January 6, 2019
Volunteers Needed!

Please read this carefully. The spring is chock-full of events (and volunteer opportunities!) that require your participation to ensure they run smoothly.

If we do not get volunteers to help plan these events, we may need to cancel them.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE Planning Meeting - Jan 7
Each year, MLK DAY (Jan 21) volunteers descend on the school to tackle midyear cleaning and small facilities based projects.  Those who've participated in the past can attest to the rewards of the day!  BUT... We need new participation for the day to run smoothly - while our long-standing chair is no longer in the Greenfield community, a few of last year's committee members can show a new/willing committee the ropes.  Please join us Monday, January 7 at 8:30 (lobby) to find out how you can engage!  We need several people with a tool cache, plenty of people willing to put in some elbow grease, and a few people to organize ahead of the day itself.  Plans will be dependent on participation levels at Jan 7 planning meeting.

Last weeks GREENFIELD 2.0 AUCTION kick off was a huge success!  We've got over 20 volunteers on board, including most of last year's committee chairs!  Planning meetings will take place EVERY TUESDAY in the library from 8:30-9:00 until the event (March 15).  Join us January 8 (or any Tuesday thereafter!) to hear about how you can participate.  Questions? - greenfieldhsa.auction@gmail.com

SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR planning meeting - 
Jan 9
This year's book fair is scheduled to take place Jan 30-Feb 1 during report card conferences.  Similar to MLK, we need a new chair and committee to finalize plans and move forward.  We'll have a planning meeting Wed January 9th (8:30, Library) to assess committee size and general feasibility of executing this year's fair.
Greenfield Chess Club
Middle School
Grades 5-8
Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Starting January 15th
Fee: $100 for 10 Sessions

Our Fall Chess Club was a big success!

So, we are offering another session for the Winter. Students will learn the competitive components of Chess this time!

If you are interested, please complete this form.      
Art Auction Volunteers Needed!

It's the time of year that we start workin g on our class  art projects for the  auction The auction is Greenfield's biggest fundraiser and social event.   This project would be impossible without the participation of many volunteers.
  • We are looking for 1-2 parents from each class to develop and design an art project with the students.
  • Please anticipate that you will need a couple of hours to plan and get the materials, 2-3 hours working with the students, and an additional 2-3 hours for assembly, depending on the piece.
  • Contact your classroom reps if you are interested in volunteering.
Dates to remember:
  • Project ideas and parent volunteer names are due to the HSA by Friday, January 17
  • Completed projects are due Friday, February 15.
  • The Auction is Friday, March 15. 
Science Explorers

Science Explorers has a new club topic starting in about three weeks:

Anatomy Academy  ($90) on 1/23; 1/30; 2/6; 2/20; 2/27

Please register at least one week before the start date. 

To register for Science Explorers, click here.
Outsiders Auditions

Preparations for Middle School Spring Drama - "The Outsiders" are ready to begin! 

Auditions will take place Friday 11Jan (3-5pm) . Interested Students must email  greenfieldhsa.drama@gmail.com   to schedule an audition time.

Students are encouraged to memorize a monologue that best fits the character they would like to play but it is not mandatory.  Please review the audition packet. Included in the packet is the character descriptions, monologues, liability and interest forms.
Greenfield Events
Wake Up Wednesday - CLI
Wednesday, January 16
8:00 a.m.

In this session, parents and guardians will learn effective strategies for teaching reading, and ways you can add variety and maximize time when supporting students at home, with phonics and decoding skills.
Dates to Remember

Monday, January 7
Mindfulness Monday
8:30 a.m.

Monday, January 7
MLK, Jr. Day 
Planning Meeting
8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 8
Auction Planning Meeting
8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 9
Book Fair Planning
8:30 a.m.

Monday, January 14
Mindfulness Monday
8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 15
Auction Planning Meeting
8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 16
Wake Up Wednesday
Children's Literacy Initiative
8:00 a.m.

Friday, January 18
Teacher PD Day
No School

Monday, January 21
MLK, Jr. Day
No School

Friday, January 25
Dollar Dress Down Day
and Swag Sale

Monday, January 28
Mindfulness Monday
8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 29
Auction Planning Meeting
8:30 a.m.

Jan 30 - Feb 1
Report Card Conferences
Noon Dismissal
Counselor Corner
Middle School and High School  Application Results:

*All students who have participated in the middle school and high school selection process for the Fall of 2019 will receive notifications online detailing the results of their applications on Friday, January 11, 2019 after 5:00 pm. 

*Please consult this link for detailed information about how to access this information and make your school selections! Please read this information in its entirety and pay special attention to how to respond to approvals, waitlisted schools and disapprovals.

*Parents must make their selections by Tuesday, January 22nd at midnight.

*Please see the attached stepper sheet for guidance around how to access results and select your chosen school. 

Waitlisted High School Applicants:

*If your child is waitlisted at all of his/her schools, no further action is required on your part. You will be contacted by the school directly if a spot opens up. In the meantime, your child can automatically attend his/her neighborhood school, Ben Franklin High School or apply to charters/private schools. 

*If your child is accepted to one or more schools and waitlisted at others, he/she must still choose to accept one of the offers. No further action is required for the waitlisted schools. Waitlisted schools will contact you directly if a spot opens up. Families are typically notified in early February if waitlisted spots become available.

Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Stern at jestern@philasd.org with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Thank you!

Jennifer Stern, M.Ed, LPC
School Counselor
Greenfield Elementary School
2200 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-400-7810 option 1
Fax: 215-400-7811
Engagement Corner

*Interested in taking on a leadership role? The HSA is looking for volunteers to shadow existing board members and committee chairs.  Please contact Rae-Lynne Tuzzo to get involved! 

*Sign up here to bring breakfast for teachers and staff on Friday, January 18th.
Support the Annual Fund!
When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, you send a message to our kids and our community that quality public school education and enrichment matter.  

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News and Views


On December 21st, Student Voice , a Middle School after-school program led by Mr. Neary, hosted three "Game Show" assemblies. Students and teachers/staff participated in a variety of games such as Junk in the Trunk, Trivia, Charades with a twist, Build a Snowman and a surprise game with Principal Lazar. It was a huge hit! 
Albert M. Greenfield School
2200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact Caitlin Brown, VP Communications, Greenfield HSA at greenfieldhsa.communications@gmail.com with questions.