November 16, 2018

All School

Curtain Goes Up on Upper School Play


Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 pm, and Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:30 pm; Kurtz Center
This year's production includes two one-act comedies. The production runs approximately 75 minutes (including one intermission). See the poster.


It's Not You, It's Me, by Don Zolidas, explores the painful art of breaking up through comedic, awkwardly realistic characters This series of wildly hilarious scenes is sure to make you feel relieved not to be on the receiving end of those five fatal relationship words.

13 Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview, by Ian McWethy, follows two college recruiters at a prestigious university who need to fill one last spot to keep their jobs. What seems like a simple task turns into a nightmare when the applicants turn out to be a reality TV star, a practicing vampire, an amateur magician and others that are much, much worse. Each applicant's interview hilariously illustrates what not to do at a college interview.


Buy tickets online. You may also purchase tickets in the School Store. $6 students, and $8 adults. Seating is NOT general admission. We can't wait to see you in the audience.

Parent Quakerism Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8:15 am, Dining Hall (Main Building)
Come meet co-chairs Soozung Rankin and Rachele Loffer and other members of the Parent Quakerism Committee. Get updates on how parents support Quakerism at Penn Charter. Learn what our children are absorbing as learners on a campus committed to Quakerism. Parents in all divisions are invited to come listen or get involved.

Grace Fund Game Night

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7-10 pm, Phield House, 814 Spring Garden St.
Buy your tickets for the Grace Fund Game Night now. It's just two weeks away! There's something for everyone at this party: Relays, cheering on your team, tailgate games and socializing with best Parent Community on the face of the Earth! The current score is Blue 32 vs. Yellow 34. Want to earn some points for your team? Answer this: Name five "extras" that the Grace Fund helps to pay for. Hint: find some answers here! Email Carrie Boxer with your color and your answer! 

PC Community Volunteers Needed: Enable Sports & Fitness Invitational Basketball Tournament

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8

Penn Charter is excited to host the Annual Enable Sports & Fitness Invitational Basketball Tournament. Enable Sports & Fitness is a local Philadelphia nonprofit founded by Bob Rosania OPC '82 and his family. Enable provides meaningful athletic and fitness opportunities for youth and young adults who need additional support. All proceeds from the tournament will support Enable.

We need PC community volunteers to support with ticketing, concessions, set-up and clean-up on both days of the tournament. Details and sign-up. This would be a great opportunity for the whole family to come out, volunteer, support a local Philadelphia organization doing great work in our larger community and cheer on PC basketball!

Questions? Email PC's Center for Public Purpose. Find us on Instagram & Twitter @PCPublicPurpose

Book Fair: Thank You and Still Time to Order Books

Thank you to the Penn Charter community for your support of the All-School Book Fair and a special shout-out to our volunteers! If you were unable to visit the book fair but still want to purchase some books, please visit our online book fair, which will stay open until Nov. 20.

Service Opportunity

Moving Homeless Families

Sunday, Dec. 2, 12:30-2:30 pm
We need volunteers to move families experiencing homelessness from Germantown Mennonite to Germantown Jewish Center. All ages and grades welcome! Signup and details

Community Dues Reminder

Our recent events like the Tailgate Party and Middle School Family Night, Parent Pop-Ins and Socials are all supported by your Community dues. We are asking that PC families who have not already contributed this year please pay your dues to help fund activities that build community and create a sense of school spirit and belonging that enrich the PC experience. Dues are $40. If you don't know if you've paid your dues yet, please contact Parent Community co-chairs Alyson Schwartz or Joy Chaffin.

Upper School

Fall Sports Awards


Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 pm; Kurtz Center
PC Athletics invites families of Upper School athletes to the Fall Sports Awards presentations. The program will honor PC varsity teams, individual award winners, All-League honorees and team captains.

Holiday Gift Drive

Once again it is time for the holiday gift drive! Focused on community, we will be working together to raise funds, encouraging Penn Charter families to contribute as they are able. In the past, families have given $10-$20. Students should give monetary donations to their advisor by Wednesday, Nov. 28. Students will be working with the advisories to purchase and wrap gifts that will be delivered before winter break. Again this year, gifts will go to families through our longstanding partner, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Our partners at PIHN report the holiday gifts bring great joy to their families and are deeply appreciative of our community partnership!

More information on the holiday drive will come later this month for all divisions. Please contact the Center for Public Purpose with any questions or if your family is also interested in supporting a partner family directly.

Middle School

Parent-Advisor Conferences: Sign Up Today 

Monday, Nov. 19
Please remember to sign up for your 25-minute conference with your child's advisor. The sign-up process will remain active until Friday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m. After that, families will need to contact Diane Kane in the Middle School office (215-844-3460 ext. 107) to make any changes to their time slot.

Quaker Elite Soccer Club (Ages 8-13)


Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Games will be held 3-6 pm on Saturday and Sundays in December on Perrott Turf Field. Players will have six 40-min. games. Register individually; request placement on a team with a friend if you wish. All levels of play are encouraged to join. Cost is $75.

Lower School

Full-Day Child Care

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20
The After-School Program offers age-appropriate full-day child care for Lower School students on non-instructional days for the convenience of parents/guardians. On Monday, Nov. 19 (parent-teacher conferences) and Tuesday, Nov. 20 (faculty in-service), child care will be available for grades pre-K to 5, 8 am-6 pm. In order for a child to attend, the parent/guardian must complete the online full-day child care contract. Please e-mail Kathy MacMurray with any questions.

Science Night


Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8 pm; LS Activity Room
The zoo is coming to PC! Elmwood Park Zoo will teach us about our five senses and explore the differences and similarities in how they're used in the animal kingdom. Also, Fairmount Waterworks will be teaching us about watersheds, and some PC faculty and students will be performing shark dissections! Refreshments provided.

Quaker Elite Soccer Club (Ages 8-13)


Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Games will be held 3-6 pm on Saturday and Sundays in December on Perrott Turf Field. Players will have six 40-min. games. Register individually; request placement on a team with a friend if you wish. All levels of play are encouraged to join. Cost is $75.

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