McCaskill Memos

May 28, 2013

First Grade Camp!!!

This week is CAMP MCCASKILL!! Camp is just a fun way to celebrate a great year together. We have different activities going on each day, for more information check out the schedule below!

Tuesday: “Campout Under the Stars” – Wear your PJ’s to school and bring a small blanket or pillow (please send items in a bag that is easy for the kids to carry). Bring your favorite book from home (please mark with name), a stuffed animal and a flashlight for reading. Be sure to bring a Teddy Bear (or other animal) for the “Teddy Bear Sleepover” tonight. The animals will stay at school, so be sure it is not one that your child has to sleep with every night.

Wednesday: “Camp Mail” – Read and write letters. Create 1st Grade Memory Books. Teddy Bears will report about their crazy night at the “sleepover”.

Thursday: “Around the Campfire”- Make S’mores, and play board games around the campfire. Bring your favorite board game to play with friends. Please make sure your name is on it.

Friday: “Camp Goodbyes” – Reading Buddy celebration, and yearbook signing. The students will go to specials and then be dismissed at 1:45.

Camp Letters

Last week hopefully you received information about writing your child a letter to receive this week at "camp". Don't forget those are due Tuesday at the latest. You can email it to me and I'm happy to print it out and put it in an envelope for your little one. Its just a great way to tell them how proud you are, excited about 2nd grade, ways they've grown this year, etc. If you have any questions, just let me know!

End of Year Party

Tuesday, May 28th, 3-4:30pm

4330 Mockingbird Ln

Dallas, TX

A huge thank you to the Stienke's for hosting our fun end of the year party! We are going to walk across the street as a class (her home is right behind Bradfield, how convenient!) - Please make sure you have signed and returned your permission slip by TUESDAY morning!

Please send your child to school onTuesday with a swimsuit and towel. During the last part of the day I'm going to send them to the bathroom and get changed here at school before we walk over so we can get the party started! You are welcome to attend, please be sure to arrange transportation home at 4:30!

Looking forward to a great time with the kiddos!

A huge thank you to all of the families helping out to make this such a fun event for the kids.

Summer Reading Program

Summer is just around the corner. What a great time to get prepared for our summer reading challenge. Each student has information that was sent home in their Friday folders about this year's summer reading challenge and suggested summer reading titles. On May 17th and 18th, the Highland Park school libraries are having an in-store book fair at Barnes & Noble at both Lincoln Park and Preston/Royal locations. A percentage of the profits made will come back to all of the HPISD libraries. Make sure to let the Barnes & Noble sales associates know you are shopping to benefit HPISD libraries. If you can't make it on the 17th and 18th, you can shop online until May 22nd by going to and by using the promotional book fair ID 11088994 at checkout. There is a flyer that went home in this week's Friday folder with the ID number also. Please hold on to this ID to ensure all of the sales will be credited to HPISD. Thanks for your support!

Volunteers needed for Next Year

It's time to sign up for 2013 - 2014 Cafeteria, Library, Supply Shop and Teacher Workroom shifts!

Please take time right now to claim your shift. Don't delay so you don't miss the day that works best for you. If you are a current volunteer, you may claim your current shift (right of first refusal) for next year.

Starting Wednesday, May 1st, current volunteers may claim a different shift (new day or new week) for next year.

Also starting Wednesday, May 1st, shifts will be open to all new and incoming volunteers.

Click this link to the volunteer website and get signed up for next year.

THANK YOU for volunteering at Bradfield!

Problems or questions? Please contact Jenn Hayes at or text at 773.865.3244.