McKinley Monthly

February 2022

Hello McKinley Community!

Once again you can read this, or watch or listen to me at this YouTube Link!

It is February! As I was preparing for this month’s remarks, I couldn’t help but notice that there seems to be a little something for everyone! Every February we celebrate Black History Month, and this year we opened the month also with the Lunar New Year Celebration: welcome to the year of the tiger! Right now the Super Bowl Food Drive is in full swing, with the Bengals edging out the Rams so far. Remember to get those non-perishable items in by February 11th! Along with the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, Friendship Day, and 100th Day, some kids are excited about Winter Walk to School Day, McKinley’s opportunity to host an upcoming Chess Tournament, a Sports and Clubs Spirit Day, and Kids Trivia Night! I’m sure there is more, but wow! So much to learn about, watch, prepare for, and do!

Conferences are also this month--if you haven’t signed up yet and wish to have time with your child’s grade level teacher or any of our specials teachers in person or via Zoom, please sign up on the Sign Up Genius links here. If you desire a conference, but none of the dates or times work for you, please contact the teacher or teachers you want to see and they will be happy to schedule a time.

Our fifth graders had a visit from middle school counselors this week, and they went to First Stage for a live performance of The Watsons go to Birmingham. It has been a long time since these students have been on a field trip! It feels like a little bit of normality returning. To give our fifth graders leadership opportunities, we have engaged them in helping as door greeters, announcement makers, Pledge leaders, and Food Drive support! Thanks fifth graders for your contributions to the McKinley community!

Please visit this link for the weekly DISTRICT NEWS. You will find lots of good information and opportunities, including vaccination clinics, free COVID testing for students and families, a free Implicit Bias presentation with Judge Derek Mosley coming up on February 21st, Parents United events, ESSER III engagement meetings, and information about enrolling in district STEM options.

Have a wonderful February everyone! With so much going on, I think this month will fly by!

Dr. Hoffmann


Enroll online now for the 2022-2023 school year. Students already enrolled in the district do not need to re-enroll for the upcoming year. Tell your neighbors and friends!

Upcoming Dates to Know


Feb 9 - Cafe Zupas Dine Out

Feb 10 & 15 - Elementary Conferences

Feb 11 - Friendship/Valentine Celebration Day at McKinley

Feb 14 - No School JK-12

Feb 18 - Winter Walk to School day

Feb 19 - McKinley Chess Tournament at McKinley

Feb 25 - Sports/Club Spirit Day (represent your fav team or activity)

Feb 25 - Kids Trivia Night

Pay Your Field Trip Fees Online Now!

Second through fifth graders have field trip fees to pay on Infinite Campus. Click to pay.

Super Bowl Food Drive!

McKinley's PBIS team is teaming up with Tosa Cares for a Super Bowl Food Drive. It begins on Monday, January 31st and goes until Friday, February 11th. We’re accepting any non perishable food items or canned goods. Starting Monday, students will have two bins in their classroom labeled with the two teams playing in the Super Bowl. They’ll be able to place their canned goods in the bin of the team who they want to win/think will win. We’ll be keeping a daily count to see which team has the most and which class collects the most.
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**Important District News**

Please make sure you are aware of important things going on in the district! Click above.

Ms. Kumferman’s Korner- News from your School Social Worker

Happy February! This month, I think it’s important to continue the focus on helping kids to identify their feelings and let them know that any feeling is okay to have. I love this visual of ways that students can use the pictures to help describe their feelings and adults can model it too. You can also sit down with your child and make your own poster with them. Ask “what color would your feeling be if you gave it a color?” or “what size problem or feeling does it feel like?”, etc. Have fun with it!

Donation items needed:

  • New or gently-worn waterproof winter gloves (especially sizes to fit SK-3rd)

  • Emergency snacks-individually packaged (suggestions include: Goldfish or Cheez-It crackers, fruit snacks, pretzels)

If you have anything to donate, please send it to the office with your child and mark the package with my name (Ms. Kumferman) Thank you in advance!

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Welcome to McKinley!

Hello! My name is Natalie Gryniewicz and I am excited to be student teaching in 2nd grade at McKinley. I am majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology at Marquette University and will graduate this spring. I am originally from Burlington, WI, but grew up in Sammamish, WA (just outside of Seattle). Coming back to Milwaukee and now getting to teach here feels very full circle for me. I am passionate about bringing creativity into the classroom and life through art and music. Outside of the classroom, I love to hike, travel, sing, and volunteer in the Milwaukee community. I am looking forward to all I will learn at McKinley!

