January 4, 2019

All School

Schooled Screening Canceled


Due to a scheduling conflict, Sony Pictures has canceled the Schooled screening and event at PC planned for Jan. 13. However, don't miss the ABC series premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 pm, following The Goldbergs. Schooled, created by Adam Goldberg OPC '94, focuses on the adventures of teachers, including our own Charlie Brown Hon. 1689, at "William Penn Academy" in the 1990s. See the trailer. (CB is wearing the red shirt and tie.)

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. 

Parent Community Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8:15 am, Timmons House

We have a great Parent Community meeting scheduled for Tuesday during which you will hear from Beth Glascott and David Brightbill about recent advances in Penn Charter's strategic vision and what the PAIS five-year accreditation visiting team said about these strategic initiatives. Many of these strategic initiatives are impacting PC's educational program and the daily learning of students, so come and learn more.


We also will share updates on the MLK Day of Service and other community happenings. No need to RSVP; just show up. Please come early to enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation with fellow parents.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

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

We are excited to host the 24th MLK Day of Service at Penn Charter. We will have a guest speaker, PA State Rep. Christopher Raab, followed by on- and off-campus service projects that will support our community partners. We hope you will join us to honor Martin Luther King's legacy, learn about our wonderful community partners and engage in service. Lower and Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up for the day. We appreciate early registrations to help us with planning but will welcome anyone the day of the event.


Prior to the day, we need your support with donations for our on-campus projects. See the list of items needed, as well as the schedule for the day, and stay tuned for an email from your class chairs about specific items for each grade to donate. We appreciate all of your support and engagement on this day! Please contact the Center for Public Purpose or your class chairs with any questions.

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update


Please join fellow parents for a day of community baking for MLK Day. Sign up to bake. 

If you can not help with the baking, you can still contribute. Sign up to donate ingredients.

We need new ideas and new parents! Please consider sharing your talents and passions with other parents in the new year. Contact Jennifer Fiss with ideas. Supply fee request.

Downtown Reception


Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-9:30 pm; Union League, 140 S. Broad Street
Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert and conversation in the company of fellow parents, alumni and friends. Details and RSVP.

Movies that Matter: Black Panther

Friday, Feb. 8, 3:30 pm, Kurtz Center

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to sponsor the top-grossing film of 2018, Black Panther (rated PG-13). Details, movie trailer and RSVP.

Holiday Gift Drive Gratitude


The Center for Public Purpose would like to thank the Penn Charter community for your participation in the holiday gift drive. We supported more than 40 families from Taylor School and PIHN, and we know this will make a real difference for our friends. Your participation and generosity are deeply appreciated and valued. Wishing you all the best for the new year!

Upper School

USA Gap Year Fair


Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 pm Speaker (Meeting Room), 2 pm Fair (Old Gym)

Since the early 1990s, more and more students have used the gap year to spend time traveling, maturing, doing community service, going on a wilderness experience or pursuing mentored internships. This year's speaker is Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs, LLC, a nationally known authority on the gap year experience.

For more information, visit usagapyearfairs. org/fairs.

Upper School Parent Forum and Drop and Stop


Monday, Jan. 7, 8:15 am

Join Karen Campbell, Upper School learning specialist, and Elizabeth Hitschler, Upper School counselor, for a discussion of strategies to help students with the end of the semester. 


Stop in early at 7:30 am for coffee, a breakfast treat and conversation with fellow Upper School parents.

Middle School

Middle School Parent Forum


Thursday, Jan. 17, 8:15-9:15 am, Balderston Commons
"Managing stress and anxiety: A look into the emotional wellness of our middle schoolers."
Please join Katie Martin, our Middle School counselor, to explore stress and anxiety management in our Middle School students. The conversation will highlight the differences between healthy and unhealthy stress, provide helpful coping strategies for students and parents, and explore available resources for further learning.

Lower School

2018-2019 Author-in-Residence


Friday, Feb. 1
This year's author-in-residence is award-winning Carole Boston Weatherford. She and her son, Jeffery Weatherford, who is a spoken-word poet, will be visiting Lower School students to discuss her books and poetry. For families who are interested in ordering books and having Carole Boston Weatherford sign them, please fill out and bring in this order form no later than Jan. 14.

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