Jan
19

Help Bring Girl Scouts to McKinley School!

Interested in bringing Girl Scouts to McKinley School? We need your help, there are many opportunities to get involved! Download the form HERE to let us know of your interest and submit it by January 31 to “Erika Taylor, Girl Scouts.” Learn more about Girl Scouts here.

Can you lend a hand by being an assistant troop leader or helper?
We need 2 more assistant troop leaders and 3 more troop helpers. All assistant leaders and helpers must register with GSofCT.org ($15 registration fee) and start a background check process. We can’t start if we don’t have assistant troop leaders!

Have an interested girl? Let us know, spaces are limited by the number of volunteers we get:
Daisies (K-1st): 12 girls with a leader & assistant leader
Brownies (2nd-3rd): 15 girls with a leader & assistant leader
Juniors (4th-5th): 15 girls with a leader & assistant leader

Fees for participating girls are national dues (currently $30/year) and troop dues (likely to be $25/year). Financial assistance is available to qualifying families.

Jan
19

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of January 20 – January 27

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of January 20 – January 27. For event details and to see the calendar, visit http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note that this list is subject to change. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date info, flyers and more!

EVENTS

  • Friday, January 20: Pajama Day!
  • Thursday, January 26: 4th Grade Strings Concert, 7:00pm (musicians report at 6:30pm)
  • Friday, January 27: School Spiritwear Day and Character Assembly, 2:30pm

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, January 31: “One Box, One Family” drive concludes. Donate your box of new or gently used items to our sister school in Zimbabwe, details here.
  • Tuesday, January 31: Artwork for school musical “Charlotte’s Web” due, details here.
  • Tuesday, January 31: Submit Girl Scouts interest form, details here.

LINKS

  • January Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2016-2017 A-E Calendar: click here

Jan
19

Get Ready to Have Some Fun at McKinley’s Valentine’s Day Dance!

Join your McKinley friends for the PTA’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 3, 7-9pm (snow date: February 10). There’s something for everyone…from a live DJ to refreshments, crafts and lots of fun raffles. Volunteer to help, too! We’re looking for set up and clean up helpers, as well as treats.  Send your payment and form in an envelope marked “Valentine’s Day Dance.” Download the form here.

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Jan
19

Colony Grill Signs on as Headline Sponsor of Read to Feed

BIG HUGE GIGANTIC thanks to Colony Grill of Fairfield for being our headline sponsor of the Read to Feed program! Colony Grill has offered to be extremely generous in helping us reach our goals for this program. Give them some love back and head down to Colony Grill to get some pizza!

Jan
19

Read to Feed Update: McKinley School Reads 378,176 Minutes

McKinley School students have met a huge milestone! You’ve read 378,176 minutes to date in the Read to Feed program! We’re over a third of the way to our goal of 1,000,000 minutes! Congratulations to those students who received their Holiday Bingo prizes this past week.  If you or a business you know may want to contribute to our Operation Hope school-wide donation, please contact Michelle Gurner (mdgurner(at)yahoo(dot)com) for details. Learn more about Read to Feed and download the flyer and donation sheet here. We encourage anyone interested to get pledges, any amount is welcome and appreciated!

Jan
19

Sign for a 1 Day Sports Clinic at Fairfield Warde High School, February 4

Join in the fun for this one day all sports clinic on Saturday, February 4, 10am-2pm. High school members of the Warde Athletes Responsible (WAR) Club will provide youth with the fundamentals to play a variety of sports in a structured and positive setting. Players will learn foundational skills in sports such as soccer and basketball, build team comradery between their peers, and establish connections with high school athletes. Download the registration form here.

Jan
18

Rockin’ Jump McKinley School Fundraiser is TOMORROW, January 19!

Get your bounce on! Join your McKinley School friends, community and family for some indoor fun and fundraising at Rockin’ Jump in Trumbull on Thursday, January 19, 4pm-8pm. Simply say that you/family and friends are part of this McKinley School fundraiser and 20% of the proceeds go to McKinley School! 1 hour is $15, 1.5 hours is $20 and 2 hours is $22. Our fundraisers offset costs and allow teacher grants, field trips, and more, so please support us.

