Sep
21

The first School Store is Friday, October 5! Pre-payments or cash accepted!

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The first School Store will be on Friday, October 5. The School Store is a fundraiser for the 5th Grade class and helps fund graduation and the field trips they will take this school year. The School Store will be open approximately once a month in the main hallway during recess. 1st – 5th graders can shop on their way to recess. Pre-payments will be accepted! Details below. The pre-payment form is available HERE and it, along with pre-payment (cash or check made out to CASH), is due October 4.

Because mornings can be hectic, we’re sure everyone’s had days when we intended to give our children money to shop but then either forgot or didn’t have cash on hand. With the option of pre-paying, you can set the maximum amount that your child can spend per visit. The School Store will be open 8 times this year. 75% of the items are $1 or less. There are no items over $3. Any money not spent during the school year will be returned after the last School Store in May. Your child can always bring cash the day of the School Store!

If you’d like to pre-pay for your child, please complete the form HERE and submit it and payment by October 4. Pre-payment can be cash or checks made out to CASH.

Thank you for your support of our 5th graders, and a BIG THANK YOU to Suzanne Graceffa and Michelle Gurner for coordinating and managing this program!

Sep
21

Looking for Trunkers for McKinley School’s Annual Trunk or Treat

It’s almost that time of year! Leaves are starting to fall, the smell of woodsmoke is in the air…and all our kids can talk about is Halloween! McKinley School’s Annual Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 20, 1pm-3pm (rain date is Sunday, October 27), in the McKinley School parking lot. We’re looking for Trunkers! No scare or gore, please! If you would like to decorate your car/trunk, please SUBMIT THIS FORM to the attention of Nancy Fuller by  OCTOBER 12. Thank you!

 

 

Sep
21

Participate in McKinley’s Annual Children’s Holiday Show!

snowflakeCelebrate the Holiday Season by participating in the Annual Children’s Holiday Show! The Children’s Holiday Show is a McKinley School PTA-sponsored event. All McKinley students are invited to sing in the chorus and dance.

Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings from 6:00- 8:00pm beginning Monday, October 8th:
Children who would like to dance will rehearse form 6-6:30pm
Children in grades K – 2 will sing from 6:30-7:30
Children in grades 3-5 will rehearse from 7:00-8:00

This will be true except for the last two weeks before the show when all of the children may need to stay for the entire rehearsal time.  The show is scheduled for Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm  (in case of inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, December 17). If your child is interested, please submit THIS FORM to the attention of Suzanne Graceffa by October 3.

Sep
21

Saugatuck Sweets Fundraiser this Weekend!

Support McKinley School with a weekend of sweet treats at Saugatuck Sweets Fairfield! Join us from Friday, September 21 at 3:30pm to Sunday, September 23 at 9:00pm for ice cream, candy and much more! Coupons will be sent home shortly. Saugatuck Sweets asked that families bring the coupon with them to make it easier to keep track of sales. Electronic copies will not be accepted. If a family happens to forget their coupon, they can say they are “with McKinley School.” Share with friends! And eat lots of ice cream and treats this weekend!

Sep
20

Join McKinley’s Odyssey of the Mind Teams – Sign Up By October 1

Don’t worry if you missed Thursday’s Odyssey of the Mind info session! It’s not too late to learn more about McKinley’s teams! Complete and submit THIS FORM by October 1 to indicate your interest. Questions? Contact Katie Romeo at katiesromeo(at)gmail(dot)com.

Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students.  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 the Connecticut state competition in March.

We are looking for students from all grades to join an existing team or start a new one.  We are also looking for parent coaches to guide teams in this rewarding, fun, and highly educational program for our children.  Teams will start weekly practices ASAP and continue until competition on March 16.  Teams have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 7 members.

Division 1 (grades 3-5):  Teams will create and perform skits that address a problem of their choosing.  Themes include constructing a mobile vehicle, creating a changing mechanical creature, exploring Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop, building structures that can be propelled in a carnival game, and exploring how human nature deals with disagreements and distractions.

Primary Division (grades K-2):  children will create and perform a skit that involves creating an original museum and exhibits where a tour guide will take audience on a journey of humorous characters and creative displays.

Coaches:  Coaches/Co-Coaches are needed to guide the team through their process.  This is a serious time commitment but well worth it. You can set the meeting day and time for your team that works for you.  Once teams are set, we will have a coaches meeting to learn more.

Cost:  The PTA will pay for the school membership and contribute a small amount towards each team’s registration fee of $225.  Depending on the size of the team, each member will likely be asked to contribute $30-$50 to pay the remainder of fee and help buy supplies for spontaneous practices and performance props/costumes.

Sep
20

Attend a Room Parent Orientation on September 24

If you’ve volunteered to be a Room Parent or Head Room Parent for the 2018-19 school year, THANK YOU! Please plan to attend one of two info sessions for room parents (even if you’ve served as a room parent in the past!) on Monday. September 24, at 3:00pm in the Cafeteria or 6:00pm in the Library. Please select one session that fits your schedule. If you have questions about what this entails, please reach out to Anna Wood (AnnaMcKinleyPTA(at)gmail(dot)com) or Dana Merchant (gnugget78(at)icloud(dot)com).

