McKinley Monthly

June 2019

Dear Families,

Happy June! It may not be warm yet, but the year is winding down!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for another amazing year at McKinley. We look forward to enhancing our classrooms through the gift of funds from the adult social; we thank you for the staff room treats all year long, the birthday acknowledgments, the holiday and end of year gifts, your presence at all of the past and the upcoming events (5th Grade Completion and Field Day!). We thank you for being such wonderful examples of parent volunteerism--we truly have something special here! The students see in practice what it means to be part of a community. Most of all, thank you all for entrusting us with your children!

We still have some exciting events planned for the end of the school year. Field Day is Friday, the talent show is next week Wednesday (parents of students who are performing are welcome to attend--please check in at the office before 9:00 a.m.); and many grades have field trips planned. The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 13th, with a 5th grade completion ceremony planned to celebrate our fifth graders’ transition from elementary to middle school. We wish them well as they embark on the next step in their educational journey!

Charlotte will be in a few hours next week and a couple of days in July, and then she will be back full time the second week in August. I will have shortened hours during the summer months and have some days scheduled with off-site meetings and conferences, so the best way to reach me, Charlotte, Terri, or custodian Greg Hausinger this summer is via email:

Jean Hoffmann

Charlotte Garder

Terri Uden

Greg Hausinger

Have a safe and happy summer everyone! I hope that reading, writing, and creating are on top of everyone’s list for the break! Thank you for all of your support this year. I appreciate your partnership as we continue to provide a wonderful place where children love to go to school and learn!

Look for our July and August newsletters with reminders for summer dates and other news that might come up.

Mrs. Hoffmann

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Summer Garden Maintenance at McKinley

Your family can sign up to help keep McKinley's gardens looking great all summer!

Dates to Remember

Please mark these dates on your calendar:

June 11 - talent show

June 13 - last day of school

***Check out this New Calendar***

Aug 5 - Google Registration Form sent out

Aug 16 - Classroom Assignments sent out

Aug 28 - All-School Back to School Celebration

● Food trucks available 4:30-7:30 p.m.

● Tours for new families from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

● Faculty welcome and celebration 5:30-5:45 p.m.

● Meet the teacher 5:45-6:30 p.m.

● SK-5th - Parent information sessions 6:30-7:00 and 7:00-7:30 p.m.

● JK - PTO will present a welcome session in room 12 from 6:30-6:45 p.m.

Sep 2 - Labor Day (schools closed)

Sep 3 - First Day of School for SK-5th

Sep 3 - First Day of School Parent Celebration

Sep 3-5 - JK Jump Start Conferences

Sep 6 - First Day of School for JK

Sep 10 - Picture Day

Sep 12 - PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Sep 26 - McKinley Mile

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***Plastic Cap Drive***

We are in need of a vehicle or vehicles to help transport the caps for the recycled cap bench. Please contact Mrs. Hoffmann if you are able to help!

We would also like to thank McKinley's fourth grade Girl Scout Troop for a generous donation of $71.90 toward the cap bench!

Green Team

End of year shout out to our Green Team staff--Jenny Leigh, Liz Daily, Stephanie Jaramillo, and Julia Oschwald--and all of students who participated in helping sort lunchroom trash all year and picked up classroom and restroom compost every Friday. We could not have been the Green School that we are without your dedication! A word about the plastic cap drive: We will be taking the caps to the Green Tree Plastics plant in Indiana to trade for a recycled plastic tri-table with bench seats. How exciting to see our efforts at recycling create something new! Thank you!

Summer Reading for Parents!

In response to our Parent Listening Sessions, some parents have asked about staff book studies and other readings. Here is a list of works to explore if you are wishing to join us on this journey. We have moved the Little Free Library from the 2nd floor to outside of the office. I have included some of these books (those I have extras of) for parents to borrow if interested.

  • Help for Billy by Heather T. Forbes (25 staff members signed up for this book study. The book is a “manual for parents and teachers addressing essential methods for managing the school-room behavior of the child with complex trauma”)

  • Waking Up White by Debbie Irving (5th grade teachers read and presented to staff on this)

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (great book for everybody--in education or not!)

