Weekly Update April 4, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 10:09PM
McCall in Update

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.

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.


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.

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