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 2016-2017 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.

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.

 A copy of our school's handbook is available on Comly’s website. (http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/c/comly)

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! Please continue to watch the Wednesday folder for information about upcoming events including Back to School Night. I look forward to seeing you there!


Kate Sylvester



Back to School Letter 1-5 

Back to School Letter Kindergarten  



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




  • Due to the high temperatures forcasted for Friday, September 9, 2016, all students will dismiss early at 12:00 noon. 



  • Pretzel Day every Thursday!! Order by Tuesday!

  • 9/7/16 -First Day of School 

  • 9/14/16 -First Day for Kindergarten 

  • 9/21/16 -Back to School Night 5:30-7:30

  • 10/3 and 10/4/16 School Closed- Rosh Hashanah

  • 10/12/16- School Closed- Yom Kipper

  • 10/13, 14 and 17- Interim Reports

  • 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.

 2016 Summer Reading List

• Grade 1 Assignment

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• Grade 2 Assignment

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• Grade 3 Assignment

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• Grade 4 Assignment

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• Grade 5