All-School Weekly Note

Please read this note carefully - so much is happening in the coming week!

School Closed: School will be closed tomorrow, April 17, for a Professional Development Day.

Classroom Notes: Because it is a short week some classrooms are posting notes - some today, some tomorrow - and others are not (they will fill you in fully next week).

Important Reminder: This evening's concert with visiting violinist Gil Morgenstern and the Sandra Dean String Ensemble will begin at 6pm in the Garage. The concert, which also will feature Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky on piano, will last about 45 minutes. TPS parents and students won't want to miss this performance!

This Monday, April 20 is . . .

Students are welcome to wear pajamas to school – but NO slippers, please (for safety reasons). And they may wear silly hats and strange hairdos!  
(Of course, students may choose not to participate - many choose not to.) 

Tuesday, April 21 - TPSA Talk with Jami Young: Dr. Jami Young, a TPS parent, will lead a discussion on Tuesday, April 21, 8:15-9:30am, in the Garage, on youth depression and suicide focusing on what we need to know as parents. TPS school psychologists Abbie Segal-Andrews and Emily Weiss will be there to answer questions about how the school works with families to address depression and other mental health concerns. Please rsvp.

Tuesday, April 21 - Rainbow Day: Students will spend the morning (8:35-10:35pm) in Family Circles, "competing" in three areas. Family Circles have been assigned colors; if your child does not remember his or her color or doesn't want to wear a particular color, that's okay. Here is a rough chart from Student Council with color assignments (please excuse typos).

Thursday, April 23 - Artists Alley Artist Visit: Daniel Traub '85, whose photographs have been gracing Artists Alley for the past few months, will be visiting TPS next week. We invite you to stop by Artists Alley on Thursday, April 23, at 4pm, to meet Daniel and learn more about his work. (Daniel will be working with Junior Unit students on Friday.)

Friday, April 24 - April Birthday Breakfast: Students in grades 1-8 are invited to stop by the Multipurpose Room for a celebratory breakfast on Friday, April 24, from 8 to 8:30am.

Friday, April 24 - Penn Relays: Congratulations to the girls team that qualified this year for the relays at Franklin Field - Lyla Forman, Sydney Rogers, Sydney Bendesky, and Jillian Yum. Their 4 x 100 meter relay is scheduled for 10:38am.

Friday. April 24 - Earth Day Celebration: Earth Week at TPS will close with a fun celebration in the Lombard Street Yard. Stop by between 3 and 5:30pm - there will be plant sales, a farm stand, and games. Activities will be modified in the event of rain.

Back at the Schuylkill Center:  Please remember to do a tick check as part of your child's evening routine following a day at the Center. If you remove a tick within 24 hours, you can greatly reduce the risk of Lyme disease. For more information, go to page 18 of the School Handbook.

Parent Move-up Meetings: Each spring we hold move-up meetings for parents whose children are moving from one unit to another or from one "stand-alone" grade to another. Mark your calendars for 5-6pm on

  • Tuesday, April 28, Parent Meeting for students entering 1st and 3rd grades
  • Tuesday, May 5, Parent Meeting for students entering Kindergarten & 4th grade 
  • Thursday, May 7, Parent Meeting for students entering 6th, 7th, & 8th grades

We are having two parents-only receptions after move-up meetings - one for kindergarten on May 5 from 6-7:30pm (Garage) and one for 6th grade on May 7 from 6-7:30pm (Garage). Parents should have received an emailed invitation.  

THANK YOU: Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the Annual Fund. If you haven't made a gift yet, you can donate below!

Community News: Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for a fun-filled, kid-friendly evening themed around fraktur, the delightful Pennsylvania German art form. This event, on April 25, from 6-8pm is presented as part of the Library’s three-month long Framing Fraktur celebration and is sure to delight children of all ages! For more information, click here.