McKinley Elementary School

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Elementary School Planning for 2021

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments

We’ve created a new page to keep you informed of McKinley’s involvement in the proposed elementary school changes for 2021.

On Dec. 2, Mary Kadera attended a meeting organized by APS for PTA Presidents as well as leaders of CCPTA and SEPTA. Read recap here.

Meeting with Barbara Kanninen: Join us Wed, Dec. 11 at 7 pm in the school cafeteria to meet with McKinley’s School Board liaison, Barbara Kanninen.

TALKING POINTS: So that we may present a clear and consistent message, please consider using these talking points when speaking with school board members and other influencers.


BAKERS Needed for Holiday Cookie Carry!

The Annual PTA Staff Appreciation Cookie Carry is Friday, Dec. 13th. This is a perfect way to volunteer without a huge time commitment and to show our staff how much we appreciate them! Just bake a few batches of your favorite cookies and deliver them to the staff lounge; families may drop off cookies in the staff lounge from 3:45-6pm on Thursday, December 12th or from 7-11am on Friday, December 13th.

Please package cookies in non-breakable, airtight containers and attach a copy of the recipe.  If you need your containers returned, please label both top and bottom with your student’s full name, grade and homeroom teacher.

Time to Light Up the Holidays!

Light Up the HolidaysThis the Season of Giving is back! Through December 13, select a gift tag from the bulletin board in the front lobby. Each tag contains an item requested by a family or child in our area. Please take a tag, purchase the gift, ATTACH THE TAG SECURELY TO THE GIFT, and drop it back off UNWRAPPED in the box below the bulletin board. Easy-peasy!

Please remind children that they should not take a tag without permission from a parent/guardian. We’re accountable for purchasing these items and need all tags to come back attached to a gift.

View more program details here.

Questions? Contact Jen Bakos, Christina Quinn, or Elisa Rosman.

Looking for a Few More Room Parents!

Updated 11/12/19: We have a few vacancies in the Room Parent roster and are looking for interested candidates. (Note that we usually assign two people to each classroom, so you would not be taking this on by yourself!) If you’re interested or if you have questions, please contact Janine Spiro at

  • Saulka - 1 opening
  • Parnell - 1 opening
  • Weiss - 1 opening
  • Mapp - 1 opening
  • Spellman - 1 opening
  • Glenn - 1 opening

Want to Help Preserve McKinley’s Grounds?

This summer I received a question from a parent who remembers that in years past (before the McK building renovation), a group of family volunteers met periodically on weekends to clean up and beautify the school grounds. If there’s interest in reviving this initiative, we’ll need one or two parents willing to spearhead the effort.

Contact Mary ( if you’re interested.

Enrichment Co-Chair Needed

We’re on the hunt for someone to co-chair After-School Enrichment this school year. If you’d like to help arrange this array of amazing after-school experiences for McK students, we could use your help!

It involves promoting the registrations window for each of the three sessions; picking the enrichment classes that will be offered each session; and serving as a point person for Baroody, the company that manages most of the enrichment logistics.

Please contact Mary ( if you’re interested.

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What We Did Last Year —


Donated to AFAC through the Food Bus

$30,000+ IN GRANTS

Gifted to McKinley staff for training, supplies, field trips and more

3,000 Books

Purchased at the Book Fair, including 60 for the McKinley library


Offered to students, from robotics and coding to yoga, cooking, and more

12,000 TICKETS

Traded in for carnival games, activities, and food at the Fun Fair


Participated in the arts thru Reflections and the Educational Theater Co.

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