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Message from the PTA President

Welcome, and welcome back, to McKitrick!  I hope that after a relaxing summer, everyone is ready for a great year ahead.  The PTA has been working hard to get ready for a year full of strong programming, family fun nights, club meetings, and ways to get involved in our children’s classrooms to make a difference.  I am so excited to share some of those activities with you now.


NEW McKITRICK FAMILIES
The PTA welcomes all new families to join us at the Second Annual “Newcomers Meet and Greet.”  This is a great way to meet other new families as well as school staff, teachers, and PTA members.  Get tips on what to expect in the first days and months of school, learn some of the McKitrick lingo, and ask your questions!  Join us at Cuatro on August 6th, 5:30-8pm and bring the kids.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to [email protected]


BOOSTERTHON FUNDRAISER
Back by popular demand is our Boosterthon fundraiser in November.  Boosterthon is the only PTA-sponsored fundraiser of the year – we don’t ask our kids to sell candy or wrapping paper, etc.  And it’s an activity the students love!  Be ready to hear more about Boosterthon in the fall and be sure to come out and cheer the kids on at the Fun Run on November 13th.


GET INVOLVED – HOW MUCH IS UP TO YOU!


The best way to help your child succeed in school is to get involved – ask them questions about their day, check out their homework, show them that you care.  You can take it up another notch simply by being involved at the school, too!  The type and amount of involvement are up to you, and at McKitrick PTA we provide many ways to help out, from the easiest joining us for a Spirit Night dinner at a local restaurant, to the most involved event planning.
The easiest way is to BECOME a MEMBER of the PTA.  For only $6.00 per person, your membership unlocks a host of corporate discounts.  (My personal favorite is the deeply discounted Legoland tickets!) More importantly, you support the National PTA and join the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association.  You support us in our efforts to ensure the best public education for all children, and support for all families.  Check out the Membership tab to get your membership today.


McKitrick PTA has lots of ways to VOLUNTEER at school as well!  Homeroom parents coordinate with teachers to enhance class projects and bring in parents to help.  At Boosterthon, parents can help pass out prizes, and during the Fun Run, we’ll need helpers to pass out water and cheer for our runners.  We always love photographers to capture fun campus and field trip moments for the Yearbook.  Junior Achievement volunteers get to provide fun financial and entrepreneurial lessons. There are countless other ways too – check out all of our PTA booths in the cafeteria at Open House to learn more and ask your questions!  Also, check out the Volunteer Tab here and sign up to get all the details. 


WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON?


Since you’re reading this at McKitrickPTA.com, you’ve found our website!  So glad to have you here, check out all the tabs and links to stay in the know this year. Put those calendar dates into your own calendar now.  Easy-peasy.  Additionally, if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, send an email to [email protected] to get registered.  You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too.  And please read those Homeroom Parent emails, they matter.  This year we want all of our families to feel connected and informed about school and PTA. 
Our school staff, teachers, and the PTA are so excited to make McKitrick the Most Amazing Place on Earth!  And now that you’re here too, we can make it happen.  Let’s have a great year!


Catherine Paladino, PTA President