Dec
15

Upcoming Info for the Week of December 15 – 22

Here’s what’s happening during the week of December 15-22! For event details, visit the Calendar at http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note info is subject to change. Check the website for the most up-to-date school and PTA info, flyers and more. The e-newsletter will be on break and resume publication January 5, 2018. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your families!

EVENTS

  • Friday, December 22, 9:30am: McKinley Holiday Sing Along, info here

DEADLINES

  • Tuesday, December 19: Giving Tree donations due, info here

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

  • Friday, December 22: Early Dismissal, 1:40pm
  • Saturday, December 23 – January 1: Winter Holiday Break (School resumes Tuesday, January 2)

LINKS

  • December Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2017-18 Fairfield Public Schools Calendar: click here
  • 2017-18 A-F Calendar: click here

Dec
15

Join in the Fun at McKinley’s Annual Holiday Sing Along, December 22

Celebrate the season by attending McKinley School’s beloved holiday sing along on Friday, December 22, 9:30am. Parents and guardians welcome!

 

Dec
14

Sign Up for McKinley Wakeman Winter Programs by December 20

Registration for winter Wakeman programs at McKinley School is open! Deadline to register is 10am, Wednesday, December 20. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FLYER SPINNER IN THE FRONT OFFICE. Classes run 1/3/18 through 3/8/18, depending on class. Classes offered include:

  • Crafty Kids ($50): For grades 1-2, Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. New projects this session bring an emphasis on creativity and hands-on crafts to help boys and girls express their imagination through a variety of mediums and projects as they create masterpieces each week!
  • Minute to Win It ($45): For grades 1-5, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. The clock is ticking as kids try to beat the buzzer in this fun but no pressure class full of 1 minute, 5 minute and longer challenges. Each class includes time set aside to play kids’ favorite board games.
  • Junior Engineers ($50): For grades 1-2, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. From designing mazes and monsters to measuring crash impact and boat buoyancy, kids build and play with LEGOS in a weekly STEM themed challenge.
  • StorySTEMing ($50): For grades 3-5, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Join our new Google CS First Club as we use computer science (CS) to create new interactive stories each week. This is a 4th-5th grade curriculum that may be challenging for 3rd graders.
  • Soccer Fanatics ($40): For grades 1-5, Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. Soccer games, skills and activities with a bit of team fitness challenge for a fun workout each week.
  • Just Gotta Play ($45): For grades 1-5, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Just games, sports and challenges. Team games like pillo polo hockey, speedball, Alaskan baseball, capture the flag and more, to keep kids on their toes and perfecting sportsmanship skills.
  • Zig, Zag Tag ($45): For grades 1-5, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Back by demand, Tag class is now on Thursdays with Coach Howard who brings 40 years of PE teaching experience. We mix other games and challenges into each class full of fun, moving and sweat.

Dec
14

McKinley Holiday Show A Success!

The McKinley Holiday Chorus performed last Monday, December 11, under the guidance of PTA members Suzanne Graceffa, Katie Romeo and Valerie Rubio. Singing a variety of holiday songs, over 60 students participated. A deep, heartfelt thank you to Suzanne, Katie, Valerie and RJ Romeo (who ran the A/V) for their patience, humor and leadership. The show was a huge success!

Dec
14

“Giving Tree” Deadline Extended to Tuesday, December 19

If you would like to fulfill some holiday wishes and participate in McKinley’s “Giving Tree,” you still can! The deadline to give gifts has been extended to Tuesday, December 19. Please come by this week and take a tag (or a few) so you can shop over the weekend!

Every year, McKinley School Social Worker Ms. Miller identifies McKinley students in need and puts gift tags on the main office window for McKinley families to take. Many items on the children’s wish lists are very humble gifts that are necessities like shoes, coats, etc. Some are toys. The gift should be new, wrapped and the original tag you took off the “Giving Tree” should be attached to the gift so Ms. Miller knows to whom to give the gift. Please stop by to take a tag (or a few)! All gifts are to be wrapped, tagged with the original tag and returned to McKinley School in the big box in the office by December 19. Thank you for opening your heart to our little friends and bringing smiles to their faces this holiday season!

