Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 23 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well.  I would like to begin by letting you know that I will be holding monthly parent coffees starting Wednesday, October 3 from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the McCall Library.  All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.  This is an opportunity for us to meet and chat about issues that are on your mind.  I have posted all the Parent Coffee dates on the McCall Events Calendar and all are welcome.  You can locate the Events Calendar by visiting our website or by clicking here.   I would like to offer my appreciation to the McCall Parent Association who is sponsoring these events.

I also want to use this opportunity to ask for your help with the issue of helping students retrieve items they have left at home.  Since the school year started, each day our main office encounters between fifteen to twenty incidences of parents and guardians dropping off items (e.g., lunches, homework, and school materials) for their students.  In most of those cases, parents have asked the administrative assistants to notify their students that their items have arrived.  During a day recently, I saw first hand a 6th grade teacher being interrupted three times during a fifty minute lesson by phone calls from the main office asking her to remind students that their forgotten items have arrived.  We would like you to help us in limiting PA announcements and phone calls into the classrooms so instruction can proceed with few interruptions.  You can assist in this effort by reminding your students that if they forget an item, they are welcome to stop by the main office during passing times or during class time with teacher permission to check to see if their items have arrived.  I also encourage you to remind your students that if they forget their lunches, they can inform the Food Services staff and they will provide them with a lunch.

Here are some additional reminders for the upcoming week:

Picture Day is Wednesday - Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (Day 4), is the McCall Middle School Picture Day.  All students will report by homeroom to the gymnasium at the specified time listed on the attached schedule (please click here).  In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, we will not be making announcements to call students to have their photo taken.  So please be sure to check the attached schedule for what time your student's homeroom will be photographed.   We encourage you to remind your students to write their scheduled time in their agenda planners.

Picture Order Forms will be sent home with students on Monday. 

Friday Early Dismissal – Please remember that Friday is a student half day.  Dismissal time will be 12:00 pm.

Clubs and Extracurricular Activities  - Clubs and extracurricular activities start this week.  No prior registrations are required for most clubs and activities.  Students can just show up at the time that the clubs are scheduled.  You can locate all club information through the McCall website. 

Lastly, please do not forget that this year’s Open House is scheduled on Thursday, October 4 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

Thank you and enjoy the upcoming week!

James Lin
McCall Middle School

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