McCall Elementary eNews
Greetings, Colt Community!
It is STAAR Week! Thank you to our parents who showed up with AMAZING spirit this morning for the first of three days of Pep Rallies on the Porch! We have invited parents of 3, 4, and 5th graders to pump up and support our kids on their testing days this week. We had SO MANY happy faces today, let's really have even more parents show up the next two mornings and encourage our kids. Cheerleaders are needed from 7:15 AM -7:45 AM. A little bit of spirit goes along way on these stressful test days for the kids. Thank you for joining us to support our kids.
We have MANY other events that your are invited to attend this month. We rescheduled our awesome parent education night for May 19th. Ramy Mahmoud will be the keynote speaker to start us off. He is a teacher at Williams and has spoken at two local TED events; google his talks and be prepared to be WOWED by his words of wisdom. Mr. Mahmood has created a talk specific for McCall and our kids. Please make plans to attend this great event. A detailed flyer is attached to this eNews below.
It is also time for our second-fifth graders to start their all important KICKBALL tournaments. You are welcome to attend games, but please follow guidelines to visit the campus even though we will be outside and a little easier to access. Coach Walker has supplied some information to all the grades about the game and it's rules, so take a look over the information so you can be an informed spectator. I have also included that flyer in the body of this eNews for your reference.
FIELD DAY will be on May 20th along with our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon. Please make plans to volunteer or attend Field Day NEXT FRIDAY! Detailed information about Field Day is also included below for your ease. Flyers for Field Day and the Volunteer lunch are in the body of the eNews, so please take note of the details.
Our PTA will sponsor it's last family event, a picnic, on May 26th on the back lawn of McCall. We hope you will come and have a nice picnic dinner with other McCall families as we wind down school for the year.
The children have a four day weekend starting May 27th! Memorial Day will be observed starting on the 27th, and children will return to school on May 31st. for a short week to end the year. WOW, we really are headed down to the end of the year! I will have one last eNews to cover information about the last week of school. IN addition, it will contain information about summer programs and technology access for Think Through Math and iStation for your children.
I hope to see you at one of these great events planned at McCall this May. On behalf of the teachers, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week that was observed last week. Our teachers felt loved and treasured, so thank you for making it a wonderful week for all of them.
Principal, McCall Elementary
STAAR Testing Dates/Closed Campus Notification
Dear Colt Families,
It is the time of year for the state STAAR testing to begin. The State of Texas has strict standards for testing security on STAAR testing days. As a result, we will be a “closed campus” on all STAAR testing days this spring. A “closed campus” means we will not be able to have any visitors nor volunteers in the building at any time during the school day including lunch. We must observe a closed campus, as we have to move lunch schedules around in order to provide the testing grades with a solid four hours to test before they break for lunch. Unfortunately, this impacts every grade level regardless of their testing status for the day. We appreciate your help and cooperation during the testing season.
Here are the STAAR testing dates that McCall will observe a closed campus:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 ( 3rd /4th/5th Grade Reading)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (5th Grade Science)
Parent Education Night--rescheduled for May 19, 2016
Keynote Speaker at 6:00 pm
Key Note Speaker— Growth Mindset - Ramy Mahmoud – How can the way a child thinks about a challenge can impact their learning?
Ramy Mahmoud is currently in his 11th year teaching at Williams High School in Plano ISD and was named PISD’s Teacher of the Year in 2013. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas, teaching “Curriculum and Instruction in Natural Sciences” to aspiring educators. Ramy’s passion in his classrooms is to always force his learners out of their bubble and show them how harmless, and incredibly fulfilling, it truly is!
Sessions at 6:45
Session at 7:15
Parent Portal and “All Those Tests” - Connie Matthews
CogAT, TELPAS, MAP, STAAR - What are all of these assessments about? Where can a parent find these results? Learn the differences and the reasoning for the various assessments. Find out where you, as a parent, can log in and see your child’s assessment results and grades.
AVID Learners - Blanca Solares
Come find out information about AVID from actual high school AVID students. They are excited to tell you about how AVID has helped them be more successful in school.
Girl Drama—Guest of Mrs. Whitwell
How to Handle the Ins & Outs of Friendships
Is your child experiencing a climate of peers who torment, ignore and simply make life at school miserable? Girls can be so cruel that their actions often leave scars that can last a lifetime. Whether your child is a victim of peer cruelty or the one doing the harassing, you can benefit from this seminar. Join the discussion: you will learn to identify the signs of bullying and know the difference between childish play and abuse.
Healthy Eating for Children—Eric Smith
Are you what you eat? If so, we might need to change our meal planning. Get scientifically supported data that shows the direction society is going and what needs to be done to address the health concerns associated with overweight and obesity.
Math Make and Take (Grades K-2) —Ingrid Ngethe
Playing math games with practical resources such as dice, dominoes, and a deck of cards are wonderful ways to reinforce early addition, graphing, and number representations for long-term applications. Come out and learn fun ways that will enhance your child's math skills for life.
Math Make and Take (3rd—5th Grade) —Ingrid Ngethe
Who would have thought that learning math could be so much fun? High/Low fraction action, multiplication mastery, and graphing magic are just a few games that you would learn and be able to store in your math tool belt of hands-on tricks. Easy to play games that will stick with you and your child for a lifetime.
Reading at Home (Grades 3-5) - Jessica Pagan
Discussion of ways to encourage your children to read more as well as ways to interact with their reading at home to improve comprehension skills.
Reading at Home (Grades K-2) - Jessica Pagan
Learn strategies that you can easily implement at home which will help boast your child's comprehension of stories.
Summer Opportunities for your Kids!
PEP Summer School: Enrollment ends on May 13, 2016
Plano Enrichment Program (PEP)
Registration is currently underway for the Plano Enrichment Program.
PEP is housed at Memorial Elementary and Bowman Middle School.
The PEP program offers a variety of enrichment, as well as, review courses for Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders in a safe, caring and fun environment.
We offer something for everyone!
The program dates are June 8- June 30, Monday-Friday.
Tuition is $150 for 1, two- hour course; or $300 for our half-day program consisting of two courses.
PEP Program hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
We’ll do the driving for you. Free PISD school bus transportation is offered to and from your home school campus to our PEP summer school site.
For more information please visit us our website: www.pisd.edu/summerschool, or call Dr. Saul Laredo, PEP Principal at 469-752-1110.
Come join the fun at PEP!
Plano Senior High Drama Camp
The Plano Senior HS Wildcat Theatre department is offering the third annual summer theatre workshop for elementary students June 6-9, 2016. Students having just completed Grades 2nd through 5th are encouraged to attend. Theatre subjects such as acting, mime, mask making, make-up, improvisation, musical theatre and production will be taught by high school theatre students under the direction of professional theatre personnel Lance Morse and Cassidy McQuiston. Classes will be taught in the Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center on the PSHS campus. This year’s hours have been extended to 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to better serve parents’ schedules. We hope to see lots of young performers!