brown, Shalini Khare, Mary Blomfeldt, Cara Schwantes, Sarah Atols, Bethany Unger, and Joellen Bradach. Thanks to you, the teachers were treated to three awesome meals, surprise treats, and extra love throughout the week.

Thanks to Sarah Lerand for coordinating McKinley's Bike To School Day. It was a huge success. Thank you also the the following volunteers who helped make it happen: Cindi Lambert, RN Wauwatosa Public Health Nurse, Alderwomen Allison Byrne and Kelly Rijelj, Former Alderman Jeff Roznowski, McKinley Messenger service group, and McKinley parents – John Reetz, Bill Koch, Megan Hambrook, A.J. Grove, Jessica Williams, Kristin Marlier, Maura Riordan, Margaret Stockbauer, Heidi Engbring, Corey Boldt, and Cara Schwantes.

Thank you also to Renee Michel for coordinating the Volunteer Appreciation Party at Hoyt. A fabulous time was had by all that attended. Thank you!

Art Auction Happening Now!

To further fund McKinley’s amazing composting program, we are hosting an online art auction compromised of 18 pieces of art, one made by each classroom of K5 through 5th graders.

The proceeds from this auction will help finish funding next year’s composting program and future composting initiatives. Through this separate fundraising, the PTO can fund the composting program at McKinley without tapping into our general fund for First Stage field trips, High Interest Day, teacher and staff appreciation, Family Fun Night, school dance, and more.

To see the amazing artwork available for purchase, check it out in person on display in the first floor hallways of McKinley. The artwork is located between Ms. Mottet’s and Mrs. Simek’s classrooms. Photographs and dimensions are also available on the online auction site.

The auction will run through from Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 20th at 8:00p.m.

Please consider purchasing this amazing collaborative art for your home, office, as a gift for your classroom teacher or McKinley Elementary School!

Announcing the Spring Concert Winner

Congratulations to the Khare family who are the winners of four front row concert seats and others spring inspired prizes. It is not too late to support the fifth grade class legacy gift. You can help by baking for the concert bake sale or purchasing baked goods. One additional fifth grade class decorated planter will be raffled off the night of the concert. Our fifth graders are hoping to purchase items for the teachers lounge as a thank you and to leave their mark on McKinley! Thank you for your support.

Spring Concert Bake Sale Is Coming Soon!

Hello McKinley Families! The Spring Concert bake sale is coming up on Tuesday, May 10th. The proceeds from this bake sale go towards the 5th grade graduation celebration. This sale is a great opportunity to help offset the cost of the celebration so we would really appreciate your help in the form of baked goods!

Please consider baking or buying treats to be sold at the sale. Goods should be in small packages and ready for sale. It's also very helpful if the baked goods are labeled if they contain nuts or dairy. There will be a table outside of the office on 05/10 for you to drop off your baked goods. We would like to have all items by the end of the school day but if needed, you can bring your items to the tables outside the gym by 6:30 p.m. on 5/10.

Thank you for considering to help with the Spring Concert bake sale!

Michele Pitcher and Sandy Pelzek

Dine Out to Support the McKinley Composting Project

May Composting Dine Out Fundraiser at Murf’s (12505 W. Burleigh, Brookfield). Eat in, call in, carry out, or order gift cards at Murf's on Wednesday, May 11th, for our ALL DAY dine out. No coupon required but you MUST mention you are supporting the McKinley fundraiser.

Mark your calendars for June 8th. Yo Mama is hosting our June fundraiser for the McKinley compost program. This is an all day dine out. More details to come.

Destination Imagination

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30p.m. in the Small Gym.

Come and learn more about this program that is sweeping the nation and Wauwatosa!

Destination Imagination (DI) is an after school program led by parent volunteers is a fun, hands on- system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open- ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), fine arts, and service learning.

Members of Wauwatosa DI will be presenting at 6:30 pm before the Thursday, May 12th PTO meeting in the multipurpose room. Come and learn about DI and how McKinley can start teams for the 2016/2017 school year.

