Sunday, September 1, 2019

Welcome to McCall!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you well.  I am attaching a video to welcome all of you to McCall and to provide you with some some first day arrival information (please click here).  I hope you will take a moment to watch it with your students.

It will really help us to get students’ first day started off smoothly if they arrive at McCall knowing their team name and homeroom teacher’s name.  Therefore, if you have not found out who your student’s homeroom teacher is, please look up that information by logging into your student's Aspen account.  Click the "My Info" top tab and then click "Details" on the left side tab.  When the window opens look on the right side and you will find your team, homeroom number, and homeroom teacher.  If you access the parent account, you will only be able to find out the student's homeroom number.  You can do so by selecting the appropriate student (if you have multiple students enrolled in the district), then clicking the "Family" top tab, and "Details" side tab.  You can then identify the homeroom teacher's name by using the Teams and Homeroom document posted on the Resource section of the school website.

Also, if your students are enrolled in Band or Orchestra, please note that they do not have to bring their instruments to school for the first class.  The Band or Orchestra instructors will let your students know during the first class the process to manage their instruments.

Lastly, please note that the Sept. 3 – the first day of school – is a full day.  All students will be dismissed at 3:07 pm just like every school day.

The summer has not ended yet, so I hope all of you will use this weekend to relax and get yourselves mentally prepared for the first day of school.  The most helpful thing you can do for your students is to model for them how to be calm and embrace a positive mindset about returning to school.  If you are calm then they will be calm.  It is just as important that you convey to your children that even though first day of school can be challenging, you have confidence in their abilities to take on this task.  None of the students need to be perfect or need to have everything set up perfectly for them in order to have a great day at McCall.  They just need to come with a growth mindset and the willingness to seek help when they need it.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday! 

James Lin
McCall Middle School

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