Feb
20

Payment for Feb 26 Sound Tigers Game Due TOMORROW, February 21

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. ALL PARTICIPATING SINGERS NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET. Please return your form and payment in an envelope marked “Sound Tigers” to the main office by TUESDAY, February 21. 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!

Feb
16

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of February 17 – February 26

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of February 17 – February 26. 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, February 17: February break, school closed (no before school activities)
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day/February break, school closed (no before school activities)
  • Thursday, February 23: Moe’s Fundraiser for the 5th Grade Class, 5:00-9:00pm, you MUST bring the flyer for the 5th grade to receive 15% of your purchase – download/print it here
  • Thursday, February 23: Variety Show Rehearsal, 6:30pm, gym
  • Friday, February 24: Ballet for Breakfast
  • Sunday, February 26: McKinley Family Fun Night at Sound Tigers, 3:00pm, details here

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, February 21: Deadline to submit payment for February 26 McKinley Family Fun Night at Sound Tigers. Details & flyer here.
  • Tuesday, February 21: Completed Random Acts of Kindness Activities Sheet due. Details & flyer here.

LINKS

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

Feb
16

Have Dinner at Moe’s & Support the 5th Grade Class on February 23

Please support McKinley’s 5th grade class by having dinner (eat in or take out) at Moe’s on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield on Thursday, February 23, 5:00-9:00pm. Print this flyer, you must present it for 15% of your sale to be donated to the 5th grade class. Feel free to invite friends, neighbors, family, co-workers, etc. to this community-wide event. Thank you for your support!

Feb
16

We’re Still Looking for a Few More Volunteers for Maker March in the Library

We’re looking for a few more volunteers to help Mrs. Selk in the Library during “Maker March,” an upcoming month-long event. 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.

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!

Feb
16

School Librarian Requests New & Used Legos for Projects

Many thanks to those who donated Legos to Mrs. Selk for the Maker March program! Legos, as we all know, have a way of walking off. We would love if you could donate new or used Legos for replacement! Please drop them off at the School Library. Click here to buy new Legos from Amazon. As always, thank you for your support and generosity!

Feb
16

Random Acts of Kindness Activities Sheet Due Tuesday, February 21

We hope you and your children will join the newly formed Kindness Matters at McKinley Committee in some fun activities that you can do at home or in the community to spread Random Acts of Kindness! It’s a great way to spend the long weekend! Click HERE for an ACTIVITY SHEET in which each student is asked to complete all of the kindness activities before Tuesday, February 21. Once a child has returned the COMPLETED activity sheet, she/he will receive a voucher from their teacher after the Presidents Day break for a free soft serve cone from Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. For each voucher used, Saugatuck Sweets and non-profit Al’s Angels owner Al DiGuido will donate $1 to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. See www.kindnessmatters.net/fairfield for complete details.

McKinley will be celebrating kindness throughout the month of February with lots of in-school activities. Ideas and tips on how to encourage kindness at home and in school will be shared in the weekly PTA e-newsletter, sent Friday mornings. The committee had planned to present at the PTA meeting scheduled for February 9 but as it was canceled due to the snow, we will post a meeting date in the coming weeks for all those who are interested in joining the effort!

If you have any questions, please contact committee co-chairs Jennifer Barahona at jennifer(dot)d(dot)barahona(at)gmail(dot)com or Anna Wood at annawood(dot)home(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Feb
15

Read to Feed Update: McKinley School Reads 552,712 Minutes

McKinley School students celebrated a huge milestone this week! You’ve read 552,712 minutes to date in the Read to Feed program! We’re over halfway to our goal of 1,000,000 minutes! Many thanks to Cultural Director and PTA Member Sally Connolly! As a reward for reaching this milestone, Sally organized an interactive workshop led by the Jamal Jackson Dance Company for all students on Valentine’s Day. Students were in high spirits as they learned some new dance moves!

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!

Feb
15

Payment Due Feb 21 for McKinley Family Fun Night at Sound Tigers

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. ALL PARTICIPATING SINGERS NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET. Please return your form and payment in an envelope marked “Sound Tigers” to the main office by TUESDAY, February 21. 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!

