All School


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

Yearbook Orders Due Oct. 1


Reminder to all PC families: Place your online orders for the 2019 Class Record now. Our yearbook is a full-color student publication that chronicles the students and major events in the school year. The cost to pre-order a yearbook is $65; extra books will sell for $75 as they are available in June. Online orders will close on Oct. 1.


Friends & Family Open House 

Tuesday, Oct. 2 8:30-10 am
Because our October open house is so packed, and because so many of our applicants for admission are people referred to us by you, our community members, this year we are again offering a Friends & Family admissions event. Our goal is to provide prospective families referred to us by current parents, faculty, staff and OPCs more interaction with teachers and administrators, and a more personalized campus tour. As a courtesy to the community, we will waive the application fee for attendees who choose to apply to PC. They can reserve a space for this special event on Oct. 2. Also look for that PC Connect postcard that arrived in your mailbox and share it with a friend or neighbor, or share this digital version


Note: Lawn signs and date toppers to advertise our large open houses on Oct. 13 and Nov. 6 are available for pickup in each division office. Families attending Lower School BTSN on Sept. 17 or Middle School BTSN on Sept. 20 can pick them up at those events.




Penn Charter is once again joining the Friends of the Wissahickon All-Trails Challenge with the team name: PC Hikes! Please join up and raise some funds while enjoying getting out in the Wissahickon park. Challenge runs from now until the end of November; please contact Tom Rickards with any questions.

You can follow our environmental programming and events through Twitter: Penn Charter Green and Instagram: pennchartergreen


Parent to Parent: Connecting Our Community


P2P is a teach and learn program in which community members share expertise and common interests Since introducing this program in early 2017, more than 200 parents have gathered together in small groups to share passions and talents and build community and friendship. We have hosted programs that range from learning to make cake pops to unleashing your creative genius. We have learned to change tires and to rock climb, to make homemade ice cream and to braid hair, to take better photos and find our life's purpose. We have met to discuss exhibits at school and taken field trips to outside museums. We have learned about math, American Studies and Quakerism, discussed pressing environmental issues and gathered to cook for a local dining room serving low income and homeless families. We have met new people across divisions and have strengthened our connection to friends old and new.   

This year, our weekly walking and knitting groups are returning and many new programs are coming soon. Join us in September for Succulents, Snacks and Sips and our first Morning Coffee Klatch, a monthly casual social gathering of anyone and everyone at a different location each month. Be on the lookout for flower arranging, sushi rolling, EFT, decoupage and many more. Sign up here

We hope that you will share something you are passionate about with our community as well. We are currently looking for a parent who is social media savvy who can lead a workshop on what our kids are doing in the digital world. If you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Jennifer Fiss. We would love to know more about you and what you love to do. Supply fee request


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


Back-to-School Dance

Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30-10 pm; Old Gym; cost $10
The first school dance of the year is open to all Penn Charter students. It begins at 7:30 pm, students must be in the door by 8:30 pm, and is over at 10 pm sharp. All students must leave the parking lot (or be picked up) no later than 10:15 pm. Once students enter the dance, they may not leave early. 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 can sponsor one guest, and the guest and the sponsor must arrive at the dance together. The sign-up list to bring a guest will be posted outside Lee Payton's office. The dress code is casual (not formal or semi-formal), but students must still be dressed appropriately. 


Parent Pop-In 


Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 pm

We invite you to join us at the Upper School Parent Pop-In at Timmons House to get to know your fellow Upper School parents over drinks and hors d'oeuvres while your child attends the Upper School Back-to-School Dance. Bring your favorite beverage and stop by any time that evening until 10:00 pm for fun fare and captivating conversation! Please tell us you're coming.

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!


Parent Survey

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey regarding school counseling at PC. Partnership and collaboration with families is at the cornerstone of a successful wellness curriculum. Your input is critical to the Middle School team. Note: If you had trouble completing the survey previously, you should now be able to.

Lower School


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.

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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