Schuylkill Center

Winterfest Fun

It was a beautiful Saturday evening to enjoy our country classroom out at the Schuylkill Center. Families made lanterns, took an evening hike, watched a live animal show, and enjoyed making and eating s'mores. Thank you, Middle School teacher Virginia Friedman for organizing the event. And thank you to all our teacher and student volunteers.

Winterfest 2015

The Philadelphia School is delighted to be a partner in Winterfest 2015! 

Come on out to the Schuylkill Center's Winterfest 2015 for a lantern walk through the night forest.  Come make your own lantern or bring one and join us for the walk at 5 pm. We will  find our way to a bonfire for s’mores, hot cocoa, and stories of winter celebrations. Make ornaments and lanterns to take home with you, watch a live animal show, and learn about the mysteries of the winter forest.

December 12, 2015
3:00 - 6:00 pm

TPS families – $5 per adult

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Thank you, Middle School teacher Virginia Friedman, for spearheading this effort . . . which, of course, will have a mystery twist. And, thank you to the Student Council for supporting this fun event.

RSVP here so we know how many to expect. Thanks.

Please note that the Schuylkill Center has resumed all regular activity and is pleased to host TPS and other guests at Winterfest 2015.

Returning to Our Country Classroom

TPS students are returning this week to their country classroom after what seemed like a longer than usual winter.

Here are some of the topics that will be pursued at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education this spring:

  • Kindergarten students will focus on the life cycle and parts of a plant – activities at the Center will dovetail with Seed to Table garden work at school.  

  • Primary Unit children will be immersed in all things frogs and toads.

  • 3rd graders will explore streams/ponds and macro-invertebrates.

Celebrating the Stars @ Winterfest

Dozens of TPS families celebrated the Cosmos at the Schuylkill Center's star-themed festival on Saturday, December 13.  Crafts included making star ornaments with Head of School Justine Hoffman and preschool teacher Maureen Glaccum, taking a twilight walk, and checking out native animals at a live animal show. There was a bonfire and s’mores under the stars, and art teacher Rick Jacobsen supervised a telescope for a closer look at the night sky. Middle school teacher Wendy Furry and TPS parent and astrophysicist Mordecai Mark Mac-Low led a walk about the history of the universe. The Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, concluded the evening with a talk about the wonders of a starry night.