Ø School Advisory
Ø Les Brown
Conference - Title I Parent Set Aside:
What Can I Spend it On?
Workshop at West Parent and Family
Ø Parent University’s
Winter/Spring Course Catalog Available!
Veri Seo of Masterman HS, was named
the Office Depot Student of the Month for December!
440 N. Broad
Call 215-400-7272 to register.
Improvement and YOU!
Learn how to make minor repairs in your home. Classes are held on Wednesdays beginning
January 12th at 5 pm.
Parent University’s Course Catalog for the Spring Semester is here!
Call 215-400-4180 for information or to apply.
Parent and Family Resource
Centers are located throughout Philadelphia
and can help families navigate the District?
Call 215-400-4180 for information and to get information about the
locations near you.
You can find many of the youth topics that you as a parent
is an excellent habit!!!
you know the benefits for your child??? Visit
“Wide and frequent reading
of trade books increases students’ reading achievement.”
Cipielewski & J. Stanovich
Office of Parent, Family,
Community Engagement, and Faith-based Partnerships
Karren Dunkley, Deputy Chief
Quibila A. Divine, Director of Parent and Family
Linda Maldonado, Coordinator
Yves Marie Desir, Office Assistant
Build the Dream: 2011 is the year to complete the
construction of Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
the Construction Updates
Free Holiday Activities in Philadelphia
Advisory Councils (SACs) are forming at EVERY District school: Parents, community
members, and school-based staff are welcome to self-nominate. Contact your neighborhood school or Parent
and Family Resource Center
for more information about joining and to get an application. Call 215-400-4180 for assistance or get
applications at http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/p/publicengagement/programs-services/parent_involvement
opportunity to hear Les Brown: “Keeping Parents Engaged and Children Motivated” on
Saturday, January 8th; 10:00 am to
12:00 pm at Deliverance
, 2001 W. Lehigh Ave.
(free breakfast at Dobbins H. S., 2150 W. Lehigh Ave. at 9:30 am) . You must
register by calling 215 400-4180 or visiting http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/p/publicengagement/superintendents-parent-roundtable
School District Literacy Initiative: 1,000 Books in Every Classroom: Promotion in classroom
libraries at all high schools in collaboration with the administrators,
teachers, students, and parents. Children’s reading achievement improves when
their classrooms are filled with books. Visit
or call 215 400-5594 for more information.
The Give Back Crew presents Spoken
Word Contest: Wednesday, December 28th;
5:00 to 7:00 pm at C.B.
Center; 2551 N. 22nd St.
Registration deadline is December 24th. Call 215 685-9755 for information.
Kwanzaa Celebration: Meet, greet & hear Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator
of Kwanzaa; Sunday, December 26th; 3:30 - 7:00 pm; First District
Plaza, 3801 Market St. (adults
$10.00; children under 12 and elders $7.00). Call 856 365-4817 for details.
December 27th, 28th, and 29th at Parkway Central Library; 1901 Vine Street; 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
Lunch and Kwanzaa gift will be provided to each child who registers. Call 215
683-4076 to register.
Oak Lane School Offers Holiday
Music Camp: The Eva Donalsdson School of Music is offering a
Holiday Music Camp from December 27th to December 30th at 7306 Ogontz Ave. in West Oak Lane. For more information visit here.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate: This program is for eligible seniors,
the disabled, and widows or widowers. Application deadline December
31st. For more information call
215-763-2559 or visit http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/property_tax_rent_rebate_program/11410
Free Respite Program for
the School Winter Break:
Available for parents who need respite services. Children must be registered
to attend. Call 215 685-5932 or email email@example.com to register.
Arts Program Seeks Scripts from
Young Playwrights: The International Organization on Arts and
Disability invite middle and high school students to submit scripts for a playwright
discovery program. The winning script will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, DC.
Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this Month!!! To
prevent this, call 888 382-1222 from your cell phone. Help others by passing
this on. Visit https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx
Recycle Bank Green Schools Program
2010-2011: Accepting applications
for grants between $100.00 and $5,000.00 from schools that work with youth
(ages 6-18). For information about how to apply visit www.recyclebank.com/about/giveback.
Educating Communities for Parenting: New teen parenting classes are now open, 12-week
class will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.
For more information email Olivia Campbell.
