Originally delivered on 3/10/2024 7:00 pm

SUBJECT: PAS ePony for the Week of March 11, 2024

Penn Alexander School

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School

PAS ePony March 11, 2024
Message from the Principal

Dear PAS Families:

Tonight marks the beginning of Ramadan.  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Penn Alexander is excited to recognize Ramadan.  If you or someone you know would like to share an explanation of Ramadan and its significance to those who observe Ramadan with our community, we are grateful for the experience to learn with you.   Click here to sign up and we will be in touch to coordinate with you.  

Tomorrow students will receive a gift bag of bottled water, an individually wrapped date, a sweet treat, and an explanation of Ramadan assembled by several PAS families who wanted to share this important time with us.

On Thursday, join us for Pi Day by learning how to support your child's mathematic learning through play at our Math Festival!  RSVP HERE. Free optional pizza dinner and to go boxes for famlilies observing Ramadan. Pie bakers and volunteers are needed.  

On Friday, we will host our annual Alumni Basketball game afterschool. Click HERE to sign up to play.   Concessions will be available for purchase.  Come out to support our teams!

SEPTA Spruce Street Track Renewal Project Notification

Spruce Street between 40th and 42nd Streets will be closed from March 18 through May 4 for SEPTA track work.  Click HERE to read the SEPTA notification. This project will likely increase congestion around the school, especially at drop-off.  Families that drive to school may want to use Locust Street for drop off or allow extra travel time.  

New Driver and Biker Drop-Off & Pick Up Plan

In our continued effort to improve the drop off and pick up experience for our drivers and the safety of our students, we are launching a new plan for drivers and bikers.  Spruce and Locust Streets are 20 minute stopping zones and provide an entire block of space for drivers that would like to walk with their child.  Please click HERE to learn more.  We will be handing out fliers and sending them home in the pony.

Week at a Glance

Monday, March 11

  • C Day

Tuesday, March 12

  • D Day

Wednesday, March 13

  • E Day

Thursday, March 14

  • A Day
  • 5-7pm Math Festival

Friday, March 15

Upcoming PAS Events
Reminders & Resources
Don't Forget!

Kinder, 3rd, and 7th grade families: Has/have your kiddo(s) had a dental exam or physical exam since August? The state requires both to be on file for kinder, 3rd, and 7th grade. Please send an appointment confirmation, physical/dental form, or other notification to the nurse at ngornstein@philasd.org

Musical stage crew is in need of the items listed below.  Please drop off at main entrance. You can also purchase costumes and props from the Amazon wishlist HERE.

  • paper towel & toilet paper rolls
  • old newspapers
  • ribbons
  • wrapping paper (solid colors)

We have two big events coming up that need sponsorships and prizes from businesses: the 5K and the spring musical.

Sponsorships have been coming in, but the deadline for the musical program is Friday, March 22. We also still need 5K prizes, race bag swag, and snack bag contents donated such as gift certificates, free passes, gift baskets, snack bars / bags, beverages, fun freebies, etc.

If you can recommend or solicit any businesses, please let us know by submitting the sponsorship form HERE. Thank you for your help!

HSA Open Board Positions

The HSA needs your help! We have 4 open executive board positions for the upcoming school year:

  • Treasurer
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Fundraising Chair  

Please consider running or nominating someone to make sure that the school continues to operate at the same level in the future. We are also seeking people to serve on the nominating committee to help guide the elections process. More details can be found HERE.

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
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