Thank You Library Volunteers!

Many hands make light work! You are an amazing crew!

Kayla Merker

Maura Riordan

Mike Hansen


Molly Hannan

Lisa Reetz

Molly Boyle

John Myers

John D' Agostino

Welcome to McKinley!

Hello McKinley Elementary! My name is Emma Wick and I have the opportunity to student teach in Mrs. Petitt’s kindergarten classroom this term. I am currently studying elementary education and special education, and have a minor in art, at Carroll University. Student teaching is my last step before receiving my teaching credentials, and graduating in May! In April I will be switching over to Whitman Middle School to complete my special education teaching requirements.

I am from Oconomowoc, and have two younger brothers one is enlisted in the Navy, and the other is a senior in high school. I have a border collie puppy, her name is Izzy and she is the sweetest little thing. I am a fourth generation educator, and have lots of inspiring educators in my family! In my free time I like to hangout with my friends, binge watch shows, play ball with Izzy, and spend time with my family! I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the McKinley community!

The Addams Family

A youth clinic for Wauwatosa students in grades K5-8th on April 9. Click above for more info.

Above: McKinley Fifth Graders in Leadership Roles at School

Snow Gear

Important reminder: Students go outside every day for recess except when the temperature outside is below zero or there is a brutal storm outside. Please be sure to send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing: hat, coat, mittens or gloves, snow pants, and boots. Please reach out to our school social worker, Rachel Kumferman , if your child is in need of some gently used winter gear (not usually provided just for one day when something is forgotten). We have limited items/sizes in donations but work between elementary schools to try to help with any needs. *We do have extra mittens/gloves in the main office for students to borrow if theirs are too wet or if they are forgotten/lost.

Visitors and Volunteers at McKinley

Every person that comes in and will have contact with students, needs to have the district background check completed. It can be found here.

Cafe Zupas Dine Out

Wednesday, February 9th from 4-9 pm Cafe Zupas (8775 W Sura Ln, Suite 108, Greenfield) will host McKinley and give up to 25% back when our school is mentioned. The and Cafe Zupas App orders (not third party delivery services) count toward the Fundraiser Night when code FUNDRAISER25 is used at check out. If you are ordering in-store between 4-9 pm please let the cashier know that you are there for the fundraiser. This is a new site for us so check them out if you can!

Art Room Needs:

Materials needed for upcycling in the art room!

Small cardboard boxes, paper board tubes, cardboard or plastic egg cartons, clean styrofoam produce trays, small plastic containers with lids, and any other material a student can make into a recycled piece of art!

Head Lice Info

Click above.

STEM and Montessori

The application period for the USTEM, WSTEM, Montessori, and MSTEMs will be

Feb 7th thru Feb 25th. The application will be available through Infinite Campus, or you can contact the McKinley office for a paper application.

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PTO Newsletter

Click here to read our PTO's newsletter.

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Family Resources

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for us all. But together, we will get through this. Taking care of your mental health is equally important as your physical health during this time.

Student and Family Assistance Program: District students and their families have access to six free counseling sessions through our Student and Family Assistance Program. They are teleservice at this time. Learn more.

DHS Counseling Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 provided through the Department of Health Services.

DHS Coronavirus Resources

211 Info Hotline - Dial 211 for information about COVID-19 in Wisconsin

CDC Hotline - Get facts by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO

CDC Website

This is a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to keep you updated as information is shared.

For now, Stay Safer At Home and remember, we’re in this together.

School Lunch Information

Kool-Aid and Hawaiian Punch juice boxes and bags contain contents that will destroy the polished concrete in our new cafeteria. Please do not send them to school with kids. Thank you!

Be in the know! Check out the McKinley and community flyers on our website! Click above.

* * Tosa Cares * *

Due to the spread of COVID-19, and social distancing, group distributions have been cancelled for the near future. If you need to schedule or change an appointment call, text or email Linda to leave a message for a drive-thru appointment.

Call: (414) 258-0456 x 410

Call or text: (414) 861-4725


Office Max / Office Depot Gives Back

Office Max and Office Depot stores are offering local schools the opportunity to partner in a fundraising activity. For McKinley, 5% of all purchases made by parents or teachers for the entire year will be donated to the school in the form of a merchandise credit. Our master ID # is 70113794.
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