at 4300 Tacony St, Philadelphia, 19124 United States
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter is a K-9th grade school serving a diverse student body of children from all over the city of Philadelphia.
The Frankford Valley Campus serves Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is located at 4300 Tacony Street, Philadelphia, PA. The Devereaux Campus serves Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and is located at 6201 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, PA The North Campus serves High School- Grade 9, and is located at 6600 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
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We are scheduling two Information Nights for Families to hear about our move to Tacony Street from our K-4 building on Bustleton Avenue and our High School on Rising Sun Avenue. The first Information Night will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 and the second one will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. Please come on the night that works best for you. At these meetings we will be providing information on our move, information on the re-structure of the school, on the school schedule, and on transportation. On Monday, February 2, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., we will be hosting an Open House and Tour of all buildings at 4300 Tacony Street. You are most cordially invited to attend this Open House to see the lower school building, which will house grades K through 4, the new Middle School building, which will house grades 5 through 8, and the new High School building .
Families, don't forget the next Tuesday Talks session is December 16th! This session will be about Parent support, resources for helping with homework and transitioning to the Common Core. Mrs. Kristine Magargee will facilitate. The sessions will be at the South campus at both 9am and 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Please direct questions to Elizabeth Okakpu at email@example.com.
PLEASE VOTE!!! Support Kylah Benson, First Philly alumni, as she competes with her school choir for the B101 Christmas Choir Competition. KYLAH even has a SOLO!!!!! Where/ When: B101 will play their song Wednesday, December 10, 2014 @ 7am. How to Vote: Use the link below to vote between 7am-9pm. Morefmphilly.com * We are so proud of Kylah and her school choir and we always want to show support for alumni. PLEASE, VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE!!!
Congratulations to the November Box Top Contest Winners! 2nd grade, Mr. K - South Campus 2nd grade, Miss Rivera - North Campus
Congratulations to the winners of the October Box Top Contest! South Campus - Ms. O'Boris class, 2nd grade North Campus - Ms. McCormick class, 2nd grade
ATTENTION ALL FIRST PHILADELPHIA FAMILIES (PRESENT AND PAST): We would like to provide a uniform sale to assist current families and those new to First Philadelphia. We are asking anyone who has used uniforms that have been outgrown or are no longer needed, to please donate them to FP. We will accept uniform donations through the month of July. They can be dropped off in Building A (The Elementary School) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Friday. Thank you!
ATTENTION ALL FIRST PHILADELPHIA FAMILIES: Thank you if you have completed the survey about First Philadelphia for the School District of Philadelphia. If you have not completed the survey, please go to: http://www.philasd.org/studentsurvey/ and complete the survey now. This is very important, and we appreciate your cooperation and help with this.
Please come join us to support the talented students of First Philly in this years musical, Seussical, Jr. on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th. Both shows start at 7:00 (doors open at 6:30.). All tickets are $5.00 (general admission seating.) If you would like to purchase tickets prior to the evening of the shows, please send the money in a sealed envelope with your child's name and teacher, the number of tickets needed and for which nights you would like. All envelopes sent in can be given to Mr. Daryl Batoff or Mrs. Holly Boggess. Tickets will also be sold at the door each night. We hope to see everyone there for this yearly tradition!
FIRST PHILADELPHIA WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY, MAY 22. AS ANNOUNCED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, IT IS A SNOW MAKE UP DAY. WE WILL FOLLOW THE REGULAR FRIDAY EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE. THANK YOU!
Attention: The high school was dismissed today, May 18, 2015, due to a flood in the building. A one call will be sent out later today to update parents concerning school for tomorrow.
The Middle School Spring Showcase is May 14 at 7pm. The Concert Band, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Advanced Strings, and Soloists will be performing. Students participating in the concert must wear all black with optional color accessories. No Sneakers or Jeans. Students must report to their designated classroom by 6:30pm in order to warm up. We look forward to seeing everyone at the concert!
“First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter High School Proudly Presents A Night of One Acts Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th at 7:00 PM in the Elementary School Auditorium Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students. Please join us to support our students who have worked so hard on these plays!!!”
ALL FAMILIES PLEASE NOTE: Students begin wearing summer uniforms on Monday, April 6. Enjoy the rest of Spring Break!
