Sept 2023

September 2023

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible



Upcoming Events:

  • 1 - Student Schedules Available in Skyward Family Access
  • 4 - Labor Day (No School)
  • 5 - Supply Drop Off & PTO Ice Cream Social   3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Last Names A - K
    4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Last Names L - Z
  • 6 - First Day of School (Grades 1st-5th)
  • 6-8 - (Kindergarten Only): WA Kids Conferences
  • 11 - First Day of School (Preschool and Kindergarten)
  • 14 - School Board Meeting Knox Bldg or via Zoom @ 6:30 p.m.
  • 15 - First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 25 - Picture Day
  • 28 - School Board Meeting Knox Bldg or via Zoom @ 6:30 p.m.


Kindergarten WA Kids Conferences

WA Kids Conferences are held September 6th, 7th and 8th for our kindergarten families! These 30 minute conferences are intended for both parent/guardian and student to attend. Families can register using Skyward Family Access starting August 28th through September 1st. 


Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering this school year? Visit the district’s volunteer website for additional information. Please be sure to complete the volunteer application if you have not already done so. This application must be completed yearly.


Child  Nutrition Services Information for 2023-2024


OSD Meal Prices Grades K-5
Breakfast: $2.00
Lunch: $3.10
Milk: $.60

Apply for Free and Reduced-Price meals online via Skyward Family Access on August 25, 2023. Click Here for additional information.
Payments can be made online through the Online Payment Portal, OR you can pay with cash/check/card with Cori Leach in the front office. 
For Breakfast and Lunch Menus Click Here

School Supply Availability

McKenny has received community donations of school supplies for families in need. Please contact Charo our amazing Family Support Liaison for available items. She can be reached at [email protected].


News from the PTO


Join the PTO:

We would love to have you join the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) as we work to enrich the lives of McKenny students. It is free and a great way to connect with other families. Signing up allows you to stay up to date on events, access to a directory of other PTO families and voting rights (commits you to nothing). Sign up today at


Tuesday September 5th 3:30-5:00 Welcome Back Social:
The PTO would like to welcome returning and new families for a cool treat, as well as new K-5 students to pick up their free McKenny shirt. We invite you to come talk with our PTO, have a chance to register for the PTO all while enjoying an Otter Pop.  We look forward to seeing you there!


We need volunteers to make this possible, please consider helping by signing up at:


Monday September 11th PTO Meet & Greet:
Join us in the cafeteria at McKenny after the kids head off to class. This is a great chance to meet new families, learn more about the PTO, and enjoy some coffee and treats. If you are interested in donating treats or volunteering to greet for this, you can sign up to help at


Tuesday September 12th 6:30-8pm PTO Meeting:
Join us in the McKenny Library (or via Zoom) for our first PTO meeting of the year! If there was a meeting to go to, this is the one!  We will be voting to approve our new calendar as well as our budget. You will also get to hear an update from our principal, Mr. Havens, and get the latest information from the PTO. We hope to see you there


Thursday September 21st at 4:30 Hawk Hangout at LBA Park:
Head to LBA Park to meet up with other families from McKenny. This is a wonderful time for kids to play and for adults to chat and connect. *This is not a drop off event.


Monday September 25th Theater Education Program:
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade families! Do you have an aspiring actor in your life? The PTO is thrilled to offer, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest Theater, the theater education program for the spectacular production of Annie Jr! Get ready to embark on this creative journey as the PNW Theater is dedicated to fostering your student’s passion for the performing arts.
Rehearsals will begin Monday September 25th and they will be daily after school until 5:00 pm. Performances will be on Friday October 20th and Saturday Oct 21st. A limited number of spots will be available to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students of McKenny Elementary so stay tuned for further details!


Want more information about the PTO?
Be sure to follow us on social media!
Instagram: @mckennyhawkspto
Check out our website:


Principal's Corner


Hello McKenny Families!

I very much hope that you have been enjoying this summer and the beautiful weather that has come our way. At the school, we are busy gearing up for the 2023-24 school year and are really excited to begin welcoming students and families back to the building. This Hawk Talk Newsletter contains all of the important dates, times and information for upcoming events and activities.


New Staff Members:

Madelyn Olson is our new school counselor. Madelyn joins our team after serving as an elementary school counselor in the Hoquiam School District. While interviewing with our team, Madelyn’s enthusiasm for working with students definitely shone through and her references gave her glowing recommendations. We are very excited to have her as a part of our team.


Staff Changes:

There is always shifting during July and August, but 2023 has seen a little less movement than usual. Mr. Sjoboen will be teaching 3rd grade this year, moving into the vacancy created when Mrs. Paulsen left to pursue retirement. Mrs. Plott has moved to a position in another organization and we look forward to hiring another amazing paraeducator to take her place.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the students and families at our Back to School Meet and Greet/Supply Drop-off on September 5. Our PTO will be providing Otter Pops and this will be one of our first opportunities to welcome new families and build new relationships.


See you soon.


Michael Havens


McKenny Elementary School Schedule


Grades K to 5 8:30 a.m.—2:45 p.m. 
AM Preschool 8:30—11:00 a.m. 
PM Preschool 12:15—2:45 p.m. 
Early Release Every Wednesday 1:55 p.m.  (No preschool) 
Half Day Dismissal 11:35 a.m.  (No preschool)