HSA Raffle Drawing

Join us for this festive annual tradition. Bring a finger food or dessert to share.  Winners of basket prizes and grand prizes will be drawn. Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets can be purchased through the PAS office. Download the complete list of prizes here.

December 15, 2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Winter Fun with PAS Friends: HSA Family Skating & Pizza Party

Join us for the annual Family Skating & Pizza Party on Friday, January 9 at the Penn Class of 1923 Rink at 3130 Walnut Street. The doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the rink is available for skating from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $9.00 at the door. A ticket includes admission and skate rental. A parking pass will be provided in advance with prepayment.  Pizza, drinks and snacks will be sold at the rink.

Do You Shop at Amazon?

Amazon shoppers can support PAS through AmazonSmile. Visit the Amazon Smile page and select "Home and School Association of Penn Alexander School" as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchases will benefit PAS.


Get Ready to Run

Are you or your children interested in running? In preparation for this year's race day, Sunday, June 7th, the HSA will be offering a full menu of running programs this spring, starting as early as Februrary. A planning meeting will be held on Monday, December 8 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the PAS lunchroom.  All are welcome. Learn more about Students Run Philly Style for middle school students ages 12+, the PAS 5K Club for all ages, and Lower School Running Club for all ages and abilities.  Clubs are managed by volunteer staff and parents.

Winter Concert

Join us for this festive annual tradition.  Limited seating is available. Tickets are being sold through the PAS office.

December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

Scholastic Books Now Online

Share your love of reading by shopping at this year's Scholastic Book Fair. Shop the fair in the atrium beginning on Monday, December 1 or shop online at Lower School Fair or Middle School Fair. The proceeds from the Fair will go towards the purchase and installation of a SMARTBoard for the library. Thanks to your support, the past four book fairs have generated $6902.64 towards our goal of $8689.21. Only $1,786.57 to go!

If you have a little time to spare in the coming weeks, please consider volunteering at the book fair. Most of the school-day shoppers are lower school students who need help choosing books and making sure they have enough money for the books they've chosen. Helping them is fun and rewarding. Sign up here.

We also encourage you to bring your children to the book fair or visit it on your own.  The hours are:

• Monday, December 1:  9:30 -11 a.m. and 12 to 3:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, December 2: 9:30 -11 a.m. and 12 to 3:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, December 3:  9:30 -11 a.m., 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday, December 4: 7:45-11:30 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:30 p.m.

• Friday, December 5:  9:30-11 a.m.


Academic Support for Middle School Students

Additional literacy and math support for middle school students is now available before school. Beginning the week of October 13th, middle school teachers will help students students with math on Mondays and Tuesdays, and literacy on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Students who have questions or need to print a document should come to the front entrance at 7:30 a.m.

Meet Fluffy

There's a new furry face at PAS this year. When lower school science teacher Mr. Foster joined our community in September, he didn't come alone. He brought Fluffy,  a male holland lap-eared rabbit. Fluffy is approximately 5-6 years old, and was a gift to Mr. Foster from a former student whom he taught at Webster Elementary School.  Fluffy spends the week at PAS then goes home with Mr. Foster on weekends. He likes to go outside (on weekends) and eats rabbit pellets, green vegetables (e.g., different types of lettuce, kale, greens, etc.), grass, leaves, and dandelions. He is NOT fond of carrots.

Support the PAS Playground Initiative

The PAS HSA has teamed with Spruce Hill Community Association, Parent-Infant Center, the University City Arts League and St. Mary's Nursery School to raise money to repair and maintain the PAS playground. More information on this initiative and how you can get involved can be found in the letter below.

New Web Site for PAS Middle School Families

Middle School Parents are invited to check out the new middle school web site. This site contains homework calendars for middle school subjects, and should work with any computer or web browser.  It is set up to work on mobile devices as well, but the calendar will display in 640 x 480 size on all devices.  Click on the drop-down menu items or direct links from subject pages to find each teacher's calendar.

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