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Parent Newsletter V.2 I.1

The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement,
 and Faith-based Partnerships

Parent Newsletter

         January 7, 2011


                                          Vol. # 2     Issue # 1


In This Issue


Ø       Join a School Advisory Council (SAC)

Ø       Les Brown Visits Philly

Ø       Audio Conference - Title I Parent Set Aside:  What Can I Spend it On?

Ø       PSSA Workshop for Parents

Ø       Parent University’s Winter/Spring Course Catalog Available!




Down Ribbon: Positive Recognition 




The Office of Parent and Family Engagement recognizes the extraordinary work of our volunteer parents who are in their child’s schools empowering, providing services, and encouraging other parents.



Up Ribbon: Parent & Family Resource  Center   









440 N. Broad Street

Call 215-400-7272 to register.



Home 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 click here to apply.








Did you know


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 should know




Positive Quote



“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that “


Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.




Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement, and Faith-based Partnerships


Karren Dunkley, Deputy Chief


Quibila A. Divine, Director of Parent and Family Engagement

Linda Maldonado, Coordinator

Yves Marie Desir, Office Assistant








Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




Interesting Web-sites


I Have a Dream


Speeches and sermons

Martin Luther King Jr.: Legacy of a Leader | Scholastic News ...









Happy Three Kings Day!



Taller Puertorriqueno - Calendar of Events


Los Reyes Magos




FREE opportunity to hear Les Brown: “Keeping Parents Engaged and Children Motivated” on Saturday, January 8th; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 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


The Summer 2011 White House Internship Program: This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders and strengthen their understanding of the executive office of the President. Application deadline is Sunday, January 9th. Visit for information and to apply.


Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ Business Clinic:  Thursday, January 13th at 8am;West Phila. YMCA; 5120 Chestnut St.  For established and aspiring business owners. FREE but you must register, call Karolyn at 215 557-2826 or email


Autism Sharing and Parenting, Inc.: Presents a workshop, Teaching “Big Ideas” to all students; Saturday, January 15th; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Center for Autism, 3905 Ford Rd ; Suite 6.  Call 215 413-7106 or visit for more information.


College Information Conference:  Saturday, January 15th; 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Victory Christian Center 5220 Whitby Ave.  Call 267 216-8116 or visit for information.


The Martin Luther King Day of Service: Dr. King once asked, “What are you doing for others?”  Monday, January 17th you can honor Dr. King by participating in a community project.  Visit MLK Day of Service for more information and to apply.


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.


Parents with Power Workshop: Wednesday, January 19th; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Call 215 851-1795 or visit for location.


Please Touch Museum to host Disability Awareness Exhibit:  The exhibit is designed for children 5-12 years old. Saturday, January 22nd to Sunday, April 24th. For more information visit here


Philadelphia Home & School Council Workshop on the CSAP Process:  Saturday, January 22nd at 10 am; 440 N. Broad Street, Room 1080.  Call 215 400-4080 for information.


Temple University Center City’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Offers a variety of courses for retired educators or others who want to continue learning. The new semester starts on Monday, January 24th. To sign up visit here.


PSSA Test Prep for Parents Workshop: Tuesday, January 25th; 10:00 am to 12 pm at two locations…West Parent and Family Resource Center, McMichael Elementary School; 3543 Fairmount Ave. Call Nate Shrieves at 215 823-5530 to register AND Kinsey School at 6501 Limekiln Pike; call Nicole Hines at 215 276-5266 to register.  The Office of Specialized Services and Right to Education Task Force will be at Kinsey to offer information about PASA and PSSA-M tests.


Tim Wise Lecture about Race Relations: Thursday, January 27th at 7 pm, Temple University’s Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St.  Click here for more information.


Free Art Classes:  Fine Art, Graphic Art and Animation (all age groups) Saturdays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Gibson School of Music & Arts; 5425-29 N. 5th St.  Call 215 924-7345 for more information.


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. Visit here for information.


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 


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; ext. 2205.




School Advisory Councils (SACs) are forming at EVERY District school:  Parents, community/faith-based 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


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 for details.


MIT Grant Program: Up to $10,000 will be awarded to teams comprised of high school students, teachers, and mentors who invent technological solutions to real-world problems, particularly those that affect the world's poorest people. Deadline: March 18th (early feedback); April 22nd (initial application) For more information visit here.


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.


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.




Winter 2011 Training Schedule is available for individuals and agencies providing programs and services to youth during out-of school time.  The trainings are free but space is limited. To register visit here.


2011 Gates Millennium Scholars Program Scholarships (Deadline, January 10th) Opportunity for outstanding students of color; applications are now available. For more information, visit


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 to share with your student

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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


On-line Community helps parents create a safe environment for children: Includes extensive safety tips section; 1 month old to 14 years. The safety resources are also categorized by risk area, special needs, and overall basics. To visit the site, click here 


Federal Student AID: Provides important information about FAFSA and Funding Education beyond high school and includes “Your guide to FSAPubs” that provides information how to order free materials.  For more information go to 


Vanguard Scholarship 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


PHEAA launches 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, The free site offers students and parents practical and easy-to-understand advice and information. For more information, go to or or you may call 1-800-233-0557.


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


Scholarship Flash: This is a list of opportunities for funding from local scholarship organizations. To get more information go to


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.


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

For Your Information


Call the Food Help Line at 800-319-FOOD (3663) to donate food or volunteer at a food bank.





Daddy UniverCity’s 6th Annual Fatherhood Festival will be held on Saturday, June 18th at the PA Convention Center; 1201 Arch St.  Visit here for more information and to register.




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).


PA PLA, “PARENT POWER”, and Student Success Center Workshop:  Come hear about Math & Reading Programs, PSSAs, Parent University, and Title I.  Saturday, February 26th; 9:00 am at Fitzsimons High School; 2601 W. Cumberland St. (Breakfast will be served.)


U. S. Department of Education’s Voices in Action National Youth Summit: Engage middle/high school students from across the nation in meeting the president’s challenges to lead the world in college completion by 2020, Saturday, February 26th; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at Washington, DC. More information call  Robert Gomez at 


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


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 at Lincoln University’s International Cultural Center (1st prize $4,000.00 and 2nd prize $2,000.00 ) For more information visit here.