School Closed Friday, February 14

As posted on the School District of Philadelphia web page:

Due to the severe weather forecast, all School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed on Friday, February 14, 2014.

School District of Philadelphia schools will also be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents Day.


School Closed Thursday, February 13

As posted on the School District of Philadelphia web page:

Due to the severe weather forecast, all School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed on Thursday, February 13, 2014.


Weekly Update February 7, 2014

A note about Movie Night

Thank you to all who came out and participated.

Please be aware that the auditorium was left a complete stye with pizza crusts and popcorn everywhere. Please remember that when we use the school for activities, we need to respect our school as if it were our home and clean up after ourselves.

If we don't engage in a thoughtful and respectful way in our school, we will no longer be able to serve popcorn and food as part of our future plans.

Parents, please remind your children that it is their responsibility to treat the school in this manner.

Coach Kait's Goodbye

Thank you to all teachers, staff and parents for the constant love and support over the past two years. Although I am leaving McCall School, I hope to maintain the relationships that have been built through this wonderful community.

The Playworks program needs your continued support in welcoming McCall's newest coach, Bianca Cook. Coach B has worked with Playworks for two years and has been a member of Americoprts for four. She is ready to meet new faces, play hard and have fun at McCall. Let's show her what we've got.

Peace, Love and Foursquare,

Coach Kait

This Week in and Around McCall

McCall's Chinese New Year Party is Monday, February 10th at 3:30PM in the gym.

We are seeking donations of clementines, fortune cookies, small water bottles and chinese food (noodles, dumplings, etc).

If you are able to contribute, please bring items to the office and leave in H&S Container.

Any questions, please reach out to Kim Dorazio.

Drama club has been cancelled on Monday, 2/10

Early Dismissal and Report Card Conferences are Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 2/12, 2/13 and 2/14

Dismissals are at 12:09PM. Please make arrangements for your children.

Friday, February 14th is Dress Down Day at McCall

The Theme is "Wear Red"

Students who choose to dress in their PJs will be asked to make a donations of $1 on that friday morning (monies will be collected by the teachers).

Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams for $1 on Tuesday & Wednesday this week

Students Purchases: On Tuesday, students will be invited by class to come purchase during a designated time. On Wednesday, they will also be available for purchase during lunch.

Parent Purchases: On Tuesday and Wednesday before or after school, parents who wish to purchase can do as Student Council will have a table set up to do so.

Candy Grams will be distributed on Friday, February 14th.

Please make sure you send along money with your children on Tuesday if they are interested.


Silent Auction Collections for Casino Night 2014

Donation Extension to February 18th.

Thanks to all the parents collecting and soliciting donations for the 2nd Annual Casino Night and Silent Auction. Special Thanks to the parents who have already hit the streets to find new supporters for McCall. It isn't easy to do and you did a fabulous job.

Due to the series of inclement weather days, the date to be placed in the Tribute Book has been extended to February 18th. Please make a final attempt to collect those business donations and use your Class Territories to visit businesses in our catchment.

Please direct all questions about the silent auction to Marissa Post. Please directly hand over any gift certificates (don't leave in the HSA basket) or valuables to Andrea Layden or Marissa.

Attention RecycleBank Members

We have already had 50 Recyclebankers donate $495 to George McCall School so far. Just $2005 to go.

Literacy Night is Thursday, February 27th

It is Dr. Suess's Birthday and we celebrate with authors, speakers, literacy booths/crafts and our Scholastic Book Fair.

More details will be sent home shortly, but each class will be decorating their doors on a specific theme. Ask your teachers what their theme is and come in to check out your children's creation

(just be sure to sign in the office first).

If you are interested in having a Literacy Booth or helping out in some way, please contact Ms. Pigford ( or Andrea Layden (

BEFORE Friday, February 14th.

Ways to Help Give Back to McCall

Office Supplies are running short

If you would like to make a donation copy paper, pencils, staples, masking tape and post it notes are in demand.

The office is also in need of a fax machine if anyone has one to donate.


School Closed Monday, February 3

As posted on the School District of Philadelphia Inclement Weather Information web page:

Due to the severe weather forecast, all School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed on Monday, February 3, 2014.


Weekly Update January 31, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

This year marks the Year of the Horse. Horses are hardworking, intelligent, talkative, popular and impatient.

McCall is in full festivity and will host a party on Monday, February 10th after school at McCall and a banquet in Chinatown on Thursday, February 20th.

See below for details.

Have You Made Your Additional Contribution of $150?

We continue to seek monetary donations to fill our shortfall for the Playworks program this year and for much needed computer needs.

We need each family to contribute and additional $150 (payments can me made in monthly installments if needed).

Donations should be sent in an envelope with your child or make a credit card donation via PayPal.

This Week in and Around McCall

Coach Kait

We are sad to let everyone know that Coach Kait's last day at McCall will be this Friday, Feb 7th. Kait's new position will be teaching at another Philadelphia Public School. We wish her the best of luck and want her to know what a very important role she played to all of us here at McCall.

