McKinley PTO Newsletter

Where Every Parent Is A Member

February 4, 2019

President's Update

Hello All,

The PTO needs your help in order to keep Family Fun Night and Kids Trivia Night on the calendar. The following positions need to be filled ASAP:

Family Fun Night (Friday, March 8th)

Two additional planning committee members to help with volunteer coordination and event logistics during the event.

Kids Trivia Night - Chair/Co Chairs (Friday, May 10th)

One or two volunteers to work with a professional Trivia company to coordinate the event. Duties include:

  • Distribute event registration form (already created) and track registration.
  • Work with McKinley staff to coordinate set-up and tear-down of the event.
  • Recruit/Coordinate 3-5 volunteers to help with event night tasks.
  • Coordinate prizes for winning teams.
  • Be the point person during the event.

If we aren't able to find volunteers to fill the above positions, these two events will not happen. Please contact Lindsay Stadler at or (414) 345-7028 for more information or to volunteer.

PTO Dates to Remember

Make sure to put the following dates on your calendar!

  • February 6th - Wacky Wednesday - dress wacky day! (rescheduled)
  • February 6th - Whitman Middle School Orientation & Registration
  • February 14th & 19th - Elementary Conferences
  • February 18th - No Classes JK-12
  • February 22nd - Winter Walk to School Day
  • February 28th - Art Night - Empty Bowls - Open House

Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to attend the Chipotle event last Tuesday! We had a great crowd and they gave us 33% of sales, totaling $509 for McKinley! We appreciate your support!

Coming up is MOD pizza in the village on Thursday, February 21st. They will donate 20% of sales that mention McKinley that day. Thanks again for your support!

Dana Wurzburger, Dine Out Chair

Safe Routes to School

Ahh.. the snow and chill is definitely in the air! It is especially important to practice safe, respectful driving around school at this time of year.

Please review and share the “Hug and Go” video if you are driving or picking up at McKinley (below) and remember - walking or dropping off or picking up a few blocks away not only makes McKinley safer it gives everyone a chance to breath in some relaxing fresh air!

SAVE THE DATE- Winter Walk to School Day, Friday, February 22nd sponsored by Double- Boldt Real Estate.

Volunteer Opportunity for High Interest Day

Friday, April 26, will be the BIG DAY this year at McKinley. We have a wide range of classes available but an opening has come up in presenter/co-presenter for The Egg Drop! This has been a popular class in the past and we would love to offer it again but we need your help (or the help of you and a friend!) If you are interested and available to present this exciting class where kids can learn about gravity, resistance and flight by dropping an egg from the roof the the gym and use problem solving skills to protect the egg please contact Bridgid Bedingfield at

Art Room Volunteers Needed

The SignUp Genius link for volunteering in your child’s art class appears at the end of every PTO newsletter. Don’t let it become part of the background. Now is a great time to review the art room needs for the rest of the year and sign up to help where you can. Sign up to help once, once a month or every week. All help is appreciated, and it’s a great way to spend an hour. The earth without art is just, “eh!”

Teacher Treat Sign Up

If you'd like to show your appreciation to the McKinley teachers and staff by bringing in a treat for the teacher/staff lounge, please sign up for a day by clicking HERE.

Art Room Volunteer Sign Up

Please consider signing up to volunteer in your student’s art class by clicking HERE. K5 classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes. 1st to 5th grade classes meet once a week for an hour. It’s a fun opportunity to help kids express their creativity. If you can help mount or hang art at other times, please contact Heidi Engbring at

Support McKinley Elementary Through AmazonSmile

If you plan to do some holiday shopping using Amazon this year, please consider selecting McKinley Elementary PTO - Wauwatosa as your Amazon Smile charity. Remember, always start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

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.

For more information about how you can become involved in PTO efforts, contact Lindsay Stadler