FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (04/21/2017)

Welcome to our 46th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. April FoPT Meeting on Friday, April 21We’ll gather at the Fishtown Rec Center (1210 E. Montgomery Ave. 19125) to plan for upcoming spring events, including our 2nd Annual FoPT Flea Market & Craft Sale on June 3.  Whether you’ve never been to a meeting and are curious about what FoPT is about or are a seasoned FoPT meeting attendee, you are welcome!  We’ll have light refreshments, and kids are always welcome!
  2. PTP Tree Planting on Sunday, April 24Penn Treaty students and staff have been planting trees each fall and spring with Philly Tree People for over 10 years.  FoPT will be participating again this spring!  Come join us!  Here’s the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1923136687918646/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
  3. April Game Night on Friday, April 28All ages are welcome for another great evening of free fun at Circle of Hope (2007 Frankford Ave. 19125)!  Come eat some pizza, play a game, and make a new friend! We will have favorites like Hungry Hippo, Twister, and Uno as well as intense strategy games.  Chess will also be available for all skill levels.
  4. FONE (Friends of Neighborhood Education) Summit on Saturday, April 29Every spring, Friends of Penn Treaty School joins together with other “Friends” groups across the city to share ideas, resources, and strategies.  Let us know if you are interested in attending!
  5. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual FoPT Flea Market & Craft Sale on June 3You can now purchase a spot (with or without a table) at www.eventbrite.com by searching “FoPT Flea Market.”  You can also click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fopt-flea-market-craft-sale-tickets-33606672462?aff=es2 We are looking for vendors, volunteers, community/business sponsors, and donors!
  6. This week’s friends of Penn Treaty school—This week’s friend of Penn Treaty is Circle of Hope, a local faith community, which is letting us borrow tables and chairs for our flea market!  Circle of Hope and Circle Thrift have been faithful supporters of FoPT since the beginning!  Thank you for supporting our efforts all year round through co-hosting game nights with us, your donation to bring Coded by Kids to Penn Treaty students, your support of our back-to-school supply drive, ETC.

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (03/24/2017)

Welcome to our 45th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Game Night TONIGHT!—Started by a Penn Treaty alumnus, Tyler Adam, our monthly game night provides free fun for all ages.  This month we are adding chess as a game option!  This is a teen-friendly & family-friendly event.  Bring a game, snack, or friend, or just bring yourself!  (Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave. 19125  6-9pm)
  2. 250+ more books in our school library!—Yesterday our partner, IntegriChain (http://www.integrichain.com/), delivered over 250 books that their employees donated to our school library!  Special thanks to the students who helped carry, organize, stamp, & shelve the books.  We didn’t need to shelve them all, however, because students checked some out!  Our favorite quote overhead by a student who went on to check out the book:  “This book looks intriguing!”
  3. Call for HELP on Friday, March 31!—Penn Treaty School has asked us (FoPT) to clean & organize science materials so that teachers can find what they need & students can use them.  This is not a glamorous task, but it IS an important one.  Please consider volunteering for a morning slot (9:30am – 12:45pm) or afternoon slot (1:15pm – 4:30pm) or come when you can.  If you work on Friday, consider taking a half-day to help us out!  Gloves, masks (if desired), trash bags, & lunch provided.  Must bring ID to enter school.  You can RSVP on our Facebook event or reply to this email.
  4. Ongoing needs—
  5. Evening dresses, shoes, accessories, menswear for prom
  6. BoxTops
  7. Volunteers in our library (organizing books, joining book club)
  8. Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual FoPT Flea Market & Craft Sale!—We are excited to announce that it will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 (with rain date on Sunday, June 4).  Stay tuned for info about how to participate, volunteer, etc.!
  9. 6.This week’s friend of Penn Treaty School—This week’s friend of Penn Treaty is IntegriChain, a local data analytics company focused on providing guided analytics to their customers in the Life Science industry on their cloud driven platforms.  Since becoming our partner, they have helped sponsor coding classes at Penn Treaty, participated in the school’s 12+ career fair, and just this week donated 250+ books to our library.  We can’t thank you enough for your active & ongoing investment in the education of our city’s youth!

