Watson T. Comly School Grades K through 5

Kate Sylvester

1001 Byberry Road
Philadelphia PA 19116
Phone: 215-961-2008

Creating ✸ Critical Thinking ✸ Collaborating ✸ Caring

Comly, Watson

Message from the Principal



Dear Comly Families,

I would like to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and that your children are ready to learn! We are looking forward to working collaboratively with you to nurture your child’s academic, social and emotional growth. The faculty and staff have already spent time creating a vision and mission for our students to guide our decision making and set high expectations for each and every student at Comly.

I am excited to be the new principal of Comly Elementary School. I am deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children. This year we will continue to work to foster open lines of communication between the school and the home to ensure student success. Here are several things you can do at home to help your child have a successful school year.

  • Send your child to school every day on time.

  • Make sure your child gets eight hours sleep each night.

  • Establish a routine for studying. Give your child a quiet corner to read and regular time to do homework.

  • Keep in touch with your child’s teacher via e-mail, telephone, notes, or letters

  • Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences

  • Celebrate your child’s success (giving verbal praise), no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.

I am confident that this will be an outstanding school year and look forward to working with the staff and community to continue the Comly Elementary School tradition of academic excellence! Mark your calendars now for Back to School Night. It is Thursday, September 17th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. I look forward to meeting you there!


Kate Sylvester




Points of Pride

  • Achieved AYP for 10 consecutive years
  • Visual & Performing Arts infused curriculum
  • Grant recipient to provide artists in residence programs
  • PAEP grant recipient to explore science, math & the arts
  • Digital Math and Reading Lab 
  • State of the art computer lab
  • High levels of parental engagement




  • Amazing news! Comly has been selected as a Comcast Cares site! 
  • Please join us for a day of community service! We will work on beautifying the school grounds, planting vegetable gardens and creating our new Research & Design Makerspace in the library.  The project is open to all ages, and every volunteer (even kids) must be registered in advance and complete a waiver form.  

    Please register using this link.  You can use the Comcast Subscriber link (if you’re a Comcast customer) or the options at the bottom (Facebook, etc.). We’ll see you there!

  • Pretzel Day every Thursday!! Order by Tuesday!

  • May Calendar

  • 5/26/16- NE Arts Festival

  •  5/30/26- NO SCHOOL- Memorial Day

  • 6/2/16- 5th Grade trip to Baldi Middle School

  • 6/10/16- Field Day

  • 6/15/16- Talent Show

  • 6/16/16- Kindergarten Picnic

  • 6/17/16- 5th Grade Dance

  • 6/20/16- 5th Grade YEarbook and T-Shirt Day

  • 6/21/16- 5th Grade Move Up Ceremony


  • June Comly Connection!

  • June Calendar

  • Help our school raise money all year long with Burgers for Better Schools! It’s free to join and easy to participate. All you have to do is become a Red Robin Royalty member, select our school, and Red Robin will donate 1% of all purchases you make at participating locations. Learn more at redrobin.com/betterschools

  • Changes in pick up/drop off procedures.

School Supplies

Come prepared for the beginning of school this September, 2016. Review the list of materials and supplies required for each grade level.