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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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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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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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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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Tonight’s PTA Meeting RESCHEDULED to April 30

Tonight’s PTA meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 30, 7pm in the McKinley Library. All are welcome! Executive Board Meeting follows the General Meeting. Some agenda items include:

  • Presentation of the 2019/2020 Slate from the Nominating Committee
  • Project Executive Board is working on regarding creating standard rules/guidelines and policies for Board Members and Committee Chairs
  • New Fundraiser involving school supplies

Please note that per our PTA’s bylaws, only those individuals who are paid members of the McKinley PTA before April 1, 2019 are eligible to vote in the current election. (See Article VI, Section 2)

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Call for 2019-2020 PTA Appointed Positions

In addition to PTA elected positions, the McKinley PTA also offers appointed positions. Appointed positions are part of the Executive Board and are expected to attend the monthly general and executive PTA meetings. You must be a paid PTA member to apply.

The appointed positions are:

  • Membership Elect (shadow and work with VP (s) of Membership, to then possibly consider running for the position next year)
  • Fun & Fundraising Elect (shadow and work with the VP (s) of Fun & Fundraising, to then possibly consider running for the position next year)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (s): work with the VP (s) of Fun and Fundraising and Committee Chairs of certain PTA events to help find volunteers or create signup geniuses to get volunteers
  • PTA Council Delegate: You will represent McKinley PTA and School at monthly PTAC meetings and report back any updates at the general and executive monthly meetings
  • Board of Education Delegate: You will represent McKinley PTA and School at monthly BOE meetings and report back any updates at the general and executive monthly meetings
  • Budget Review Representative: You will represent McKinley PTA and School at Budget Review Meetings at BOE meetings and report back any updates at the general and executive monthly meetings. Most of these meetings are in January with some additional between February and April when education budget is being reviewed at town meetings
  • SEPTA Representative (s): You will represent McKinley PTA and School at monthly Special Education PTA meetings and report back any updates at the general and executive monthly meetings

If you are interested in being considered for any of these positions, please contact Alison Foito, PTA President at alifoito(at)gmail(dot)com by May 13. If you have any questions, please contact Alison directly. Once all names are received, Alison sit down with the new Executive Committee that was just elected to discuss and appoint these positions. Thank you!

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Join us April 25 for the April PTA Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, April 25, 7pm in the McKinley Library for the April PTA General Meeting. All are welcome! Executive Board Meeting follows the General Meeting. Some agenda items include:

  • Presentation of the 2019/2020 Slate from the Nominating Committee
  • Project Executive Board is working on regarding creating standard rules/guidelines and policies for Board Members and Committee Chairs
  • New Fundraiser involving school supplies

Please note that per our PTA’s bylaws, only those individuals who are paid members of the McKinley PTA before April 1, 2019 are eligible to vote in the current election. (See Article VI, Section 2)

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Save the Date for the Annual Spring Art Show & Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

Feast your eyes and feed your tummy at McKinley’s Annual Student Art Show and Pasta Dinner on Friday, May 3! Funds raised support the 5th grade class graduation and field trips they will take this school year.