All School


Fall Play Auditions (Grades 8-12)


Auditions Tuesday, Sept. 11; callbacks Thursday, Sept 13
Auditions for the fall play are open to students in grades 8-12. The plays are two one-act comedies: 13 Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview, and It's Not You, It's Me. Read synopses. Students may sign up in the vestibule of the Kurtz Center, next to the Green Room. Performance dates are Nov. 16 and 17. To learn more about auditions, what to prepare, rehearsals and the plays, visit the show's website. Questions? Contact Michael Roche.

Inter-Academic Athletic League on Sportsmanship

At the beginning of this school year and sports season, we ask parents to read the Inter-Ac League statement affirming sportsmanship as the expectation for our student athletes, coaches, spectators and parents.


Run for Peace


Saturday, Sept. 15, Registration 8:15 am, 5K 9 am, 1-mile, 9:05 am
Students, parents, OPCs, teachers, family, friends and East Falls neighbors are invited to be part of this 5K run or 1-mile family fun walk. The Run for Peace honors those who died on 9/11, including Peter Ortale OPC '83 and Kenny Caldwell OPC '89. Register.


New Parent Reception


Saturday, Sept. 15, 4-6 pm
All parents of new students are invited to join Head of School Darryl Ford and his wife, Gail Sullivan, in their home for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to Tiffani Harris.


Service Opportunity: Moving Homeless Families


Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:30-2:30 pm
Once a month, through service partner Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, PC students help families experiencing homelessness move boxes and bags of their belongings to emergency housing in houses of worship. On Sept. 30 we need volunteers to move families from First United Methodist Church of Germantown to First Presbyterian Church of Germantown. All ages and grades welcome! Signup and details


Parent Community Meeting

Friday, September 21, 8:15-9:15 am, Timmons House, 3850 The Oak Road
Mark Your calendars for the first Parent Community meeting of the school year!
Head of School Darryl J. Ford and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Antonio Williams will be our guest speakers. We hope you will join us and hear about the exciting initiatives planned within our school community. Plan to arrive at 8 am to share a cup of coffee or tea with fellow parents. Everyone is welcome!


Diversity Meet and Greet: "It Takes a Village"


Monday, Sept. 24, 8:30 am, Timmons House, 3850 The Oak Road
Come and meet Antonio C. Williams, the new director of diversity and inclusion, and hear about the exciting programs and events scheduled for the year. This meet and greet is open to everyone. It "takes a village to raise a child" is an African proverb which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for a child to experience and grow in a safe environment.

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 3 Parents of Color Affinity Group social, 6:30 pm, Timmons House

Oct. 16 LGBTQ Parent Affinity Group Social, 6:30 pm, Timmons House

Oct. 26 Movies that Matter: "Wonder," 3 pm (Open to students in grades pre-K to 6.) All parents are welcome.

Oct. 28 Movies that Matter: "The Mask You Live In," 2 pm (Open to students in grades 7 to 12.) All parents are welcome.
Nov. 7 Diversity Parent Program: Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth, with Samantha Taylor, 7 pm

Sign Up for Queen Lane Shuttle Service

Penn Charter provides free shuttle service for Middle and Upper School students from the Queen Lane Train Station to PC in the morning and from PC to the station in the afternoon. Based on the current SEPTA rail times, the tentative schedule would be:


Shuttle pickup at Queen Lane in the morning: 7:25, 7:40, 7:55 a.m.
Shuttle leaving PC to Queen Lane in the afternoon: 3:20, 3:45, 4:25, 4:50, 5:20, 5:50, 6:22 p.m.


At the train station, the pick-up and drop-off location is on the inbound (Midvale Ave.) side of the station. At Penn Charter, the morning drop-off is the bus lane between the Main Building and the Timmons House. The afternoon pick-up location is next to Dooney Field House.

If you are interested, please sign up to use this service.




Adult Squash Clinics


Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 7, 8:15 - 9:30 am

For those parents who have a little free time on Wednesday mornings in the fall, consider joining Director of Squash Damon Leedale-Brown for some squash instruction and fitness work—a great way to start your day. These clinics would be suitable for any adults either new to the game of squash or with some experience of the game who would like to improve further. Cost for the 7-session clinic is $210. For details and to sign up, contact Damon Leedale-Brown.

Upper School


US Back-to-School Night

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 pm, Meeting Room (Main Building)

The Back-to-School Night program will begin promptly at 7 pm. Please know that you will meet with your child's teachers during the program. Your child's schedule, along with a detailed itinerary for the evening, will be emailed to you in the days leading up to Sept. 13. Hope to see you all there!

Middle School


MS Back-to-School Night

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 pm, (Middle School)
We are piloting a new approach to the beginning of the evening by having all families gather in the Middle School in their child's homeroom at 7 pm. This change will enable us to shorten the program, and we expect to wrap up by 9 pm. During the evening, parents will meet all their child's teachers and learn more about our engaging and vigorous curriculum. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lower School


Pre-K and K Drop and Stop


Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8:15 am, Timmons House (3850 The Oak Road)
On the first day of school for pre-K and kindergarten, join fellow parents for refreshments and conversation at Timmons House, followed by new parent orientation at 8:45 am.


Pre-Travel Soccer


Sundays, 1-2 pm, Sept. 9-Oct. 28
An 8-session, weekly intramural soccer program at Penn Charter for boys and girls born in 2010-2012. Cost: $140. Register.


LS Back-to-School Night


Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 pm (Specials Teachers), 7 pm (Presentation), Meeting Room (Main Building)
All Lower School parents are invited to attend this informative evening. We will begin at 6:30 with a drop-and-stop with specials teachers outside the Meeting Room; at 7:00 we will gather in the Meeting Room for welcoming and important news and then move to grade-level presentations in the Lower School. Child care is available for school-age students during Back-to-School Night beginning at 6:00; to sign up, please fill out this form no later than noon on Friday, Sept. 14.

Full-Day Child Care: Friday, Sept. 14


The After-School Program offers age-appropriate full-day child care for Lower School students on non-instructional days. These full-day child care days are made available for the convenience of parents. On Friday, Sept. 14 (Goal-Setting Conference Day), child care will be available 8 am-6 pm for grades 1-5. In order for a child to attend, a parent must complete the full-day child care contract. Please e-mail Kathy MacMurray with any questions.


Also, don't forget to register for the After-School Program if you plan to sign up.

Chess Club (Grades 2-5)


Fridays, Sept. 21 - Nov. 30, 7:15-8:05 am; Lower School After-School Room
Lower School is again offering a chess club for interested students in grades 2-5, taught by Ross Colby, chess coach. Cost is $75 for 10 weeks. Contact Charlie Kaesshaefer to reserve a space. This chess club will be part of a local independent school league, and participants can choose to play in tournaments once a month (usually on a Saturday). All levels welcome. Other sessions are Jan. 4 - March 15 ($75); and April 5 - May 31 ($50). Try one session at a time or plan to do all three.


Squash Clinics

Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 30, 3-4 pm (7 weeks)

Our successful squash clinics continue with sessions suitable for any Lower School student, including those looking for their first taste of squash and those who already have experience of the game through prior clinics, coaching or school squash. While the clinics are primarily aimed at grades 1-3, any interested fourth and fifth graders are also welcome to attend. Cost for the 7-session clinic is $190, and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Clinics will be run by Director of Squash Damon Leedale-Brown, with assistance from some of our leading Upper School varsity squash players. Damon has experience at the very highest level of coaching and training in the sport, and works with many of the top juniors in the USA. For more details and to sign up, contact Damon Leedale-Brown. Please indicate your child's level of experience and grade.


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