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Spirit Wear Orders Due September 30

We have a new online system to order spirit wear this year! The store will be open to purchase spirit wear items until September 30. Items will ship to the school 2 weeks after the store closes. We can expect items by mid-October. This is a new vendor and a new system trying an online store and we are hoping this will help streamline the process. These are all new items. We will be selling what we have left in the inventory of our previous stock at events like the Ice Cream Social and Open House. Place your orders here!



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Picture Day is Friday, September 20

Get those smiles ready! Picture Day is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20! We are encouraging everyone to order online this year – it’s easy and you can order individual prints if you don’t want to order an entire package!

How to order:

  1. Order online at http://www.coffeepond.com
  2. Click on “Order Central” and then “School Portraits”
  3. Select “Fairfield, CT” and then “McKinley Elementary” from the drop down menus
  4. Enter child’s full name, grade and teacher’s name
  5. This is not a fundraiser, the McKinley School PTA does not get any money from this, so please don’t feel like you need to order a large package to support the school

 



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“Meet McKinley” Night / Open House

Save the date! Meet your child’s teachers and get a sneak peek at the upcoming year at McKinley’s Open House on September 16, 6-7:30pm! Our Open House will be another opportunity to learn about our initiatives for the upcoming school year as well as a highlight of some of our goals for school improvement. Open House will also serve to meet your child’s teacher and learn more about your child’s grade level curriculum. Schedule:

  • 6:00pm-6:30pm Grades K-2
  • 6:35pm-6:55pm All in Gym
  • 7:00pm-7:30pm Grades 3-5

Line up your childcare, this event is for parents and caretakers, thank you!



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“Meet & Greet” with Teachers

Parents, caretakers and students are invited to meet their teachers for the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, August 28 from 8:30am-9:30am. See you there!

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Fairfield Public Library McKinley Reading Night is July 29

Show your school pride by joining your classmates and their families for a free, special evening of out-of-this-world fun at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library for McKinley Night on Monday, July 29, 6:30pm! Build your love of reading and participate in games and challenges! You can also register for the Summer Reading Challenge “A Universe of Stories” at fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/summerreading/.

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Purchase a Luminaria to Honor Every Life Affected by Cancer

LAST CALL! ORDERS DUE JUNE 7! Luminarias honor the memory of the loved ones we’ve lost, those currently in treatment, and those who’ve overcome cancer. Donating a Luminaria supports the American Cancer Society’s patient programs and lifesaving research. Each luminaria costs $10. Please COMPLETE THIS FORM and SUBMIT to Mrs. Bonenfant by June 7. The Luminaria will be lit at this year’s Relay for Life on June 8 at Ludlowe High School.

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Order 2019-2020 School Supply Kits by June 21

Would you rather spend a summer day driving from store to store to purchase school supplies or get everything you need in one easy box, delivered right to school on the first day? Great news! McKinley PTA is offering a supply kit program at school for the 2019-2020 school year. Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands teachers have approved for each class. Get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early and enjoy a summer day! Simply place your order at www.shopttkits.com by June 21, 2019, be sure to enter McKinley’s account number: 83267. Questions? Contact Alison Foito at alifoito(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

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Dedicate a Luminaria to Honor Every Life Affected by Cancer

Luminarias honor the memory of the loved ones we’ve lost, those currently in treatment, and those who’ve overcome cancer. Donating a Luminaria supports the American Cancer Society’s patient programs and lifesaving research. Each luminaria costs $10. Please COMPLETE THIS FORM and SUBMIT to Mrs. Bonenfant by June 7. The Luminaria will be lit at this year’s Relay for Life on June 8 at Ludlowe High School.

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Saugatuck Sweets Brings Ice Cream to McKinley Cafeteria after Spring Concert

No need to rush to grab ice cream after the Spring Concert on May 22, 7pm! Saugatuck Sweets will be selling 6 flavors to choose from, 1 scoop or 2, immediately following  the concert in the cafeteria. CASH ONLY! 20% of the sales will be donated to the McKinley PTA.

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Reading Week Activities: May 20-24

This week at McKinley is officially “Reading Week.”  There will be different activities the students will participate in throughout the week, see below. If you’d like to read in the classroom this week, please contact Chrissy Petrino to reserve a time: 203-255-8318 or cpetrino@fairfieldschools.org.