We will continue with the Playworks program, and further details will be forthcoming.


McCall's Chinese New Year Party

Monday, February 10th at 3:30PM in the gym.

We are seeking donations of clementines, fortune cookies and small water bottles.

If you are able to contribute, please bring items (on or close to Monday 10th) to the office and leave in H&S Container.

Any questions, please reach out to Kim Dorazio.

Box Tops

Did you know that all of the Box Tops your school turns in by the end of February count toward this school year?

  1. Check your kitchen pantry and cupboards - It's like shopping in your pantry - check the items you already have and clip those Box Tops. Not done with your cereal yet? That's ok - consider moving it into a container so you can clip the Box Top off and make it count this school year.
  2. Don't forget about those other places in your house - Bath tissue, socks, office supplies . oh my. Venture outside the kitchen and make sure you clip all those extra Box Tops.
  3. Ask friends and family - It never hurts to ask.
  4. Put a collection bin at your desk at work - Have you told your coworkers that you collect Box Tops? They may want to help. Make your own little collection bin and watch the Box Tops pile up.
  5. Stock up at the store - Take advantage of our coupons this month to stock up and save - and clip those Box Tops right away.
  6. Enter the Box Tops Daily Bonus Sweepstakes - Your school could be one of 28 schools to win 1,000 eBoxTops. You can enter every day, from February 1 - 28, 2014.
  7. Earn more with Bonus eBoxTops Builder - Shop your favorite retailer between February 2 and February 8, buy any 10 Box Tops participating products, scan the receipt, submit it to and earn 50 Bonus eBoxTops for your school.
  8. Fill up a collection sheet - Challenge your family - fill out our February collection sheet by Valentine's Day. Don't forget to send it to school when it's full.
  9. Don't let them slip through your fingers - Put reminder notes near your trash can and recycle bin so you never have an "oh no" moment with Box Tops.
  10. Send them in - The most important step. Don't just leave them sitting in a drawer or forgotten on a box - get them to your school or Coordinator today to make them count for this school year.

P.S.Don't worry if you can't get them in this month - your school is always collecting Box Tops and they can turn them in for next school year, too.

Go to for more information

That's right. All those Box Tops turned in this month will count toward the checks Box Tops will write to schools later this spring. That is money your school could use THIS school year. Think of all the things your school could do with more money this year. So clip' em and turn 'em in to your kids school today.

Attention RecycleBank Members

We have already had 33 Recyclebankers donate $304.62 to George McCall School so far. Just $2195.38 to go.

Want a quick link to our page and to ask others to contribute? Check out:

Student Learning Objectives Chat and Chew

The Office of Teacher Effectiveness invites parents to attend a Student Learning Objectives Chat and Chew on February 3, 2014 @ 4:00pm.

See the flyer for more information.

Silk Road Dinner

Silk Road Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 20th at Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant at 6:00PM.

See the flyer with more details and RSVP information.

Neighborhood News

Starr Garden's Second Annual Winterfest

Starr Garden's Second Annual Winterfest will take place on Saturday, February 8 from 2PM to 4PM. Partially funded by a generous grant from the Fairmount Park Conservancy, come out for a fun afternoon.

Free festivities include:

  • Ice carving demo
  • Pony rides
  • Craft tables (provided by Queen Village Art Center)
  • Physical activities with Playworks coaches
  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • DJ
  • Prize wheel and goodie bags (provided by Cavity Busters)
  • Hot chocolate provided by Old City Coffee.

We hope to see you there.

Donations always appreciated to benefit the park.


Weekly Update January 24, 2014

The Snow Wreaked Havoc on our Week

Please make sure your emergency contact forms are up to date. No child can be released to anyone not on the list. And you must have identification if you are picking your child up from the office.

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the cold weather! We are having issues with very cold temperatures in many of the classrooms and your child may need a sweater or sweatshirt.

Please try to get your children to school on time. Leave a little earlier if weather is going to be a factor.

Milk & Cupcakes was fantastic

Thank you to MilkBoy and Kids on 12th for hosting parties for our families and for donating proceeds to McCall!


Mark Your Calendars for Movie Night on Tuesday, February 4th as we show Despicable Me 2.

Flyers will go home this week.

Note, There is No School on Wednesday, February 5th

Neighborhood News

Philly Materials Science & Engineering Day

will be held at Drexel on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM


School Closed Wednesday, January 22

As posted on the School District of Philadelphia Inclement Weather Information web page:

Due to the severe weather forecast, all School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.


Early Dismissal Today Due to Inclement Weather

As posted on the School District of Philadelphia web site:

Schools to Dismiss at 12:30 p.m.

Due to the severe weather forecast, all School District of Philadelphia schools will dismiss students at 12:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, January 21.


Weekly Update January 17, 2014

Thank you to all who attended the Coffee with the Principal with our special guest, Faye de Muyshondt, author of socialsklz :-) (Social Skills) for Success: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World!