Jan
17

Submit Pajama Day Donations by Thursday, January 19

It’s Pajama Day on Friday, January 20! Help the Student Council raise funds for the McKinley Dolphins Team Fundraiser to support Relay for Life. Send in your $2 donation/child by January 19 to Mrs. Bonenfant. Download the form here.

Jan
17

Sign Up for McKinley Family Fun Night at the Sound Tigers on February 26!

McKinley Family Fun Night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers is Sunday, February 26, 3pm (doors open at 2pm). Join your McKinley friends to see the Sound Tigers play the Hershey Bears at Webster Bank Arena. Tickets are only $18/person (regularly $30 & $39) The McKinley Singers will sing “God Bless America” during the first intermission. Please return your form and payment in an envelope marked “Sound Tigers” to the main office by Wednesday, February 15. Checks payable to McKinley School PTA. DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE. This is a community event, feel free to bring friends, family, neighbors, etc! See you there, go Sound Tigers!

 

Jan
13

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of January 13 – January 20

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of January 13 – January 20. For event details and to see the calendar, visit http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note that this list is subject to change. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date info, flyers and more!

EVENTS

  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
  • Wednesday, January 18: STEM Night, 7-8pm. Details & sign up form here (register by January 17).
  • Thursday, January 19: Rockin’ Jump Fundraiser, 4-8pm. Details here.
  • Friday, January 20: Pajama Day, $2/child donation. Details and form here (register by January 19).
  • Saturday, January 21: Parent Social POSTPONED, stay tuned for details for the rescheduled event!

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, January 17: Sign up for the January 18th STEM Night, details here.
  • Thursday, January 19: Sign up for the January 20th Pajama Day, details here.
  • Tuesday, January 31: “One Box, One Family” drive concludes. Donate your box of new or gently used items to our sister school in Zimbabwe, details here.
  • Tuesday, January 31: Artwork for school musical “Charlotte’s Web” due, details here.

LINKS

  • January Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2016-2017 A-E Calendar: click here

Jan
12

Read to Feed Update: McKinley School Reads 285,100 Minutes

Wow, McKinley School students! You’ve read 285,100 minutes to date in the Read to Feed program! Thank you for reading while on winter break! We hope you enjoyed doing the Read to Feed Holiday Break Bingo. If you or a business you know may want to contribute to our Operation Hope school-wide donation, please contact Michelle Gurner (mdgurner(at)yahoo(dot)com) for details. Learn more about Read to Feed and download the flyer and donation sheet here. We encourage anyone interested to get pledges, any amount is welcome and appreciated!

Jan
12

January 21 Parent Social Postponed

Please note that the Parent Social scheduled for Saturday, January 21, has been postponed. Stay tuned for details for the rescheduled event! We look forward to seeing you for an evening of fun with fellow McKinley parents!

 

Jan
12

Involve Your Kids to Create Artwork for the School Musical “Charlotte’s Web”

Mrs. Holleran would love to have the walls outside the music room decorated to get the younger kids excited for this year’s school musical, “Charlotte’s Web.” She has asked McKinley parent and PTA member Suzanne Graceffa to spread the word and get kids involved. If your child (in any grade K – 5) would like to make a drawing of a spider, a farm animal or a farmer, we would love it. Suzanne recommends that if you are using paper that is 8.5″ x 11″ to fill the whole page. 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper or larger would be better if you have access to it. Suzanne can buy some and you can stop by her house to grab a piece or two if you like. Cardstock is great, too, if you have it. Suzanne will likely cut out all the animals and place them on a farm background so no need to draw grass or sky. Just the animal please! Or if you feel like cutting out your animal or farmer, please leave a half inch border around the finished animal. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD “HOW TO DRAW” ANIMAL TEMPLATES. Feel free to search Google for other farm animals, spiders and farmers. Suzanne recommends printing out a drawing of an animal at the same size you want to draw it and then have your kids do their best to draw it just like the picture. Kids’ drawings are adorable regardless. This is just for fun, so have fun!

