December 14, 2018

All School

Get Schooled!


Sunday, Jan. 13

Schooled, the spinoff of ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs, created by Adam Goldberg OPC '94, is coming to PC! Schooled focuses on the adventures of teachers, like our own Charlie Brown Hon. 1689, at "William Penn Academy." Save the date, and gather the family and your '90s gear for an advance screening of an episode! Stay tuned for exciting announcements and how to get your free tickets! And if you haven't already, read Charlie Brown's story about his experience in the Schooled writers' room.

Service Opportunity

Moving Homeless Families

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1:15-3:30 pm
We need volunteers to move families experiencing homelessness from the Germantown Jewish Center to the Second Baptist Church of Germantown. All ages and grades welcome! Sign-up and details

Middle and Upper School Athletic Lockers


Students have been advised that over winter break athletic facilities at PC are still in use and there should be locks on all lockers. Student should make sure their personal items are locked up. Items left on the floor and in lost & found bins may be collected for charity or thrown out. Lost & found bins are located inside each locker room.

Monthly Parent Meeting for Worship


Thursday, Jan. 3, 8:15-8:45 am; Meeting Room (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Start 2019 with some silent reflection in Friends Meeting for Worship. Parent MFW is usually held the first Thursday of each month. 

Breakfast with the Head of School

Thursday, Jan. 10, 8:30-9:30 am; Timmons House
Head of School Darryl J. Ford welcomes parents to join him in an open discussion about Penn Charter. Unlike a Parent Community meeting with a set agenda, the discussion at the head's breakfast is guided by the interests of participating parents. The talk can range from academics to athletics, to discussion of the latest in educational research. Please contact Peggie Murphy (ext. 102) if you will attend. 

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, 8:30 am-12:00 pm

We are excited to host the 24th MLK Day of Service at Penn Charter. We will have a guest speaker followed by on- and off-campus service projects that will support our community partners. We welcome you to join us to honor Martin Luther King's legacy, learn about our wonderful community partners and engage in service both on and off of the Penn Charter campus. Lower and Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult. Please sign up for the day by Friday, Jan. 14.


Prior to the day, your support is needed with donations for our on campus projects. See this list of items needed. We appreciate any support you can give. Please contact the Center for Public Purpose or your class chairs with any questions.

Upper School

Upper School Parent Forum


Monday, Jan. 7, 8:15 am

Join Karen Campbell, Upper School learning specialist, and Elizabeth Hitschler, Upper School counselor, who will discuss strategies for helping students with the end of the semester.

Middle School

IdeaLab Opportunities for Middle School Students

We are excited to offer these sessions in our IdeaLab for Middle School students. Please email Diane Kane in our Middle School office to reserve your space. Enrollment is limited in each session and special consideration will be given to students whose schedules limit their availability in other sessions. Our aim is to provide sessions that all students can attend and still enable them to pursue their other passions in athletics and arts. If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact Eve Schwartz or Corey Kilbane.

Lower School

Lost & Found


The day of the Winter Concert is a convenient time to check the lost & found area in the Lower School hallway, at the bottom of the ramp. Items not claimed may be collected for charity during winter break.

Chess Club (Grades 2-5)


Fridays, Jan. 4-March 15, 7:15-8:05 am; Lower School After-School Room
Lower School is offering another session of Chess Club for interested students in grades 2-5, taught by chess coach Ross Colby. 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. Following session is April 5-May 31 ($50). 

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