Faye de Muyshondt was insightful and opened our eyes to our children in the technology age!

Attention Recyclebank Members

Help McCall go Green!

Donate your earned Recyclebank points to our project. If you have points, just login to your Recyclebank account and click "Get Rewards.” Then, find the Donate to Green Schools link and find McCall school. Donate your points to help us get to $2500 for our outdoor project.

Sign up for Recyclebank and help McCall. Go to and register your household. Read about recycling and earn points. Donate your points to McCall's Green project. Learn about recycling and help McCall go green.

Save the Date

January 27, 2014

Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools with the Association of Philadelphia School Librarians invite you to sign Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

School library advocates with all library advocates are encouraged to join Barbara Stripling, President of the American Library Association, as she leads us in this affirmative action.

Monday January 27, 2014
4 o'clock p.m.
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Kindergarten Registration Begins on February 4th!

Registration will ONLY be held on TUesdays and THursdays from 10AM to 2PM!

We are also seeking someone to assist in the lobby with opening doors and directing parents during these hours (esepcially important because its our kids lunch hours)!


Weekly Update January 10, 2014

Everyone had a great time at Pajama Day. Next month's dress down day theme is wear red (2/14/14).

Boxtop Results Through December Are In

We are off to a great start and thank you to all who have made our graph soar. Yet, we have many classrooms still not represented.

Parents, these little pink box tops are not only cash for McCall, but could earn your child's class an afternoon with the icecream truck in the spring. Ask your friends, relatives and others to clip those box tops and save them for you to turn in.

Teachers, please remind your children too. Lets make the competition fierce in 2014.

Check your cereal boxes, baggies and soup cans (among a slew of others) and send in those box tops with your children.

This Week in and Around McCall

Coffee with the Principal with guest Guest Speaker is January 15th at 8:40AM

The guest speaker will be Faye de Muyshondt, author of socialsklz :-) (Social Skills) for Success: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World.

PARENTS magazine called her book a "cutting-edge, must have manual" and made it made it book of the month in August. It serves as a quidebook on how to impart good social interaction and communication skills, without being perceived as a nag or a critic. She runs a program in a number of schools and her program has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN. Faye is also a contributor for the Today Show, New York Family and Family Fun magazine.

For more information, see the flyer.

Is your child (5th-8th grader) interested in Greening and Recycling?

McCall is offering a "Recycling Club" to those children interested in learning more on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15PM - 4:15PM in Mr. Knofleceks classroom.

See the flyer for details and sign up Recycle Club Flyer. Please contact Sharri Horowitz if you have any questions.


Interested in meeting other Parents and Faculty in our "Learning Network" (group of schools under our Superintendent)?

For details on the upcoming January meeting which will be held on January 27th beginning at 3:30PM at 440 see the attached flyer Learning Network January.

Casino Night 2014 Plans Are Underway

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a great event.

Mark your calendar and spread the word.

Tell your friends, neighbors and family too so everyone can come out and support McCall.

If you are able to help solicit Silent Auction Items or can conrtibute prizes please contact Marissa Post.

If you would like to help with the Casino Night, please contact Merle/Andrea.

Casino Night Save the Date

Has your child been absent from school?

If your child is sick and/or is out of school, you do not need to call the office.

You can simply send a note to the teacher explaining why your child missed school when your child returns. If your child has a doctors note, please attach with your letter. If your child is absent for an extended period and/or needs work from the teacher, please email or call the teacher to make arrangements (teachers cannot be interrupted during instruction so they will be left a message).

*You will still get the automated message from the district.

Mark Your Calendars For Our Milk & Cupcakes Event

This is a great opportunity for parents to come out and meet each other (with safe and simple babysitting at parent owned- Kids on 12th).

Flyers will be sent soon, so please save the date and look for additional information.

Literacy Night is Thursday, February 27th

We are working on the beginning stages of Literacy Night.

If you are interested in helping out in some way, please contact Ms. Pigford or Andrea Layden.

Neighborhood News

Starr Garden will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Please join as we participate in the 19th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20 from 10AM to 1PM. Details to follow.

Refreshments will be provided.

Dress warmly.

Children welcome; never too young for civic pride.

Starr Garden to begin a Friday Family Drum Club

Please join us at Starr Garden on Friday nights for the Friday Family Drum Club.

On Friday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Starr Garden after school instructor Robb McCall will be leading this fun, interactive and educational 6 week program. We will use drum sticks and buckets to learn about basic rhythms and patterns from around the world, then create some new beats of our own. The emphasis is on fun and jamming on rhythms together.

The cost for the 6-week course is $30 per participant (kids ages 5 and up as well as adults).

The program runs from January 17 through February 21.

Please call Shara at Starr Garden Rec Center (215-686-1782) to set up a time to register.

You can learn more about Robb and see him doing bucket drumming with kids on the Raising Music website at, on the "About Us" page.

This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and learn some rhythms together. Space is very limited so sign up today.