 

Sep
19

Kindness Matters at McKinley: 1st Meeting is September 27

Interested in joining the Kindness Matters Committee?

  • No commitment or pressure! Come to meetings when you can!
  • Opportunities to:
    • plan school kindness events & activities
    • coordinate community events in collaboration with other schools and groups
    • reach out to other families
    • and more!

Come join us:
Our first committee meeting will take place on Thursday, 9/27, in the McKinley Library from 7-8 pm. *  Children and their ideas are welcome! *

For more information, please contact Anna Wood (annamckinleypta(at)gmail(dot)com) or Jennifer Barahona (jennifer.d.barahona(at)gmail(dot)com).

Kindness Matters at McKinley
Dedicated to promoting a culture of kindness and connections among the students, staff, and parents in the McKinley School community

Sep
19

Join us THURSDAY, September 20 for Year’s First PTA Meeting!

Join us for our first PTA meeting of the 2018-19 school year! Meet us at 7:00pm in the Library. All are welcome! We look forward to seeing new faces and hearing new ideas. The PTA is a great opportunity to get involved, make new friends and be part of your child’s school community.

Sep
19

Join the McKinley School PTA!

pta-logoThink the PTA is a bunch of moms sitting around having coffee? Think again! The McKinley School PTA is a vibrant, dynamic group of involved PARENT volunteers dedicated to enhancing student education, advocating for children and serving the McKinley community. Here’s what your PTA dues support:

  • Enrichment programs, such as author visits, art, science, etc.
  • Offset the cost of field trips
  • Free books for classrooms
  • Teacher grants

You can be as involved as you like. Do you have special skills, like fundraising or event management? Or do you simply want to get more involved in what’s happening at school? Either way, we’d love to have you. Join now by downloading and submitting the form here

If your application is received by September 30, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Stop & Shop gift card! Questions? Please contact Brittany Simonis at sgfam77(at)gmail(dot)com or Betsney Fumino Elbrish at betsney(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

Sep
17

TONIGHT! “Meet McKinley” Night / Open House

Meet your child’s teachers and get a sneak peek at the upcoming year at McKinley’s Open House on Monday, September 17, 7-8:30pm! Line up your childcare, this event is just for parents and caretakers, thank you!

Sep
11

Join the McKinley Girl Scouts & Attend an Info Session/Garden Clean Up on September 15

McKinley Girl Scouts is starting up and we invite all girls K-5th grade to join us! Please submit your daughter’s info at bit.ly/mck-gs-2018-19 or submit the form HERE marked “Sofie Luciano, Girl Scouts” in an envelope  to the Main Office by September 21. Daisies is K-1st, Brownies is 2nd-3rd and Juniors is 4th-5th.

Fees for participating girls are $40 (national dues) and $50 (troop dues). All leaders, assistant leaders and helpers must register with Girl Scouts of Connecticut, complete a background check and pay the $25 fee. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families.

Meetings take place monthly, September through June, 6:30pm-7:45pm, beginning September 26 for Daisies and Brownies, and monthly beginning October 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm for Juniors. Meetings held in the McKinley School cafeteria.

INFO SESSION: Saturday, September 15, 4:00pm-6:00pm, McKinley School playground. It will also be a garden clean up so please dress accordingly! Attend and meet new and returning Girl Scouts and learn more about the McKinley troop.

Sep
07

Introducing this Year’s Reading Incentive Program @ McKinley

Introducing Reading Together! The goal for this year is to donate one book to an underfunded school in Bridgeport for every book read by a McKinley student. Reading Together kicks off in October and runs through May. We have the potential to donate several thousand books! Stay tuned for details and in the meantime, check out the flyer below!

Sep
07

Register for Fall Wakeman Programs at McKinley by September 23

Registration for fall Wakeman programs at McKinley School is open! Deadline to register is September 23. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FLYER SPINNER IN THE FRONT OFFICE OR DOWNLOAD IT HEREClasses run 10/1/18 through 12/20/18, depending on class. Financial aid is available, and all McKinley students should feel welcome to participate regardless of financial limitations. Classes offered include:

