March Newsletter

McKenny Elementary School

March 2018

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible


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Spring Break

No School April 2nd through 6th – Have a wonderful week!


Olympia Junior Programs – 1st, 2nd grades and DLC’s

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!

Tuesday, April 10th at 12:30pm - Mr. Popper’s Penguins


Kindergarten and New Student Registration for Fall 2018-19

Registration Forms available starting – March 5th

Return registration forms starting – March 6th

A Taste of Kindergarten at McKenny - Thursday, May 31st at 11:00am

New student registration forms available starting – April 9th - 1st thru 5th grades


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.


Fire Hydrants by Parking Lot Entrance and Playground Entrance

Parents when picking up students, whether remaining in your car or parking, please do not block the fire hydrants by either entrance.  This is a safety concern for McKenny.  Thank you!


The One Hundred Mile Club

Congratulations to the following students for their achievement in the 100 Mile Club!  Gresham D – 205 miles; Amelia A – 155 miles; Kenny H – 80 miles; Holden W – 60 miles; Leah A – 55 miles; Faith K – 45 miles; Owen K – 45 miles; Harry D – 35 miles; Arielle L – 30 miles; Will S – 30 miles; Travis B – 30 miles; Myles A – 30 miles.


Attention:  Vaccination Requirements for Sixth Graders (Out Going 5th Graders)

Washington State Department of Health requires all children entering sixth grade or who are 11 years old to show proof of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis) and Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccinations. If your child has a check-up this spring, see if you need these vaccinations. Call the office or send a note with the date so that we can update your child’s health record.


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.


Pencils for Sale

Don’t forget that we sell McKenny pencils in the office for .25¢


Thurston County Food Bank and 4th Grade

Fourth grade students and parents volunteered at the Thurston County Food Bank this month alongside their teachers, Mrs. Bond and Mrs. Paulsen.  It was a great success and a very fun evening!  Everyone worked hard, and the group ended up assembling 864 bags for the For Kids program!  Way to go team!!!



April Upcoming Events

2 thru 6 – No School, Spring Break

10 – OJP – 1st, 2nd grade and DLC

11 – Release @ 2:32

16 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

18 – Release @ 2:32

25 – Release @ 2:32

25 – 5th grade Outdoor School

26 – 5th grade Outdoor School

26 – Paulsen Field Trip – Port Blakely 9:00 to 1:00

27 – 5th grade Outdoor School

27 – Bond Field Trip – Port Blakely 9:00 to 1:00


May Upcoming Events

2 – Release @ 2:32

7 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

9 – Release @ 2:32

9 – 3rd grade field trip – Nisqually Wildlife Refuge 9:10 to 2:00

11 – 2nd grade field trip – GRUB Farm 11:00 to 2:00

16 – Sjoboen Field trip – Dirt Works 10:15 to 1:45

16 – Release @ 2:32

17 – Lloyd & Campbell field trip – Dirt Works 10:15 to 1:45

21 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

23 – Release @ 2:32

24 – DLC Day of Champions

28 – No School Memorial Day

31 – 5th grade to visit WMS 10:10

31 – 2017-18 Kindergarten Open House @ 11:00

OSD 2017-18 Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures: 

All four individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.





Spring Carnival

This final PTO fundraiser of the year will be held on Saturday, May 5th! This year’s carnival will be Candyland themed! This event is always a fantastic time.  We need plenty of help to make it a success both during the planning stages and during the carnival. There will be volunteer spots available for as little as 30 minutes during the carnival.  We are also seeking donations for our raffle baskets and silent auction!  This could be anything from a gift card to a business to a vacation voucher. For more information, please contact our Carnival chair Sarah or our volunteer coordinator Marny  We would love to collaborate with you!


Earth Day (weekend) Donation Drive

We’re doing it again.  Just in time for spring cleaning.  See us at Value Village on April 21st for our fundraiser! If you cleaned out clutter since the new year or you've got some old clothing, books, household items, round them all up and donate them for a great cause.  McKenny will earn funds based on the weight of all our of items collectively.  Please bring your spring donations to our fundraising event at Value Village on Saturday, April 21nd.


Important Meeting – Save the Date - April 10th - *New Board Members*

It’s that time.  Our current board has served a two-year term and it’s time for us to pass the torch.  If you are interested in one of these wonderful positions, please contact that current board member (or any board member) for more information.  Our volunteer coordinator Marny has also made a sheet that includes a brief description of what’s required for the 5 PTO Board positions.


Current PTO Board

Your board members are

Co-president: Frank Durocher -

Co-president: Kamy Durocher-

Vice President: Natica Bacon-

Treasurer: AnneMarie Hanson-

Secretary: Marny Howell-

Volunteer Coordinator: Marny Howell-


The Next PTO Meeting is on Tuesday, April 10th

Together we make a difference to the students and enrich the educational experience for everyone. Yet, no matter how many volunteers, there is always room for more. We encourage you to consider how your interests and talents can support current or new PTO activities. Please come to a meeting or talk to a board member or classroom rep, we can’t wait to meet you and share some of our happiness- there’s enough for everyone!!


‘Like’ Us on Facebook

Are you on Facebook? So are we! Stay up to date.  Be sure to “like” the McKenny Hawks Family fan page on Facebook and keep tabs on PTO activities and events.


Come Check Out Our Website

Be sure to keep up to date with all the happenings of McKenny PTO at