Happy New Year!


On behalf of the officers and board members of the McCall Home and School Association, I write to thank everyone who has contributed time, money, donations in-kind, and ideas to help make McCall a wonderful community for all!

Whether it was the McCall Fall Cleanup, the Halloween Party School Fundraiser, Election Day Bake Sale, Uniform Sales, Merry Monday faculty and staff appreciation breakfast, McCall Warm Fuzzies winter accessories drive, 100 Book Challenge volunteers and book drive by Anna Brown, Leslie Bulitt of BuildOn, and Bala Cynwyd Middle School principal Mark Pellico, the McCall community and its supporters have repeatedly stepped up to provide resources for our entire school community. THANK YOU!

The McCall HSA continues to serve our school community through education and advocacy:

  • McCall HSA provided testimony to the new Board of Education and City Council, about the need for principals, faculty, staff, and families to have greater input into school budgets and prioritization of capital improvements;
  • McCall HSA has partnered with School District Director of Operations Danielle Floyd, Nicole Ward, Alfred Howard, and Fund for PHL John Barber, providing them with a tour of known capital needs and during which faculty provided input;
  • McCall teacher Mabel Sei, parent Ling Gao, and I participated in Asian Americans United’s listening session with superintendent Dr. William Hite, Jr., to advocate for multilingual students and families;
  • McCall HSA hosted a Saturday morning listening session with Principal Stephanie McKenna, so immigrant families could share ideas and concerns;
  • McCall HSA met with FACE Office, Office of Grants Development, and Philadelphia Home and School Council to learn best practices on home and school partnerships and how to diversify our funding streams;
  • and McCall HSA has hosted daytime and evening meetings, updated the HSA website to include translated documents, and provided 24/7 support to Mandarin-speaking families through our volunteer-run WeChat group.

While McCall HSA will continue to advocate for more resources,the fact remains that there are many critical needs at our school now. CLICK HERE to read the requests we have received from faculty and staff. CLICK HERE to read about our fundraising activities to date. The past McCall HSA funded EducationWorks, which provides structured recess for students K-5. EducationWorks has expanded activities to provide restorative justice programming for students. The HSA must raise $53,000 to fund EducationWorks alone. Every dollar goes a long way to provide the resources our principal, faculty, staff, and students need to succeed. Please CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible donation to support our school.

The HSA also appreciates the time that families and supporters can give to our school. Check out these school volunteering opportunities:

  • Our school needs volunteers for the 100 Book Challenge throughout the year. To sign up for a shift, CLICK HERE.
  • In case you missed it, CLICK HERE for audition and rehearsal information regarding McCall Drama Club’s production of “Annie, Jr.”. Stay tuned for info on how you can volunteer to support McCall Drama Club’s production of “Annie, Jr.” The HSA raises funds for our school by selling concessions, tees, and tickets. Let us know if you’d like to help!
  • The McCall Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the school year. The next McCall Gala which will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Reading Terminal Market. If you are interested in volunteering, please attend our planning meeting on January 9. If you are interested in attending, please contact President@McCallSchool.org.

As always, THANK YOU for all the ways you make McCall a special community. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@mccallschool.org.


Anna Perng

P.S. If you haven’t made a donation yet, we hope you will consider making a donation today or signing up to volunteerMcCall HSA is a small, volunteer-run nonprofit that works closely with Principal Stephanie McKenna, faculty, staff, and families on education, advocacy, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising priorities. McCall HSA’s activities are referenced in our school’s Title I School-Parent Compact. (To view the 2017-18 compact approved by our school community last year, please CLICK HERE.)



无论是McCall秋季清理,万圣节派对学校募捐活动,选举日烘焙销售,统一销售,Merry周一教职员工欣赏早餐,McCall Warm Fuzzies冬季配件驱动,100本书挑战志愿者和Anna Brown,Leslie Bulitt的书籍驱动BuildOn和Bala Cynwyd中学校长Mark Pellico,McCall社区及其支持者一再加紧为我们整个学校社区提供资源。谢谢!

