Sep
01

A Warm Welcome from McKinley School PTA President Anna Wood!

A warm welcome from McKinley School PTA President Anna Wood! Click here to read Anna’s introductory letter, which was included in the “OPEN ME” packets sent home in backpacks this week. In the letter, you will find information about the PTA, upcoming events and how you can get involved – every bit of it is important to the success of our school!

Aug
31

Happy First Day of School!

The McKinley School PTA wishes everyone a great first day of school! We hope you all had wonderful summers, and we welcome new families, returning families, and faculty and staff back to McKinley School. We are very excited about the new school year and all the programming and events we have planned, and look forward to seeing you and getting to know you and your families!

Aug
30

Volunteers Needed for Fall Book Fair on September 8

Calling all volunteers!!! The Fall Book Fair will be held on Friday, September 8 from 6:30-8:30pm in the McKinley School gym. We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help setup the books right after school, to assist during the fair and to cleanup after the fair. This is a great way to get to know other families at McKinley! Please click HERE to view and sign up for the various volunteer opportunities available from 3:15-9:20pm. Thank you!

Aug
30

Volunteers Needed for Ice Cream Social on September 8

Attention volunteers! The Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm in the McKinley School cafeteria. We are looking for volunteers to be cashiers at the front table, to scoop ice cream, to distribute toppings and water and to clean up after the social. Please click HERE to sign up for one of the many time slots available from 5:30-9:15pm. Thank you!

Aug
30

2017-2018 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

Our Voluntary Student Accident Claims Administrator for the 2017-2018 school year will be Bollinger Insurance Solutions. Below is the link to Bollinger Insurance Solutions with information explaining the Student Accident Insurance Plans available to all students in the Fairfield Public Schools. Accidental dental benefits are available as well as a Student Life Insurance Plan.  An overview of these plans and benefits are on the Bollinger Insurance Solutions website at http://www.bollingerschools.com/myschool/insurance-products.aspx?id=951.

Apply online:
Parents may apply and purchase this coverage online by visiting Bollinger’s website at https://www.bollingerschools.com/cartv1/school-insurance.aspx?formid=49&insuredid=951.

Insurance for accidental injury is the responsibility of the parents.  The school system does not provide insurance for injuries other than certain coverage for participants in interscholastic sports.

If you have any questions regarding this insurance, please contact Bollinger Insurance Solutions at 800-526-1379 or the John M. Glover Agency, Inc. at 860-828-8888.

Thank you.

Aug
30

Keep an Eye Out for Your “OPEN ME” Packet in Backpacks

Your child will receive an “OPEN ME” packet on the first day of school, Thursday, August 31, via his/her backpack. If your child does not receive his/her packet that day, please allow for one more day as teachers may not have had the chance to distribute the packets. The “OPEN ME” packet contains school-related information including PTA-sponsored events, volunteer opportunities, membership and much more.

Aug
25

Upcoming Events for the Weeks of August 25 – September 8

eventsWelcome to the 2017-18 school year at McKinley School! Here’s a peek at what’s happening at McKinley School during the weeks of August 25 -September 8 (and a little beyond). 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

  • Saturday, August 26, 10am-12pm: School-wide Playground Playdate, details here
  • Sunday, August 27, 4pm: McKinley Garden Clean-Up, details here
  • Wednesday, August 30, 1-2pm: McKinley Orientation for returning and new students, details here
  • Thursday, August 31,8:45am-3:30pm: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 
  • Thursday, August 31, 9am: McKinley School PTA “Tears & Cheers” Breakfast, details here
  • Monday, September 4: SCHOOLS  ARE CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
  • Wednesday, September 6, 7-8:30pm: “Meet McKinley” Night, details here
  • Friday, September 8, 6;30-8:30pm: Fall Ice Cream Social & Book Fair, details here
  • Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-7pm: Odyssey of the Mind Info Meeting, details here
  • Wednesday, September 13, 7-8pm: PTA General Membership Meeting, details here
  • Wednesday, September 13, 8-8:30pm: PTA Executive Board Meeting, details here

DEADLINES

  • September 11: McKinley School Color Walk-a-thon registration deadline, details here

LINKS

  • August Lunch Menu: click here
  • September Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2017-18 A-F Calendar: click here

Aug
25

TOMORROW: Playground Playdate, 10am-12pm

Join us SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 10am-12pm for a school-wide playground playdate! Visit with old friends and meet new ones at the playground at McKinley School. We urge everyone to attend to become connected as we head into the new school year! Meet Principal Leslie Pearson, as well as PTA volunteers and learn how to get involved this year. Ice pops provided by the McKinley School PTA will be distributed.

Aug
24

Looking for a McKinley Spiritwear Co-Chair!

Interested in merchandising? This position, as part of the McKinley School PTA Committees, requires selecting spiritwear items for sale to our student population. The chair position requires tabulating orders, ordering merchandise and sending the merchandise home. Co-chair & volunteers are needed to sell spiritwear at a few school functions (mainly back to school night and the ice cream social). The main order form for spiritwear goes home twice a year.

Qualities sought: Reliable, detail oriented, strong follow through, organized and solid interpersonal skills.

Please contact Anna Wood at annamckinleypta(at)gmail(dot)com by September 1 if you are interested.

Aug
23

TODAY: Playground Playdate, 5-6pm

TODAY, 5-6pm is the final playground playdate! Please join old friends and meet new ones at the playground at McKinley School. We urge everyone to attend to become connected as we head into the new school year.

By request, the dates and times have been scattered to try to accommodate different schedules.

Aug
22

August & September Menus Now Available

Get ready for school lunches! Below are links to the August and September meal menus, menus subject to change. These links can always be found on the homepage of the McKinley PTA website, righthand side, under “Useful School Links.”