The Tuesday Talk meetings will resume on March 17th at 9am and 6pm! These meetings are open to elementary, middle and high school families. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare is available at the 6:00 pm meeting.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Friday, March 13 will be a school day for all students. We will follow the usual Friday early dismissal schedule that day.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 First Philadelphia will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 6
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2015 First Philadelphia will be closed today due to the weather. Enjoy the day, but please stay safe and warm
ATTENTION ALL FIRST PHILADELPHIA FAMILIES We have all heard the weather predictions for tomorrow, Thursday, March 5. We will inform families if school is closed or opening late as soon as we have this information. Please be patient; thank you!
Families of FP Middle School and High School Students are strongly encouraged to attend this extremely important and informative workshop about on-line bullying. When: Thursday, March 19 (4-5pm) Where: FP Middle School Cafeteria Crossing the Digital Divide: The Cyber World of Kids for Parents Educational Development Services, LLC Deborah McCoy On-line bullying, known as “cyber-bullying” is one of the most challenging issues facing adults as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., and cell phones have become commonplace among our young people. Internet sites that are popular with our kids are also popular with millions of others, and many times we find that our children sometimes use them recklessly and with a false sense of privacy. Parents are all too often unaware of the long term implications of their child’s digital speech and its possible impact on college admission or employment. Nor are parents fully versed in some of the difficulties with social networking, or the legal implications for violating the boundaries of digital speech. This workshop presents: • The latest information on cyber speech and cyber-bullying; • Current trends with youth in digital speech; • Legal issues: how students and parents can be held accountable for students violating the boundaries of digital speech; • Privacy and how very little we realistically have; • Permanence of digital speech; • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, AskFM, and many other apps and sites popular with our kids, discussing the opportunities and issues surrounding them; • Questions parents should ask their children about their digital speech; • Safety issues and how we as parents can best monitor our children’s online behavior will be discussed; • Monitoring apps & sites; • How colleges, universities and employers are making decisions about students based on information found electronically.
First Philadelphia will be opening two hours late today due to the weather. Please be safe when traveling.
First Philadelphia is having a "Schoola Clothing Drive" FUND RAISER to be held March 2 through 6 All we need you to do is to fill a bag (or 2 or 3) with "gently used" women's and children's clothing and send it to First Philadelphia. Schoola takes over from there, and First Philadelphia earns funds for student activities! Please send in items by Friday, March 6. Thanks for all you do for First Philly!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRADES K-4 Administrator: Ms. Debbie Smith (phone 215-743-3100 extension 2335) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Dean: Ms. Shanna McKoy (215-743-3100 extension 2229) (email: email@example.com) Counselor: Ms. Victoria Sampson (215-743-3100 extension 2292) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) School Social Worker: Ms. Kelly Zinn (215-743-3100 extension 2346) (email: email@example.com) School Nurse: 215-743-3100 extension 2293 MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADES 5-8 Assistant Principal: Ms. Casi Plourde (phone 215-883-4080 extension 2427) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Dean: Mr. Damon Crutchfield (phone 215-883-4080 extension 2521) (email: email@example.com) Counselor: Ms. Amy Purcell (215-883-4080 extension 2424) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) School Nurse: Mrs. Joyce Skoczylas (215-215-883-4080 extension 2522) (email: email@example.com) HIGH SCHOOL GRADES 9 and 10 Principal and CEO: Dr. Joseph E. Gillespie (215-883-4075 extension 2438) email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Assistant Principal: Mrs. Antoinette Powell (215-883-4075 extension 2434) (email: email@example.com) Counselor: Mrs. Karley Weidner (215883-4075 extension 2466) (firstname.lastname@example.org) School Nurse: 215-883-4075 extension 2493 Arrival Times: K-4 and 5-8 buildings: 8:15 a.m. No students are admitted before 8:00 a.m. except those registered for before care High School: Students are not admitted to the building until 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is from 7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Students are required to be in school by 7:50 a.m. All students in all buildings are expected to be in the full winter uniform
Reminder: The school store is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00-8:30 am and is located in the elementary school building right outside of the gym. We sell First Philly clothing for spirit days and school supplies (pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, etc.)
Hello Parents! The Tuesday Talks series will resume in March after First Philly's move. The next meeting will be March 17th at 9 am and 6 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION: The following is the information on our Open Houses for our current families to see the new school building. There will be an Open House from 6-7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday February 3 Monday February 9 Tuesday February 10 There will be an Open House on Thursday February 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please come to the auditorium in the current K to 8 building first. Information will be given there, and then we will walk to the new building. PLEASE NOTE: The Open House on February 2 is for families considering First Philadelphia for next school year. It is not for current families. Thank you!