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (03/10/2017)

Welcome to our 44th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Evening dresses, shoes, accessories, menswear?—It’s that time of year when we work together to help our amazing students experience the significant right of passage known as prom. J If you are able to donate items, please drop them off at Penn Treaty (600 E. Thompson St., 19125), bring them to our next FoPT meeting (see below), or contact info@friendsofpenntreaty.org to make arrangements.  Thanks!
  2. BoxTops—We are collecting BoxTops to defray the costs of end of the year activities for Penn Treaty students.  If you have any BoxTops, please drop them off or send them to school with your student to give to Ms. Todd (rm. 212).  Every little bit helps!
  3. Monthly FoPT Meeting THIS Friday March 17—6:308:00pm at Fishtown Rec Center (1202 E. Montgomery Ave. 19125) to discuss upcoming projects!  All ages are welcome.  This will be our first planning session for our second annual Flea Market.  We’d love to have your help & ideas!
  4. Friday March 24 Game Night 6:00–9:00 pmWe are working on bringing chess to our monthly game nights at Circle of Hope (2007 Frankford Ave., 19125).  If this interests you, let us know!
  5. Love Your Body Week & Pi Day—Check out special activities at Penn Treaty this week!  Thanks to the City Year team!
  6.   This week’s friends of Penn Treaty school—When the Denny family, who had two daughters attending Penn Treaty, found out they were moving to New Jersey, they donated many of their games to FoPT, including classics like Hungry Hungry Hippos, Operation, and Trouble.  We are grateful for all the ways that the Dennys have contributed to the Penn Treaty family, and we look forward to reconnecting with them again soon, maybe at a future game night!  J

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (03/03/2017)

Welcome to our 43rd Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. 12+ Career Day at Penn Treaty on Thursday, March 9—If you contacted Sophie at smontgomery@12plus.org about participating, THANK YOU!  We are excited that students are going to be exposed to a wide range of careers!
  2. Mark your calendars for our monthly FoPT Meeting on Friday, March 17—6:308:00pm at Fishtown Rec Center (1202 E. Montgomery Ave. 19125) to discuss upcoming projects!  All ages are welcome.
  3. March 24 Game Night—We are working on bringing chess to our monthly game nights at Circle of Hope (2007 Frankford Ave. 19125).  If this interests you, let us know!  We’ll provide updates in the coming weeks.
  4. Penn Treaty students are in the news!!!—Check out the article in the Spirit News (https://spiritnews.org/articles/coded-collaboration-coded-by-kids-comes-to-area-schools-to-provide-students-free-tech-education/)!  A theme throughout the article is the collaboration that led to our students having the opportunity to code.  Thanks again to IntegriChain, Circle Thrift, Coded by Kids, Friends of Adaire, Friends of Hackett, & the STEM Coalition for your partnership!  We are collecting hard copies of the article to give to each participating student & their families.  If you have a copy of the article to contribute, contact us at info@friendsofpenntreaty.org.
  5. Congratulations to Penn Treaty students with 95% attendance!—As a reward, these students were eligible to attend the middle school or high school student-faculty basketball game.  Stay tuned for pictures/videos!
  6. This week’s friend of Penn Treaty school—Shealyn Kilroy (https://shealynkilroy.com/) is a friend of Penn Treaty School.  She grew up in Northeast Philadelphia & is now a Journalism major at Temple University in the Honors Program.  She has written for Philly Weekly & the Spirit News & interned at BigTrial.net.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Shealyn plans to continue pursuing journalism & education.  As the author of the Spirit News article on coding classes at Adaire, Hackett, & Penn Treaty, she talked to a lot of people!  In addition, she visited Penn Treaty, observed coding instruction, talked with students, & took pictures.  Our students really enjoyed getting the chance to talk about what they were doing & learning.  We appreciate Shealyn’s investment in telling our story!  Thanks for being a friend of Penn Treaty, Shealyn!