Aug
22

2017-18 Fairfield Public Schools Calendar and A-F Calendar

Mark your calendars! Below are links to the most recently revised Fairfield Public Schools calendars from the Board of Education. These links can always be found on the homepage of the McKinley School PTA website, right sidebar, under “Useful School Links.” Note: this is a new 6-day A-F schedule this year.

 

Aug
18

TODAY’S PLAYGROUND PLAYDATE IS CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Due to rain this afternoon and during the scheduled time of today’s playground playdate, the event has been CANCELED.  Please join old friends and meet new ones at the playground at McKinley School at the NEXT playground playdate, Wednesday, August 23, 5-6pm. We urge everyone to attend to become connected as we head into the new school year!

By request, the dates and times have been scattered to try to accommodate different schedules.

Aug
18

Meet Up for a School-wide Playground Playdate on August 26

Join us SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 10am-12pm for a school-wide playground playdate! Visit with old friends and meet new ones at the playground at McKinley School. We urge everyone to attend to become connected as we head into the new school year! Meet Principal Leslie Pearson, as well as PTA volunteers and learn how to get involved this year. Ice pops provided by the McKinley School PTA will be distributed.

Aug
18

Get Ready for McKinley School’s Color Walk-a-thon on September 24

Get ready McKinley for an incredible, colorful, fun-filled day!

Registration forms will come home in the “Open Me” packet and be available in the main office.

You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family and join us for this amazing event where you’ll get blasted with color while you walk one mile around the school through 5 color stations. There will be music and fun for all!! All money raised helps the McKinley PTA fund many wonderful school programs such as field trips, guest performances, author visits, C.A.N.E., the Mill River program, family fun events and teacher grants.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS, WAIVER, etc.

Registration is $20 per person and includes a t-shirt and sunglasses. This event will run rain or shine (unless there is lightning).

All current McKinley students as well as sibling, parents and family are welcome to participate. Everyone must register by September 11. After September 11, registration will be accepted on a first come basis until we run out of t-shirts. There will be no “day of” sign ups. T-shirts must be worn at the event as proof of registration. Glasses must be worn for safety precautions.

Participants will walk two laps around the school. Each lap is approximately 1/2 mile. There will be 5 color zones in each lap. Participants can choose to go through or around the color zone. CLICK HERE for the map.

Aug
18

Volunteers Needed for Fall Book Fair on September 8

Calling all volunteers!!! The Fall Book Fair will be held on Friday, September 8 from 6:30-8:30pm in the McKinley School gym. We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help setup the books right after school, to assist during the fair and to cleanup after the fair. This is a great way to get to know other families at McKinley! Please click HERE to view and sign up for the various volunteer opportunities available from 3:15-9:20pm. Thank you!

Aug
18

Volunteers Needed for Ice Cream Social on September 8

Attention volunteers! The Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm in the McKinley School cafeteria. We are looking for volunteers to be cashiers at the front table, to scoop ice cream, to distribute toppings and water and to clean up after the social. Please click HERE to sign up for one of the many time slots available from 5:30-9:15pm. Thank you!

Aug
18

McKinley School Supply List for 2017-2018

School starts in less than 2 weeks so start your back to school shopping soon! You can find the 2017-2018 school supply list on the McKinley School website here or download the PDF version here.

 

Aug
18

Stay Connected with McKinley School

As parents, we understand how difficult it can be to stay on top of all the school-related information that is sent out. Below are some of the ways that you can stay connected to make sure you are getting the latest information for your child(ren)! In addition to the suggestions below, you are always welcome to call the Front Office at 203-255-8318. Click here to download this flyer.

Infinite Campus
The Fairfield Public Schools use the on-line portal, Infinite Campus (IC), for all communication about your child’s academic progress, report cards, standardized test results, attendance, and more. This is also where you adjust your notification settings & contact preferences. It is extremely important that parents are familiar with and use Infinite Campus as the information is only electronic and no longer distributed by paper. Please make sure you write down log-in information in a secure place so that you can access IC when needed. https://campus.fairfieldschools.org/campus/portal/fairfield.jsp

McKinley School PTA Website
Our website, http://mckinleyschoolpta.org is the best source for all school related information! It is updated at least once a week with announcements, flyers, forms, reminders, calendars, lunch menus, and more. Information that is all-school related (vs. specific classrooms) that is sent home is also accessible on the website.

Principal E-mail Updates & Friday Folders
Principal Pearson sends weekly updates to the entire parent community. Please make sure you have a valid email registered so that you can receive these updates. Also be sure to mark e-mails from lpearson@fairfieldschools.org as ‘safe’ and check your spam folder if you are not receiving the emails. In addition, one day per week paper copies of flyers and announcements are sent home in your child’s backpack.

Facebook
If you are on Facebook, our parent page is a terrific way to get information and reminders. It is also a great way to ask questions for immediate responses! Please search for the group “McKinley Parents Community” and send a request to join. Please note that all requests are vetted to make sure they are from parents in the school. This is verified, when possible, through the front office but if the name on the Facebook account does not match with the school listing for parents/guardians, this might make the approval process difficult.

Fairfield Public Schools & Peachjar
The Fairfield Public Schools webpage http://fairfieldschools.org, has a plethora of district information. Central office also sends out community information & flyers through Peachjar. Check your emails at the start of the school year to opt-in to receive Peachjar notifications during the year or visit www.peachjar.com to sign up.

Aug
18

TODAY! Playground Playdate, 5-6pm

TODAY, 5-6pm is the next playground playdate! Please join old friends and meet new ones at the playground at McKinley School. We urge everyone to attend to become connected as we head into the new school year!

Playground playdates:

  • Friday, August 18, 5-6pm
  • Wednesday, August 23, 5-6pm

By request, the dates and times have been scattered to try to accommodate different schedules.

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