ATTENTION ALL FAMILIES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT DRESS DOWN DAY TOMORROW, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20: The Elementary and Middle School have a $1.00 PURPLE dress down day. Students in the Elementary School and the Middle School are wearing purple to join the fight against blood-related diseases. The cost of this dress down day in the Elementary and Middle Schools is $1.00 The 11th grade students who took the PSAT test have a free dress down day. All 9th and 10th grade students do not have a dress down day. The 11th grade students who did not take the PSAT test do not have a dress down day.
First Philadelphia Charter School.......YOU'RE UP!!!!!! Pictures, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th, Kindergarten - Grades 4 Pictures Wednesday, November 18th, Grades 9 - 11 Pictures Thursday, November 19th, Grades 5 - 8 PREPAY ONLINE!!!!!! It's your shot at being a STAR!!!!!! Check out some of Hollywood's best and brightest stars on school photo day. DO YOU RECOGNIZE ANY???? Take your best guess, comment on our post using the numbers on each photo!!!! Share with your friends and see if they know!!!!! -- Thank you, Sherry Showstopper Photography, Inc. 82 Sylvan Drive, Pottstown PA 19465 610.495.1900
Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade boy's basketball will be held on Friday 11-20-15 from 2:00 to 3:30 in the elementary school gym and Tuesday 11-24-15 right the girls Varsity game 4:45 to 6:15 pm in the Elementary School gym
October 22, 2015 Dear Parent/Guardian, The 9th grade class is taking a trip to the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. We will be taking the subway to and from the museum. The trip will be on Thursday, December 3. The cost of this trip will be $10 and will cover entrance to the Museum, a tour of one of the exhibits, and a special workshop run by the museum staff with our students. Students will be able to pack their lunch to the museum if they need lunch provided for them please check that on the box below. We will be leaving school at 8:45 am to ensure our arrival to the museum at 9:45 am. Students can be dismissed from the museum or return with staff back to the school at 1:30 pm. You must designate on this form how your child will be leaving the museum. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Miss Luneau at email@example.com Return this form by November 10, 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like my student to attend the Penn Museum Field Trip Parent/Guardian Name: _____________________________ Signature: ___________________ Emergency Contact: __________________________ Phone #:____________________ My child will: Pack a Lunch:______ Need a school lunch:______ Take the subway home _____ Return to school with Miss Luneau _____
The next Tuesday Talk session is October 27th at 9:00 am and 6:00pm in the literacy center of the elementary school building. Important information about the first formal PTA meeting will be given out. Parents from all grade levels are welcome! For more information please contact Elizabeth Okakpu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-735-6500 x2211.
GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULES: ALL GAMES ARE HOME GAMES First Philly Girls JV Schedule 11/3 – Russell Byers 3:45 11/5 – Esperanza 3:45 11/10 – Tacony 3:45 11/12 – Memphis 3:45 11/16 – Hostos 3:45 11/19 – Global 4:30 11/23 – Pantoja 3:45 12/1 – Stetson 3:45 First Philly Girls Varsity Schedule 11/3 – Mastery Harritty 4:30 11/5 – Esperanza 4:45 11/9 – Mastery Prep 3:45 11/10 – Tacony 4:45 11/12 – Memphis 4:45 11/16 – Hostos 4:45 11/19 – Global Leadership 5:15 11/23 – Pantoja 4:45 11/24 – Birney 4:00 12/1 – Stetson 4:45
ATTENTION ALL FIRST PHILADELPHIA FAMILIES: Please remember that our Elementary School and our Middle School do not open for students until 8:00 a.m. We do have a Morning Care Program for those families who need to drop students off before 8:00 a.m. Only students signed up for Morning Care are admitted to the building before 8:00 a.m. We just do not have enough staff to properly supervise students not in Morning Care who are being dropped off early and want to enter the school building before 8:00 a.m. Please plan to drop off students closer to 8:00 a.m. if they are not signed up for Morning Care. If you are interested in signing up for Morning Care, please email Mr. Steven Hartzell at email@example.com. WE sincerely appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
A HOW TO GUIDE FOR THE PARENT PORTAL: The Parent Portal provides student information such as Schedule, Gradebook, and Report Cards. Once you have established a user account it will allow you to view all of this great information regarding your student’s academics. Step One: Go to the school website, through the “Parent” tab click on parent portal. Once you are redirected to the parent link, click on Create Account. Step Two: In order to set up an account you need to enter your information exactly how it was inputted on the emergency contact form. You will also need your student’s ID and an email address on file at First Philly. You will receive an email confirmation with a temporary password. Step Three: If you have more than one student, you can add additional students through the “My Account” tab. Step Four: Click on the student tab and you will select the student you would like to view. You will have the option to view Grades, Schedules, Courses, and Assignments. If you have any questions or concerns please email Parent Portal Support at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Oct 1st is the last day to turn in the order sheets and money for the Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser ALSO We will be having a Clothing Drive Fundraiser next week, (Mon Oct 5th thru Thursday Oct 8th). Please send in gently used clothing to support this clothing drive. Thank you!
