September 21, 2018

All School

Community Dues Reminder

Penn Charter families are asked to support the Parent Community to fund activities that build community and create a sense of school spirit and belonging that enrich the PC experience. Dues support programs and events such as parent socials, Fall Festival, Family Fun Night, Community meetings, Parent-to-Parent Workshops, Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day, senior class post-prom party, and many more activities and programs. Dues are $40 per family. If you have not done so already, please pay your dues here. If you are unsure if you paid your dues, please contact Parent Community co-chair Alyson Schwartz.

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. 5 Movies that Matter: Moana, 3:10 pm; Kurtz Center Choral Room (Open to Lower School students.) Parents are welcome.

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.) Parents are welcome.

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

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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 to Parent: Weekly Update

Coming up next week, join our weekly walking and knitting groups or sign up for Succulents, Snacks and Sips. In October, go on a horseback trail ride, learn to embroider, and make your own sushi! Sign up. 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.

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. 

Monthly Parent Meeting for Worship

Thursday, Oct. 4, 8:15-8:45 am; Meeting Room (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Join other parents and the Parent Quakerism co-chairs in a silent Friends Meeting for Worship, similar to what our children experience each week. Come experience 30 minutes of silent reflection (interrupted only if someone is moved to speak). Clear the cobwebs in your mind. Be present and healthy in the new school year and enjoying the gift of silence. (Parent MFW is usually held the first Thursday of each month.)

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.



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


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.

Rowing Team Info and Tour

Saturday Oct. 6 1-3 pm; Undine Barge Club, 13 Boat House Row

Families with ninth grade children interested in the PC rowing team (a spring sport) are invited to come to the team's fall workday to meet the team coaches and athletes. You can also get a tour of our team's rowing club and learn about winter conditioning opportunities, spring tryouts and other details about the rowing team. Families interested in additional information may message assistant coach Michael Moulton.

Middle School

Back-to-School Night Survey

We hope you enjoyed Middle School Back-to-School Night on Thursday. We would appreciate it if you took a few minutes to take this survey to provide feedback, especially because we piloted a new opening to the evening.

Middle School Parent Forum

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:15-9:15 am; Balderston Commons

Please join us for the first Middle School Parent Forum this year. Our topic is Navigating Screen Time and Social Media. Our own director of instructional technology, Michael Moulton, will join us for the forum and has shared this Family Guide for Navigating Screen Time for you to peruse before attending. Additionally, this resource for online privacy and safety from Common Sense Media has excellent resources for parents. As you may know, we use material from Common Sense frequently in our Middle School program.


Come early starting at 7:30 am and join other Middle School parents for coffee and a light breakfast bite courtesy of the Parent Community, outside Balderston Commons.

Lower School

Lower School Movies that Matter: Moana


Friday, Oct. 5, 3:10-5 pm; Kurtz Center Choral Room
What to do before the Fall Festival? Bring the family to see Disney's Moana! Parents, please stay with your children. And let us know you are coming.

Fall Festival: Enjoy and Volunteer

Friday, Oct. 5, 5:30-7:30 pm, Front Field 

Get ready to bounce, climb, craft, dance with the  DJ and take a hayride to get into the fall spirit! This is an all-school event and all ages are welcome, so please come out and enjoy some fun with your friends. We need our Parent Community to sign up to volunteer for 30 minutes to help the kids craft, snack and bounce. 

Water, soft pretzels and snacks are free! But please remember your money so you can enjoy dinner from the senior Grill Squad as they fundraise for prom.

In our attempt to limit waste and support our environment, please remember your water bottles and use the water fill stations.

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