November Newsletter

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible

November 2017


Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the day with family and friends.  No school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 22nd, 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving Break.


McKenny to Assist OHS in the Annual Canned Food Drive!

Starting Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 8th we will be helping Olympia High School with their annual Canned Food Drive.  The food drive will support our local Thurston County Food Bank.  Please help by donating cans and other non-perishable foods. 


Vision & Hearing Screenings – Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers for Vision and Hearing Screenings at McKenny conducted by the Lion’s Club.  It is on Monday, December 11th beginning at 9:00am.    This is for grades 1, 2, 3, and 5.  Please call Debbie in the office to volunteer.  Any help is appreciated!  Thank you in advance.


Winter Music Performance

Our winter program will be held on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00pm.  Kindergarten thru 5th grade will be singing, our 4th and 5th grade Orchestras’ will be performing and also our 5th grade Band.  Come and enjoy the music.


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 student’s environmental studies and has excellent facilities for both study and research. 

Cost is $150.00 per student.  If you need to make payments, please call Debbie in the office to set up a payment plan. Also, if your student needs to take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine, the medicine and doctors permission form needs to be at school by Friday, April 20th

Save the Date:  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.


The One Hundred Mile Club

Congratulations to the following students for their achievement in the 100 Mile Club!  Gresham D – 90 miles; Amelia A - 85 miles; Holden W – 40 miles; Myles A – 30 miles; and Owen K – 35 miles. 


Lost and Found

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


Volunteering at McKenny

Planning to help out in your child’s class, in the library or on a field trip? Make sure you have completed a volunteer application. Update your information online if you haven’t done this for the 2017-2018 school year. It can take up to a week to get approval from the time you submit your application. To access the online application go to the Olympia School District’s webpage (volunteer application is in the middle section of the page).  Hard copies are available if someone does not have access to a computer. Families should go to to sign up.


Emergency Instructions for Parents

  • Make sure your contact information is accurate and updated. This ensures you’ll receive all information that we send out.
  • Make sure your child has an emergency kit for the classroom.  See the office if you need to know what to include in your emergency kit.
  • Wait for direction from the District if you need to pick up your child, and if so, when and where. You may be contacted via robo call, email, or text. Information will also be posted and updated on the District website.
  • Remember that all school staff have a role in the response, and we may not be able to answer the phones. In addition, the school phone lines need to remain open and available for emergency responders.
  • The District will advise you of the Reunification Site to pick up your child. Unless the District has advised you, do not come to the school. Parents arriving en masse will interfere with the emergency response and potentially put themselves and others in danger.
  • Reunification Sites could be located at any one of the following locations. The District will direct you to one of these sites.
  1. McKenny Elementary School
  2. LBA Park

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


Free Child Development Workshops

The Olympia School District is pleased to offer free child development workshops with Candyce Lund Bollinger. Bollinger is a parent educator and private parenting counselor in Washington state and has been practicing for more than 35 years. She provides classes and consultations for schools, colleges, civic groups, private organizations and has a private practice. She is the mother of four children and has two grandchildren.


2017-2018 Workshop Details

Time:  6:30-8:30pm

Location:  Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 2400 15th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA  Elementary Parent Workshops (K-5)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Safety Without Fear:  A workshop designed for parents to help facilitate their children having self-skills for personal safety, without increasing anxiety & fear in their children.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Anger:  A workshop designed to help parents understand anger as well as learn tools to manage anger in themselves and their children.


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:  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


Tips for Navigating the McKenny Circle

  • Always remember to pull all the way forward to the end of the circle, if possible.  Not only does this ease congestion during busy times, it also gets a few extra steps in for the kids!
  • If there is a car stopped in the beginning or middle of the circle, it’s acceptable and appreciated to drive (safely) around them and pull to the curb where there is space.
  • Remember to unlock those car doors so Mrs. Stewart can open the door quickly and assist your student from exiting the vehicle.
  • Remember to be aware of the traffic around you!  It’s hard to keep from gazing at your student as you drive away, but keeping your eyes on the road is safest!  Also, be aware of vehicles exiting the circle on your left.  Be sure to check for cars before you merge into the exit.


December Up-Coming Events

6 – Release at 2:32

11 – Vision & Hearing Screening

11 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

13 – Release at 2:32

14 – Winter program

18 – Jan 1 – Winter break, NO SCHOOL

January  Upcoming Events

2 – School Resumes

3 – Release at 2:32

8 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

10 – Release at 2:32

15 – No School – ML King Jr Day

17 – Release at 2:32

22 – OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30

24 – Release at 2:32

31 – Release at 2:32



Movie Night!

Our next movie night will be Friday, December 8th.  Movie Night is $5 for the first student and $4 for each additional student. Doors open at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 6:30pm. Price includes an intermission popcorn snack, drink and licorice!


Supervision is provided – but we’d love some company.  Parents who stay to help supervise earn a coupon for free admission to an upcoming Movie Night.  We wouldn’t be able to do this without wonderful parent volunteers who make movie nights a success.  Please consider staying to help out and enjoy the movie.  Movie night flyers and sign up information will be coming home. Please complete and return your registration form by the deadline date on the flyer.


McKenny Masquerade Success

The McKenny Masquerade was a success! Thank you to everyone who contributed help, supplies, and bake sale items.  We have a great PTO, but it’s not possible to pull off a successful event without the help of our parents!! A great big thank you to our Fall Social chair, Brandi Gish and the entire planning committee!


Attention Amazon Shoppers!! Just in time for the holidays!

Love to shop on Amazon??  Love to support your favorite PTO?  Well, we have the program for you!  McKenny PTO is now available to designate as your favorite organization on AmazonSmile. Each time you make a purchase on Amazon, they will donate a portion of the purchase to our PTO! Simply visit and designate “Mckenny Parent Teacher Association” as your organization of choice.


‘Like’ Us on Facebook

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


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


Save the Date!

Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Please join us, we would LOVE to see you there!