Parents with Power Workshops: Youth
Programs in Your Community Workshop on Wednesday, January 5th, 6:30 to
8:00 pm; and Behavior Styles Workshop
on Wednesday, January 19th; 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Call 215-851-1795 or visit http://www.philadelphia.baeo.org/?news_section_id=3
Free Tutoring Classes: English, Reading and Math for
Elementary, Middle and High School Students at Covenant Church, Founder Hall,
Room C-19; 7500 Germantown Ave. Register at
or call 215-247-7500.
Free After School Arts
Program in Music, Dance & Theatre: Students in grades 6-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
3:00 - 6:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Audenried High School;
33rd St. & Tasker Ave. Call 215-400-5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Literacy Program: Adult Education, Parenting Group, Early
Childhood Education, and Parent & Child Together time. Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00
pm and Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Columbia
North YMCA. Contact P. Taylor at 215-400-2100;
FREE Special Education Training Sessions in English
and Spanish: January 4th – February
8th between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm at 2200
N. 2nd St. Snacks and tokens provided. Call 215-425-6203 for more information and
to reserve your space.
19th Annual Brighter Futures Awards, honoring
community members: Nominations accepted for those who are positively
impacting the life of an individual(s) with intellectual disabilities.
Deadline January 12, 2011. Call 215-685-5923
or email Judy.Kresloff@phila.gov
District of Philadelphia’s
Re-Engagement Center: Young people (ages 15-21) and adults who have
dropped out of school can access a high school diploma or GED Program. For more
information call 215-400-6700 or 267-336-6090.
professional/child/youth workers: The PA Statewide After School/Youth Development Network
created a survey. Individuals working with children in grades K-12 can fill
out the survey here.
(A raffle drawing for an Apple I-Pad will be held amongst those completing the surveys.)
Green Jobs Training Program: Get on the job training (paid) in landscaping and
landscape design, plus academic support. Youth 20-24 years old. Information
sessions will be held at PCAT; 2111
Eastburn Ave. Starting in January 2011; call
215-527-5602 to register.
The Paradigm Award & Scholarship Committee: Provides
scholarships up to $5,000.00 for women who are working full-time while
completing their undergraduate degree. For details and to apply, visit
Why Young People Should
Engage in Service & New Resources to Get Them Started: Parents can encourage
their children to be active participants in their community. To read more
Harvard University Announcement: Honor students from
low-income families earning less than $60,000.00 a year qualify for free
tuition. For more information go to http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/
or call 617-495-1581
Registration for Philadelphia Reading Olympics is OPEN: The Free Library of
Philadelphia and The School District of Philadelphia invites fourth to eighth
graders to participate in the competition in May. For more information or to register, visit here.
Family Literacy Programs: FREE classes on GED, Adult Basic Education,
and Work Readiness Skills at PathwaysPA
Wissahickon; 4700 Wissahickon
Ave., Bldg. C; Ste. 101 (corner of Wissahickon Ave. and Abbottsford Rd.) Call 215-549-2686 Monday – Friday; 8 am – 4
Easter Seals Disability Services: Young Adult Social Group with special needs; each club meets the first
and third Saturday of each month. Call 215-879-1000; ext. 6088 or email email@example.com
PHEAA launches new student aid website: Parents
and students will have access to a new and improved Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
student aid and debt management website, YouCanDealWithIt.com. The free site offers
students and parents practical and easy-to-understand advice and information.
For more information, go to www.pheaa.org/
or you may call 1-800-233-0557.
Advice on Participating
in Classroom Discussion: Many students are afraid to speak in class, but open
dialog provides an excellent learning situation. Helping your child, older or
younger, learn to participate in class can help ensure his or her success in
school. Check out these tips from StudyTips.org to share with your student. [
New Website for Parenting Education
Program Launched: Services for youth,
parents, teen parents and families. More information email here.
Parenting Web Site: There are multiple
parenting resources to help families in various aspects of their lives. Visit www.cap4kids.org/philadelphia
On-line Community helps parents create a safe
environment for children: Includes
extensive safety tips section, 1 month old to 14 years, the safety resource
are also categorize by risk area, special needs and overall basics. To visit
the site, click here
Were you affected by the severe storms and flooding
that occurred on September 30th, 2010 in Philadelphia? See this resource Disaster Loans
Reminder: PGW’s Customer Service Centers will be closed December 27th
and January 3rd 2011. The Customer Service will be open half day
9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
Federal Student AID: Provides important information about FAFSA and
Funding Education beyond High School includes “Your guide to FSAPubs” that
provides information how to order free materials.
