All-School Weekly Note

Happy New Year!

Reminder from the PE Teachers: Students need to bring sneakers for PE if they wear boots to school due to the weather. Students have had to sit out from each class sit out because they didn't had the proper footwear. Students have been reminded in class. Thanks so much for your help!

Shelter-in-Place Drill: On Monday afternoon, there will be a shelter-in-place drill at TPS. We will practice what to do in the event that there are hazardous natural or man-made conditions outside the school building – for example, a railroad chemical spill or tornado. It is very similar to the recent lockout drill we conducted earlier in the year, except that we gather together in pre-designated areas rather than in individual classrooms. 

Professional Development and MLK, Jr. Birthday: School will be closed Friday, January 16, and Monday, January 19.

Special ASEP: There are special ASEP programs on January 16. Click here for the forms.

MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 19: An email went out this week about how your family can take part in our school's annual day of service activities benefitting Philadelphians living in local shelters. Learn more about how you can help. Middle School families, we need more sign-ups to to make sandwiches in order to reach our goal of 500 sandwiches - so far, we can make only 120! Thank you, Lavonia Waddington for spearheading this year's initiative.

WHAT MATTERS: The Board Diversity Committee and the Family Diversity Committee will sponsor the next What Matters event: Talking About Race Matters on Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm. A panel of TPS parents will speak about addressing race and racism with children, especially in light of the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice and the national response. An email, with an rsvp form, was sent to families yesterday.

TPS Tigers Basketball Tournaments: Plan to stop by the TPS gym on January 31 and February 7. The TPS Invitational Basketball Tournaments will be going on all day from 9am to 3pm. Go, Tigers!

Artist's Alley: A Closing Reception will be held in the Artist's Alley on Monday, January 12 from 3:30-4:30pm. Please join us to celebrate our parent artists who shared their work with us this fall. 

Mindset Discussions: Have you signed up for our upcoming conversation – this Tuesday, January 13, 8:15am – about growth mindset? RSVP here.

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