September 30, 2014

Parent Portal Video

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Here is a video of Dr. Hite talking about the new Parent Portal. Go to http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/p/publicengagement/stayconnected to see more.

September 29, 2014

PRAY-IN for PA Schools

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Overcrowded classes. Overwhelmed staff. Learning compromised because there is simply "not enough" - not enough resources, not enough teachers, not enough supplies.  This Wednesday, join POWER members, clergy, and Rev. Alyn Aller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for a "Pray-In" to send a message to both candidates for governor that our children are worth more.

Announcement: Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

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From the Philanthropy News Digest, for high school students via  Lorelei Shingledecker of Philadelphia Fight.  http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation<http://www.jkcf.org/>, which helps high-achieving low-income students reach their full potential through education, is inviting applications for its College Scholarship Program.

Announcement: AL DÍA News and 900AM-WURD, to start a conversation about the urban agenda

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Next City will join forces this fall with two other local media organizations, AL DÍA News and 900AM-WURD, to start a conversation about the urban agenda needed to move the city forward. Through a three-part series of free, public moderated panel discussions we are calling City Sessions, we hope to get voters and mayoral candidates thinking

Announcement: Race To Nowhere Airing this week

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I believe that Race to Nowhere is Airing on WHYY, this Wednesday, October 1st, at 4 PM.  This is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success.


September 28, 2014

Announcement: If you have an 8th grader

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In Philadelphia, 8th graders have the option of choosing from dozens of high schools for 9th grade.  Don't miss the Philly High School Fair being held on October 17th & 18th.

September 27, 2014

Announcement: October is Parent & Family Appreciation Month

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October is Parent and Family Appreciation Month with lots of free activities. October 10th - Donuts for Dads & Muffins for Moms at the Women's Christian Alliance... October 15th - Movie Discussion "Won't Back Down" at 440 North Broad Street... For more dates and times, see the flyer below.

Family and School Partnerships Build Family School Pride by Alicia Dorsey

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How do you foster pride? Education as we know starts at home, I am a firm believer in creating life long learning environments in and outside of my home. The time that my family and community members spend on various trips and projects allow us to bond and take pride in our work and relationships.

Announcement: Great article on Philly Education from The Public School Notebook...

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The Philadelphia Public School Notebook has a great article that answers a lot of questions about public education in Philadelphia. If you are interested in knowing more, click here.

Dr. Gary's Healthy Crispy Veggie Pizza

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This recipe is a variation of the theme featured in a previous blog, the “Vegetarian Roll-up”.
The Crispy Pizza is our Saturday hangout special while we watch a favorite movie. I’m sure it would work just as well for the Superbowl or any other special event. The Crispy Pizza has been a favorite tradition when our grandkids come over on weekends. They express delight in making their very own personal Crispy Pizza from start to finish and then indulging in their creation.  The following recipe is for one pizza.

September 15, 2014

Dr. Gary's Healthy Crispy Vegetarian Roll-ups

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I have found this recipe easy to make yet very popular with my kids and grand-kids especially when they participate in the making of their own tortilla. Other veggies of their choice can be substituted and works great with leftovers.  The first one home can get this dinner started.  Everyone can use their own favorite veggies that they choose from the following list...

September 11, 2014

OSA- Could It Be Why?

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Lazy, dumb, slow, trouble maker, etc...all common labels on students not making the grade in school. However, a child’s academic performance may not be lack of intelligence or even poor behavior. School difficulties may, in fact, be caused by poor quality sleep. 18 Million people, including both children and adults, suffer from a problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, 80% to 90% of Sleep Apnea sufferers are undiagnosed. This medical condition is caused by the closure of the trachea (breathing tube) during the night. Breathing stops, and then vital oxygen ceases to nourish the brain. What causes this condition?

September 10, 2014

Gail's Parenting Blog - Goals

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I believe our goal is to raise and guide all children to develop who they really are, with their own unique gifts and challenges, to love life, to contribute to society and to become responsible adults.  Do you want this for your children? What if we did not focus on behavior...

September 8, 2014

MACY’S BACK TO SCHOOL PRIDE CONTEST

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Image result for school pride pictureMacy's is holding a school pride contest that started on September 4th and is going until October 10th. To enter, visit Macy’s channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/macys https://www.youtube.com/user/macys/lipdupchallenge (the “Contest Site”) during the Contest Period and follow the instructions to upload a Lip Dub video of the school’s students lip-syncing