Sunday
May182014

Weekly Update May 16, 2014

Congratulations to the newly elected Home and School Officers:

President: Laurel Landau
Vice-President: Marissa Post
Treasurer: Laura Sepe
Secretary: Kim Dorazio

We thank Merle Becker and Andrea Layden for four fabulous years as Co-Presidents.

Please note that there have been cases of scabies reported in the neighborhood; here is some information. A translation will follow.

Congratulations to the Drama Club for its fantastic performances of Alice in Wonderland. What talent we have.

Thanks to Ms. Gooding and her son, Matt Gooding, for producing the play, Ms. Phillips and her family for the props, scenery, and costumes, Ms. Patti for choreography, Officer Brown for sound/lighting, Tami Levin for creating the Playbills, several parent helpers who helped during rehearsals and backstage, Yischon Liaw for videography (stay tuned for information on purchasing the video.), Ms. Craven, and Student Council.

T-shirts are still available for purchase for $10 and they can be worn as the school uniform. Please let Ms. Gooding know if you are interested.

This Week in and Around McCall

Tuesday's Election Day Bake Sale/No School

Get ready for the Election Day (Primary) bake sale on Tuesday, May 20 at McCall School (no school that day). We need volunteers to man the table for a one-hour shift (parents with kids encouraged) and to bake the goodies (individually wrapped).

Email horowitz.sharri@gmail.com to reserve your shift.

STEAM Night

This year's Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) Night will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. Each of Mr. Knoflicek's classes has prepared STEAM demonstrations, lessons on sustainability, make and take art projects, and activities to green the courtyard as part of McCall's open space improvement.

During the school day on May 22nd the McCall Green Team and Mr. Knoflicek's 7th and 8th graders will be in the 6th street courtyard for a sneak peak for those students who cannot attend STEAM Night.

The students have received (or will receive tomorrow) a flyer with RSVP information.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendar for the McCall Middle School Open House on Thursday, June 12th from 9:30 to 11:00 AM.

The McCall Kindergarten Open House will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Registered students will receive a flyer.

Reminders

Box Tops for Education: Last Call.

Due May 28.

Neighborhood News

Need in Deed Night at the Phillies will be Friday, June 13th at 7:05 PM. Need in Deed is the non-profit organization helping to facilitate the service-learning project on animal abandonment in Ms. Stewart's classroom. Food vouchers will be provided and if Need in Deed sells 500 tickets, they get $8/ticket and more.

Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Information from the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE):

New Trends in Family Engagement - May 20, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:00 am @ the District's Education Center (440 N. Broad Street, Room 1075)

We are seeing some exiting new developments in the area of Family and Community Engagement. Some of them are captured in the Department of Education's Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships released this April. If you would like to learn more about high impact strategies for parent and family engagement and start a conversation about how we can bring them to Philadelphia, please send one of your parents and/or staff members to join the Office of Family and Community Engagement for a 1.5 hour overview presentation, so they can bring this information back to your school. For additional information and to RSVP, please e-mail jmanokhina@philasd.org or call 215-400-6610.

On May 20, 2014 Office of Family and Community Engagement is offering a full day professional development for School Improvement Support Liaisons and other parent and family support personnel. The training will start with the presentation on the New Trends in Family Engagement to provide and overview of the new DOE's Dual Capacity Building Framework for building school-family partnerships, a brief exploration of the existing national models, like Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (please see above). We will also explore what parents want to see from schools when it comes to parent and family engagement, have a Q&A about the School Advisory Councils, and go through train-the-trainer for the basics of building school-family partnerships which participants can turn-key with the staff at their schools. Training will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm @ the District's Education Center (440 N. Broad Street, Room 1075). For additional information and to RSVP, please e-mail jmanokhina@philasd.org or call 215-400-6610.

Office of Family and Community Engagement is able to offer a number of seats for parents to attend State-wide Title I Parent Conference from June 30th to July 2nd. This is a great opportunity for your parents to have a great conference experience, make new connections, learn, and bring information back to your schools. Additional information and to download an application are available. Applications are due by close of business on May 22nd.

On Saturday, May 31st, the District is hosting a Family Education Summit. Our goal is to share all kinds of strategies and resources to prevent summer reading and numeracy loss and promote high achievement and high expectations. It will be a day of fun, interactive workshops for both parents and kids. Flyer, RSVP and additional information are available.