  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji

  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning by Sharroky Hollie

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (This article hits upon the meaty topics covered in the book)

  • We Got This by Cornelius Minor

  • Lost at School by Ross W. Greene

  • Despite the Best Intentions by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond

  • Whistling Vivaldi in the Dark by Claude Steele (addresses stereotype threat)

Summer Book Checkout Contract

Keep reading over the summer!

Gym Shorts - Your Monthly Guide to McKinley Physical Education

Hello families!

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year. And that means Field Day is near. A reminder, our field day will be this Friday, June 7th. It is a great day for all the students to get outside and be active. We do a number of different stations including some using water. None of the stations are designed to get anyone soaked, but many students still find a way to make that happen. If you would like to send along a change of clothes or a towel for your student you may. This day is not possible without the help of parent volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has been able to help out this year. I know everyone’s schedules are very busy this time of year.

It has been a great year in the gym at McKinley. I’ve seen a lot of students improve in many aspects of physical education. Not only in their physical skills, but in the strategies they use during game play, and their sportsmanship during activities as well.

Once again, I would love for all of you to consider following our twitter account for daily updates on things happening inside the gym. We are McKinley PE. Twitter handle: @McKinley_PE

Mr. Roloff


Staffing: We wish Jennifer Botelho much joy in her role as stay-at-home mom and parent volunteer at her daughter’s school next year; we wish Julia Oschwald wonder and excitement in getting to know new students in Sheboygan. Ellen Larscheid, extraordinary Special Education Assistant will be supporting students at Jefferson next year; we will miss your calm presence and love for all students! We welcome Sonja Reistad, third grade, Courtney Schwaab, 4th grade, and Luann Jones (part-time PE) to staff next year.

Please Welcome...

Hello! My name is Courtney Schwaab. I have been teaching 4th and 5th grade for the past seven years in South Milwaukee. I'm thrilled to be joining the McKinley community and looking forward to working with the staff, students, and families in Wauwatosa. I'm most looking forward to moving kids forward towards achieving their future goals and sharing my passion for learning with them. Thanks for the opportunity to work with your child!

Also Welcome...

Hi McKinley families! My name is Sonja Reistad and I’m excited to be joining McKinley as a 3rd grade teacher! I recently graduated from UWM with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and have worked with kids for about 4 years . I’m looking forward to getting to know my students and families, as well as becoming more involved with the Tosa community!


McKinley's New Family Mentor Program connects existing McKinley families with families new to McKinley with the goal of welcoming new families to the school as well as providing a resource for information and questions throughout the school year.

In order to make this program successful, we are in need of veteran McKinley families to volunteer to be mentor families this year. The time commitment is minimal and the impact is lasting. Please consider becoming a Mentor Family by contacting Paige Brown at

Staff Treats

The McKinley staff would like to thank the families of McKinley for all the wonderful and delicious treats they have brought in throughout the school year. They are a great pick-me-up, and we greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books, fifth grade teams for their great season. Everyone on all teams did such a great job, reading the books and preparing for the battles. Our last home battle took place on Wednesday, June 5. Next week, the McKinley winners will take on Roosevelt’s team for the final battle. Good luck Devin, Kate, Amanda, Isabella, Jamo, and Adrian.
Sensory Storytime at the Tosa Library!

The last two are coming up!

MACC Fund Donation

The McKinley Messengers met last week with a representative from the MACC Fund. (See picture below.) The Messengers presented the MACC Fund with a check for $353. The money was raised from the Calk Walk at Family Fun Fest. They also donated $150 to the McKinley Emergency Snack Fund.

Thank you, McKinley Messengers!

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Recycle Shoes!

Just a reminder that McKinley collects shoes for recycling. Any and all shoes can be donated. We take them to an organization that sorts the shoes, recycling the shoes that are beyond their use, and donating the wearable shoes to children in Africa so they can attend school.
So if you’re doing some spring cleaning and need to dispose of any shoes, bring them to school. Shoes can be dropped off in the bin by the office.

Any Bridget Schmitt at

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

A big THANK YOU to all of the 5th grade students who worked so hard on their Academic and Career Portfolios as part of the transition to middle school. Each student created their own personal site that reflected his/her goals, strengths, challenges, career exploration, interests and questions about the future. Over the last two months, they have shared these portfolios in a presentation during a conference with a parent/other staff member, and me or Ms. Josephson (social work grad student). We have been so impressed and have learned so much more about each student!

