January 2020

McKenny Elementary Hawk Talk

January 2020

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible


January Upcoming Events

6 – School Resumes

8 – Walk N Roll

8 – Early Release @2:32
13 - Apple Tree Productions Begins

14 – PTO Meeting @6:30

15 – Early Release @2:32

20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School

22 – Early Release @2:32

29 – Early Release @2:32

31 – Half Day @12:05

February Upcoming Events

5 – Early Release @2:32

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

27 – Pacific Science Center on Wheels


Half Day Release - IMPORTANT

Friday, January 31st, we will release students at 12:05pm.  This half day is for our staff to have the time to work on grading.

Mid-Winter Break

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

Thank You!

I just wanted to thank Carrie Andrew and Nicol Stevens for volunteering for Vision and Hearing. McKenny families are simply the best when it comes to helping out.  Thank you so much!!

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 January 8th. 

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!

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

February 12

March 11

April 1

May 13 – National Bike to School Day

June 10


Dress for the Weather

As the weather gets cold and wet, it makes sense the students will come to school with multiple layers of clothing. In order to ensure your students, come home with the same clothes they arrived in, please make sure all coats, hoodies, gloves and hats are labeled with student names. If you provide a name, we will make sure to get clothing back to your children if they accidentally leave it behind.  With your help we could eliminate the need for a Lost and Found at school.

Let's Be Careful Out There

The days are growing shorter which means that it’s a good time to remind students, parents and community members to exercise extra caution in and around school zones, bus stops and roads that are frequently used by walkers and bikers. Reflective clothing is a good idea, especially for those students who walk or bike to school in the morning when it is dark. 

Inclement Weather Conditions

Please keep the following information readily available in case you need to check if school has been cancelled or delayed due to weather or other emergency conditions.  Radio:  KGY 1240 AM or 96.9 FM; KMAS 1030 AM; KXXO 96.1 FM; and KAOS 89.3 FM.  Internet:  http://osd.wednet.edu.  Parents, please keep in mind that there is no student supervision when school starts late or is cancelled.  Web or media alerts will inform families if emergency/snow bus routes are being used.  For more information access the EMERGENCY INFORMATION link on the OSD home page at http://osd.wednet.edu.



PTO Website – www.mckennypto.org

Read-A-Thon was indeed Magical!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Read-A-Thon! The 92 students who participated read for over 87,000! Also with your help, we raised $7,281.20! We are so proud of the students and the community that supported them. We celebrated our success at a recent assembly and individual and class prizes have been awarded. Because we exceeded our $5,000 goal, not only did Mr. Havens have his hair dyed a lovely shade of teal, but also we have given $1,000 to help Mrs. Hooper purchase more books for the library. We are excited to utilize the rest of the money to support the students and teachers are McKenny. Thank you again for your contributions!

Reminders about several simple and easy ways to fundraise when you shop this season and throughout the year!!

These programs all add up to quite a bit of funds for PTO over the course of the year!  However, we have plenty of room to grow with people using the apps and connecting their accounts!  It just takes a minute to set these up!



SHOP A ROO – Smart Phone App – www.shoparoo.com Download the free app, select McKenny Elementary School in Olympia, WA from the search bar and start taking photos of all your shopping receipts!!

In 2014-15 our school earned $69.42 with only 13 people using this app!  In 2015-16, with 19 people using the app we earned $113. In 2016-17, with 37 people using the app we have earned $134. In 2017-18, with 43 people using the app we have earned $107.13. In 2018-19, with 55 people using the app we have earned $182.01.  We have 68 people using this app this year!!




Box Tops – KEEP CLIPPING. BUT ALSO, download the Box Tops App and scan your receipts within 14 days. You’ll get .10cents right away and you’ll also get .10cents when you send in the physical clip to our school. You can also identify which classroom you’d like our Box Top to be counted under for our contests. Each classroom has a Box Tops collection site. Send those box tops in with your kids. Teachers and staff can clip and save as well. We will officially collect in October 2019 and February 2020. www.boxtops4education.com   Our school ID number is: 206797 (Last year we earned $834.90 for our school).



Thriftway Community Rebate Program – go online http://www.olythriftway.com/Pages/7842/Community_Rebate_Program/ and link your ThrifteCard to McKenny PTO or charity code: 2110. Thriftway will donate 1% of your purchases to McKenny!




Fred Meyer Community Rewards – go online    https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4 and link your rewards card to McKenny.  You’ll still earn your personal rewards and McKenny will also benefit!! On this website, search for McKenny PTO or organization code: WQ882. (2014-15 we earned $140.21 for our school and in 2015-16 we earned $432.63 and in 2016-17 we earned $635.17 and in 2017-18 we earned $590.67 and in 2018-19 we earned $530.52.)


Amazon Smile - While shopping online this fall, winter, spring or summer, please consider using smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1614116 and link your account to “McKenny Parent Teacher Association”.  All eligible purchases will help us earn more .5% donation from Amazon to help our school.  Since 2016 through November 2019, we’ve earned $469.65 by shopping on smile.amazon.comSo don’t forget to put the ‘smile’ in front of your amazon link when you go online to shop!

eScrip – go online https://www.escrip.com/ to register for an account.  Then search for McKenny Elementary School, eScrip Group ID – 8564596.  You can shop at Home Depot, Etsy, Guitar Center, Aldo, etc., from this site and a percentage of your funds will be returned to McKenny!!


eScrip+ Benefit – Benefit is a mobile payments app that supports McKenny PTO. https://www.benefit-mobile.com/causes/mckenny-parent-teacher-organization  Families/supporters can download the free app to instantly buy and redeem gift cards from their mobile device. Shop at America's leading national retailers in-store and online. At checkout simply use the Benefit app to pay. Each transactions sends 2-20% of your total purchase to McKenny PTO!

Coca-Cola Give - When you make Coca-Cola purchases, simply enter the product codes online at https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/ after first searching for McKenny Elementary. OR bring them to the drop off box in the main office, and McKenny receives a donation. Product codes are found under the cap or inside the cardboard box.  Products include, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Barqs, Dasani Water, Fresca, Fanta, MelloYello, Pibb, Seagrams Ginger Ale, and others!



Apple Tree begins after winter break!!

Apple Tree Productions will return January 13th to begin rehearsals on their 3rd Annual Winter Play: "Pinocchio." Registration forms will be sent home the first week back from Winter Break. Rehearsals for grades K-2 will take place on Thursdays; and 3-5 will rehearse Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Performances will be Friday, February 7th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 8th at 2 p.m.