Please place a Post It note or something similar on your child’s artwork saying “For Charlotte’s Web” when you send it back to school. Please send in artwork by January 31. The sooner the better, as Suzanne will begin assembling on January 20. Suzanne will place a bin in the front office to collect the drawings. Thanks for your hep and your support of the drama club!!

Jan
12

Consider Putting Together a Box for the “One Box, One Family” Zimbabwe School Drive

For the past few years the McKinley School Student Council has lead our school community in providing significant support to a school in Zimbabwe. Our donations are made to the school through the United States / African Children’s Fellowship Fund (USACF).  This organization links approximately 100 schools in the tri-state area with 100 schools in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  The USACF provides the shipping and delivery of the materials that we collect.

The Student Council would like to encourage McKinley families to donate new or gently used clothes, school supplies, art supplies, toys, books or soccer equipment to our sister school. Coats, hats, gloves and lighter warm clothing (track suits, sweatshirts, leggings, etc.) are also needed. Last year, families were encouraged to send in one box per family.  Boxes ranged from shoe boxes to cartons. We nearly filled an entire truck with our donations!  They were greatly appreciated by the students in Zimbabwe.

This year, the “One Box, One Family” drive will take place during the month of January. If you wish to make a contribution, please mark the box “Zimbabwe” and deliver it to the school lobby.  Thank you!

Mrs. Maureen Bonenfant,
Student Council Advisor

Leslie Pearson,
Principal

Jan
10

Rockin’ Jump McKinley School Fundraiser is January 19!

Get your bounce on! Join your McKinley School friends, community and family for some indoor fun and fundraising at Rockin’ Jump in Trumbull on Thursday, January 19, 4pm-8pm. Simply say that you/family and friends are part of this McKinley School fundraiser and 20% of the proceeds go to McKinley School! 1 hour is $15, 1.5 hours is $20 and 2 hours is $22. Our fundraisers offset costs and allow teacher grants, field trips, and more, so please support us.

Jan
10

Come to School in Your Pajamas on January 20

It’s Pajama Day on Friday, January 20! Help the Student Council raise funds for the McKinley Dolphins Team Fundraiser to support Relay for Life. Send in your $2 donation/child by January 19 to Mrs. Bonenfant. Download the form here.

Jan
10

Register for Family STEM Night, Wednesday, January 18

Have fun with science! Bring your family and meet Mrs. Bonenfant in the library on Wednesday, January 18, 7-8pm to unlock the mysteries science holds. Submit this form to Mrs. Bonenfant by January 17 to register!

Jan
06

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of January 6 – January 13

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of January 6 – January 13. For event details and to see the calendar, visit http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note that this list is subject to change. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date info, flyers and more!

EVENTS

  • Friday, January 6: McKinley Family Fun Night at Disney on Ice: DREAM BIG
  • Thursday, January 12: PTA Executive Meeting (7:00pm) and General Membership Meeting (7:45pm)
  • Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, schools are closed

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, January 31: “One Box, One Family” drive concludes. Donate your box of new or gently used items to our sister school in Zimbabwe, details here

LINKS

  • January Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2016-2017 A-E Calendar: click here

Jan
05

“One Box, One Family” Drive to Support a Zimbabwe School Runs through January

For the past few years the McKinley School Student Council has lead our school community in providing significant support to a school in Zimbabwe.  Our donations are made to the school through the United States / African Children’s Fellowship Fund (USACF).  This organization links approximately 100 schools in the tri-state area with 100 schools in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  The USACF provides the shipping and delivery of the materials that we collect.

