Thursday Update

Can you believe there are only 20 days until SPRING?  As we say goodbye to Winter, we need help putting together our Spring events. Please see below for opportunities to volunteer.  The Box Top fundraiser is over (results are below) and Race for Education is underway. Please remember information in these emails can also be found on our website mckinleypto.org.

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 

The McKinley Talent Show needs 1 more co-chair to run this event on Friday, May 10.  Anyone who is interested may contact new committee co-chair Marissa Capizzi at marissacapizzi@gmail.com.

McKinley Spring Fair NEEDS HELP!

The Spring Fair Committee needs 2 people to do the food and prizes for the Spring Fair scheduled for Friday, May 17.   If you are able to take on one of these responsibilities, please email mckinleypto@gmail.com  as soon as possible.

K-Kids

Please see the attached flyers for information on the K-Kids clothing drive that runs through April 8.

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 - More Volunteers Needed ASAP

There are only enough volunteers for 4 clubs so far and we would like to have more parents to help run clubs for our STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics), Clubs begin 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 Results

Congratulations to Ms. Crumbock's class for winning the Grades 4 to 6 Contest. They also collected the most Box Tops in both contests! Ms. Crumbock's class will be able to choose either a pizza or water ice party to celebrate. 

We have raised over $1500 this school year with Box Tops. Over the years, McKinley has raised over $26,000 with this fundraiser.  Thank you to all who participated and volunteered to count.   Please see class totals below:

Crumbock: 2127

Murphy: 1288

Donnelly: 851

Kelly: 826

Bunjun: 348

Rimer: 347

Corbo: 164

Koren: 112

Wilkins: 107

Berman: 102

Goldstein: 102

Hayes: 88

Pinkhasov: 87

West: 77    

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