McKenzie Monitor

May 10, 2019

Principal's Note: Thank You PTA!

WOW! WOW! WOW! Thank you so much to our PTA for being incredibly generous during Teacher Appreciation Week! We greatly appreciate all of your support throughout the year!

  • MAY 6TH: Kindergarten – Bagels Galore
  • MAY 7TH: 1st Grade – Cereal Bar
  • MAY 8TH: 2nd Grade – Grab & Go Breakfast
  • MAY 9TH: 3rd Grade – Yogurt Granola Bar
  • MAY 10TH: 4th Grade – Donuts & Baked Goodies

Registration For School Year 2019-2020

Please complete registration online (CLICK HERE) for your child(ren) for the upcoming school year so that we can plan accordingly for next year. It is helpful to know our section numbers for each grade level before summer break! Thank you!

News To Share: Administrator for Student & Special Services

We want to share the news that Dr. Romy DeCristofaro, District 39’s Administrator for Student and Special Services, has been offered a position in another district. She plans to accept later this month, when that district’s Board will vote on approval. Since she has not yet been approved, we cannot share any further details, but Romy wanted to give District 39 the opportunity to begin the search process for a replacement. We will keep you updated.

Paw Pride Winners!

We are happy to announce this week's students whose tickets were pulled for safe, responsible, and respectful behavior:


Brian Hess

Ben McShane

Logan Wang

Grade 1

Gabby Miller

Henry Saunders

Jack Scully

Violet Wilson

Grade 2

Eliana Hart-Cunningham

Jossie Mullman

Annie O’Keefe

Harper Sheehan

Grade 3

James Barnett

Leila Blomeier

Connor Dunn

Violet Gobdel

Sophia Lau

Grade 4

Lena Frangos

Maya Gould

Evan LeeMaster

Wynn Zehender

Hallway CHAMPS

Mrs. Deutsch's AM Class

Mrs. Allen's Class

Ms. Carter's Class

Mrs. Reed's Class

Ms. Uhler's Class

PTA News & Information


The Nominating Committee is proud to present the following parent volunteer Executive Board slate for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you to the following McKenzie parents for their willingness to give their time and talents to serve on the PTA! Voting on this Executive Board slate will take place at the May 21st PTA General Board Meeting.

Treasurer- Megan Virtanen
Room Parent VP- Melissa Fenwick
Room Parent Assistant- Brandy Todd
Secretary Elect- Rachel Brown
Communications Assistant - Cheryl Leahy
Fundraising Assistant - Mary Fratini
Enrichment Assistant - Kelly Higgins
Community Building Asst- Seth Reinick
Webmaster- Denise Lam

Assistant Webmaster - Christi Harrison

Thank you also to Alli Frazier, Suzanne Gayle, Yana Nabutovsky, Janet Langdon, Aimee Koski, Shauna Smith, Heather Metz, Amy Falkowski, and Elizabeth Candido for their time and commitment to the Nominating Committee.

Thank you to Lana Chae for once again opening your home for our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. And thank you to all the dedicated parents who donated to the luncheon, provided breakfast each morning and stocked the teachers’ lounge this week.


Second Grade Bike Safety: On Monday, May 13, all McKenzie second graders will participate in a 30 minute active bike safety presentation and obstacle course on the blacktop during one of their afternoon class periods. Students need to have a bike (no problem if they do not, they can walk the course), a helmet and a bike lock to secure the bikes. Thanks to our parent volunteers! Questions: Email

Race for Recess: Help fund recess equipment for our sister school Carman-Buckner! Presented by the Power Up to Play Committee, Race for Recess will be a run/walk for the entire family and McKenzie staff. All proceeds will go toward gym equipment for Carman Buckner Elementary School. The Race for Recess takes place on Thursday, May 16, from 3:15-5 pm. For more information and to sign up click here.

Bike to Highcrest: Fourth Graders - grab your bikes and helmets and sign up for Bike to Highcrest on Monday, May 20. Meet on the blacktop to check in with your signed registration and waiver after dismissal. Teams of students and parent volunteers will leave around 3:25-3:30 to bike to Highcrest, meet with HMS admins and bike back to McKenzie by approximately 4:25-4:35 for parent pick up. We need PARENT VOLUNTEERS too! Register and sign up to volunteer here.


No Fall Frenzy this October with No Chairs: Do you want your kids to have Fall Frenzy? We need co-chairs! PTA events only happen with parent volunteers and Fall Frenzy will not occur this October without interested parents to chair it. Fall Frenzy is a McKenzie favorite…please consider volunteering to chair!

