February 2019 Newsletter

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McKenny Elementary School

February 2019

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible


February Upcoming Events

1 – Half Day Release @12:05

2 – Apple Tree Performances – Alice in Wonderland Jr. @2:00 and 6:00

6 – Early Release @2:32

8 – Movie Night @6:15

9 – Countdown to Kindergarten at Capital H.S. @10:00

12 – PTO Meeting @6:30

13 – Walk and Roll

13 – Early Release @2:32

15 – Box Top Collection

18 – No School/President’s Day/Mid-Winter Break

19 – No School/Mid-Winter Break

20 – Release @2:32

27 – Release @2:32


March Upcoming Events

5 - Pacific Science Fair on Wheels
5 – First Running Club @4:30

6 – Science Fair @6:00

6 – Early Release @2:32

10 – Daylight Savings “Spring Forward”

12 – PTO Meeting @6:30

13 – Walk and Roll

13 – Early Release @2:32

20 – Release @2:32

22 – Movie Night @6:15

23 – PTO Value Village FunDrive

26-29 – Conference Week/Dismissal @12:05



Half Day Release - IMPORTANT

Friday, February 1st, we will release students at 12:05pm.  This half day is for our staff to have the time to work on grading. 


Walk and Roll

It’s time to Walk N Roll!  Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites students and families to walk or bike to school on February 13th.  Students who walk or roll get a prize of hot cocoa!  Come see us at the table near the bike racks.


Mid-Winter Break

No school February 18th and 19th.   


Spring Break

No school April 1st – April 5th.   


Save the Date:  McKenny Science Fair

The McKenny Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00 – 7:30.  It’s never too early to begin thinking about your science fair project. 


Running Club

Do you have a student who loves to run?  Join the McKenny Running Club!  It’s FREE!  Staring March 5th, McKenny students can meet at the play shed on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-5pm to run together.  Students will complete at least one mile on the marked course each practice, with the goal of trying to run a full marathon one mile at a time!  Our final mile will be completed at the Capital Marathon Kid’s Run the 3rd weekend in May.  This is not a drop off event- a parent must attend.  Also, it is not mandatory to attend all practices.  Email Mindy Swedberg (McKenny parent) at [email protected] to sign up or to answer any questions.


Olympia Junior Programs

The following is the schedule for our students to attend the Olympia Junior Programs at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  Students will depart the school 30 minutes prior to show time and will arrive back at McKenny approximately 2 hours later.  Please schedule appointments for after school time on these days.  Thank you!!


Monday, February 11th @12:30     The One and Only Ivan                  3rd-5th Grade

Tuesday, March 5th @12:30           Penguin Goes to Flight School     1st & 2nd Grade

Thursday, March 21st @12:30       3 Pigs                                                 1st & 2nd Grade

Tuesday, April 30th @12:30            The Phantom Tollbooth                  3rd-5th Grade


Admission fee for the 2 plays is $12. Be on the watch for OJP envelopes, they will come home after break. 


Mark Your Calendars for Fifth Grade Outdoor School (CISPUS)

Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at Cispus Environmental Center in Randle, Washington, April 24th, 25th and 26th.  This will be a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday trip.  The Center has been developed specifically for students’ environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and research.  Cost is $150 per student.  If you need to make payments or need financial assistance, please contact Britney in the office to set up a plan.  Also, if your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine, the medicine and doctors permission form need to be at school by Friday, April 19th


Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences will be upon us soon.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, March 26th through Friday, March 29th.  Student Release time is 12:05.  Please do not bring siblings (younger or older) in to the conference.  Siblings may read in the pod area or look around at the book fair.  Also, AM/PM Preschool will not meet Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, March 26th, 28th and 29th


Extra Clothing Donations for the Health Room

McKenny is in need of extra clothing. If your student has outgrown sweatpants and socks, we could really use them in our Health Room for those rainy days. We are especially in need of boys pants and underwear.  Thank you!




Combined Fund Drive

There is still time to contribute to McKenny PTO through the WA state combined fund drive. Employees can donate as little as $1 per pay check to CFD charities through payroll deduction. Please go to
www.cfd.wa.gov and click on Donor Sign-in and select charity #1484538. You can adjust your contributions or sign up anytime throughout the year but the drive is going on now!

Northwest Harvest Food Bag Update

A special thanks to all the families who helped with the Harvest Food Bags promotion of trying to end hunger in Thurston County this past Holiday Season. Altogether, the groups raised a total of $736.53 for the Food Bank and collected a total of 299 lbs of food! Plus, the countless bags sold during each volunteer event. Thanks to all who helped and gave of their time to help make a difference!

PTO Directory

The PTO directory has been printed and should have gone home with students. Please contact Frank Durocher with any questions regarding the directory. If you haven’t signed up for membership in the PTO, it’s not too late! Please go to www.mckennypto.org/about-pto.html.


We need your photos for the yearbook! Please check out our webpage for the link to upload your photos here:


We need pictures from the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social; Glow Night; Field Trips; Winter Performances; Band/Orchestra performances; Movie Nights; the Science Fair; Apple Tree performances; Foodbank volunteering; and any other events on or before 4/10/2019.

Is your student a fifth grader?

Please be sure to send in a baby photo of your student!

We would also like to get input from any interested parties regarding the cover art for the yearbook. Please contact Janice Houghton (yearbook chairperson) at [email protected] if you would like to be involved in the cover art design or selection process.


eScrip has partnered with Benefit to help schools and non-profits like our PTO raise more funds by shopping for gift cards online! Check out our page and download the app!


Box Tops

The next big Box Top collection is coming February 15th! Start looking through your cupboards and clipping those box tops. Popular Box Top brands include, General Mills cereal, Annie’s, Nature Valley, Ziploc, Kleenex, Yoplait, Hefty, Papermate, and more! Look for more information on class contests coming home the first week in February!

Apple Tree Productions

Get ready for our school performance of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland by Apple Tree Productions! Performances will be at the school on February 1st and 2nd. All McKenny family and friends are invited to attend. Details regarding tickets will come as the performance date draws closer.

Movie Night

Movie night will be on Friday, February 8th. Movie Night is $5 for the first student and $4 for each additional student. Price includes an intermission popcorn, snack, and a drink. More information regarding movie night will be coming home soon, so be on the lookout for details!

As always, supervision is provided – but we would love some company! Parents who stay to help supervise earn a coupon for free admission to an upcoming Movie Night!

Volunteer Opportunities

The New Year brings many more opportunities for you to get involved with the PTO, including the Creativity Festival, the Fun Run, and the Carnival. Information about these events will be coming home as the date of the event draws closer.

‘Like’ Us on Facebook
Are you on Facebook? So are we! Be sure to “like” the McKenny Hawks PTO page to see our calendar of events and learn about all that’s going on with the PTO!

Check Out Our Website

Not on Facebook, but still want to stay on top of PTO activities and events? Be sure to keep up to date with all the happenings of McKenny PTO at www.mckennypto.org 

PTO Meetings

Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Please join us, we would LOVE to see you there!