Student Council

Book Drive Donations Reaching Kids

The Student Council Book Drive collected more than 1,000 children's books, and many have already been distributed to local public schools that need books for their classrooms.

Several boxes of books were delivered to the new Science Leadership Academy Middle School, where former Junior Unit teacher Hilary Hamilton teaches fifth grade. Thank you, TPS parent Bob Prischak for making the delivery.

We need help delivering books. If you can help, contact Student Council co-advisor Lois West.

Talent Show: Everything You Need to Know

The Student Council Talent Show will take place on Tuesday, February 14

This event, by tradition, is for an audience of TPS staff and students ONLY.

Performers are in grades 1-8, and everyone who is interested in performing should have signed up for the show today, February 3. Please note that children may only be in one act, and acts may be no longer than 90 seconds. This is a fun event, and we hope lots of kids sign up to perform!

Talent Show Auditions will take place next week (mostly in order for the Student Council to have an idea of what props, musical support, etc., are needed):

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, from 12:05 to 1:05 p.m. - AUDITIONS (Students should bring lunch and whatever props or music they need.)

  • Students in Primary A, B, C, and D will try out in the Multipurpose Room.
  • Students in 3A, 3 B, and JU-C* will try out in the Music Room.

* If there are students in other JU sections who are performing with a JU-C student, they should all come to the Wednesday audition.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, from 12:05 to 1:05 p.m. - AUDITIONS (Students should bring lunch and whatever props or music they need.)

  • Students in JU-A, JU-B, and JU-D will try out in the Multipurpose Room.
  • Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will try out in the Music Room.

We can't wait for each of these events!

The Student Council

Crazy Hat, Hair, and Pajama Day!

by Tony R., Student Council co-blogger

On Friday, February 3, the Student Council is sponsoring Crazy Hat Hair and Pajama Day, a long-time TPS tradition!

Students and teachers will be able to wear their pajamas for the entire day (no slippers, please), as well as to wear the zaniest hat that they own and make their hair crazy.

This will be for everyone, not just the younger or older kids. K-8 students will head to Family Circles in the morning to show off their pajamas; for the rest of the day they will continue their normal schedule, but with the added fun of being in comfortable clothes.

Save the date: Friday, February 3!

Helping Hands News

by Jordan R., Student Council co-blogger

Recently, TPS finished the PAWS canned pet food drive. Before Winter Break, we counted over 2,000 cans, and there’s still more to be counted and delivered!

On Tuesday, January 10, we will begin our next Helping Hands initiative. Student Council will be sponsoring a drive for gently used children's books, as well as new school supplies. There are public schools in Philadelphia, including the school where former Junior Unit Hilary Hamilton now works, that have asked us to donate books as they have very few in their classrooms. 

  • Bins will be set up in classrooms for the gently used books. They should be books for children aged 4 to 14.  
  • Separate bins will be set up in the school lobbies for the new school supplies, such as construction paper, packets of pencils, lined writing paper, and notebooks. 

This drive will close toward the end of the month. The class that collects the most books will win hot chocolate as a prize (we will not be counting school supplies, but we do encourage you to bring them anyway).

So get to donating those gently used children's books and new school supplies for Philadelphia public schools. Thank you in advance.

PAWS Pet Food Drive Results

The Student Council's fall Helping Hands initiative was a pet food drive for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society). The drive ended yesterday, with the collection of more that 2,200 cans of cat and dog food!

As promised, the class that donated the most cans per student will enjoy a pizza party shortly after winter break. And the winner was . . .

6th grade, with 14.902 cans per student! Wow!

Coming in second was Junior Unit C, with 13.54 cans per student. Third place went to Junior Unit A, with 10.12 cans per person.

Thank you to everyone who supported this effort, especially TPS parents Kate Riccardi and Kelly Davis for delivering the cans to PAWS.

After break, Student Council will begin its next Helping Hand initiative, a food drive for families and individuals in need of food. We hope we see the same level of participation! 



TPS Tiger Seeking Cat (and Dog) Food

The TPS tiger was out in the school yard and in morning classroom meetings reminding everyone to bring in cans of pet food for the Student Council's fall Helping Hands drive.

The drive runs for another two weeks. The class that brings in the most cans per student will win a pizza party!

Help support the Student Council's pet food drive. 

Thank you!