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Habit of Mind: Taking Responsible Risks
From the Principal
Dear McKenzie Families,
Throughout the week we have found many opportunities to practice this month's Habit of Mind. We're learning how to apply past knowledge to new situations, making it easier to explore new topics. Our students are stretching their thinking, asking "why?" and "what else?" They are researching using multiple sources and revising their rough drafts for word choice and meaning. This week's Science Night gave us yet another chance to put the habit to use, as over 100 parents and their children enjoyed investigating several different explorations that were set up around the gym. Everyone was an amazing scientist that night! A special thank you to our Parent Learning Network for providing us with this wonderful night of CONNECTED learning.
With parent-teacher conferences fast-approaching, online sign-up is no longer available. Anyone who has not yet made an appointment is urged to contact your child's classroom teacher to schedule a conference during one of the remaining times. Conferences take place this coming Thursday from 1:20-8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you then. There will be an early release on Thursday, with 1st-3rd graders dismissed at 12:15 p.m. There is no AM Kindergarten that day, however PM Kindergartners will attend from 8:55-10:20 a.m. Lastly, our 4th graders will extend their day by taking part in Highcrest Middle School's Music Showcase. Details of this trip will be sent in a separate email to 4th grade parents.
While next week is a short week of school for our students, Earth Week will be celebrated throughout District 39. Please read below for information on the special activities that will take place at McKenzie. Be sure to read all the PTA news below to stay up-to-date on our school happenings!
On Tuesday, April 17th, parents of incoming kindergartners are invited to Orientation, followed by parent-led tours of the building. This is a parents-only evening that begins at 6:30 p.m. Thank you, in advance, to our McKenzie parent tour guides.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you soon!
From the P.T.A.
Celebrate Earth Week! On Tuesday, April 17th, wear blue or green as a reminder that we all need to take care of the earth, including our drinking water and oceans. On Wednesday, April 18th, recommit to waste-free lunches and pack lunch in reusable containers; avoid single-use plastic bags!
Staff Appreciation Week Around the Corner - McKenzie staff "goes for the gold" every day with our children! Now it's our turn to thank the dedicated McKenzie teachers, administrators and other staff who make this school great! This year’s Olympic themed Staff Appreciation Week runs April 30th-May 4th-- and there are many fun and exciting ways you can help celebrate the McKenzie staff. Click the Staff Appreciation Week box on the PTA website to learn more: http://mckenziepta.com.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch Sign-Up - Let’s show our “Olympic” appreciation for everything our wonderful McKenzie staff does for our children. A week of Olympic themed events will culminate with our Teacher Appreciation luncheon on May 4th at 11:30 a.m. Look for the Teacher Appreciation luncheon link on www.McKenziepta.com to volunteer your time or to donate food. Please honor our Gold Medal Champions and sign up today! Questions? Email Doreen Rothstein at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Orders for the Variety Show DVD: You have one last chance to order a copy of the fabulous Variety Show DVD. Hear all the songs, laugh at the skits and see scenes from backstage. Sales extended through April 16. Go to http://mckenziepta.com/one-stop-shopping/ to order.
Celebrate National Pet Week! Come to a special viewing of Lady and the Tramp in the McKenzie Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1st at 4 p.m. A suggested donation of $2 will be used to purchase products at the Wilmette Pet Shop. The products will then be donated to the Evanston Animal Shelter. All students are welcome! Sponsored by Student Council.
Recognize that Special Teacher or Staff Member! Looking for the perfect way to appreciate your teacher? A Certificate of Appreciation from the District 39 Educational Foundation is a beautiful, keepsake gift that not only honors that extra special teacher, administrator, or staff member who has made an incredible difference in your child’s life, BUT also gives back to District 39 schools. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation (mimimum online donation $39) to recognize your honoree. See www.d39foundation.org and look for the Wall of Honor/Certificate of Appreciation links.
Spring has the McKenzie Gardens Blooming! The Outdoor Classroom will open for students at recess on Mondays and Fridays starting on April 23. We need lots of parent volunters to supervise the kids at this time. Come help out and watch the kids explore, learn, and create in the gardens. No gardening experience necessary. Questions: Contact Lara Waechtler at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
Increase in Sports-Related Injuries to be Discussed at FAN Event - Join FAN to hear a panel of sports medicine and conditioning experts discuss the growing number of sports-related injuries among children and teens. Treatment and prevention will be emphasized. The experts on the panel will include the new chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem and a Team Physician for the Chicago Bears. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 7-9 p.m. at Central School in Glencoe and is free and open to the public.
Birthday Book Club Reminder: It's not too late to celebrate your child's birthday and his or her love of books with a donation to McKenzie's Birthday Book Club! Visit http://mckenziepta.com/birthday-books/ to donate before May 5, 2012! We've beaten last year by over $600 and more than 30 additional donations so far! Any questions? Contact Rebecca Lieber at email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA General Board Positions: If you are interested in chairing a committee for the 2012-2013 school year, please contact Kirsten Wilson at (847)251-4568 or email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a great way to get involved with your child’s school. Please check out the PTA website for the committee listings and see what might interest you.
McKenzie Facebook Page: Did you know there’s a McKenzie parents Facebook group? It’s a great way to reach others in the McKenzie community. If you are interested in joining the group, send an email to Mckenziepta@yahoo.com">Mckenziepta@yahoo.com and we’ll get you invited.
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