Sunday
May112014

Weekly Update May 9, 2014

Please take the Philadelphia Parent & Guardian Impact Survey now (through June 13).

To access the survey, you will need to enter your child's District-issued student ID number, which is on his or her report card. Join us in making our schools great.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week. HSA provided a delicious breakfast to our wonderful teachers and staff on Wednesday.

Thanks to all of the parents who generously contributed and to Sheri Feinberg for coordinating.

Love Your Park

Thank you for your support at Starr Garden's and Seger's "Love Your Park" events on Saturday. Both parks had nice turnouts and accomplishments.

7th Grader, Milan, paints Seger's Rec Center.

This Week in and Around McCall

Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting

Please attend our next Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Special Guest: Dennis Creedon, Asst. Superintendent for our Learning Network

This meeting will also include elections of our new HSA Officers.

Alice in Wonderland

This year's Drama Club performance is Alice in Wonderland

The performances will be Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15 at 6:00 PM.

Tickets are now on sale. $5 for McCall Students/children and $10 for adults. Buy your tickets from Ms. Gooding or at the door.

T-shirts, pretzels, and water will also be available for sale.

Please come out and support our drama club production; they have worked all year long and it's going to be great.

Upcoming Events

Election Day Bake Sale

Get ready for the Election Day (Primary) bake sale on

Tuesday, May 20 at McCall School (no school that day). We need volunteers to man the table for a one-hour shift (parents with kids encouraged) and to bake the goodies (individually wrapped).

Email horowitz.sharri@gmail.com to reserve your shift.

STEAMFEST/STEAM Night

Our McCall Green Team has accomplished so much this year already and as we help the McCall Science Department plan for the annual STEAM event, we are in need of parent help and expertise. The event this year, McCall STEAMFEST, will consist of the STEAM Night activities, but also green activities during the day with classrooms and students participating in the school-wide event, circulating through different events highlighting our efforts around the RecycleBank grant.

We need volunteers on May 22 and to help the kids get their projects up and running. We meet on Wednesdays at 3:15 PM if anyone can come and help with the students during Green Team.

Please email the McCall Green Team to volunteer or to join our mailing list.

Reminders

No school on Tuesday, May 20.

Sunday
May042014

Weekly Update May 2, 2014

The School District issued its School Progress Reports this week. McCall came through with flying colors. See the K-8 bar graph (the second chart) where we are listed as #3 in the District.

Thank you for participating in our Dress Down Day on Friday.

This Week in and Around McCall

Drama Club Rehearsal

Practice this week for the main cast is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and practice for the younger ensemble is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Upcoming Events

Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting

Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

Special Guest: Dennis Creedon, Asst. Superintendent for our Learning Network

Neighborhood News

Summer Programs at Fleisher

Here is information for Summer Programs at the Fleisher Art Memorial.

Target Community Night

Target Community Night (Free Admission) will be at the Franklin Institute on Wednesday, May 7 from 5PM to 8PM.

Star Gazing

Starr Garden is now in partnership with NASA and The Franklin Institute through a program called "City Skies." Ten telescopes have been donated through the program to make "Star Gazers" out of anyone who wants to learn the constellations, movements of the planets or just be awestruck by the rings of Saturn.

The First Telescope Assembly Workshop will be Wednesday, May 14th from 6:30-8:30 pm or until the sky has been dark enough for us to have viewed the stars.

Family-Education Summit

Here is information for the Family-Education Summit offered by the School District's Office of Family & Community Engagement. It is free and childcare is provided. Breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP is required.

Sunday
Apr272014

Weekly Update April 25, 2014

Thank you for attending McCall's first Silk Road Bazaar on Thursday. Co-Chairs Larry Levin and Jesse Gardner thank all of the students and staff that participated and made the event possible: Principal Rock, Coach Sykes, Ms. Martin Burke, Ms. Grune, the Student Council, People Helping People, Lina and Sam Khalifa, Mr. Tang and Yu Hong Chen for translation services and media relations, and all the sponsors who contributed time, merchandise and materials.

Here is a comment from our VIP guest Ken Wong: "The Silk Road Journey is really a 'best practices' lesson in developing positive human relationships amongst the diverse communities serviced by McCall Elementary School. What a wonderful way to teach both parents and children about everyone's "commonalities" instead of being overly focused on our differences. I look forward to many more valuable lessons developed from the Silk Road Journey initiative."