McCall HSA通过教育和宣传继续为学校社区服务:

  • McCall HSA为新的教育委员会和市议会提供了证据,证明校长,教职员工和家庭需要更多地投入到学校预算和资本改进的优先次序;
  • McCall HSA与学区运营总监Danielle Floyd,Nicole Ward,Alfred Howard以及PHL John Barber基金合作,为他们提供了已知资本需求的参观,并在此期间为教师提供了投入;
  • McCall老师Mabel Sei,父母Ling Gao和我参加了亚裔美国人联合会与负责人William Hite,Jr。博士的听力会议,为多语种学生和家庭提供支持;
  • McCall HSA与Principal Stephanie McKenna主持了周六早上的听力会议,因此移民家庭可以分享想法和关注点;
  • McCall HSA与FACE办公室,Grants Development办公室以及费城家庭和学校委员会会面,了解家庭和学校合作伙伴关系的最佳实践以及如何使我们的资金流多样化;
  • 和McCall HSA举办了日间和晚间会议,更新了HSA网站以包含翻译文件,并通过我们的志愿者运营的微信组为全文的家庭提供全天候支持。

虽然McCall HSA将继续倡导更多资源,但事实仍然是我们学校现在有许多关键需求。点击这里阅读我们从教职员工处收到的请求。点击这里阅读我们迄今为止的筹款活动。过去的McCall HSA资助了EducationWorks,为学生K-5提供结构化休息。 EducationWorks扩展了为学生提供恢复性司法程序的活动。 HSA必须筹集53,000美元才能单独为EducationWorks提供资金。每一美元都有很长的路要走,以提供我们的校长,教职员工和学生成功所需的资源。请点击此处进行免税捐赠以支持我们的学校。


  • 我们学校全年都需要志愿者参加100本书挑战赛。要注册从现在到2019年春季之间的转换,请点击此处
  • 如果您错过了,请点击此处获取有关McCall Drama Club制作“Annie,Jr。”的试听和排练信息。请继续关注如何自愿支持McCall Drama Club制作“Annie,Jr。”的信息。 HSA通过出售特许权,发球和门票为我们的学校筹集资金。如果您想帮忙,请告诉我们!



考虑捐款报名参加志愿者活动McCall HSA是一家由志愿者组成的小型非营利组织,
与Principal Stephanie McKenna,教职员工和家庭密切合作,
McCall HSA的活动在我们学校的Title I 
School-Parent Compact中被引用。 

Welcome Back, McCall!

Dear McCall Family,

We hope you have had a restful summer! This summer, McCall families and community members gathered at Starr Garden Recreation Center for a Kindergarten Playdate and Little Library painting activity. It was so much fun!

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Thank you to Philadelphia Parks and Recreations (and HSA Board member-at-large) Chloe Harris and Chris Windle for leading this activity! Special thanks to Amy Martin of Friends of Independence Branch Library for spending the day with us. We thank the Friends of Independence Branch Library for donating three Little Libraries to our catchment in partnership with the McCall School Advisory Council. Please visit our other Little Library at Franklin Square. (Stay tuned for details about the third Little Library, which will live at McCall Elementary School.)

The HSA recently welcomed back faculty and staff with a catered luncheon by Ruby’s Bytes. The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, assorted sandwiches, and pasta salad were a hit! Thank you McCall faculty and staff for the important work that you do!

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As a friendly reminder, the first day of school for all students is Monday, August 27, 2018! The School District of Philadelphia invites you to ring a bell on your cellphone (or a real bell) at 8 AM to give faculty, staff, and students a festive welcome. Remember to tag your social media posts with #RingtheBell!

To get you ready for school, Principal McKenna has helped gather school supply lists: CLICK HERE. New to Philadelphia? We have info about health forms (CLICK HERE), School District transportation (CLICK HERE), school calendar (CLICK HERE), and after school care programs (CLICK HERE). Check out our Friends of McCall Facebook group, too: CLICK HERE.

Please save these dates:

On Thursday, September 6 at 7 PM, we will have our first HSA meeting. It will be held at Starr Garden Recreation Center (600 Lombard Street).

On Friday, September 7 from 5-7 PM, the HSA will host  a potluck-style Welcome Back Party in the McCall Elementary School school yard. Families are invited to bring blankets and relax! This is also a good opportunity to bring gently used clothing, uniforms, and jackets for clothing swap!

On Wednesday, September 12, McCall will have its Back to School Night from 5-7 PM. Community partners will have tables starting at 4:30 PM. Principal McKenna will kick off Back to School Night in the auditorium at 5 PM.