Feb
15

Mid-Winter Break Starts Tomorrow, February 16

A gentle reminder that we have a mid-winter break in February! Fairfield Public Schools are closed:

  • Thursday, February 16: early dismissal for professional development at 1:40pm
  • Friday, February 17: schools are closed (Ballet for Breakfast and before school programs are canceled)
  • Monday, February 20: schools are closed (before school programs are canceled)

Feb
15

Tonight’s Variety Show Rehearsal & There’s Still Time to Join the Show

There is a Variety Show rehearsal tonight, Wednesday, February 15,  in the gym starting at 6:30pm. If you can’t get there until 7:00 or 7:15, that’s OK, we will be there until 7:45 at least. We start with the acts that are there and as kids arrive they can sign in.

If your child has not yet been to a rehearsal and would still like to be in the show they can, but they must come to the two remaining regular rehearsals (tonight and next Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm) as well as the mandatory dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 1, 6:30pm. Please contact Suzanne Graceffa at suzanne(dot)graceffa(at)gmail.(dot)com with any questions.

Feb
15

Register Your Daughter for Fairfield Little League Softball

If your daughter lives in Fairfield and turns between six and 15 years old this year, she’s eligible to play with Fairfield Little League Girls Softball, one of the state’s most successful softball programs!

The spring season runs from early April through mid-June — FLLGS will field teams at T-Ball, A Ball, AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors levels (grades K-9).

Registration closes February 28 (April 2 for K-2nd grades) and costs just $110 for T-Ball and A Ball and $160 for all other playing levels.

Register today at fllgs.org or email info@fllgs.org for more information.

Feb
10

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of February 10 – February 17

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of February 10 – February 17 (and a little beyond, due to Presidents Day weekend). 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, February 10: Delayed opening for Fairfield Public Schools, doors open at 10:45, last bell at 10:55 (all before school programs canceled)
  • Tuesday, February 14: Valentine’s Day
  • Wednesday, February 15: Variety Show rehearsal, gym, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, February 16: EARLY DISMISSAL, 1:40pm
  • Friday, February 17: February break, Fairfield Public Schools closed
  • Monday, February 20: Presidents Day/February break, Fairfield Public Schools closed

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, February 14: Deadline to register for Wakeman early spring programs at McKinley. Details & flyer here.
  • Wednesday, February 15: Deadline to submit payment for February 26 McKinley Family Fun Night at Sound Tigers. Details & flyer here.
  • Tuesday, February 21: Random Acts of Kindness Activities Sheet due. Details & flyer here.

LINKS

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

Feb
09

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

We’re looking for a few more volunteers to help Mrs. Selk in the Library during “Maker March,” an upcoming month-long event. 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.

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!

Feb
09

Weather Alert: Delayed Opening on Friday, February 10

On Friday, February 10 all Fairfield public and parochial schools will be open on a 2-hour delayed schedule. For McKinley School, doors open at 10:45, the last bell rings at 10:55. All before school programs (Kidsplace, Ballet for Breakfast, etc.) are canceled on days where we have a delayed opening. This is true for the bus schedule as well, though the weather can cause a slight variation on pick up schedules. The Burr, Dwight and Early Childhood Center A.M. preschools are cancelled today. The Burr, Dwight and Early Childhood Center P.M. preschools will be in session at the normal time. Offices for 12 month employees will open on a 2-hour delayed opening schedule.

Feb
09

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK Week) February 12-18!

We hope you and your children will join the newly formed Kindness Matters at McKinley Committee in some fun activities that you can do at home or in the community to spread Random Acts of Kindness! Click HERE for an ACTIVITY SHEET in which each student is asked to complete all of the kindness activities before Tuesday, February 21. Once a child has returned the COMPLETED activity sheet, she/he will receive a voucher from their teacher after the Presidents Day break for a free soft serve cone from Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. For each voucher used, Saugatuck Sweets and non-profit Al’s Angels owner Al DiGuido will donate $1 to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. See www.kindnessmatters.net/fairfield for complete details.