For more from the event, see the Silk Road Facebook Page.

Thank you for attending the 3rd Annual McCall Relays on Saturday. The weather cooperated and so many families enjoyed fun and exercise in Washington Square Park. Thanks to Sharri Horowitz, Marissa Post, and Kim Callahan for helping with registration and t-shirt distribution, Kathy Lewis for getting the coffee, Harry Feinberg for manning the megaphone, Mrs. Keenan for fetching the t-shirts, Playworks for organizing games, Philadelphia Runner for snacks and water, and of course to Sheri Feinberg for coordinating the event.

This Week in and Around McCall

Report card conferences/early dismissal (12:00 PM/12:09 PM) will take place on Wednesday, April 30, Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2.

Drama Club Rehearsal will take place on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 until 4:30 PM.

McCall Home & School Board Nominations — Last Call

You should have received a notice from your child asking for nominations for the 2014-2016 Home and School Board. If you did not, download the document. Please complete, seal and return the document to the Home and School Mailbox by Tuesday, April 29.

Our next Dress Down Day will be Friday, May 2. The theme is dress as (or wear) your favorite character (from books, movies, television, etc.). Teachers will collect $1 from all participating students Friday morning. Thank you for your continued support.

Upcoming Events

Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting

Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30PM.

Alice in Wonderland

This year's Drama Club performance is Alice in Wonderland. The performances will be Tuesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 15.

Reminders

Green Team Needs Adult Members

Our McCall Green Team has accomplished so much this year already and as we help the McCall Science Department plan for the annual STEAM event, we are in need of parent help and expertise. The event this year, McCall STEAMFEST, will consist of the STEAM Night activities, but also green activities during the day with classrooms and students participating in the school-wide event. We need help with organizing, planning, and activities -- the event is approaching on May 22nd

Please email the McCall Green Team at mccallgreenteam@gmail.com to volunteer or to join our mailing list.

Our goal is to make McCall the greenest school in Philadelphia.

McCall IT Committee

Calling all Information Technology Professionals and Computer Hobbyists...committee members are needed for the McCall IT Committee. Commitment can be as little as a few hours a year viewing and responding to emails or as much as you would like working on strategic planning, computer servicing, web development, training and installation. All types of systems experience needed. If you think you can help, please contact Marissa Post for more information.

ASAP (After School Activities Partnerships)

ASAP is excited to announce that long-time supporters and youth advocates John Langan and Judith Nadell have presented ASAP with a challenge grant to broaden its impact in schools and communities in need.

Over the coming months they will match each contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

McCall has used ASAP for programs such as chess and scrabble.

To make a donation to ASAP, or to learn more, visit its website.

The Homework Dictionary

Here is an order form for a nice resource for parents and students, the Homework Dictionary.

Neighborhood News

The Downtowners Fancy Brigade

Support the Downtowners Fancy Brigade who are helping support our Drama Club Performance. They have an upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, May 4 from 4 to 6 PM and also will be accepting donations of clothing on Sundays and Wednesdays through June 18.

Starr Garden’s SpringFest

(In conjunction with the South Street Spring Festival)

Saturday, May 3 at 11:00am - 5:00pm

Starr Garden’s SpringFest will be a celebration of community and the arts; bringing together artists and performers throughout the day that create interactive opportunities that are fun for the whole family.

If you would like to perform during the event, please contact us: starrgardenneighbors@gmail.com.

Do you "Love Your Park"?

Seger Park:

Mark Your Calendar for May 10th to join Friends and Neighbors at Seger Park (Lombard, between 10th and 11th) from 9 AM to 12 noon and share the love by sprucing up the park. If you love Seger, we'll see you then. Contact the Advisory Council President meidt@comcast.net for more information.

Starr Garden:

Please join us on May 10 from 10AM - 1PM to love Starr Garden (Lombard, between 6th and 7th). Projects include planting annuals, mulching the garden beds, sweeping and collecting trash and recyclables, and painting benches. For more information, contact StarrGardenNeighbors@gmail.com.

These events are organized and funded by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Monday
Apr212014

McCall Loses School Police Officer

Last week our school police officer, Officer Brown, was notified by the District that effective immediately he was being transferred out of McCall and that McCall would be without a police officer. This news is difficult for McCall and he will be greatly missed.

Please know that we will reach out to the District to see what we can do to ensure our children are in a safe and secure environment. However, budget issues are at the forefront of this issue.

