McKenzie Monitor

March 2, 2018

Principal's Note: RED Week

Our first RED Week was a HUGE success! Thank you very much to Ally Rappaport for paving the way as the lead RED Week McKenzie staff member! A big thank you to Jody Boquist, Erika Hvalacek and the PTA for all of your support! Mrs. Boquist, Mrs. Hvalacek, and Ms. Rappaport spent endless hours preparing activities for our students and staff, organizing our school-wide assembly, purchasing RED Week bands for all students and staff to unite us as one and prepping our front lobby bulletin board titled, Take What You Need, Give What You Can. There is no doubt in my mind that our students and staff have an enhanced appreciate for each others' uniqueness. We will continue to live by the motto, Respect Every Difference!

Be on the look out for a video featuring our students' take on RED Week. Dr. Lechner will be highlighting McKenzie's students in his Friday Minute coming soon!

Please check out some of our photos below:

Early Bird Parent Parking

If you drop off your child for our Early Bird care program, please turn on your emergency flashers. We are asking you to do this so that McKenzie staff members know if a car will be leaving a parking spot, which will then lead to an available staff parking spot. As you know, we are challenged with limited staff parking and this would greatly help us! Thank you!

Good Luck to our DI Particpants!

To learn more about Destination Imagination (DI) CLICK HERE

Summer Enrichment Registration

Don’t miss out on Summer Enrichment Classes! There is still time to register! Registration will be open until March 9, 2018! CLICK HERE

PTA News and Information

Thank you to Jody Boquist and Erika Hvalacek for organizing RED Week at McKenzie. Throughout last week, the students enjoyed learning the importance of respecting every difference.

Thank you to Amy Butterworth and Marie Hirschle for hosting another successful Movie Fun Night!


McKenzie Variety Show 2018 TICKET SALES:

The show is almost here and it is time to buy tickets, on sale February 21st at noon at!

Saturday 3/10/18 @ 10:30 am (Annual sensory friendly show)

Tuesday 3/13/18 - Friday 3/16/18 @ 7 pm (shows begin)

Saturday 3/17/18 @ 1:30 pm (matinee)

Saturday 3/17/18 @ 6 pm (finale)

WANTED: President Elect. Are you interested in being more involved with the PTA and would like to be on the Exec Board? The Nominating Committee is looking for a parent volunteer for the president elect position for 2018-2019 (this role will then lead into the president position for 2019-2020). Any questions as to time commitment and the job description, please contact MaryAnne O'Keefe.

Also, are you interested in chairing a PTA committee?

The PTA needs parent volunteers for the following committees:

A to Z Directory Chair

Sharing Committee Co-Chair

Lost and Found

After School Clubs Liaison

Bike Safety (Second and Fourth Grade)

Bulletin Boards

Charging for Cheetahs

Civics and Safety

District 39 Foundation Liaison

School Play

Volunteer Thank You Brunch

Please contact MaryAnne O'Keefe if you would like to chair one of the above committees.

Help Wanted in the Learning Commons:

The McKenzie Learning Commons needs your help! A volunteer is needed for morning and afternoon time slots for each day that school is in session. Click here to find out when your child is in the library and click here to sign up for a spot.


Parenting in the Digital Age:

Please join us for a presentation that will help parents navigate common challenges of raising kids in the digital age. Topics include: creating boundaries with mobile devices, potentially dangerous apps, social media, privacy, inappropriate content, cyberbullying. Presenters are Tony DeMonte (D39 Director of Technology) and Raimond Pavely (WPD, March 7th only). Presentation will be given at Central: March 7th at 7pm and Harper: March 21st at 9am. McKenzie parents are welcome to attend!

Girls on the Run:

Calling all 3rd & 4th Grade Girls! Girls On The Run is a 10 week program that offers WAY more than just running. It teaches the power of "I CAN". Each meeting focuses on positively impacting girls' lives by helping them increase self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves. Our season begins March 14th and will meet after school twice a week on Wednesdays & Fridays from 3:30pm-4:45pm, culminating with a 5k in Grant Park on May 19th. Register here!

McKenzie's PTA Website

Community Events

Attend the Illinois Baseball Academy and Chicago Cubs Jon Lester’s NVRQT "Never Quit” charity event at the Wilmette Movie Theatre on March 3rd for a special viewing of The Sandlot. Amazing raffle prizes offered to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

Valley Lodge in Wilmette will donate 15% of all identified sales to District 39’s Angel Fund. Dine in or take out on March 8th 11:00 am - Midnight. Please show flyer to participate.

Wilmette Children’s Theatre presents Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical opening March 9th. Tickets on sale now for $10.

Going Green Matters 2018 will be held March 11th 12:00 - 4:00 pm at Michigan Shores Club.

Wilmette Public Library’s "One Book, Everybody Reads" featuring Amor Towles discussing his best-selling novel A Gentleman in Moscow at WJHS Auditorium April 22nd at 3:00 pm

Little Legends Soccer Academy offers soccer training for boys & girls ages 2-8.

Wilmette Baseball Spring House League registration is open.

Wilmette Park District hosts after school clubs for students at McKenzie through March 23.

Community Events Website

2nd Posting: State of the School Address

On Tuesday, February 21st, I had the privilege to present McKenzie's State of the School Address during our PTA meeting. If you would like to review the presentation highlights, please CLICK HERE.

2nd Posting: Dr. Lechner's Friday Minute Highlighted McKenzie Students This Week

3rd Posting: McKenzie Variety Show 2018 Ticket Sales

The show is almost here and it is time to buy tickets: !

Saturday 3/10/18 @ 10:30 am (Annual sensory friendly show)

Tuesday 3/13/18 - Friday 3/16/18 @ 7 pm (shows begin)

Saturday 3/17/18 @ 1:30 pm (matinee)

Saturday 3/17/18 @ 6 pm (finale)

3rd Posting: Cyber Bullying Parent Presentation

Parenting today requires knowledge that was not needed previously. Our kids are growing up with different social rules than what we bound by. Please join us for a presentation on topics that will help you as parents navigate common challenges. These are some of the topics that will be discussed. After the presentation will be an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Creating boundaries with mobile devices
  • Potentially dangerous apps
  • Social networks
  • Privacy
  • Inappropriate content
  • Cyberbullying

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Upcoming Dates

3/12/18 - 3/17/18

McKenzie's Variety Show


Board of Education Meeting

3/26/18 - 3/30/18

Spring Break

4/2/18 - 4/13/18

PARCC Testing Window


Spirit Wear: Rainbow Day


1st Grade Music Show @2:30


PTA General Meeting @8:45am


Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences


Early Release Day for Students

K-4 Parent Teacher Conferences


No School for Students

K-4 Parent Teacher Conferences

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.