 

Dec
07

Upcoming Info for the Week of December 8 – 15

Here’s what’s happening during the week of December 8-15! For event details, visit the Calendar at http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note info is subject to change. Check the website for the most up-to-date school and PTA info, flyers and more.

EVENTS

  • Monday, December 11: McKinley PTA Holiday Show & Reception, 7pm, info here
  • Tuesday, December 12 – Thursday, December 14: Holiday Shop 5th grade fundraiser, info here

DEADLINES

  • Monday, December 11: Send in money with your child for the Holiday Shop 5th Grade Fundraiser, info here
  • Monday, December 11: Final day to send in toys for American Legion Troop #143 Toy Drive, info here
  • Wednesday, December 13: Giving Tree donations due, info here

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

  • Tuesday, December 12: Early dismissal, 1:40pm (for teacher/staff professional development)
  • Friday, December 22: Early Dismissal, 1:40pm
  • Saturday, December 23 – January 1: Winter Holiday Break

LINKS

  • December Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2017-18 Fairfield Public Schools Calendar: click here
  • 2017-18 A-F Calendar: click here

Dec
07

More Tags Now Available on the “Giving Tree”

Ms. Miller just posted more tags on McKinley’s “Giving Tree,” and we are in need of some friends to fulfill some holiday wishes. Every year, McKinley School Social Worker Ms. Miller identifies McKinley students in need and puts gift tags on the main office window for McKinley families to take. Many items on the children’s wish lists are very humble gifts that are necessities like shoes, coats, etc. Some are toys. The gift should be new, wrapped and the original tag you took off the “Giving Tree” should be attached to the gift so Ms. Miller knows to whom to give the gift. Please stop by to take a tag (or a few)! All gifts are to be wrapped, tagged with the original tag and returned to McKinley School in the big box in the office by December 13. Thank you for opening your heart to our little friends and bringing smiles to their faces this holiday season!

 

Dec
07

McKinley Holiday Show & Reception is December 11

The McKinley Holiday Chorus, made up of 60+ children in grades K-5th grade are very excited to perform some holiday favorites for you on Monday, December 11, 7pm (December 18 in case of inclement weather). This is a PTA-sponsored event and admission is free. We hope to see you!

December 11 is also the final day to donate new, unwrapped toys to the American Legion Troop #143 Toy Drive. Each unwrapped toy you bring in will earn you one raffle ticket. The winner of a fabulous holiday basket will be announced at the end of the show. Thank you for your generosity!

Dec
07

Donate to the American Legion Troop #143 Toy Drive by December 11

Give a child a reason to smile this holiday season! Monday, December 11 is the deadline to donate new, unwrapped toys for the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating. The donation box is in the hallway outside the library. Thank you!

Dec
07

Early Dismissal – Tuesday, December 12

A gentle reminder that Fairfield Public Schools have early dismissal Tuesday, December 12 for professional development. Dismissal will be at 1:40pm.

 

Dec
07

Holiday Shop Fundraiser Runs Tuesday-Thursday, December 12-14

Another popular 5th grade fundraiser is here! The Holiday Shop will run December 12-14 and students in 1st through 5th grades can buy presents for their friends and family. Items range in price from 25 cents to $10. There are items for friends, parents, siblings and grandparents. We will provide free gift tags and bags to wrap and label items after purchase.

Each class is assigned to one recess period during the week to shop. Money needs to be sent in by December 11 as we will not be able to tell you in advance which day your child is shopping. Please send cash or checks made out to “McKinley PTA.” If you have multiple children who will be shopping, please send them each with their own envelope. Thank you for helping fund 5th grade field trips and graduation!

 

Dec
07

MONDAY, Dec 11 is the Deadline to Donate to the American Legion Troop #143 Toy Drive

Give a child a reason to smile this holiday season! Monday, December 11 is the deadline to donate new, unwrapped toys for the American Legion Troop #143 Annual Toy Drive. Toys are presented to the Veterans who then donate to local hospitals and children in need through the Fairfield Police Department. Please consider donating. The donation box is in the hallway outside the library. Thank you!

Nov
30

Upcoming Info for the Week of December 1 – 8

Here’s what’s happening during the week of December 1-8! For event details, visit the Calendar at http://mckinleyschoolpta.org/events/. Please note info is subject to change. Check the website for the most up-to-date school and PTA info, flyers and more.

