Summer Garden Update

Thanks to everyone who has been tending the PAS garden this summer! The teamwork and communication among volunteers have been excellent, and the garden looks great. We could still use some additional helpers for the final weeks of summer.  This is not an everyday commitment.  Families share a week and coordinate as needed.  Sign up here or email Clara Flores to learn more.

Looking for New or Used Uniform Clothes?

The HSA is holding a Used Uniform Swap and Gear Sale on two dates in August.  Bring your gently used uniform clothing (tops, bottoms, dresses) to swap for another gently used item or to trade for a discount on new PAS gear. No items to swap? No problem. Purchase used items for $1 each. New gear will also be available for purchase at regular prices.

Dates:  Thursday, August 7 and Thursday, August 21

Time:   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location:   428 S. 45 Street (on the porch) 

If you have questions or would like to drop off items prior to the swap, please email Kathy Moosbrugger at

Download Summer Reading and School Supply Lists Here

Each student received two summer reading books and a list of grade-specific supplies for next year in their report card packet on the last day of school. In case that information didn't make it home or has disappeared in the transition to summer, downloadable versions of the list of summer reading books and the supply lists are available here.

School Supply Program Extended Until August 1

It's not too late to participate in the School Supply Program. Orders will be accepted through July 31st.  The problem with the School Supply item in the store has been resolved. Our apologies to anyone who had difficulty with it. Any school supply orders placed via the Donation link and described as such have been processed correctly.  

School Budget News - How to Get Involved

A group of University City parents and a representative of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) met last week to discuss School District funding and how to become more involved in advocacy.

Follow Us on Twitter

Follow @PennAlexander to keep up with the latest school budget news.  

School Supply Program

PAS Administration and the HSA have once again teamed up to offer parents an alternative to school supply shopping. For a donation of $75/student, we will do the shopping for you. Families of 122 students took advantage of this time-saving and potentially money-saving opportunity last year.  If you are interested in participating in this year's program, you can pay online or print and complete the attached form. The deadline for this opportunity is June 19, 2014. Supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom on the first day of school.  Please be sure to indicate your child's grade for 2014-15.

Tom's Taco Tees Raise Money for PAS

Thanks to our friends at Honest Tom's Taco Shop and the PAS students who helped them for raising

PAS Middle School Students Help Save Sumatran Tigers

Follow PAS middle school students' efforts to help save Sumatran tigers by decreasing the use of palm oil. The UNLESS Project of 2014 is sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo. Our students are reaching out to corporations that use palm oil in their products to find environmentally-friendly substitute ingredients. Follow their progress at

Keep Your Contact Information Current

Parents: It is very important that PAS adminsitration can reach you in an emergency. If any of your contact information has changed since school started, please visit or send a note to the office with updated information as soon as possible.

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