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (02/24/2017)

Welcome to our 42nd Friends of Penn Treaty (FoPT) School email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. 12+ Career Fair at Penn Treaty on Thurs. March 9—For this year’s 12+ Career Day, we are hosting a Career Fair onThursday, March 9!  We are hoping to expose students to a wide range of careers that they can get excited about.  There will be two sessions, one from 9:15-11:00 am and one from 12:15-2:00 pm.  If you are available for one of these sessions & interested in representing your career at this event, please reach out to Sophie at smontgomery@12plus.org!
  2. Game Night TONIGHT—In collaboration with Circle of Hope’s events team, FoPT will be hosting another game night on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6-9pm at 2007 Frankford Ave. 19125.  We want to provide a safe place for teens to hang out & play games!  This is a family-friendly event, & all ages are welcome.  Bring a snack, drink, or game or just bring yourself!
  3. 8th & 9th grade students are learning how to code!—Thanks to support from Coded by Kids (http://www.codedbykids.com/), Circle Thrift (http://www.circlethrift.com/), & a big donation from IntegriChain (http://www.integrichain.com/), some students at Penn Treaty are taking coding classes for 12 weeks!  Stay tuned for a newspaper article coming out in the Spirit News about how Friends of Adaire, Friends of Hackett, & Friends of Penn Treaty collaborated to bring coding to each of our schools.

 

  1. Save the Date for Tree Planting—Every fall & spring members of the Penn Treaty School family, including FoPT, plant trees together with Philly Tree People.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 am & plan to join us!  Here’s the Facebook event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1923136687918646  (Check out their website if you are a property owner who would like to apply for a free tree: http://phillytreepeople.org/)
  2. This week’s friends of Penn Treaty school—We consider Philly Tree People & its founders (Jacelyn Blank, Nykia Perez Kibler, & Dina Richman) as friends of Penn Treaty School.  They organize fall & spring tree plantings in East Kensington, Kensington, and Fishtown, beautifying the neighborhoods where many of our students live.  They always welcome Penn Treaty students, family members (of all ages!), teachers, & staff to plant trees.  In a society in which teens are often caught in the middle—too old to do certain things & too young to do other things—Philly Tree People welcomes teens to do the important work of planting trees.

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (02/10/2017)

Welcome to our 41st Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Report Card Conferences are Thursday (Feb. 16) and Friday (Feb. 17)from 12:45 – 2:45pm!—We hope to see you there!  FoPT will be selling drinks & snacks and talking to students & family members about getting involved with FoPT.  (Contact us at info@friendsofpenntreaty.org if you would like to help out at our table.)
  2. February FoPT Meeting—Join us on Friday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Fishtown Rec Center (1202 E. Montgomery Ave. 19125) to discuss upcoming projects!  All ages are welcome.
  3. Game Nights starting up again!—In collaboration with Circle of Hope’s events team, FoPT will be hosting another game night on Friday, Feb. 24, from 6:00– 9:00 pm at 2007 Frankford Ave. 19125.  We want to provide a safe place for teens to hang out & play games!  This is a family-friendly event, & all ages are welcome.  Bring a snack or game or just bring yourself!
  4. Attendance Incentive—Did you know that N.B.A. stands for Never Been Absent?  Students who have 95% attendance & don’t cut class from Jan. 17 to Feb. 24 will be invited to the Staff vs. Student basketball game!  Check out this all-star team below!

 

  1. Black History Month Reading Challenge—One advantage of our work in the Penn Treaty library is that the books are organized enough to find & use!  City Year (https://www.cityyear.org/philadelphia) is a wonderful addition to the Penn Treaty family, & we are excited that they are offering this reading challenge.  Check it out!  (Sorry for the blurry photo.)

And yes, we still need library volunteers!  Email info@friendsofpenntreaty.org if you’re interested!

  1. This week’s friend of Penn Treaty School—We’re glad to have City Year as a friend of Penn Treaty School!  City Year is a brand new partner at Penn Treaty!  They have a team of 11 Corps Members servicing the 8th and 9th grade students in tutoring & mentoring.  They work with our students in math, literacy, attendance, & social-emotional learning.  They also have an after school program that provides homework help & enrichment programs for our students.  They are currently working on Community Service Projects for the second half of the school year.  City Year Impact Manager Kevin Hankins says, “We are enjoying our time at Penn Treaty & we are here to help create the most positive educational experience for Penn Treaty School.”

