Monday, January 21, 2019

Jan. 21 Update


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone fared well through this cold and stormy weekend.  I would like to focus this week’s message on the upcoming parent conferences.  As you may know, all four school days this coming week are early release days, and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm.  Buses will arrive at that time to pick up students who typically utilize this mode of transportation to get home.  The afternoon time are scheduled for parent-teacher conferences.

I urge all parent and guardians who have scheduled conferences with your students’ teachers to arrive on time.  Since finding parking around McCall can be challenging, I encourage all of you to plan for that as well.  By now, all the conference slots for the team teachers are likely taken.  Therefore, please do not expect the teachers will be able to meet with you the same day if you miss or are late to your scheduled conferences.

I ask all parents and guardians to please contact your students’ teachers if you are unable to schedule a conference during the four conference days.  Due to the limited amount of meeting time that the teachers have available during the school year, they not be able to schedule a meeting with you in the near future.  The teachers may suggest that your students’ progress be discussed through phone conferences, email reports, or meetings with specific teachers as opposed to the entire team.

I would also like to remind everyone that the main purpose of the conferences is for teachers to provide you with an update of your student’s progress up to this point in the school year.  Due to the limited amount of time scheduled for each conference session, it is possible the teachers may not be able to answer all your questions or give you an in-depth response to your queries.  If that is the case, I encourage you to follow up with the teachers after the conferences are over to discuss the matter you were unable to discuss.  I am sharing with you the attached article from Understood.org (please click here) to help you prepare for the conferences.  It provides readers with some good advice about how to make the best use of your short parent-teacher conference time.  I hope you will find it to be helpful.

Lastly, I would like to share with you some announcements from our Student Council and The Garden Club.  Please see below:

Spider Plants On Sale 
The Greenhouse Club members will be selling spider plants during the week of parent-teacher conferences.  Spider plants make a great house plant and might be a nice addition to your kitchen or family room!  Plants will be on sale for $5.00 and all money raised will go toward monarch butterfly larvae sets as well as gardening tools for the greenhouse.  The students will be selling at a table near the main office. Cash only please. Thank you in advance for your support!

Cradles to Crayons
McCall is currently running a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons until Friday, February 1st. Cradles to Crayons is an organization where you can donate any high quality or gently used clothes for kids (ages newborn to 12 years old) living in low-income households. There are labeled boxes outside the main office where these much appreciated clothing items will be collected by the student council members. All donations must be bagged and labeled. Thank you in advance for your support!


Enjoy the upcoming week!


James Lin
Principal
McCall Middle School

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