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School Store Is Open March 8!

school-storeThe next School Store will be on Friday, March 8. 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. Items range from $0.25-$3.00.

If your child has a pre-paid account, you do not have to do anything. If your child has not pre-paid, please have him/her bring in 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!



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Attend Family STEAM Night on March 7

Come investigate and explore at McKinley’s Family STEAM Night on Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8pm! The event will be held in the gym, cafeteria, art room and library. This event is limited to McKinley families and is not a drop off event – parental/guardian attendance is required. Download the form HERE and submit by March 6.

 



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Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day on March 1!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! On Friday, March 1, dress up as your favorite character, read Dr. Seuss books and have fun! Dr. Seuss is also today’s theme of McKinley Cares Day.

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Crazy Hair Day is February 28!

It’s Crazy Hair Day on Thursday, February 28! Support this 5th grade fundraiser by sending in $1 by Wednesday, February 27 (in an envelope marked “attn: 5th grade fundraisers“). Go crazy, go wild – and have fun with your hair!

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Order the McKinley 2018-2019 Yearbook by March 11!

It’s the time of year to order your McKinley School 2018-2019 yearbook! Yearbooks are $16 each. Place your order online BY MARCH 11:

  1. Online using a credit card: Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter our school’s passcode: 13488719 to create an account to place your order – THIS IS THE BEST OPTION! We are encouraging everyone to pay online, if possible.

If you are unable to pay online and/or if you have questions or pictures you would like to share from field trips or classroom activities, please contact Jessica Decker at jessicab446(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!



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Join us for McKinley Family Kindness Night on February 25!

We’re less than a week away from McKinley’s family Kindness Night! Join Principal Gingrave & the Kindness Committee on Monday, February 25, 6:30-8pm for an evening of family fun, activities, and learning about what truly matters most – how we treat each other! REGISTER HEREHaving a head count will help us more accurately plan. We understand this is the same night as the talent show rehearsal and apologize for the scheduling conflict. We hope parents who normally hang around during the rehearsal will join us after your child performs or even on your own. Come paint a kindness rock to place in the community with your child! Please register HERE!

The evening is sponsored by the PTA Kindness Committee and there is no cost to attend. However, we ask that you please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for our weekend packs program (see below), purchasing a book off of our kindness wish list (https://www.booksamillion.com/wishlist/view/6E67D411B8977A42), or making a small contribution that night to help fund our kindness initatives.

*The weekend packs program provides meals every Friday for McKinley students to take home over the weekend. These are students who may be on free/reduced lunch during the week and have families with limited resources. Non-perishable items needed – mini single serve cereal boxes, single serve fruit cups, granola bars, single serve applesauce, single serve bags of chips/pretzels/popcorn, single serve crackers/cookies, puddings, and more. The program is costly to operate and we need your support. Thank you!

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Friday, February 22 is Flannel Friday!

Warm your heart by dressing in flannel on Friday, February 22! All donations (any amount welcome!) support the American Heart Association. This program is run by Mrs. Bonenfant and the Student Council. Download the form HERE and submit donations by February 22.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 19-25

McKinley is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week February 19-25! Each day, we are asking everyone to do acts of kindness:

  • Tuesday, February 19: Be kind to your teacher or staff member. Write a note, draw a picture or do something that shows your appreciation.
  • Wednesday, February 20: Celebrate “Fairfield Kindness Day.” Read or do an activity with a lower grade in the Kindness Corner.
  • Thursday, February 21: Be kind to your classmates or other students on your grade level. Sit with someone that you wouldn’t usually sit with at lunch, give someone a compliment, help a classmate, or play a game with a classmate during recess.
  • Friday, February 22: Be kind to our school environment. Clean up after yourself, don’t waste paper, put items in the recycling bin.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24: Be kind to your family. Help your parents, a brother or a sister, or relatives.
  • Monday, February 25: Attend Family Kindness Night 6:30-8 P.M. in the cafeteria. More info here.
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American Heart Association Fundraiser: Instant Heart Heroes

Student Council will be selling Instant Heart Heroes during lunch and recess on Thursday to raise money for the American Heart Association. Download the form HERE for pricing and info.

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Flannel Friday for American Heart Association on February 22

Warm your heart by dressing in flannel on Friday, February 22! All donations (any amount welcome!) support the American Heart Association. This program is run by Mrs. Bonenfant and the Student Council. Download the form HERE and submit donations by February 22.

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McKinley’s “One Box, One Family” Drive Continues through February

This year, the “One Box, One Family” drive will continue to run through February. For the past few years, the McKinley School Student Council has led our school community in providing significant support to a school in Zimbabwe.  Our donations are made to the school through the United States / African Children’s Fellowship Fund (USACF).  This organization links approximately 100 schools in the tri-state area with 100 schools in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  The USACF provides the shipping and delivery of the materials that we collect.

The Student Council would like to encourage McKinley families to donate new or gently used clothes, school supplies, art supplies, toys, books or soccer equipment to our sister school. Last year, families were encouraged to send in one box per family. Boxes ranged from shoe boxes to cartons. We nearly filled an entire truck with our donations!  They were greatly appreciated by the students in Zimbabwe.

This year, the “One Box, One Family” drive will continue to run through February. If you wish to make a contribution, please mark our family’s box “Zimbabwe” and deliver it to the school lobby.  Thank you!

Miss Caitlin Sasko
Miss Kura O’Driscoll
Mrs. Maureen Bonenfant,
Student Council Advisors

Teresa Gingrave,
Principal

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Order your 2018-2019 Yearbook by March 11!

