October 12, 2018

All School

Volunteers Needed for Admissions Open House

Saturday, Oct. 13
We still need a few more parent volunteers to help staff the Middle and Upper School Open House slated for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 13. If you can help for an hour or two in the afternoon, please sign up. 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.

K-12 Absentee/Retake Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8am-1pm, KC Green Room (Note location change)
Barksdale Studios will be doing pre-K to 12 re-takes and first-sitting absentees for yearbook photos in the Kurtz Center green room. Those who wish to replace their original packet of photos should bring the original packet and give it to the photographer. Those without their original packets, and absentees at the first sittings, may use this order form to either pay online or print and complete and bring with a check to the photographer on Oct. 23. Additional orders may also be placed online using the information on the flyer. There is no signup for these sittings; students should report to the Kurtz Center green room when they are free.

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. Lee Payton will give an overview of the key elements of Quakerism and Quaker education as well as moderate an interactive discussion with parents who would like to learn how Quakerism influences the daily life of PC students. Lee is a member of Chester Monthly Meeting, a Friends school graduate, an Upper School parent, and has served Penn Charter in a number of different roles during the past 17 years. He is also a graduate of the Friends Council on Education Leadership program and has served as a Friends Council board member for seven years. 

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update

Next week, join PC teacher and parent Lisa Turner for a tour of the learning gardens. In November, join pastry chef Jenn Sokoloff for Thanksgiving Dessert: Beyond Pie. We've had lots of fun together so far this year but we need you! Workshops are filling quickly, but we have room to add more. If there's something you want to learn or something you'd like to share, contact Jennifer FissSign up. 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.

Student Participation in the All-School Musical

This year's all-school musical will be Disney's My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale with performances on Feb. 22, 23 and 24, 2019. We are looking for students in grades 4 through 12 who can sing, dance and act for the cast of this show.

For students in grades 4 and 5, please be sure to read details and access the permission slip, which you can print, sign and return to the Lower School office by Monday, Oct. 29.

For Middle and Upper school students who sing and Middle school students who act, please access more audition information and the appropriate Signup Genius. Auditions will be Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7, with callbacks on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Questions? Please contact EvaKay Noone.

All-School Book Fair: Save the Dates!


Is your spider sense tingling? This year's All-School Book Fair is coming soon, on Nov. 12-15. This year's theme is Superheroes—what makes a superhero and how we can make a difference and be superheroes? There are several exciting additions and changes this year. We will be having local artist and comic book store owner JD Korejko from Johnny Destructo's Hero Complex speak to students on Monday, Nov. 12. This year's fair will have a better checkout system, offer parents the ability to create an "e-wallet" with a spending limit so their children don't need to bring cash, and provide an online book store with most of the same titles for families who are unable to attend the book fair. Learn more. Please be on the lookout for the Signup Genius to volunteer. As always, we need your help to make this an amazing book fair! 

Upper School

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, 3850 The Oak Road
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 2 pm kickoff. 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

7th and 8th Grade Dance

Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9 pm, Old Gym; cost $7
The fall dance will be open to all seventh and eighth 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! And we ask parents to sign up to contribute snacks.

Middle School 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 seventh and eighth grade dance. All MS parents (grades 6-8) are welcome! RSVP so we know you are coming.

Middle School Parent Forum Followup

Thank you to the more than 50 parents who attended our Oct. 11 Middle School Parent Forum on Screen Time, Social Media and Useful Tools for Parents! We understand that many of you wanted to attend but could not because of work commitments or other scheduling conflicts. Here is a copy of the slideshow we used during the presentation. The last few slides contain links to tools and apps for parents. Check them out! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Moulton, Brian Hecker, or Wilson Felter.

Middle School Family Night

Friday, Nov. 2, 6-8:30 pm, Wissahickon Environmental Center
Save the date to get out of the house and back to nature for the MS Family Night! Come out for a night under the stars at the Wissahickon Environmental Center and enjoy a guided night hike, food, campfire and s'mores. All middle school families (including non-middle school siblings) welcome. More details to follow.

Lower School

Lower School Family Visiting Day


Friday, Oct. 26
We welcome Lower School grandparents, parents and special friends to join us on campus for this special day. Please register by Wednesday, Oct. 24. If you have any questions, please contact Emma Rowan, assistant director of annual giving, at 215-844-3460 ext. 227.

Lower School Movies that Matter: Wonder

Friday, Oct. 26, 3 pm, Kurtz Center Choral Room

You won't be disappointed! Open to students in grades pre-K to 6 and their parents. 

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