Mar
30

Sign Up for Wakeman Spring Programs at McKinley by April 5

Registration for spring Wakeman programs at McKinley School is open! Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 5. Download the registration form HERE, it also includes payment details. Note: the form is 2 pages. Classes run 4/17 through 6/1, depending on class. Classes offered include:

  • Crafty Kids ($45): For grades 1-2, Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm.Kids in our arts & crafts class learn and explore their creative side and express their unique imagination through a variety of mediums and projects as they create masterpieces to take home each week!
  • Games & Chess Club ($35): For grades 1-5, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Kids have so much playing games like Memory, Battleship, Uno, Connect 4, Legos, and weekly time dedicated to learning Chess, they don’t realize the math, reading, critical thinking and friendships they’ll strengthen!
  • Lego DIY STEM ($40): For grades 3-5, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Waste Wise Challenge – our young engineers work in small groups as a Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) team to research a piece of trash, explore the engineering design process and build simple machines assisted by our STEM staff.
  • Soccer Fanatics ($40): For grades 1-5, Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. Our most popular class full of soccer activities focused on practicing skills and small sided games full of fun!
  • Zig, Zag & Zoom ($40): For grades 1-5, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Tag games, relay races, scooter fun and more brings endless fun through our favorite games and recent discoveries, including games that kids can learn to play with minimal equipment in their own neighborhoods.
  • Super Sport Twist ($40): For grades 1-5, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Team sports get a silly twist in games like pillo polo hockey, speedball, Alaskan baseball, Steal the Bacon and more, along with a mix of obstacle courses and other challenges that will have kids smiling and on their toes!

Mar
29

McKinley Drama Club Presents “Charlotte’s Web”

McKinley School’s Drama Club presents “Charlotte’s Web” this Friday!  There is a morning show at 9:45am but it is very limited seating because the kids are sitting on the floor and not many chairs are set out. It is recommended that parents and family members attend the evening show at 7:00pm. The evening show is open to all. No tickets are required for either show. Break a leg to the cast and crew and best wishes for a wonderful show!

Mar
23

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of March 24 – March 31

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of March 24 – March 31 (and a little beyond into April!). 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, March 24: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Friday, March 24: Author/Character Dress Up Day, details here
  • Wednesday, March 29: EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40pm & SPRING BOOK FAIR (2pm-4pm, gym)
  • Wednesday, March 29: McKinley Kindness Matters Committee Meeting, 7pm-8pm, details here
  • Thursday, March 30: EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40pm & SPRING BOOK FAIR (6pm-8pm, gym)
  • Friday, March 31: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Wednesday, April 5: EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40pm & SPRING BOOK FAIR (2pm-4pm, gym)
  • Wednesday, April 5: PANERA FUNDRAISER, all day, 6am-9pm, details here
  • Thursday, April 6: PTA General Meeting (7pm) and Executive Board Meeting (7:45pm), McKinley School Library

DEADLINES

  • Friday, March 31: Deadline to register for “Jump Rope for Heart,” details here
  • Friday, April 21: Deadline to order McKinley School yearbooks, details here

LINKS

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

Mar
23

Join Us for the Panera Fundraiser on April 5

Grab some breakfast, meet friends for coffee or lunch or grab snacks or dinner at Panera Bread on Black Rock Turnpike on Wednesday, April 5, 6am-9pm to support the McKinley School Panera Fundraiser! Simply say you’re with McKinley when paying your bill and 10-20% of the proceeds will be donated to McKinley School. We’re fortunate to get the ENTIRE DAY to fundraise, so go once, twice or even three times! April 5 is early dismissal so once you’ve finished your parent conference and attended the Spring Book Fair, head over to Panera! Share with friends and family!

Mar
23

Early Dismissal Days: March 29 & 30, April 5

Please note that there will be early dismissal at 1:40pm on Wednesday, March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 5 for spring conferences. Take some time to enjoy the Spring Book Fairs occurring during conference times: Wednesday, March 29 (2:00pm-4:00pm), Thursday, March 30 (6:00pm-8:00pm) and Wednesday, April 5 (2:00pm-4:00pm) in the McKinley School gym.

Mar
23

Attend Spring Book Fairs March 29 & 30 and April 5

The Spring Book Fairs will be held during parent conferences on Wednesday, March 29 (2:00pm-4:00pm), Thursday, March 30 (6:00pm-8:00pm) and Wednesday, April 5 (2:00pm-4:00pm) in the McKinley School gym. Swing by to pick up some new books to read over spring break!

