Thursday Update

Please join us in the library at 7:00pm for tonight's PTO Meeting. Nominations for new Board members will be announced.

McKinley Garden Assistance Needed

The garden needs soil for its planting beds. Soil can be picked up for free at Abington Township municipal locations. Weekend or after-school drop-offs can be arranged. If you have a vehicle that could transport some containers of soil, we'd appreciate the help. Please contact Meghan at or 202-361-6302.

The garden also always needs Thursday recess volunteers - no gardening prowess needed; just a volunteer badge and willingness to help. Please see sign-up links below. 

PTO Meeting Tonight!

Please join us tonight at 7pm in the library. Please see the attached agenda for tonight's meeting.

Board Opening - Treasurer

The Nominating Committee will be submitting names for the PTO Executive Board and voting on them at the June 6 PTO Meeting (there is no May meeting). Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who have already come forward and agreed to be nominated. We are still in need of a nominee for TREASURER! Please email Colleen Knoble at if you are interested in this role. Our current Treasurer, Tara Eng, has assured us that she will help as much as needed to acclimate the new treasurer, so you would be in good hands.

You can use this link to the PTO By-laws to see position job descriptions: 

Odyssey of the Mind Presentation

There will be a half -hour presentation prior to the April PTO meeting on April 4 from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  There will be an OM board member presenting information to interested parents and potential coaches for next year's team (s).  OM involves teams of students using creative problem-solving techniques to solve pre-created scenarios in a fun, competitive environment. Students may participate if chosen.  Student divisions are determined by grade level: Primary Division is grades 1-2, Division 1 is grades 3-5 and Division 2 is grades 6-8. 

KKids Donation Drive Ends Monday, April 8

Only a few days remain to make your donations. Please see the attached flyers for information on the KKIDS Drive.

Iron Hill 6th Grade Fundraising Event

Please join us at Iron Hill on Tuesday, April 9 and help support the 6th grade class! This will be one of our last fundraisers to help with upcoming 6th grade events.  Your support is much appreciated! Thank you!

Recyling Contest Ends Thursday, April 11

There is only one more week to send in those plastic bags for the challenge the Roots & Shoots Club is participating in. Please check your closets and send them in as soon as possible. Thanks for your participation.

Race for Education Fundraiser

You can go still online to the Get Movin' Crew website at to enroll your child today and let the donations begin! If everyone raises at least $50 we can exceed our goal.

A sign-up genius link will be posted soon for those volunteers who can help give out water and monitor students on the day of the event.  

Field Day Volunteers

McKinley needs field day helpers to help give out water and hand out popsicles at Field Day on May 17. All volunteers must have district clearances. If you are interested in helping, please sign up by clicking on the link below.

Spring Fair Volunteers Needed

Please use the attached link to signup for a 45 minute shift at the Spring Fair on May 17. The earliest shifts start at 3:45pm and the Fair ends at 7:30pm.

PTO Seeking Non-Profit Status

The PTO is interested in attaining 501(c)3 status and we need someone to help us through the application process.  Once we obtain non-profit status, we will need an accountant during the next school year to help us file PTO taxes.  If you are able to help with either of these tasks, please email

Sixth Grade Yearbook Messages

Please see the flyer below for information on submitting yearbook messages to the 6th Grade Class. 

McKinley Talent Show 

Parents: Please encourage those students who signed up to rehearse their acts at home. There are only two weeks before their first stage rehearsal.  Please make sure if they have music to turn it in as soon as possible so we can have it ready for their rehearsal.   Thank you - Marissa Capizzi, Lorena Trujillo and Harriet Solomon 

Home for Our Troops Magnets

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

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.


Online access to the directory is available through the MySchoolAnywhere app available for IOS and Android devices. Please contact 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  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 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:  

Michele Cooper