So what can we do?

Express your concerns about our children's safety to:

Please focus your issues strictly on safety concerns as all of the extras Officer Brown gave to the children at McCall were due to his generosity and care for McCall, but will not be a reason to restore an officer to our school.

We need you to be aware and present. It is now up to us, parents/guardians of our children, to ensure activities on the school yard are appropriate and safe and that strangers are not looming.

  1. Each parent has a responsibility to make sure children are behaving appropriately and if not, step in. If you are not sure what to do, ask the child to stand against the wall until a faculty member arrives.
  2. Volunteer your time to cover the morning rush when many people are coming in and out of the school.
  3. Volunteer your time to cover recess and lunch periods to make sure our children are safe.
  4. If you see something concerning, please let your child's teacher, Principal Rock, or Ms. Patti in the office know ASAP.

We have no extra staff in the school to fill voids.

Also remember, no one is allowed into the school without signing in at the office. No children can be dismissed to a parent/guardian without showing identification (which must match your emergency contact form on file at the school).

Sunday
Apr202014

Weekly Update April 18, 2014

Welcome back to school. Hope you enjoyed a nice mini Spring Break.

This Week in and Around McCall

Don't forget we have an early dismissal (Professional Development) at 12:00 PM (and 12:09 PM for Kindergarten) on Tuesday, April 22nd.

As a result, we will not have Pretzel Day this Tuesday.

Upcoming Events

Save the date for our next Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting: Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30PM.

Neighborhood News

Interested in Dragon Boat racing? The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association began in 1981 and was officially incorporated in 2000. The Philadelphia Dragon Boat youth group training involves team building, athletics, and leadership skills. The PDBA has won medals in both national and international competitions for the Open, Senior and Youth divisions. For more information, please contact Jesse Gardner at jessejgardner@gmail.com.

After School Options

Queen Village Art Center After School Program begins the week of April 21st.

Create, play, laugh and learn. Our after school arts program offers engaging, age-appropriate studio fun for your child led by outstanding artist educators. Exciting studio classes explore drawing, painting, construction, printing, book arts, ceramics, music and more. Choose your art day(s) and have fun making friends and getting "outside the box." We nurture the whole child and provide a balance of creative programming with outside play, study, snack and totally engaging studio time in a vast array of 2 & 3-D media.

Your child will develop skills critical to their general development and gain competence and confidence in self expression, creative thinking and problem solving while flourishing as a member of our creative community.

Information and Registration online: phillyartcenter.com and call with questions: 215.765.2787.

Sunday
Apr132014

Weekly Update April 11, 2014

We will be closed on Monday, April 14th and Friday, April 18th for Spring Break. Enjoy.

The Amazon Wish Lists for classrooms are in progress. The first batch has been posted on our website. Stay tuned for more. Teachers: it's never too late to create one or add to yours. Parents: Buy something for your child's classroom, for a special, or for ESOL. And remember that many Amazon purchases made through AmazonSmile provide money back to McCall.

This Week in and Around McCall

Yearbooks

A flyer has been distributed in class; school yearbooks may be ordered for $25.00. Look back at the past with your family and friends and cherish the moments you had each year at McCall. Start a collection. The money is due to Ms. Essery by April 15.

Upcoming Events

McCall Relays

The Third Annual McCall Relays will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at Washington Square Park. Registration fees are $25 for students (family discount of $20 per child for two or more children from the same family) and $10 for parents and teachers. Registration covers participation in unlimited races. The registration form was distributed in class.

Reminders

ASAP (After School Activities Partnerships)

ASAP (After School Activities Partnerships) is excited to announce that long-time supporters and youth advocates John Langan and Judith Nadell have presented ASAP with a challenge grant to broaden its impact in schools and communities in need.

Over the coming months they will match each contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

McCall has used ASAP for programs such as chess and scrabble.

To make a donation to ASAP, or to learn more, visit its website.

Neighborhood News

Philly Farm and Food Fest

The Philly Farm and Food Fest will take place on Sunday, April 13 from 11AM to 4PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Kids under 12 are free. Here is the flyer.

Sunday
Apr062014

Weekly Update April 4, 2014

McCall Family Night with the Sixers

The kids had a great time and the game was really close in the end. Thanks to all who participated.

