Dear Middle School Families,
We hope you are getting ready and excited for the upcoming school year. Our teaching team is back in full capacity this week to plan, collaborate and get organized for what we expect to be an excellent 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to welcome your children next week!
I write to share a few reminders and to outline the tasks and responsibilities that all families need to pay close attention to as we get close to the start of school.
First of all, I hope you have all secured a time for our annual Get-Acquainted Conferences on August 29 or September 4. If you haven't completed that task, please sign up here, or contact Diane Kane in the Middle School office.
Secondly, please review the Middle School Handbook (also available in the Hub) with your child and sign the Acceptable Use Policy and the Acknowledgement of the Handbook documents. Your children need to bring the signed copy to the first day of school and give it to their advisor. Also, please take time to review the social media policy beginning on page 46. Many of you who have children in the Upper School may have noticed some changes to their dress code policy. We aim to update our dress code this year as well and wanted student input before we made any final decisions. As a result, we will likely add an addendum to our dress code during the school year. For those engaged in back-to-school shopping, please do not worry, changes will be minor and will trend toward a more liberal rather than restrictive policy.
Lastly, please carefully review the important dates and tasks below and if you have any questions, contact me or your child's advisor. On the first day of school on Wednesday, September 5, which we call Registration Day, your child can bring their school supplies (see supply list) but will not engage in any academic classes.  A writing utensil and a small notebook will be sufficient for September 5. Also, students should arrive in regular dress code and can bring a change of clothes (athletic attire is okay) for the block party, which begins at about 1 p.m.  Lunch is provided for all students.
Important dates:


  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:30-4:30 pm, Get-Acquainted Conferences for parents to meet with their child's advisor for 25 minutes (see the link above if you have not already signed up).
  • Wednesday, August 29, 5:00-6:30 pm, Sixth Grade Orientation for all new and returning sixth grade students and parents (regular school dress code applies and light refreshments served).
  • Tuesday, September 4, 9:00 am-11:00 am, New Student Orientation for all new Middle School students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades (regular school dress code applies). New parent orientation, 9-10 am, and Getting to Know the PC Parent Community, 10:00-11:00 am.
  • Tuesday, September 4, 1:00-5:00 pm, Get-Acquainted Conferences for parents to meet with their child's advisor for 25 minutes (this is the second and final opportunity for parent conferences).
  • Wednesday, September 5, 8:00 am – 2:55 pm, First Day of School for all Middle School students, including registration, ID pictures, laptop distribution and block party. Regular dress code and students may bring a change of clothes for the block party.
  • Thursday, September 6, 8:00 am – 2:55 pm, First Official Day of Classes for Middle School students, including the All-School Assembly at 8:45 am. Special dress day. After-school sanctuary program is available starting on this date.


Note: Middle School sports begin on Tuesday, September 11, and Middle School Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 20, at 7 pm.


Important tasks:

  • Complete all health information and upload forms onto the Magnus Health Portal. These are necessary for your child to participate in school and sports.
  • Sign up for a Get-Acquainted Conference with your child's advisor.
  • Read and then sign the Acceptable Use Policy and the MS Handbook.
  • Bring completed picture forms to Registration Day on September 5.
  • Refer to August email regarding course lists and order all necessary books through MSB Direct.
  • Check in with your child to ensure that they have sufficiently completed the summer reading and math work for their grade.




Wilson Felter

Director of Middle School

3000 West School House Lane   Philadelphia, PA 19144