Teachers at Feltonville Investigated for Informing Parents about Opt-out Rights
Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.39.13 PM

Parents at the Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia have taken a stand against high-stakes standardized testing. Using their legal right to opt out, one in five parents at Feltonville are now refusing the spring administration of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) for their children. The parents and students at Feltonville are […]

Read more
putting the play back in k

One of the most recent viral stories revolves around a letter from a principal in Elwood, New York to parents of kindergarten children.   In the letter, the principal, along with the school’s four kindergarten teachers, announce their decision to cancel the annual kindergarten show.  The reason?  More time to focus on preparing the children […]

Read more
jenks to create three new centers for active learning
Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 10.40.53 PM

John Story Jenks, a K-8 elementary school in Chestnut Hill, is currently fundraising to rework their physical space and create three new centers: one for kindergarten one for library/media, and one computer lab.  The campaign is aptly called, ‘Upgrading Inspiring Educational Spaces.’ The school currently has two kindergarten classrooms and a library/computer center. The current […]

Read more
how to register for kindergarten in philadelphia
DSC_0670

The first day of school for Kindergarten may not be for another six months, but registration for the 2014-2015 school year in Philadelphia is officially open. The district-wide kindergarten open house is March 4, and Kindergarten Open House Week is May 12-16.  Contact your local school for more information about Kindergarten Open Houses.  Open Houses […]

Read more
local high schools unite for a cappella night
IMG_6934

The arches of St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Chestnut Hill were filled with high school voices on Saturday night, as Springside Chestnut HIll Academy hosted three local high schools for their very first A Cappella Night.   William Penn Charter, Germantown Friends School (GFS), and the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) were […]

Read more
homework tips… for teachers
photo

Though we established the spotty record of homework, the reality is that most schoolchildren have homework.  And although our focus is primarily on parenting, homework has such a huge impact on family life that offering tips for teachers might spark ideas that address home-school workflow issues.  This list provides a variety of starting points for […]

Read more
does your child have a stoplight in her classroom?
Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 1.37.23 AM

So, there you are at Back to School Night.  The teacher seems great, so you exhale and wedge yourself into that tiny little seat.  You write a note to your child about how wonderful kindergarten/first/second grade will be. Your eyes take in all the visual delights of your child’s classroom. You smile at the self-portraits, […]

Read more
miquon honors MLK
IMG_2140

Like thousands of others across the nation, families at The Miquon School marked the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday with song and service. “MLK Day”, always a moving occasion, was made especially poignant this year by two concurrent celebrations: the inauguration of the nation’s first black President for a second term in office, and the […]

Read more
kindergarten open house
open house

  Tuesday March 6th is a district-wide Kindergarten Open House date for the School District of Philadelphia.  Schools around the city will welcome prospective families in to visit the kindergarten classrooms, meet the teachers, and find out more about the schools.  Please call your school for specific times when tours and programs might be available on Tuesday.  Any […]

Read more
Project P.L.A.Y. School… Reggio-Inspired!
IMG_0070

My son attended Project P.L.A.Y School P.L.A.Y. School for almost three years, and he and our whole family absolutely loved it. When we moved to Elkins Park, we asked new neighbors for pre-school recommendations, and Project P.L.A.Y. School came highly recommended by a good friend. When my son and I first visited Project P.L.A.Y. School (Partners in Learning […]

Read more
building community at Greene Street Friends School

 Written by: GSFS parent, Debbie Woodward Over the years, when I have talked to people about Greene Street Friends School, I find myself coming back to one characteristic over and over again: the community. In various ways and at various scales, Greene Street fosters a strong community between students, faculty, staff and parents. Greene Street […]

Read more
schools- the danger of a single story
stereotypes

Much sooner than I am ready for, backpacks will be donned and kids will be heading back to school.  Here in the NW, that means a variety of things: from Catholic to Quaker, from progressive to traditional, Montessori and Waldorf, public, private, and charter, Single-sex and co-educational.  Not only do our surrounding schools have their […]

Read more
School Decisions?

If you live and raise kids in the GAP area, you’re likely to grapple with school decisions.  Whether you’re deciding between your neighborhood public school, a charter school, thinking of applying to an out-of-catchment school, or going with an independent school… it’s nice to have choices, but it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  This Thursday […]

Read more
New Private School option for 2011-2012

Opening in Sept, 2011, The Philadelphia Free School will be the only Sudbury model, democratic free school in the Delaware Valley. Serving children ages 4-19, it will create a space that rejects grades, bells and conformity, and centers instead, on curiosity, trust, and self reliance.   Students will direct their own learning based upon their interests and passions […]

Read more
School District of Philadelphia PreK and Kindergarten Registration Open!

The first day of school for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Head Start, and Bright Futures may not be until September 16, but registration for the 2011-2012 school year is open NOW! To register for kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2011. The School District does not test for early admission […]

Read more
speaking of schools- voluntary transfer: apply NOW!

Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider. One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s Voluntary Transfer […]

Read more