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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This week’s highlights

The most important news and events for the week of May 14, 2018: