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Focus on FACE Newsletter |  February 2023


Check out February's catalog of new and engaging Family Academy workshops!

All members of the School District of Philadelphia community are invited to attend and spread the word about this month's Family Academy workshops! Join engaging virtual learning communities and find out more about how District and city-wide resources can support students and families.

  • FEBRUARY 16, 2023: School Safety and You: Keeping Our Schools Safe

  • FEBRUARY 23, 2023: Discover the Violence Prevention Hotline for Safer Communities

  • FEBRUARY 28, 2023: Meet Kooth: The Mental Health App for Students

Workshops are free and open to the public; registration is not required unless noted. Language access support is available - learn more and request HERE. Have questions about FACT? Call 215-400-4180, Option #5 or email [email protected]

Learn More about FACT & Find Links to Join
Visit the FACT YouTube Page

Workshop Preview:

School Safety and You

You’ve seen our School Safety Officers helping to keep our schools safe, but how much do you know about their work? Join the School Safety Office to learn how they are working to create safe schools for all using restorative practices and innovative strategies. Read a preview of the School Safety Workshop HERE >>

Workshop Preview:

211 Violence Prevention Hotline

Philadelphians can contact the 211 Violence Prevention Hotline for resources to prevent violence in our communities, such as conflict resolution, youth programs, and counseling. They offer over 10,000 other support services, and we want you to know about them! Read a preview of the 211 Workshop HERE >>


February is Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month - Celebrate with us!

CTE Month is a time to celebrate and raise awareness of career and technical education's crucial role in preparing many of our students for careers in the local, regional, and national workforce. Visit our CTE Month website to learn more about the work of various CTE programs, participate in CTE Month events, and see our students showcasing their achievements and mastery of their technical skills. You can also join the celebration by shouting out CTE students and educators on social media, using #CTEMonth and #CTEphilly. 

Visit the CTE Website

The CTE Fair is back!

Thursday, February 16, 2023

440 N Broad Street | 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Enjoy hands on activities at a variety of exhibits
  • Purchase hand-made prodcuts created by CTE students - a perfect gift for friends and family!

Annual Community Meeting on Policy 138: English Language Development and Bilingual Education Program

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Virtual

Join the Critical Friends of Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Group and the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs, as they share implementation updates on Policy 138. Attendees will learn about and have opportunities to provide feedback on District supports for multilingual learners and families. All District stakeholders are encouraged to attend. 

Please contact the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs at [email protected] with questions.

Sign Up to Attend Here
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Learn More about Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is open now through May 31, 2023!

Do you have or know a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2023? Register them for Kindergarten to give them an opportunity to Thrive at Five!

Registering by May 31 is strongly recommended because it gives families time to become familiar with the details of their child's school, which can make the Kindergarten transition easier. So don't delay; help someone register their child for Kindergarten (or Pre-K) today!


Are you a community partner interested in sharing resources here? Please contact us at [email protected].

Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls offers financial support to eligible high school students

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls helps eligible young women living in low-income, single-parent households achieve their goals through education. The Trust annually awards Ellis Tuition Assistance Grants to high school students in need of tuition aid, and Ellis Enrichment Grants to cover a range of high-impact enrichment programs and basic school needs (e.g. school supplies, uniforms and basic apparel). Learn more and find out how you can connect a student in your life.

Visit the Ellis Trust for Girls Website
Visit the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership Website

Join Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) for two awesome workshops this month!

The first is a workshop with Courtney Calloway, School Intervention Coach, and Dai-jah Diggs, Clinical Research Coordinator, from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Violence Prevention. They will present strategies for bullying prevention and promoting positive peer relationships followed by Q&A. The event will be held virtually on February 9 at 7:00 p.m. and you can register at

The second is a theater workshop with actor and teaching artist Conor McGuigan. Parents and caregivers are invited to join their students in this free workshop. The event will be held virtually on February 25 at 11:00 a.m. Interested in attending? Register here:

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