January Newsletter


McKenny Elementary School

January 2018

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible

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January is School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month.  McKenny Elementary would like to thank the Olympia School District Board of Directors for their service to our district!


Half Day Release - IMPORTANT

Friday, February 2nd we will release students at 12:05pm.  This half day is for our staff to have the time to work on grading.


International Night – We Still Have Room to Participate – Friday, February 9th

This is a night for our families to show off their culture, heritage and customs for all to appreciate.  We still have room to participate if you are interested.  Please contact the school if interested, 360 596-8400.  We are having an informational meeting for families participating on Tuesday, January 30th at 3:40 to answer all questions and concerns you may have. If you are already signed up, but have questions, please come to this meeting. Come show us your culture and heritage!


Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 16th.


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 two hours later.  Please schedule appointments for after school time on these days!


Monday, February 12th at 12:30pm          3rd, 4th & 5th grades         Waters of the Earth

Friday, February 23rd at 12:30pm             1st, 2nd grades & DLC’s    The Adventures of Bella Harry

Monday, March 19th at 12:30pm               3rd, 4th & 5th grades         Frindle

Tuesday, April 10th at 12:30pm                 1st, 2nd grades & DLC’s    Mr. Popper’s Penguins


Admission fee for 2 plays is $10.00.  Please make sure you have signed and sent in the OJP envelope.  The signed envelope is your student’s ticket into the performance.


Presidents’ Day and Mid-Winter Break

No School on Monday and Tuesday, February 19th and 20th.


Mark your Calendars for Fifth Grade Outdoor School

Our fifth grade students will be attending Outdoor School at the Cispus Environmental Center in Randle, Washington, April 25th, 26th & 27th.  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 $150.00 per student.  If you need to make payments or need financial assistance, please contact Debbie 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 20th.


McKenny Science Fair

The McKenny Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 7th.  It’s never too early to begin thinking about your science fair project.  While Registration forms are due Friday, January 26th we have extended the deadline to Wednesday, January 31st.


Learn All About Kindergarten Event set for February 10th

The Olympia School District will hold its annual “Learn All About Kindergarten” informational event from 10:00 - 11:30 am on Saturday, February 10th at Capital High School.


If you know of neighbors or friends who have a child entering kindergarten in the Olympia School District in the fall of 2018, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this free event. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Avenue N.W. in Olympia.


The event begins at 10:00 am with a welcome by Superintendent Patrick Murphy. Families will then have until 11:30 am to visit school booths set up in the high school gym and learn about a variety of topics related to kindergarten and school in general.


Among other things, families may learn about kindergarten program options, riding the bus, how to register for kindergarten and how to use the district’s Family Access student information system to stay updated on everything from grades to lunch accounts. The school district’s Transportation department will also have a school bus on site for parents to learn about bus safety and rules, and to see the inside of the bus.


A reminder that children need to be 5 years old by August 31, 2018 to be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2018. The event is geared for adults of incoming kindergartners in the Olympia School District. Childcare is not provided.


In Case of Emergency

Keeping your contact information up to date is vital in an emergency. When your child has been injured at school or is sick, the office needs to have accurate contact information. It is also necessary for teachers to have up to date contact information to keep you informed regarding your child’s progress. Please send a note in with your child if you have a change to your phone number(s), address, or email information.


Remember to call the Attendance Line at 596-8403 to report any absences or late arrivals.

The office needs to know as soon as possible. This is a 24-hour recording phone line. Please feel free to call this number at any time that you are aware that your child will be late or absent.


Doctor, Dentist or Appointment

If your student is at a professional appointment, please bring us a note from the doctor.  This is for attendance purposes.


Lost and Found

Our racks are full; please check our lost and found for any missing items.  We will be donating the left over items to The Little Red School House during mid-winter vacation.  Please write your student’s name in his or her coat.  We can return any lost coat to the correct student if a name is visible.



Spring Conferences will be upon us soon

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, March 27th through Friday, March 30th.  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 27th, 29th & 30th.


Families may begin scheduling conferences in Family Access on Friday, February 23rd.  Scheduling will be open through Wednesday, March 21st.  Also, students who see Miss Wilson in Special Services will have conferences scheduled before Family Access opens to all families, due to her need to be in all those conferences and the conferences that need interpreters have also been scheduled.


Each conference time is only 20 minutes long.  This is essential to allow time to prepare for the next conference, so please arrive on time. Thank you - our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you!


Please do not hesitate to contact Debbie in the office at (360) 596-8400 if you are having trouble with scheduling a conference or need help with signing up for Family Access.  Thank you!


Scholastic Book Fair

Visit the book fair in the library before or after your child’s conference on Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 to 6:00pm and Friday 11:00 to 4:00.  There are some great books again this year!  If you are interested in volunteering in the book fair, please contact Nancy Hooper, our Librarian at (360) 596-8400.


The One Hundred Mile Club

Congratulations to the following students for their achievement in the 100 Mile Club!  Gresham D – 135 miles; Amelia A - 115 miles; Holden W – 60 miles; Leah A – 50 miles; Ken H – 45 miles; Owen K – 45 miles; Harry D – 30 miles; Myles A – 30 miles; Will S – 30 miles; Jeremiah M – 25 miles; Travis B – 25 miles; Suliman S – 20 miles.


