Each week we will keep you informed of the activities and events held at Mackay or happenings in the Tenafly school district. For more Tenafly School District information, please go to the Tenafly Public School website.

May 1, 2017

Hello Mackay,

Please join us in thanking our Book Fair Chair, Ofira Mor, and the parent volunteers for all of their hard work in making the BOGO Book Fair a success. The children were happy with their book choices, and thanks to families who generously purchased Gift Certificates for teachers, our teachers were able to purchase additional books for the classroom libraries. The gift of reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.

Special Lunches – Part B Lunch started on May 1st.

We are looking for volunteers to serve lunch. Volunteering to serve lunch is a great way to see your children at school. It is also an opportunity to meet other Mackay School parents. Volunteers need to be available from 11:15am - 1:00pm. Your help and time are needed to make our program a SUCCESS! If you would like to volunteer, please email us your availability at speciallunches@gmail.com. You may volunteer as little as once per session or as much as you would like.

If you forgot to register for lunch, please contact us at speciallunches@gmail.com for instructions on submitting late orders. No late orders will be accepted after this Friday, May 5th. Late orders will include a $20.00  late fee. 

All lunch change requests must be submitted by email to speciallunches@gmail.com no later than 6:00pm on Friday, May 12.

Enrichment Clubs – After school Enrichment Clubs are coming to an end. While most classes will end this week, makeups for classes that were canceled due to snow days, or due to an individual teacher's schedule, will continue to meet until the ten sessions have been held. If you are uncertain about the end date for your child's class, please send us an email at mackayenrichment@gmail.com.
PARCC and NJASK DATES – Remaining testing dates are as follows:

  • 4th Grade: PARCC – May 1st – May 3rd
  • 3rd Grade: PARCC – May 4th – May 11th
  • 4th Grade: NJASK – May 31st, Makeup date June 1st

After each day of testing, the HSA will provide healthy snacks for each child taking the exam.

Screenagers – Movie Screening and Discussion by Rational Homework Review Initiative (RHOWR) on Tuesday, May 2, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Tenafly Middle School Auditorium.

About Screenagers: Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six second attention span? Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. The Movie Screening and Moderated Discussion will be with Psychotherapist, Talia Filippelli. Learn about our teens’ (and pre-teens’) techno-life, understand the neurological and behavioral impact of tech usage, and share information about how to protect your family’s time, values and health.

See the trailer here:

To register for this event, please click on the following link:
Mackay's Science Night Out – Mackay School HSA members are invited to enjoy an evening filled with science surrounded by nature on Friday, May 12th at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue. Because of capacity limitations, we will be hosting 2 one-hour sessions beginning at 6:15pm and 7:30pm. This *free* event is for HSA members only, but you must pre-register for one time slot. Please contact us at mackayhsa@gmail.com, if you have forgotten your HSA number. Registration is now open and will close on May 8th.

To register for this event, please click on the following link:

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8th to May 12th. Mackay is lucky to have such amazing teachers. Please don’t forget to thank them for all that they do for our children.

Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale – Flowers will be available for purchase from 9:00am - 3:00pm on Friday, May 12th. Please come and support our flower sale. The children will visit the sale with their class, and will have the opportunity purchase flowers. A schedule as to when your child will attend with their teacher will be forwarded to you as soon as it's available. Volunteers are needed for setup on Thursday, May 11th and during the sale on Friday. If you are able to volunteer, please email us your availability to mackaycommittees@gmail.com.

Save the Dates

  • Mackay Birthday Breakfast – May 12th at 8:00am
  • Spring Concert – May 18th at 7:00pm
  • Kindergarten Play – June 6th at 9:00amHave a good week!








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