December 2018 Newsletter

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McKenny Elementary School

December 2018

McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible


December Upcoming Events

5 – Early Release @2:32

7- Movie Night @6:00

11 – Winter Concert @2:00

12 – Walk and Roll

12– Early Release @2:32

18 – Wear Your “Ugly” Winter Sweaters

19 – Jan 2 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

January Upcoming Events

3 – School Resumes

9 – Walk and Roll

9 – Release at 2:32

10 – Lyons Club Vision and Hearing

16 – Release at 2:32

21 – No School – ML King Jr Day

17 – Release at 2:32

23 – Release at 2:32

30 – Release at 2:32


McKenny to Assist OHS in the Annual Canned Food Drive!
Starting Thursday, November 29th through Friday, December 7th 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.  

Winter Concert

Our Winter concert is Tuesday, December 11th at 2:00 pm.  Students may get dressed up if they would like.  Regular comfortable street clothes are fine too.  The entire school is performing, including strings and band!  Any family member or friend you like to invite are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you all there!


Winter Break

No school December 19, 2018 thru January 2, 2019.  School resumes on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at 9:00 am. 


McKenny Battle of the Books Titles 2019

 The following is the reading list of the Battle of the Books:

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech

HEART of a SAMURAI by Margi Preus

HOOT by Carl Hiaasen

The ISLAND of DR. LIBRIS by Chris Grabenstein


SASQUATCH by Roland Smith


The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Who is Malala Yousafzai? by Dinah Brown


If you would like more information about Battle of the Books, please contact Nancy Hooper in the Library. 

Save the Date:  McKenny Science Fair

The McKenny Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 6th.  It’s never too early to begin thinking about your science fair project.


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 Thursday, January 10th beginning at 9:00am. This is for grades 1, 2, 3, and 5.  Please call Britney in the office to volunteer.  Any help is appreciated!  Thank you in advance.

Note from the Nurse:  Lice

I am sure the word "lice" instantly made your head itch.  Across the district, we are seeing cases of lice at all of the schools.  As a preventative measure, I encourage parents to check your child's hair for nits or live lice regularly and especially if your child is itching their head a lot.  It is recommended to treat with a medicated shampoo only when live bugs are found.  Here is a link with more information regarding the identification and treatment of lice:  If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact Nurse Cate, 596-8408 or [email protected]

 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 winter vacation.  Please write your student’s name in his or her coat.  We can return any lost coat to the correct student if their name is visible.


Extra Clothing Donations for the Health Room

McKenny is in need of extra clothing. If your student has outgrown sweatpants and socks, we could really use them in our Health Room for those rainy days. We are especially in need of boys pants and underwear.  Thank you!


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.


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



Combined Fund Drive

There is still time to contribute to McKenny PTO through the WA state combined fund drive. Employees can donate as little as $1 per pay check to CFD charities through payroll deduction. Please go to and click on Donor Sign-in and select charity #1484538. You can adjust your contributions or sign up anytime throughout the year but the drive is going on now!

North West Harvest Food Drive

Safeway and Albertsons all across the state have assembled $10 bags for their customers to purchase. The bags are sold in stores located in Thurston County will come to us! Our local stores have asked for volunteer help in promoting the bags. Below is a list of days that we are in need of volunteers.

11/30 4:00-6:30pm

12/1 3:00-6:30pm

12/7 4:00-6:30pm

12/14 4:00-6:30pm

12/15 3:00-6:30pm

12/21 4:00-6:30pm

12/28 4:00-6:30pm

12/29 3:00-6:30pm

Please contact Mindy Swedberg at [email protected] if you are interested in any of these opportunities!

Movie Night

Movie night will be on Friday, December 7th and will feature Incredibles 2. Movie Night is $5 for the first student and $4 for each additional student. Price includes an intermission popcorn, snack, and a drink.

Supervision is provided – but we would love some company! Parents who stay to help supervise earn a coupon for free admission to an upcoming Movie Night!

Hawk Wear

Hawk wear should have been sent home. Please contact Frank Durocher if you have questions about your order.

PTO Directory

The PTO directory should be printed and coming home with students soon. Please contact Frank Durocher with any questions regarding the directory. If you haven’t signed up for membership in the PTO, it’s not too late! Please go to


If you have photos of your students/school events that you would like to submit for the yearbook, please email those to [email protected]!



Remember to use when shopping! Every little bit helps the PTO!


Looking for another way to support McKenny PTO? Sign up for an account on Escrip at and search for McKenny Elementary (Group ID 8564596) when shopping at Home Depot, Etsy, Guitar Center, Aldo, and more! This site will give a percentage of your total to McKenny!

Box Tops

Remember to keep collecting those box tops in a zip lock bag or envelope (with the name of your students teacher) and sending them in with your child!

‘Like’ Us on Facebook

Are you on Facebook? So are we! Be sure to “like” the McKenny Hawks PTO page to see our calendar of events and learn about all that’s going on with the PTO!

Check Out Our Website

Not on Facebook , but still want to stay on top of PTO activities and events? Be sure to keep up to date with all the happenings of McKenny PTO at 

PTO Meetings

Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Please join us, we would LOVE to see you there!


PTO 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 that students quickly exit 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.



Seasonal Assistance 2018


Gifts & Toys



Community Service Office (CSO) of DSHS located at 6860 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, 98501 Registration starts November 26th at 10 a.m. and ends December 14 at 3:30 p.m. For children 14 and under. To register must be on Temporary Aid or Food Benefits (SNAP) Distribution of toys will be made December 16, 17, 18, 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location TBD



1505 4th Ave E, Olympia.

HOURS: Make –Up Day Walk-in December 6, 2018 8:30am-3:30pm; closed from noon to 1 pm

Registers families with children 12 years old and younger for Christmas gifts. Families must live in Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater. Once accepted into the Christmas Programs, families will receive an ap­pointment notice on a yellow piece of paper which will have an appointment time for the Toy and Joy Event (which will be later in December). Some fam­ilies will be chosen for the Adopt a Family program, and will be contacted by the Salvation Army through a phone call or piece of mail. Families selected for the Adopt a Family will not take part in the Toy and Joy event.

ELIGIBILITY: Families with children 12 years old or younger in Lacey, Olympia or Tumwater ONLY.

Families & individuals with children over 12 years or without children are still eligible to apply for Food Baskets.


To register, bring the following:

- photo id for all adults in the household (18 and older),

- proof of residence (like a utility bill), and

- proof of income for the last 30 days (DSHS grant letters, pay stubs, etc).



Food and Meals




Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 21, 2018, 12 pm – 5 pm

Free Community Christmas Dinner December 22, 2018 12pm-5pm



11318 Vail Cut Off Road SE     Rainier, WA    360-280-7326

9:30-Noon Wednesday/Saturday        Serving all of Thurston County

Taking applications from individuals for Christmas baskets.  Additionally, taking applications from military families to work with the American Legion for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets



1021 Boundary St SE    Olympia, WA

Open 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.        Wednesday/Friday



Walk-in starting Monday, November 19th at 11 a.m. Come early because if they are ready, they will open the doors early. Distribution until doors close at 3 p.m. If there are baskets left over, they will again open on November 21st at 11 a.m. Give-a-way open to residents in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Tenino, Rainier and Little Rock. Includes families, individuals and households with or without children.



413 Franklin Street NE    Olympia, WA  98501  360-709-9725

Thanksgiving and Christmas Hot Meals

2:00 November 22

2:00 December 25

General Hot Meals

Monday-Friday 6:30, Noon & 5:30

Saturday – Brunch 10-11 am

Sunday 7:30 & Noon