McKinley Avenue Elementary School

Building a Better World, One Student at a Time



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March is another busy month at McKinley!  Dr. Seuss Day, Spring Pictures, the Dodgeball Tournament, Career Day, and Sportsmanship Day are just a few of this month's coming attractions.  Continue to check our website for the latest Twitter updates! 

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 main lobby.

As we continue to move through the changing weather patterns, when the weather is cold, please have your child dress appropriately for school.  Long pants, sweatshirts, sweaters, coats, hats, and gloves are recommended when the temperatures drop. The students will continue to go outside for gym and recess everyday as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees.


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.


Information About Parent/Guardian Requests

Parent/Guardian input is always welcome.  The Stafford Township School District makes every effort to balance our classes in terms of ability, gender, number of students in a class, and many other criteria - which often makes it difficult to honor parent/guardian requests.  If you have specific concerns about the placement of your child, or have specific information that will help us make an appropriate placement for your child, please feel free to send that information to the building principal.  If you wish to have one teacher removed from consideration, such wishes will usually be honored, provided that appropriate reasons/justification/rationale are well documented and included with the correspondence.  All pertinent information must be submitted to the building principal by April 15th.  Any information received after that date will not be considered.

As always, thank you for your cooperation.


 Mrs. Hoffman

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Why is Parental Involvement Important?


In study after study, researchers discover how important it is for parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.

How Can Parents Get Involved?


Involvement in your child’s education can mean:
  • Reading to your child
  • Checking homework every night
  • Discussing your child’s progress with teachers
  • Voting in school board elections
  • Helping your school to set challenging academic standards
  • Limiting TV viewing on school nights
  • Becoming an advocate for better education in your community and state


Or, it can be as simple as asking your children, “How was school today?”  But ask every day.  That will send your children the clear message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect  them to learn.  Some parents and families are able to be involved in their child’s education in many ways.  Others may only have time for one or two activities.  Whatever your level of involvement, do it consistently and stick with it because you will make an important difference in your child’s life.


From the National Education Association

*McKinley Reminders...

  • February 27-28 and March 1-3- PTO Book Fair @ McK
  • March 2- Dr. Seuss Day
  • March 7- Spring Pictures
  • March 9- Annual PTO Sponsored Dodgeball Tournament (6:30 pm @ SRHS)
  • March 17- Career Day
  • March 20-24- Spirit Week
  • March 21- McK/Intermediate Schools Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (5:30 pm @ Int. Library)
  • March 23- Sportsmanship Day
  • April 7- Report Card Day
  • April 10-14- School Closed (Spring Break!)
  • April 19-27- PARCC Testing
  • May 12- Walkathon
  • May 29- School Closed (Memorial Day!)
  • May 30- Spring Concert (7:00 pm @ STAC)
  • May 31- NJASK Testing (Grade 4 only)
  • June 2- Field Day
  • June 7- Ocean County Math League Awards @ STAC (6:00pm)
  • 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. Danielle Haldenwang is this year’s McKinley Avenue School’s Teacher of the Year! We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Haldenwang as one of our fourth grade teachers who challenges her students to become the best they can be while having fun!  Mr. Mitch Migdon is this year's Educational Services Provider of the Year! We are privileged to have Mr. Migdon work with our students as the school's guidance counselor; his skills and knowledge benefit our school community!  Their dedication to our students and their families is truly appreciated by all!

     Teacher of the Year



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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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