More information go to www.studentaide.ed.gov
Program: Provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000
to students of color. For more information about how to apply for the 2012
program, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/vanguard/
2011 Gates Millennium
Scholars Program Scholarships (Deadline, January 10th) Opportunity for outstanding students of color;
applications are now available. For more information, visit www.gmsp.org
Usa Funds access to Education Scholarships: For the 2011-2012
academic year, USA Funds will award 1,500 scholarships to students with
economic need. Accepting applications between December 15, 2010 and February
15, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.usafunds.org/scholarship
This is a list of opportunities for funding from local scholarship
organizations. To get more information go to http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/c/ccawareness/programs--services/scholarship-search
Free or low-cost health
insurance for kids up to age 19: Apply over the phone
for Medical Assistance and CHIP; call PCCY at 215-563-5848, ext. 19.
Earn a College Degree: The Indochinese American Council
provides college courses right here in our community. Contact 215-457-6666 or
CADE Helping Children Make Smart Decisions: Prevention
Specialists provide education and guidance to children who live with the
harsh realities of drug abuse and violence in their communities, see the
program components http://www.cadekids.org
Funding directory for bullying programs published
The Olweus Bullying Prevention
Program website has published a listing of dozens of funding
opportunities for bullying programs, which available by visiting here.
For Your Information
Food Help Line at 800-319-FOOD
(3663) to donate food or volunteer at a food bank.
The US Mint
offers self-guided, family friendly tours every weekday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Visit Tour the United States Mint
Museum of Art offers
plenty of family programs for parents with children. Visit
The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers
University examined the benefits received
by children who participated in New
Mexico’s Pre-K program. The Rutgers
study showed consistent benefits for children who participated in New Mexico’s program,
compared to those who did not. Thanks to EPLC for providing this
information. To read the complete
report, click here.
Just for Men
2025 Campaign proposes
solutions to crises of black men and boys: A new
report with recommendations aimed at drastically improving the outcomes for
black men and boys. For more information visit here.
Institute of Entrepreneurship: Provides vocational
training for at-risk youth and adults males who desire to start and run their
own business. More information http://faithinstituteofentrepreneurship.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-help-at-risk-males-to-help.html
FATHER’S CLUB: Every Tuesday, 6:30 to
8:30 pm at The West Philadelphia Branch YMCA; 5120 Chestnut St. Call 215-476-2700 for
Men’s Group: Opportunity for men to
fellowship and encourage each other; Every Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Oasis City Church Learning and Development
Center; 5248 North 5th St., call 215-455-4595 or email http://www.OasisCityChurch@verizon.net
Anger Management for
Men: Every Tuesday,
7:00 to 8:00 pm at Center for Families and Relationships, 1600 Magee Ave. For more information
Save the Date
US Department of
Education’s Audio Conference - Title I Parent Set-Aside: What Can I Spend it On?: Wednesday, February 16th
at 440 N. Broad St., noon – 1:30
pm. Call 215-400-4180 to register
(space is limited).
Martin Luther King Day
Social Justice Dialogues: Monday, January 17th at 8 am; Temple University’s
Student Center, Room 217CD; 13th St. & Montgomery
Ave. Click here for more information.
PSSA Test PREP for
Tuesday, January 25th; 10:00 am to 12
pm at West Parent and Family Resource Center, McMichael Elementary School;
3543 Fairmount Ave. Contact Nate Shrieves at 215 823-5530 to register.
Privilege (Tim Wise lecture): Thursday, January 27th at 7 pm,; Temple University’s
Performing Arts Center, 1837 N.
Click here for more
The Heritage Bowl
Annual Event: A
black history trivia tournament for middle and High School age youth in the
region, will be held on Saturday, March 19th 20011 at Lincoln
University’s International Cultural Center (First prize $4,000.00 and 2nd
prize $2,000.00 ) For more information visit here
The Karen Gaffney
Foundation and Golf for Life presents “One of a Kind Event Conference” for parents of loved
ones with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Saturday,
February 26, 2011; 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Citizen Bank
Park. Register Early!
Space is limited! Register at www.regonline.com/imagine2011