Thursday Update

Tomorrow is Race for Education Day (weather permitting, rain date May 2)!  Please see below for class run times - parents are welcome to come watch! Thank you to those who are able to volunteer at the event.  

Race for Education Fundraiser - Tomorrow - 4.26 (Rain Date 5.2)

This Friday is the Race For Education!  Please note that a rain date has been set for Thursday May 2nd.  We would love to see you there.  Race times are noted below. This is also a big push for getting those donations in! This fundraiser is what provides our children with so many wonderful and fun activity during the school year! We need your help to continue to be able to provide all that we do. So please share those links! Send any monetary donations into the school labeled for the PTO and RFE. We need to reach our goal and with your help and support We know we can! At this time we are half way there!


3rd and 4th grade at 9:15 am - 9:45 am

5th and 6th grade at 9:55 am - 10:25 am

1st and 2nd grade at 10:35 am - 11:05 am

Kindergarten at 1:00pm - 1:30 pm


If you are able to volunteer at the race, please use this link to sign up:

Service Logs - New Due Date!

All service logs are due to Mrs. Hartzell by Tuesday, April 30.  The entire front page of the form must be filled out completely and NEATLY to avoid any spelling errors of the names on certificates.  There will be no extensions!!

KKids Thank You Letter

Please see the attached letter to the McKinley community. Your generous donations will makea difference.

Sixth Grade Events

If you have questions for the 6th Grade Committee regarding the upcoming events, please contact Alicia Brennan ( or 267-210-8246) or Lisa Edmonds ( or 610-307-2259). 

Talent Show Concession Stand - Friday, May 10

Class Trip - Thursday, May 16

Soccer Tournament - Thursday, May 23

Closing Ceremony & Reception - Friday, June 14

Class Picnic - Monday,  June 17

The McKinley Garden - Sign Ups and Plant Sale

The garden is still looking for wood chip donations if you or someone you know is having a tree taken down. Garden plant sale order forms are accepted through May 23rd. Please contact Meghan with any garden questions: or 202-361-6302

8 Thursdays left to visit the garden during recess!  

Mother’s Day Plant Sale - Thursday, May 9

Please see the flyer below for information on the one-day Mother's Day Plant Sale.

Volunteers are needed throughout the school day to help with the sale. One-hour shifts are available from 9:00am through 4:00pm. Please use the link below to sign-up.

Teacher Luncheon Donations - Tuesday, May 14

Plese see the attached flyer for information on suggested donations by grade.  Please contact Elaine Shanahan at or 215-779-1538 by Friday. May 10 if you are planning on sending in a food or beverage donation.  

McKinley Welcomes Author Adam Lehrhaupt - Wednesday, May 15

The McKinley Library is excited to welcome author Adam Lehrhaupt on Wednesday, May 15th!  Mr. Lehrhaupt will be speaking with students in grades K-3.  In connection with this exciting event, McKinley families are invited to purchase one or more of Mr. Lehrhaupt’s books to be signed during his visit!  Please note that only books purchased through McKinley can be autographed, and that a portion of the proceeds benefit our school library.  All orders are due to Ms. Strohecker in the library by Friday, April 26th; please contact her with any questions at

McKinley Talent Show

Parents - Please volunteer for talent show rehearsals for the following jobs: Sign in, crowd control, or dismissal on April 29 and 30 and May 7 (dress rehearsal - 6:00pm dismissal).  Please email Marissa.Capizzi@gmail with music in mp3 format if you still need to turn it in. If your child is not using the first 2 minutes of the song, please send a cut version of the song or songs. Please continue to encourage your children to practice at home.  

Please inform all particpants in the Talent Show that NO electronic devices are permitted during rehearsals.  Children can ONLY use phones to call parents after rehearsal has ended. This includeds Ipods and headphones.  Devices must be stored in backpacks off stage. Please pack an extra snack for your child on rehearsal days. Please ensure you know which dates your child has signed up for to rehearse at McKInley. All acts must rehearse 2 out of the 4 days at McKinley. All acts and emcees should also attend dress rehearsal on Tuesday, May 7th until 6:00pm.

Spring Fair - Beverage Donations & Volunteers Needed

We need your help! If you can, please consider donating canned sodas, water bottles and Capri Sun Juices or similar.  Please drop off bevearges in the school lobby near the PTO mailbox and put a note on the items indicating "FOR SPRING FAIR" by May 3. We appreciate all your help - anything not sold at Fair will be given to 6th Grade Committee for the Graduation reception.  

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:

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.

Home for Our Troops Magnets

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


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

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