Mini McKinley Monthly

July 2021

Upcoming Dates to Know


Please note the dates in bold - they have been updated.

July 29 - Old McKinley Building Brick Distribution beginning at 3 p.m.

Aug 17 - Teacher Reveal on Infinite Campus

Aug 31 - All-School Back to School Celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sep 1 - SK-5th Grade - First Day of School

Sep 1 - First Day of School

- - Flag Raising Ceremony at 8 a.m.

- - Coffee with the Principal at 8:20 a.m.

Sep 1-3 - JK Jump Start Conferences

Sep 6 - Labor Day (Schools Closed)

Sep 7 - JK - First Day of School

Sep 9 - PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Sep 21 - Picture Day

Sep 30 - McKinley Mile

89th Street sidewalk closed June 14 - July 23

Dear McKinley Families,

I hope your summer break is going well! As we ease out of the pandemic and find our city opening and mask restrictions loosening, it is wonderful to see faces and smiles again.

At the final staff meeting of the 2020-21 school year, we bid farewell to the old McKinley building, thanking it for the 91 years of holding the community in a loving space where students and families were welcome, where children and teachers learned and grew, where the neighborhood voted. We acknowledged that the building took the community through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, the tragedies of Columbine and 9/11, a pandemic, the renewed social and racial movements of 2020, and so much more. If you missed the final walkthrough video on our Facebook page, you can view that here. If after viewing the historical McKinley, you are wanting to get a glimpse of the new building, you can view that here. May the new building last us another 91 years!

In terms of construction news, the old building demolition is happening. A few pallets of bricks from the old building will be preserved during demolition, and on July 29th, beginning at 3 p.m., families and community members will be able to come to the east side of the building to pick up a brick. Walk up or drive up. We ask that you travel one way only during this time, clockwise moving from Wright toward Meineke on 89th Street. I will be helping to distribute the bricks with VJS construction managers Ryan Steenhagen and Von Vandreel. We could use help with directing traffic flow that day from 3-6 p.m. (or whenever we run out of bricks). Please sign up on this signup genius if you are willing and able to help.

A few people have asked me about the purchased engraved memory bricks that were on the east and west sides of the building: they will be set with the newly purchased memory bricks in the new Peace Garden near the southeast corner of the new building.

Staffing news--it is hiring season, and I feel good about where we are right now. Here is information that is new since our last newsletter. Watch for Facebook and newsletter spotlights of our new staff.

  • New position, Early Childhood Special Education teacher, Rachel Breitrick.

  • New position, part-time junior kindergarten teacher, Bethany Teipel.

  • 1st grade teacher, replacing Evelyn Ciskowski who was on a 1-year contract and Shana Callahan who moved, we welcome back Rachel Marshall, who spent last year with us as a building substitute and senior kindergarten assistant.

  • We welcome back our Special Education teacher, Kallie Berg, who was on a one-year contract; former SPED teacher Niki Merbler moved to Minnesota.

  • Replacing our literacy/math assistant Shelly Oberdries, who passed away in February, we welcome Lynnae Ortiz, who we will share with Washington.

  • Fifth grade team, replacing Sherri Brown who is moving to second grade and Tori Raddemann and Colleen Lovelace, who both have left the field of education, we welcome Zoey Michlig, Tori Durand, and Celina Farin.

The Recreation Department will be conducting interviews for the Tosa Tots assistant position in mid-July and is still looking for a Tosa Tots Lead Teacher. If you are interested or know someone who is interested in this part-time morning position working with 3 year-olds, please visit the WECAN posting to access the application: McKinley Tosa Tots Lead Teacher

We will be all ready to roll come September 1st! I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the back to school celebration on August 31st. Keep an eye on your email for information and announcements throughout the summer. Most of all, have a joyful, playful, restful summer!

Dr. Hoffmann


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

Welcome to McKinley!

Hi McKinley! My name is Celina Farin and I will be joining your awesome team of teachers in 5th grade this upcoming school year! I am really excited to kick off my first year teaching at such an amazing school. I grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended college at UW-La Crosse where I recently graduated from. While I loved the city of La Crosse, I am happy to be back in the Milwaukee area and be closer to my family. Many of my family members have careers in the field of education, which inspired me at a young age to become a teacher. Some of my other passions include spending time with friends and family, binge-watching some of my favorite shows, and traveling. I’ve had the privilege to travel to some of the most amazing places, which has allowed me to learn new perspectives and appreciate so many different cultures. I always admired the teaching profession and knew it was my calling to continue to inspire and work alongside young learners and dedicate my time and energy towards making sure I leave a lasting positive impact on their lives. I look forward to meeting many of you this upcoming Fall!

Welcome to McKinley!

Hello! My name is Zoey Michlig and I will be joining the McKinley team as a 5th grade teacher! I graduated from UW- La Crosse in December of 2020 with a degree in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education and a minor in Special Education. I am originally from Franklin, WI and am excited to be near friends and family again! I love being outside- biking, hiking, kayaking- and am looking forward to exploring all that Wauwatosa and Milwaukee has to offer. I can't wait to meet students, families, and staff soon!

Welcome to McKinley!

Hello, my name is Rachel Breitrick and I am excited to join the McKinley Elementary staff! I am the new early childhood special education teacher, and I can’t wait to meet my new students and families this fall. I recently moved from Green Bay and can’t wait to explore all that Tosa and the Milwaukee area has to offer. Here is a little bit about me: I have a five year old daughter named Lydia. We love to play outside, ride bikes, hike, and go camping. We also love Harry Potter books and movies. I have a twin sister who lives in Milwaukee, so don’t be fooled if you see her around town! I love teaching young children because I get to help build the social-emotional and academic skills that will create a strong foundation for their future. I also look forward to the daily smiles, giggles, and hugs! I am looking forward to starting my new journey at McKinley Elementary!

Brick Pick Up

See below for where to go for picking up a piece of the old McKinley. Walk up or drive by to pick up a brick! We are asking that during the pickup window, auto traffic runs only one way from north to south (from Wright to Meineke) on 89th Street. Distribution will be near the middle of the block.

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Soar into Reading with Sora!

Students can access digital books 24/7! (Formally Overdrive.)

USDA Summer Food Service Program

The Wauwatosa School District is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. As part of this program, free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Individuals 18+ years old who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well. This summer, meals can be picked up at Whitman and Longfellow Middle Schools on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 am. Click here to place meal orders or see the Virtual Learners Lunch Request Form in the Quick Links section of the district website ( Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. The district will continue serving the free meals for the remainder of the school year. More information about the Summer Food Service Program can be found here.


If you know anyone in the McKinley neighborhood with a child that will be four or five before September 1, please remind them to register online for JK or SK at McKinley today!

** Current JK students DO NOT need to register for SK.

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.

PTO Newsletter

Click here to read our PTO's newsletter.

* * 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


Visit: for more information.

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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