October 2020 | Focus on FACE Newsletter
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Happy Family Engagement Month! 🎉We know that families have stepped up more than ever to support their children's education during digital learning. That's why this Family Engagement Month, we're celebrating the families that are showing amazing strength in so many ways during these unprecedented times, as well as the school staff that make family engagement a priority every day!
Families and Schools: Share Your Digital Family Engagement Experiences!
In celebration of the amazing work families are doing to support their children's education, we invite parents and caregivers to share their digital learning stories with us and be entered into a chance to win a Family Engagement Care Package!

Similarly, schools can share how they're supporting families during this time for the opportunity to win one of four $1,000 mini-grants for their school community.
In addition to the available prizes, select stories will be featured on the School District of Philadelphia's Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow along with us all month long as we celebrate the amazing work of families and schools!
October Features All-New Family Academy Online Workshops - Join us!
October brings a brand new lineup of Family Academy Online workshops designed to help families help support their students during digital learning and beyond. This month, we've adjusted the start times of sessions to better accommodate digital learning schedules.

All sessions are offered in 8 languages and are recorded to future viewing on the FACE YouTube Channel.
October Session Topics Include:

  • Parent & Family Portal
  • Supporting Kindergarteners with Virtual Learning
  • Introduction to the Special Education Process
  • Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and Harrassment
  • A Guide to Career Pathways
  • College Readiness
Multilingual workshops are held every Thursday at 2:00 PM in Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, French, Khmer (Cambodian), Portuguese, and Spanish. Translated pages and course information can be found on the FACT Website, www.philasd.org/face/FACT.
The Get Help Page: Your One Stop Shop for Assistance from Your Child's School
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.
School District of Philadelphia Hotlines
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.
English:  215-400-5300
Albanian:  215-400-8480
Arabic:  215-400-8481
Chinese:  215-400-8482
French:  215-400-8483
Khmer (Cambodian):  215-400-8484
Portuguese:  215-400-8474
Russian:  215-400-8485
Spanish:  215-400-8489
Vietnamese:  215-400-8486
Get Connected this Family Engagement Month with Parent & Family Portal
Staying connected to your child’s education is more important than ever during digital learning. The Parent & Family Portal gives you access to valuable information about your child’s education and school, all at your fingertips! Get access to information such as:
  • Special announcements and updates from your child's school
  • Your child's attendance
  • Grades and report cards
  • and More!
Find Your Fit: The School Selection Process is Now Open!
One of the most exciting parts of your education in Philadelphia is how you can customize your learning experience, by choosing a school that’s right for you. Every student is assigned a neighborhood school, from K-12, based on where they live. But if you are interested in any other school in the District, all you have to do is apply! Learn more about how to Find Your Fit today.

The application process will close Friday, November 6, 2020.
New this Year: Find Your Future Fit with the Career Pathways Tool
The Collaborative Office of Postsecondary Readiness is proud to share our newest postsecondary tool: the School District of Philadelphia Guide to Career Pathways. This pathways tool will help students in grades 7-12 identify, build, and navigate a future career pathway by increasing their understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin a future career.
The Guide to Career Pathways presents a new and interactive way to explore careers and programs within the School District of Philadelphia. It features eight distinct, yet in demand careers clusters highlighting current Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, Advanced Placement (AP) offerings, military guidance, and postgraduate opportunities to help you plan for the future you!
Need to Talk? The Philly HopeLine is Free and Open to All Students, Families, and Staff of the School District of Philadelphia
Philly HopeLine is a free helpline sponsored by Uplift Center for Grieving Children and the School District of Philadelphia. It is staffed by Masters’s level clinicians from Uplift and is open to all School District of Philadelphia students, families, and staff. Service is available in both English and Spanish.
Call or Text the Philly HopeLine:
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Holidays: 12 PM – 4 PM
Registration is Still Open for Access Centers to Provide Students Learning Spaces Outside of Their Homes
If you work outside of your home and can’t afford or access childcare for your child (grades K-6), you may be eligible to register with an Access Center. The City of Philadelphia and community partners have Access Centers to provide supervised, connected spaces where children entering K-6th grade can participate in digital learning provided by their school.
Meal Distribution Sites Throughout Philadelphia
Meals for students and families remain open during this time throughout the city. Visit the City of Philadelphia's Food Distribution Sites map to find locations near you. You can also text your zip code to 1 (800) 548-6479 to find additional food near you.

Student ID Numbers are required at Student Meal Sites.
SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings
Before school closures, families had the opportunity to walk into school buildings to attend SAC meetings and engage in person. Some might even think in-person meetings are more beneficial or productive. In this month’s SAC Tip of the Month, we wanted to remind folks about the benefits of virtual meetings.
Free Library of Philadelphia Programs and Services for Students and Families This Fall
The Free Library of Philadelphia is available to support you and your young learners in as many different ways as possible. Learn about what programs and services the Free Library offers both virtually and in-person, as some buildings begin to reopen with safety measures.
FALL in Love with Nutrition! 
In addition to your family’s health and wellness, it’s important to take some time for yourself as a parent and caregiver to focus on your own. Celebrate fall with Eat Right Philly and check out their delicious recipes and tips to make the most of the season. Also, check out their new virtual, self-paced lessons to learn about setting goals and stretching food dollars!
Share Your Feedback in the Fall 2020 Online Learning Surveys
We want to know how things are going during Digital Learning. Your answers to these questions will give us information about what changes are needed to better support students, families, and schools. This survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Your individual answers are confidential, and you can skip any question.

Please note: The parent/guardian and school-based non-instructional staff survey closes Thursday, October 15, 2020.
Grandfamilies of Philadelphia: Make Your Voice Heard!
Generations United, a nonprofit agency based in Washington, DC that seeks to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational programs, policies, and strategies across the country, is conducting the Grandfamilies Project of Philadelphia.

Kinship caregivers of Philadelphia public school students are invited to share their experiences with the project and are eligible to receive gift cards for their participation.
Complete the 2020 Census Today!
As our nation, city and School District work to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that a complete and accurate 2020 Census is more important than ever. Promoting a complete census is now part of our advocacy strategy to ensure the District receives all funding and financial assistance available in order to ensure that Philadelphia students and communities get what they need to thrive.

Learn more about how the Census impacts our city and how you can complete it today!
Join Dr. Hite Every Wednesday on Facebook Live and Every 2nd and 4th Saturday on WURD
Every Wednesday at 4:30 PM, join School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Jr. on Facebook Live to get updates from the District and hear family questions answered.

You can also tune into WURD on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month for Education Pulse, a new radio show hosted by Dr. Hite. Listen at wurdradio.com, 96.1FM, or 900AM.
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