Spring BOGO Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The Spring Buy-One-Get-One Book Fair will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 8:30am- 6:15pm. Many volunteers make this event possible. Please consider working one of the suggested shifts, or let us know when you are available throughout the day - we are flexible. If you are new to McKinley and are looking for an opportunity to meet other parents while promoting excitement for reading, putting books in the hands of kids, and helping to prevent the “summer slide,” then this is a great volunteer opportunity for you. Grab a friend and join us - we provide coffee and yummy snacks! ☺

Wed. May 18 Set-up 12:45-2:15

Thurs., May 19




3:00-5:00 (BUSY-most help needed here)

5:00-7:00 (last sales shift and tear down)

Please contact Melissa Mann or Beth Thuli, book fair co-chairs for more information.

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Make Your Mark on McKinley

The McKinley PTO is excited to announce the beginning of the Brick Drive. In conjunction with the district, the PTO is looking to remedy the muddy areas outside of the 90th street doors. We are selling engraveable bricks that will be interspersed with other bricks and installed to alleviate the muddy areas. The more bricks we sell the less mud there will be.

The bricks are available in two sizes, 4x8 ($27) and 8x8 ($52). Symbols can be added to the bricks for an additional $5.00 charge.

There are numerous reasons to purchase bricks:

  • Mark your family name down in history at McKinley
  • Document each of your children that attended McKinley or will attend McKinle
  • Honor your favorite teacher
  • Support the PTO
  • Advertise your business with the Company Name on a brick
  • Inspire the McKinley community with your favorite quote
  • Graduation present
  • Memorialize the loss of a loved one

Please click on the link below to order a brick. The website allows you to see what your brick will look like and pay for your bricks online using a credit card.

Don't miss out on leaving your Mark on McKinley. Order your brick today. The brick sale will go through June 1st.

Bike To School Day Was A Huge Success!

Thank you to the McKinley community for braving the chilly May morning and biking, walking and scooting to school. McKinley students are ready for biking season!

A total of 93 bikes were locked up on bike racks and the Wauwatosa Police Department registered 44 bikes. Vince Hanoski of Ben's Cycle shop provided bike safety checks. Countless helmets were checked for appropriate fit and new helmets given out.

Congratulations to the winners of the Bike to School day coloring contest sponsored by Corey Double Boldt, Keller Williams Real Estate.

4K- Ben Boldt

5K- Simon Began

1st- Sam Schwade

2nd -Amanda Neikirk

3rd- Ben Davis

4th- Zoe Kunz

5th- Keagan Schmitt

Labels for Education - Turn Your Labels In By June 1st.

In the past few years participation in Labels for Education® has declined and as a result, Campbell has come to the very difficult decision to wind down the LFE program.

The program will continue exactly as is for the remainder of the 2015-2016 LFE program year. There will be changes for next year’s program starting August 1, 2016. As the Coordinator for our school, my goal is to ensure that we maximize our opportunities to earn points before the conclusion of the program. Continue to Clip and Submit UPCs and Beverage/Sauce Caps, as all participating products listed are still accepted through July 31, 2016. The deadline for schools to trade points for products is July 31, 2016.

Therefore, I ask that you please submit all your Labels for Education Beverage/Sauce Caps and UPCs by June 1, 2016. This will allow enough time to count, process and redeem the points for products for the school. Thank you for all of your help and for being a part of the LFE program. Please reach out with any questions on LFE program changes or timing.

Thank You!

Carolyn Callahan

Spring Box Top Competition

It’s time to send in your Box Tops! Keep clipping, ask friends and neighbors to help, and send in your neatly clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher now until May 20th. The classroom that collects the most will win an ice cream party!

Come See Our Lost and Found

With all the craziness that surrounds the end of the school year, it's easy to forget about the lost and found! Please consider stopping by the bins by the cafeteria before June 9 to see if anything looks familiar! On the last day of school, the remaining items will be collected and eventually donated to a local organization. If your kiddo is missing something, please come take a look!

Join McKinley Families at the Inaugural Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk

Please join us on Saturday, May 21st to support Teagan Lane in Wisconsin's Inaugural Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk. More details are available in the document below. Let's show Teagan some McKinley love.

Eagle Scout Project Help Needed

My name is Spencer Johnson and I am doing my Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts in the Peacegarden. I will be working in the Peacegarden on Sunday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 18 and would love some assistance from the McKinley community! If you are available on one or both of these days and would like to help, please contact me so that I can provide you with details.

Thank you very much,

Spencer Johnson