October Newsletter

October 1- October 31, 2021

Empower.... Educate..... Support

Each year, October is recognized worldwide as Dyslexia Awareness Month, a time to come together to raise awareness, share resources, and tell stories about dyslexia successes.

K-3rd grade parents, please understand this is also one of the main reasons for the Alabama Literacy Act. This act was passed to help improve reading but also to provide guidelines to be able to identify dyslexia type characteristics and provide early interventions so kids can read on grade level.

McCalla PTA Fundraiser

KONA ICE DAY- October 14

$3.00 is the cost per month if you did not pay for the year.

All money must be received by October 12 by 3:00 p.m.

Although this is an E-day, the school will be open to receive your Kona Ice payment.

PTA News

Next PTA meeting with be October 12.

Please join us to support McCalla Elementary School.

Board members will be voted on October.


Want to help with upcoming events: Sign up on the sign up genius


email McCallaPTA@gmail.com

October 2nd National Custodian Day

We want to celebrate and show much appreciation to our awesome team.

We love and appreciate Mrs. Vickie Ballard (left) and Mrs. Michelle Spears (right) for all their hard work.

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Great Things Happening...

To help keep our school clean and to protect everyone during these COVID times, we have challenged all staff, teachers, and classes to do their part in keeping their lunch tables clean, their classroom desk and floor areas clean, and the overall school.

The class that does the best job gets the "Golden Dustpan" trophy for the week and gets to display it for their class before the entire school.

Congratulations to Mrs. Smith's class being the first winner this year.

2nd winner... Mr. Wally's class

3rd winner... Mrs. Broussard's class

4th winner... Ms. Burgess class

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Be Healthy Schools Grant

We are so excited that we received the Blue Cross Blue Shield "Be Healthy Schools" grant. This will allow us to buy more equipment for the PE department and help students to continue to learn more about health, wellness, and exercise. A big shout out to Coach Kim Lewis and Librarian Melissa Summerford for earning the grant for our school.

Academic Support and Information

Recording of the entire K-3 event


Tap Mat Presentation


Kindergarten Information


First Grade Information

First Grade Reading Expectations:

➩Read 55 words per minute by end of 1st grade with accuracy

➩Recognizes and reads grade level high frequency (red) words

➩Apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words (Blending

First Grade Math Expectations:

➩Count, write and recognize numbers 0-120

➩Demonstrate understanding of place value

➩Fluently add and subtract within 10

➩Represent and solve problems using addition and subtraction within 20

➩Add within 100, including adding a 2 digit and 1 digit number

Daily Reminders:

➩Student should read daily at home.

➩Parents please initial daily calendar and check newsletter.

➩Send a healthy snack and bottled water daily.

Second Grade Information


Third Grade Information


Fourth and Fifth Grade Information

Webex meeting recording: McCalla Virtual Academies 4th and 5th grade-20210921 2131-1

Recording link: https://jefcoed.webex.com/jefcoed/ldr.php?RCID=1d355dc548722393994e46ae660acee7

See Opportunities to participate in your local school or community activities

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Mark your calendar

  • September 15-October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month

  • October 11-15 Scholastic Book Fair

  • October 11 No School- Columbus Day

  • October 12 JEFCOED E-day

  • October 12 Last day to pay for October Kona Ice (due by 3pm)

  • October 12 PTA Virtual Meeting 6pm

  • October 14--- Fall Make-up Picture Day

  • October 14 Kona Ice Day

  • October 15 First Grade Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

  • October 18 Newcomb Game for 4th and 5th Graders @Pleasant Grove High School

  • October 18 DATE CHANGE!!-----Report Card Go Home

  • October 27 Marco Pizza Day----McCalla Pizza Fundraiser

  • October 28 JEFCOED Board Meeting at McCalla EL

  • October 29 No School for Kids-- Teacher Workday

  • October 31- Oasis of Praise Fall Festival 6pm-8pm Trunk or Treat

  • November 1- American Indian Heritage Month

Pine River Snack Favorites

Fundraising for McCalla EL.

Orders and money due at the school: October 20 by 3:00 pm

Top Seller wins $100 gift card.

2nd place-= $75

3rd place-= $50

4th place =$25

All who sells at least 10 items will get to be treated to a pizza party with Principal Hayes.

McCalla EL

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