McCall Elementary eNews
February 29, 2016
Greetings, Colt Community!
I am writing this edition with the intention that it will take us to after our Spring Break. I cannot believe that we are nearing the fourth nine weeks of school. Time is flying by, and I always say that it speeds up after Spring Break. There is information in the body of this eNews about STAAR testing, so while you may not have a child in a STAAR grade, the testing schedule we have to follow impacts all grade levels. Please take a moment to review that information and make notes on your calendar.
The Plano ISD School Board has called a bond election for May. Here is a link to the official bond election website: http://www.pisd.edu/2016bond . Please take time to read through the information and familiarize yourself with the needs of the district so that you can be an informed voter in the May election.
Please help us get the word out about our Kindergarten Round Up event on May 18th. This is when we will be registering all our new KN Colts. Information is in the event section below for specific times.
Principal, McCall Elementary
Bowman PTA Request--information for 5th grade families
Bowman PTA needs your help. We are currently looking for volunteers to join the PTA board for the 2016-17 school year. A lot of our members this year have children moving on to 9th grade.
PTA at the middle is not nearly as big of a time commitments as it is in elementary school. However, we are an important component to the school culture. The PTA is able to support our wonderful Bowman staff. We also support our students with activities, programs and special rewards. PTA is a valuable partner with the administration and the community. Below is a list of our positions that need to be filled.
3rd VP over Budget and Finance
Arts in Education
Please consider how you can help our school during the 2016-17 school year.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
Thanks from the nominating committee.
Community Input Needed for McCall
As a part of our school rating given by the Texas Education Agency, McCall Elementary School is asking for parents to complete a quick survey in order to give us feedback on parental engagement. Please help us by clicking on the following link and completing the online survey. The deadline for submission to this survey is Friday, 3/25/2016. Thanks in advance for your support.
Here are the links to the online survey:
English version: http://formscreator.pisd.edu/FormHandler/ParentalEngagementPISD.aspx
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, March 28, 2016 (4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Reading)
Monday, March 29, 2016 (5th Grade Math)
Monday, May 9, 2016 (3rd/4th/ 5th Math)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 ( 3rd /4th/5th Grade Reading)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (5th Grade Science)