All-School Weekly Note

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make portions of the menu and who baked lasagnas at home and delivered them in time for the feast.

Thanksgiving Break: TPS will be closed from Wednesday through Friday, November 26-28.

TPSA Book Fair: This year's TPSA Book Fair, which runs from December 2-6, is going to be the best ever, including a Tuesday evening "Out of this World Celebration of Arts & Literature" and a Saturday Festival with a variety of activities, including a workshop with a comic artist. We need volunteers for late afternoon shifts during the week (your child can go to ASEP if you work one of these shifts.) Register for the Tuesday evening event and sign your child up for the waitlist for the Saturday workshop (the workshop is fully enrolled), by clicking on the Book Fair blog post. Thank you, Tolani Lightfoot, for making this beautiful flier.

THE SNOWFLAKES ARE COMING! This holiday season TPSA will once again be participating in a gift drive for the Family Care Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Family Care Center provides medical and psychosocial care for almost 300 children born to HIV positive mothers. About half of these children are HIV-infected themselves. Snowflakes, with gift requests, will be hanging in both of our lobbies starting December 1st. If you would like to participate, please bring all gifts, UNWRAPPED AND WITH THE SNOWFLAKE ATTACHED, to the main lobby by December 15th. If you have any questions, please call or email Dorothy Novick: 267-872-5600 or dnovick@mac.com.

Wintry Weather Information: Rule of thumb: If the School District of Philadelphia is closed because of snow, so is TPS. This rule also applies to mid-day closings and cancellations of after school activities. 

School Photos: School photos by Kate Riccardi are now available for order online. The password to the website hosting the photos was sent in an email to families earlier this week.  

Lice Checks at Home: The long weekend is the perfect time to check for head lice (who have been keeping a very low profile lately!). Thanks for doing thorough head checks. Please keep up the good work! Here is a F&Q that should be helpful.