Business Community Support Is Essential for Center City’s Neighborhood Schools
On April 16, Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, addressed the membership of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC). In attendance were business leaders and young professionals, principals and parents. Dr. Hite, Paul R. Levy, Executive Director of CPDC, and Christine Carlson, a Greenfield Elementary School parent and founder of the Greater Center City Neighborhood School Coalition, discussed the topic, “How the School District of Philadelphia Can Help Retain Families with Children in Center City.”
KidsInCenterCity.com Playdate - May 4
Saturday, May 4, join 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout and KidsInCenterCity.com in your pajamas from 11am-1pm at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center for The Pajanimals Pajama Party! The free, public kids event includes a bedtime story reading, a screening of Sprout's Pajanimals episodes and a special meet-and-greet with Squacky from The Pajanimals. Be sure to bring your camera to capture photos with the Pajanimals! Market merchants will also offer kid-friendly lunch specials and fun activities, including an interactive gaming station from Sony and cupcake decorating from Termini Bros.
E.M. Stanton School Receives Community Design Collaborative Grant
E.M. Stanton Elementary School was selected for a service grant from the Community Design Collaborative (CDC). The grant will allow Stanton to engage a team of volunteer design professionals to create a sustainable masterplan for greening the school’s exterior schoolyard.
Sister Cities Park International Festival - May 11
On May 11, celebrate Philadelphia’s 10 Sister Cities at Sister Cities Park with a day-long festival that includes dance, music, cooking demos, mini language lessons and hands-on fun for adults and kids alike. This event stretches the globe and brings flavors and sounds of the world to Sister Cities Park. Stage performances include dancers from the Guang Hua Chinese School, a musical performance from the Italian Consul, Taiko Drummers from Japan, a Cameroonian Fashion Show, ballet and folk dances, a DJ and more.
Christine Carlson in the Inquirer- School lottery discourages families
Last week, the School District of Philadelphia announced that admission to the much-desired Penn Alexander School in University City would be determined by a lottery. This decision came after neighborhood area families had lined up outside the school four days in advance of the official kindergarten registration date. However this is resolved, let's not lose sight of the extraordinarily good news behind this story: both in University City and in Center City we now have more parents with children wanting to enroll their children in neighborhood elementary schools than we have available seats.
Sister Cities Park
Sister Cities Park, at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, has something for everyone. Families can explore the Children's Discovery Garden, rent and sail boats in the boat pond, grab a bite to eat at Milk & Honey Cafe or just sit and relax at Sister Cities Fountain and enjoy the picturesque views.
K-8 Public Elementary Schools Map
Center City's public elementary schools present a variety of options for families. According to School District policy, parents living within a particular public elementary school's boundaries can send their children to their neighborhood school by applying at any time.
Visit Franklin Square For A Multi-Cultural Celebration During The Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Festival, This Saturday, May 18
Our Guide To The Food, Drink, Fashion And Family-Friendly Festivities Of The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Taking Over Six Blocks Of Walnut Street, This Saturday, May 18
Parks And Playgrounds Around The City Host Guests Of All Ages At Philadelphia Park And Recreation’s Spring Open House Event, Saturday, May 18
Hungry? Thirsty? The Porch At 30th Street Station Brings Food Trucks And Its Super-Popular Beer Garden To 30th Street Station This Week
A Preview Of The Concerts, Alfresco Films, Fireworks And Festivals Coming To The Delaware River Waterfront This Summer
Save The Date: The Annual Odunde Festival Brings A Lively Celebration Of African-American Culture To South Street West, June 2-9
Enjoy Food Truck Fare, Live Music, Arts And Crafts And More At The Brewerytown Spring Festival, This Saturday, May 18