Oct
30

Youth Spirit Wear Orders Due Friday, November 2!

Please submit your YOUTH spirit wear order forms no later than Friday, November 2 in order to have your items sent home before the holidays. The revised order form is HERE. The new style sweatshirt is available only in grey and the cotton/poly sweatshirt hoody in green is back.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE UPDATED ORDER FORM. Info on form. Questions? Contact Mindy Morgan at mindygmorgan(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Oct
30

Looking for Local Veterans and Refreshments for Veterans Day Assembly

Veterans Day is our chance to thank our local Veterans and active service men and women for their service to our country. The Veterans Day Assembly will be held Thursday, November 8, 9:30am. The PTA is looking for volunteers to provide refreshments for our visiting Veterans and guests that day. Baked goods and snacks are appreciated. We can also use a few hands to help greet and set up the reception. Please contact Mindy Morgan at mindygmorgan(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to help.

To all McKinley family members! Are you a Veteran or current member of the Armed Forces? Do you have a family member that has served? We invite you to join us for our Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, November 8 at 9:30am. If you are interested, please print, complete and submit THIS FORM to Mindy Morgan or email her at mindygmorgan(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Oct
30

Mixed Bag Fundraiser Ends Nov 2 – Get Your Orders In!

SHOP for GOOD! Our NEW Fall fundraiser, Mixed Bag Designs, runs through FRIDAY, November 2! Please share with neighbors, family and friends! Ordering is so easy, here are the two ways to order!

  1. By catalog: Show family, friends, neighbors the beautiful catalog and they directly place orders with the student, items are then shipped free of charge to the school and the student (with parental help) will distribute the orders. CHECKS made out to “McKinley School PTA.”
  2. Online: Go to http://www.mixedbagdesigns.com, click SHOP and then click “Select a Fundraiser to Support.” Enter the ID “828219” and select “McKinley School Elementary PTA.” Shop to your heart’s content, orders to be shipped directly to you for a small shipping fee.

If there are any questions, please contact Jenn Chrysasdakis at chrysadakisj(at)gmail(dot)com. Give the gift that gives back!

Oct
29

Calling All Bakers & Volunteers for this Year’s Election Day Bake Sale

It’s an election year, which means our annual Election Day Bake Sale is expected to have a good turnout! Stop by to pick up a delicious treat after you’ve voted (or in between running errands or voting at Warde). From 7:00am until 3:00pm or until we run out of treats! Proceeds benefit the McKinley School PTA’s programs. Thanks to all bakers, treat suppliers, volunteers and organizers!

We’re also looking for bakers and helpers to staff the table! Homemade goodies are preferred but store-bought will do as well! Pre-packaged treats and bottles of water are appreciated! All treats must be individually wrapped and marked if they contain nuts. If you can volunteer for a shift, please let Nancy Fuller know. See flyer for details! Thank you!

Oct
26

November 6 is McKinley School Panera Fundraising Day

Grab some breakfast, meet friends for coffee or lunch or grab snacks or dinner at Panera Bread on Black Rock Turnpike on Tuesday, November 6, ELECTION DAY, 6:00am-9:00pm, to support the McKinley School Panera Fundraiser! Simply say you’re with McKinley when paying your bill and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to McKinley School. We’re fortunate to get the ENTIRE DAY to fundraise, so go once, twice or even three times! November 6 a school holiday due to Election Day so head over to Panera early and often! Share with friends and family!

Oct
23

Spirit Wear Orders Due Friday, November 2!

Please submit your spirit wear order forms no later than Friday, November 2 in order to have your items sent home before the holidays. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE ORDER FORM. Adult sizes available, too! Info on form. Questions? Contact Mindy Morgan at mindygmorgan(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you!

Oct
23

Show your Spirit on Friday, October 26!

Wear your favorite sports team logos and colors or your McKinley spirit wear on Friday, October 26 to show your school spirit! 

Oct
23

Join the PTA by Oct 31 for the Chance to Win a Spirit Wear Basket

Are you new to PTA?
A McKinley PTA Membership helps contribute towards and offsets the cost to school programs and activities, community service events and enrichment opportunities for all students throughout the year. By being a paid PTA member, you are eligible to volunteer in many rewarding PTA school events such as Trunk or Treat, Valentine’s Dance, Carnival and much more!

Note: only paid members are eligible to become Head Room Parents, volunteer for specific events and have access to the school directory. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and those over 18 years of age need their own membership.

Have you signed up in the past? Remember to renew your membership for this school year (2018-19)!  
Please spread the word! PTA Membership is the easiest way to advocate for your children locally, statewide and nationally. Your support and donations are vital to the ongoing success of the McKinley PTA. Please help us meet our ambitious goal of 100% membership this year by joining today!

