Thursday Update

We have several events in need of volunteers. We can't provide these fun events for our students without your help. Please see the sign up links below. Please join us at the free Talent Show tomorrow at 6:30pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students. Thank you to everyone who donated to and helped at the Race for Education. We have collected $14,000 so far. Final results will be in next week's email.  Yearbooks are going on sale - Please see information below.

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

Traditionally, 5th grade parents help at the 6th grade closing ceremony and reception. Please sign uip using links below if you are able to help.

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.

The McKinley Garden - Plant Sale Continues

Plant sale is still going strong; thank you to those who have ordered. Orders are still being accepted.   If you don't see something you are looking for on the order form, just ask and we'll see if we can obtain it through another resource.  The money goes toward support of the garden!

The garden still needs a wood chip donation - if you know of or see any trees being taken down, please let me know.  Thank you to all of our volunteers.  

May 9th - there will no garden visits today.

Contact Meghan at or 202.361.6302 with questions.

McKinley Talent Show - Friday, May 10 at 6:30pm

Please bring your families and friends to support our 4th, 5th and 6th gradera who have been working really hard on their acts for the 2019 McKinley Talent Show.  Please also support the 6th grade Bake Sale.  

No tickets needed - we look forward to entertaining you at 6:30pm tomorrow night Friday May 10. 

Talent Show Parents - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please volunteer for sign in or crowd control for the school performance from 1:15pm to 3:15 pm or the evening performance 5:45pm to 8:45pm. If you have your volunteer badge, and can volunteer even 1 hour, please help! Email Marissa at if you can volunteer. 

Please ensure your child arrives at 5:45 pm on Friday, May 10th. We must rehearse the FiNALE song and dance which includes the entire cast. We have not practiced the finale with the whole cast yet. The children should be dressed and ready for the stage at 5:45pm.  

Please ensure that if your child is singing a song, they must practice and learn all words by dress rehearsal.  They must use the karaoke version of their song at the shows. Please, if your child is not using the first 2 minutes of a song, please send in a cut version of the song or songs ASAP. Please encourage your child to continue to practice at home.

Please inform all participants in the Talent Show that NO electronic devices are permitted during the Talent Shows, including iPods and headphones. Please have them bring a book.

Yearbooks for Sale

Please send in the form below (use lnk to access) if you would like to order a yearbook. The cost is $20 for the first yearbook and $15 for any additional copy. 

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.  

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 - Friday, May 17 - Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help at this event! Without enough volunteers, certain parts of the fair, like the inflatables, will have to be shut down early.   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:  

KKids Carnival - Monday, May 20

Please see the attached flyers for information on purchasing game, tickets for the KKIDS Carnival during recess on May 20th and volunteering at the event.  This is a tradition at McKinley and the students have a great time.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair - Wednesday, May 22

Save the Date! Our next Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be held at the Willow Grove store on Wednesday, May 22 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We'll be featuring a book raffle, scavenger hunt, art show, McKinley Dragon Frappuccino, and more! If you can't make it Barnes & Noble on the night of the book fair, stay tuned for details on how you can support McKinley with an online purchase. Hope to see you there!

Thank A Teacher!

Are you looking for a special way to thank your child's teacher for a great year at McKinley? Consider donating a book to our school library! Books are selected by our librarian, Miss Strohecker.  A commemorative bookplate will be placed in each book noting the staff member and family making the donation, and the books will be added to the McKinley Library as a lasting remembrance. They will also be featured in a special book display in the library. To donate a book in honor of a teacher or staff member, please complete the attached form and return it to the library by Friday, May 17th. Thank you. 

Fox Chase Gymnastics

Please see the attached flyer regarding the summer program at Fox Chase Gymnastics.

Home for Our Troops Magnets

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


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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