McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

September 3, 2019

Presidents' Update

Hello McKinley Families!

It was great to see everyone at last week's Back to School Celebration! We are SO excited to kick off a great year filled with fun events, activities and programs.

Thank you Firefly Real Estate for the donuts and Starbucks in the Village for the coffee at today's Back to School Parent Celebration.

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

  • Directory and Teacher Appreciation Donation
  • First PTO Meeting of the Year
  • Room Parents Still Needed in a Few Classrooms
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Teacher Treats
  • McKinley Mile
  • Dine Out Dates
  • Green Team
  • Cub Scout Recruitment Night

If you have any questions about the upcoming school year or ways you would like to get involved, please feel free to contact us.

Kayla Merker and Mike Hansen

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

  • September 6th - JK - First Day of School
  • September 10th - Picture Day
  • September 12th - 6:30 p.m. - First PTO Meeting of the 2019 - 20 School Year
  • September 24th - 4:00-8:00 p.m. - First Dine Out at Five Guys - Mayfair
  • September 26th - McKinley Mile

Directory and Teacher Appreciation Contributions

New for the 2019-20 school year, the PTO will be collecting online for the directory and teacher appreciation contributions.

The directory will contain names/address/phone numbers/email for parents and guardians of your child's classmates. The directory is $8 for one copy and $2 for each additional copy.

The PTO collects contributions from parents to help provide gifts to our classroom teachers and special teachers. The gifts are a great way to say thank you for all their hard work throughout the year. Gifts are typically provided at holidays, birthdays and end of year. The suggested contribution is $25 for one student and $20 more for each additional child. All classroom teacher contributions will be split equally.

Click HERE to make your contribution.

First PTO Meeting of the School Year

Please plan to join us for the first PTO meeting of the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, September 12th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Have a question you would like answered or a topic that you would like to have addressed during the meeting? We would love to hear them! Email Mike Hansen to share your thoughts.

Volunteer Opportunities

McKinley Elementary is fortunate to have a community of parents and guardians who graciously volunteer their time and talents to support our many programs and events throughout the school year. Below is a current list of volunteer opportunities:

McKinley Auction

We are seeking a volunteer(s) to lead the Auction Committee. Please consider being part of this exciting fundraiser.

Destination Imagination

Looking for a parent to coordinate meetings, parent volunteers, competitions and act as a liaison between DI International and local representative.

Please contact Maura Riordan for more information.

Room Parents Needed

Volunteering to be a Room Parent is a fantastic way to support your child's teacher and class throughout the school year.

The following Room Parents are needed in these classrooms:

Ms. Pawasarat

-1 volunteer needed

Mrs. Danmeier

-2 volunteers needed

Mrs. Wendland

-1 volunteer needed

Mr. Elrod

-2 volunteers needed

If you are interested in being a Room Parent for any of the above classrooms, please click HERE and list your name, your child's name and grade.


"Hard to believe, but the McKinley Mile 2019 is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for September 26th. Volunteers will be needed to help with everything from neighborhood flyer delivery to corner marshals to food set up and beyond. Any assistance you can provide for this McKinley Elementary institution is greatly appreciated! To sign up for an open slot, please go to the McKinley Mile SignUpGenius page and pick a slot that works for you. Registration forms will be going home in the Tuesday red folders, please return form and fee in the red folder. If you have any questions, contact Dave Farwell at

Green Team to Participate in the Wauwatosa Green Summit

The McKinley Green Team is again participating in the Wauwatosa Green Summit. Tosa's 9th annual Summit will be held on September 7 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue, and feature exhibits from 10 am to 1 pm. MMSD's Household Hazardous Waste Collection, along with partnerships with Wauwatosa Police and their Crime-stoppers project, and the Wauwatosa Health Department, will feature collections for shredding, electronic recycling, medicine, and Dream Bikes bicycles, providing opportunities to both create awareness and take action. Please come visit our table at the Civic Center on September 7th!

Cub Scout Recruitment Night

Please join us in the multi-purpose room on Tuesday, 9/10, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for Cub Scout recruitment night. This informal evening will be an opportunity for students between 1st and 5th grades who are interested in joining Cub Scouts for the first time to hear more about what Scouts is all about! Parents will have a chance to hear a presentation and ask questions to current scout leaders while the kids will have a chance to spend time with some current scouts. We hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Dine Out Dates

We already have three Dine Out dates for your calendar! Please support McKinley by patronizing the following businesses on these dates and telling them you are there for the McKinley fundraiser. We really appreciate your support and hope to see you there! -Dana Wurzburger

Tuesday, Sept 24th 4-8 pm, Five Guys in Mayfair Mall (2500 N Mayfair Rd #320 Wauwatosa)

Thursday, October 17th all day, Jose’s Blue Sombrero in the Village (7615 W State St Wauwatosa)

Tuesday, October 29th 4-8 pm Chipotle on Center and Mayfair (2711A North Mayfair Rd Wauwatosa)

Teacher Treat Sign Up

If you'd like to show your appreciation to the McKinley teachers and staff by bringing in a treat for the teacher/staff lounge, please sign up for a day by clicking HERE.

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 dates:

September 12th

October 10th

January 9th

March 12th

May 14th

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