February 15, 2019

All School

All-School Musical Tickets Going Fast 

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, Feb. 23, 9 am, 2901 W. Hunting Park Ave.

Share Food Program is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Penn Charter is signed up to volunteer at Share. We are going to package food boxes which will be distributed to local food pantries and elderly people.
All ages and grades welcome. We will meet at Share at 9 am. If you're interested in participating, please sign up.

Community Roundtable Discussion

"Building Strong Communities with Open Conversation"

Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, Timmons House

As we endeavor to strengthen our community with open dialogue; we invite you to gather again for fireside drinks, food and new introductions. We welcome all parents to join in this community roundtable discussion facilitated by Yolanda and Reggie Banks, PC parent liaisons for diversity and inclusion, as we continue exploring this year's Quaker theme: Continuing Revelation. We hope to challenge our community to listen and be open to new ideas and experiences at Penn Charter. We will explore ways to support, enhance and expose our children to diverse and varied experiences in an effort to develop leadership capacity, as well as inclusion of varied life perspectives. Please come prepared to share your hopes and dreams for your children as we prepare them for global citizenship. We hope this will be an illuminating community gathering that will introduce new truths and allow us to make new connections.

Bert Linton Golf Outing

Monday, April 22, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

The popularity of this annual event among both alumni and parents continues to grow. Register before Feb. 28, for the early-bird price of $250 per golfer; $275 thereafter. This cost includes the entire day's activities including golf, lunch, cart fee, dinner, open bar, giveaways and prizes. Details and registration.

Parent to Parent: Weekly Update


Next week, please join fellow parents for a book discussion of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly or spend your lunch sipping and snacking while you learn to entertain with ease. In March learn to make Jamaican jerk chicken and get an insiders guide to jewelry. Sign up. Bakers, crafters, photographers, DIYers, contact  Jennifer Fiss to share your talents with the community.

Upper School

Food Drive to Support Share and Philabundance

Ends Wednesday, Feb. 20
The Upper School Food Insecurity Club is partnering with the Political Awareness Club to support local food banks and our longtime community partners Share and Philabundance, who were called upon to provide more support for local Philadelphians during the recent government shutdown. We want to help them replenish their resources. Four bins are set up in the Junior Lounge (next to the cafeteria)—one for each grade. Please encourage your US students to bring in goods to support our community partners. Read what to bring. Feel free to contact the Center for Public Purpose with any questions.

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.

Winter Sports Awards

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 pm, Balderston Commons (Middle School)

The athletic department invites Upper School winter athletes and their families to the presentation of our season awards. The program will honor all winter varsity teams.

Middle School

Fourth Annual Play Day

Friday, Feb. 22
Our Middle School students will take a break from their daily school routine and instead head to XL Sports World for a fun-filled day of team challenges, healthy competition and bonding. This fourth annual Play Day will celebrate our students' hard work during the cold winter months and help rejuvenate them for a great final stretch of the school year.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 should arrive to school dressed for movement and activity; dress code rules are relaxed. Our middle graders will participate in a series of team challenges in the morning session within mixed-grade teams. Lunch and snack will be provided, and the afternoon session will include a series of free-play options. We will return to school for the regular dismissal time of 2:55 pm.

Quaker Elite Soccer Club Travel Player Clinic


Monday, Feb. 18, 6:20-7:45 pm; Free
U12 and U13 boys (with birth years of 2006 and 2007) with travel team experience are invited to a free travel player clinic to learn about Quaker Elite Soccer Club. Register.

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

Full-Day Child Care: Feb. 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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