The Latest Newsletter Just Went Out

The latest PTO email newsletter just went out, and is reproduced below. If you did not get it, and would like to be on our email list, email us at Here is what was sent out:

We should have sent this an hour ago, but we’re still reeling from that time change last weekend. But we’re going to make up for it with a newsletter that is chock-o-block full of the kind of PTO information that you can really sink your teeth into. There’s a lot here. Read in moderation.

Our next Pinckney PTO meeting is Monday, Nov. 9th at 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Pinckney Elementary Library. As usual, everyone is invited to attend and participate. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Hope to see you there!
It’s that time again to show our appreciation for all the great staff at Pinckney Elementary with our Fall Staff Luncheon. We are falling back on a favorite theme for some yummy Tex-Mex lunch for our great teachers and staff on Thursday, Nov. 12th. And here’s a tip: Quesadilla is not Spanish for “What’s the deal?”. Know that going in.
But we need your help! Please feel free to bring dishes that don’t need refrigeration any time. There will be a box in the school office for dropping off non-perishables until Wednesday evening. If you bring non-perishables on Thursday morning, please bring them directly to the art room. If you have something that needs to be chilled and can’t bring it around 10:00 Thursday morning, contact Lisa Gotto (785-218-1272) or Beth Whittaker (785-766-8765) and we’ll figure something out.

Can you help by bringing something? Click here to see what we need:

Big, big thanks to Beth and Lisa for organizing this! And thank you to everyone who has already signed up!
Please consider coming down on Sunday, Nov. 15th, from 1pm-3:30pm where we will spend a little time sprucing up the Pinckney Elementary grounds. We could use all the help we can get and it’s a great opportunity to be outdoors with your kids. A large group of people can go a even bigger amount of work in no time. No gardening expertise necessary. Bring pruning shears, loppers, wheelbarrows and leaf rakes if you can.

One of our favorite annual events is coming up, the Grandparents & Special Friends Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17, but we still have many (at least 100) lunches available, so please, if your child has a grandparent/special friend that they would like to invite to this awesome event, please turn in the RSVP form (the deadline has been extended). If you need a new form, here is the link:

We also need more volunteers to help at the Luncheon. Please consider helping out for this great event. The list of what we need is on Sign-Up Genius:
Thank you Jennifer Roth for organizing, and thanks to everyone who is already signed up to help out!
Our Box Tops shipment sent last week contained $597.10! Thank you to everyone in the school and greater community who donated Box Tops. The next shipment will be sent in at the end of February so please keep clipping! The holidays are a good time to collect them because Box Tops appear on many groceries we use around that time. Also, asking your family (especially grandparents) and co-workers to collect Box Tops for Pinckney is another good idea! If you are wondering what products feature Box Tops, please check out the website:


With the holidays right around the corner, we know a lot of people are already starting their gift buying. If you’ll be purchasing ANYTHING from, please consider using the link below- it won’t cost you any more, and your PTO will earn up to 6% on your purchase!
Click here to visit and PTO earns $ on your purchase!

Donate for the JA Bowl-A-Thon

Several Pinckney staff members, and  our own PTO president Amy Mason, and dedicated friend of Pinckney, Marty Marsh, are planning to participate in the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon on October 16.  We are seeking donations that will help pay for teaching materials that local volunteers use in our schools.  Pinckney won first place in most donations collected last year (in our category) so we have a reputation to uphold.  A goal of $1000 has been set so please, if you are able, help us by donating to our fund using the website below.

Also, remember our ongoing grade level penny war from that ends Oct 15.   We would appreciate your support in any way you can!

Thank you,
Pinckney Bowlers

Pinckney PTO Movie Night! Friday, Oct. 9th

Don’t forget, tomorrow, Friday, Oct .9th, is our Pinckney PTO Movie Night! Come to the Pinckney gym, bring your pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. and watch Big Hero 6 starting around 6:30. The 5th grade will be selling pizza and popcorn! All children need to be accompanied by an adult, please (no drop-offs). Look forward to seeing you there!

