McKinley PTO Newsletter

December 20, 2015

Co-Presidents' Update

Thank you to Lori Brandenburg for running the winter bake sale. Your tireless efforts are much appreciated!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

December 23 - Winter Break Begins

January 4 - Classes Resume

January 8 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

January 13 & 14 - Kindergarten Registration

January 14 - Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

January 15 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

January 18 - No School

January 22 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

January 22 - Family Game Night

January 29 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

Hats off to...

Thank you to all of the Girl Scout and Brownie parents who helped make the Secret Holiday Workshop a great success! The Girl Scout bake sale, along with the Orchestra tip jar, made $700 for families in need for the holidays! The girls purchased gifts for 3 families and items for the Ronald McDonald House. We could not pull off this event without the help of the fantastic McKinley Girl Scout leaders: Bridget Schmitt, Molly Hannan, Heather Couch, Jill Guttormson, Maggie DiCastri, Meg Mallow, Katie Wick, Lori Brandenburg, and Cara Schwantes. Also, a huge thank you to Liz Daily for sharing her students and their wonderful musical talents with us throughout the evening. The music was a hit!

Thank you to the following people for baking and/or working the bake sale:

Katie Farwell, Melissa Mann, Sarah Lerand, Rebecca Lazzaroni, Bethany Unger, Anna Schmidt, Michele Pitcher, NIlsa Wilbur, Melanie Ebertowski, Carolyn Neikirk, Sara Deutsch, Katherine Nersesian, Kasia Broniowska, Julie Welch, Sarah Atols, Joellen Bradach, Carolyn Callahan, Rachael Woznick, Mary Delcore, Monica Deluhery, Sarah Dupee, Molly Hannan, Karla Baierl, Colleen Watters, Angela Katula, Matt Sanders, Audrey Davis, Katie Juzenas, Carlie Jaeckels, Kristen Marlier, Amy Standal, Mariusz Zareba, Sharon Long, Lizabeth Baish, Barbara Klein, Joni Alcala, Kirsten Dodulik, Megan Hambrook, Cara Schwantes, Heidi Engbring, and Beth Thuli

The PTO Bake Sale was a success thanks to your efforts.

Lost and Found

Starting December 16, tables will be set up in the hallway (near Room 14) with all items that are currently in the lost and found. Please consider stopping by, before or after the Winter concerts, to see if anything looks familiar! On December 22, the remaining items will be taken down and eventually donated. If your kiddo is missing something, please come take a look!

McKinley PTO Play Deck Fundraiser!

We will be selling Play! Milwaukee decks of cards as a fundraiser to support the McKinley PTO.

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)!

Just in time for the holidays, Play Milwaukee is the perfect stocking stuffer and hostess gift. Each deck costs $25. The McKinley PTO will earn $5 for each deck sold. Learn more about the decks at

Find the flyer with more ordering information here:

Art Supplies Needed

Ms. Leigh is looking for a few items for upcoming art projects. Please bring in the following, for use by McKinley’s budding artists! Thank you for your help.

Plastic silverware

Wood blocks (6” by 7” or larger, plywood is acceptable)

Googly eyes

Pom Poms

Wine corks

High Interest Day Presenters Needed

High Interest Day will be held on April 22nd this year. We’re looking for one or two presenters for both the morning (3 classes) and afternoon (2 classes) sessions. Please consider sharing your time and talents with the McKinley community. We’d love to hear your idea for a class or we can help a willing presenter find something they’d like to present. Please contact Heidi Engbring at for more information.

School Dance Help Needed!

McKinley's school dance will be held on March. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Lori Hagopian at

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!