Time to order your McKinley School 2018-2019 yearbook! Yearbooks are $16 each. Place your order online BY MARCH 11! Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter our school’s passcode: 13488719 to create an account to place your order – THIS IS THE BEST OPTION! We are encouraging everyone to pay online, if possible.

If you are unable to pay online and/or if you have questions or pictures you would like to share from field trips or classroom activities, please contact Jessica Decker at jessicab446(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

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Valentine’s Dance is February 1!

Join your McKinley friends for the PTA’s annual Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 1, 7-9pm (snow date: February 8). It will be an evening of fun, dancing, crafts, refreshments, raffles, music and more! DJ Marvin Parsons will be a special guest.

Tickets are $5/person in advance and $7/person at the door. An adult (over 18 years old) must accompany all children. Absolutely no drop offs are permitted and children will not be permitted to enter without an accompanying adult. Click HERE to download the ticket order form.

And we’re in need of volunteers! 30 minute shifts available. Please sign up HERE. Thank you!

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Ticket Orders for Family Fun Night at Bridgeport Sound Tigers Due Feb 1

bridgeport-sound-tigers-logoPlease join us for our annual McKinley Family Fun Night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, February 9! The McKinley Singers will be singing the national anthem during the first intermission.  The game starts at 7pm (doors open at 6pm, singers arrive at 6:30pm) and tickets are only $18 per person (regularly $31). Each singer will need his/her own ticket to attend. Ms. Bettke will forward additional details for McKinley Singers closer to the game date.  Download the payment form HERE. Please send the form and payment to the Front Office in an envelope labeled with “Sound Tigers.” Ticket orders are due by Friday, February 1. Tickets will be distributed in your child’s backpack the week before the game. NO DAY OF GAME ORDERS. Questions? Please contact Jenn Chrysadakis at chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

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Cozy Clothing Drive Runs through February

Cozy up to kindness this winter! Please bring in NEW children’s gloves, hats, scarves and socks so everyone will be warm and cozy this winter. Donation boxes will be in the school lobby through February. Thank you!

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Fill a Box for McKinley’s “One Box, One Family” Drive

For the past few years, the McKinley School Student Council has led our school community in providing significant support to a school in Zimbabwe.  Our donations are made to the school through the United States / African Children’s Fellowship Fund (USACF).  This organization links approximately 100 schools in the tri-state area with 100 schools in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  The USACF provides the shipping and delivery of the materials that we collect.

The Student Council would like to encourage McKinley families to donate new or gently used clothes, school supplies, art supplies, toys, books or soccer equipment to our sister school. Last year, families were encouraged to send in one box per family. Boxes ranged from shoe boxes to cartons. We nearly filled an entire truck with our donations!  They were greatly appreciated by the students in Zimbabwe.

This year, the “One Box, One Family” drive will take place during the month of January. If you wish to make a contribution, please mark our family’s box “Zimbabwe” and deliver it to the school lobby.  Thank you!

Miss Caitlin Sasko
Miss Kura O’Driscoll
Mrs. Maureen Bonenfant,
Student Council Advisors

Teresa Gingrave,
Principal

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Order the McKinley 2018-2019 Yearbook by March 11!

It’s the time of year to order your McKinley School 2018-2019 yearbook! Yearbooks are $16 each. Place your order online BY MARCH 11:

  1. Online using a credit card: Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter our school’s passcode: 13488719 to create an account to place your order – THIS IS THE BEST OPTION! We are encouraging everyone to pay online, if possible.

If you are unable to pay online and/or if you have questions or pictures you would like to share from field trips or classroom activities, please contact Jessica Decker at jessicab446(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

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Ticket Orders for Family Fun Night at Bridgeport Sound Tigers Due Feb 1

bridgeport-sound-tigers-logoPlease join us for our annual McKinley Family Fun Night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, February 9! The McKinley Singers will be singing the national anthem during the first intermission.  The game starts at 7pm (doors open at 6pm, singers arrive at 6:30pm) and tickets are only $18 per person (regularly $31). Each singer will need his/her own ticket to attend. Ms. Bettke will forward additional details for McKinley Singers closer to the game date.  Download the payment form HERE. Please send the form and payment to the Front Office in an envelope labeled with “Sound Tigers.” Ticket orders are due by Friday, February 1. Tickets will be distributed in your child’s backpack the week before the game. NO DAY OF GAME ORDERS. Questions? Please contact Jenn Chrysadakis at chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

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Sign Up to Attend the Valentine’s Dance on February 1!

Join your McKinley friends for the PTA’s annual Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 1, 7-9pm (snow date: February 8). It will be an evening of fun, dancing, crafts, refreshments, raffles, music and more! DJ Marvin Parsons will be a special guest.

Tickets are $5/person in advance and $7/person at the door. An adult (over 18 years old) must accompany all children. Absolutely no drop offs are permitted and children will not be permitted to enter without an accompanying adult. Click HERE to download the ticket order form.

And we’re in need of volunteers! 30 minute shifts available. Please sign up HERE. Thank you!

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Family Fun Night at Bridgeport Sound Tigers – February 9!

bridgeport-sound-tigers-logoPlease join us for our annual McKinley Family Fun Night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, February 9! The McKinley Singers will be singing the national anthem during the first intermission.  The game starts at 7pm (doors open at 6pm, singers arrive at 6:30pm) and tickets are only $18 per person (regularly $31). Each singer will need his/her own ticket to attend. Ms. Bettke will forward additional details for McKinley Singers closer to the game date.  Download the payment form HERE. Please send the form and payment to the Front Office in an envelope labeled with “Sound Tigers.” Ticket orders are due by Friday, February 1. Tickets will be distributed in your child’s backpack the week before the game. NO DAY OF GAME ORDERS. Questions? Please contact Jenn Chrysadakis at chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!