November 2018 Newsletter

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McKenny Hawks Are Kind, Safe, Respectful and Responsible

November 2018


November Upcoming Events

2 – Picture Retakes

2- CISPUS Wreath Sales Due

4 – Day Light Savings (Fall Back)

7– Early Release @2:32

8 – Veteran’s Day Assembly @1:00

12 – Veteran’s Day Observed/No School

14 – Walk and Roll

14 – Early Release @2:32

21 – Early Release @2:32

28 – Early Release @2:32

December Upcoming Events

5 – Early Release @2:32

7- Movie Night @6:15

11 – Winter Concert @2:00

12 – Walk and Roll

12– Early Release @2:32

19 – Jan 2 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

CISPUS Wreath Delivery Date

The delivery date for the CISPUS wreaths is Sunday, November 18th.  Wreaths will be available for pick up from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the McKenny parking lot.  Fifth graders will be responsible for picking up the wreaths that they sold and deliver to their buyers.  Any questions please contact Amanda Benjamin [email protected]


Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the day with family and friends.  No school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 21st, 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving Break.

Walk and Roll

Hey McKenny Hawks, it’s time to Walk N Roll! Intercity Transit’s Walk N Roll program invites all students and families to join McKenny in walking to school and having a fun autumn morning on November 14th. 

Students who walk or roll to school get a prize!

McKenny is Walking N Rolling to school all year long! Save the dates.

Nov. 14

Dec. 12

Jan. 9

Feb. 13

March 13

April 10

May 8 National Bike to School Day!

June 12


Winter Music Performance

Our winter program will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 2:00 pm.  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.


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.


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.


The One Hundred Mile Club

Congratulations to the following students for their achievement in the 100 Mile Club!  Gresham D – 90 miles; Holden W – 70 miles; Casey W – 35 miles; David H and Kyah T – 30 miles; Abby M, Abby D, and Kendra D – 25 miles.


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 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 2018-2019 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).  Families should go to to sign up.


 Note from the Nurse

Our nurse is asking for a donation of new underwear and socks for the health room, especially size 6 for boys.  If you are able to pick up these items, you can drop them off in the office.  Thank you supporting our students! Also, please review the following link for more information from our nurse regarding when to keep your student home from school.


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 accidentally 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


PTO News

Value Village
Thanks to all the families and staff who donated to our Donation Drive at Value Village on October 6th. We had great weather and a great turnout, raising more than we have at previous events!
(Approx. $650) Thank you to the great volunteers, Scott Edwards and Karly Jones, who shared their Saturday to help out!! Congratulations to the Terpening family for winning the raffle prize of Trail Blazers tickets!

Combined Fund Drive
Yes, McKenny PTO is a charity state employees can donate to through the CFD!! 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 #1482538. You can adjust your contributions or sign up anytime throughout the year but the drive is going on now!

Shoparoo Facebook Raffle
Congratulations to Katrina Miller for winning a free item of Hawk Wear and to Carissa Miller for winning an Aztec Lanes Lightening Bowl pass for participating in our Facebook Shoparoo contest. If you missed it, Shoparoo is another simple way anyone can help fund raise for McKenny by downloading the free app on their smart phones and snapping photos of receipts. See the McKenny PTO website for more details on this program and several others!!

Box Tops

Remember to keep collecting those box tops in a zip lock bag or envelope (with the name of your student’s 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 6:30 pm 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.

Parking Lot - Showing not to stop car at enter to school roundabout

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: 

Steve Rood, Title IX Officer, [email protected], (360) 596-8545 or Nancy Faaren, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning,[email protected], (360) 596-6117

Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-7530

Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, [email protected], (360) 596-6102

Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, [email protected], (360) 596-6185 or Nancy Faaren, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, [email protected], (360) 596-6117

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