News for the Week of June 1-5, 2015

Now that June has arrived, we are in the home stretch for MLK events!  Here are some updates and reminders regarding the last few weeks of the school year:

PTO Leadership Needed for 2015-2016 

The PTO is seeking nominations for the following positions for the coming school year, listed with their minimal duties.

President: leads PTO planning, represents the PTO at the district Parent Advisory Council (or designates another parent to do so)

Vice President: supports the PTO President

Treasurer: manages PTO finances

Secretary: takes notes at meetings

Without these key positions, the PTO cannot operate! So we really need a few brave souls to step forward. You may nominate yourself, or a friend. Please send nominations to us at Deadline for nominations is June 17, 5:00pm.

MLK Night of the Stars Talent Show Recap

We want to thank all of the children who so splendidly performed, the parents and Mt. Hope Learning Center staff members who volunteered to help, the Mt. Hope Learning Center junior step team, and the Best Students Ever hip hop group. Thanks also to Mrs. Lussier and Joanie for help throughout!

MLK’s Annual Field Day & BBQ will be held on Tuesday, June 9 for all grades.  Look for more information in backpacks soon!

The MLK Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 17.  Parents will be notified ahead of time if their children will be receiving awards and are welcome to attend.  Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be awarded at 9:30 a.m., and grades 3-5 will have their ceremony at 2:00 p.m. 

Final PTO meeting: June 17, 6:00-7:00pm

We will hold the last PTO meeting of the year on June 17. This meeting will be brief and will focus on selecting PTO leadership for next year. We will vote to choose the a new PTO President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. We are also seeking volunteers to coordinate activities and plan events for next year. Please attend if you can! A light dinner and childcare will be provided.

The Moving On Ceremony for 5th graders will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m.  Look for more information to go home with students in the coming weeks.

When We Were King: MLK Elementary Reunion and Fundraiser for Mt. Hope Learning Center, Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:00pm

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Mt. Hope Learning Center invite all MLK Elementary alumni and their families to a reunion. Come to King to visit the school, see old friends, meet current students and staff members, and celebrate the role of a wonderful neighborhood school that’s been serving Mt. Hope and the greater East Side for nearly 50 years. Current families and students are welcome as well! We suggest a $20 donation, which you can pay in advance at or at the door. This fundraiser will celebrate the committed partnership between MLK Elementary and the Mt. Hope Learning Center. Proceeds will support Mt. Hope Learning Center afterschool programs, vacation/summer camps and more for King students. The evening’s events will include tours of the school, raffles, a performance from the Mt. Hope Step Team, great food, a special guest appearance by King celebrities (perhaps a Mr. Kane sighting!) and more.

There will be another MLK School Carnival held on Friday, June 19!  More information about this fun and popular event will go home in backpacks ahead of time.  Any questions about donations or volunteering should be directed to Lisa Jackson in the main office at 456-9398.

MLK End of Year Annual Appeal

As the year ends, the PTO seeks donations of any size to make sure that we’re ready for next year’s activities. The fall will be full of field trips, schoolwide events, and opportunities to make our school the best place possible for our kids to learn and thrive. The PTO provides essential financial support to King, and for that, we turn to you. Next week, your kids will bring home a form requesting a tax-deductible donation and a blue envelope. Please return whatever you can; you may make checks out to “MLK PTO” and we will accept cash. All envelopes will be kept under lock and key in the office to make sure your donations stay safe. Thank you in advance for your support – truly, every little bit counts!


Thanks for your participation in MLK events throughout the year!  We hope to see you at these final activities over the next few weeks!

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