McKinley PTO Newsletter

September 27, 2015

Co-Presidents Update

Thanks to Karla Baierl and Dave Farwell for running the McKinley Mile. It was a great event and a lot of fun was had by all attendees.

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!

September 29 - Clash Day

October 2- McKinley Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

October 5 - Dine Out Event at Culvers on 124th Street 5-8pm

October 7 - Walk to School Day

October 8 - Mechanics of McKinley and PTO Meeting

October 9 - McKinley Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

October 16 - McKinley Spirit Day (wear McKinley, red or white gear)

Hats Off To....

Thank you so much to Karla Baierl and Dave Farwell for running the McKinley Mile. Thank you also to Allison Byrne for warming up the runners. Last but not least, thanks to the following volunteers for their efforts:

Beth Thuli, Monica Deluhery, Rhianon Bott, Lori Hagopian, Sofi Gallegos, Bill Koch, Laura Goeckerman, Michele Pitcher, Angela Katula, Matt Sanders, Heidi Engbring, Katie Phillips, Lisa Reetz, Tracy Carus, Mary Delcore, Terri Holzen, Megan Hambrook, Andrea Reynolds, Sandy Pelzak, Ed Wozniak, Anna Schmidt, Vinay Kumar, Mary Blomfeldt, and Jessica Lovely.

Support McKinley through the CityTins Fundraiser – New Tin this year!

The CityTins fundraiser is back, with the addition of a new tin: Milwaukee Performing Arts! CityTins is an extra gifty, ultra thrifty tin chock full of value for your favorite foodie or performing arts fan. Every restaurant or bar tin houses 20 coaster gift cards, each worth $10 off your tab at 20 iconic, locally owned restaurants. The new performing arts tin offers great deals on tickets to some of Milwaukee's finest arts venues. It’s a $200 value for only $30 inside every clever little tin. Stay tuned for ordering information!

Dine out For McKinley

Mark your calendars for Monday, October 5th for our next Dine Out Event at Culver's on 124th Street. Come join us for dinner from 5-8p.m. The McKinley PTO will receive a percentage of all sales made during that time period. Be sure to tell your friends and family, too!

- We will receive 5% of total sales if sales are below $3000

- We will receive 10% if total sales are between $3000 and $4000

- We will receive 15% if total sales are above $4000

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Turn In Those Box Tops!


Start clipping and saving if you haven’t already! The Fall Box Tops competition is starting in a few weeks! Please turn in your neatly clipped Box Tops to your child’s teacher October 5 - 22nd! The classroom that collects the most will win an ice cream party!

Join us for the Book Fair!

The fall Scholastic book fair will be held at McKinley October 27-30 (the week of parent-teacher conferences). Once again, we will hold the classroom coin competition to raise money for our classroom libraries and to provide books to kids in need. Also, look for the chance to pre-order a soft-cover edition of the soon to be released Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10 Old School. More info and highlights to come!

Every year, volunteers make this annual fundraising and literacy promoting event a big success. Volunteers help students find selections, straighten books, and help bag items among other tasks. It’s a great way to meet other parents, shopping on the job is encouraged, and the snacks are yummy! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Melissa Mann or Beth Thuli for more information. Thank you!

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Safe Routes to School

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH. Join children and families around the world and celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling! Our McKinley event includes:

  • Walking School Buses led by McKinley Teachers and Staff
    (A total of 6 walking school buses will lead students to school from the Swan Park, Pasadena, and Parkway Estates neighborhoods, Students are encouraged to make signs or banners to carry!)
  • Apples courtesy of Amy Standal, Firefly Real Estate
  • All-school assembly on the playground before school featuring Mrs. Merriman leading students in the "Pedestrian Safety Dance"
  • Kick off of the "Fire Up Your Feet" Challenge Event

Committee Chairs Needed

We are still in need of volunteers to chair the following:

High Interest Day Luncheon

Co-Chair for Family Fun Night

If you are interested in learning more about the open positions please email Renee Michel at

Collection Bins

Collection bins are now located underneath the PTO bulletin board for Labels for Education (found on Campbells soup, Goldfish crackers, and many other products you may use), pop tabs, and markers.

Labels for Education are collected and can be redeemed for a variety of things to benefit McKinley, including playground equipment like jumpropes and kickballs.

Through the ColorCycle program, dried up or unwanted markers, highlighters, and dry erase markers can be recycled and turned into fuel thanks to a partnership between Crayola and JBI Inc. All brands are accepted.

Pop tabs will be collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Proceeds from recycling these tabs help fund the services offered to families through the Ronald McDonald House.

Thanks for your help in collecting these items to benefit McKinley and our community!

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