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 McClellan Elementary School
360 School Lane
Pittsburgh, PA, 15236
phone (412)655-2700
fax (412)655-3526
Upcoming Events
February
Tuesday, 2/6 - Kindergarten Forum (6:30 @ TJ Cafeteria) 
Friday, 2/9 - Red, White & Blue Day (for Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony) 
Wednesday, 2/14 - PTA Meeting @ 1:30 (2nd grade and library presentation)
Thursday, 2/15 - Kindergarten Registration Night 94:30-6:00) 
Friday, 2/16 - Friendship Parties (10:00 for AM K & 1:30 for all other grades)
Monday, 2/19 - Presidents' Day (school is in session)
 
*Jump Rope and Hoops 4 Heart during PE classes on February 20, 21, and 22. 
 
 
Spelling Bee
spelling bee Congratulations to James Hausman (5th grade - Mrs. Hartbauer's class) for winning our Spelling Bee!  He will be competing against other students in the spring at Robert Morris University!
Geography Bee
geo bee Congratulations to all of our students who participated in our Geography Bee.  Pictured above were our top finishers.  From left to right: Liam Watkins (3rd place), Libby Neeley (2nd place), Madelyn Ellis (1st place) and Jillian Droppa (4th place). 
Citizens of the Month - December
Our School Resource Officer (SRO), Ron Porupsky, has been working with all of the students at McClellan Elementary on the importance of being a good citizen - in school and outside of school.  Each month, the teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5 can nominate a student that is an outstanding role model for others.  Below are the winners for this past month...
Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive
Before the holiday break, McClellan participated in the annual Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children. Pajama Program supports children living in shelters, group homes, and foster care, and those who attend Title I schools, Head Start programs, and other organizations that support at-risk youth. With warm pajamas and a comforting bedtime story, children feel safe and secure as they drift off to sleep, allowing them to have the good night that they need to realize their dreams the following day. Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 600,000 pairs of new pajamas. Scholastic Book Clubs has more than matched those numbers with nearly 1 million new storybooks donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then shared with children across the country by Pajama Program.
 
This year we were able to donate 222 pairs of pajamas from our school, which means Scholastic will match that and donate 222 books as well!  Mrs. Knopp's 1st grade class had the highest percentage of pajamas donated (19 sets from 20 students = 95% participation), which earned them a pajama day.  Check out the picture below... 
Kindness in the Community
As we continue to teach kindness and our Core Values... RESPECT, INTEGRITY, and EMPATHY... in school, our PTA Outreach Committee had a wonderful idea on how to get the word out in the community.  Students would create posters that we could then hang in local businesses around the community.  We had an overwhelming number of businesses that welcomed our initiative, and the posters can currently be seen in their establishments.  Please see the list below, and check out the pictures of our posters as well.  Also, if you happen to see your child's poster out in the community and want to snap a photo, please send it to me and I'll post it on our website!
 
Mr. Thomas- Pleasant Hills Borough Building 

Mrs. Wahl AM- Little Kids Playcare

Mrs. Wahl PM- Pleasant Hills Library

Ms. Booher AM- Vocelli's Pizza

Ms. Booher PM- Pleasant Hills Library

Mrs. Kaczmarek- Tiny Tykes Academy

Mrs. Farison- Kids Plus Pediatrics

Mrs. Knopp- Italian Village Pizza

Ms. Hense- Pleasant Hills Library (2nd floor)

Mrs. Jakubowksi- Pastries A La Carte

Mrs. Marcheleta- Coffee Tree Roasters

Mrs. Medlen- Quatro Pizza

Mrs. Thomas- Pleasant Hills Apothecary

Miss Recktenwald- Pleasant Hills Dry Cleaners

Mrs. Baleno- Pleasant Hills Animal Hospital

Mrs. DiSilvestro- Great Clips

Mrs. Rometo- Sports Clips

Mrs. Burke- Yoli's Pizza

Mr. Dobos- Barks and Bows

Mr. Steigerwald- Good Orthodontics

Mrs. Hartbauer- Body Heat Tanning Salon

Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates Visit
McClellan's fifth graders were honored to be visited by the Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates.  These gentlemen are Veterans of the Navy who provide an assembly to our 5th graders every year on the history of the American Flag.  Not only did they get to learn a lot about our flag and our country, but also a hands on lesson on the proper way to fold the flag.
Wall of Honor
Mr. Steigerwald (5th Grade Language Arts) wanted to do a Veterans Day project with the 5th grade this year to pay tribute to veterans who have served in the Armed Forces in the past as well as those who are currently serving.  The students brought in a copy of a picture of any family member/family friend that has served or is serving in the United States Armed Forces, along with a brief bio of the person and their time in the military.  He opened it up to the whole school, and received an overwhelming number of honorees.  Take a look at the pictures of our "Wall of Honor" display below...
Bring In Your Box Tops
The PTA will continue to collect Box Tops this year.  You do not have to attach them to a collection sheet like in years past.  Just send them in a baggie and your child can place them in the Box Top collection bin in their home room.
 
If you are wondering what types of products you can find Box Tops on, please click on the link below:
 
 
If you are wondering why we collect these, please watch the video of our students below;
 
 
The PTA has placed a race car bulletin board up in our hall and are tracking our totals for each classroom.
Cycle Days
Today:  2/24/2018  
5-Day Schedule Cycle
The District has adopted a new 5-Day Schedule Cycle for all schools for the 2017-18 school year. Instead of referring to each school day as M,T, W, Th, and F, each day will be designated as either A, B, C, D or E.  To view the 5-Day Schedule Cycle for the entire school year, please click here.
Artist of the Month - January
Each month, Mrs. Bowser selects 2 artists of the month from each grade level.  Throughout the 2017-2018 School Year I will be posting those winners here on our website.
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