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (01/27/2017)

Welcome to our 40th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast—Thanks to everyone who helped out with the breakfast: decorating; preparing, making, & serving food; donating prizes for the prize drawing; taking photos, etc.  We love our Penn Treaty faculty & staff & enjoyed welcoming them back to school after the winter break.
  2. Library Organization/Book Club Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pmDoes this new time fit your schedule?  Would you like to volunteer in the Penn Treaty library, shelving books & helping students find books they would like?  Would you like to participate in our book club?  Let us know at info@friendsofpenntreaty.org
  3. BoxTops for Penn Treaty student activities—Want a practical way to lower the cost of student activities (field trips, dance/prom, yearbook, etc.) for students at Penn Treaty?  (See attached documents for more info)
  4. a) Students: every 50 BoxTops you collect will reduce the cost of special activities for YOU!  Ask your friends, relatives, & neighbors to start collecting them for you.  (Make sure you put YOUR name on the collection sheet.)
  5. b) Community members: every 50 BoxTops you collect will enable students to be able to participate in activities that enhance their school experience.
  6. c) Faculty & staff, please help us spread the word!

 

  1. School Supply Drive continues to benefit teachers & students at Penn Treaty—Thanks to your generous donations (via our Amazon wishlist: http://a.co/6NrfQr8; through the 26th Precinct; in our donation boxes at Circle Thrift, 1st Presbyterian Church in Kensington, and The Igloo Fishtown; ETC.) we were able to give a school supply packet to every student at the beginning of the year AND were able to give refill school packets to teachers when they returned from winter break.

 

  1. Food Drive Update—Congratulations to Mr. Humenansky (1st place), Mr. Geraci (2nd place), & Mr. Smart (3rd place) for leading their students to make the most donations to the food drive!  Under the leadership of Hong, an alumnus of Penn Treaty, we were able to bless some Penn Treaty families with extra food over the holidays.

 

  1. This week’s friend of Penn Treaty school—Mrs. Todd, a faculty member at Penn Treaty for 15 years, is a friend of Penn Treaty!  She has made a BIG difference in the lives of countless Penn Treaty students over the years, and now she has offered to be the in-school contact for our BoxTops drive!  Everyone, please make sure your BoxTops get to her!  J

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (10/09/2016)

Welcome to our 39th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Chess Club on Tuesdays after school—Penn Treaty Chess Club is taking place on Tuesdays from 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm in room 316!  Interested students need a signed permission slip that can be picked up from room 316.
  2. Monthly FoPT Meeting—this Friday, December 16, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Fishtown Rec Center (1210 E. Montgomery Ave. 19125)!  We will be planning our holiday teacher appreciation breakfast, discussing spring STEM initiatives, and reflecting on our accomplishments of 2016.  There will be refreshments.  Kids are always welcome!  Newcomers are also welcome!  See Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/372354826451973/

We will have a small gift exchange, too!  If you would like to participate, bring a small gift ($1-2, $5 max, or something you have that you want to regift).  Gift bags and tissue paper will be available for wrapping.

  1.   Holiday Food Drive—One of our Penn Treaty alumni, Hong Vu, is organizing a food drive at Penn Treaty School.  The homeroom that brings in the most items will win a pizza party sponsored by FoPT!

The donated items will be shared with Penn Treaty families and local organizations.  If you have a student at Penn Treaty, send in items with them.  If you live in the area, you can drop off items at the school during school hours.  If you are a coupon-er, this is a great chance to get good deals on non-perishable food items for a good cause!

  1. This week’s friend of Penn Treaty school—James Anderson Construction Co. (http://www.jjaconstruction.com/) is a friend of Penn Treaty School! We are thankful for their donation to our school supply drive which will enable us to make sure that Penn Treaty students and teachers have the supplies they need for the second half of the school year!  Thanks for your generosity and your investment in the education of our youth!

