April 5, 2019

All School

Baseball Field Opening Celebration Moved to Saturday


Saturday, April 6, 12:30 pm, Strawbridge Campus
Join us to celebrate a major milestone in our campus transformation when Penn Charter baseball takes on Neshaminy High School to officially open our new baseball facility on the Strawbridge Campus. Note new date and time!


Arrive for the 12:30 opening ceremony honoring former baseball coaches, players and How Far? capital campaign donors committed to securing PC's future. Stay for the 1:15 pm game to cheer on the team, enjoy concessions and get excited about what's to come. And if you can't be there in person, watch us on Facebook Live beginning at noon!


Questions? Contact Chris Rahill OPC '99, director of alumni relations.

Service Opportunities


PreK-12 Cradles to Crayons Penn Charter Family Service Day

Saturday, April 6, 10 am-12 pm, 4700 Wissahickon Ave.
Join PC families and welcome Cradles to Crayons to the neighborhood! Their Giving Tree Factory has moved to 4700 Wissahickon Ave., so we are now neighbors! We welcome all ages (pre-K to 12 families) to learn about the great work that Cradles to Crayons does, tour their new facility and participate in service together. Space is limited, so once you've signed up, please also register with Cradles to Crayons using this access code: a0RC000000aEi83. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Ahram.


Laps for Philly Pools
Saturday, April 13, 12-2 pm, PC Pool
With the support of the Center for Public Purpose, junior Gabby Lopez-Ona is launching Laps for Philly Pools, a series of events over the next year to raise money and awareness for pool safety in the city of Philadelphia. This first Laps for Philly Pools is open to all, and anyone 5 years and older is invited to participate. Proceeds will create scholarships for Philadelphia kids to participate in the SwimAmerica program. Details and pledge form and signup.


Tree House Books Book Drive
April 5-May 2
Tree House Books, headquartered in North Philadelphia, promotes a lifelong love of reading and writing. It provides free books to children and families, as well as programs that increase literacy skills. Penn Charter will host a book drive to support the efforts of our community partner. We welcome gently-used or new books for newborns through 18 years and will be collecting from Friday, April 5, to Thursday, May 2. Collection boxes will be in each division. The books will be delivered to TreeHouse Books by one of our Middle School advisory groups during the Middle School Day of Service. Please contact the Center for Public Purpose with any questions.


Pop-Up Shop to Support Up Denim
Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14; Rebel Yoga Studio, 8020 Germantown Ave., 19118
Up Denim, a second-hand denim company started by junior Sabrina Shaffer, member of QuakeMakers, PC's social entrepreneurship club, will host a pop-up shop at Rebel Yoga Studio in Chestnut Hill. As a business with a social mission, Up Denim works to support girls in Philadelphia and reduce textile waste by creating unique, upcycled, embellished jeans and reselling them. Fifty percent of profits support the Evoluer House, a college-prep program for underserved young women in Philadelphia. Buy jeans, place custom orders, and learn more about Up Denim and the Evoluer House at the pop-up. Contact Sabrina Shaffer or reach out to the Center For Public Purpose with questions.

PC Has a Big Climb Philly Team

April 13
In just two weeks, a Penn Charter team will be participating in Big Climb Philly! The Big Climb is a fundraising event hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer research. Every year, participants raise money leading up to the main event: climbing 46 flights of stairs to the top of the FMC Tower in Philadelphia. Big Climb Philly 2019 is on April 13, and the team is trying to raise as much as possible in these last few days before the event. Please consider contributing to the team fundraising effort. Every penny counts!

April and Earth Week

April and May bring fun environmental programming and events. 

  • Saturday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 24: We are excited to host Alex Wildman during Earth Week on Wednesday. April 24. Alex is a cancer survivor who is the subject of a recent film, Hold Fast. If you are interested in seeing the film, attend a screening and Q&A with Alex on April 6 at the Academy of Natural Sciences. All proceeds from this film screening benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Wednesday, May 1: We will offer two bike trains to school that morning! We had a successful bike train along Germantown Avenue last November. This May, one group will take the same route, and a second one will travel along the Schuylkill River Trail. Both bike train opportunities are offered through the Parent Community and with support of PC faculty and staff. More details will be shared soon, but please consider joining a group ride with your child to school that morning.
  • Saturday, May 11: Penn Charter will host an environmental gathering, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. We will have collective time to share and reflect on our stewardship practices, and then we will host some break-out sessions that can include gardening, outdoor activities, biking and more! Please save the date.