Join now by downloading and submitting the form here

If your application is received by October 31, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a McKinley Spirit Wear basket! 1 winner for family membership and 1 winner for individual membership. Questions? Please contact Brittany Simonis at sgfam77(at)gmail(dot)com or Betsney Fumino Elbrish at betsney(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

Oct
16

Early Dismissal on Tuesday, October 23 for Professional Development

A gentle reminder that Tuesday, October 23 is early dismissal at 1:40pm for professional development.

Oct
16

EARLY DISMISSAL: Thursday, October 18

A gentle reminder that Conference Day is Thursday, October 18. Early dismissal at 1:40pm!

Oct
16

PTA Meeting: WEDNESDAY, October 17

Join us Wednesday, October 18 for a PTA meeting ! Meet us at 7:30pm in the Library (Executive Board meets at 7:00pm). All are welcome! 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.

Oct
10

Author Michelle Knudsen Book Orders Due October 11

McKinley’s Cultural Arts is excited to welcome author Michelle Knudsen next Friday, October 19! Pre-order some of her most popular books at discounted prices. Orders DUE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11. Complete and submit THIS FORM, with your payment (checks made out to “McKinley PTA”) to CULTURAL ARTS/RJ ROMEO.

Oct
09

CANE 2018-19 Training Dates

C.A.N.E. (Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers) Program for K-2 is offering 3 training dates for each program, see below. Please make every effort to attend one of each relevant training dates, as extra training classes may not be possible due to CAS teacher-naturalist schedule conflicts.

Oct
03

Today’s the Last Day to Join McKinley’s Annual Children’s Holiday Show!

snowflakeCelebrate the Holiday Season by participating in the Annual Children’s Holiday Show! The Children’s Holiday Show is a McKinley School PTA-sponsored event. All McKinley students are invited to sing in the chorus and dance.

Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings from 6:00- 8:00pm beginning Monday, October 8th:
Children who would like to dance will rehearse form 6-6:30pm
Children in grades K – 2 will sing from 6:30-7:30
Children in grades 3-5 will rehearse from 7:00-8:00

This will be true except for the last two weeks before the show when all of the children may need to stay for the entire rehearsal time.  The show is scheduled for Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm  (in case of inclement weather, the snow date is Monday, December 17). If your child is interested, please submit THIS FORM to the attention of Suzanne Graceffa by October 3.

Oct
03

Looking for Trunkers for McKinley School’s Annual Trunk or Treat

It’s almost that time of year! Leaves are starting to fall, the smell of woodsmoke is in the air…and all our kids can talk about is Halloween! McKinley School’s Annual Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 20, 1pm-3pm (rain date is Sunday, October 27), in the McKinley School parking lot. We’re looking for Trunkers! No scare or gore, please! If you would like to decorate your car/trunk, please SUBMIT THIS FORM to the attention of Nancy Fuller by  OCTOBER 12. Thank you!

 

 

Oct
03

The School Store is Friday, October 5! Pre-payments due October 4!

school-store

The first School Store will be on Friday, October 5. 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. 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 October 4.

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 October 4. 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 and Michelle Gurner for coordinating and managing this program!

Oct
03

Enter Box Tops for the Chance to Win a Painted Pumpkin!

For every Box Top your child submits, McKinley School earns $.10! That can add up to a lot of money for programming for our students and teachers. This month, art teacher Mrs. Gorruso is offering the chance to win a Painted Pumpkin in exchange for 10 Box Tops. Your child(ren) can enter multiple times, here is the form for you to print, just cut it in half for each submission!

Oct
03

October Lunch Menu Available

Below is the link to the October lunch menu, menus subject to change. Menu links can always be found on the homepage of the McKinley PTA website, right hand side, under “Useful School Links.”

Sep
26

It’s not too Late to Join the McKinley School PTA!

Think the PTA is a bunch of moms sitting around having coffee? Think again! The McKinley School PTA is a vibrant, dynamic group of involved PARENT volunteers dedicated to enhancing student education, advocating for children and serving the McKinley community. Here’s what your PTA dues support:

  • Enrichment programs, such as author visits, art, science, etc.
  • Offset the cost of field trips
  • Free books for classrooms
  • Teacher grants

You can be as involved as you like. Do you have special skills, like fundraising or event management? Or do you simply want to get more involved in what’s happening at school? Either way, we’d love to have you. Join now by downloading and submitting the form here

If your application is received by September 30, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Stop & Shop gift card! Questions? Please contact Brittany Simonis at sgfam77(at)gmail(dot)com or Betsney Fumino Elbrish at betsney(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you!

Sep
26

Picture Day is Friday, September 28!

Get those smiles ready! Picture Day is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28! A few things to note:
– If you order online your child does NOT need to bring anything to school on the day of – Order online HERE and enter Picture Day ID EJ218058Q0. 
– Everyone gets a FREE CLASS PICTURE even if they don’t order a package
– If you forget to send money the day of, you can still order online for the next 48 hours. Order online HERE and enter Picture Day ID EJ218058Q0. 
– If you order online and join “My Family Rewards,” you get a free digital copy of your child’s photo.
– 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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