Originally delivered on 4/7/2024 7:00 pm

SUBJECT: PAS ePony for the Week of April 8, 2024

Penn Alexander School

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School

PAS ePony April 8, 2024
Message from the Principal

Dear PAS Families:

As we shared on Friday, we will distribute approved solar eclipse glasses to students and staff so everyone can enjoy the special event tomorrow, and I will demonstrate how to wear them in the morning announcements; however, we will have inclement weather pick up to ensure families and caregivers can pick up students safely.  If you plan to pick up your child early, please do so by 2:45pm.  This is our cut-off time for early dismissals as students are moving to their designated dismissal areas after this time.  

We have a few reminders to share with everyone this week:

  • There has been an uptick of dogs at drop-off, which is causing some safety issues for students getting to the blacktop.  While several dogs are excited to see each other and are enjoying each others' company, dogs are not permitted at drop-off or pick up.

  • It is not too late to get early bird pricing for our largest fundraising and health event of the year - PAS 5K/1 Mile Fun Run. Saturday, April 13 is the last day before prices increase by $10 per person.  The event is our last opportunity to come together to close out the year as a school community and to kick off the summer on a healthy note.   See Ann Kreidle if you need assistance with registration.

Week at a Glance

Monday, April 8

  • A Day

Tuesday, April 9

  • B Day

Wednesday, April 10

  • No School in recognition of Eid al-Fitr

Thursday, April 11

  • C Day
  • Spring Club Enrollment Notification

Friday, April 12

  • D Day

Saturday, April 13

Upcoming PAS Events
Reminders & Resources
Don't Forget!

The 23-24 School Experience survey is open.  Your feedback will help us plan for next year.  Click HERE to complete the 5 minute survey.

PSSA Grades 3-8

Student in grades 3-8 will be participating in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), a state-mandated standardized assessment beginning April 22 through May 10, 2024. Please make sure your child gets to bed early and has breakfast. As always, free breakfast is provided in the cafeteria daily beginning at 8:00 AM.  Students who arrive after 8:30am on a testing day will not be able to test that day. 

PAS Testing Schedule: 

ELA Testing: April 22, 24, and 25  

Math Testing: April 29 and 30

Science Testing (Only 4th and 8th Grade): May 1 and 2

Makeup Testing: May 6 - May 10

New SDP COVID policy

1. Student should remain home until their symptoms are not present or have improved and they have no diarrhea, vomiting or fever (without taking fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours.

2. Student should wear a well-fitted mask for 5 days after their return to school

3. The 5-day isolation requirement has ended

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.

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)
5K Prizes Needed!

The 5K race committee is busy planning for the event, but we still need some prizes, race bag swag, and snack bag contents donated. Can you donate:

-gift certificate to a local, kid-friendly business

-free passes / tickets

-600 pieces of swag

-50 snacks or beverages

-gift basket

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

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.

Girls Chess Tournaments -Free Transportation

Mayfair @ Clark Park Petting Zoo & More - May 11

New WP Afterschool Program - Playology Open House May 15

2024 In-House Soccer Program Registration Information

FREE Workshop - Using Computer Graphics to Reconstruct Ancient Cultures April 9

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