October 5, 2018

All School

Volunteers Needed for Admissions Open House

Saturday, Oct. 13
The Admissions Office is seeking parent volunteers to help staff the Middle and Upper School Open House slated for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13. We are launching a new format and are hoping to have plenty of parents on hand to make it run smoothly. If you can help for an hour or two, please sign up to select your post(s) and time slot(s). Thank you!  

LGBTQ+ Families Affinity Group Social


Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 pm, Timmons House, 3850 The Oak Road


We are excited to host the LGBTQ+ Families Affinity Group Social! The LGBTQ+ social is intended to be an affinity space open to all Penn Charter families who identify as LGBTQ+, have an LGBTQ+ child (in any division) and/or identify as an ally. Appetizers will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your favorite adult beverage. We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP.

Parent Introduction to Quakerism

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:15-9:15 am, Trask Library (Lower School)
Parents in all divisions are invited to attend and learn more about why Quakerism makes the academic experience at Penn Charter unique. This is particularly helpful to new parents and equally helpful to parents who have been at PC for years. Get an overview of the key elements of Quaker education and how it influences the daily life of PC students.

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update

In the coming weeks, have coffee with fellow parents, embroider with Eva Kay Noone, learn about Naveena Bembry's trip to Japan, or join Jennifer Fiss for floral design 101! Sign up. 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.

Service Opportunity: Moving Homeless Families


Sunday, Oct. 28, 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 Oct. 28 we need volunteers to move families from First Presbyterian Church of Germantown to Unitarian Universalist Church of the Resurrection. All ages and grades welcome! Signup and details


Want to stay connected and learn about other ways to be involved with the Center for Public Purpose? Join the Center for Public Purpose group in the Hub. This short video (just 51 seconds) will show you how to join this or other groups in the Hub.

Upper School

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.

Upper School Parent Forum

Monday, Oct. 15, 8:15-9:15 am; Overseers Room

Family Guide for Navigating Screen Time, led by our own director of instructional technology, Michael Moulton, will explore screen time tools like Apple's ScreenTime, Google's Wellbeing, family home routers like Roqos, and parental controls from Internet providers. Additionally, this resource for online privacy and safety from Common Sense Media has excellent resources for parents. 


Please note that the Upper School Drop and Stop has been canceled. Look for it in January instead, date TBD.

Upper School Parent Timmons Tailgate


Saturday, Oct. 20, 12-2 pm, Timmons House
Whether you have never been to a PC football game or you are on the stands at every game, we hope you will join us when PC hosts Inter-Ac rival Haverford School. Come one and all to cheer on our PC team and tailgate with parents before the game at Timmons House! The Parent Community will have delicious smokehouse BBQ and other tailgate favorites, 12-2 pm, before the game. Don't miss kick-off! Our fabulous PC band and Quaker mascot will be in attendance to show their Penn Charter pride, and our boys will be wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. So, be sure to wear your PC spirit wear with a touch of pink. Don't miss out on this longstanding, exciting rivalry that kicks off with the best parent community around. It will be a great day! RSVP to attend.

Middle School

Attention, Singers!

It's not too late to join two vocal ensemble opportunities for students in grades 6-8. Students will learn a variety of music to be performed in divisional assemblies and the Small Ensemble Concert in March 2019.

The Naturals (formerly known as the Sharped Flats)
Choral group for students in grades 7 and 8.
Faculty advisor/director: Joseph Fitzmartin
Location: Choral Room located on the second floor of the Kurtz Center
Date/Time: Tuesday mornings at 7:15 am, starting Oct. 2 

The Sixth Note
Choral group/club for students in the sixth grade
Faculty advisor/director: Debbie Kaesshaefer
Location: The NEW Music Room located on the second floor of the Kurtz Center
Date/Time: Fridays during FLEX

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.

7th and 8th Grade Dance

Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9 pm; Old Gym; cost $7
The fall dance will be open to all 7th and 8th grade students. Students may bring up to two students from different schools; you must alert Allen Vandegrift before the dance. Come enjoy ping pong, a DJ, volleyball, decorations and great snacks!

Parent Pop-In

Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9 pm; Timmons House, 3850 The Oak Road
Come celebrate fall by joining fellow Middle School parents for food, fun and cozy fires. Bring your favorite beverage and stop by during the 7th & 8th grade dance. All MS parents (grades 6-8) are welcome! Please let us know you are coming.

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 

Fall Festival is finally here! We hope to see you tonight on the front fields to bounce, have fun in the photo booth, dance with the DJ and join a scavenger hunt hayride! This is an all-school event and all ages are welcome, so please come out and enjoy some fun with your friends. We still need a few volunteers to help make the event a success; please 

sign up to volunteer Rita's water ice, Philly soft pretzels and snacks are free! But 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.


See you tonight!

Chamber Singers Begins


This choral group for students in grades 4 and 5 has been in existence for nearly three decades. Students are invited to join and learn a variety of music to be performed in divisional assemblies and the Small Ensemble Concert in March 2019. To sign up or for further information, please email Debbie Kaesshaefer, faculty advisor/director.
Location: The NEW Music Room located on the second floor of the Kurtz Center
Date/Time: Tuesday mornings, 7:30-8 am

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