February 2020

McKenny Elementary Hawk Talk

February 2020

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible


February Upcoming Events

5 – Early Release @2:32

7 - Apple Tree PInocchio @6:00

8 - Apple Tree Pinocchio @2:00

11 – PTO Meeting @6:30

12 – Walk N Roll

12– Early Release @2:32

14 - Movie Night @6:15

17-18 – Mid Winter Break/NO SCHOOL

19 – Early Release @2:32

25- Running Club @4:30

27 – Pacific Science Center on Wheels

28 – Running Club @4:30


March Upcoming Events

3- Running Club @4:30

4 – Early Release @2:32

5 – STEAM Night @6:00 (See website calendar for more details)

6 – Running Club @4:30

9 – 1st, 2nd & Campbell OJP @12:00

10 – Running Club @4:30

10 – PTO Meeting @6:30

11 – Walk N Roll

11 – Early Release @2:32

13 – Running Club @4:30

17 – 3rd, 4th & 5th OJP @12:00

17 – Running Club @4:30

18 – Early Release @2:32

18 - 5th & 6th Band Concert at WMS @7:00

20 – Running Club @4:30

24 - Running Club @4:30

25 – Early Release @2:32

27 – Running Club @4:30

27- Movie Night @6:15

28 – PTO Value Village Fundraiser

31 – Conference Week Begins/12:05 Dismissal


Mid-Winter Break

No School February 17th and 18th.  President’s Day Weekend 


Walk N Roll

Hey McKenny Hawks, it’s time to Walk N Roll! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join McKenny in celebrating International Walk to School Day on February 12th. 

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!

McKenny is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.

March 11

April 1

May 13 – National Bike to School Day

June 10


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!!


Tuesday, February 11th @12:30    Edison:  The Wizard of Menio Park              3rd-5th Grade

Monday, March 9th @12:30            Miss Nelson Has a Field Day         1st, 2nd & Campbell

Tuesday, March 17th @12:30        Showtime w/Shakespeare             1st, 2nd & Campbell

Monday, April 20th @12:30             The Boy Who Grew Flowers          3rd-5th Grade


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


Running Club

Do you have a student who loves to run?  Join the McKenny Running Club!  It’s FREE!  Starting February 25th, 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 tmswedberg@gmail.com to sign up or to answer any questions.


Science Technology Engineering Art Math Night (STEAM Night)

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020               6:00-7:30pm

What: The event will have hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities for families to complete together.

Individual Student Options: Students can submit STEAM projects. Projects will be set up in the gym. Students will stand with their projects and give presentations at the evening event. Projects can be done individually, with a partner or with a small group. 

Theme: Watery World, Under the Sea


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 29th, 30th and May 1st.  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 17th


Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences will be upon us soon.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, March 31st through Friday, April 3rd.  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 31st, April 2nd and 3rd.



PTO Website – www.mckennypto.org

Feb 21 Box Top Collection

Our last big Box Top collection is on February 21st! Keep a lookout for items that still have a clip on it (traditional box top with expiration date). If your item has a box top SCAN icon, down load the Box Tops App and scan your receipt for instant credit to McKenny. Your scans will count toward your class credit! Make sure to use the credit button and input your child's teacher.


Pacific Science Center – Science on Wheels – Space Odyssey Parent Volunteers Needed!!

The PTO is hosting this full day of interactive, hand’s-on science for McKenny students on Thursday February 27th, a week before the school STEAM night on March 5th!  It’s a great way to get the community excited and talking about science and space!  We will have two large planetariums and several exhibits as well as an assembly.  We need 4 parent volunteers to help throughout the day. This includes set up in the morning before school starts to tear down after the school day ends.  Volunteers during the day will also assist with students touring the exhibits with their classmates.  The Pacific Science Center provides volunteers with free admission passes to their Center in Seattle.  Volunteers who stay full day receive 4 free passes. Volunteers who stay half day receive 2 free passes.  Contact Marny at marny421@yahoo.com if you can commit to half or full day on 2/27


Apple Tree Performance

Performances are February 7th at 6pm and Saturday February 8th at 2pm at McKenny. Tell your Friends and Family!! Ticket prices are $3 for Children, $5 for Adults.


Our student theater experience is looking for volunteers to help with cast support or concessions/ticket sales for the performances themselves on February 7 and 8.



Movie Night

Our next Movie Night will be on Friday February 14th.  We will be showing “Abominable”. Please look for the flyer to come home with your student or in your email from Britney!


McKenny’s Running Club is starting again soon!

Do you have a student who loves to run?  Does your student do best with some outside time after school?  Are you wanting accountability to walk or run yourself? Join the McKenny Running Club!  It’s FREE and open to all McKenny families! 


Starting February 25th, McKenny students can meet at the play shed on Tuesday and Friday 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 responsible adult must supervise your student. Also, it is not mandatory to attend all practices, so come when it works best for your schedule!  Email Mindy Swedberg (McKenny parent) at tmswedberg@gmail.com to sign up, volunteer, or to answer any questions.


Thurston County Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity

Families of third grade McKenny students, save the date for the evening of Thursday, February 27th. You will have an opportunity to volunteer for a night at the Food Bank.  More detailed information to come home soon.