Lastly, our new board is interested in hearing from you! Please take a few minutes to help complete this survey: CLICK HERE. 
Kind regards,
Anna Perng


感谢费城公园和娱乐中心(以及HSA董事会成员)谢谢Chloe Harris和Chris Windle付出时间。特别感谢独立宫图书馆的艾米·马丁与我们共度一天。我们感谢独立宫图书馆向我们的区域捐赠了三个小图书馆。请逗留我们其他区域的小图书馆— 富兰克林广场。请继续关注我们最后一个小图书馆,应该会在McCall学校校园。
HSA和Ruby’s Bytes 举办了欢迎学校教职人员午餐活动,有新鲜出炉的巧克力饼干、各种三明治和意大利面 、沙拉都很受欢迎!
请家长们预留下这一天时间 :
9月6日星期四晚上7点,我们将举行第一次HSA会议。它将在Starr Garden Recreation Center(600 Lombard Street)举行。
9月12号星期三是返校夜时间是 5 — 7 pm。4:30pm 会有一些社区合作伙伴在学校分发关于他们的信息。校长McKenna女士将于5pm整在学校礼堂举行返校夜活动。这是跟孩子老师最好的见面时间,可以了解整个学年老师使用什么样的教程、教材来教学生。如果您对捐赠或志愿服务感兴趣,请让Nancy Lin知道:nancylg90@hotmail.com或215 305 2565. Nancy她说普通话和福州话。





Free school lunches during the summer

A McCall parent, who is a nutritionist, wrote a blog post addressing healthy eating habits over the summer, which includes information on how to get free school lunches:

“Free School Lunches – Many children get their lunches through the school-offered program. This can make it hard for these kids to receive proper meals during the summer. However, there are over 1,000 sites in Philadelphia that serve free lunches and snacks to youths under the age of 18. You can find which site is closest to you through the Philly Food Finder website (http://www.phillyfoodfinder.org/) or you can text “FOOD” to 877877 and receive a message back to find the closest location. All you will need to enter is a zip code.”


You can read her blog post HERE.

McCall HSA’s accomplishments


The last four years have been hugely successful at McCall!

As our term ends, we would like to share with you some of McCall HSA‘s accomplishments over this time frame, and how your support and HSA‘s leadership has aided in maintaining McCall’s status of excellence:

  • We collected close to $250,000 in donations!;
  • We raised over $171,000 through our Annual Galas & Auctions!;
  • We generated over $75,000 in funds through Fundraisers!;
  • We secured over $25,000 in grants from the Wash West Trust!; AND
  • We collected over $8,000 in rewards programs, including Amazon Smile and Shoparoo!
We were able to provide the McCall community with:
  • 4 consecutive years of Structured Recess (Playworks/EdWorks)
  • School-Wide Air Conditioning
  • Replacement of the Playground’s Safety Surface
  • 1 Year of Funding of Kathy Phillips’s Position in our Library
  • 13 SMART Panels
  • 20 Chromebooks
  • Funding for Renovation of the First Floor Bathroom
  • Translation Equipment
  • Upgraded Auditorium Sound System and Keyboard Lab
  • Textbooks, Novels, ESOL Kits, 100 Step Challenge Books
  • Software for Curricula
  • Computer and Science Lab Supplies
  • Hydration Stations
  • Walnut Street Theater Drama Program
  • Laminator/Shredder/Video Entry System/Cleaning Equipment
  • Support for Nurse Benjamin, Art Supplies, Instrument Repair
  • Teacher Appreciation Celebrations
We were also proud to have:
  • Coordinated countless school events, in partnership with Principal McKenna, such as the Back to School Night Fairs, Welcome Back Parties on the Playground, Parents’ Nights Out, Cherrydale Fundraisers, Election Day Bake Sales, Picture Days, Art to Remember, Movie Nights, Teacher Appreciation Day Breakfasts; Halloween Parties, Chinese New Year’s Parties; McCall Relays; Sports Outings; BoxTops Collections; 100 Step Challenges, and More!
  • Maintained our website, Facebook Page, and Amazon Wish Lists
  • Published the Weekly Update and Other Parent Communications
  • Managed our Financial Records and Other Related Documents to Maintain our 501(c)(3) Status
  • Organized 4 Annual McCall Galas & Auctions
Best of luck to the incoming Board and we look forward to the future successes of McCall HSA!
Laurel Landau, Laura Sepe, Sheri Feinberg, Stephanie Grenier-Griffin,
Farah Kapoor, Lisa Hardy, Tim Miller, Marci Seder, Lauren Summers, and Marcus Weidner.


2018 McCall Gala & Auction Proceeds

Thank you again for your amazing support for our 2018 McCall Gala & Auction, our 6th annual event of this kind!!

We are proud to report a new record with our net proceeds: 

over $57,000!!

This includes over $15,000 (plus HSA’s matching), raised during the Paddle Raise, to fund the renovation of the first floor bathroom!

Congratulations, McCall!!


Buy your yearbook!

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Did you forget to buy your yearbook?! You’re in luck – Ms. Mandell ordered extra!