Fourth Grade Bike to Highcrest: Parents we need your help! We need parent volunteers to ride with a team of students to Highcrest for the Bike to Highcrest Monday, May 20. Students and parents will leave McKenzie at 3:25 and return at 4:25. Sign up here.

PTA Executive Board: The PTA needs you! Are you interested in volunteering for the PTA Executive Board for 2019-2020? The Nominating Committee is looking for a dedicated parent to volunteer for President Elect and Treasure Elect.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Amy Falkowski

Field Day: Field Day will take place Friday, May 31st. (Rain date: Monday, June 3rd) and we need lots of volunteers to make this day run smoothly. Please sign up here.

McKenzie Garden: The McKenzie Garden is now open and needs your help! Please sign up here.


Notice: PTA Exec and General Board Meetings are rescheduled from May 14 to May 21. The Exec meeting will be from 8:45-10 am and the General Board Meeting (for all parents and PTA members) will be at 10 am in the cafeteria. At the General Board Meeting, the 2019-2020 Slate and Budget will be voted upon, as well as Phase 2 of the Flexible Classroom project. Please join us!

PTA Budget: Attention General PTA Membership! The McKenzie 2019-2020 budget is now posted on the McKenzie PTA website. Please review and contact Julieta LaMalfa ( with any questions.

The budget will be voted on and finalized at the May 21, 2018 General Board Meeting.

School Kits: It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Online ordering is underway and will end on Friday, May 17th. Don’t miss out! Pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school! A portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the McKenzie PTA. Order here. Questions? Contact Evita Gailuma

4th Grade Farewell: Attention 4th Grade Families! Pictures needed for 4th grade farewell slideshow! Please submit at least 3 pictures of your child at McKenzie with friends or alone (ideas include first/last day of school, class parties, field day, field trips, Fall Frenzy, pictures on the blacktop/playground/front of school/classroom...). If you do not have any pictures taken at school, please send pictures taken elsewhere. Submit pictures to by 5/29

AmazonSmile: You can now earn money for McKenzie just by shopping at Amazon! You shop. Amazon gives. Same products, same prices, same service. Support McKenzie and register here.

Destination Imagination: Are you curious about DI? Come to an informational presentation to find out what Destination Imagination (DI) is all about! DI is a team-based creative problem solving competition for ids grades K-12. There are several identical, 1hour presentations to choose from. RSVP here.

May 17th, 9 am @ McKenzie

May 30th, 7 pm @ WJHS

June 4th, 7 pm @ McKenzie

June 7th, 9 am @ MEC

June 11th 3:35 @ Harper

District 39 Education Foundation: The District 39 Educational Foundation is proud to announce the Ray of Light Fund to celebrate and honor Dr. Lechner's background, support, and advocacy of special education and inclusion programming. Please click here to make a donation in honor of his retirement after 20 years of service.

District 39 Education Foundation: Show your appreciation to your child’s teacher in a unique way this year. D39 Educational Foundation Teacher Appreciation Certificates are a special thank you. For $39, your honoree is sent a certificate displaying your own words of thanks. In addition, his/her name and yours are added to a virtual Wall of Honor. These donations are used for Gripp Grants that enrich the lives of all D39 students. Click here to order.

McKenzie PTA Website

Community News

Wilmette Baseball Association has opened Summer League Registration for students in Kindergarten - 3 grades.

Wilmette Historical Museum hosts Summer Scavenger Hunt June 17 - August 4th.

Trevian Juniors is a softball program for girls ages 6-10. Go to the website for tryout information.

Oakton Community College hosts summer STEAM camps and classes for students ages 8-12. Registration is now open.

Love to sing? Youth Choral Theatre of Chicago offers a free vocal training class with flyer. Vocal classes available for children ages 4-18.

The Center Fitness Club schedule and various park district classes for children are posted.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Community News

2nd Posting: Order Now! School Kits 2019-2020

It’s time to order your school supplies for next year! Online ordering is underway. Don’t miss out! Pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school! Ordering runs from May 1st – May 17th and a portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the McKenzie PTA. Order here. Questions? Contact Evita Gailuma

2nd Posting: Flag Football Tournament

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Upcoming Dates


2nd Grade Bike Safety


PTA PUP Fun Run @3:15pm


Spirit Day - Hat Day


Bike To Highcrest

School Board Meeting @7pm MEC

5/22/19 - 5/24/19

4th Grade Outdoor Ed


No School - Memorial Day


Field Day


4th Grade Music Show @2:15


8th Grade WJHS Promotion


Paw Pride Assembly

4th Grade Farewell Party


Last Day of School

PTA Popsicle Party @11:55am

Regular 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

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