PTA Meeting: December 12, 2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 8:09 AM by Joanna Gillen

General PTA Meeting
December 12, 2017
9:00am, Cafeteria

• Old Business/New Business
• Formation of Committees
- Audit Committee
(3 to 4 volunteers needed)
- Nominating Committee for the annual (spring) elections
(3 to 4 volunteers needed)
• Treasurer’s Report
• General PTA Meetings/Future Events
• Principal Update

The Lion's Roar

posted Dec 4, 2017, 8:21 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

The newspaper club, led by Ms. Solano and Ms. Skidelsky, is excited to share the first edition of the school newspaper - "The Lion's Roar." Click here to check it  out!

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posted Dec 2, 2017, 1:14 PM by Elizabeth Urena

The Hour of Code

posted Nov 29, 2017, 5:00 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 5:08 AM ]

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). Our Hour of Code is making a statement that McKinley is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. All classes will be given the opportunity to participate in an hour of code (or more!) during this  week! 

See for more details. 

November Reminders

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:46 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

In November, our school partners with the Movember organization ( for our Movember at McKinley fundraiser.  Movember is a global non-profit whose goal is to fundraise for men’s cancers and health initiatives.  Their motto is “Changing the face of men’s health.”  This organization replaces the usual ribbons used to promote awareness with mustaches.  Those who can grow them are asked to do so and those who can’t are asked to support whoever they can to fundraise and promote awareness.  We will award prizes for the classes that raise the most money. November 22 is Movember at McKinley Day.  Every student and teacher that donates money will receive a fake mustache to wear for the day. Donations can be made to Ms. Cooper or via our school's Movember link

Also in November we have our annual food drive to benefit local food pantries.  Our food drive began on November 1st. We are collecting only non-perishable food items and nothing in glass containers to help our local food pantry to be able to help those who are less fortunate in our community. Contributions can be left in room 136

Palette Painting Night!

posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:29 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 4:32 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, William McKinley will be hosting its first Palette Painting Night!! It will take place in room 439, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come be an Artist and leave with your very own expressionist masterpiece to hang on the wall. You will be guided through step by step instructions and provided with all materials including a canvas board, acrylic and refreshments. All levels welcome, no prior knowledge needed!

There will be limited space and it is on a first come first serve basis!! If you would like to attend, please fill out below and hand into Ms. Diane Castignani room 220. Any questions, do not hesitate to call 718 833 1000. Ext. 2200.

Note: Parent to be accompanied by child that attends William McKinley IS259.


PTA Executive Board

Graduation Photos

posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:24 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 4:26 AM ]

Dear McKinley Families,

On Friday, November 10th Class Act Photographers will be at McKinley to take the 8th grade individual graduation pictures taken with a graduation gown on. All 8th grade students will take a photo which is used in the yearbook.

Please note:
Gentlemen should wear a white button down collared dress shirt with a tie.  
Ladies should not wear a high collared blouse.

Students  received a form to complete  if you would like to purchase a package of your child's graduation photo. All money (cash or money order) is to be sent in on Friday, November 10th. Please note that no change can be made that day, so be sure to send in the exact amount nor will envelopes be opened at that time. 

If you have any questions, please call 718 833 1000 extension 2200.
Thank you.

I.S. 259 PTA Executive Board

McKinley Club Opportunities!

posted Oct 21, 2017, 8:01 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 8:09 AM ]

McKinley Lego Lions (STEM/LegoLeague)
The McKinley Lego Lions are getting ready to enter The First Lego League competitions in the Spring! This year's challenge is Hydro-Dynamics. Our club will begin to meet starting October 24. 
If you are still interesting in signing up, see Mr. Lombardo in room 130 for a permission slip.

Newspaper Club
Do you keep your finger on the beat? Do Current Events fascinate you? Are you the pulse of McKinley? Do you love to read gossip blogs? Have an eye for the next best thing? Well, have we got a club for you!!!
The NEWSPAPER CLUB is starting next week!
If you are interested in participating, see Ms. Solano in room 325 to apply. Hurry positions are filling up quickly!

Virtual Enterprise Prep (Not JUST for VE students!)
Interested in developing your technology and business skills? VEPrep is the club for you!
Open to ALL 6th and 7th grade students - make sure to come get your permission slips ASAP!
6th Graders --> See Mr. Buccellato in Room 338
7th Graders --> See Ms. Gillen in Room 329

Make sure to listen to announcements each morning to be the first to hear about new clubs!

Gifted Talented/IIM/VE Parent Meeting

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:11 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Now that the school year has officially gotten under way, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend a special parent meeting focused solely on the Gifted and Talented, IIM and VE programs at McKinley IS 259.

The meeting will take place in the auditorium on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30pm. The Focus of this informational meeting will be as follows:
  • · What the academic programs offer 
  • · The retention policy 
  • · The grading policy 
If you are interested in attending this meeting, please complete the tear off on the bottom no later than Monday, October 16, 2017 and have your child return it to their homeroom teacher. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to call me at 718-833-1000, extension 4200 or our parent coordinator, Ms. Castignani at 718-833-1000, extension 2200.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on October 18, 2017.

Thank you,

Donna Nastasi
AP, William McKinley IS 259

Senior Dues

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:18 PM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

We will be collecting senior dues beginning Thursday, October 5, 2017 until Friday, November 3, 2017.
Senior dues are $85.00.

Senior Dues include the following items:

1. McKinley Yearbook
2. Award at Graduation
3. Graduation Gowns
4. Printing of Graduation Tickets
5. Printing of Graduation Programs
6. Printing of Diplomas
7. Diploma Case
8. Class Picture (For Diploma Case)
9. Seals for Diplomas
10. McKinley Senior T-Shirt (Given out for the Senior BBQ)
11. McKinley Senior Bag

Please complete the form below and include it with your payment. Personal checks or money orders are to be payable to McKinley IS 259. Cash is also welcomed. Please have your child place the completed form below and his/her senior dues in an envelope with his/her name and class on the front of the envelope. Your child should return their senior dues to Ms. Castignani, Parent Coordinator in room 220. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Castignani at 718 833-1000 x 2200.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund Senior Dues.

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