All-School Weekly Note

Winter Break: Winter Break starts this afternoon at 3pm. There are NO after school activities; the school buildings close at 3pm. Classes resume on Monday, January 5, at 8:20am.

Middle School Student Reports: 6th, 7th, and 8th reports will be accessible online at around 2:30pm. (Reports for students in preschool-8 receive their reports in late January or early February.)

Picture Ordering Reminder from photographer Kate Riccardi: "Thank you so much for all the positive feedback about the school portraits and thank you to all of you who have placed orders already. It is not too late to order your pictures and have them ready for the holidays. And free standard shipping for orders over $20 (coupon code: freetigers) and package pricing still apply until the end of December. After January 1st, shipping charges and a la carte pricing apply. Here is a link to the directions regarding ordering; please read them over again before ordering, especially the section about the Class picture.

Clubs Reminder:  If your child's dismissal will be changing with the end of the fall clubs season and the start of winter season, please be sure to let Keisha, Teri, or Jordan know.

MSAS Reminder:  If your child was enrolled in MSAS during the fall term and plans to continue during the winter term, please plan to re-register him/her before the we return on January 5.

Financial Aid for 2015-16:  Applications for financial aid are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year.  To access the application, go to http://sss.nais.org/.  The application deadline is January 15, 2015, for families who are new to financial aid and February 3, 2015, for families who currently receive aid.  It is critical that you observe these deadlines because funds are limited, and priority will be given to those who meet the deadlines.  

Application instructions are available on the TPS website.  You must submit the following documents along with your application:  2014 tax filings, 2014 W2s, and the TPS Financial Aid Supplement (Note: The TPS Financial Aid Supplement is a new form.  Please download it here and upload the completed form to your account financial aid application account on the SSS website).  You can submit your 2013 returns for now and replace them with your 2014 returns once they become available. If you have any questions, please contact Frances Hoover, Director of Enrollment, Diversity & Community Partnerships at fhoover@tpschool.org or 215-545-5323 ext. 278.

Thank You: Special thanks to Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, TPS parent and curator, Department of Astrophysics, at the American Museum of Natural History, for leading a walk at Winterfest about the history of the universe.

Thank you, TPSA: For the role you played in organizing the Faculty Holiday Party and for generously giving faculty and staff much-appreciated gift cards to area book stores.

Happy, happy new year to all!