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We can't wait to see you and your children on Wednesday, September 9!

THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL

Wednesday is a full day of school for 1st through 8th graders. Preschool and kindergarten students will have a short morning orientation on September 9th, and begin a full day on Thursday, September 10th.   

A New Family Breakfast will be held in the Garage from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. If your child is new to TPS, we hope you will drop by.  

Here is information for the first day of school.

Preschool and Kindergarten: 
The children will come to school in two small groups for an intimate, short orientation morning. You should have already received an email letting you know which time your child should come to school: either 8:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Please contact Alison Fritz, afritz@tpschool.org if you have not received that notification or need to make a switch.)

Preschoolers and their families will enter through the Schwartz Siegel building’s gates on 25th Street and head straight into the preschool classrooms through the porch; there will be staff members to help guide you. (This is how they’ll begin school each day.)

Kindergartners and their families will enter through the Schwartz Siegel building’s gates on 25th Street gather at the kindergarten porch. You'll be met by kindergarten teachers, who will escort you and your child into the classrooms. (This is how they will begin school each day as kindergartners.) We ask that all families do an in-person, face-to-face drop-off in the Garden the first three days of school, no matter how confident your child may feel about getting to their rooms independently. It’s an ideal time to chat with teachers, make that first face-to-face connection, and to connect with other families.

Starting on Thursday, September 10, the supervised Early Risers program is available at 7:30 a.m. in the Schwartz Siegel reception area.  Regular drop-off begins at 8 a.m.; optional curbside drop-off (a staff member will assist your child out of the car and into the Garden) will start for kindergartners on Monday, September 14th, and for preschoolers later in the fall.

Primary Unit (1st & 2nd grade): 
On the first day of school, Primary Unit students and their families will gather in the Lombard Street Yard starting at 8:00 a.m. and be invited into their classrooms at 8:10 a.m.  This “meet and greet” will give both first and second grade students and their families time in the classroom to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with teachers and classmates. Teachers will ring their morning chime at 8:45 a.m., indicating that it’s time to say good-bye to your child so morning meetings can begin in the classrooms. On Thursday, September 10, Primary Unit students will begin their usual routine of gathering in the school yard, playing with friends until it is time to line up, and going inside as a class. The Early Risers Program is available starting at 7:30 a.m. Yard gates open at 8:00 a.m., and children head into their classrooms at 8:15 a.m. 

Students new to The Philadelphia School will be directed to the Multipurpose Room when they arrive and will be escorted by staff to their classrooms.

Third Grade:
The Early Risers Program is available starting at 7:30 a.m. Yard gates open at 8:00 a.m., and children head into their classrooms at 8:15 a.m. The teachers, who will have classroom signs, will greet you and your child outside and will walk up to the classrooms with their students at 8:15 a.m. You should plan to say your good-byes in the Yard. (It may be harder for you, but easier for your child to make the transition that way!)

Students new to The Philadelphia School will be directed to the Multipurpose Room when they arrive and will be escorted by staff to their classrooms.

Junior Unit and Middle School: 
Morning drop-off for Junior Unit and Middle School is the same as usual. The Early Risers Program – for students who arrive at TPS before 8 a.m. – is available starting at 7:30 a.m. Yard gates open at 8:00 a.m., and students head into their classrooms at 8:15 a.m. The teachers, who will have classroom signs, will greet your child in the yard and walk with the students to their classrooms.

Students new to The Philadelphia School will be directed to the Multipurpose Room when they arrive and will be escorted by staff to their classrooms.

The TPS Family Handbook will be posted on the parent portal of the school website (www.tpschool.org) in the next week. It contains detailed information about all aspects of school life.  The school website and blog will also regularly “spotlight” back-to-school information for you and your children.