October Newsletter

McKenny Elementary Hawk Talk

October 2017

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible



Halloween is upon us! Please do not send your student to school in a Halloween costume. We will call and ask you to pick them up or bring a change of clothing if they arrive in a costume.

Veterans’ Day

Thursday, November 9th at 1:15pm. Please invite the military veterans or current military personnel in your family to attend our assembly. We would love to honor your service in the armed forces.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Fall back 1 hour on Sunday, November 5th. 

Picture Retakes

Retakes have been scheduled for Thursday, November 9th. If your student is having pictures retaken, please bring in the original picture package. The photographer needs these pictures back.

No School

No school on Friday, November 10th to honor Veterans Day and also on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 22nd, 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving Break.

Emergency Kits

Has your student turned in their Emergency Kit. The Safety Committee at McKenny has decided that each student should have an Emergency Kit located in their classroom at school. The following is a suggested kit: 1 bottle of water, 1 bottle of juice, 3 nonperishable foods: choice of granola bars, energy bars, fruit roll-up; items for child to use: markers or crayons and paper, book, cards; personal family comfort reminder such as a family photo or letter and 1 large garbage bag.

Think Wreaths, Think Cispus – OSDEF Holiday Wreath Sales

CISPUS Holiday Wreath sales on now! Purchase yours at McKenny to support 5th grade outdoor education. You can pre-order a beautiful wreath for your holiday décor now until November 8th. Your purchase will support overnight outdoor education in the Olympia School District. These wreaths make terrific gifts, so remember your neighbors, family and friends. Wreaths are $22.00 each, with proceeds going to assure funding for overnight environmental studies for our 5th graders, sponsored by the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF).

Wreath delivery will be the week of November 20th, details for pick up will follow soon.
Questions regarding orders and pick up? Please contact Cherie Andreassen at (360) 528-0876.

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

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 Tuesday, December 12th 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. 

Attendance Matters!

Research shows that consistent, on-time attendance in elementary school creates a lifelong pattern of punctuality and investment all throughout a student's school career and later for on the job. As a parent or guardian, please do everything you can to be certain your student(s) arrives on time and ready-to-learn each day. The best arrival time each morning is between 8:45 and 8:55 (There is no supervision before 8:45.) 

Sending Money to School

Make sure the check or envelope is clearly marked with your child’s name, teacher’s name, amount (if cash) and indicate what the money is for (field trip, lunch, etc.) so that we can direct the check or cash to the correct person. Please send the exact amount. The office does not have petty cash to make change.

Planned Absence Request Form

Remember, if you are going on vacation or on a trip, please complete a Planned Absence Request form. These forms are available in the office or call us and we will send one home with your student. 

November Up-Coming Events

1 - Release @ 2:32
3 - PTO Fall Social
5 - Daylight Saving Time ends
6 - OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30
8 - Release @ 2:32
9 - Veterans’ Day Assembly @ 1:15
10 - No School – Veterans’ Day
15 - Release @ 2:32
16 - 4th grade Field Trip to Kennedy Creek
20 - OSD School Board mtg @ 6:30
22-24 - No School – Thanksgiving Break
29 - Release @ 2:32



McKenny Masquerade

Please join us for our annual, free, community building family event on Friday, November 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This year’s theme is Masquerade! If you are interested in volunteering, please use this easy peasy sign-up genius: http://goo.gl/uDPur8. 

In addition, we are asking families to donate baked goods and drinks to sell at the fall social. A pink flyer came home with students outlining what items are requested per grade level. Desserts can be dropped off Friday, November 3rd by 3:00pm or in the morning to the office. You may stick to the list below, but we also welcome fun and unique dessert items and creative bakes!! Please individually wrap items and indicate if they contain nuts. 

Kindergarten - Case of Bottled Water or Juice (apple cider, hot chocolate, juices etc…)
1st Grade - Baked Goods (Brownies, Cupcakes, Bread, Cookies, Caramel Apples ... get creative!!)
2nd Grade - Case of Bottled Water or Juice (apple cider, hot chocolate, juice etc…)
3rd Grade - Baked Goods (Brownies, Cupcakes, Bread, Cookies, Caramel Apples ... get creative!!)
4th Grade - Paper Plates & Cups
5th Grade - Plastic Silverware & Napkins

Movie Night was a Success!

Thank you to our movie night committee and all the wonderful parent helpers!!! Everything was truly AWESOME with so many students in attendance (110!!!). The next Movie Night will be December 8th … stay tuned for the movie announcement!

Fun Run Fun!! Envelopes Due

Our McKenny Hawks students did an amazing job during our annual Fun Run. Amazing job and congratulations to all the students and adults involved throughout the entire event! A huge thank you to Fun Run co-chairs Jessica Wilson & Marny Howell for all their hard work! Also a great big thank you to all the parent volunteers for their participation, we couldn’t have done it without you! We avoided the rain, saw some groooovy costumes! We also had a visit from Spirit! Collection envelopes are due Friday, October 27th. If you have any late donations, grandma or other out-of-state relatives are sending in checks and you get them after October 27th, please still send them to school - attention McKenny PTO. Every Little bit counts!! 

Box Tops!!

Thank you to everyone who submitted box tops! McKenny collected 3,893 box tops which becomes$389.30 for our school!! A big Congratulations to Mrs. Judah's class for winning!!!
Top Five Classes
Mrs. Judah - 491
Mrs. Fettig - 435
Mrs. Bond - 296
Mrs. Woods - 288
Miss Stanley - 251

Value Village Fundraiser Tally!!

A huge thank you to Chad and to all the volunteers that helped out with this quick and super helpful fundraiser! We greatly appreciate the help from all the families that donated items to help raise funds for our school! We received 862 pounds of soft goods, 452 pounds hard goods, 444 pounds of books, 10 pounds of furniture, and 40 pounds of large items! Thank you to everyone who participated and raised funds for our PTO which will help pay for teacher support and field trips. If you missed this event, never fear- we are already looking forward to doing this event again in the spring for spring cleaning!! Save Save Save Save your stuff!!!

Go ‘Shopping’ for McKenny

McKenny families can help raise money for the school through a variety of shopping programs! Please remember to link up your Fred Meyer rewards card (must re-enroll every June) and your Thriftway ‘ThrifteCard’ to McKenny PTO! You can also use smile.amazon.com this upcoming shopping season, and use the Shoparoo smart phone app with all your shopping receipts! Additionally there is a new Box Tops app to snap a photo of your receipt to earn additional box tops on participating products! SO MANY ways to help out and every little bit counts and adds up quick to help out our wonderful children and staff!! 

‘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 www.mckennypto.org 

PTO Meeting

SUCH a great turn out last meeting- THANK YOU! Let’s keep it up!! Every idea, helping hand, and parent counts!! Come on back and come join in if you missed it!! The next PTO meeting is Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30pm 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 PTO Co Presidents, Frank and Kamy Durocher at etnpnys@gmail.com and kamy726@gmail.com! 

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween