8th grade Weekly Note

Thursday, April 21

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

We had a terrific trip to Washington last Thursday and Friday! The weather was spectacular, and we were happy to have the opportunity to walk a good bit of the time. Because of traffic, we were not able to make our first appointment at the Library of Congress but were able to get through the Capitol security in good time to meet with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in his conference room (vacated moments before by Speaker Paul Ryan; we saw the back of his head as he was spirited away by the Secret Service). After a quick visit to the House gallery and lunch in the members’ cafeteria, we met with Michael Block, TPS alumnus and former White House staffer, and Edward (Smitty) Smith, former deputy mayor of Washington and current attorney at the FCC. Students were able to share their research projects and ask questions about working at the federal level.

At the Newseum, students visited the Berlin Wall, Pulitzer Photographs, and 9/11 exhibits, as well as enjoyed a number of interactive displays and the 4-D movie on intrepid reporters. A tour of the Vietnam, Korean, and Lincoln memorials completed the evening before heading to the National 4-H Youth Convention Center for the night. Friday’s agenda included a workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library; the docents were so impressed with our students’ ease with Shakespeare’s language and stagecraft. The afternoon included a self-guided tour of the International Spy Museum, a perfect end to our all-school theme of mysteries. Many thanks again to Lois West, Dan Lai, and Emily Silberstein for supporting this adventure.

A reminder that student-led conferences take place next week. Unless you’ve made other arrangements, Ashley’s advisees with hold their conferences on Monday, Wendy’s on Wednesday, Emily’s on Thursday, and Ethan’s on Friday. If there are questions, please contact the advisor directly.

Students have forms about the annual Student Council–sponsored Spring Fling that need to be filled out and returned no later than Monday, May 9. The Friday evening event, May 13 will involve students in grades 6-8 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Garage. It’s an evening of song, dance, and games. Supper will be served; this is an event for TPS students only. Student Council ask all students to bring in $1.00 to support Philabundance in lieu of an admission fee.

Please join us next Friday, April 29, for our Earth Day celebration in the play yard from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. All sorts of activities, displays, and crafts will be available.

You will soon receive comprehensive information about Graduation. Diplomas and invitations are now being printed (thank you for sending along the preferred rendering of your child's name). 

Registration is now open for the summer Sustainability Institute program—two incredible weeks of travel, adventure, science, activism, and leadership training in the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

  • Week One (June 20-24th Day Camp) explores Philadelphia as you never have before. Be a kayaker, a scientist, an urban planner and more as we learn from marine biologists, hydrologists, and sustainability experts on how our green initiatives are transforming this city. Highlights include live animal encounters with marine biologists at the Camden Aquarium, a kayak trip down the Schuylkill River, and hands-on chemistry experiments with scientists from the Independence Seaport Museum.
  • In Week Two (June 26-July1st, Overnight Camp) we travel to San Francisco, California, a city taking the lead in sustainable water. Highlights include hikes through watersheds under towering redwood trees, waterfalls that cascade onto the beach, seeing a famous museum that wastes no energy or water, sustainable gardens and farming, and taking action to save crucial wetland species.
  • Camp is open to rising 7th-11th graders. Please visit http://www.tpschool.org/sustainability-institute for more information, and to sign up. Financial Aid is available. Join us for a coast to coast adventure you’ll never forget! Wendy Furry and David D’Altorio will lead this summer experience.

For those celebrating Passover this weekend, our good wishes. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Emily, Ashley, Ethan, and Wendy