Mar
23

Place Your Order for a McKinley School Yearbook!

Happy Spring!! It’s the time of year to order your McKinley School yearbook! Yearbooks are $16 each. There are two ways to place an order BY APRIL 21:

  1. Online using a credit card: Go to www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode: 101479769009222 to create an account to place your order
  2. Order form using cash/check: Please click HERE to print the order form, include payment and send in both with your child to school

If you have questions or pictures you would like to share from field trips or classroom activities, please contact Sherrie Fahey at mckyearbook2017(@)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Mar
22

Join Us for the Kindness Matters Committee Kick Off Meeting on March 29

Hi parents! We are excited to have the first meeting of the McKinley Matters Kindness Committee, where we’ll brainstorm ideas around kindness activities. Join us on Wednesday, March 29 from 7pm to 8pm in the McKinley School Library. Children welcome! We would also love to hear their thoughts, too! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Barahona at jennifer(dot)d(dot)barahona(at)gmail(dot)com or Anna Wood at annawood(dot)home(at)gmail(dot)com. We hope you can join us!

 

Mar
22

Register for “Jump Rope for Heart” by March 31

During March, Student Council will be sponsoring different fundraising events to raise money for the American Heart Association. They will be selling Heart Zoo lanyards, Heart Hero pins, bracelets and pencils during lunch shifts. We will be sponsoring “Jump Rope for Heart” on April 5 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the gym. (Note: April 5 is early dismissal at 1:40pm due to conferences.) It is a fun event where the students will be doing different jumping activities in order to raise money to help with heart research. If you would your child to participate, please sign the permission slip HERE and return it by March 31. Each child doing the event will be given a donation envelope which they are to return on or before March 31st. Also, if your child is signed up online, they can get a chance to get other lifesaving animals through their online donations (heart.org/jump). Please contact Ms. Bonenfant at MBONENFANT(at)fairfieldschools(dot)org with questions!

Mar
22

Remember to Dress Up as your Favorite Author or Character on Friday, March 24

Wow! McKinley students have read approximately 775,756 minutes in the Read to Feed Million Minute Readathon Challenge!!!! The students read approximately 45,000 minutes per week so we invite them to dress up as their favorite author or literary character on Author/Character Dress Up Day on March 24!

Mar
21

Congratulations to the McKinley School Odyssey of the Mind Teams!

Last weekend, the 36th Annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament took place at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program

McKinley School had 3 teams participate in this year’s competition, including one team that is headed to the World competition in May. All teams were in Division 1 which is for grades 3 – 5. Each team selected a different problem. Coaches are parent volunteers who dedicate their time to ensure their teams have a rich, successful and fun experience. Congratulations to all the team members and coaches, and kudos for an excellent job well done! McKinley School is proud of you!

Coach Suzanne Graceffa’s team is called Tootsie Pop Rolls. Their problem, “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger” focused on writing a script, building sets and props and the actual quality of the performance. Tootsie Pop came in 1st place for problem 5, Division 1. Tootsie Pops tied with Roger Sherman School, also from Fairfield. Tootsie Pops are headed to Michigan State on May 23 for the World competition!! More info here on the team’s problem.

Coach Mindy Morgan’s team is called 7 Mini Pineapples. They performed problem 3, “Classics…It’s Time, OMER.” Their problem was also a performance piece but there was an additional focus on recreating classic pieces of artwork. This was Mindy’s first year as a head coach. Half her team had competed previously and half the team was joining Odyssey of the Mind for the first time. More info here on the team’s problem.

Amy Barrett and Nikole St. Peter served as coaches for Team Sparks. They did problem 2, “Odd-a-Bot,” which is a technical problem. They had to build a working robot that could move and follow directions. Their team had only 2 returning members and 5 new members. More info here on the team’s problem. Nikole, in addition to serving as coach, encouraged team spirit by dressing up as Odyssey of the Mind mascot OMER, a raccoon.

Mar
20

Come See “Annie” at Tomlinson Middle School, March 31 – April 2

The Tomlinson Middle School Drama Club presents “Annie,” and invites you to attend a wonderful performance for the whole family! Tickets will be sold at the door for each performance and are $10 each. Special $5 tickets for children under 10 will be sold for the Sunday matinee performance only. Performances are:

  • Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1: Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 2: Doors open at 1:30pm, show starts at 2:00pm

Mar
20

Social Media Safety Reminders

Dana Bossio, McKinley School’s School Psychologist, requests you take some time to talk with your child about the importance of Internet safety, particularly with regards to social media, and monitor his/her use of technology closely. In the document HERE, Mrs. Bossio provides guidelines/age restrictions of social media websites and suggestions and strategies for setting limits and monitoring usage. Thank you!

