McKenzie Monitor

August 18, 2017

Welcome Back 2017

Greetings McKenzie Families!

I hope this email finds you enjoying the remaining days of summer vacation; hopefully you and your child(ren) are recharged and ready to embark on an exciting new year at McKenzie on Tuesday, September 5th!

To keep you informed throughout the year, I will be sharing McKenzie Monitor emails; these are weekly informational newsletters sent to all McKenzie families. It is important you keep your contact information in PowerSchool current in order to receive these updates.

This message and all others will follow a standard format; I will open with a brief message and then I will post new items that denote whether it is new news or a reminder. Some reminders will stay up for nearly a semester while others will only be posted one time. In any event, I will always let you know when something is being posted for the final time (you can also view archived editions in the link at the bottom of the page). I will also attached pertinent flyers and/or information from the our school/district/PTA throughout my messages so you don't need to hunt for them.

I look forward to seeing you soon!



School Hours


Kindergarten AM 8:35am - 11:10am

Kindergarten PM 12:40pm - 3:15pm

Grades 1st - 4th

Monday - Thursday 8:35am - 3:15pm

*Friday 8:35am - 2:15pm

Before school supervision will begin at 8:20am, and the first bell will ring at 8:30am. Please refer to McKenzie's calendar for important dates/holidays.

*We will provide supervision from 2:15-3:15 for those students who need it. More information about how to sign up for Early Dismissal Supervision will be shared on Monday, August 21st.

New People to Meet At McKenzie

Familiar People, New Names!

  • Our art teacher, Ms. Sarah Brazee celebrated her wedding in July! We will now refer to her as Mrs. Quinn. Congrats to Mrs. Quinn!

  • Our paraprofessional, Ms. Maeghan Galloway celebrated her wedding this summer! Congrats to the new Mrs. Deutsch!

New Paraprofessionals

  • New paraprofessionals joining our staff will be announced in September!

1st Posting - Teacher Assignment

Teacher assignment will be available through PowerSchool on Monday, August 21st after 3pm. The assignments are sent in batches, therefore everyone will not receive an email at the same time. If you do not receive an email by Tuesday, August 22nd at 3:00pm, please call McKenzie's office and we can assist you.

1st Posting - Back To School Information

Don't forget you can access ALL of the important back to school information on McKenzie's website: Click Here

1st Posting - Snack Policy

Only fruits and vegetables will be allowed for snacks. This best practice truly protects many students with food allergies and promotes healthy eating.

1st Posting - September 5th Information

1st Grade - 4th Grade

September 5th is an early release day of school. Parents of 1st grade - 4th grade students may walk their child(ren) to class and then proceed to the blacktop for coffee and PTA volunteer sign up opportunities beginning at 8:45am.

1st Grade - 4th Grade Hours 8:35am - 11:55am


Teacher Meet & Greet - Students attend with parent/adult

8:40 - 9:25 AM Morning kindergarten students with the last names A-K

10:25 -1:10 AM Morning kindergarten students with the last names L-Z

1:00 - 1:45 PM Afternoon kindergarten students with the last names A-K

2:15 - 3:00 PM Afternoon kindergarten students with the last names L-Z

PTA News and Information

  • Please stop by the Welcome Back Coffee on the first day of school, September 5th, from 8:35 AM to 10:00 AM on the school blacktop (or cafeteria if raining). This is a great chance to grab a cup of coffee, mingle with fellow McKenzie parents and peruse volunteer opportunities for the upcoming school year. To keep waste limited, this is a BYOM (bring your own mug!) event.

    There will be a condensed version of this event for kindergarten families on Wednesday, September 6th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

  • Come join us for our annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 10th on the school blacktop (or cafeteria/gym if raining)!

McKenzie's PTA Website

Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, Sep. 6th, 3:30pm

649 Prairie Avenue

Wilmette, IL

Come join us as we unveil and explore our new Learning Commons! Thank you to District 39 and our PTA for all of your support to create a learning environment with endless learning opportunities!

Upcoming Dates

9/5/17 Early Release (Grade 1 - Grade 4)

9/5/17 Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet

9/6/17 1st Full Day of School

9/6/17 Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

9/10/17 PTA Ice Cream Social

9/14/17 Curriculum Night: Kindergarten AM/PM - 2nd Grade

9/18/17 D39 Growth Mindset Parent Night

9/19/17 School Pictures

9/21 No School - Rosh Hashanah

9/22 No School - Teacher Institute Day

9/28/17 Curriculum Night: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade

After School Clubs - Wilmette Park District

Safe Routes to School

The D39 Village Wide PTA Safety & Civics committee produced a fun video to ask kids and their parents/caregivers to respect the safety rules and guidelines around the schools. Over the course of the last 3 to 4 years Wilmette Police officers, cross-guards, bus drivers, PTA representatives gathered stories of incidents that happened at their school. With input from parents, and kids of all ages this video was created to communicate the most important safety guidelines that put everyone's well being at risk.

Safe routes to school