Dec
05

Registration is Open for Wakeman Winter Programs at McKinley School

wakeman-logoWith winter nipping at our heels, you may be looking for some super fun, active, indoor after-school activities for your child! Wakeman Boys & Girls Club is offering a winter session (January 4 – February 15) for McKinley School students in grades 1-5. Classes include DIY STEM (3rd-5th), Soccer Fanatics (1st-5th), Zig Zag & Tag (1st-5th) and Total Package Training (1st-2nd & 3rd-5th) for girls and boys. Registration and payment are due by Tuesday, December 20. Make checks payable to “Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. ”Participants receive t-shirts for the first 3 programs they join this year. New classes start every 6 weeks. Fees vary by session/day due to class type, staffing needs and number of class dates. Click HERE for the registration form.

Dec
05

Chip’s Fundraiser is Tonight, 4pm-9pm!

Invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and more to support the McKinley School’s Chip’s Fundraiser on Monday, December 5, 4pm-9pm. The full menu is available and 20% of proceeds will be donated to McKinley School. Simply say you’re with McKinley when you’re paying your bill. Funds raised will offset costs and support teacher grants, field trips, etc. Chip’s in Fairfield is located at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off. Thank you for your support!

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Dec
05

Logistics for 5th Grade & McKinley Singers Concert on Thursday, Dec 8

It’s holiday concert season time! 5th grade chorus and orchestra and the McKinley singers will be performing THIS Thursday, 10am and 7pm. The entire school will attend the 10am performance. Here’s Lisa Bettke’s letter that went to all those involved!

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Dec
02

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of December 2 – 9

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of December 2 – December 9. 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, December 2: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Friday, December 2: School Photo Retake Day. Info here.
  • Monday, December 5: Chip’s Fundraiser for McKinley, 4pm-9pm. Info here.
  • Thursday December 8: 5th Chorus and Orchestra concert, 9:30am & 7:00pm.
  • Friday, December 9: Ballet for Breakfast

DEADLINES

  • Friday, December 2: American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive Collection ends. Info here.
  • Monday, December 5: Deadline to submit payment for Holiday Shop. Info here.

LINKS

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

Dec
01

School Climate Survey Is Available – Respond by December 21

online-surveyThe school climate survey is available. You should have received an email with an invitation to participate. Your feedback is critical!! Please take the time to complete the survey. Staff and students (in upper grades) are also asked to fill these out at every school in the district. Responses will be accepted from 12/01/2016 until 12/21/2016. Jennifer Barahona is the parent rep for the McKinley School Climate Committee and stresses your input is so necessary! To access the survey, log onto the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at https://campus.fairfieldschools.org/campus/portal/fairfield.jsp and select the survey link in your inbox. Thank you!

 

Dec
01

McKinley Holiday Show and Concert Schedule

Celebrate the season by attending one or all of McKinley School’s holiday shows and concerts! Here’s your handy guide to this month’s festivities:

  • Thursday, December 8, 10:00am and 7:00pm – McKinley School 5th Grade Holiday Concert (Chorus and Orchestra) and McKinley Singers
  • Monday, December 12, 7:00pm – McKinley School PTA Holiday Show & Ballet for Breakfast Performance (Inclement weather date: December 19)
  • Friday, December 23, 9:30am – School-wide Holiday Sing A Long (gym). Parents and guardians invited!

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Nov
30

Join us for McKinley School’s Chip’s Fundraiser on Monday, December 5

Invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and more to support the McKinley School’s Chip’s Fundraiser on Monday, December 5, 4pm-9pm. The full menu is available and 20% of proceeds will be donated to McKinley School. Simply say you’re with McKinley when you’re paying your bill. Funds raised will offset costs and support teacher grants, field trips, etc. Chip’s in Fairfield is located at 525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off. Thank you for your support!

mckinley-chips-fundraiser-dec-2016

Nov
30

Take a Tag from the “Giving Tree” and Help Make the Holidays a Little Brighter for Friends in Need

giving-treeIt’s time for McKinley School’s annual “Giving Tree!” Every year, McKinley School Social Worker Ms. Miller puts gift tags on the main office window. Each tag represents a gift for children in need. Many of the items on the children’s wish lists are very humble gifts that are necessities like shoes, coats, etc. Some are toys. The gift should be wrapped and the original tag you took off the “Giving Tree” should be attached to the gift so Ms. Miller knows to whom to give the gift. Please stop by to take a tag! All gifts are to be wrapped, tagged with the original tag and returned to McKinley School by December 16th. Thank you for opening your heart to our friends in need this holiday season!

 

Nov
30

Deadline to Send Money for the Holiday Shop is Monday, December 5

Another popular 5th grade fundraiser is here! The Holiday Shop will run December 5-9 and students in 1st through 5th grades can buy presents for their friends and family. Items range in price from 25 cents to $10. We will provide free gift tags and bags to wrap and label items after purchase.

