Originally delivered on 10/22/2023 7:00 pm

SUBJECT: PAS ePony for the Week of October 23, 2023

Penn Alexander School

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School

PAS ePony Oct. 23, 2023
Message from the Principal

Tomorrow - Wear Red or your Phillies gear to cheer on the team!  All other uniform guidelines apply.

Fall Festival is almost here! On Wednesday from 4-6pm, we will turn our school into a joyous indoor carnival with fun games and tasty treats. Your pre-ordered tickets will be sent home with your youngest child on Monday, October 23. Tickets will also be available to purchase with cash or credit at the Festival. Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and books for the festival!  Reach out to Ann Kreidle at kreidlea@upenn.edu if you have Festival questions.

On Wednesday, we are kicking off the 22nd annual Harvest Food Drive! Through November 17, we invite students to bring in food, toiletries, PPE, and supplies to support the University City Hospitality Coalition.

On Thursday, we invite students to participate in Unity Day by wearing and sharing the color ORANGE. By wearing the color orange we hope to show solidarity against bullying and to deliver a message that encourages students to unite in promoting kindness towards others, accepting differences, and inclusion of all.   All other uniform guidelines apply.

Please join me on Thursday at 8:45 for Coffee with the Principal in the lunchroom.

Week at a Glance

Monday, October 23

  • C Day

Tuesday, October 24

  • D Day
  • Volleyball Scrimmage @ TPS

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

  • A Day
  • Unity Day 
  • Coffee with the Principal, 8:45am, lunchroom
  • Volleyball Match v SLAMS (home)

Friday, October 27

  • No school for students
Upcoming PAS Events
  • October 31: Character DayDress as your favorite book character. No full face masks, weapons, cultural appropriation, or inappropriate language.
  • November 8: Picture Day. Volunteers who sign up will receive a discount coupon from Lifetouch Pictures!
  • November 8, 5:30 - 8 PM: Community Potluck hosted by Equity Circle.
  • November 13, 3:45 PM: SAC Meeting.
  • November 14, 6 - 7:30 PM: HSA Meeting & Speaker Series Event - Impact of Social Media on Children's Socio-Emotional Development led by Dr. Marsha Richardson.
  • October 25-November 17: Harvest Food Drive Pease bring in food, toiletries, PPE, and supplies to support the University City Hospitality Coalition.
Reminders & Resources
Don't Forget!
  • No afterschool clubs on Wednesday, October 25 - see you at Fall Festival!
  • No school for students on October 27.
  • Monday, November 27 parent-teacher conferences. There is no school for students on November 27 in order for teachers to meet with parents.  This is a district wide change from the three half days for conferences.
  • CVS asked us to remind the community that they will need to start towing cars to ensure that there is room in their parking lot for customers. Do not park at CVS unless you are shopping in the store, or run the risk of being towed.
From SAC...

The PAS School Advisory Council (SAC) is looking for a middle school parent representative who can commit to attending meetings for the remainder of the '23-'24 school year.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month from 3:45-4:45pm.  The meeting dates for this year are 11/13/23, 12/11/23, 1/8/24, 2/12/24, 3/4/24, 4/15/24, and 5/13/24.

SAC is a group of peer-elected stakeholders that includes parents, staff, and community members. The SAC is a forum for discussion and collaboration with the PAS administration on school-based decision making with a focus on student achievement and school improvement.  Some of the projects we’re working on this year include traffic & safety, implementing the feedback from the School Experience survey, and building an inclusive school community.

Parents and guardians are always welcome to attend any SAC meeting!

Please contact SAC Chair Vidya Plainfield if you have any questions about the role and if you're interested in joining SAC as a parent representative this year: vidya_plainfield@yahoo.com

Specialist Corner

Please visit the links below to learn more about what our students are learning in art, SEL class, Technology Program, Physical Education, and in the Music Program:

Community at Large

The programs listed below have either shared fliers with the school or are within a few blocks of Penn Alexander. These programs are not affiliated with Penn Alexander; as such, families should evaluate each program to ensure it is the right fit for their family.  Click on the links for more information.

NEW PAYSA Basketball League

Community Conversation with Councilmembers Kendra Brooks and Isaiah Thomas - October 24 and November 1

UPenn Dept. of Physics & Astronomy Halloween Event - October 30

25th Annual "Little Tot" Halloween Parade and Party - October 31

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