September Newsletter

McCalla EL Sept. 9-30, 2021

Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Wear Gold on Wednesdays

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

McCalla T-Shirt Fundraiser

Let the SWARM begin!!!

The first ever McCalla Elementary t-shirt is now on sale.

Youth small to 3XL are $12.00 each.

4XL and 5XL are $15.00 each.

All orders must be turned in and paid by September 17, 2021 by 3:00 p.m.


Please send order and payment in an envelope with your student's name and the classroom teacher's name on it.

Pay cash or check.

Checks must have a driver's license number and a phone number on it.

GREAT NEWS!!!

For the 2020-2021 School year, Greenwood EL won a $10, 000 grant for PE that was written by PE Coach- Kim Lewis and Librarian-Melissa Summerford.


We will soon be presented this reward in the month of September. The original date of the presentation was going to be Sept. 8 but they are changing the check and banner for us to say McCalla . We are so excited about this accomplishment to help provide materials for our students to have more opportunities to be exposed to more sports as we purchase more equipment. Our focus is to teach the importance of a healthy life through exercise, eating healthy, and cooperative play with peers.


Awesome job teachers!!!

#1TeamMcCalla

Continue to SWARM

McCalla After School Club Opportunities for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders

Please read!****** Form due by Thursday, September 23. Tuesday clubs begin September 28. Thursday clubs begin September 30. In order to be a member of any club, you must be able to attend all practices (unless sick), performances and/or competitions, and must be picked up by 4:00 PM. We will run the same car pool lines procedures. This form does not guarantee a spot in a club.

Questions? Email the club sponsor.
Choir - Mrs. Cruz - ccruz@jefcoed.com
Drama and Girls Who Code- Mrs. Summerford - msummerford@jefcoed.com
Robotics - Mrs. Jones - vjones@jefcoed.com



https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDSgEU-8QC8_RtJWgec2H7KpZxyODiZvhebS6geOodvttt1g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Mark your calendar......

  • September 7-24 iReady testing (1st-5th grade) Alakids testing (Kindergarten)

  • September 9 Kona Ice at McCalla

  • September 14 PTA Virtual Meeting 6pm

  • September 15-October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month

  • September 16 -Progress Reports Go Home (1st-5th Grade only)

  • September 17- last day to order T-shirts (due by 3 pm)

  • September 15th Grade Scoliosis Testing - during PE (opt-in only)

  • September16th Virtual Open House at 4:30 K-3rd

  • September 16th Boys Scout Parent Meeting 6pm McCalla lunchroom

  • September 21 Virtual Open House 4th and 5th

  • September 23 Fall Pictures - Gym

  • September 28-30-Vision and Hearing Screening

Virtual Open House/Community Academies

These sessions are available to inform parents of what students are expected to learn this year and to discuss the State, District, and local requirements. We will focus on the Literacy Act that will impact all Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students. We will also discuss the importance of reading comprehension for third, fourth, and fifth grade students across all content areas.


We will discuss the standard-based report card for Kindergarten through second grade.

How to help your kids with phonics and phonological awareness skills.


Join us on:

September 16 for Kindergarten through 3rd grade 4:30 p.m.

https://jefcoed.webex.com/jefcoed/j.php?MTID=med8f32b71c091f25ca3cea5572019387


September 21st for 4th and 5th grade 4:30 p.m.

https://jefcoed.webex.com/jefcoed/j.php?MTID=mdf5ed29e5d0c35a6bd2ed88071b9e93e

COVID Weekly Reminder....

McCalla school parents,

This letter is a weekly reminder that your student may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual while in a classroom, extracurricular group, or on a school bus.


Your student is not excluded from school or school activities.

Please monitor your student daily for the following symptoms:

Fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

If any one of these symptoms are observed, isolate immediately, seek medical care

and contact your school nurse.

Please report a COVID-19 positive diagnosis to your school nurse.

COVID-19 positive and/or symptomatic exposed individuals must meet the following criteria before returning to school/work:

● Must be isolated for at least 10 days after symptoms first appear

● Must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications at the end of the 10 day period

● Improvement of all other symptoms



Parents please know you must provide proof if your student is going to be absent. If you have been to the doctor to determine if kids are positive, please email that to Mrs. Hayes or to Nurse Jessica.

cherittahayes@jefcoed.com or jessicathomas@jefcoed.com


If you do not have documentation for a student's absence, it will be considered unexcused. Please refer to the Code of Conduct for attendance and truancy for excessive unexcused absences.

Bus issues and concerns....

Please talk with your student(s) about the rules for riding the bus.

We need students to understand that they must stay seated at all times on the bus, do not throw items on the bus, keep their hands to themselves, and they must wear their mask while on the bus. We have had multiple bus drivers report behavior that is concerning. Any reports of inappropriate incidents or behavior will be thoroughly reviewed and discipline will be given to those directly involved or those breaking rules. Please review the Code of Conduct regarding bus discipline.

Breakfast and Lunch charges...

For the 2021-2022 school period, a full school breakfast and lunch are free for all students in Jefferson County. Any student that brings a lunch but wishes to get a milk will be charged for a milk according to the CNP guidelines. Also, any student who chooses to get multiple breakfast meals or lunch meals will be charged for the second extra meal. These items will be charged through the a' la carte menu.

McCalla PTA September Meeting

Join the McCalla PTA to support the school and community.'

Our first meeting will be September 14 at 6:00 p.m.


This will be a virtual meeting. See the link below:


Meeting Information


Meeting link:https://jefcoed.webex.com/jefcoed/j.php?MTID=mfc9552376d6bb43d1f4d4f7ff4eeb84a Meeting number:2491 308 3973Password:Z4QbYgvG9U4Host key:255366