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (11/18/2016)

Welcome to our 37th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Report Card Conferences—Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 12:45 – 2:45 pm and 5:00 – 7:00 pm + Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 12:45 – 2:45 pm.FoPT will be there selling $1 drinks and FoPT t-shirts (1 for $12 or 2 for $20).  Hope to see you there!
  2. Chalking Up Support at Penn Treaty School with FoPT—Join us at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to decorate the sidewalk around the school with positive messages.  The election season has taken a toll on all of us, and we want to make sure that our local youth are hearing loud and clear that they are valued and supported.  Chalk will be provided.  (Here’s the Fb invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175997059132060/)
  3. #FoPTthxTeachers—TODAY is the first day to post expressions of thanks (words, photo, and/or video) for Penn Treaty teachers, staff, and administrators (past and present)!  You may post directly on our Fb page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofpenntreatyschool/).  Be sure to include the hashtag #FoPTthxTeachers.  If you want to see what was posted last year, just search #FoPTthxTeachers on Fb.
  4. College Week at Penn Treaty was a success!—Sophie Montgomery, site director & media coordinator, reports, “During 12+ College Week, all high school students were able to participate in fun events and activities that aimed to promote engagement with enthusiasm about college and other postsecondary paths.  This year, events included a college-themed scavenger hunt (with college t-shirts as a prize), a ‘Steps to Post-Secondary Success’ door decorating activity, a college-themed photo booth, a CCP information session, and a College Majors Fair.”  FoPT is especially pleased to have helped find volunteers for the College Majors Fair.  Thank you to all who volunteered!
  5. This week’s friend of Penn Treaty school—We are so thrilled that IntegriChain (http://www.integrichain.com/) is a friend of Penn Treaty School!  Thanks to their generous donation of $2500, “Coded by Kids” is fully funded!!! 12 weeks of coding classes will be coming to Penn Treaty students this spring because of IntegriChain’sinvestment in the next generation.  We look forward to developing an ongoing partnership with the dedicated people of IntegriChain!

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT

FRIDAY IS FOR FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY SCHOOL (11/04/2016)

Welcome to our 36th Friends of Penn Treaty School (FoPT) email update!  We hope that this email helps you stay informed and get connected with all the great things going on!*

  1. Monthly FoPT Meeting—Friday, Nov. 18 at Fishtown Rec Center!  Due to changes in our attendees’ schedules, we have changed our monthly meetings for the fall to the 3rd Friday from 6:15 – 7:45 pm!  We have lots to discuss.  Hope to see you there!  Kids are welcome!
  2. Bi-Annual Tree Planting, Sunday, Nov. 20—Penn Treaty students, alumni, and teachers have been planting trees with Philly Tree People twice a year for the past 10 years.  Want to join us?  All ages & experience levels are welcome!

 

Meet us at 9:30 am at 2771 Jasper St. 19134

After tree planting, a free lunch is provided for volunteers at Philadelphia Brewing Company on Martha at Hagert.

(See attachment for more info.)

  1. #FoPTthxTeachers—back for the second year, we are inviting anyone in our Penn Treaty community (students, alumni, parents, family members, neighbors, community members, previous teachers & staff, etc.) to post expressions of thanks (words, photo, and/or video) for teachers, staff, and administrators (past and present)!  You may post directly on our Fb page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofpenntreatyschool/) or send your submission to info@friendsofpenntreaty.org and we will post it for you.  If you are sending a video file to us, we suggest using “WeTransfer” (free online at www.wetransfer.com or on your phone/device with the app).
  2.  Chess Club has been funded!—Supplies will be arriving in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more details about the start of the club, sponsored by Mr. Serrano and Mr. Green.
  3. “Coded by Kids” is coming to Penn Treaty School!—We have $2000 towards our goal of $4500.  Let us know if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to bring a 12-week program teaching coding, design, and entrepreneurship to Penn Treaty School!  Imagine what’s possible for our students after being exposed to these skills as teenagers!  (See attachment for additional info.)

 

  1. This Weeks’s Friends of Penn Treaty—

This past week, two representatives from Philly Startup Leaders (http://phillystartupleaders.org/) came to Penn Treaty to lead a workshop about entrepreneurship for AVID students!  We are grateful to Yuval and Rachel for helping our students identify their passions, problems related to those passions, and potential solutions that could be addressed by a startup business!  We look forward to an ongoing partnership as we empower the next generation of entrepreneurs!

 

Sincerely,

Brooke & Bethany, co-leaders of FoPT