  • Creative Kids Art ($60): Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. 11 classes: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17. Grades 1-2: ​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!
  • Minute to Win It ($55): Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. 10 classes: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19. Grades 1-5:​ The clock is always ticking as kids try to beat the buzzer in this fun but no-pressure class full of 1 minute, 5 minute and longer challenges. Silly or tricky, physical or mental, individual or team – we love a good challenge at Wakeman and we have tons of them! Each class includes time set aside at the end to play kids’ favorite board games.
  • Build It Up ($55): Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. 9 classes: 10/4, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20. Grades 1-2:​ Using LEGO®, Keva Planks®, K’NEX® and other building tools, our builders let imaginations run wild to create buildings individually and as teams in weekly themed challenges and free-build time.
  • STEM Beats ($55): Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. 9 classes: 10/4, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20. Grades 3-5:​ Join our newest ​Google CS First Club​ as we use computer science (CS) to explore Music & Sound. We play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music. No musical skills necessary!
  • Soccer Fanatics ($60): Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. 11 classes: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17. Grades 1-5: ​Our most popular class! Coach Howard returns with more soccer games, skills and activities and a bit of team fitness challenges for a high energy, fun workout each week.
  • Scooter Mania ($55): Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. 10 classes: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19. Grades 1-5:​ Another McKinley favorite! Have a blast zipping around the gym on four wheeled scooters, playing games like scooter soccer, scooter handball, scooter obstacle courses and of course scooter relays! Plenty of scooter tag games are mixed in and we increase the tempo with a weekly jump rope challenge set to music. No jump ropes skills needed.
  • Indoor Mini Tennis ($45): Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. 9 classes: 10/4 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 Grades 1-5:​ Real tennis – indoors – with real racquets, special tennis balls, nets, and miniature courts! Have a blast learning tennis basics and playing against friends under guidance of Coach Howard. And who knows – the next James Blake or Venus Williams just might get their start at McKinley! Program follows guidelines developed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to promote youth tennis.

Sep
05

Volunteers Needed to Fill “Monday Messages” Folders

Want to lend a hand and know what’s going on at McKinley School? Here’s an easy way to be involved! Starting Monday, September 24 at 9:00am (right after drop off), and every Monday after, we need volunteers to help fill family folders with school info and happenings. Please sign in at the Front Office and join us in the Cafeteria for coffee. Feel free to bring goodies to share! Please contact Brittany Simonis at sgfam77(at)gmail(dot)com with questions. Thank you!

Sep
05

Join the McKinley School PTA by Sept 30 for the Chance to Win a $25 Stop & Shop Gift Card!

pta-logoThink the PTA is a bunch of moms sitting around having coffee? Think again! The McKinley School PTA is a vibrant, dynamic group of involved PARENT volunteers dedicated to enhancing student education, advocating for children and serving the McKinley community. Here’s what your PTA dues support:

  • Enrichment programs, such as author visits, art, science, etc.
  • Offset the cost of field trips
  • Free books for classrooms
  • Teacher grants

You can be as involved as you like. Do you have special skills, like fundraising or event management? Or do you simply want to get more involved in what’s happening at school? Either way, we’d love to have you. Join now by downloading and submitting the form here

If your application is received by September 30, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Stop & Shop gift card! Questions? Please contact Brittany Simonis at sgfam77(at)gmail(dot)com or Betsney Fumino Elbrish at betsney(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

Sep
04

Volunteer to be a Room Parent!

Get involved in your child’s classroom experience by volunteering to be a Room Parent or Head Room Parent!

Being a Head Room Parent or Room Parent does not require a lot of time and the benefits include being able to meet new people and share in all of the fun with your child! Each class needs one to two volunteers to act as head room parent (s). You will work closely with your teacher to coordinate volunteers and class parties. If you have questions about what this entails, please reach out to Anna Wood (AnnaMcKinleyPTA@gmail.com) or Dana Merchant (gnugget78@icloud.com).

We will be hosting two informational sessions for room parents on Monday, September 24, at 3:00pm in the McKinley Cafeteria and 6:00pm in the library. Please select one session that fits your schedule. Download the form here and return it to school by Friday, September 14.

 

Aug
30

Save the Date for McKinley’s Saugatuck Sweets Weekend Fundraiser

Support McKinley School with a weekend of sweet treats at Saugatuck Sweets Fairfield! Join us from Friday, September 21 at 3:30pm to Sunday, September 23 at 9:00pm for ice cream, candy and much more! Coupons will be sent home shortly. Saugatuck Sweets asked that families bring the coupon with them to make it easier to keep track of sales. Electronic copies will not be accepted. If a family happens to forget their coupon, they can say they are “with McKinley School.”

Aug
30

Happy First Day of School!

The McKinley School PTA wishes everyone a great first day of school! We hope you all had wonderful summers, and we welcome new families, returning families, and faculty and staff back to McKinley School. We are very excited about the school year ahead and all the programming and events we have planned. We look forward to seeing you and getting to know you and your families!

Aug
27

Volunteers Needed for Ice Cream Social on September 7

Attention volunteers! The Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 7, 6:30-8:30 pm in the McKinley School cafeteria. We are looking for volunteers to be cashiers at the front table, to scoop ice cream, to distribute toppings and water and to clean up after the social. Please click HERE to sign up for one of the many time slots available from 5:30-9:15pm. Thank you!

Aug
27

Bookmark our Online Calendar!

Looking for dates of school & PTA events, meetings, reminders, etc? Be sure to bookmark our online calendar at http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/.

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