April 2021 | Focus on FACE Newsletter
In this Issue...
Happy April! We hope that you had a restful spring break and are energized to tackle the remaining months of the school year. In this edition of Focus on FACE, we're spotlighting the growth in family engagement at Strawberry Mansion High School, ways to make reading fun in the spring months, opportunities for career development for students, and more. Enjoy!
For the latest information regarding the phased return to in-person learning, please visit www.philasd.org/aes.
FEATURED
The District-Wide Parent & Guardian Survey is Now Open!
Take 10 Minutes to Share Your Feedback
Thank you, families, if you’ve already taken the annual District-Wide Survey! We know this year has been challenging, and we appreciate your time.

If you haven’t yet, please take ten minutes to speak up as your child’s biggest champion. Your survey responses are confidential. School officials will not know who completed a survey or how you responded. The survey is available in 10 languages.

Questions can be emailed to schoolsurveys@philasd.org. Surveys close on May 14, 2021.
Over the next couple of months, we'll be recognizing the schools with the highest parent and guardian responses. Check back next month to see if your school makes the top five!
FROM THE DISTRICT
Get Your Questions Answered During Digital & Hybrid Learning!
The School District of Philadelphia Hotlines remain open to answer general questions about the District. They are available in 10 languages, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Get Help Page is designed to assist families with getting the help they need with their student's education, classroom, and school. Find contact information and resources on this page for support.
Families and Their Children are Invited to Join Three Great Interactive Family Academy Online Workshops in April!

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10 AM and 6 PM Crayola Future Me

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021, 10 AM and 6 PM Crayola STEAM
Attend a Family Academy Online workshop and be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card! More details here.
Interpretation is available for FACT Online workshops!
Multilingual families can request interpretation for workshops in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese (Wednesdays & Thursdays only), Russian, and Spanish. Please visit www.tinyurl.com/FACTinterpretation to submit a request.
Applications Now Open for Senior Year Only Program (S.Y.O.P.)!
The Senior Year Only Program seeks to prepare high school seniors for both college AND career by connecting classroom learning with real-world applications in the workplace. Students enrolled in S.Y.O.P. either take classes on a college campus, spend time at the Fox Chase Farm earning industry certifications in urban agriculture, or get hands-on experience with Comcast. The Senior Year Only Program is a full school year commitment and is designed for 2021-2022 high school seniors who are on track to graduate. The application deadline for S.Y.O.P. is April 30, 2021!
The April 2021 Edition of The Mind Report is Now Available!
The Mind Report is a monthly newsletter from the Promoting Adolescent Student Health (PASH) Program that aims to strengthen caregivers mentally, emotionally, and relationally. April's theme is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This issue will cover some difficult topics, so please take care when reading. If you or someone you know needs help, see page 7 and 8 of the newsletter for resources
In Case You Missed It: Discussing the Rights of LGBTQ Students on the iHeart Media Philadelphia Community Podcast
Rachel Holzman, Deputy Chief of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Brittany Broaddus-Smith, Program Manager of PASH were recently featured on the iHeart Media Philadelphia Community Podcast. Listen as they discuss programs and initiatives in place specifically for LGBTQ students to ensure safety, equity, and justice for all students regardless of gender identity or gender expression.
Provide Your Input on English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Programs
Save the Date! You are invited to a VIRTUAL meeting to tell us what you think about the School District of Philadelphia's English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education programs. Meetings will be held on: 

  • Tuesday, April 20 from 5-7 PM
  • Thursday, April 22 from 5-7 PM

Both meetings will be online. We will have interpreters. To let us know if you are coming, go to https://bit.ly/policy1382021.
Questions can also be sent to multilingual@philasd.org. We hope to see you there!
Register Your Child for Kindergarten Today!
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 1st, please register them by May 28th, 2021 to give them an opportunity to Thrive at Five!
SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT
Listening Ears and Productive Strategies at Strawberry Mansion High School
This month and next month we are featuring a 2-part story on family engagement at Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia! Through this past year that all of us have had to stay physically isolated, Strawberry Mansion has gone above and beyond to increase engagement with families and students to keep interaction with one another high and to make everyone feel less separated.
April 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Basics of SAC Elections
In these final few months of the school year, School Advisory Councils (SACs) across different schools are doing the work of wrapping up existing projects as well as beginning to prepare for next school year. One of the ways to get a good start on next year’s SAC for your school is by setting up a SAC election. Brush up on your knowledge and find resources for further assistance!
FROM OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
April 2021 Reading Promise: 5 Free Fun-in-the-sun Activities to Boost Reading This Spring
Ahhhh, Philly Spring! If you’re like us, we’ve been in the house too long. And this warm weather means a chance to go outside and have some fun. But don’t forget, making time for creativity and play outdoors is also a great way to boost reading skills. Check out these few fun (and free) activities to try with your young reader!
Summer Employment for Teens and Young Adults - WorkReady Applications are Now Open!
WorkReady Philadelphia is accepting applications from 12 to 24-year-old Philadelphia residents who are looking for paid summer employment.

WorkReady programs run from July through August and will include safe, in-person participation at least 3 days a week. Learn more about how a young person in your life can apply today!
Spring is in Full Swing at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Our city's libraries continue to offer a wonderful selection of virtual programs for all ages, from yoga to storytimes. Learn about April's programming, One Book, One Philadelphia, and more!
Download the FREE Tools For Success Mobile App Today!
The Tools For Success Mobile App is a "one-stop-shop" for youth resources! The app is designed to connect youth and parents to events, programs, organizations, opportunities, and resources for youth in Philadelphia.

Download this FREE app today and get up-to-date information and notifications about scholarships, youth jobs, internships, tutoring supports, college prep information, youth events, youth organizations, and programs, all in one place and at your fingertips!
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective – Springing into Action!
In the January 2021 edition of Focus on FACE, we introduced the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective, a new program to increase diversity in students pursuing STEM careers. Catch up on the Collective, learn about their Steering Committee, find STEM resources for students, and more!
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