McKinley PTO Newsletter

May 2, 2016

Co-Presidents' Update

McKinley has several awesome fundraisers going on this week. The deadline for the 5th grade raffle is Monday, and the deadline for the Plant Sale is Thursday, May 6th. The McKinley brick sale will run through June 1st. Please see below for more information. Please consider leaving your mark on McKinley.

Stay tuned for the McKinley PTO's first art auction. Each K5-5th Grade classroom at McKinley has worked with Mrs. Leigh to produce a classroom masterpiece. These masterpieces will be available to all McKinley families to bid on in an art auction to benefit the composting program. More information on composting and the auction will be coming home in this Tuesday's folder.

This week is teacher appreciation week at McKinley. The teacher appreciation committee has been hard at work planning to make sure the McKinley teachers feel the love this week. Below is a schedule of events.

Monday: Surprise gift and lunch

Tuesday: Pizza lunch will be provided

Wednesday: Notes of appreciation from the students will be delivered to the teachers

Thursday: Home made waffle breakfast

Friday: Classrooms will honor their teacher in their own celebrations

As always feel free to reach out to your teacher and let them know that your family appreciates their efforts.

We hope you have a great week!

Molly Hannan and Chris Riley

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

May 2 - Spring Box Tops Competition Begins

May 5 - Volunteer Appreciation Party

May 6 - Plant Sale Order Forms Due

May 6 - McKinley Spirit Wear Day

May 11 - Dine Out Event at Murf's (all day event)

May 12 - Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

June 1 - Brick Sale Ends

Enter the 5th Grade Raffle!

Help the fifth graders raise money for their legacy gift. Raffle tickets are available to purchase until May 3rd. You have the chance to win front row seats at the spring band/choir/orchestra concert, as well as a bouquet of flowers, spring inspired cupcakes made by the fifth graders, and a flower pot decorated by the fifth grade students and filled with colorful flowers. Raffle ticket cost $2 each or $5 for 3.

Bike To School Day is This Wednesday

5th Annual Bike, Walk Scoot to School Day is this Wednesday, May 4th.

The McKinley goal will be to have a “Car Free” zone around the school. Students will be encouraged to bike, walk or scoot to school. Students who live too far away will be encouraged to park 3-4 blocks away and walk.

Bike to School Day activities will include:

• Coloring Contest, with prizes and healthy snacks sponsored by Corey Double Boldt Keller Williams Realty. Awards for each grade will be announced at the end of the school day on May 4th. Extra copies of coloring sheets available in the office but need to be turned in by the morning of May 4th to be included in the judging.

• Bike Registration- New this year! Wauwatosa Police Department will be on hand to register bikes. When registering, police will need to know the name, address and phone number of the owner, as well as the make and model and serial number of the bicycle. The bike will also have to pass a basic safety check.

• Bike Safety Checks, courtesy of Vince Hanoski, Ben’s Cycle Shop starting at 7:30 a.m. until the first bell.

• Bike helmets, Bike helmet fitting before and after school. Come and make sure your helmet is the proper size and fit. New helmets will be available for students and family members. Suggested $10 donation to the McKinley PTO.

Volunteers are needed before and after school to make this day successful. Please check out the sign up at:

Sponsored by McKinley PTO SRTS, Ben’s Cycle Shop and Corey Boldt, Keller Williams Realty.

Plant Sale Orders Are Due Soon!

Plant Sale forms are due Friday, May 6. Please email Terri Holzen ( if you have questions or need extra forms.
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Make Your Mark on McKinley

The McKinley PTO is excited to announce the beginning of the Brick Drive. In conjunction with the district, the PTO is looking to remedy the muddy areas outside of the 90th street doors. We are selling engraveable bricks that will be interspersed with other bricks and installed to alleviate the muddy areas. The more bricks we sell the less mud there will be.

The bricks are available in two sizes, 4x8 ($27) and 8x8 ($52). Symbols can be added to the bricks for an additional $5.00 charge.

