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October 2, 2022
Get Festive with the FoA Annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat

Mark your calendars - Oct 22 we are hosting our annul Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat fundraiser for the 8th grade class trip and activities. The event is free and we'll have tickets available for purchase so you can participate in some of our activities and games, and of course check out the creativity of your fellow neighbors with their Halloween-decorated vehicles, bikes and tables parked along Palmer, full of candy and goodies. Children are invited to attend in costume for a parade through the trunks! 


How you can help:


Sign up to volunteer here
We need lots of volunteers to help make sure everything runs smoothly. We need volunteers before, during, and after the event. Shifts run for 30-45 min so you won't miss any of the fun. We especially need a few people who can help run our activity tables. 

Sign up for the bake sale here.
We are looking for baked goods and kid-friendly beverage donations.

Sign up to host your trunk here
Love getting crafty! Grab a spot for your "trunk" and get creative and you could earn a $$$ prize! 

 

Middle School Open House

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Middle School Open House! 

Here is the link to the slides and the link to a recording of the open house (due to technical difficulties 5th grade ELA and math presenters were not captured, please reach out for more information on those areas).

 

Curriculum Spotlight 

5th grade is off to a busy start this school year! Currently, we are traveling in flashbacks to explore the Lakota Nation, in the novel, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. Also, we are continuing to follow Kek as he settles into life in America in our read aloud, Home of the Brave. 5th grade is hard at work writing personal narratives. During October we will begin participating in Book Clubs. Everyone is looking forward to the start of the Architecture and Design Program as well. 
 



 

1st grade students got a visit from Kelechi Onyejiaka, a self published author, who came to read her book Puffy to the first grade classes! They loved hearing about the friendship between Kayla and her hair! This picture features Ms. Nigro's class listening to the process of publishing the book.

 



Kindergarten in Ms. Maguire's class has been learning about our identity and what makes you...YOU!  We may have things in common, but we are also different. We are also exploring numbers. We are beginning independent and partner reading. Sharing what we are learning through different stories. We are looking forward to learning so much this year.

 

In Mr. Rowley’s Kindergarten class this month, students are starting their journey of exploring different types of texts, from learn about the world books to storybook classics. They will begin to build up their number sense and explore number stories as a foundation for developing skills this year. 

Students are also exploring how they are each unique, with different interests and backgrounds. As fall continues on, the students of 109 will begin to explore force in science and move toward plant and animal life cycles!

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

 

In Ms. Schepers' music class, second graders began learning about the "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz. They learned some basic salsa steps, watched a video of her singing and dancing and began to read the book My Name is Celia which describes her life as a girl in Cuba finding her love of music. 
 

 

Parent Volunteers


Our parent volunteers have started in the library! Beyond just checking in and out, the volunteers are also planning on categorizing and reorganizing the library, so it is more systematic for the students. We are all excited for the students to go to the library!

Want to get involved at the school? Now is the perfect time! Complete this Family Engagement Form and fellow parent volunteers will reach out and provide you with more information.  There are many ways to help, including:

  • Library helpers. Many teachers have been identifying the library as an area with an immediate need for volunteer support.
  • Lunchtime/Recess Supervisors
  • Room Parents (both during school & after-hours opportunities)
  • School Advisory Council (SAC) committees – details below
  • School Yard Green Team – kids welcome!
  • Fundraising
  • eNews, social media & website
  • Career Week
  • Chaperones for field trips
  • So many more….


Volunteer Allie Riley helping out in the library

We have created an electronic suggestion box. Please feel free to utilize this throughout the year.

The messages will be sent directly to us.  Thanks for your input.  



 

Adaire's School Advisory Council (SAC) is a group of parents, staff, students & community members who come together every other month to help our school grow. SAC is a place for all members of our community to ask questions, raise concerns, share ideas, and pitch in. Our next SAC meeting will be Tuesday, October 11th @ 6pm via Zoom. Please register for the meeting here (you'll receive the meeting link when you do). If there are particular questions or topics you would like to submit in advance, you can do so here. These meetings are a great way to learn about all the awesome things happening at the school, so feel free to pop into Zoom and listen in while you are making dinner or watching soccer practice.

 

 

 

SAC Middle School Committee – Now Forming!

SAC is launching a committee specifically focused on the needs of middle school students & families. Join fellow parents, caregivers, students & staff to chat about what’s working and what could be better, then make a plan to grow! First meeting is Sunday, October 16th @ 8:30pm via ZOOM. Email AdaireSchoolAdvisoryCouncil@gmail.com or Register Here if you'd like to join us.