McKinley will be celebrating kindness throughout the month of February with lots of in-school activities. Ideas and tips on how to encourage kindness at home and in school will be shared in the weekly PTA e-newsletter, sent Friday mornings. The committee had planned to present at the PTA meeting scheduled for February 9 but as it was canceled due to the snow, we will post a meeting date in the coming weeks for all those who are interested in joining the effort!

If you have any questions, please contact committee co-chairs Jennifer Barahona at jennifer(dot)d(dot)barahona(at)gmail(dot)com or Anna Wood at annawood(dot)home(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Feb
08

Schools Are Closed February 9, PTA Meeting Canceled

Snow day! Fairfield Public Schools issued this alert at 7:05pm today: On Thursday, February 9 all public and parochial schools in the Town of Fairfield will be closed. Offices for 12 month employees will also be closed. Please note that due to this school closure, there will be no February PTA meeting, as originally scheduled for 7pm, February 9. Enjoy the snow and stay safe and warm!

Feb
07

2017 Fairfield Little League Softball Registration Is Open

If your daughter lives in Fairfield and turns between six and 15 years old this year, she’s eligible to play with Fairfield Little League Girls Softball, one of the state’s most successful softball programs!

The spring season runs from early April through mid-June — FLLGS will field teams at T-Ball, A Ball, AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors levels (grades K-9).

Registration closes February 28 (April 2 for K-2nd grades) and costs just $110 for T-Ball and A Ball and $160 for all other playing levels.

Register today at fllgs.org or email info@fllgs.org for more information.

Feb
07

McKinley Family Fun Night at Sound Tigers is 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!

Feb
07

McKinley Girl Scouts’ First Meeting is Wednesday, February 8

Important Girl Scouts Update!

We are thrilled to announce that we are kicking off the McKinley Girl Scout Troops (Daisy K-1st, Brownie 2nd-3rd, and Junior 4th– 5th) on Wednesday, February 8!  For your daughter to be ready to participate please do the following before February 8:

  • Register your daughter(s) by clicking on https://portal.gsofct.org/IMIS/GSWCM/Non_Member/NM_options.aspx. Click ‘create an account’ and fill in the information for your daughter. It will ask for email address and user name/password so remember to write these down. Registration fees are $30 ($15 for GS of CT and $15 for GS national).  These are paid at the end of registration on-line. This registration fee is annual (running on an academic year calendar).
  • In addition, we will be collecting Troop dues of $25 for the year.  These will be due to Jennifer Barahona (Treasurer) by March 1. We are still in the process of setting up the bank account so we will let you know once that is complete so you know how to address the check. The Troop dues will allow us to purchase meeting supplies, pins, patches, etc. If you need financial assistance with the Troop dues, please contact Jennifer at jennifer(dot)d(dot)barahona(at)gmail(dot)com. Jennifer will be the only one with access to this confidential information.
  • Click below for the 3 forms that are required to bring with you to the first meeting. If you prefer to fill them in electronically and print them, you can find them on the GSOFCT website under the gray volunteer tab, then the leader’s toolbox, and then shortcut to forms, and then down to the girls section.
  • Meeting dates for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year will be as follows from 6:30pm-7:45pm at McKinley School (room to be determined)
    • February 8
    • March 1
    • March 22
    • April 19
    • May 10
    • May 31
    • 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 kicking off a great Troop 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

Feb
03

Upcoming Events & Deadlines for the Week of February 3 – February 10

eventsHere’s a peek at what’s on McKinley School’s calendar for the week of February 3 – February 10. 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, February 3: Ballet for Breakfast resumes
  • Friday, February 3: Valentine’s Day Dance, 7:00pm. Walk-ins welcome! Details here.
  • Wednesday, February 8: Variety Show rehearsal, cafeteria, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, February 9: PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, Library
  • Friday, February 10: Ballet for Breakfast

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, February 14: Deadline to register for Wakeman early spring programs at McKinley. Details here.

LINKS

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

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