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Introducing the ELECT Coordinator: Teen Outreach!

Introducing the ELECT Coordinator: Teen Outreach!

Are you a young parent (under 22 years old) who needs to get reconnected to high school or a GED program? Ms. Gabby, ELECT Coordinator-Teen Outreach is here to help! Ms. Gabby works closely with the District’s Re-Engagement Center to support young parents with finding the right fit and having supports in place so they...
Read by 4th's Parent Council Looking for Liaisons

Read by 4th’s Parent Council Looking for Liaisons

Read by 4th’s Parent Council is a volunteer group of parents and caregivers who offer advice about how the Read by 4th Campaign can help ALL children read on grade level. We are looking for parent leaders who are passionate about being actively engaged in their child's education; are interested in learning more, doing more...
Reading List: Fusing Literacy and STEM

Reading List: Fusing Literacy and STEM

Posted on December 3, 2019
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Categories: 2019 December, District News, Family Spotlight
STEM learning does not exist without the skills gained from other subjects in your child's schooling! In the special STEM edition of our newsletter, we wanted to include a list of books about STEM that your child can read or that you can read together! Check out any or all of the following titles: Rosie...
Understanding Your Student's "New Math"

Understanding Your Student’s “New Math”

Here at the FACE Office, we often hear feedback from families about how math curriculum and strategies to solve math problems seem to have changed throughout the years. The “new math” that their children learn can sometimes be hard to navigate and understand. To gain some insight and helpful tips, Focus on FACE sat down...
Philadelphia Futures Program Applications Opening January 2020!

Philadelphia Futures Program Applications Opening January 2020!

Philadelphia Futures is recruiting current 8th grade and 10th grade students for our two direct service programs. Admitted students will receive comprehensive, individualized college access and success programming including academic enrichment, college visits, tutoring, extracurricular clubs, summer programming, career exposure, college application guidance, financial incentives and support while in college! Students applying to the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program must...
Embrace STEM Over the Winter Recess

Embrace STEM Over the Winter Recess

Posted on December 3, 2019
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Categories: 2019 December, Family Spotlight
We often hear of the summer slide for students, but let’s talk about the winter slide! Although winter recess is a lot shorter than the summer, it can still be a great time to keep your child learning, exploring, and growing. Consider setting up your child to embrace and explore science, technology, engineering, and math...
The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

The Power of Community Partnership and Collaboration at Stephen Girard Elementary School

Many people think of schools as insular communities that have their own systems, agendas, and cultures. At Stephen Girard School, we have witnessed what can happen when a school begins to incorporate its surrounding community and partners with neighborhood organizations. Stephen Girard School started a partnership with Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, a local synagogue. Both...
Samuel Fels High School Opens Brand New Family Resource Room

Samuel Fels High School Opens Brand New Family Resource Room

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, school staff, students, administrators, and family members gathered at Samuel Fels High School to celebrate the brand-new opening of its Family Resource Room! Principal Lillian Izzard shared that the Resource Room is primarily a space for parents and family members to come to and take ownership of. This room was...
Parent Thomas Bailey Teaches Us The Merits of Volunteering

Parent Thomas Bailey Teaches Us The Merits of Volunteering

Many parents, family members, and community members feel hesitant to volunteer because they think they need endless numbers of hours. Thomas Bailey shows us through his volunteering efforts that you can volunteer in a way that works for your own lifestyle. Mr. Bailey won The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Volunteer of the Year Award...
Eat Right Philly & Wellness Teams: Helping Our Students Succeed!

Eat Right Philly & Wellness Teams: Helping Our Students Succeed!

Did you know that physically healthy students are better learners?  Implementing strategies that help students eat healthy and be active can result in decreased rates of student absenteeism, fewer behavioral problems, and higher school-wide test scores and grades. In order to promote the health and wellness of our students, the School District’s Wellness Policy states...