The First Day of School!

We can't wait to welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year!

Here is information for the first day of school (Wednesday, September 6, 2017) for children in preschool through 8th grade.


The children will come to school in two small groups for an intimate, short orientation morning. You will receive an email on August 16 letting you know which time your child should come to school: either 8:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Please contact Alison Fritz if you have not received that notification by August 19.) 

Preschoolers and their families will enter through the Schwartz Siegel building’s gates on 25th Street and head straight into the preschool classrooms through the porch; there will be staff members to help guide you. (This is how the children will begin school each morning.)

Kindergartners and their families will enter through the Schwartz Siegel building’s gates on 25th Street and gather at the kindergarten porch. You will be met by kindergarten teachers, who will escort you and your child into the classrooms. (This is how they will begin school each day.)

We ask that all preschool and kindergarten families do an in-person, face-to-face drop-off in the Garden, if possible, the first three days of school, no matter how confident your child may feel about getting to his or her classroom independently. It’s an ideal time to chat with teachers, to make that first face-to-face connection, and to connect with other families.

However, starting on Thursday, September 7, the supervised Early Risers program will be available at 7:30 a.m. in the Schwartz Siegel reception area. Please bring your child into the reception area. Regular drop-off begins at 8 a.m.; curbside drop-off (a staff member will assist your child out of the car and into the Garden) will start for kindergartners on Monday, September 11, and for preschoolers later in the school year.

Please note that after the first few days of school parking is not permitted in front of Schwartz Siegel; the area is only a drop-off lane.


The first day of school is a full day, and children should bring their lunch.  Primary Unit students and their families will gather in the Lombard Street Yard starting at 8:00 a.m. and be invited into their classrooms at 8:10 a.m.  This “meet and greet” will give both 1st and 2nd graders and their families time in the classroom to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with teachers and classmates. Teachers will ring their morning chime at 8:45 a.m., indicating that it’s time to say good-bye to your child so morning meetings can begin in the classrooms.

On Thursday, September 7, Primary Unit students will begin their usual routine of gathering in the school yard, playing with friends until it is time to line up and go inside as a class. The Early Risers Program will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. Yard gates open at 8:00 a.m., and children head into their classrooms at 8:15 a.m.


Wednesday, September 6 is a full day of school. The children should bring lunch. The Early Risers Program is available at the Lombard Street building starting at 7:30 a.m. The school yard gates open for all other students at 8:00 a.m. The teachers will be holding classroom signs, will greet you and your child outside, and will walk up to the classrooms with their students at 8:15 a.m. You should plan to say your good-byes in the school yard.  

Starting on Thursday, September 7, Middle School students will enter the building on their own at 8:10 a.m., and students in grades 1-5 will gather by unit in specially designated areas of the school yard and be escorted in by teachers at 8:15.


We encourage biking, scootering, and walking to school. There are bike racks at both school properties, where bikes and scooters can be locked. Please note that cyclists and scooter riders must wear helmets, and their vehicles must be walked through the school gates to the bike racks.


Bus service provided by the School District of Philadelphia begins on Thursday for students in grades 1-6 who are registered and live more than a mile and half from school. Contact Jill Feighan with questions about bus service.

If your child rides the school bus provided by the School District and you have not received information about your bus number, stop location and pick up time by August 30, please email Jill Feighan and she will assist you.


Your child's safety is our priority. At the end of the month you will receive a temporary dismissal plan form covering the first eight days of school, as well as a permanent dismissal form that will be due as soon as you have scheduled your child's after school activities (i.e., clubs, sports, music lessons).

Meet the Division Directors

You Are Invited

Thursday, August 17
TPS Garden & Garage
5:30-7:00 p.m.

We invite TPS families to stop by the Garden and Garage and say hello to our TPS Division Directors.

Erin Gordon (preschool-grade 2), Yves Kabore (grades 3-5), and Emily Marston (grades 6-8) are looking forward to meeting and greeting your family.

But don't worry if you can't make this informal event. You will have an opportunity to connect with Erin, Yves, and Emily during the early days of the school year.

Below are links to welcome letters from our Division Directors.

Erin Gordon
Yves Kabore
Emily Marston

 We would appreciate an RSVP - and, please note, your children are invited too!

My BackPack/Magnus Health Account Help

My BackPack/Magnus Health Account Help

If you are having issues with your user name or password for My BackPack, please follow the instructions below to retrieve your account information.

Your My BackPack user name and password is the same user name and password you use to sign into Magnus Health.


Click here to login to My BackPack


Click the I Forgot My User Name/Password button shown below. You only need to enter either your User Name or Email address and instructions will then be sent to your email address with information on how to access your account.

TPS is not able to provide you with your password; the only way to recover your account information is to follow the steps above. You only need either the user name or email address associated with your account to recover your account information. If you cannot remember the user name or email address associated with your account, please contact TPS registrarTerri O'Connor at for assistance. 

From the Nurse's Office: Magnus Health Info

The nurse's office is getting ready for the 2017-18 school year!

Magnus Health is the paperless platform that all TPS families use to acquire, update, and submit required health forms, emergency contact information, and other related information.  I want to draw special attention to the PIAA sports physical form that Middle School families must upload to Magnus in order for their children to participate in interscholastic sports this fall.

Families are expected to submit all required health paperwork by August 15, 2017, directly to Magnus Health, either by uploading into your account or by mailing/faxing directly to Magnus (i.e, paperwork will not be accepted at TPS).

Click here for more detailed information about what is required for your TPS student(s) and how to access your Magnus Health account.  If you need additional assistance, contact TPS Registrar Terri O’Connor at or 215.545.5323 ext 279.

Thank you in advance for making sure The Philadelphia School has all the information needed for a healthy and safe school year.

The Friedmans' Big Adventure

Virginia and Michael Friedman, long-time Middle School teachers at TPS, left last weekend for a two-year adventure – living and teaching in Guatemala.

Here is their account of their first days as ex-pats, with their children Leo and Sadie.

Mike and Virginia: "We arrived in Guatemala city on Saturday, July 15 and are now settled into our house in cubres de San Gaspar. We have spent our time so far setting up the house, learning about the school, reading, and having whole family nerf gun battles. It’s exciting yet disorienting to be in a new place with very limited language. The folks from the school have been AMAZING in supporting us.

Sadie: "Guatemala is fine."

Leo: "The house we’re staying in is fancier than ours in Philly and is awesome for nerf battles."

TPS wishes them well and look forward to hearing more news!