Recent News

Jump Rope for Heart Kicks Off

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 3:35 PM

McClellan Elementary is again part of the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart Program. The event will be held during physcial education class on Feb. 6, 7, and 8. Children who participate will learn about the importance of the heart, raise money for those affected by congenital heart defects, and feel good for doing good. 

Information packets and donation envelopes were sent home recently, giving more detail and the prize giveaway levels. The deadline for returning donation envelopes is Feb. 6, 2017.

Parents can learn more at

A Visit from Author Alan St. Jean

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 9:30 PM

This past Tuesday, author Alan St. Jean stopped by to visit the students and share his unique insights into the world of writing. St. Jean, author of such books as The Legend of OinkADoodleMoo and the Aidan of Oren series, used a fun-filled multimedia presentation, music, and some question-and-answer sessions to engage the kids and explore the many aspects of good storytelling. Plot, characters, conflict, and many other crucial literary elements were discussed amidst the laughs and giggles.


The McCellan Elementary PTA extends their thanks to Alan St. Jean for a fabulous morning!


To learn more about Alan St. Jean, visit

Get Ready for Game Night!

Posted on October 30, 2016 at 8:15 AM

On Thursday, Nov. 17, McClellan Elementary will be hosting it's annual Family Game Night!

Families can participate in Pictionary, iPad Trivia, and play a variety of board games. The board games will be raffled off at the end of the night for use in our classrooms during indoor recess. Attending families will recieve tickets to participate in this raffle.

Also, a variety of Minute-To-Win-It games will be held in the gymnasium, as well as a Star Wars X-Box battle. For a small monetary donation to charity, students may challenge teachers in these games.


Admission is free for this event, and light refreshments will be available at no cost, but families are encouraged to bring donations to benefit the local food bank, including but not limited to the following items:


  • Canned Food – Canned Fruit, Corn, Potatoes, Ravioli, Stew, Chili, etc.
  • Pasta, Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
  • Peanut Butter, Baby Wipes

We hope you can join us for an evening of laughs and fun as we get our game on at McClellan!


PTA Parents, Family Game Night is still looking for volunteers to help run games and manage the event. Click here to sign-up. Your involvement is always appreciated.


PTA Council to Hold Stress & Anxiety Panel

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The West Jefferson Hills School District Council of PTAs will host an informational session for parents on student stress and anxiety. The panel will discuss how parents might recognize the signs and symptoms of stress or anxiety in their children, and will propose ideas to help both parents and students cope with these issues. The discussion will encompass all school age children from kindergartners who struggle with separation anxiety through high school juniors or seniors stressed out about Advanced Placement exams or choosing the right college or career path. Scheduled among the presenters will be Jeff Devinney, West Jefferson Hills School District Social Worker; Erin McManus, the Outpatient Supervisor at Mon Yough Community Services, and Rusty Hewitt from the Allegheny County Bureau of Mental Health Services. The panel will speak for approximately one hour and afterwards there will be a thirty minute question and answer session for the parents in attendance. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the LGI Room at Pleasant Hills Middle School. Parents from nearby communities are also welcome to attend.

Giant Eagle Advantage Card Program Pays Off

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:40 PM

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Thanks to those who have participated in the Giant Eagle Apples for Students Program, and designated McClellan Elementary as their school of choice, the following pieces of sports equipment have recently been purchased. These additions will provide more play and exercise opportunities for the students, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • MacGregor® Rubber Soccer balls
  • Spiral TeachBALLT Junior Training Football
  • MacGregor® X2Y Youth Football - Rubber
  • Voit® Tuff 6 1/4" Dodgeball (low bounce so they won't go over the fence on the lower playground)
  • Compact Ball Locker for cleanup and storage
  • Tchoukball Set
  • HoopKlipz™ With Posts (You can use a hula hoop with this set to create a target to throw things through. The intended use is as a Frisbee or football target.)
  • Plastic Play Balls (6-Pack)
  • Voit® Enduro 8 1/2" Ball - Prism Pack (six for recess, and six to give back to gym for lending us balls that were lost or broken over the hill)
  • US Games Tail Balls (6-Pack)
  • BSN Pop Up Soccer Goal - 72" W
  • Zume Badminton Set (4 rackets,2 birdies,net, poles, case)
  • Hoop Storage Bag - 36"
  • GameCraft® 9 in. Plastic Flying Discs (6-Pack)
  • Premium No-Kink® Hoops - 36" (These can't be ruined by kinks. The kids like to pull each other around with them sometimes.)
  • High Fly'n Footbags (6 to be used as hackie sacks)
  • Junior Plastic Molded Paddle-Prism Pack
  • Adjustable-Length Speed Ropes
  • Segmented Jump Rope w/Foam Handle - 16'

If you haven't already, we encourage you to register your Advantage Card in the Giant Eagle Apples for Students Program. It really does make a difference.