Mar
16

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of March 17 – March 24

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of March 17 – March 24. 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, March 17: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Friday, March 17: Zumba Relay for Life Fundraiser, 6:30pm-7:30pm, walk-ins welcome! Details here.
  • Wednesday, March 22: McKinley Girl Scouts, 6:30pm-7:45pm, cafeteria
  • Friday, March 24: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Friday, March 24: Author/Character Dress Up Day, details here.

DEADLINES

  • Friday, March 31: Deadline to register for “Jump Rope for Heart.” Details here.

LINKS

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

Mar
16

Early Dismissal Days in March and April

Please note that there will be early dismissal at 1:40pm on Wednesday, March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 5 for spring conferences. Take some time to enjoy the Spring Book Fairs during these days, times & info here.

Mar
16

McKinley Girl Scouts’ Next Meeting is Wednesday, March 22

The McKinley Girl Scout Troops (Daisy K-1st, Brownie 2nd-3rd, and Junior 4th- 5th) have gotten off to a great start! Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 22, 6:30pm-7:45pm in the McKinley School Cafeteria. Registration for the rest of this school year is now closed.

Meeting dates for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year will be as follows from 6:30pm-7:45pm at McKinley School, locations could change:

  • March 22 (Cafeteria)
  • April 19 (Library)
  • May 10 (Cafeteria)
  • May 31 (Cafeteria)
  • June picnic TBD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erika Taylor at eataylor(at)wesleyan(dot).edu or 347-610-4020. You can also directly contact the troop leader for your child’s group (see below).

We look forward to continuing a great year together!

Sofie Luciano, Daisies Leader (K-1st); sofieq215(at)aol(dot)com)
Erika Taylor, Brownies Leader (2nd-3rd); eataylor(at)wesleyan(dot).edu
Alison Foito, Juniors Leader (4th-5th); alifoito(at)gmail(dot)com

Mar
16

We Need a Few More Volunteers for Maker March in the Library

During Library Learning Time (LLT) in March, we will turn our Library Learning Commons into a Maker Space. Using computers, Legos, glue/paper/crayons, and more; students will be asked to cooperate, collaborate, build and create. Mrs. Selk needs your help and is looking for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles willing to help out. We’re looking for a few more volunteers to help Mrs. Selk in the Library during “Maker March,” an upcoming month-long event. We have sessions where we don’t have ANY volunteers and sessions where we need just 1 more person to sign up. Click HERE for the sign up list, where you will see the weekly LLT times for each K-5 class. If you are available to help with your child’s class, or any class, please sign up! Thank you!

Mar
16

Author/Character Dress Up Day on March 24

Wow! McKinley students have read approximately 670,000 minutes in the Read to Feed Million Minute Readathon Challenge!!!! The students read approximately 45,000 minutes per week so we are planning on an Author/Character Dress Up Day as a fun reward on March 24. Keep an eye out for the flyer!

Mar
16

Looking for a Few More Book Fair Volunteers!

Calling all volunteers! We need just a few more helpers to complete the shifts! The Spring Book Fairs will be held during parent conferences on Wednesday, March 29 (2:00pm-4:00pm), Thursday, March 30 (6:00pm-8:00pm) and Wednesday, April 5 (2:00pm-4:00pm). We need your help! Please click HERE to view the various volunteer opportunities available. You can also download the flyer HERE and submit it via your child’s folder. Thank you!

Mar
16

Sign Up for “Jump Rope for Heart” by March 31

During March, Student Council will be sponsoring different fundraising events to raise money for the American Heart Association. They will be selling Heart Zoo lanyards, Heart Hero pins, bracelets and pencils during lunch shifts. We will be sponsoring “Jump Rope for Heart” on April 5 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the gym. (Note: April 5 is early dismissal at 1:40pm due to conferences.) It is a fun event where the students will be doing different jumping activities in order to raise money to help with heart research. If you would your child to participate, please sign the permission slip HERE and return it by March 31. Each child doing the event will be given a donation envelope which they are to return on or before March 31st. Also, if your child is signed up online, they can get a chance to get other lifesaving animals through their online donations (heart.org/jump). Please contact Ms. Bonenfant at MBONENFANT(at)fairfieldschools(dot)org with questions!

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