Parent-to-Parent Workshops

Tonight: Kick off your weekend with some spring floral inspiration with Melissa Parker! Next week, get an insider's guide to jewelry at the Philadelphia Diamond company. Later this month, join Wilson Felter to learn strategies to feel more competent and confident in having difficult conversations, and attend Get a Taste of American Studies, facilitated by Shahidah Kalam Id-Din and Lee Payton. Or sign up to get tips and tricks for your summer entertaining while enjoying a garden luncheon with friends. Sign up. Contact Jennifer Fiss with ideas. Supply fee request.

SwimAmerica Spring Lessons and PCAC Junior Team Swim Clinic


Register for SwimAmerica after-school lessons, and for the PCAC Junior Team Spring Clinic. Both programs begin Monday, April 8, and end Wednesday, May 22. Swim lessons are Monday, Wednesday, Friday at either 3:30 or 4:00 pm. The PCAC Junior Team clinic is scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:30-4:30 pm. Questions about SwimAmerica? Email Kevin Berkoff. New to PCAC? Please email coach Crystal Keelan to set up an evaluation before registering. 

Upper School

US Parent Forum

Monday, April 8, 8:15-9:15 am, Overseers Room
Get to know Director of Upper School Erin Hughes better; she will be joined by Assistant Head of School Beth Glascott. 

US Band and Choral Concert


Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm; Kurtz Center
The Upper School Symphonic Band will once again explore music from a wide variety of genres and the theme of "powerful people." Selections include Guardians of the Galaxy, "Perthshire Majesty," "Wonder Woman," "The Seal Lullaby" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," which represent the strength individuals must exhibit to overcome obstacles and persevere. Jazz Band will present its most challenging program to date while featuring numerous soloists. The band will present "Sesame Street," "Misty," "Carnaval" and "Big Noise for Winnetka" which will include a solo performed on string bass and drums, a first on the PC stage.


Quakers Dozen and Charter Singers are ready to dazzle and inspire this spring with their Many Moods of Music. You will hear the gorgeous "Psalm 23," featuring our very own String Ensemble; six songs from the long-awaited choral arrangement of Hamilton; a performance of the lush and beautiful "Unchained Melody"; followed by the very powerful "Believer" from Imagine Dragons; and finally, from Sister Act 2, an exhilarating performance of the exciting Gospel re-take of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Middle School

Family Visiting Day  

Monday, April 15, 7:45-11 am; Rosen Atrium
Middle School Family Visiting Day is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and special family members of Middle School students to get a peek into their child's school day. Join us for refreshments, visit your student's classroom and enjoy student performances and presentations. RSVP for yourself and your family by Wednesday, April 10. Questions? Contact Emma Rowan (215-844-3460 ext. 227).


Parent Resources from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) 

Parents who attended or those who missed the March 12 parent forum presented by a counselor from Freedom from Chemical Dependency may be interested in these resources.

Lower School

Lower School Squash Clinics


Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21; 3:00-4:00 pm 

Continuing our successful squash clinics, these sessions are suitable for any Lower School student, including those looking for their first taste of squash and those who already have experience through prior clinics, coaching or school. While the clinics are primarily aimed at grades 1-3, any interested fourth and fifth graders are also welcome to attend. Cost for the seven-session clinic is $190, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Clinics will be run by Director of Squash Damon Leedale-Brown, with assistance from some of our leading varsity squash players. Damon has experience at the very highest level of coaching and training in the sport and works with many of the top juniors in the U.S. For more details and to sign up, contact Damon Leedale-Brown. Please indicate your child's level of experience and grade.

Family Fun Night: Fun & Games!

Friday, April 26, 5-7pm, Front Field
Are you ready for some fun? Join us for dancing, sand art, carnival games and more at LS Family Fun Night! We need YOU to make this event a success. Please sign up to volunteer for a 30-minute time slot to help with snacks, games and sand art.

Soft pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy and water are free; please bring your water bottle to refill them at the water filling stations. And don't forget to bring some money to buy delicious burgers & dogs from the grill squad as they fundraise for Prom. Veggie burgers and gluten-free buns will also be available.

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