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 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.  

First Day of School for Grades 1-8

September 8, 2014

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.

Web Site Store Update

The PAS HSA is pleased to continue to offer an online payment option for donations and ticket sales to most school events; however, the credit card and PayPal fees associated with these purchases detract from our fundraising goals. For this reason, all online purchases and donations made via the Penn Alexander Home and School Association web site will now have a 2.9% fee added to them at check out. The addition of this nominal fee will help ensure that more of the funds raised can be put towards student programming and associated expenses.

We encourage you to avoid this fee whenever possible and submit donations and payments by check made out to the PAS HAS. Checks can be submitted in appropriately labeled envelopes via the Pony or at the PAS office.

The past two years have been marked by a dramatic and much needed increase in PAS Home and School fundraising. We appreciate your support and look forward to increased growth.

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