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Choose a Healthier You in 2021!

Choose a Healthier You in 2021!

We are all home more than ever, and we’ve all noticed an increase in our snacking habits. However, instead of getting down on ourselves and feeling guilty, we want to encourage you to make the most of your snacks and choose to add in nutrients and balance! Try these tips to revamp snack time for...
January 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Taking SAC Meeting Minutes

January 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Taking SAC Meeting Minutes

Utilizing various online platforms throughout the city, School Advisory Councils (SACs) have been virtually meeting across our District schools. As a group of school stakeholders come together to discuss relevant school topics, there may often be many strands of thoughts, questions, and opinions that are presented. A good way to consolidate these different thoughts can...
Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

Jay Cooke Elementary School: Meeting Families Where They Are

If there’s been any constant during this pandemic time, it seems to be the fact that things are constantly changing, and we all need to roll with the punches. At Jay Cooke Elementary School, the administration has applied this open-minded approach to engaging with their families. The school staff and administrators at Jay Cooke wanted...
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – A New $10 M Program to Increase Diversity in Students Pursuing STEM Careers

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – A New $10 M Program to Increase Diversity in Students Pursuing STEM Careers

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) is a $10 million, 10 year commitment by a global healthcare company, GSK, focused on increasing the number of women, Black/African American, and Latinx Philadelphia students to overcome obstacles to their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The PSEC, established in January 2020,  will work...
End the Year on a Healthy Note!

End the Year on a Healthy Note!

Oh, the cookies and other sweet treats are all over the place during celebrations this time of year. Having self-control can be a bit difficult for all of us. Instead of being hard on ourselves, we are challenging everyone to shift their energy to eating 3-5 fruits and vegetables every day! You could add a...
December 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: SAC and School Budgets

December 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: SAC and School Budgets

One of the value points of School Advisory Councils (SACs) all across District schools is being able to have the voices of multiple stakeholders heard about topics that are pertinent to our schools. In this December’s SAC Tip of the Month, we want to remind you that your school’s SAC meetings should be used to...
Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

Strengthening Family Bonds and Engagement At Philip H. Sheridan School

In October, we celebrated Family Engagement Month to acknowledge the many ways that school staff members have been engaging families during this digital learning time. This season of online engagement has required creativity to say the least, and we wanted to give congratulations to one of our winners of The Family Engagement Month Contest, Philip...

Join us in Celebrating our Family Engagement Month Contest Winners!

The Office of Family and Community Engagement would like to congratulate and thank every family and school who submitted their digital learning family engagement stories in October 2020! Families who shared their experience supporting their child(ren) during this unprecedented time received a Family Engagement Care Package worth over $100! Schools that were selected as winners...
Facade of Free Library of Philadelphia on Vine Street, with runner in foreground. Library has large columns with colorful banners between them.

Check out the Free Library’s December Programs for Children, Teens, and Families!

(Photo: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) As the weather grows colder and preparations for the holiday season are underway, the Free Library of Philadelphia is excited about the virtual programs for children, teens, and families. Tell Your Story Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 11 a.m. - The Virtual Storytelling Workshop invites children and teens to participate...
Meaningful Meals - Healthy Food Boxes for Families!

Meaningful Meals – Healthy Food Boxes for Families!

The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (The Fund) has been awarded $100,000 by the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to launch the new Meaningful Meals program to provide Philadelphia families in low-income neighborhoods with boxes of healthy food. Families will be able to pick up 20-pound food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables,...