Attention all First Philly Families! The next Tuesday Talk session will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm in the literacy center of the elementary school building. The purpose will be to sign parents up for clearances if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Also information will be provided on when the first formal meeting for the Parent Organization will take place and how the election process will work. For more information please contact Elizabeth Okakpu at email@example.com
One of our 4th grade students lost brand new iPhone. He last saw it on the school bus Benji. It could have easily fallen on the School's premises. It is an iPhone 5, black and gray speck case. If anyone finds it, please bring it to the front desk of the Elementary School. Thank you
ATTENTION TO ALL FAMILIES GRADES K THROUGH 11: Students are to begin wearing the winter uniform on Thursday, October 1, 2015. This is two days after returning from the break to Observe Yom Kippur and the Papal Visit. Please take the next few weeks to make sure you have the required winter uniform. The uniform requirements are posted on the First Philadelphia web page under the PARENTS section Thank you!
The Mom of one of our fourth grade students reported that her son left his brand new all black Michael Jordan lunch bag in the Elementary School cafeteria during the first week of school. If you see that your child came home with a lunch bag that was not his or hers, please send it in to the front desk of the Elementary School so that it can be returned. Thank you very much; enjoy the holiday weekend!
We want to thank our First Philadelphia families for their patience and cooperation today. Dismissal took longer than we would have liked, due to many reasons, but all school buses are on their way and all students have been dismissed. Remember, our seventh and eighth graders were just added back onto the school buses on Friday. Extra buses were added for First Philadelphia, but we are now dealing with four bus companies. Routes are still being figured out by the District and our bus companies. We expect each day will be better, and by the end of the week, arrival and dismissal will be running smoothly. We ask for your help and cooperation if you are picking up students at dismissal. Please wait in the large lot on the corner; that is where students grades K through 8 will be taken for pick up. Thank you
School opens on Monday, August 24! We hope everyone had a safe and fun summer and that each and every student is excited to begin a new school year. The Heads of School (Mrs. Debbie Smith K-4; Mrs. Plourde 5-8 and Mrs. Mezei 9-11) have worked hard this summer planning a great year. We are excited about Monday and will celebrate the opening of the year with our students in a special way. As we begin, we ask families to please be patient. While we have tried to make sure each detail associated with the opening of school has been taken care of, some things are bound to happen that we did not plan for, especially related to our school bus service. We are working with two new companies, and we need to be patient with them and with each other if problems arise. Please bring any problems to our attention. The best way to do this is to email Mrs. Jennifer Smith directly with bus problems (firstname.lastname@example.org, and email the Head of School directly (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) with any other issues. Facebook is not the best way to bring any problems to our attention; email is checked more quickly and regularly and will help address your problem more quickly and efficiently. Let's all work together - - staff, families, students - - to make this our BEST YEAT EVER!!!
ATTENTION ALL SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE FAMILIES: We are pleased to announce that our seventh and eighth grade students will be placed on the school busses this year. Thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Smith of First Philadelphia for her persistence and hard work to make this happen! We do not have all of the routes yet, so if you want to find out what bus your student will ride or where he or she will be picked up, please call the School District of Philadelphia at 215-400-4000. We are grateful that the District heard the opinions of our families and of the School and agreed to allow our seventh and eighth graders to have this service.
UPDATE ON BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR GRADES 7 AND 8: Dr. Gillespie did have a conversation with the General Manager for the School District of Philadelphia (Mr. Jim Davis) regarding the bus situation for grades 7 and 8. Mr. Davis promised to look into this himself and address the problem. As soon as we receive word, we will let all families know. Thank you for your patience; we have NOT given up advocacy for our students and families.
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS Summer Reading was assigned to all students attending First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter High School. Assignments were handed out at the end of the school year for students who attended the high school students last year or were mailed home with student report cards for students who attended 8th grade at First Philadelphia. Additional copies were also mailed home. Copies are available in the main office or can be emailed if needed. Check-in dates were in July and August, so all students are expected to have turned in their work either in person or via email to the appropriate grade as listed in the packet. Students may still turn in their work in the first week of school, but there will be point deductions. Summer Reading is worth 150 points for English class. Any student that fails to turn in their assignments may have additional consequences. There may be some special accommodations for students who were admitted late, so please reach out if you have not been in contact with the school. If your student has completed his/her assignment, please disregard this message.