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Dedicate a Luminaria and Honor Every Life Affected by Cancer

Luminarias honor the memory of the loved ones we’ve lost, those currently in treatment, and those who’ve overcome cancer. Donating a Luminaria supports the American Cancer Society’s patient programs and lifesaving research. Each luminaria costs $10. Please COMPLETE THIS FORM and SUBMIT to Mrs. Bonenfant by June 7. The Luminaria will be lit at this year’s Relay for Life on June 8 at Ludlowe High School.

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Favorite Character Dress Up Day Is May 24

Help support McKinley’s Relay for Life team raise money for cancer research by dressing up as your favorite book character on Friday, May 24! Note, May 24 is early dismissal at 1:40pm. Please send $2 to Mrs. Bonenfant by March 24, download the form HERE. Thank you!

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Student Council Car Wash & Bake Sale on May 18

The McKinley School Student Council is having a Car Wash and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life, which helps with cancer research. Click HERE to pre-register your car by pre-paying, $7/car and $10/large car/truck.

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Join us May 15 for the McKinley PTA Meeting

Please join us for the May McKinley PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 7pm! We will vote on the 2019-2020 slate.

All are welcome. Hope to see you there! 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. And it’s not too late to join, download the form and payment info HERE.

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Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop Jewelry Orders Due Friday, May 3

Celebrate someone special on Mother’s Day! The stage will be transformed into a jewelry pop-up shop so the children can choose from an assortment of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, each $6. We will have gift bags and cards for the kids to make their purchases ready for gifting moms, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, etc.

The cost is $6/item and pre-orders are due Friday, May 3. Cash or make checks out to “McKinley PTA” and return in your child’s folder in an envelope marked “Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop.” DOWNLOAD and PRINT ORDER FORM HERE. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Jenn Chrysadakis (chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com) or Michelle Gurner (mdgurner(at)yahoo(dot)com).

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Last Chance to Reserve Your Seats for the 5th Grade’s Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Feast your eyes and feed your tummy at McKinley’s Annual Student Art Show and Pasta Dinner on Friday, May 3! Send in your reservations ASAP to get the seating of your preference. Funds raised support the 5th grade class graduation and field trips they will take this school year. 3 seatings: 5-6pm, 6-7pm and 7-8pm. Adults $5 and Kids $3 (3 years and under eat free). Click HERE to download the dinner registration form and to reserve your seats. Thank you!

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Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop Jewelry Orders Due Friday, May 3

Celebrate someone special on Mother’s Day! The stage will be transformed into a jewelry pop-up shop so the children can choose from an assortment of necklaces, bracelets and earrings, each $6. We will have gift bags and cards for the kids to make their purchases ready for gifting moms, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, etc.

The cost is $6/item and pre-orders are due Friday, May 3. Cash or make checks out to “McKinley PTA” and return in your child’s folder in an envelope marked “Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop.” DOWNLOAD and PRINT ORDER FORM HERE. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Jenn Chrysadakis (chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com) or Michelle Gurner (mdgurner(at)yahoo(dot)com).

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“Odd Gods” Author Visit & Book Sale on May 14

We are thrilled to announce author David Slavin and illustrator Adam J.B. Lane, in partnership with Fairfield University Bookstore, will be at McKinley May 14 to present their new collaboration, “Odd Gods.” Odd Gods is the start of a new trilogy that is part “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and part Percy Jackson. In it, readers will meet the most usually gods to ever race the halls of Mt. Olympus Middle School. If you wish to purchase a book ($13.99) and have the book autographed, complete the form HERE and submit by May 6.
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Join Us for a GNO on May 3 to Benefit McKinley Weekend Packs

Have fun and do good with a great group of women! Join us for a Girls Night Out on Friday, May 3, 6-9pm at My Salon Suite! $75 per person includes a wash and blowout, dinner, drinks and dessert. 100% of the ticket sales benefits the McKinley Weekend Packs program. RSVP by April 26 by sending in your check/cash and form (download HERE) to Brittany Simonis or Kristin Gryga, attn: Weekend Packs Girls Night Out. Too busy washing your hair that night and can’t attend? Send in a donation, we’d be ever so grateful! And feel free to invite friends!

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McKinley Carnival Canceled Friday Night Due to Weather

We regretfully announce that Friday night’s carnival is canceled due to strong winds and poor weather forecast calling for 100% rain. But we’ll be open Saturday, April 27 (1-10pm) and Sunday, April 28 (1-5pm) at Jennings Beach! Wristbands for every day, tons of entertainment and lots of goodies will be available. The Carnival is the PTA’s largest annual fundraiser, so please do all you can to support and enjoy this beloved event!