Amazon Wish Lists

The Amazon Wish Lists for classrooms are in progress. The first batch have been posted on our website. Stay tuned for more. Buy something for your child's classroom, for a special, or for ESOL. And remember that many Amazon purchases made through AmazonSmile provides money back to McCall.

Dress Down Day

Thank you for your support of Dress Down Day on April 1.

Stay tuned for next month's theme.

This Week in and Around McCall

Green Team Update

The Green Team is busily planning some spring time events to begin work on beautifying the McCall grounds and getting families involved in their environment. The students have done a terrific job of identifying what we need and educating families about the value of recycling. Now we need some man or woman power. Plus, we have $1,900 to spend on this project.

We will be having a spring planning meeting on Monday, April 7th at 3:00 PM in Mr. Knoflicek's room for anyone who would like to get more involved in making McCall a sustainability leader in Philadelphia. We will be planning events and delegating tasks so we can get our Earth Day project started.

In addition, if you or anyone you know works in landscaping, horticulture, or is an arborist then we would love to speak with them. We want to rely on all the resources McCall has to offer before seeking outside help. Please let us know by emailing Billy Menz at billymenz@yahoo.com or Scott Knoflicek at sknoflicek@philasd.org with contact info. We will be in need of plants, dirt, wood, and tree expertise.

Thanks,
McCall Green Team

Coffee with Principal Rock/HSA Meeting

Wednesday, April 9th (right after drop off)

The new budget will be discussed.

McCall H&S Officer Nominations

The "Call for McCall H&S Officer Nominations" has been distributed. The terms begin in June 2014 and go through June 2016. Nominations for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be accepted through April 11. Merle Becker and Andrea Layden are stepping down after four fabulous years as Co-Presidents.

Yearbooks

A flyer has been distributed in class; school yearbooks may be ordered $25.00. Look back at the past with your family and friends and cherish the moments you had each year at McCall. Start a collection. The money is due to Ms. Essery by April 15.

Budget Meeting

Matthew Stanski, the Chief Financial Officer of the School District of Philadelphia, will be speaking about the District and School budgets on

Tuesday, April 8th at 6 PM at 440 North Broad Street at the Philadelphia Home and School Council's General Membership Meeting. All parents are welcome to attend this meeting.

Upcoming Events

McCall Relays

The Third Annual McCall Relays will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at Washington Square Park. Registration fees are $25 for students (family discount of $20 per child for two or more children from the same family) and $10 for parents and teachers. Registration covers participation in unlimited races. The registration form will be distributed in class this week.

Neighborhood News

Information from Community College of Philadelphia

Join us for the ultimate career exploration and job-match experience: Backstage Jobs Pass, 3-6 p.m., Monday, April 7, in the Great Hall, S2-19, in the Winnet Student Life Building, 1700 Spring Garden Street. Explore career and training opportunities, learn to use the JobGateway tools to sharpen interviewing skills, and take away helpful tips on how to acquire a job you'll love.

Community College of Philadelphia will provide resources from its Career Services Center; offer information about its in-demand programs and show prospective students how they can get started at the College.

This event is sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia, JobGateway and Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Monday
Mar312014

Amazon Wish Lists 2014

We have set up Amazon Wish Lists for you to purchase items for our classrooms.

Grade Class Link
Kindergarten Mrs. Keenan Amazon Wish List
Kindergarten Mr. Battestelli Amazon Wish List
Grade 1 Ms. Sei Amazon Wish List
Grade 3 Mr. Falco Amazon Wish List
Grade 4 Mr. Oliver Amazon Wish List
Grade 5 Ms. Stuart Amazon Wish List
Grade 6 Ms. Asto Amazon Wish List
Grade 6 Ms. Duggan Amazon Wish List
Grade 7 and 8 (Science) Mr. Knoflicek Amazon Wish List
Grade 7 and 8 (Math) Mr. Orlowski Amazon Wish List
ESOL Mr. Brown Amazon Wish List
Grade K-2 100 Book Challenge Amazon Wish List

Please make sure the items ship to the teacher's attention at:

McCall School
325 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Also, please click through AmazonSmile before you make your purchase so that McCall receives 0.5% of the sale.

Mccall Home & School Association
Monday
Mar312014

McCall Power Update

McCall's power has been Restored!

McCall's power has been restored today and classes will resume tomorrow, April 1st! 

We will have indoor admission in the morning (yard will be restricted as there is still work on 7th street side).