Nov. 17, 2017

Fall Play: Curtain Rises      
Shopping Night  
Basketball Tournament: Volunteers 
Holiday Gift Drive 
Swim America  
Admissions Lawn Signs

Upper School 
Parent-Advisor Conferences  
Fall Sports Awards 
Parent Forum 
Winter Dance
Parent Social  
Band & Choral Concert 

Middle School  
Parent-Advisor Conferences   
Winter Sports 
Band & Choral Concert 

Lower School     
Full-Day Child Care: Nov. 20, 21 
Breakfast with Your Child 
Grades 1-5 Parent Social  


Curtain Rises on Upper School Fall Play

we can try, we can fail, we can be ourselves – scenes from high school life
Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. (Note new time for Saturday)

Created from ideas and feedback collected last spring from our students and then beautifully woven together by playwright Zac Kline OPC '03. This is a play about our students’ experiences with social media, the refugee crisis, going to school, falling in love, getting hurt, getting better, bonding together, and trying to be themselves. There will be a talk-back session with the cast and playwright after Friday’s performance. Tickets can be purchased through the school's website or in the school store. Directed by Eva Kay Noone.

If you come for Saturday's show, please stick around for a dessert reception in the Kurtz Center with the cast, crew and audience to thank and celebrate Zac Kline OPC '03, playwright, for his work.

Shopping Night

Thursday, Nov. 30, 6-8 pm, 212 S. 17th St., Philadelphia
Skirt Rittenhouse, a women's boutique, is hosting a Penn Charter shopping night, with 10 percent of the evening's proceeds benefitting the PC Parent Community. All in our community are welcome to mingle, eat and shop! The event is free. More info.

Volunteers Needed: Enable Sports and Fitness Invitational Basketball Tournament! 

Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9
Penn Charter is excited to host this inaugural two-day tournament. Enable Sports & Fitness is a Philadelphia nonprofit that was founded by PC parent Bob Rosania OPC '82 and his family. Enable provides meaningful athletic and fitness opportunities for youth and young adults who need additional support. More information. All proceeds from the tournament will support Enable Sports and Fitness.

We need PC Community volunteers to support ticketing, concessions, set-up and clean-up on both days of the tournament. Details and sign up. This would be a great opportunity for the whole family to come out, volunteer, support a local Philadelphia organization doing great work in our larger community and cheer on PC basketball! Questions? Please email Alyson Goodner in PC's Center for Public Purpose.

Holiday Gift Drive 

This year's holiday gift drive will support three of our local partners:  Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality NetworkTaylor Bayard Elementary School and Turning Points for Children. We will work together to raise funds, encouraging Penn Charter participants to contribute as they are able. In the Upper and Middle Schools, students should give donations of money to their advisor by Friday, Dec. 1. In Lower School, you will hear from individual teachers if your grade is supporting a family this year. Participants are also welcome to purchase items on their own or to bring in used items to donate. (Please note that all used items must be in excellent condition.) 

There are also some student-led fundraising efforts in the divisions that will support the gift drive this year. Be sure to ask your student about them—any contributions are greatly appreciated!

While students in the Middle and Upper Schools will participate in the gift drive through their advisories, we also welcome participation from others: friends, colleagues, families, individuals. If you and your family are interested in adopting a full family individually, please contact Alyson Goodner in the Center for Public Purpose by Monday, Dec. 5.  

SwimAmerica Lessons

Begins Sunday, Nov. 19
Registration is currently open for second session of the SwimAmerica weekend swim lesson program at Penn Charter. Details and registration.

Lawn Signs

If you put out a Penn Charter lawn sign this fall, thank you! Now that the Open House season for the fall has ended, it’s time to bring your sign in for the winter. We will let you know when it’s time to put it out again in March, ahead of the Open House on April 24. Thanks to strong community support, Penn Charter once again hosted hundreds of prospective applicants at our Open Houses, supported by dozens of volunteers and our wonderful student tour guides. If you know someone who is thinking of Penn Charter for their child, please point them to for opportunities to visit our school.

Upper School

Parent-Advisor Conferences

Monday, Nov. 20
Parent-advisor conferences are an opportunity to meet with your child’s advisor to discuss their progress. Please sign up with your child's advisor if you haven't already. 

Fall Sports Awards

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 pm; Kurtz Center
PC Athletics invites families of Upper School athletes to the Fall Sports Awards Presentations. The program will honor PC varsity teams, individual award winners, All-League honorees and team captains.

Parent Forum

Monday, Dec. 4, 8:15-9:15 am; Overseers Room 
Please join Travis Larrabee for a discussion of topics relevant to high school students.

Winter Dance (Semi-Formal)

Saturday, Dec. 9,  7:30-10 pm; Old Gym; cost: $10
Dances and proms are scheduled throughout the year and are open to Penn Charter students in grades 9-12. (Guests of high-school age from other schools are permitted if registered with the assistant director of Upper School by 3 pm the day before the dance; each student may sponsor one guest, and the guest and the sponsor must arrive at the dance together.) Students and families should be aware that time before, during and after dances are considered “official school-sponsored events.” (See the “drug and alcohol policy” and the “off-campus behavior policy” in the Student Handbook for more information.) Unless otherwise noted, all dances start at 7:30 pm (students must be in the door by 8:30 pm) and are over at 10 pm sharp. All students must leave the parking lot (or be picked up) no later that 10:15 pm. Once students enter the dance, they may not leave early.

Upper School Parent Social

Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 pm; Timmons House
Come one, come all! Please join your fellow Upper School parents at the Timmons House during the Winter Dance for a potluck dinner and some adult beverages while our kids dance the night away at school. Traditionally, dance night is a complicated one for parents: By the time you take pictures and drop your kids off at the dance, there’s little time to do anything before you have to be back to pick them up. So, why not have some fun, social grownup time with other parents, close to school? Sign up to bring your favorite dish.

Upper School Band & Choral Concert

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm; Kurtz Center
Talented vocalists and musicians, with a dose a holiday cheer.

Concert Dress Code for Middle and Upper Schools  
Parents are reminded to please be sure your student has the appropriate clothing and shoes for the winter concerts. For all band and choral concerts, students are required to wear all black. Girls are to wear black pants or slacks with black dress shoes. Prohibited attire includes black jeans, leggings, spandex pants, flip flops, boots, casual shoes, dresses and skirts. Girls may choose to wear a solid black polo shirt, blouse or top that meets school dress code criteria (no sheer or lace fabrics). Tops may not be sleeveless or have capped sleeves. Boys are to wear a black button-down shirt or polo shirt with black pants, shoes and socks. Boys will also need to tuck in their shirts. All shirts and tops need to be without logos, decoration or other colors.

Middle School

Parent-Advisor Conferences

Monday, Nov. 20
We are looking forward to meeting with you for your parent-advisor conference. Please sign up for your 25-minute conference with your child’s advisor. The sign-up process will remain active until Friday, Nov. 17, at noon. After that, families will need to contact Diane Kane in the Middle School office (ext. 107) to make any changes to their time slot.

Winter Sports 

Middle School winter sports begin on Monday, Nov. 27.

Middle School Band & Choral Concert

Monday, Dec. 11, 7 pm, Kurtz Center
Middle School students are working hard to polish their pieces for the concert. Dress code details above.

Concert Dress Swap 
The Parent Community is organizing a concert dress swap, so check out the closets over break and gather the too-small black shoes, pants, shirts and belts. Drop off donated clothing in the MS lobby Nov. 27-29 and take what you’d like Nov 30-Dec 1. All clothing must be in good condition without stains or tears, sizes child 8 through adult. You don’t need to donate to participate, but the more donations we have the better the swap will be.

Lower School

Full-Day Child Care: Monday, Nov. 20 and 21

The After-School Program offers age-appropriate full-day childcare for Lower School students on non-instructional days. On Monday, Nov. 20 and 21 (parent-teacher conferences and faculty in-service), child care will be available for grades pre-K to 5, 8 am-6 pm. In order for a child to attend, the parent/guardian must complete the online full-day child care contract. Please e-mail Kathy MacMurray with any questions. 

Breakfast with Your Child

Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30-8 am; Dining Hall (Main Building)
Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast with your Lower School child – and fellowship with other families! Hot choices available for purchase.

 Grades 1-5 Parent Social

Friday, Dec. 1, 7-9 pm; Timmons House, 3850 The Oak Road
Please join your fellow parents in grades 1-5 for an evening of food and fun that will be second to none! Let's celebrate the holiday season together and end the year with some cheer. Of course, there will be wine and beer. In addition to appetizers and beverages, we thought it would be fun for everyone to bring their favorite holiday cookie. From Trader Joe's Peppermint Os to Grandma Bea's famous rugelach, all cookies are welcome. It's never too early to RSVP and sign up.


By the Light of Our Charter, How Far Can We See? – our new campaign unveiled!
Scores, MVPs, photos.
Friends and family honor five student-athletes.

Calendar Events

    • MonNov20 No classes pre-K to 12
    • MonNov20 Pre-K to 12 parent conferences
    • TueNov21 No classes pre-K to 12
    • TueNov21 Pre-K to 12 faculty in-service day service day
    • WedNov22 School closed
    • ThuNov23 School closed
    • ThuNov23 Thanksgiving Day
    • FriNov24 School closed
    • SunNov26 Yellow week
    • MonNov27 Middle School sports begin
    • WedNov29 Fall Sports Awards Presentation (KC) 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • FriDec01 Lower School Breakfast with Your Child (DH) 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
    • FriDec01 4th grade parent meeting (TH) 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
    • SatDec02 SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Tests
    • SunDec03 Blue week
    • MonDec04 Upper School Parent Forum (OR) 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    • TueDec05 11th grade parents College Kickoff Night (MR) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • ThuDec07 Parent Meeting for Worship (MR) 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM
    • FriDec08 Kindergarten parent meeting (TH) 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
    • FriDec08 Parent Community Executive Committee meeting (TH) 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    • SatDec09 ACT Test
    • SunDec10 Yellow week

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