The Student Council would like to encourage McKinley families to donate new or gently used clothes, school supplies, art supplies, toys, books or soccer equipment to our sister school.  Last year, families were encouraged to send in one box per family.  Boxes ranged from shoe boxes to cartons. We nearly filled an entire truck with our donations!  They were greatly appreciated by the students in Zimbabwe.

This year, the “One Box, One Family” drive will take place during the month of January.  If you wish to make a contribution, please mark the box “Zimbabwe” and deliver it to the school lobby.  Thank you!

Mrs. Maureen Bonenfant,
Student Council Advisor

Leslie Pearson,
Principal

Jan
05

Superintendent Message re: Racial Imbalance Plan

This message was sent today, January 5, 6:18pm via email from Superintendent Toni Jones to McKinley School families and staff:

Dear McKinley Families and Staff,

I know this is a long note, but I want to be sure that you have factual information directly from me concerning the Fairfield Amended Racial Imbalance presentation to the Connecticut State Board of Education.

I felt privileged to represent McKinley and Fairfield at the meeting yesterday concerning our Fairfield Amendment to the Racial Imbalance Plan.  I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the McKinley PTA who wrote an eloquent letter for submission which generated more than 400 collective signatures in support of our current plan. Two of your terrific McKinley families were in attendance in Hartford and provided public comment at the meeting.  In addition, it should not go unnoticed that the bipartisan support from Senator Hwang, Representative Devlin, Representative McCarthy Vahey, and Representative Kupchick provided a sense of unity supporting our wonderful school system and the diverse international education which takes place at McKinley.

To provide a contextual background for families who may be new to Fairfield, or Connecticut, school systems are expected to maintain a minority balance at all schools which closely mirrors the minority balance of the school district as a whole. The threshold for compliance to this law written in 1969 is defined in State Board of Education Regulations as not exceeding 25 percentage points more or less than the comparable proportion for the school district.   McKinley’s official minority percentage as reported at the end of 2015-2016 school year was 47.90%.  The school district as a whole was reported to have 20.70% of the student population in K-12 reporting as minorities. Hence, the difference between the school district and McKinley was 27.20%  which put us out of compliance by 2.2%. The school district was required to provide an updated Racial Imbalance Plan as a result of this 2.2% difference.

McKinley was first identified as racially imbalanced by the Connecticut Board of Education in April 2007.  For a decade, the school district has consistently worked to comply with our submitted and approved plans.  While the plans have not resulted in significant shifts in the percentage, the plan has made a difference and our percentage would be higher without our on-going efforts.

On Wednesday the Connecticut Board of Education had three options:

1) approve the plan,  2) not approve the plan, 3) approve the plan with conditions.  The Fairfield Racial Imbalance Plan was approved “with conditions”.  The next submission to the Connecticut Board of Education must occur within the next 120 days and it is simply put a calendar of activities to come.  The Ct. BoE is asking that Fairfield revise the amended plan to include “additional measures” and “an action plan with a detailed timetable for meeting interim progress benchmarks.”  In our last plan submission, the school district shared that over the long-term, additional steps will need to be considered.  The two items listed were a magnet program at McKinley and Redistricting.  While these options will be explored, it is important to note there is no requirement that they be implemented.  We must perform due diligence to examine all options which will “eliminate racial imbalance and prevent its recurrence in the school district.”

It is likely that our timetable will include concrete check points such as completing an enrollment assessment on or before October 1st, 2017, to determine the impact of moving the preschool program from Dwight Elementary to Stratfield Elementary.  It will also include benchmark dates for community surveys and conversations.  In our previous plans over the past ten years we have formed working groups, hosted PTA Information Nights, surveyed the community, and worked through an inclusive process.  While previously these meetings and surveys were not documented in a checklist format and reported directly to the Connecticut Board of Education, they were taking place. We are now being asked to document and share specifics about our actions.

I am looking forward to working with our families, staff, and community on this important task.  McKinley is an international school with more than 27 languages derived from all corners of the world, and Fairfield knows that our McKinley families love their wonderful school.

Regards,

Toni Jones, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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