February 8, 2019

All School

Cheer on PC!

It's not too late to show your PC spirit by cheering on our winter athletes at season-ending games and competitions!


  • Wrestling (double-header and senior night), Friday, Feb. 8, 4:15 pm vs. Norristown, and 6:30 pm vs. Lawrenceville, Graham Athletic Center.
  • Girls basketball vs. GA, Thursday, Feb. 14, 4 pm, Dooney Field House.
  • Swimming (Easterns), Feb. 15 and 16, Franklin & Marshall College.
    See the full athletics schedule. for the latest, including squash.

Movies that Matter: Black Panther

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

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to sponsor Academy Awards Best Picture nominee Black Panther (rated PG-13), called "a rather groundbreaking celebration of black culture." Details, movie trailer and RSVP.

Distinguished Speaker: Richard Blanco


Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm, Gummere Library
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents 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.

Re-Enrollment News

Enrollment contracts for the 2019-20 school year are being mailed today. Be on the lookout for a manila envelope from Penn Charter with these important documents inside. Please return the white copy of the signed agreement and an enrollment deposit by Feb. 22.

Families who have completed the financial aid process will receive their enrollment contracts throughout February as the Financial Aid Committee reviews their applications. Please make sure that all required financial aid documents have been submitted; instructions are at

All-School Musical Tickets Now on Sale 

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! Buy tickets online or in the School Store.

Service Opportunities

President's Day, Feb. 18, 2-4 pm, 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd
Families of all ages are invited to sort donated clothing at Jewish Family and Children's Services for Our Closet, an organization that provides clothing to vulnerable people throughout the region at free pop-up shops. Details and signup

Saturday, April 6, 10 am - 12 pm 
Save the date for this family service day supporting pre-K to 12 Cradles to Crayons.
The sign-up and exciting details will follow!

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update


This month's book discussion of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly is on Wednesday evening, Feb. 20. Sign up for this and other events and workshops. Contact Jennifer Fiss with ideas.

Upper School

Soph Hop

We hope parents will encourage their 10th graders to turn out for the 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. 

Upper School Family Visiting Day

Monday, Feb. 25, 8-11 am 
Upper School Family Visiting Day is a wonderful way to gain insight into your child's academic work and school day. In addition to visits to your child's classes, arrive early to hear student performances followed by remarks from Assistant Head of School Beth Glascott and Acting Director of Upper School Erin Hughes. We will send your student's individual class list, and a list of alternative courses you can visit, a few days before Visiting Day. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Middle School

Lacrosse Clinic for Boys in Grades 5-8

Saturday, March 2, 9:30-11:30 am (9 am registration), Perrott Turf (Dooney Field House if inclement weather)
Penn Charter lacrosse coaching staff and players will run a lacrosse clinic for boys in grades 5-8, with proceeds supporting the Katie Samson Foundation. Participants are invited to watch the high school practice immediately following the clinic. Cost: $40 pre-registration, $50 walk-up. Registration and details.

Lower School

Valentine's Day Bake Sale Needs Bakers

Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:05 am, Lower School Lobby
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.

Lacrosse Clinic for Boys in Grades 5-8


See details above, under Middle School.

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