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September 26, 2022

A happy and healthy New Year to you and 
your family for Rosh Hashanah!

A Message from Ms Jenkins

A huge thank you to all the parents who came out to our back to school night!. Our staff appreciates the turnout. It was great to see familiar faces and new ones too! I hope you noticed the student work posted in the hallways, our students work so hard and we love showing it off. Additionally, we hope you found your classroom visits informative. Our leadership team and teachers are always here to support you.  Please reach out if you have any questions.

Curriculum Spotlight 

Second grade is off to a great start in 101 and 105! We will be diving deep into small moment, narrative writing, focusing attention on adding a lot of juicy details. We are continuing to strengthen our 2nd grade reading skills to tackle big books. In math, we are going to be adding and subtracting within 100, including word problems. We will finish our social studies unit on communities and start our science unit on states of matter.

Third grade has moved upstairs and are getting used to switching classes between Mrs. Torban for ELA and Mrs. Felock for math, science and social studies.

In reading, the groups are learning how to build a better reading life: reading with partners, finding ways to share information about books, responding to reading, and checking comprehension as we read. In writing, we are working on small moment stories. Currently we are practicing what makes a good lead and to make sure we edit our writing as we go.  These reading and writing units will continue throughout the next month, at least, so the 3rd graders can't wait to see how they progress over time!

Mrs. Felock’s third grade class engaged in a real-world application performance task to show their understanding of multiplication by helping plan the Hispanic Heritage Parade. The students were responsible for arranging seating for several schools which they showcased on graph paper by making arrays. In addition, they created a menu for their performers and calculated the cost using multiplication equations and/or repeated addition. They enjoyed learning about the popular dishes from Hispanic culture as well as adding a food item that represented their own culture.

Fourth grade has gotten off the ground and running. We are working on writing our realistic fiction narratives, developing believable characters and story plots.  We are reading 2 realistic fiction books and learning to support our ideas about characters by using text evidence.

In Math, we’re learning all about fractions. Unit 1 focuses on fractions found in Art. Unit 2 will focus on using fractions in real-world situations such as cooking. In Science 
We’re using the Mystery Science curriculum to learn all about the Human Machine. So far, we’ve learned about body systems in place to help an animal catch prey. We’ve even made our very own robot finger to learn about the different parts that make our bodies move. 

Message from Nurse Amy

In an effort to decrease injuries from falls during the day and at recess, please be reminded of and adhere to the dress code policy which includes proper footwear. As stated in the handbook, proper footwear includes comfortable, well fitted shoes with a closed toe and closed back. Crocs, sandals and slides etc. are not permitted. Please keep in mind, students often engage in vigorous play and running during recess.  Footwear selection often contributes to injuries from falling/ tripping. Running in Crocs, slides, Uggs etc. can contribute to clumsy walking/ running. Thank you for your attention in this matter. 

Amy Dougherty, RN

School Nurse

New Entrance/Exit

Thank you to Denis Devine and FOA's support in opening a new entrance to the schoolyard. The request came from our concern of families walking through the parking lot. The entrance is located on Palmer through the rain garden. Please utilize this option and avoid the cars for safety. 

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


The School Selection Process is Open! It will close on Friday, November 4 at 11:59 PM. For more information please visit 

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

Middle School Open House 

The Adaire staff will be presenting information on school selection and our middle school during the Middle School Open House which will take place virtually via Zoom on September 29th at 5:30pm. Click here for the zoom link. The link will also be sent out via email. All are welcome to attend to learn about school selection and what our wonderful middle school has to offer.

Join us Thursday for Happy Hour 

Come on out to our Happy Hour Fundraiser on Thursday night 9/29 at Interstate Drafthouse to see the very exciting Mural design that Adaire parent & muralist Ben Volta created for our auditorium lobby entrance & columns. Ben took the community & kid input we gathered at an Interstate Drafthouse Happy Hour fundraiser last spring and came up with an AMAZING design that will make use of our kids’ artistic talents & his incredible vision to make this front entrance to the school look amazing! Come be part of the first people to see this transformative project before the work starts! Let us know you're coming 

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! 

A quick recap of upcoming events in the next few days and weeks
Sept 26: No School. Rosh Hashanah
Sept 29: Middle School Open House. 5:30 via Zoom Contact Justin Frangipani for Zoom details. 
              Friends of Adaire Happy Hour 5:00PM at Interstate Draft House
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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