Dear McKinley Families,
We are so happy to be ending this school year much more positively than we began! All current trends point to us being fully back in operating order in a new school in fall. Please keep your eyes open this summer for a registration “packet” (sent electronically!) Don’t delete that email--it will have all of the important links to forms and information that you will need as we begin our new school year. We plan to allow access to teacher placements on August 17th, but that date could change if Tech Services has a different plan for us. Our PTO committees are working on the August 30th Back to School Celebration with our Meet the Teacher/Family Information Night, so keep on the lookout for information about that as well.
In staffing news I need to report that Cristina Zeppos will be leaving us for a position at the elementary school where she grew up. She is sad to leave McKinley, but her school holds a special place in her heart. We wish her the best on her journey. Sherri Brown, current 5th grade teacher will move to second grade, and we are currently in the process of interviewing for that vacancy.
Please remember to return all Chromebooks and library books to school next week--the earlier the better. We continue to get packed up and ready for the move. Some teachers may be reaching out for help. We have been given permission to have adults in the building after our final hours with kids, so after noon on June 11th through June 18th we could use some extra hands for packing and labeling. Reach out to teachers and specialists if you are willing to offer some time. I will be sending out communications to school families and neighborhoods when the demolition will begin and when some of our current buidling’s bricks will be available if you would like one as a keepsake. I ask that you spread the word to neighbors and McKinley alum when you get the notice. It is impossible for me to reach everyone, but with your help I will reach more than I can by myself.
Finally, I want to give a huge thank you to all of you for supporting us through this wild year. You stuck with us and given us grace as we navigated through uncharted waters, week by week. We have learned so much. I am sure some of that will carry forth to the next school year. We will continue to grow and serve all of our students and families to the best of our ability.
Here is a glimpse of our Color Day and All School Picnic today. Enjoy!
Perhaps you will see me and Mounty the Mountain Lion in the Wauwatosa 4th of July parade if you attend! Otherwise, if we see one another around town, do say hello! Wishing everyone a safe and healthy summer!
June is Pride Month
Pride Month started as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 and today is celebrated globally. A goal is to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people. Bill Clinton was the first president to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999. To learn more check out National Today. Click here to learn more about the variations of the flags.
Here is a glossary of terms from the Human Rights Campaign.
Check out these slides created by the Wilson/WSTEM PTSA Equity Committee.
Some books available in our libraries:
One Family by George Shannon
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
The Family Book by Todd Paar
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn
Ms. Kumferman’s Korner-News from your School Social Worker
Happy Summer! I am in my 20th year at McKinley and this was a very different and challenging year to say the least, and there are more changes on the way as we get ready to open our new school in fall! What I do know is that students and families worked hard to be flexible and embrace the unknowns and staff have worked so hard to try to make sure children feel safe, learn and have fun. I am hopeful that this year taught all of us about empathy and patience which are really great skills to model for others, especially our students!
To the soon-to-be-6th graders: I am so proud of all of you and wish you the best as you move on from McKinley and head to middle school next year! I know that you are nervous and excited….and ready! 5th grade students worked hard on their Academic and Career Portfolios with me the last couple of months as they are preparing to transition to the next phase of their learning. While the process was a bit different this year, we still talked about how to make friends, create a good learning space, build skills for middle school, explore careers/jobs and build a circle of support. Students will be bringing home their ACP folder before the end of the year (TC students already have their materials) so please ask your child to share it with you so you can see their hard work!
Here are some great resources as we head into the summer months. Check it out!
100 Milwaukee area day trip ideas
2021 Milwaukee area summer camp ideas
Please keep this number handy if you are looking for any resources during the summer months! You can find information about child care, food, shelter, mental health providers and support services, COVID testing and vaccination, dental, legal aid, etc.
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 (www.wauwatosaschools.org). 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.
All-City String Festival
Dear orchestra families & students,
The Wauwatosa School District orchestra teachers are thrilled to celebrate the 40th All-City String Festival with you! We are very excited to share what our strings students from 4th grade through 12th grade have been working on.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the All-City String Festival, we've put together additional features to look back over the years and appreciate the amazing growth and uniqueness of the Tosa String Festival. Included are performance videos of current students as well as background on the history of the string festival, archival pictures, and interviews with two Tosa orchestra teachers who went through the string program as students!
We hope that you enjoy watching the performances and learning a little bit about this treasured Tosa gem. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The Wauwatosa String Team
Right at School
Important information for Right at School participants:
Below you'll find two links. One is for a Google form to indicate what type of care you may need on the last day of school (June 11). The other link is to registration for summer camp at Underwood.
https://forms.gle/N3HJF2m2VyX7zcD79 - last day of school survey, please fill out :)
https://rightatschool-underwood-elementary.jumbula.com/view#/summer-camp - link to summer camp registration
Please reach out to Sam Holmes with any questions. (262) 227-6337, email@example.com
** Current JK students DO NOT need to register for SK.
Dear 2021/2022 Whitman Families,
The Whitman PTA is searching for board members to fill the President, Vice-President and Secretary positions for this next school year...it would be a 2 year commitment. While the Treasurers position is currently filled we are looking for someone interested in taking this position on and learning about it. If we do not get these positions filled our PTA will not exist after this school year.
If you are interested and would like to learn more about these open positions and what our PTA does at Whitman please join us on a zoom call on Wednesday, June 2nd at 7pm.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the zoom link next week.
Ann Durbin, President
Andre Gerke, Treasurer
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.
211 Info Hotline - Dial 211 for information about COVID-19 in Wisconsin
CDC Hotline - Get facts by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO
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.
* * 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: https://www.tosacares.org/post/tosa-cares-and-covid-19 for more information.