AUGUST 2020 NEWS & UPDATES | STPHILIPS1600.ORG
Returning to Campus 
We miss seeing all our students, faculty, and staff on campus. We look forward to the start of our 2020-2021 school year L.I.T... Loving. Innovative. Together.

Our task force team and leadership, along with staff and faculty members, continue to stay abreast of daily changes as we move closer to the start of the new school year. We are guided by recommendations from the CDC, Dallas County Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, State of Texas, local government, and the Texas Education Agency.

Important Reminders: 
  • All students will still start on Wednesday, August 19 (virtually). 
  • 1st – 6th grades will return on Thursday, September 3 (in-person). 
  • Early Childhood will return on Tuesday, September 8 (in-person). 
  • We will provide distance learning through the fall and extend pending the status of the virus. 
  • Our program will remain such that we will be able to change course to distance learning in the event of new orders from state, local, and health authorities. 

Our Return to Campus page will be kept up to date during this transition.
ICYMI: Summer Storytime with St. Philip's
Our Summer Storytime series has been a great success! We hope you continue to tune in as we have a new guest reading live with our students each week. In case you missed our previous readers, you catch up by clicking the images below.
Laura Harris, Morning co-anchor of NBC 5 Today- “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood
Marty Turco, Dallas Stars Foundation- “Harry The Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion
Kellee Murrell, SPSCC Principal- “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont
Mr. Jeff, Interabang Books- “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
A Day Without Learning is a Day Wasted...
Our Summer Virtual Academic program wrapped up last week. Students participated in quality, fun, engaging lessons each session, while teachers helped students refine skills and strengthen understanding of current grade-level content with an enriching experience.
Alumni News 
Congratulations to 2020 high school graduates Ryan, Mekhi, and Hannah (SPSCC class of 2014)! They were awarded scholarships by the Chuck Burch Scholarship Fund and are all headed to North Carolina A&T State University this fall. We are beyond proud of these recent high school graduates and SPSCC alumni. Best wishes to all of you!
Dr. Flowers' Words of Wisdom
In his latest blog post, Dr. Flowers reminds us of God’s promise that keeps us from becoming overwhelmed amidst crisis, injustice, pandemics, and even death. Take a look at his inspirational and thought-provoking messages informed by faith, ministry in education, and community development. Read the Blog
Free Summer Meals For Kids 
In partnership with Independent Community Uplift, FREE meals are available to children 18 and under in our community. This summer food service program is aimed at ensuring no child goes hungry, even when school is not in session. The meals are being delivered to homes Monday through Friday. Sign up for delivery here.
Gwen's Garden - Volunteers Needed
We need your help in Gwen’s Garden! St. Philip's School and Community Center garden was renamed in memory of faculty member, the late Mrs. Gwendolyn Barjon. It provides fresh, organic vegetables to Aunt Bette's Community Pantry. The task of keeping the garden in constant motion requires several hours of labor. In addition to planting and harvesting, the garden must be routinely maintained, and that's where you can help. Volunteers are needed the first Thursday of every month from 8am-11am to weed, plant, harvest and perform any other duties which lend themselves to the upkeep and general beautification of the garden. Sign up to volunteer here.
Volunteers in Action!
Rob Neill has volunteered in the pantry two days a week since the beginning of the pandemic! He is there without fail each and every distribution day.
Chelsea Livingston, with Dallas Stars Foundation, who volunteered in the pantry before the pandemic, continues to serve every Monday.
St. Philip's Human Resource Manager, Regina Walton, greets customers at the pantry during her regular Monday volunteer shift.
Aunt Bette's Community Pantry
As a reminder, due to the summer weather and our modified operations Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry hours have changed. Our hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Recycle Your Paper or Plastic Bags! We are always in need of paper and plastic shopping bags for Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. Please feel free to drop off your bags at our pantry during hours of operation.

Thank you to Oak Cliff Ladies Club who recently collected and donated a large amount of plastic bags to the pantry!
Premier Transportation Partnership 
We are proud to announce that our longtime supporter Premier Transportation is volunteering their time and company vehicles to pick up surplus food from the Super Target at Skillman/Abrams on Fridays to deliver to Aunt Bette’s Community Pantry. On a typical Friday, the total delivery averages over 500 pounds and includes dry goods, produce, and frozen meats. This is great support for our neighbors, and also reduces our food acquisition cost in the pantry.

