McKinley PTA Updates, July 2019

Summer Math Reviews

Here are APS summer math review packets: https://www.apsva.us/mathematics/summer-reviews/

Take a break from cooking in the summer heat!

The Simple Greek will donate 20% back to McKinley’s PTA for every Greek Family Pack ordered this summer!* This fresh and healthy dinner is perfect for evenings at your local pool, picnics at the playground or at summer concerts, or any time you want a quick meal to go. Order at the store (1731 Wilson Blvd. location only) or online at: www.tinyurl.com/greekfamilypack

Rising Kindergarten Summer Playdates

Rising kindergarten parents should feel free to bring your little ones to just one, or many more of our coming offered playdates at the McKinley playground. Help spread the word to other rising kindergarten families. Questions, please reach out to the e-mail address: McKinley-k-2019@googlegroups.com. The dates follow:

May 19 – 11 AM – 12 PM;
June 15 – 3 PM – 4 PM;
July 21 – 3 PM – 4 PM;
August 11 – 11 AM – 12 PM;
August 24 – 10 AM – 11 AM;
September 1 – 11 AM – 12PM.

Seeking one more PTA Lead for 2019/20 School Year

We’re looking for someone who can co-chair (along with the returning event chair) the annual Reflections contest next year (contest happens in the fall, with awards assembly in January). Let me know if you’re interested.

Please contact PTA President, Mary Kadera, to inquire!

APS Ambassador Update on the FY2020 Budget

In case you haven’t heard, the School Board is now considering a budget for next school year that was presented by the Superintendent on February 28. The budget includes several “tiers” of cuts: Tier 1, which are built into the base budget and will be implemented barring changes in base funding or finding other things to cut; Tier 2, which are potential cuts because even with Tier 1 there is an expected deficit of $8.9 million; and Tier 3, which are additional cuts being considered if not enough cuts from Tier 2 are implemented. You can see the full list of Tier 1, 2, and 3 cuts on pages 57-60 of the proposed budget document.

Specific Elementary School concerns can be found here.

BE HEARD! There are several ways that we can provide feedback. Learn how.

PTA Membership and Directory

Our new online directory and PTA membership portal is live! This system allows families to verify and edit their own directory information, join the PTA, and contribute to our important cause.

Look for an email from “McKinley PTA” with a personalized link to this online system. If you can’t find that email or if you have other questions, email our directory chair, Jenn Wagener. You must log into this system to join the PTA and order copies of the print directory.
More details and FAQs here. 

Parent Interest Groups

Ever feel like you are the only one dealing with a particular parenting challenge? Trying to find other parents in our school with kids and experiences like your own? The PTA is pilot-testing the idea of Parent Interest Groups this fall for interested families. (“Parent” here equals parents + guardians + grandparents or other extended family members who are involved in child care.) Based on conversation at previous PTA meetings and some suggestions sent via email, we’ve identified several topics and are happy to accept other ideas too. The general idea is that the PTA functions like a matchmaking service—we collect contact info for parents interested in a particular topic and facilitate introductions to other parents with the same interest. If you’d like to try it out, you can fill out the form here. Questions? Please email Mary Kadera or Dave Blair.

Got Local Media Contacts?

Our friends at ETC are hoping to get some press mentions of their 30th production at McKinley this fall—which also coincides with the organization’s 20th anniversary. If you have any local media connections, please let us know! You can email Stephanie Dickerson, McK’s ETC Parent Liaison, at stephdickerson1993@gmail.com.

Directory Advertising

If you or others you know are interested in advertising your business in the school directory, contact Stephanie Kempter with AtoZ Directories. Please note that advertisers will not have access to families’ contact information.

Virtual Suggestion Box

This year the PTA is launching a virtual suggestion box. We’re always interested in improving what we do, so if you have ideas (or questions) please send them our way!

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Interested in Helping the PTA?

We’re always looking for fresh ideas and help with events and initiatives! Please contact Mary Kadera at marykadera@gmail.com.

It’s not too late to join the PTA.
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