EVENTS

  • Friday, December 1: Winter Read In, 7-8:30pm, details here
  • Sunday, December 3: Wonder movie screening with the Kindness Matters Committee, 4pm, details here
  • Monday, December 4: Holiday Show FINAL rehearsal, K-2 from 6:30-7:30pm and 3-5 from 7-8pm (dancers at 6:00pm)
  • Wednesday, December 6: Holiday Concert (String Orchestra, 5th Grade Chorus, McKinley Singers), 10am & 7pm, details here
  • Thursday, December 7: Class photo retake day

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

  • Tuesday, December 12: Early dismissal, 1:40pm (for teacher/staff professional development)
  • Friday, December 22: Early Dismissal, 1:40pm
  • Saturday, December 23 – January 1: Winter Holiday Break

LINKS

  • December Lunch Menu: click here
  • 2017-18 Fairfield Public Schools Calendar: click here
  • 2017-18 A-F Calendar: click here

Nov
30

Class Photo Retake Day is December 7

Class picture retake day is Thursday, December 7!

Nov
30

Take a Tag from the “Giving Tree!”

It’s time for McKinley School’s annual “Giving Tree!” Every year, McKinley School Social Worker Ms. Miller identifies McKinley students in need and puts gift tags on the main office window for McKinley families to take. Many items on the children’s wish lists are very humble gifts that are necessities like shoes, coats, etc. Some are toys. The gift should be new, wrapped and the original tag you took off the “Giving Tree” should be attached to the gift so Ms. Miller knows to whom to give the gift. Please stop by to take a tag (or a few)! All gifts are to be wrapped, tagged with the original tag and returned to McKinley School in the big box in the office by December 13. Thank you for opening your heart to our little friends and bringing smiles to their faces this holiday season!

 

Nov
29

McKinley Holiday Show and Concert Schedule

Celebrate the season by attending McKinley School’s holiday shows and concerts this December! Here’s your handy guide to this December’s festivities:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 10:00am and 7:00pm – McKinley School Holiday Concert, featuring the Advanced String Orchestra, the 5th Grade Chorus and the McKinley Singers
  • Monday, December 11, 7:00pm – McKinley School PTA Holiday Show (Inclement weather date: December 18, 7:00pm)
  • Friday, December 22, 9:30am – School-wide Holiday Sing A Long (gym). Parents and guardians invited!

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Nov
29

Info for Performers in December 6 Holiday Concert

Here are the details for those perfuming in the December 6 Holiday Concert, featuring the Advanced String Orchestra, the McKinley Singers and the 5th Grade Chorus, at 10:00am and 7:00pm. This applies to all 5th graders and 4th graders in McKinley Singers.

Nov
29

December Menus Now Available

Below are links to the December 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.”

Nov
29

“Wonder” Movie Screening on Sunday, December 3

The Kindness Matters Committee at McKinley School invites you to join us to see Wonder on Sunday, December 3, 4pm at Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square (40 Black Rock Turnpike). Showtime is expected to be 4:20pm but is subject to change. Double check local listings for confirmation, and we will post updates on the McKinley Parent Community Facebook page. We recommend arriving at 4pm to buy tickets, find group seats and mingle!

The film is based on the best-selling book Wonder by R.J. Palacio and is rated PG. We strongly recommend that parents view the movie trailers at www.wonder.movie and visit www.kids-in-mind.com for more info to determine if the movie is suitable for your child. We encourage you and your child to read the book as well and many children in 3rd grade and above have read the book in class or on their own. Wonder was also Fairfield Public Library’s One Book One Town selection in 2013.

Nov
29

Join Us for the Winter Read-In on Friday, December 1

Join us for the Winter Read-In, a free PTA-sponsored event on Friday, December 1, 7-8:30pm in the McKinley School Library! Refreshments and activities provided for children. This event is designed to encourage reading. Parents and children (from K to 5th grade) are invited to learn more about the digital resources available at McKinley School to support increased reading. Librarians from the Fairfield Public Library will also be present and will share digital books so students and parents can read online through the public library. *If you don’t have access to a computer/laptop at home, please bring another electronic device e.g. tablet, phone, etc. We hope to see you there!

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