THANK YOU to all of the parents/guardians who were able to come in to listen and share in this process. We appreciate your time and hope that you learned something new as well! We certainly understand if someone was unable to come, and your child can still share this portfolio with you at home. As long as Google exists, their portfolio exists.

Lastly, GOOD LUCK to all the 5th graders who will be leaving McKinley and starting their new adventures! Please come back and visit. My door is always open….


2-1-1 is a great resource to have especially during the summer months! This is a community resource link for all of Milwaukee County. You can dial 2-1-1 to get access to resources related to food, shelter, child care, clothing, transportation, medical care, mental health resources, camps, and so much more.

State Special Olympics

McKinley's own Will J in fourth grade will be going to the state Special Olympics soccer competition in Steven’s Point on June 7th. We're so excited for him and fellow McKinley alums Evan, Colin, and Bradley are also on the team. Good luck! (see picture below)
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Fiddle Jam

The Fourth Annual 5th Grade Fiddle Jam held on Monday 6/3 was a HUGE success! Thanks to all the 5th grade orchestra families who were able to come out and participate in this special event. McKinley students connected with string players from throughout the district to "jam" on their favorite fiddle tunes. A few McKinley alumni from the Whitman fiddle club even joined in the fun! The weather was perfect, and the Mayfair Collection atrium was an ideal spot to enjoy this informal concert gathering. Families in attendance generously donated food items to help families in need this summer. 43 jars of peanut butter and 35 jars of jam/jelly were collected to benefit Hunger Task Force! (see picture below)

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MAP Results

Our MAP data is in--it is one measure of the effects of our instructional delivery on students’ reading and math proficiency and it is a part of my end of year assessment. We have much to celebrate in academics, with over 80% of our students meeting or exceeding their grade level expectations in both areas. Of course, these tests are only one area of accountability and we also want to know that our students have grown emotionally and socially. I thank our teachers, specialists, assistants, and support staff for all they have done to create strong, welcoming school environments where students can thrive socially, emotionally, academically, physically, and intellectually. For all of us it is a time for reflection, looking at our goals--successes and areas for continued growth. It has been a good, fruitful year, and it is time for a little rest.

Art Room - End of the Year!

Dear McKinley Families,

It has been a productive year in the art room!

All that productivity has created some amazing pieces of art and it is almost time for your child’s own personal art show. Please send a bag, larger than grocery store size, for your daughter or son to take home their art.

Art will come home starting the week of 5/20.

Thank you for another wonderful year.

Ms. Leigh

Right at School - Summer Camp

Here are the details! June 24 through August 23 Hosted at Washington 6:30am-6pm $250/wk; $60/day **Early Bird Registration - $225/week if signed up before 5/3** Registration opens for Summer Camp 2019 on Friday March 22!

Right at School - Fall Registration

Fall registration is now open for all programs! What's exciting is families who register by June 14 will be entered to win a FREE YEAR of Right Club!

Volunteer Application

ANYONE volunteering at McKinley needs to have this done two weeks before they plan to be here.

New Visitor/Sign-in System

All Wauwatosa Schools have updated their Raptor systems to sign in visitors and volunteers. Please be aware that all visitors and volunteers will need to have their drivers' licenses scanned in again with this new software. Thank you for your help with this transition.

Office Max / Office Depot Gives Back

This year 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.

* * Tosa Cares * *

Tosa Cares is a local, non-profit organization located in Mount Zion Lutheran Church that helps families with food donations and so much more. Here are the dates for the monthly food distributions. You are encouraged to contact Linda Ertel before you come either by email Tosacares​ or phone 414-861-4725, or you can just show up on one of these dates.

2019 dates:

June 15th

August 10th

October 5th

November 23rd

Tosa Cares is also always looking for donations of food, or cash. There are three permanent donation sites/times which you can find on their website:

Here is a list of the most needed items:

  • ​Cereal
  • Nonperishable fruits, vegetables and juices
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Spaghetti sauces and noodles
  • Pastas and rice
  • Canned protein, such as chicken, tuna and beef stew
  • Snacks such as granola bars, crackers, popcorn and cookies
  • Packaged dinners, especially those with meat
  • Hearty soups
  • Toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels and tissues
  • Personal care items such as shampoo, hand soap, lotion and toothbrushes and tooth paste
  • Dish soap and laundry soap
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