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Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

Parent Shares Her Experience with the PTA at Charles W. Henry School

The School District of Philadelphia is fortunate to have parents, caregivers and teachers who are dedicated to educating and caring for our students. At Charles W. Henry Elementary School, located in Mt. Airy, we have a wonderful school community and one of our best assets is our PTA. I decided to join the PTA shortly...
Families Learn from Each Other at the "Meeting of the SACs"

Families Learn from Each Other at the “Meeting of the SACs”

Have you ever wondered how family engagement works at other schools in the School District of Philadelphia? Well, all you have to do is ask! This past March, members of several school communities in North Philadelphia came together to discuss what School Advisory Councils (SACs) look like in each other schools and exchange helpful tips...
May 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of SAC Bylaws

May 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of SAC Bylaws

Within your School Advisory Council (SAC), the members may agree on creating SAC Bylaws. Bylaws are a set of agreed-upon regulations that will dictate how the SAC functions and carries out its operations. While SACs are not required to write or submit bylaws, they have proven to be very helpful for many schools. Let’s review...
Two Parents’ Responses to The Engagement Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

Two Parents’ Responses to The Engagement Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

In our April Focus on FACE newsletter issue, we had the opportunity to write about the family engagement initiatives happening at Strawberry Mansion High School. After hearing from Principal Brian McCracken, School Counselor Ms. Ameera Sullivan, and Family Engagement Liaison Victoria Trower, we had the chance to hear from two Strawberry Mansion parents to speak...
May 2021 Family Offerings at the Free Library

May 2021 Family Offerings at the Free Library

The Free Library has exciting events happening virtually in May for children and families. All events are free but do require registration.  Virtual Pet Party! Thursday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. May is National Pet Month and we're celebrating with a virtual pet show & tell party for young children and their families! We'll read a...
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – Springing into Action!

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – Springing into Action!

The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) has sprung into action! The PSEC has launched the selection process for the PSEC Steering Committee, the recruitment of Philadelphia area students to participate in the PSEC Student Advisory Council, and the formation of four Workgroups – Home and Community; K-12 Education; Post-Secondary Education and the Work Environment. These...
April 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Basics of SAC Elections

April 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Basics of SAC Elections

In these final few months of the school year, School Advisory Councils (SACs) across different schools are doing the work of wrapping up existing projects as well as beginning to prepare for the next school year. One of the ways to get a good start on next year’s SAC for your school is by setting...
April 2021 Reading Promise: 5 Free Fun-in-the-sun Activities to Boost Reading This Spring

April 2021 Reading Promise: 5 Free Fun-in-the-sun Activities to Boost Reading This Spring

Ahhhh, Philly Spring! If you’re like us, we've been in the house too long. And this warm weather means a chance to go outside and have some fun. But don't forget, making time for creativity and play outdoors is also a great way to boost reading skills. Here are a few fun (and free) activities...
Listening Ears and Productive Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

Listening Ears and Productive Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School

This month and next month we are featuring a 2-part story on family engagement at Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia! Through this past year that all of us have had to stay physically isolated, one’s assumption would be that people would have less interaction with one another and feel more separated. However, at...
Spring is in Full Swing at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Spring is in Full Swing at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Spring is in full swing at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Our libraries continue to offer a wonderful selection of virtual programs for all ages, from yoga to storytimes. Check out our Calendar of Events to see what’s coming up. The Free Library’s popular Sundays on Stage series – which offers high-quality arts programming to...