McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

June 7, 2021

Presidents' Update

WOW - the last week of school!! McKinley teachers, staff and families we did it!

This will be the last newsletter for the 2020/21 school year. We would like to thank all the volunteers who have given their time, donations, treats and support throughout the school year. YOU are what makes McKinley so special - for our children, our teachers, staff and families.

Best of luck to all of the 5th graders. We are so proud of you all!

In this edition of the PTO newsletter look for more information about:

  • Volunteer Opportunities Available
  • Buy Your Plants at Shady Lane Greenhouses
  • New Family Mentor
  • EFW Rush for Education

Wishing you a summer full of sunshine and fun!

Kayla Merker and Mike Hansen

Important Dates to Remember

  • June 11 - Last Day of School - 11:50 AM Dismissal

  • August 31 - Back to School Celebration

  • September 1 - First Day of School (SK - 12)

  • September 3 - First Day of School for JK

  • September 6 - Labor Day - No School

  • September 9 - PTO Meeting

  • September 21 - Picture Day

  • September 30 - McKinley Mile

  • Volunteer Opportunities Available

    As we continue to plan for the enjoyable, fun and educational PTO sponsored events for the 2020/21 school year we need your help. Please consider volunteering as a chair for a committee leader for one of the following:

    -5th Grade Celebration

    -Plant Sale

    -Chess Club

    -Green Team

    If you are curious, please contact Mike Hansen.

    Buy Your Plants at Shady Lane Greenhouses

    In place of an in-person plant sale, the McKinley PTO is partnering with Shady Lane Greenhouses in Menomonee Falls to offer a fundraising option for 2021:

    • Visit Shady Lane Greenhouse to make your plant and garden purchases
    • When checking out, tell the cashier you are with McKinley Elementary
    • The McKinley PTO will receive 25% from all in-store purchases of regularly priced merchandise
    • Program runs April through June 30, 2021

    Click HERE for Shady Lane's location and current hours.

    Questions? Email or text Terri Holzen (; 303-523-5391)

    New Family Mentor Program Volunteers Needed

    McKinley's New Family Mentor Program connects existing families with families new to McKinley with the goal of welcoming new families to the school as well as providing a resource for the information and questions throughout the school year.

    In order to make this program successful, we are in need of veteran McKinley families to volunteer to be mentor families this year. The time commitment is minimal and the impact is lasting. Please consider becoming a Mentor Family by contacting Paige Brown at

    EFW Rush for Education

    This year, the EFW Rush for Education will take place virtually from June 6-12, 2021. Learn more about this fun event that benefits Wauwatosa students here, and register today!

    How Do I Become a Member of the PTO?

    You already are! If you are a parent, guardian or teacher at McKinley Elementary School, you are a member of the PTO.

    Interested in becoming more involved? The PTO is always looking for help. Volunteer opportunities in areas of marketing, communication, social media coordination, event coordination, website design, merchandising and more! There are volunteer opportunities that fit everyone's schedule - during school hours, after school hours, work from home hours and one time event hours.

    Please plan to attend the PTO Meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the followings date:

    September 9th

    October 14th

    January 13th

    March 10th

    May 12th

    For more information about how you can become involved in PTO efforts, contact Kayla Merker at or Mike Hansen at