Summer Meeting

Hi guys! The Summer PTO meeting is coming together!! Yes, it’s later in the year than usual, but for good reason. Our new Principal, Kristi Hill will be able to attend and we would like to have everyone come out and meet her.

The meeting will be Thursday, July 30th at 6:00pm at the White School House ( .

Traditionally, at our summer meetings, the PTO Board sets the dates for all upcoming events. This will be the business portion of the evening and then we will end with the Meet & Greet.

We will have finger foods available and I’m seeking out one or two child care providers (my own daughter is out of town). If you’d like to volunteer to bring food or help watch kids (or can refer someone), please contact me at, or better yet, text me 785-840-6640.

More updates to come!!

Looking forward to seeing you all!!

Amy Mason​
Pinckney PTO President

New Pinckney Principal Selected

Dear Pinckney Staff and Families,
Superintendent Rick Doll is pleased to announce the selection of Kristi Hill as principal of Pinckney Elementary School, effective July 1, 2015, and pending Lawrence Board of Education approval. I’ve attached a news release for your review.

A Lawrence native, Mrs. Hill returns to her hometown with more than 20 years of experience as an assistant principal and special education teacher and assistant director in Indiana. After graduating from Lawrence High with the Class of 1986, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Indiana University.

The district appreciates the Pinckney staff and parents who participated in the interview process and looks forward to opportunities to welcome Kristi Hill home and introduce her to the Pinckney school community.

The district also thanks Kirsten Wondra for her leadership at Pinckney for the past two years. Mrs. Wondra will continue to support students and staff as the district’s assistant director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Julie Boyle
USD 497 Communications Director

February PTO Meeting is tonight, 5:30pm @ Pinckney Library!

Just a reminder that this week’s PTO Board meeting is today at 5:30PM in the library. As always, everyone is welcome.

Here is the agenda:
I. January meeting minutes read (Richard Andrade)
II. Secretary’s Report (Richard Andrade)
III. Treasurer’s Report (Greg Rupp)
IV. Principal’s Report (Kirstin)
a.  PTO Picture Enhancement Bank Statements (Amy Mason)
V. Past Events
a. Pancake Flip (Kristina Poracsky)
b. Science Fair (Melanie Harvey or representative)
c. Chili Feed and Used Book Fair (Amy Mason)
VI. Other Business
a.  5th Grade Murals Preservation
b. Moving of March PTO meeting (Talent Show conflict)
VII.  Upcoming Events
a. Really BIG Sale (Amy Mason & Jamie Taylor)
b. Teacher’s Spring Luncheon (Amy Mason)
VIII. Adjournment

LAST Saturday Really Big Sale Collection! 9-11am

Remember, tomorrow (Sat. 2/7) is the LAST Really Big Sale Saturday collection from 9am-11am. Bring us your stuff!

DON’T FORGET! The Pinckney Science Fair is Thursday!

DON’T FORGET! The Pinckney Science Fair is this Thursday, Jan 29th from 6-7:30. Drop off will be 3-3:30 with judging starting at 3:30. We have a slate of great judges who are all scientists themselves. We will have all the projects on display from 6-7, awards given at 7, and there will be some guests with display/demo tables that should be fun. You won’t want to miss out, so get to work now on those great scientific questions you’ve always wondered about! Thank you Melanie Harvey for taking charge on this!

Really Big Sale Collection/Drop-Off Schedule

We’re collecting for the Really Big Sale (, so if you’ve got items, we’ve got a drop-off schedule.

You can drop-off every Wednesday evening 5-6pm as well as Friday mornings before school.
We’re also collecting on the following Saturdays (9am-11am): Jan 24th, Jan 31st, and February 7th.
Also, all day on Friday, February 20th!

Contact Amy Mason if you have any questions by email at or call or text 785-840-6640.

Used Book Sale and Chili Feed (Thurs, Jan 22nd) Help Needed!

Hi Parents, We need some help with the Used Book Sale and Chili Feed on Thursday, Jan. 22nd night. Sign up here, please: