Special Events in Lower School
First and foremost, education in the Lower School is a full community affair created by our teachers, students and families. The following events are designed for the enrichment of the Lower School community and attending these events adds to everyone’s understanding and enjoyment. There are many other events throughout the year, but these are especially popular with Lower School families.
The following events will be listed each year on the school's printed All-School calendar, which is available online and can be easily downloaded to your tech device.
All-School Book Fair
The All-School Book Fair is a multi-day annual event honoring our love of reading, giving readers of all ages exposure to new books. Students visit the fair with their homeroom teachers and may purchase books at that time and/or create a “wish list” to bring home for parents and guardians to review. The Book Fair is open during the day and after school, and families are encouraged to visit the fair together. Parents/guardians are encouraged to help their children choose books that are just right for them and their families. There is no obligation or pressure to purchase books. Proceeds benefit the Lower School Library and are used to purchase more books and materials.
Within the first few weeks of school, Lower School parents are invited to meet their children’s teachers and hear about the curriculum for the year. This is also a good opportunity to meet other parents. This evening is not designed for individual parent conferences, but rather to provide an overview of the year. A second evening, using a similar format, will be given to meeting with Lower School Specials teachers.
Blue and Yellow Night
This evening of friendly competition gives Lower School parents an opportunity to participate in races and activities similar to the events children participate in during Color Day (below). Usually scheduled on a Saturday in May, this free evening of food and entertainment is sponsored by the Parent Community.
Breakfast with Your Child, Fall and Winter
You are invited to join your child for breakfast in the dining hall before school on these mornings.
During the last few weeks of school, each class holds a picnic for most of the day, to celebrate the end of their year together. The date and location is determined by each grade.
Color Day is a annual and cherished Penn Charter tradition. Pre-K children will be dismissed early to parents/caregivers to cheer on the teams. All children in grades kindergarten through 12 are assigned to either the blue or yellow team (and will remain on that team throughout their years at Penn Charter), and participate in events by grade. This is a family and alumni event intended to bring everyone together for an afternoon of fun, food and recreation. Blue shorts with the appropriate blue or yellow shirts can be purchased at the School Store if the student doesn't already have these clothes for PE class.
Drop and Stop
Several times during the school year, including in the early fall, the Lower School Community hosts a casual get-together for parents after dropoff, simply to promote a sense of community and conversation in the Lower School. Coffee and light breakfast is served in either Chigwell Close or the Lower School lobby.
This festival, organized and staffed by the Parent Community, is a chance to meet and socialize with other Penn Charter families, teachers and administrators in an informal way. Games, activities, crafts and snacks are free. The Grill Squad, a group of senior students and parents, fire up their grills to cook burgers and hot dogs for the crowd – and also to raise money for the Senior Prom's after-prom party.
Parents and caregivers of currently enrolled fifth grade students will have an opportunity to meet with the Middle School director in February of the fifth grade year.
Lower School Family Fun Night
The Lower School Family Fun Night, sponsored by the Parent Community, is an evening of free food and entertainment for Lower School families, typically held outdoors in the Spring, weather permitting. This is a great way for families to interact in a casual, fun atmosphere.
Lower School Visiting Day
Family members of children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to spend the morning with their children in classes and activities so that they can observe the school program in action.
New Student Orientation
An orientation for new students in grades 1-5 is held in September, before classes start, in the Lower School. This provides new children and their parents with an opportunity to meet their classroom teachers, as well as other new families
Each grade has a social event for parents at some time during the school year, usually in the fall. The Parent Social is an opportunity for grade-level parents to enjoy each others company in a relaxed, social atmosphere. The social is usually a potluck dinner, and the location is often at Timmons House on the Penn Charter campus.
The oldest continuous interscholastic football rivalry in the country, PC/GA Day (Penn Charter/Germantown Academy) is celebrated with competition of all fall varsity teams and with various social functions. Additionally, students participate in a K-12 art show at the hosting school (Penn Charter and Germantown Academy host the event in alternating years). Lower, Middle and Upper school students are encouraged to come and cheer Penn Charter’s Upper School varsity teams to victory. Parents and alumni are also encouraged to attend.
Spring Plant Sale
In early May, the Parent Community sells plants as a fund-raiser. The Lower School lobby is set up like a plant and flower shop, and parents may stop by before or after school, or during the day, to purchase potted plants or annuals ready for planting in the garden.
Valentine's Day Bake Sale
Parents hold a bake sale in the Lower School lobby and in the school dining hall on or near Valentine’s Day. Parents are asked to bake peanut-free goodies, wrap them individually, and bring them to school. Proceeds go to charity.
Winter Holiday & Spring ConcertsKindergarten through fifth grade students all participate in two main concerts a year: one just before winter vacation and the other in May; the pre-K class participates in the Spring Concert. The programs are designed to share with parents the musical activities in singing, instrumental accompaniment and movement that have been an integral part of the general music experience at PC. The fifth grade chorus and the Hand Bell Choir, an Enrichment program, also perform. Concerts are special dress days for all students, pre-K to 5. Students may wear: blouses or shirts with collars (tucked in), long dress pants, skirts or dresses. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.