There are numerous reasons to purchase bricks:

  • Mark your family name down in history at McKinley
  • Document each of your children that attended McKinley or will attend McKinle
  • Honor your favorite teacher
  • Support the PTO
  • Advertise your business with the Company Name on a brick
  • Inspire the McKinley community with your favorite quote
  • Graduation present
  • Memorialize the loss of a loved one

Please click on the link below to order a brick. The website allows you to see what your brick will look like and pay for your bricks online using a credit card.

Don't miss out on leaving your Mark on McKinley. Order your brick today. The brick sale will go through June 1st.

Spring Concert Bake Sale Is Coming Soon!

Hello McKinley Families! The Spring Concert bake sale is coming up on Tuesday, May 10th. The proceeds from this bake sale go towards the 5th grade graduation celebration. This sale is a great opportunity to help offset the cost of the celebration so we would really appreciate your help in the form of baked goods!

Please consider baking or buying treats to be sold at the sale. Goods should be in small packages and ready for sale. It's also very helpful if the baked goods are labeled if they contain nuts or dairy. There will be a table outside of the office on 05/10 for you to drop off your baked goods. We would like to have all items by the end of the school day but if needed, you can bring your items to the tables outside the gym by 6:30 p.m. on 5/10.

Thank you for considering to help with the Spring Concert bake sale!

Spring Box Tops Competition


In the past few years participation in Labels for Education® has declined and as a result, Campbell has come to the very difficult decision to wind down the LFE program.

The program will continue exactly as is for the remainder of the 2015-2016 LFE program year. There will be changes for next year’s program starting August 1, 2016. As the Coordinator for our school, my goal is to ensure that we maximize our opportunities to earn points before the conclusion of the program. Continue to Clip and Submit UPCs and Beverage/Sauce Caps, as all participating products listed are still accepted through July 31, 2016. The deadline for schools to trade points for products is July 31, 2016.

Therefore, I ask that you please submit all your Labels for Education Beverage/Sauce Caps and UPCs by June 1, 2016. This will allow enough time to count, process and redeem the points for products for the school.

Thank you for all of your help and for being a part of the LFE program. Please reach out with any questions on LFE program changes or timing.

Thank You!

Carolyn Callahan

Dine Out to Support the McKinley Composting Project

May Composting Dine Out Fundraiser at Murf’s (12505 W. Burleigh, Brookfield). Eat in, call in, carry out, or order gift cards at Murf's on Wednesday, May 11th, for our ALL DAY dine out. No coupon required but you MUST mention you are supporting the McKinley fundraiser.

Mark your calendars for June 8th. Yo Mama is hosting our June fundraiser for the McKinley compost program. This is an all day dine out. More details to come.

Destination Imagination

Thursday, May 12th at 6:30p.m. in the Small Gym.

Come and learn more about this program that is sweeping the nation and Wauwatosa!

Destination Imagination (DI) is an after school program led by parent volunteers is a fun, hands on- system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open- ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.

Members of Wauwatosa DI will be presenting at 6:30 pm before the Thursday, May 12th PTO meeting in the multipurpose room. Come and learn about DI and how McKinley can start teams for the 2016/2017 school year.

Save the Date for the Scholastic BOGO Book Fair!

Save the date for Scholastic BOGO Book Fair: Thurs., May 19th

Buy one-get one free! Stock up on wonderful books and prevent the “summer slide”

Volunteers needed- no experience necessary. Please contact Melissa Mann or Beth Thuli

Hope you can join us!

Join McKinley Families at the Inaugural Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk

Please join us on Saturday, May 21st to support Teagan Lane in Wisconsin's Inaugural Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk. More details are available in the document below. Let's show Teagan some McKinley love.

Thank You For A Very Successful Adult Social!

The numbers are in and this year the Adult Social raised over $7,000!!! Thanks again for everyone who attended and helped make that possible. We are currently looking into carousel options for the small playground and with any extra money, we will be purchasing iPads for Spanish and/or new PBIS signage.