02/015/17 Newsletter

Parents please read important information in the counselors’ corner below.
April 28th: Astronomy Night (Click) Please read attached flyer.
May 24, 2017 Ballet Spring Performance (Click) Please read attached letter about the May 24th Ballet performance.

PSSA Schedule.  

Monday, April 24, 2017 – Math for grades 3 and 4
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Math for grades 3 and 4
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Math for grades 3 and 4
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Science for grade 4
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Science for grade 4

PSSA FAQ’S , Cell Phone Policy Information Calculator Policy ,Code of Conduct (click) Please read all important attached  information.

Substitute Teachers Needed: Philadelphia Performing Arts is currently seeking qualified substitute teachers. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and acceptable references are required. Applicants should send their resume to mdinardo@stringtheoryschools.org or call 215-551-4000.

Substitute Lunch Monitor Needed: Must have all clearances on file. Applicants should send their resume to mdinardo@stringtheoryschools.org or call 215-551-4000.IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION FROM THE NURSE (click) Please read attached letter.

Student of the Month

Grade One

Muhammad Alamarat                   Mrs. Ash
Frank Daniels                               Mrs. Fera
Zakhi Brew                                   Ms. DiMatteo
Teddy Albright                              Mrs. Gilkin
Bella Capone                               Ms. Masci
Kyla Kirk                                       Ms. LaRussa
Olivia Kinkel                                  Ms. Ciamadamore


Bailey Williams                               K3
Santino Adorna                              K4
Shula Seang                                  K7
Evan Pacetti                                   K1
Samuel Salmon                             K5
Santana Breeze Stendardo           K2
Evy Mulderrig                                 K6

Teacher                                         Student
Ms. Abbruzzi                                  Gianna Ioquinto
Ms. Fera & Ms. Faccenda              Ella Solberg
Mrs. Guinto                                     Avery Rosati
Ms. Sassani                                    Finley Morris
Mrs. Carr (Mrs. Merlino)                 Carolyn Dao
Mrs. LePore                                    Stephen Tomiselli
Mrs. Foschini & Ms. Noone             Marianna Fiore

Mrs. Berardi & Ms. Ferriola             Joseph Kozarski
Ms. Ferraiolo                                    Marisa Genzano
Mrs. King                                          Ivana Le
Mrs. Foglietta                                   Elizabeth Jack
Ms. Prete                                          Stella DiGiovanni
Mrs. Montecalvo                               Tauri Calland
Mrs. Fumo                                        Cianna Brigandi

Ms. Teaford                                      Angela Grijalva
Mrs. Miller                                        Nicholas Campagna
Ms. Burns                                        Julianna Pinto
Mrs. Gambacorta                            Nina Yoon
Mrs. Gialloreto                                Mia DeJesse
Ms. Swanson                                  Brian Maiale
Mrs. Tucker & Ms. Milorey             Adysen Donnelly
Ms. O’Brien                                    Isabel Morales

Save the Date

Counselors’ Corner
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Pennies for Patients program! We raised $1,019.60 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our students and families are always so wonderfully generous!

Netflix Series – 13 Reasons Why

Netflix recently released a series entitled “13 Reasons Why”. The show is based on the book with the same title by Jay Asher, and is a fictional account of a teenage character who chooses suicide after a series of serious and unfortunate events. The show is a graphic dramatization of the main character’s account of reasons why she chose to end her life. This is a very popular show, and many of your children may be watching it or hearing about it from friends.

The content is stated as not suitable for young audiences and could potentially be a trigger for students. We recommend that you first screen the episodes, and then decide as a family if you feel your child should watch the show. If you do allow your child to watch the series, it is recommended to do so together, so you can discuss in real time any questions, feelings, or concerns that arise. If you choose not to give access, please explain your reasonings and allow for discussion. 

An article posted by the Washington Post contains resources, and also identifies flaws in the series. For instance, it depicts that the School Counselor dismissed the student’s allegations which became a reason for her completion of the act. School Counselors are highly trained individuals in assisting students who are battling emotional distress, and work diligently to help these students and families find comfort and resources in the community. The character even states that once a person chooses suicide as an option, there is no turning back. This is a false claim, and there is help. We want students to know they can come to these professionals, and/or any trusted teacher, even though the series makes the school appear disengaged and apathetic.

Overall, we find it necessary that parents and guardians are made aware of the serious content.  Discussing the topic of suicide should not be considereed taboo, so if your child does bring up the show or questions about the topic, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and JED Foundation provides valuable talking points to aid in conversation.

Please reach out to any of your School Counselors for assistance or questions if needed!

Student Activities

ORDER YOUR CHILD’S CLASS FRENCH BOOK TODAY!  (click) Please read attached letter. Please come to the East building lobby on Thursday April 27th and Friday, April 28th to see samples of the amazing books that our Kindergarten and 1st grade students published. Order forms will be available.

Potito’s Bakery: (click) Spring Special – Starting March 1st thru end of the school year all PPACS parents and students are entitled to a 10% discount at Potito’s Bakery.  10% of the sales generated from this promotion will be donated back to PPACS.

Yearbook: (click) Please read for more information

Please continue to send in Box Tops For Education. 

School Forms and Documents

2016-17 School Calendar (click)

Tutor List (Click)

Please click here to view the East & West April lunch menu.

Please click here to view the East & West April breakfast menu.


There are various volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. If you are interested in volunteering please send a copy of your clearances to the main office.

If you do not have your clearance you may apply for them, free of charge, on the following websites:

PA Criminal Background check: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

PA Child Abuse Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

FBI Fingerprint Clearance: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm

Parents/Guardians, If your child is late or absent, you must send in a note.
Sending in Money
When sending in money please put students first and last name, room number, teacher’s name and what the payment is for on the envelope. Everything should be put in a separate envelop. Please do not send money in to the front desk or hand to your teacher outside. Money needs to come in with the students and should be given to their teacher.
Transpasses will go home to eligible students once a week on Fridays. Any questions or concerns, please email Rose Wall at rwall@stringtheoryschools.org.