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Book Fair FAQ

When will students visit the book fair?

Lower School students will visit the Book Fair with their class and classroom teacher on Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14 (see schedule below). Middle School students will visit the Book Fair with their English class and teacher. Upper School students may visit the Book Fair on any day during lunch, free blocks and study halls. US students assigned to study halls must sign out with their proctor, sign in and out at the Book Fair, and return to study hall upon leaving the Book Fair. 

Monday, November 13th:

8:30 - 9:10  PreK
9:15 - 10:00  2nd Grade
10:00 - 10:45  3rd Grade
11:00 - 11:45  4th Grade
12:30-1:00 6th Grade-Chernak Block 4
2:00-2:30  6th Grade-Chernak Block 2

Tuesday, November 14th:

8:10-8:30 6th Grade-Pilkington
8:30 - 9:15 Red Cubbies
9:15 - 10:00 Green Cubbies
10:10 - 10:55 4th Grade
12:30-1:00 7th Grade-Skelly Block 4
1:10-2:10 7th Grade-Skelly Block 2
2:35-2:55 6th Grade-Pilkington

Wednesday, November 15:

8:10-8:40 8th Grade-Silberman Block 5
10:00-10:30 8th Grade-Silberman Block 6
1:20-1:50 8th Grade-Silberman Block 1
2:00-2:30 8th Grade-Chernak Block 3

Do the children have to bring in money on the day they visit the Book Fair with their class?

No, it is not required, but it is allowed.

What happens when the students visit the Book Fair?

Students are given between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the grade, to look at the books. If there are any books they like, they write down the title, price and bookshelf number (to make it easy to find the book again later), on a Wish List form. That form then goes home with the child for parents or guardians to review. If children have been given money and permission from home to buy books, then those children may purchase books during their classroom visit.

Do we have to purchase books?

There is no pressure or obligation to buy any books. 

We have decided to purchase one or more books, how do we go about buying them?

If you are buying books from the Wish List, please circle the books you would like to purchase and send the form and money back to school with your child. Families are welcome to visit the Book Fair and look at the books before deciding. If you wish to allow your child to select and purchase books without your review, you simply need to provide them with a means of payment for the books they select.

Does a parent have to be with a child for the child to buy a book?

Families are most certainly welcome to come to the Book Fair, but it is not required. Children may purchase books on their own as long as they have permission from home and a means to pay. As mentioned above, students may also fill out the wish list, pick which ones are approved by parents for purchase, and bring back the wish lists with payment. Volunteers will then gather up the books and send them to the students' classrooms.

What forms of payment are accepted at the Book Fair?

We accept cash, checks (made payable to Penn Charter) and credit cards. You can send in cash and checks with your child, but we ask that you please not send credit cards to school with Lower School children. If you are unable to visit the Book Fair and wish to pay by credit card, please contact Linda O'Malley  (215-844-3460 x157) and she will take your information over the phone.

Still have a question?

Please contact Michelle Sage chair of the Book Fair,

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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