McKinley Avenue Elementary School

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The McKinley Make a Difference Day was a huge success!  As a result of the organizational efforts of Mrs. Malmstrom, Ms. Kennelly, and Mr. Migdon, the students and faculty collected $10, 368.77 for the Hunger foundation of Southern Ocean.  The students were rewarded with an assembly where all of the organizers, the principal, and the superintendent got “pied” by a few lucky third and fourth graders.  The whole school had a great time helping our neighbors in Ocean County.


Our pile of unclaimed coats, lunchboxes, etc. is growing daily.  Please have your child check for missing items at our lost and found area in the lobby by the school cafeteria.


In order to make sure that all children safely arrive at their end of the school day destinations, it is very important that parents notify the main office before 1:30 pm if children will not be taking the bus at the regular dismissal time.  This gives everyone enough time to make sure that children safely arrive at their homes or activities.


It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here (although the changes in the weather help to remind me).  Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays!  It’s a time that we can  get together with family and friends to eat some of our favorite foods, enjoy each other’s company, and reflect how truly fortunate we are.  It is also a time to reach out as a family and help those in our community who are facing difficulties.  It is so important that the adults (both in and out of school) act as role models for our children and show them that one of the most powerful ways that we can help ourselves to cope with life’s ups and downs is by helping others.  It can be as simple as donating food to any of our area food banks, volunteering to help an elderly neighbor with yard work or food shopping, picking up trash, recycling to help our environment, inviting someone who is far from family to dinner, forgiving those who have hurt our feelings, or unexpectedly offering others a smile or kind words.  Happy Thanksgiving!


 Mrs. Hoffman


pic Tips for Success


How to Make Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child

You've been asked to attend a regularly scheduled conference with your child's teacher. Or you've gotten a special note from your child's teacher asking to see you. In either case, you might be a little nervous.

Well, relax. Teachers don't want to put parents on the spot. They just like to meet with parents from time to time to discuss how to help students do their best in school.

Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

Start the conference right: be there on time, and plan not to run over the amount of time that has been set aside. The best conferences are those in which both teachers and parents stay calm and try hard to work together for one purpose and one purpose only: to help your child do well. Arguing, or blaming each other for problems your child is having, helps no one.


Getting Ready

Each teacher will probably come prepared with samples of your children's work and with ideas to help them do even better in school. You should get ready for each conference, too.

Talk to your children before the conference. Find out what they think are their best subjects and what subjects they like the least. Find out why. Also, ask your children if there is anything they would like you to talk about with their teachers. Make sure your children don't worry about the meeting. Help them understand that you and their teacher(s) are meeting together in order to help them.

     Before you go to the school, write notes to yourself about: 

·         things about your child's life at home that the teacher should be made aware of

·         questions about your child's progress

·         how you and the school can work together to help your child

·         questions about the school's programs or policies


Adapted from NEA Help for Parents


*McKinley Reminders...

  • November 7-11- School Closed
  • November 14-15- Fall Pictures
  • November 16- Grade 4 American Education Week Visits (9:00 am-10:00 am)
  • November 16- McK/Intermediate Schools Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (10:00 am @ McK) 
  • November 17- Grade 3 American Education Week Visits (9:00 am-10:00 am)
  • November 17-Report Card Day
  • November 18- Parent/Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal for Students-11:52 am)
  • November 21- Parent/Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal for Students-11:52 am)
  • November 22- Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences (Early Dismissal for Students-11:52 am
  • November 23- Early Dismissal for Students and Staff (11:52 am)
  • November 24-25- School Closed (Happy Thanksgiving!)
  • November 28- 3rd Grade Class Trip to Adventure Aquarium (classes TBD)-Parent Pick-up at 3:30 pm
  • November 29- 3rd Grade Class Trip to Adventure Aquarium (classes TBD)-Parent Pick-up at 3:30 pm
  • November 30- 3rd Grade Class Trip to Adventure Aquarium (classes TBD)-Parent Pick-up at 3:30 pm
  • December 1- 3rd Grade Class Trip to Adventure Aquarium (classes TBD)-Parent Pick-up at 3:30 pm
  • December 2- 3rd Grade Class Trip to Adventure Aquarium (classes TBD)-Parent Pick-up at 3:30 pm
  • December 13- Fall Picture Retakes
  • December 23- Early Dismissal for Students and Staff (11:52 am)
  • December 24-31- School Closed (Happy Holidays!)
  • January 16- School Closed (Martin Luther King's Birthday!) 
  • January 18- Winter Concert (7:00 pm @ STAC)
  • February 10- Awards Assemblies @ STAC (Grade 4- 8:30 am/Grade 3-9:30 am)
  • February 17- School Closed for Students (District In-Service for Staff)
  • February 20- School Closed (Presidents' Day!)
  • February 27-28 and March 1-3- PTO Book Fair @ McK
  • March 7- Spring Pictures
  • March 9- Annual PTO Sponsored Dodgeball Tournament (6:30 pm @ SRHS)
  • March 20-24- Spirit Week
  • March 21- McK/Intermediate Schools Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (5:30 pm @ Int. Library)
  • April 10-14- School Closed (Spring Break!)
  • April 19-27- PARCC Testing
  • May 29- School Closed (Memorial Day!)
  • May 31- Spring Concert (7:00 pm @ STAC)
  • June 8- Awards Assemblies @ STAC (Grade 3- 8:30 am/Grade 4-9:30 am)

HIB Personnel
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator - David Ytreboe
McKinley Anti-Bullying Specialist - Mitch Migdon

School Announcements

  • As a reminder, students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are also eligible to receive free or reduced breakfast, which is available at all Stafford Schools.  Please see the Stafford School’s web page to find the breakfast menus in the Food Service link.  The price of a reduced breakfast is $0.30. Please remember that you can prepay for meals using .

    Also, if your family’s financial circumstances have changed since the start of the school year, you may now qualify for the free and reduced program.  If that is the case, see our web site for how to submit an application.

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    Congratulations to two of our faculty members....

    Mrs. Melissa Stasuk is this year’s McKinley Avenue School’s Teacher of the Year! We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Stasuk as one of our third grader teachers who challenges her students to become the best they can be while having fun!  Mrs. Sherry Dohn is this year's Educational Services Provider of the Year! We are privileged to have Mrs. Dohn work with our students as an occupational therapist; her skills and knowledge benefit both students and staff!  Their dedication to our students and their families is truly appreciated by all!



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  • Families who choose to provide their own transportation are reminded to not enter the front loop to drop off students before 7:52 am (a few busses are scheduled to use that lane prior to 7:52 am).  Parents who choose to walk their children into the building are reminded that they must park their cars in the parking lot.  Do not park cars at any time in the front loop; the front loop is a fire lane.  Students will not be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:52 am. 
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