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Dear McKenzie Families,
While today's weather made for challenging commutes and slippery pavement, it seemed to bring smiles to the faces of our students! Let's hope that rising temperatures this weekend allow us to get outdoors to enjoy the beauty of this winter wonderland!
On Monday we will officially kick off our school-wide service project, "No Birthday Cake?". As stated in the PTA News below, we are collecting items that will fill "to go" birthday bags for our local food pantry. While each grade has been assigned a particular item(s), we will gratefully accept all donations throughout the week.
This coming week is a busy one! On Monday, a new session of McClubs will begin, and Chess Club will resume action. It is also the deadline for ordering your child's school yearbook (see below for more details). On Tuesday evening, we look forward to welcoming families to Technology Night. There are still seats available, so registration for this fun evening will remain open till Monday morning. Visit www.mckenziepta.com to reserve a spot! On Wednesday, PTA will host Open Gym from 6-8 pm.
Big plans are underway for this year's Benefit (Feb. 4th) and Variety Show (March 12-19th). In addition to serving as wonderful opportunities to mix and mingle with McKenzie friends, these major fundraisers enable us to continue to provide activities, materials, and events that enrich our students' learning. I hope you will consider participating in some way~you'll be glad you did!
From the P.T.A.
Only Days Left to Order a Yearbook! Yearbook orders must be placed by Monday, January 23rd, and can only be ordered through the Jostens website: mckenziepta.com/2011/order-your-yearbook/#more-2365. Don't let your child be caught without one! If you aren't sure you placed an order, check for an email receipt from Jostens or contact Sheri Herd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention 4th Grade Parents: Don’t miss out - book your 4th grade ad in the Variety Show program by January 25th! Make your 4th grader feel special and support the McKenzie PTA! For just $25, your child's photo and your personal message will be featured in the show program. To purchase your ad, follow this link, fill out the electronic submission and pay online: http://mckenziepta.com/2012/variety-show-2012-get-in-on-the-act/. Any questions, contact Erin Lyons at email@example.com.
Light Up The Night - Join the PTA Variety Show fun by being our spotlight helper. Only a 2-week commitment is required and no prior experience is needed because we’ll train you. Applause and gratitude are guaranteed. If interested, contact Jon Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org
The McKenzie Benefit is Just Two Weeks Away - Buy your tickets NOW! It’s going to be a great night of dinner, dancing and an amazing silent auction. A Vail vacation house, a personal stylist consultation and a priceless trip to school on a fire truck are just a few of the fantastic items up for bid. Want to see more? The auction catalog will be coming home soon! Also, we need people to help the night of the benefit. To volunteer, go to www.mckenziepta.com/benefit. Questions? Email Rebecca and Emily at email@example.com.
Win an iPad2 or a Night at the Doubletree! Enter the Going Places Benefit raffle today by submitting your raffle tickets and payment via backpack express or drop them off in the school office. The raffle to stay the night at the Doubletree on February 4th must be received by January 26th. Questions? Email Rebecca and Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Gym Night Coming Up - Kids getting stir crazy? Bring them to Open Gym Night on Wednesday, January 25 from 6-8 p.m. See the PTA website for more information.
No Birthday Cake? - To help the less fortunate who may not be able to afford a birthday celebration, we are asking students from each grade to bring in a contribution to help create birthday bags which will be donated to a local food pantry. Collections will be held January 23-30. Students may also volunteer to decorate and assemble bags during an indoor recess day in Feb. The class assignments are as follows: Kindergarten: birthday hats and napkins; 1st grade: frosting; 2nd grade: cake mix; 3rd grade: birthday candles or small gift; 4th grade: birthday candles or small gift (e.g., small lego set, hexbug, beyblade, Monopoly Deal card game, Uno, etc.). Contact Jill Sutherland with questions or to help - email@example.com.
Co-Founder of CASEL to Speak on Education – Long-time Wilmette resident Roger Weissberg speaks on "Educating the Whole Student: Integrating Academic, Social and Emotional Learning " on Wed., Feb 8, 2012 at New Trier's Gaffney Auditorium (Winnetka) in a free program open to the public. Dr. Weissberg is a long-time Wilmette resident who co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at the Yale Child Study Center, which is now headquartered in Chicago. Dr. Weissberg will address the ways that social and emotional learning (SEL) can be taught in schools, and what sort of academic benefits can be derived from these skills.
Highcrest Volunteer Opportunities for 4th Grade Parents - The Highcrest PTO is looking for two McKenzie representatives to serve on the PTO board nominating committee and help search for next year's PTO board. If interested, please contact Jen-Konz Alt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, one person is needed to help coordinate the After School Club program at Highcrest for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. The position requires about 5 hours per week for 4 weeks twice a year. Interested? Contact Sonja Hickey at email@example.com or 847-612-8370.
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