They are $20 each, and you can pay by cash or checks made payable to “McCall Elementary”.

Be sure to fill out the order form, which you or your student can get from the office.

Blue & Gold Day/STEAM Fest

Blue & Gold Day- 2018

Blue & Gold Day is TOMORROW (Friday, June 1st), weather permitting! Dressing in your assigned color is encouraged! (Uniform is acceptable, alternatively.)

Parents: Please send your children to school in sneakers and with a reusable water bottle, if you have one!
Teachers: Please have the children bring their water bottles outside!

Grades Big School Yard
(Blue & Gold Activities)
6th Street Courtyard
(STEAM Fest)
K-1 10:00-11:00 12:50-1:30
2nd and 3rd 12:30-1:30 10:15-11:00
4th and 5th 11:15-12:15 1:30-2:15
6th and 7th 9:00-10:00 11:15-12:00
8th Grade: Tug of War at 2:00

Watermelon Help

Thanks to those who volunteered to help cut and serve the watermelons! More cutters are always welcome (and needed)! Just show up in the 6th Street Courtyard!

Please come with a knife and cutting board, if possible.

Message from the HSA Elections Nominating Committee

As we get closer to the end of the voting period for HSA officers, the nominating committee is reminding candidates and HSA members of the procedures.

All teachers have received ballots for each of their students to take home. If someone did not receive a ballot they can pick one up in the office. Announcements have been made to faculty, staff and support staff about the election and where to obtain ballots.

Below are the rules and procedures guiding this process.

Voting for Candidates will end May 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

Please return your completed ballot form in the envelope provided to the marked box in the McCall Elementary Office by May 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM or you may bring your completed ballot form to the HSA meeting planned for May 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM in the McCall Library.

Please vote for one candidate per office by circling your chosen candidate’s name. If you wish to vote for a candidate not on the Ballot Form, write in the name of a candidate on the Write In line and circle them. If there is only one candidate running for each office, we ask that you still vote by circling them as we need to have a record that this person is supported by the parent body.

To be a valid completed Ballot Form, complete the following:
1. place your completed Ballot Form in the envelope provided
2. close and seal the envelope
3. sign your name on the back of the envelope
4. write your child’s (or children’s) name on the back of the envelope
5. Write your child’s homeroom on the back of envelope

Ballots will be removed from signed envelopes and counted by an independent representative from the Philadelphia Home & School Council.

No school staff or HSA board members will be involved in vote counting or be aware of how association members vote.

One vote per household. Faculty, staff, support staff and student government leaders are eligible to vote according to McCall HSA Bylaws.

No campaigning by candidates, teachers, staff or students may take place during regular school hours.

2018 McCall Gala & Auction

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What a wonderful night! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm!

We had close to 200 people in attendance at our 2018 McCall Gala & Auction, which is our 6th event of this type! We had our second ever live auction component, which was a huge success, and our first ever paddle raise (to raise money to renovate bathrooms!!) We are still finalizing our net profit — please stay tuned!

This event was an incredible show of support for McCall: parents, teachers, incoming parents, former parents, community members with no tie to McCall — all celebrating together! Thanks to everybody who procured or donated the hundreds of silent and live auction items and raffle prizes, entered them into the system, collected sponsorships, printed descriptions and bidsheets, matched items to envelopes, coordinated with the vendors and venue, procured donations of alcohol and desserts, created name tags, managed ticket sales, and of course the team of people who worked tirelessly that afternoon and evening to set everything up beautifully and kept everything running smoothly all night. We all made this successful event happen! Thank you!!

Stay tuned for the Extra Recess Raffle; it will take place Wednesday morning! Also stay tuned for an online auction with the remaining auction items!

Here is Ms. Greenberg introducing surprise special guest, Award-Winning Chef Michael Solomonov, to auction off a multiple course dinner for TWELVE at Zahav…to be cooked by him and…Marc Vetri! It went for over $5000!!!!!

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Thank you again to our Event Sponsors!!



McCall HSA was honored Friday night by the Philadelphia Home and School Council with the 2018 Outstanding Home and School Award for “consistently going above and beyond expectations; for their team’s outstanding work as parent leaders and in the area of parent advocacy and care; for their strategic visioning and collaborations while making significant contributions both financially and in parent engagement and unification.”

We are proud of our officers:
Laurel Landau, President, Sheri Feinberg, Vice-President, Laura Sepe, Treasurer, and Stephanie Grenier-Griffin, Secretary, as well as our Board Members at Large:
Lisa Hardy, Tim Miller, Marci Seder, Lauren Summers, and Markus Weidner.

Congrats McCall!

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