In past years, Premier has provided transportation and lunch at Cicis Pizza for 30 St. Philip’s students who received the esteemed monthly TITAN Award. The TITAN Award is given to students who exhibit trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and citizenship among several other expectations of the TITAN Commandment. Premier plans to resume this fun reward for our students once we return to normal operations.

In addition, Premier has offered to donate 5% of sales back to SPSCC for any new accounts set up by friends and supporters of St. Philip’s. This rebate will continue to yield 5% of proceeds for all rides associated with these new accounts. In addition, if your business begins using Premier this promotion will apply to all of its employees’ business and personal travel as well. This is great news for St. Philip’s, and we are very appreciative of Premier’s support in so many ways!

Contact Eric Devlin for information regarding this new rebate program: Eric1@premierofdallas.com or 214.351.7000, ext. 101.
St. Philip's School and Community Center Receives $49,500 Grant 
During this exceptionally challenging time, we were fortunate to receive a generous gift that will help us meet the increased demand for food assistance. We’re excited to receive a $49,500 grant from The Nourishing Neighbors local Albertsons and Tom Thumb Foundations. In response to what quickly became a critical need, Albertsons Companies pledged $15 Million to Help Feed Children and Families During Summer, part of The Albertsons and Tom Thumb Foundations’ Nourishing Neighbors Initiative. The funds will be used to purchase a refrigerated truck which will enable St. Philip’s to continue to expand food supply, maintain safe handling procedures during the hot summer months, and increase the amount of food deliveries to neighborhood residents. We are grateful to be part of Nourishing Neighbors Family - the support, partnership, and generosity truly makes a difference!
Thank You, Tito's!
We would like to thank Tito’s Handmade Vodka for donating 25 cases of hand sanitizer to our school and Aunt Bette's Community Pantry. Keeping your hands free of germs is imperative at this time, so we are extremely grateful for this gift.
Community Advancement  
Street Repairs 
There are several street repairs going on in our neighborhood. There are currently repairs being made on Pennsylvania avenue, but the City of Dallas says it is on track to be completed by August 21st. This means there shouldn’t be any concerns for our families returning to campus in September. To track all street repairs happening in our neighborhood click here.

MLK Blvd Proposed Street Improvements 
We are working with the City of Dallas, the North Texas Council of Governments, TREC (The Real Estate Council), Cornerstone Baptist Church, Citysquare, and Better Block to advocate for improvements to MLK Blvd. These improvements are aimed at creating a more walkable and safe neighborhood. Back in 2011, a group from the City and Community put together an MLK Improvement Plan. After that, the City of Dallas completed their “Complete Streets” manual in 2016. We are working to make these changes a reality. The purpose of Better Block is to exhibit potential neighborhood changes with temporary real exhibits to give the opportunity for residents to give feedback. Due to COVID unfortunately, the summer event was postponed and now the fall is not looking good. We are exploring a virtual Better Block event to give the community a sense of the potential vision and get their input.

I-45 Expressway Changes  
The SM Wright Project is a TXDOT project in collaboration with the City of Dallas to improve the neighborhood environment, safety, and mobility in the area of Interstate 45 (I-45) and US 175/C.F. Hawn freeways. The project includes eliminating the sharp, accident-prone CF Hawn/SM Wright Freeway Curve and extending existing I-45 frontage roads to MLK. Additionally, it removes freeway and commuter traffic from 175 by transforming it into a six-lane urban boulevard with traffic signals, landscaping, sidewalks, and enhanced community gateways. Phase II of the project started in early July and is expected to be complete in 30 days. The proposed changes bring excitement, hope, and opportunity for improving the immediate area where the project is located. Further details can be found here.
Athletics 
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all athletics programs and events are canceled for the fall. Our first priority is the safety of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.
Stop The Spread of COVID-19 
We want to remind you to take the proper steps to care for yourself and help protect others from contracting COVID-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a face covering when in public settings.
Practice social distancing - remain 6 feet away from others.
For more information on how to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19, click here.
Limited Campus Access: *As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, we will be limiting campus access to faculty, staff, and students only to stop the spread of COVID-19. Parent and visitor entry will be allowed under special circumstances with permission.
How You Can Help
For those who have asked what you can do to support St. Philip’s – PRAY and DONATE. Our needs and that of those we serve continue and grow daily. You can make an online charitable donation here to support our families.
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