Thursday Update

We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and the snow day! We look forward to seeing you at the VIP Dance tomorrow.

VIP Dance - Friday, February 22

The Student Council is hosting our VIP Dance at McKinley on Friday, February 22nd at 6pm! 

Thank you for all of your support in making this VIP Dance "very important". Tickets are being distributed today. If you paid, but did not receive a ticket, we will still be able to check you in at the door. We look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow night. 

We are looking for volunteers before, during and after the dance (no need to sign up for more than one).

Please use the SignUp Genius link here: 

PTO Board

We are looking for new Board Members for next year. If you are interested in learning more about the positions, please email mckinleypto@gmail.com as soon as possible. Nominations for new members of the PTO Board will be made at the April PTO Meeting in prepararation for voting at the May PTO Meeting.  

McKinley Talent Show NEEDS HELP! 

The McKinley Talent Show needs 2 new co-chairs to run this event or we will be unable to hold this event. If you are interested in running this event, please email mckinleypto@gmail.com  as soon as possible.

Drama Club: Mary Poppins Jr.

The Cast Party will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:20 pm - 6:00 pm. 

STEAM Clubs for Students in Grades K & 1

Calling All Volunteers! We are looking for parents to help run clubs for our STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) beginning in March for four weeks one day after school. This program will be specifically for students in Kindergarten and First grade. Do you have a talent or unsure of an idea for a club? Are you willing to assist with a club run by another adult?

Please reach out to Mrs. Schenk (aka Miss Greco) at grecbb@abington.k12.pa.us. The more clubs we have as part of the program, the more student participants!

Grades 4 -6 Box Top Contest - Deadline Extended to Monday, February 25

The contest for Grades 4 to 6 has begun and will run through Monday, Feb. 25.  Please send in Tops to your student's teacher as soon as possible. They need to be mailed in by March 1 for us to receive our check in April. Please do not tape bonus certificates to collection sheets. 

Please find attached a new winter collection sheet to attach those UNEXPIRED Box Tops!

Race for Education Fundraiser

RACE FOR EDUCATION is underway!  Please help our school in making the biggest fundraiser of the year a huge success. If everyone raises at least $50 we can exceed our goal. We have again teamed up with the Get Movin' Crew at https://www.getmovinfundraising.com/ which enables families to seek out sponsors via social media platforms. Please enroll your child today and let the donations begin!

6th Grade Fundraiser at SNAP Custom Pizza - Monday, March 4

Winter blues got you down? Let SNAP Pizza do the cooking for you while supporting the 6th Grade Class.  Just bring the attached coupon to SNAP, located in the Fairway, on Monday, March 4 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm and 50% of the profits will be donated to the 6th Grade! Printed coupons will be sent home soon. 

McKinley Roller Skating Party - Tuesday, March 19

Please join us at the Roller Skating Party at the Palace Skating Center located at 11586 Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia from 2:00pm tp 4:00pm.  The cost is $5 per skater plus $3 skate rentals (to be paid there). This is a CASH ONLY event (closed to the public). There is now an ATM available at this site!  A snack bar is also available. Parents must provide transportation and supervision for their student(s) for this event. 

McKingo - Friday, March 22 

The McKingo Committee is looking for a volunteer with graphic design experience or talent to create a new program for this year's event.  All info for the program will be provided, and the volunteer could work on their own time to get this done.  Please contact colleenknoble@gmail.com if you're able to help! 

One of our most popular events is coming soon! Please see the attached form for information on donating to this fundraiser.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please use the SignUp Genius below. 

Please see the attached flyer for tickets - send in your order soon. This event sells out!

Home for Our Troops Magnets

Please see the attached flyer for information on buying a McKinley-made magnet from our Art Department.

Recycling Contest

Keep those plastic bags coming! Please see the attached flyer for information on a national contest that McKinley is participating in with the Roots & Shoots Club.

Service Logs - 2018-19 Log Available

Please encourage you child to complete the service form throughout the year as they are doing community service in school or the community. The updated 2018-19 Service Log is attached below. Please remember Mrs. Hartzell must have them IN HAND by Friday, April 26th, 2019.

Directory

 Online access to the directory is available through the MySchoolAnywhere app available for IOS and Android devices. Please contact mckinleypto@gmail.com for questions about the directory.

PTO Membership

We accept payment of dues anytime during the school year.  You can pay your dues by check (payable to McKinley Elementary PTO) or cash and send them to school with your child in an envelope marked "PTO DUES". You can pay dues electronically if you have a PayPal account. Visit  paypal.me/mckinleypto  Please enter your dues amount (PLEASE DO NOT CHECK THE BOX that indicates the payment is for "goods or services") and include PTO Membership Dues in the notes section, along with your child's name, grade, and teacher.  

Please visit www.mckinleypto.org anytime. The link to pay dues can also be found here. 

Volunteering with the PTO - Help Always Needed

If you would like to volunteer, please remember all school volunteers must have current clearances and id badge. Please refer to the Abington School District website for information:   https://www.abington.k12.pa.us/information/employment-and-volunteer-certifications/  

Michele Cooper