All-School Weekly Note

Thank You: A special thank you to TPSA - especially president Gemina Gianino - for organizing the "Meet and Greets" that preceded our Back-to-School Nights.

SEPTA Transpasses:  If your child is in 7th or 8th grade and rides a SEPTA bus to school, please note that transpasses will be distributed MONTHLY (not weekly, as in the past).
They will be distributed in an envelope with student's name on it on a month on Friday afternoon in the Middle School by Karen Moore. The first envelopes were given out today.

K-8 Shelly Ridge Day: We will be going out to our former country classroom, Shelly Ridge, for a day of Family Group activities. 

School Closed: TPS will be closed for faculty in-service on Friday, October 10, and for Columbus Day on Monday, October 13. 

Special ASEP Day Programs, October 10: 

Forms are also available at the front desks of both the Lombard and South Street buildings.

Progressive Talk: The first Progressive Talk of the year will be on Tuesday morning, October 14, 8:30-9:30am, in the Garage. The topic will be "Learning Resources in a Progressive Setting," and our presenters will be Aminah Finney, Coordinator of Learning Resources, and Abbie Segal-Andrews, School Psychologist.  RSVP here.

School Photos: Picture Days will be Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17.  The schedule is not quite firm yet; we will let you know as soon as it is. Here is a note from our new photographer, Kate Riccardi: 

Hi, TPS Families, 

Many of you know me as one of the school's event photographers and the mother of three boys in grades 6, 4, and 2. This year I will also be the one taking the school portraits and class pictures. A schedule will be available soon.

A few things will be different this year. The photo sessions will take place in the Garage, and while they will still be studio-style portraits, the poses will be more spontaneous, and the shots taken with a hand-held camera for a more individual feel. - 

Pictures will be viewed and ordered online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at ksriccardi@yahoo.com. - Kate

Fall Festival @ Schuylkill RIver Park: Come on out to the park on Saturday, October 18, 11am-3pm to have fun and show appreciation of this neighborhood gem that is so important to us at TPS. Our school will have a crafts table - stop by to say hello. 

EATS Second Chances: Last call for those of you who didn't have an opportunity to bid at last year's EATS fund raisers now have a second chance. Here are two auction items, donated and hosted by our community, that support financial aid and are a great way to socialize with other parents while supporting the school

Ladies Night at HipPhilly - TPS moms, join us for an evening of appetizers, drinks, and dancing at HipPhilly on Friday, October 24, 7-10pm. $65 for one person; $120 for two. Hosts: The Hip Philly entertainers; refreshments provided by Gina and John Moore and Marcia and Vit Henisz. To sign up, email Marcia Henisz at mhenisz@gmail.com.

Beers Brew Culture Walk (for guys and gals) - A few spots remain for this walking tour of new and historic watering holes, ending with a private tour and tasting at Yard's Brewery, on Saturday, October 25, 2-5:30pm. $100 per person. Hosts: TPS dads Neal Bascomb, Ken Young, Paul Bennett (owner of Context Travel), and Trevor Prichett (Yards' COO). To sign up, email Alison Fritz at afritz@tpschool.org.

TPS Website:  A reminder to bookmark the Parent landing page of the site for easy access. 

School Handbook: Please take the time to familiarize yourself (and your child) with the TPS Family Handbook

TPSA Tuesdays: For all TPSA-related information, check the blog and website every Tuesday for the "TPSA Tuesday" note.   

Google Calendar: Here's the link.

Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.