McKinley Monthly

April 2016

A Word from Mrs. Hoffmann

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. I feel rested and ready to take on the end of the year. In looking at my lead for last month’s newsletter (In like a lion!) I realize we are not much better off weather-wise than we were a month ago. April (snow) showers bring May flowers? It is hard to believe we are in our last stretch of the school year. I find myself remembering often to slow down and enjoy the time that is here right now. As we move into testing season, sometimes I forget that there is still awesome learning going on in these rooms every day, and that for many students, what happens now is the wonderful “sealing” of knowledge. I hear kindergarteners starting to sound like first graders…fifth graders sounding like middle schoolers…. Our staff focus this last trimester will be on continuing to foster the growth mindset that pushes us to accept and love the challenges before us, and to persevere through whatever comes our way.

Soon you will receive the parent input document that will help inform our decisions as we move forward with class placement for next year. For our new families, I would like to explain the procedure:

  • We ask that parents fill out the form with anything that they would like us to consider as we start our collaborative process to build next year’s groupings.

  • We do not accept requests for particular teachers, but rather look for the parent perspective on such things as a child’s disposition or learning style.

  • We work to create classes that have balanced numbers of girls and boys, academically heterogeneous groupings, and a fresh mix to help foster the developing of new friend groups.

  • We release class lists mid-August, in case unexpected changes come about over the summer. (For instance, staffing may change, new students may come into the area, some students may move.) The adjustments that I make during the summer are informed by my own knowledge of students, teacher input, and the parent information that I receive on these forms.

Looking forward to the rest of April, I am excited about hanging out at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday for the fundraising event, and even more excited about the field trip to the compost farm scheduled for April 18th. I know that students are very excited about High Interest Day coming up April 22nd. Thanks to Heidi Engbring and everyone else working so hard to make sure that day is a success. If you are looking for something cool to do, be sure to take a trip to the Wauwatosa Public Library to check out the Art Show, running through May 6th. We have some really nice representation there (Thanks Mrs. Leigh!).

Here’s to hoping that as I write my remarks for next month, we are far from this cold weather! Have a great April everyone!

Mrs. Hoffmann

Library Art Show

The Wauwatosa Elementary Art Show opened Wednesday, April 6 and runs through Tuesday, May 3. This beautiful display of over 1000 pieces of art all created by Wauwatosa elementary schools students, currently fills the Wauwatosa Children's Library and is a feast for the eyes. It's worth a look!

Upcoming Dates

April 22 High Interest Day

April 23 Adult Social

May 10 Spring Band, Chorus, Orchestra concert

May 12 PTO meeting

May 19 Spring GOBO bookfair

May 27 Snow Make-up day if needed; otherwise no classes

May 30 Memorial Day; no classes

June 9 Last day of classes

School Day Stability

At McKinley we try our best to ensure all students have the best environment possible to learn and achieve their best. One way we can help is by keeping disruptions to a minimum. When something has been forgotten please drop it off at the office, and we will try to get it to your child in a timely manner. Thanks for your cooperation!

We the People...

Dear McKinley Families,

At Wauwatosa West High School, a class known as “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution,” competed in a state competition at Marquette Law School on January 9th. This competition is a simulated congressional hearing before judges, demonstrating students’ understanding of the Constitutional principles of our government. The students were judged on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation.

Three McKinley alumni, Simon Ng, Eileen Reetz, and Libbi Fassbender, were part of the team that won the state championship and will be representing the state of Wisconsin at national hearings in Washington D.C. on April 23-April 25. In addition to working hard to prepare for the national competition in Washington, their team of 29 students also has the tremendous task of raising $60,000 in the next ten weeks to ensure that our entire team may travel together to the national hearings. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to represent Wauwatosa and the State of Wisconsin.

The McKinley Messengers are hoping the McKinley community can help support these students. Therefore, donations can be sent to Chad Mateske at Tosa West. Checks should be made out to Tosa West with ‘We the People’ in the memo section. Donations and messages can also be submitted through their secure GoFundMe website at


McKinley Messengers

PBIS Basketball Game


As always be sure to read the community flyers on the district website.

Summer School Offerings

Attendance Line

773-1502 - Please program this number in your phone, and you'll be all set to call if your child will be late, will need to be picked up early, or will be missing a day of school. Emailing your child's teacher is always a good idea too!