Two IMPORTANT events this week!


“We hope your summer has been full of memories. It is hard to believe that it is already August and time to welcome our teachers back to school with a Red Carpet Welcome on August 12 at 7:30 am. Please help us to fill the sidewalk leading to the North entrance of Free State HS with a a crowd of students and parents and as many cheers as possible by letting your members know about the event and sharing our FaceBook event page:

Also, this year we will greet our teachers with messages from our parents sharing their hopes and dreams for their child for the school year, or simply thanking them for making a difference in the lives of our children. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please ask your parents to write a message that we can share with our teachers and staff at this link:

We are expecting to greet over 1,800 (!) people on August 12 so we ask that everyone park at either Theatre Lawrence, Sprouts, or Walmart rather than in the Free State parking lot.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you on August 12!


Got a rising kindergartener this year? Know someone who does? We are planning an informal get together for this year’s kindergarten class. Please join us for Popsicles and play time on Saturday, August 13th from 10-12 at East Heights. Drop in anytime- its a great chance to meet other families and let the kids get a lay of the land (or at least the playground).

If you have any questions related to either of the events above, please contact us at!

Summer Meeting Tonight!

Just a reminder that today, Monday, June 20th, is the Pinckney Elementary PTO Summer Meeting. It is being held at 5:30pm at East Heights at 1430 Haskell Ave. (our 2016-2017 home while construction commences at the Pinckney buidling). Childcare will be provided as will snacks and we invite all Pinckney parents, staff, etc to attend. The primary agenda of the meeting will be discussing our PTO events scheduled for 2016-17 and assigning individuals who would like to oversee these events, which are crucial to our PTO mission, so we would love to get as much participation as possible!

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Check out what’s going on at Pinckney!

Final PTO Newsletter of 2015-2016 *Sniff*

Apologies for the long break between PTO emails- we thought the job was over in March, but were notified that it is, in fact, a full academic year gig. You learn something new every day.

That being said, with only 19 odd school days left (don’t tell your kids!), this will be the LAST PTO email newsletter of the 2015-2016 Pinckney Elementary School Year. But it might be the MOST IMPORTANT! Here’s why:

1) The Annual Pinckney Street Dance is THIS SATURDAY (May 7th, 5:30pm-7:30pm! This year’s Street Dance is looking like it is going to be the best one in a long time! Thanks to a generous donation from the Schofield Family, our food options have been upgraded and we are proud to offer concession stand 2.0!  We will be offering Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chicken Sandwiches, and Hot Dogs as our main course.

We are also looking for donated baked goods for the cake walk and just plain helpers for all the fun and games for our event.  Please consider signing up for just one easy 60-minute shift, we could really use the help!

2) Time to lure, um, recruit in some new PTO Board Members! Taking part in the Pinckney PTO as a Board Member is one of the most constructive and rewarding ways that a parent can participate in their child’s education. We know this from experience. {Personally (and seriously), we cannot oversell how much stronger our connection to our children’s school, its faculty, staff and administration is as a result of our PTO participation.I think every current PTO board member would say the same.}

If you would like to be to be more involved, please consider joining us for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year, we’d love to have you! It takes only about one hour for our monthly meetings, and the willingness to help organize just one or two of our fantastic events, but our PTO simply cannot run without our dedicated parents. If you have the interest, there will always be a place for you in the Pinckney PTO. Please email us at for more information, or just come to our final PTO meeting of the year on Monday, May 9th at 5:30pm at the Pinckney library. We especially welcome parents of new Pinckney kindergarten students!!

3) Getting ready for a NEW Pinckney!  As staff and administration get ready for our yearlong stay at East Heights, while the current Pinckney building undergoes a very exciting and major update, the school will have several days this month that families may come to school and help staff with this HUGE project of packing.  If you have the time and inclination, your help would be appreciated on Saturday, May 21 from 9-12 and Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30-7:30.

4) Housekeeping. Again, as the last PTO email newsletter for 2015-2016, if your child is leaving Pinckney and you no longer wish to receive these emails, please respond and we will remove you from the list for next year.

If you are receiving this for the first time as the parent of an incoming Pinckney kindergartener, first Welcome! and second, please see below for other, more updated PTO resources (Facebook groups, etc.) that we encourage you to join in order to always get the latest information.

Pinckney Fundraiser at Chipotle on Mass!

Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/28), support Pinckney by stopping by Chipotle at 911 Massachusetts St. between 5pm and 9:30pm! Eat and Pinckney gets 50% of all proceeds! You have to mention Pinckney at the register and there’s no law about recruiting other, non-Pinckney customers in the line with you to do the same…. chiptole

PTO Meeting Tonight!

Pinckney PTO Meeting tonight- Monday, April 11, at 5:30 in the Pinckney Library/Media Centrum. Childcare and snacks provided! We’re starting the process of lining up next year’s PTO Board, so please stop by this meeting or next month’s meeting if you have an interest in any board position! pto

We NEED RBS Volunteers!

The Pinckney Really BIG Sale is coming up: Sat. Feb. 20th! We need a massive amount of volunteer help to make this, our largest fundraiser, a success.

Just a couple of hours would help us out. Please volunteer! See link below to sign up:


Really BIG Sale

It’s that time of  year!

Just think of a three hundred family garage sale, without the haggling over prices. Clothes, household items, toys, appliances, tools, furniture, and more!

Saturday, February 20th
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pinckney School Gym – 6th and Mississippi

February PTO Meeting Tonight!

Please join us for the February PTO Meeting at 5:30pm tonight, Monday, Feb. 8th, 2016 in the Pinckney Elementary Library. As always, EVERYONE is welcome to attend, snacks and childcare will be provided. The meetings generally last for 1hr.pto

Chili Tonight!

Tonight’s the night! The Pinckney Chili Feed & Used Book Fair starts at 5:30pm in the gym, everyone is welcome! Used books will be on sale from 5:30pm-7pm, chili eatin’ starts at 5:45pm, and don’t forget the potluck part of this event: feel free to bring a side dish to share! PTO will supply sour cream, fritos, crackers and shredded cheese. If you make a mean cornbread, bring it!

We’ve got probably over a dozen entrants in the Chili Contest (and more if you still want in!) If you wish to enter, all the entry details can be found here:

If you have already signed up to compete, please arrive with your chili by 5:45pm. We will be able to accommodate plugging in slow cookers. Judging starts at 5:45pm and winners should be announced between 6:15 and 6:30pm.

I do have one more spot for someone who could help out for 45 minutes helping us get samples to the judges, etc. If that could be you, please visit this sign-up:

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!