NOTES FROM PARENTS MEETINGS July 20, 2015: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. July 29, 2015: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Two meetings of Parents/Families were held this summer. In total, 16 families attended one of the meetings and raised some excellent points for First Philadelphia to consider. It is our goal at First Philadelphia to be THE BEST school in the region, not to outdo anyone, but because that is what our students and their families deserve! Your chose First Philly, and we want you to believe strongly that you made the right choice for your student, the best choice! We know at First Philadelphia that we cannot educate our students on our own. It takes a team, and the home is an important part of that team. Please take advantage of the opportunities we provide you to share your thoughts, ideas and opinions with us and to hear the perspective of others. The following points were the major ones discussed at the meeting. If the School has information to share on the issue, that will be included as well. 1. Bus Transportation for grades 7and 8 FIRST PHILLY RESPONSE: We have been in touch with the School District of Philadelphia. They are the ones who assign the busses, set the routes and assign students to the busses. We have made our position clear: we want our 7th and 8th grade students on the school busses. If we need your help to advocate for this, we will let you know. 2. School to Home Communication A lot of good ideas were expressed under the topic. Parents would like to see links to the teachers on the website. They would like to see a School newsletter that also included links to teachers. They would like to have a platform for parents to express ideas and ask questions. They would like the web page updated with the new staff members. They want the one-call system updated to include all families. FIRST PHILLY RESPONSE: Each one of these ideas is an excellent idea! Last year we began the steps necessary to form a Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.); we expect to finalize that soon and to begin our PTO. Forming a P.T.O. takes some time as there are legal steps to follow, but we are getting close. This will be a BIG step forward. We are also looking to begin an online newsletter that will be sent once per month. We also have something new: A First Philadelphia app for your phone! It can be downloaded to your cell phone and will provide current information on the school as well as several other features. This was developed for us by the Dad of a student entering first grade, and we are very excited about it! We will announce when it is ready to be rolled out to all. 3. Student Achievement/Progress Monitoring Parents are interested in a tutoring program for all students in all grades. They would like to see us recognize the academic achievement of our students. They would like to see the web page related to curriculum updated. They would like testing results communicated. They would like to see their students challenged. FIRST PHILLY RESPONSE: It is important that parents know that tutoring is available to all students in all subjects. Please send a note to the child’s teacher and to the Head of School to arrange this. We will definitely work to update the web page. Also, it is our goal to challenge students appropriately and in a supportive manner. Please be in touch with the Head of School (Mrs. Smith grades K-4; Mrs. Plourde grades 5-8, Mrs. Mezei grades 9-11) if you have a particular concern about this. 4. School Safety and School Climate This is a very important issue. Parents want to understand the Code of Discipline used at First Philadelphia. They want bullying behavior addressed and eliminated. They want to be contacted by the School when their student is sent to the nurse for a particular reason. They want to be aware if there are any health concerns that could impact their student (for example, a lot of students with the flu or stomach bugs or head lice). They would like to see peer mediation used. They want to be certain the hallways and bathrooms are monitored. FIRST PHILLY RESPONSE: Again, these are all important comments. We will meet with parents at Back to School Night (scheduled for early September) to explain in detail the Code of Conduct and our expectations for students. There is no way we can enforce any Code of Conduct without support from the home. We need your support and really count on it. For the School to run in an orderly manner, so that learning can take place, we all - - students, families, teachers, staff, and administration - - need to do our part. All of the above points will be made clear when the Code of Conduct is reviewed. Our bullying policy in explained in the Family Guidebook you will receive. We agree that bullying does not belong in any school, and we are working to address it. 5. School Activities Parents are asking for more after school activities We will work to improve these programs each year We sincerely appreciate the comments of our First Philadelphia families and pledge we will continue to work with you to make First Philadelphia EXCELLENT in every way!
We had planned a uniform swap for early August and met today to develop our plan for the swap. When we did we realized we received very few uniform donations. Because of this, we have decided to hold off on the swap until a later time. We sincerely appreciate the donations we did received. Everything was cleaned and prepared for the "next user." We will be in touch about perhaps holding a small uniform sale (with funds going to school activities or to the Parent Teacher Organization when it is formed) . Thank you!