McKinley Monthly

July 2016

A Word from Mrs. Hoffmann

Dear McKinley Families,


I hope that you are having a wonderful summer filled with quality family time as well as quiet moments for rest, relaxation, and exploration! Time is passing quickly, but there is still much summer to enjoy. I would like to give you a reminder of important dates coming up in August and September, a little update on staffing, and ask for your input on our school mascot.


First, please mark these dates and times on your calendar if you have not done so already:

August 17th 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Form Pickup Day and Class List Posting

August 22nd 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fees, Forms, and Photos in the gym

August 25th 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm JK Only! Meet the teacher 5:00-5:30 pm

and Parent Info Session 5:30-6:00 pm. There will be a PTO presentation for new JK families in the multipurpose room from 6:00-6:15 pm for those who missed the June 7th presentation.

August 29th 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Meet the teacher for SK-5th grade: students are invited to come in with their school supplies during this time. At 6:30 pm they will be asked to head to the playground for popsicles while parents stay for the Parent Info Sessions:

6:30 – 7:00 pm Session one

7:00 – 7:30 pm Session two - for families with more than one child at McKinley

7:30 – 7:45 pm PTO Presentation in the Multipurpose Room for new

McKinley families. Learn how to stay informed and become involved!

September 1st First Day of School!

September 5th Labor Day, no classes

September 8th 6:30-7:00 pm Mechanics of McKinley and 7:00 pm PTO

meeting in the Library, 2nd floor, SW corner (New Venue!) All are welcome to attend!


Staffing Update

We have hired Genny Berg in Special Ed to replace Raquele Manke, who moved to North Carolina. Genny was with us part-time for the second half of the 2015-2016 school year. We welcome her back as a full-time teacher. Mary Pawasarat, will join us in first grade. Mary was at the Urban Day School for 11 years (it unfortunately closed at the end of this year) and impressed the hiring team with her child-focused responses to our toughest questions, and she was engaging and at ease when presenting a lesson to a group of our students. Her references spoke with the highest regard about Mary’s skills, knowledge, and disposition. Welcome, Mary! We are pleased also that our part-time Phy Ed teacher, Hannah Millicovsky, will be back at McKinley this fall. We will share Hannah with Montessori. She is pleased to be returning.


The Mascot Question

Since I have been principal, several parents, teachers, and students have come to me requesting that we change the mascot. Mr. Carter also informed me when I came on that it had been a topic of conversation that I would probably need to address in time. Some would like an updated image; while others have pressed for a totally new mascot.


I have been researching and have come up with a vague sketch of the history of the mascot. Any additional information would be appreciated.


Several sources claim that the original McKinley mascot was the Muskie. (I have been unable to locate any images of this, but I wonder if parents or families with a McKinley history have something with that image—if so, please send me a snapshot.)


It appears to me in going through the archives that in approximately 1988-89 the mascot changed to a Mountie. See below for the image (1) that emerged at that time:


Then in 2004 for the 75th anniversary of the school the Mountie changed to the current mascot. See below for this image (2).


Because of the negative responses that I have heard from so many parents and students, I have avoided using the current mascot on much since I have come to McKinley and instead have used the McKinley Arch logo when an image is required. See below for this image (3).


I have volunteers willing to help work on creating a new image; however, before moving forward on this I would like your input.


Please fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP5MDQW


Thank you!


Mrs. Hoffmann

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