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January 25, 2019

All School

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Thank You, PC Community

It is always inspiring to see our community come together and support the work of our partners and meet the needs of our larger community. We are thankful to all who helped plan MLK Day, donate items and serve. In addition to the great work we did at our partner sites, on campus we created over 400 lunches that were distributed in our creatively decorated lunch bags by our Food Insecurity Club to local shelters; packaged 40 care kits and 30 beautifully designed care cards for Turning Points that will support children in foster care, compiled 150 blessing bags and made 40 placemats to support Whosoever Gospel Mission; packaged 100 soaps for St. Ray's House, which will support ongoing programming for residents; planted 1,400 seedlings for Sanctuary Farm, which our sixth graders will plant in the ground this spring during their food insecurity project; and more. We aim to "Let our lives speak," and the message our community shared on Monday was one of light and hope. Thank you, friends!


See story and photos from the day, and stay connected to the Center for Public Purpose by following @PCPublicPurpose on Instagram and Twitter.

Monthly Parent Meeting for Worship

 

Thursday, Jan. 31, 8:15-8:45 am; Meeting Room (Main Building, 2nd floor)

Join other parents and the Parent Quakerism co-chairs in a silent Friends Meeting for Worship, similar to what our children experience each week. Come experience 30 minutes of silent reflection (interrupted only if someone is moved to speak). 

Service Opportunity: Moving Homeless Families

Sunday, Feb. 3, 12:30-3:30 pm; Second Baptist Church of Germantown
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

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.

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.

Add Penn Charter Website to Your Phone

 

You can add an icon for Penn Charter's website to the home screen of your phone. Here are easy-to-follow video instructions for both iPhone and Android. Once you pin Penn Charter's website to your home screen, you can open it with just one click.

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update

 

Please join us in reading A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly and come to the book discussion in February. Be on the lookout for more fun new workshops coming soon! Contact Jennifer Fiss with ideas. Supply fee request.

Upper School

Parent Program: Brian Jenssen on Vaping

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7-8 pm, Gummere Library
We welcome parents to attend our evening program with Brian Jenssen, 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.

Showcase

Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30 pm; Choral Room (Kurtz Center)

Showcase is a student-run event where students can exhibit their talents to a supportive community of PC students and parents. Come watch the event on Feb. 1, and If you have a child who is interested in performing, please encourage them to sign up.

College Keynote

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Meeting Room (Main Building)
The College Counseling Office is pleased to announce its annual College Keynote program for the parents of ninth - 11th graders. More information about this year's keynote was mailed home to families this week.

Soph Hop
 

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30-10 pm, Old Gym

  • The cost for this dance is $10 per student.
  • This is a 10th grade dance. Only sophomores and students invited by a member of the sophomore class will be admitted to the dance. Guests may be PC US students or high-school age students from other schools. Non-PC guests must be registered with the assistant director of Upper School by 3 pm the day before the dance; each student can sponsor one guest, and the guest and the sponsor must arrive at the dance together. The sign-up list to bring a guest will be posted outside Lee Payton's office.
  • Dress code: semi-formal.
  • The time before, during and after a school dance is considered part of an "official school-sponsored event." (See the "drug and alcohol policy" and the "off-campus behavior policy" in the US handbook for more information.)
  • The dance starts at 7:30 pm.  Students must be in the door by 8:30 pm. And the dance concludes at 10 pm sharp. Once students enter the dance, they may not leave early. All students must leave the parking lot (or be picked up) no later than 10:15 pm. 

Middle School

Parent Program: Brian Jenssen on Vaping

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7-8 pm, Gummere Library
Middle School parents are welcome to attend our evening program with Brian Jenssen, 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 Ski Trip

 

Saturday, Feb. 2
We invite families to join us for a day of community building and fun on the slopes. Details about this ski trip to Bear Creek are in emails sent by Allen Vandegrift on Jan. 11 and 24.

Women's Legacy Fund Clinics for Girls (Grades 4-7)

 

Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 am-12 pm; Dooney Field House (Basketball)
The Women's Legacy Fund, founded in 2012, seeks to support girls athletics at Penn Charter through a scholarship, athletic clinics, mentorship and celebration. Our goal is to foster an environment at PC where girls experience opportunities to succeed at all levels and to develop as young women who collaborate, persevere and lead.

 

The Women's Legacy Fund is hosting a series of sports clinics in 2019 to connect student athletes across divisions and to benefit the scholarship fund. Each clinic is $20 and includes Legacy Fund swag, post-clinic refreshments and an opportunity to connect with PC varsity players and local alumnae.

 

Our first 2019 clinic is girls basketball on Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 am-12 pm in Dooney Field House. Visit penncharter.com/legacy to register. Please contact Alyson Goodner with any questions.

Lower School

Women's Legacy Fund Clinics for Girls (Grades 4-7)

 

Please see the above announcement under Middle School for details.

Breakfast with Your Child


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7:30-8 am; Dining Hall (Main Building)
Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast with your Lower School child – and fellowship with other families! Hot choices available for purchase.

Full-Day Child Care: Feb. 15 and 19 (No School for Lower School)

The After-School Program offers age-appropriate full-day child care for Lower School students on non-instructional days for the convenience of parents. On Friday, Feb. 15 (pre-K to 12 faculty in-service day) and Tuesday, Feb. 19 (LS faculty workday), 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 full-day child care contract. Please e-mail Kathy MacMurray with any questions.

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