Money needs to be sent in by December 5th as we will not be able to tell you in advance which day your child is shopping. Please send cash or checks made out to “McKinley School PTA” to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked “Holiday Shop.” Any money not spent will be returned to your child in the envelope it came in unless otherwise requested. If you have multiple children who will be shopping, please send them each with their own envelope. Thank you for helping fund 5th grade field trips and graduation! Questions? Contact Suzanne Graceffa at suzanne(dot)graceffa(at)gmail.(dot)com or Nancy Fuller at nsamarco(at)gmail(dot)com.

 

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Nov
30

Donate Toys to the American Legion Troop #143 Toy Drive by December 2

Give a child a reason to smile this holiday season. Friday, December 2nd is the deadline to donate new, unwrapped toys for the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating. The donation box is in the hallway outside the main office. Thank you!

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Nov
28

Last Day to Donate Toys for McKinley Toy Drive is Nov 30

Give a child a reason to smile this holiday season. Wednesday, November 30th is the deadline to donate new, unwrapped toys for the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating. Thank you!

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Nov
22

Our McKinley Dolphin Has a Name!

bubbles-mckinley-dolphinThe official voting results are in! Bubbles was chosen as the winning name for our McKinley Dolphin. Voter turnout was 84%. This was a popular vote, one vote for each student and staff member, and the Election Committee, headed by Mr. Lowry, determined that an electoral college vote was not needed. Welcome, Bubbles, to the McKinley Family! Thank you to PTA member Nikole St. Peter for the photo!

Nov
22

Shopping on Black Friday? Pick Up Some New Toys for McKinley’s Annual Toy Drive

Take advantage of Black Friday sales and grab a few extra toys for the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating an unwrapped toy BY NOVEMBER 30TH. Thank you! annual-holiday-toy-drive-2016

Nov
18

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of November 18 – November 25

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of November 18 – November 25 (and a little beyond the Thanksgiving holidays). 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, November 18: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Friday, November 18: Zumba Relay for Life fundraiser, 7:00pm. Details here. Drop ins welcome!
  • Wednesday, November 23: Early dismissal at 1:40pm
  • Thursday and Friday, November 24-25: THANKSGIVING BREAK, schools closed.
  • Tuesday, November 29: Tie Dye Tuesday. Info here.

DEADLINES

  • Friday, November 18: Student Council Food Drive for CT Food Bank ends. Info & donations wish list here.
  • Monday, November 28Deadline to pay for Tie Dye Tuesday, more info & form here.
  • Wednesday, November 30: American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive Collection ends, info here.

LINKS

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

Nov
17

School Photo Retake Day is December 2 & There’s Still Time to Place Orders

coffee-pond-logoSchool photos were distributed to the teachers on Wednesday of this week. Your child should have come home with the photos or proofs. If you have any questions, please contact Coffee Pond Customer Care at 1-800-632-2323 ext. 0 or email them at lifeguards@coffeepond.com.

There is still time to place an order. You can call them or order online at https://www.coffeepond.com.

Retake Day will be Friday, December 2 for new students or anyone that would like a retake. If you are not satisfied with your child’s photo and do want to do a retake, please return the package or proof with instructions for the photographer.

Contact Sherrie Fahey with questions at mygirlslinsam(at)aol(dot)com.

Nov
17

Tie Dye Tuesday is November 29

Show your McKinley School spirit and grab your favorite tie dye clothes for Tie Dye Tuesday! This fundraiser for the 5th grade class is Tuesday, November 29. All students and faculty are invited to participate! Please send in $1/child by Monday, November 28. Contact Suzanne Graceffa at suzanne(dot)graceffa(at)gmail(dot)com with questions.

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Nov
17

Disney On Ice Ticket Order Update

disney-on-ice-dream-big-imageDisney on Ice “DREAM BIG” is coming to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport in January! McKinley Family Fun Night is Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7pm. Ticket orders have been placed. If you sent in a ticket order and did not receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your ticket order, please reach out to Mindy Morgan at mindygmorgan(at)gmail(dot)com as soon as possible. Thank you!

Nov
16

Support the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive

McKinley School continues its tradition of participating in the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating an unwrapped toy BY NOVEMBER 30TH. Thank you!

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Nov
14

School Store is Open Wednesday, November 16! Pre-payments or cash accepted!

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The School Store will be on Wednesday, November 16. 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 on the stage in the cafeteria during lunch. 1st – 5th graders can shop once they have finished their meal. And new this year, 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 November 15.

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 November 15. 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 for coordinating and managing this program!

Nov
14

Register Your Stop & Shop Card to Earn $$ for McKinley School

stop-shop-rewwards-logoThe holidays are just around the corner, which means everyone will be doing a bit more grocery shopping! Take a few minutes to register your Stop & Shop card to help earn money for McKinley School. It’s easy and free! There are 2 ways to sign up:

  1. Click HERE for the flyer and submit to Nikole St. Peter in your child’s folder at any time
  2. Register your card online HERE at any time

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