McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

November 2, 2021

President's Update

On Thursday, November 4th, consider not cooking and let Saz's do all the work. You can dine in or carry out. If you rather carry out, you can either order by phone and mention the fundraiser when you order or you can place an order at and use the code MSK to designate the fundraiser. Saz's will donate 15% back from the orders they receive between the hours of 11 am - 8pm that mention McKinley.

Back by popular demand, the McKinley PTO has joined forces again with MKEing Coffee. Starting on Monday, November 8th you will be able to order coffee (Stone Creek), tea (Rishi) and hot chocolate (Omanhene). All coffee (whole bean and ground) will be McKinley branded. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to sponsor families for the holidays through TosaCares and then the remainder will go to the 5th Grade Celebration.

Show our teachers appreciation and love by giving them a snack boost during their busy day! Click HERE to contribute a few requested items.

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

  • Teachers' Lounge Snack Contributions
  • SK-2nd Grade Parents
  • Donate to the Afghan Refugees at Ft. McCoy
  • Thursday, 11/4 Saz's Dine Out

Have a wonderful first week of November!

Kayla Merker

Important Dates to Remember

Nov 3 - 5:30 pm - Girls Scouts Information Meeting for SK - 2nd Grade Girls

Nov 4 - Saz's Dine Out

Nov 8 - 23 - Coffee Sale

Nov 17 - Chipotle Dine Out

Nov 24 - 29 - No School JK - 12

Help Support Our Teachers and Staff

Show our teachers appreciation and love by giving them a snack boost during their busy day! Please note that some items should be brought to the school directly, for refrigeration. Other items that do not require refrigeration should be brought to Elysabeth Reichman's house (2117 N 91 St., Wauwatosa), no later than 11/5, to be delivered to the school the week after

Click HERE to sign up.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Elysabeth at

SK - 2nd Grade Parents

Please join Girl Scouts of Southeastern WI for a Parent Information meeting on Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:30 pm in the Community Room at McKinley. Bring along your child so she can participate in a craft while you learn more about the new Girl Scout Troop. There will be McKinley Girl Scouts present sharing their experiences and helping your child with a craft.

For more information, reach out to Merari Contreras at

Donate to the Afghan Refugees at Ft. McCoy

In an effort to raise awareness of and support for the 13,000(!) Afghan refugees at Ft. McCoy here in our own state of Wisconsin, McKinley is organizing a collection drive for the refugees. This collection will be our inaugural McKinley Community Outreach event!

Here is an article to a recent piece from Time magazine about the refugees at Ft. McCoy. Mrs. Smith, our awesome McKinley librarian, has curated a collection of books on refugees. At the school library, she hopes to read to kids during library time or for teacher's to grab books to read to their class to tie in the collection drive with the plight of refugees from all over the world. The drive and books also create a great teachable moment for home discussions as well.

We get it. We all have hectic lives. PTO wants to make this drive as successful and user-friendly as possible. Please consider purchasing an item from this Amazon list. Items range in price from $7 to $60. If an item is purchased off of the list it will automatically be shipped to Monica Deluhery's house. Feel free to purchase elsewhere. If purchased elsewhere, items can be dropped off at the Deluhery's house (email for address). All collected items will be dropped off at the Oak Creek Salvation Army once the drive ends on Friday November 12.

Again, we know it's a challenging time for everyone, but every little bit helps. As Wisconsinites we know what the upcoming winter looks like, I could only imagine what the potential further shock these refugees will receive experiencing their first long Wisconsin winter. Please do not hesitate to contact Monica,, with any questions.

Thursday, 11/4 - Saz's Dine Out

Please consider ordering from Saz's this week Thursday, November 4th to earn money back for your school! -Dana Wurzburger

Thursday, November 4th- Saz's State House at 5539 W. State Street, Milwaukee will donate 15% back from the orders between the hours of 11 am - 8 pm that mention McKinley. Dine in or carry out both count, but delivery orders do not count. If you dine in you'd just let your server know that you are there for the McKinley fundraiser (reservations encouraged but not necessary). If you'd rather carry out you can either order by phone and mention the fundraiser when you order or you can place an order at and use the code MSK to designate the fundraiser.

Wednesday, November 17th- Chipotle at 2711 N Mayfair Rd Ste A, Wauwatosa will host a fundraiser between 4 pm - 8 pm that day. This is our best chance to earn some money for our school since they donate the highest percentage (33%) back to our school! In-store orders that show the flyer or mention McKinley count but so do online orders through the website or app. When you are ready to check out, in the Enter A Promo Code section you'd type: XAV4GRQ and then hit "Apply." the pick-up must be scheduled for sometime in the window of 4-8 pm that day. Thanks for participating in the Dine Out fundraisers!

Thursday, December 2nd- Ruby Tap Wauwatosa will host a fundraiser for our school. All purchases that mention McKinley that day (3 pm -10 pm), including drinks in-store, bottles to go, wine club purchases, AND gift cards will generate 10% back for our school. Support a McKinley family business and get some holiday shopping done at the same time!

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:

January 13th

March 10th

May 12th

For more information about how you can become involved in PTO efforts, contact Kayla Merker at or 414.399.3319.