While we enjoy the outdoor seating, we wanted to extend an opportunity for each child to invite a grownup to join them for lunch! If you or another family member or caregiver would like to join your child for lunch, please RSVP here


Picture day will be October 11th. More information to follow.

 



Adaire is bringing the Drama!

Starting Oct. 17 a small cohort of parent volunteers are excited to bring Drama Club to the Adaire auditorium. 

During after school drama club, students will engage in drama games and improv, as well get a primer on stage directions and other fundamentals. 

We plan to run the club for the full year, with practical lessons and drama games to be the primary focus from Oct-Jan. In the spring we will begin the production of a single or series of short plays with a performance at the end of the year. Of note, there will not be auditions but rather a test of what Drama Club at Adaire can do this year. 

Fill out this interest form if you think your child would like to participate! We are opening it up to all grade levels but want to group kids into smaller groups according to age and based on volunteer capacity: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScaIDr6O6ILKAHLC_iliVkHaPx3MU9otSIzDivk5EkPFNZlsg/viewform?usp=sf_link 

We will be circling back with interested parents the week of October 10 to confirm registration. 

 What Drama Club is:

-  A fun time for silly play and self expression

- A chance to build confidence with speaking in front of other students

- An opportunity to hone comedy skills

- A safe space for self expression

 

What Drama Club isn't:

- Aftercare or child care 

- A hangout or homework club


Questions? Want to help? Contact Lindsay Li lindsayli1204@gmail.com.

 

 

The School Selection Process is Open! It will close on Friday, November 4 at 11:59 PM. For more information please visit https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/services/school-selection/ 

Click here to visit Mr. F’s virtual office for a one-stop shop for your school selection needs! 

Mr. F will also offer virtual office hours for partners who have school selection questions or concerns starting 9/27/22. Hours will be posted in the e-news and on the school website.  

In the meantime, parents can contact Mr. F by calling the school or emailing him at jfrangipani@philasd.org

Happy hour thanks!

Big thanks to all who attended the FoA happy hour Thursday night at Interstate Drafthouse. We had a great time sharing the design that Adaire parent & muralist Ben Volta created for the planned mural along our auditorium lobby entrance & columns. This design is an incredible vision to make the front entrance to the school look amazing and will make use of our kids’ artistic talents. This happy hour raised $750 to go toward this project!

May be an image of outdoors and text that says 'Adaire Alexander School, Fishtown Philadelphia Volta Studio + Mural Arts Philadelphia'

Schoolyard Help

Friends of Adaire is recruiting adults to help with the many efforts underway in and around and for our schoolyard! We could always use help in our gardening efforts, with adults helping kids with digging, weeding, mulching, watering, and other hands-on projects. These Adaire Schoolyard Green Team efforts happen most often from 2:30-5 on selected weekdays, for those with flexibility in their schedules. But even if you can’t help then, we have some weekend projects and from-home/virtual projects in the works! Perhaps you can help write some grants? Design T-shirts, garden labels, or posters? Help 8th graders design a website? If you want to get more involved in our sustainability and stewardship efforts, we can use your time and talents!

To get started please contact FoA’s Denis Devine at
deniscdevine@gmail.com or 
215-821-4208.

 
A quick recap of upcoming events in the next few days and weeks
Oct. 5: No School, Yom Kippur
Oct. 7: Early Dismissal, Professional Development
Oct. 10: No School, Indigenous People's Day
Oct. 11: Picture Day (free dress down)
             SAC Meeting via Zoom. 5:30, contact the Adaire Student Advisory Council for login information.
Oct. 12: Invite a Grown-up to Lunch. Students in K-2 and 6-8 
Oct. 13: Invite a Grown-up to Lunch. Students in 3-5
              Each student can invite a grownup to join them for lunch (grownups should bring their own lunch)
Oct. 14-15: Philadelphia School District High School Fair at the PA Convention Center
Oct. 17-21: Upstander Week. Student can wear orange on Oct. 19 for Unity Day
Oct. 22: Friends of Adaire Trunk or Treat 2PM
Oct. 27 Friends of Adaire Halloween Party at Frankford Hall 

Adaire website I Friends of Adaire website I Breakfast and Lunch Menu I School Calendar I Adaire Handbook | Volunteer Checklist

Alexander Adaire School Vision: collaboratively and cooperatively create an effective and comprehensive educational program designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, cultivating them to become responsible and productive citizens in a culturally diverse society.

Mission: to provide the opportunity for every child to be successful academically and socially.

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