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January 11, 2019

All School

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.

Parent Quakerism Committee


Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8:15-9:15 am, Dining Room (Main Building)
Join Parent Quakerism Committee co-chairs in planning the annual First Day (Sunday) Community Friends Meeting for Worship. Back by popular demand, "worship and waffles" will be the theme! Come get inspiring updates about Quaker Education at Penn Charter. This is for both curious and seasoned Penn Charter parents in all divisions. Contact co-chairs Soozung Rankin or Rachele Loffer if you have questions or would like to participate but are not able to join us for this meeting.

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.

Penn Charter Summer Camps

 

Camp registration opens on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Visit penncharter.com/summercamps.

Service Opportunity

Moving Homeless Families
Sunday, Feb. 3, 12:30-3:30 pm; Germantown Jewish Center

Once a month, PC students help families who are experiencing homelessness move. We need your help on Feb. 3. We will start at Second Baptist Church of Germantown (6459 Germantown Ave.) and go to Unitarian Universalist Church Of the Restoration (6900 Stenton Ave.). All ages and grades welcome! If you can help, please sign up

 

Furniture Donations
A family supported by Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network for some time has found a home and is in need of furniture. Contact Sharon Ahram if you are able to donate any of these items: couch, end tables, box spring for king-size bed, three dresser drawers, curtains, four kitchen chairs, kitchen supplies.

Distinguished Speaker: Richard Blanco

 

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm, Gummere Library
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to present an evening of poetry with Richard Blanco. Blanco followed in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou when he was selected, by President Obama, to be the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. He is the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay person to serve in the role. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his three collections of poetry. Read more and RSVP.

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update

 

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

If you cannot 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
Find conversation and inspiration at the Downtown Reception. Learn more 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.

Senior Comprehensive Project Needs Parents

Penn Charter's Senior Comprehensive Project (SCP) is off and running. Students are beginning to solidify the organizations, people and places with which they would like to do their senior project. A successful SCP involves student initiative and self-discipline and participation from members of the community. If you're interested in being part of the SCP, we are looking for parents to be on-site project supervisors/mentors for students, facilitators for workshops on public speaking and/or presentation design, presentation evaluators and much more. Please fill out this short form if you're interested in being involved. If we all work together, this could be one of the most rewarding experiences the students will have in Upper School.


If you have questions, please reach out to Sharon Ahram, Senior Comprehensive Project coordinator and assistant director of the Center for Public Purpose (215-844-3460 ext. 162).

Upper School

Upper School Arts Portfolio Night

 

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 pm; Choral Room, Kurtz Center
Friends, teachers and families are invited to the see high-caliber student work at Portfolio Night, an exciting venue for exceptional student work in the Performing Arts and Visual Arts and Design in the Kurtz Center. Students will present a broad range of artistic works, including dance and music performances, as well as costume designs, photography and film. The night is sure to inspire and entertain as students present works from their portfolios. We hope that you'll join us. Here is a sample of previous Portfolio Night performances

Parent Program: Brian Jennsen on Vaping

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7-8 pm, Gummere Library
We welcome parents to attend our evening program with Brian Jennsen, a researcher and pediatrician at CHOP whose expertise is tobacco policy and smoking cessation. Jennsen will address parents on the topic of teens and e-cigarettes. Educate yourself about e-cigarettes and know what to look for. Read more in Upper School Life.

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.

Parent Program: Brian Jennsen on Vaping

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7-8 pm, Gummere Library
Middle School parents are welcome to attend our evening program with Brian Jennsen, a researcher and pediatrician at CHOP whose expertise is tobacco policy and smoking cessation. Jennsen will address parents on the topic of teens and e-cigarettes. Educate yourself about e-cigarettes and know what to look for. Read more in Upper School Life.

Lower School

2018-2019 Author-in-Residence: Order Signed Books in Advance

 

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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