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McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements 01/05/18

Posted on January 5, 2018


2-1-1 connects individuals with social services

Posted on January 3, 2018

Need information on child care assistance? Do you need to find a specific child or youth service? Assistance providing food, clothing or shelter?

Simply dial 2-1-1 and talk with a trained caring resource navigator who can assist you with access to thousands of programs. United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Northwest information and referral service connects people in need to social services and operates on a 24/7/365 basis.

People in need of services can dial 2-1-1 from a landline or cell phone. Individuals can also conduct their own searches or use the live chat feature for assistance at the website, Information and referral service has not been available in Erie County since the 1990s when a similar service offered by Erie Hotline ended.

Spreading awareness within the General McLane community about the 2-1-1 service, which United Way of Erie County launched in May, is one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team has established for this school year.

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to continue the work during this school year.


Family Creates New Endowment Fund

Posted on December 27, 2017

Starting this school year, the Jean and Alton Huntley Family Endowment will annually award a graduating senior who will be attending Edinboro University or a local technical school with a cash scholarship.

Diane Huntley created the fund in memory of her parents and former Edinboro residents, Jean and Alton.

Jean passed away in January 18, 2016. Jean worked for General Telephone for two years and was employed at the Campus School and University Libraries at Edinboro University until her retirement.

Alton passed away April 23, 2017. Alton was a teacher at Greensburg High School and Technical Memorial Junior High in Erie, as well as a Career Counseling and Placement counselor and as a Supervisor of secondary education student teachers at Edinboro State College. A U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War, Alton served on various boards, including the Borough of Edinboro Council, Church Men’s Council, Edinboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was Mayor of the Borough of Edinboro.

Jean and Alton have three children, Linda, Diane and Dale, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors and innovative educational projects within the district.

To donate to the Huntley Family Endowment and learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit


JWPMS kicks off Hoops for Hearts

Posted on December 22, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School kicked off its fundraiser this week. A representative from the American Heart Association spoke to students on the importance of a healthy heart.

Hoops for Heart Week takes place at the school Jan. 8-12. Students can start fundraising now to participate in service learning for the American Heart Association. Packets with information were handed out to students.


JWPMS Principal Read Aloud

Posted on December 22, 2017

On Wednesday and Thursday, James W. Parker Middle School principals Mr. Buto and Mr. Whitford read to 5th graders! They read the traditional, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, alternating stanzas. Mrs. Brooks, Miss Stonis and Miss Shee combined their language arts classes for this event.

A new holiday tradition is in the making!


Foods class does Cookie Exchange

Posted on December 22, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School 8th grade students spent the last three days preparing cookies for an old-fashioned cookie exchange. Students in Mrs. Glasl’s Foods Class were assigned a cookie and had to analyze the recipe to calculate the amount of cookies they needed to prepare to send home at least a dozen cookies with each person in class.

Approximately 1,000 cookies were made and students take them home Thursday and Friday!


JWPMS spread holiday cheer

Posted on December 22, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School 5th and 6th grade choir students headed to the center of downtown Edinboro to spread the holiday cheer! Some family and friends joined in and participated in the celebration!


Christmas Around the World

Posted on December 22, 2017

Edinboro Elementary third graders hosted “Christmas Around the World” for students, family and friends.

They did a wonderful job exploring the various ways the holiday is celebrated!


Second Graders ride Polar Express

Posted on December 22, 2017

Edinboro Elementary students once again joined in on the magic of Christmas and rode the Polar Express Train ride Friday.

Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express is a story of a young boy’s trip to the North Pole.

Mimicking the book, Edinboro students wore their pajamas and enjoyed their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and their very own sleigh bells. Students boarded the train, listened to a reading of The Polar Express and danced the “Hot Chocolate” dance after being greeted by their very own conductor. The students also signed an entire Christmas song.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for more than 10 years.


Giving Tree returns to McKean Elementary

Posted on December 22, 2017

This month, McKean Elementary hosted their annual Giving Tree. The students raised 120 winter items for SafeNet, Inc AND 60+ items for Because You Care, Inc.!

Mrs. Iaquinta’s class coordinated the winter items, which included hats, gloves, scarves.

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps’ Miss Bova and second graders coordinated the pet items. They collected items for cat and dog for our local animal shelter. In addition, they also did some writing pieces. The writing pieces discuss a few of the animals from the shelter, why the school was collecting, and how it helps our community.

Great job to our students and thanks to those who donated!

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