McKenny Battle of the Books for 4th & 5th Graders

The following is the reading list for the Battle of the Books:  Alchemyst; Awkward; Closed for the Season; Dragon Slippers; Girl Who Could Fly; Keeper of the Lost Cities; Kensuke’s Kingdom; Menagerie; My Life in dog Years; No Talking; One and Only Ivan; Rules; Sylvia & Aki; Tapper Twins go to War; Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Farmer; Who was Amelia Earhart?  We have some great reading again this year.  If you would like more information about Battle of the Books, please contact Nancy Hooper in the Library.


School Lunches

The school meal accounting system is a prepaid system.  Parents or guardians must deposit money into their child’s account before meals are served.  Payments can be made daily, weekly, monthly or annually. In addition to sending cash or check to the school, parents can also pay online with their credit/debit cards, or by phone by calling either Debbie at 360-596-8410 or Alicia at 360-596-7022.  It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure money is in the account or a home-prepared meal is sent to school with their child. 


Start February with a positive balance!


Dress for the Weather

As the weather remains 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 accidently leave it behind.  With your help we could eliminate the need for a Lost and Found at school.


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.


When Should Children Stay Home?

As part of the Olympia School Districts commitment to maintaining a healthy environment, the following guidelines are provided to assist you in determining when to keep your child at home.


When to Keep your Child Home:                          When to Return to School:

Fever over 100 degrees

No fever for at least 24 hours. Temperature under 100 degrees, without assistance of a medication, (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.)

Diarrhea or Vomiting

24 hours after diarrhea and/or vomiting stops.

Rashes with a fever or itching, (unless diagnosed by a physician)

Physician note and/or no longer present for at least 24 hours. No fever for at least 24 hours, (see above “Fever Over 100 degrees”).

Sore Throat

Recommend consulting a physician. Stay home at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. Stay home if uncomfortable.

Head Lice or Scabies

Head lice or scabies treated & Nits/Eggs removed (wait at least 24 hours and must be rechecked by the nurse or health room assistant upon return)

Cough with congestion or fever

Cough has lessened, or illness has been treated by physician (coughing can be a real distraction to the class and/or student if severe)

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) is highly contagious

Physician note

Strep Throat

Diagnosed and at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Chicken Pox

May return to school after all lesions have formed crusts, usually 5-10 days after start of rash.


These guidelines are meant to help decrease illness so your children can be in the best environment for learning.  Please cover all wounds and encourage hand washing.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse.  By working together, we can prevent the spread of illness and keep our children the healthiest they can be.  THANK YOU!  The Olympia School Nurses




February Upcoming Events

2 – Half Day – Release @12:05

5 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

7 – Release @ 2:32

9 – International Night

10 – All About Kindergarten Event @ 10:00

12 – OJP - 3rd, 4th & 5th grades @ 12:30

14 – Release @ 2:32

19 – No School – Presidents’ Day

20 – No School – Mid-Winter Break

21 – Release @ 2:32

23 – OJP – 1st, 2nd grades and DLC

26 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

28 – Release @2:32



Apple Tree presents- SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK

Parents, students, staff, teachers- Everyone!  Come join us for a presentation of the musical SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! Let’s all gather to support your kids, friends, or come with the family for great entertainment to support your wonderful school! Students and volunteers have been working diligently every day after school, and they are so excited to show everyone this wonderful play!!   Tickets for the show will go on sale soon!

The first performance will be on Friday, February 2nd at 6:30pm.

The second performance will be Saturday, February 3rd at 1:00pm. You won’t want to miss this!


We’d love your help with concessions, ticket sales and carrying set pieces in/out. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Kamy Durocher at kamy726@gmail.com


Read- A-Thon

Go for gold- Be an Olympic reader!

The McKenny staff and PTO are excited to announce the 5th annual McKenny READ-A-THON!  This year‘s READ-A-THON will take place in February and the theme will be WINTER OLYMPICS!  There are TWO Kindles up for grabs as prizes!! Keep an eye on your students’ backpack for Information that will be sent home soon!!


Calling all Box Tops

Box Top collection is coming February 16th. More details and class competition will be announced soon. Start clipping and saving!! 


Let’s Celebrate our Wonderful Staff!

Please help show appreciation for the great staff at McKenny by bringing in some “Treats for Teachers” (and Staff) on Wednesdays!  Feel free to bring something special to brighten any Wednesday or contact Jill to sign up for a specific Wednesday.  jillwalsh2013@gmail.com


Superintendent’s Visit Recap

Superintendent Murphy was at our last PTO meeting to share and discuss important information about the technology levy and the education budget!! Both topics were of great interest and it was a pleasure to have him! Please take a moment to review what was discussed in the meeting minutes write up under the PTO section of the McKenny website! You can also use this link-



Attention all Amazon Shoppers.  Please support McKenny PTO!

Don’t forget you can shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1614116 for Amazon to donate to McKenny.  Easy Peasy!


Save the Date

The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 in the library.  Feel free to attend just to observe or come and share your ideas.  We always need volunteers too!  If you’re interested in giving a little of your time to the PTO, please contact the PTO Co-Presidents Frank and Kamy at etnpnys@gmail.com and kamy726@gmail.com.


5th Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook

Attention parents of McKenny 5th graders! Now's a good time to start thinking about which baby picture you'd like to submit for the 2017-18 yearbook. Debbie Doherty and Megan Temple, our Yearbook Committee, needs your photos.  Please emailed photos to Debbie directly at ddoherty@osd.wednet.edu.  Photos are due no later than April 11, 2018.  The yearbook will published in mid-April.