February 1, 2019

All School

Grace Fund Wrap-Up and Final Opportunities

Thanks to the amazing community of parents we have at Penn Charter, December's Grace Fund Game Night was a big success! Not only did we raise more than $23,000 for this amazing fund, but the level of fun and competition could not be matched! Having a blast for a great cause … what could be better?

There are still a few spots open for two fun and fabulous parties hosted by PC parents. Sign up to enjoy a Mardi Gras celebration at the home of Rachele and Matt Loffer, and don't miss a Night in Havana, hosted by amazing party planner Jennifer Fiss and her husband, David. Proceeds support the Grace Fund! Details and signup.

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.

All-School Musical Tickets on Sale Monday

Disney's My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto's Musical Tale

Friday, Feb. 22, 7:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2:00 pm
This new musical is a retelling of the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, featuring songs from the original animated film ("When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings") alongside a fresh score by Oscar and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. The show tackles themes like what it means to be the "perfect child" – and what it means to be a "real father." The cast is over 75 strong with representation from all three divisions and the faculty. You won't want to miss this show! 

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update


Spring workshops are here! Learn to entertain with ease, make fiery jerk chicken, or get an insiders guide to jewelry. Sign up. And don't forget to pick up your copy of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly and come to the book discussion this month. Contact Jennifer Fiss with ideas. Supply fee request.

Upper School


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 and enjoy!

College Keynote

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 pm, Meeting Room (Main Building)
The College Counseling Office is pleased to announce its annual College Keynote program for the parents of students in grades 9-11. Matthew Hyde, dean of admission at Lafayette College, will help parents understand their role in the college search process, the importance of self-assessment, and do's and don'ts. Read more.

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

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 to register. Please contact Alyson Goodner with any questions.

MS Family Meeting for Worship

Thursday, Feb. 7, 8:15-8:45 am, Meeting Room
Middle School families are warmly invited to join their children in Meeting for Worship. Experience silent worship and reflection as your children do each week. If you plan on attending, please join us in the MS lobby 8:00-8:15 am for coffee and fellowship with other parents. Then we will walk over to the Meeting Room with our students at 8:15.

Lower School

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


Please see the above announcement under Middle School for details.

Valentine's Day Bake Sale Needs Bakers

Thursday, Feb. 14, Lower School Lobby, 8:05 am
Do you love baking? Show us what you've got and donate some baked goods to the Lower School Valentine's Day Bake Sale. All proceeds will be donated to a charity to be determined by the fifth grade. Please sign up to wow the Lower School with your baking prowess or to volunteer to help set up and/or sell yummy treats. All items must be tree nut and peanut free.

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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