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Weekly Newsletter 12/8/23

Published on Friday, December 8th

December Birthdays: Donald (12/21) and Michael (12/25)

Students: Let’s finish December strong! Take advantage of ASSET and the holiday break to complete any outstanding work. 2024 is your year! “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”—Edith Wharton

Learning: Here are this week’s Chinese phrases we are learning from our Curtis students, Kai-Lang and Xiang!

   Good luck: 祝你好运 (Pin-yin: Zhù nǐ hǎo yùn, Pronunciation: Tju nee how yun)

   May you be prosperous: 恭喜发财 (Pin-yin: Gōngxǐ fācái, Pronunciation: Gong tsi fa tsay)

   Happy birthday: 生日快乐 (Pin-yin: Shēngrì kuàilè, Pronunciation: Sheng ruh kway luh)

   Congratulations: 恭喜恭喜 (Pin-yin: Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ, Pronunciation: Gong tsi gong tsi)

Welcome Back to our Student Leadership Diversity Conference ambassadors: Hailey, Mae, Cami, Donald, and Michael. Special thanks to Dirk and Syd for their leadership. This year’s theme, Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Radical Optimism, Transformational Joy, Resilience, and Brilliance was embraced by all! Our ambassadors will share their experience with the rest of the students in the next two community meetings.

🍎 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q2

🏫 2023-2024 Advisors: Families, please reach out to your child’s advisor with any questions that you may have as we begin the new year.

December 15 is a Revolution Holiday Half-Day!

We will gather for a Winter Wonderland Brunch and participate in our 2023-2024 Annual Gingerbread House Competition! In lieu of a gift exchange, the Student Leadership Council is collecting new underwear for Broad Street Ministry, an organization that serves people in need. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.

Important Dual Enrollment Information for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Families

Any student who wishes to enroll in a course for the spring semester should set up a meeting with Jeanne to ensure all enrollment tasks are complete. Questions? Please contact jeanne@revolutionschool.org

College Funding Webinar

If we missed you, no worries, you can still learn What Every Parent Needs to Know Now about Paying Less for College. This video link will only be available through December so be sure to view it soon.

Next Step: We are providing our 9th–12th grade families with a no-cost, no-obligation, professional College Funding Evaluation because we know how important the financial piece of college planning is, and that it starts as early as 9th grade. We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to ‘stress-test’ your current funding plans.

Create your complimentary SMARTTRACK Parent account. If you already have an account, bookmark this page to login anytime. One parent account per household. We hope you’ll take advantage of these valuable resources.

The New Beable Contest — Read to win a $20 Amazon gift card

Revolution School and Beable continue the competition: the student who reads the most in December will earn a $20 gift card from Amazon! The winner will be announced before the holidays.

Students at Museums in Philly (STAMP) = free admission to museums!

Through STAMP, any Philadelphia high school student can visit 20 museums and cultural sites for free. Just show your high school student ID and enjoy the STAMP discount. Click here for the list of participating museums.

December is Universal Human Rights Month

Thursday December 7 — First night of Hanukkah

Friday, December 15 — Holiday Breakfast, 2023-2024 & Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest Half Day, 12:15 pm dismissal for students.

December 16 – January 1, 2024 — School closed for Winter Break

Monday December 25Christmas

Tuesday December 26 — Kwanzaa

For the 10-part Future Ready Fieldwork Series, 9th and 10th graders continued to explore career opportunities in a wide range of industries. This week, students visited two different locations. On Monday, students visited the offices of Bralow Medical Group and met with Dr. Vicki Bralow about careers in the healthcare industry. On Thursday, students visited the Avenue of the Arts Branch of the Philadelphia Senior Center and met with staff about careers in the social services industry.

College Counseling: Morgan State Visit

Our 11th and 12th graders were given a personal two-hour tour of Morgan State University by Revolution School alums Kysiir and Jaida, who are freshman at Morgan State — and they even joined our students for lunch! It was a cold, windy, and wonderful day.

For US History fieldwork, the students went to the Constitution Center, where they saw several primary documents and life-sized statues of the signers of the Constitution.

Chrisma did an engaging presentation about the Temperance movement in US History class.

To start off our public speaking unit, 9/10 students wrote interview questions and partnered up to interview each other.

Jenna and Jan taking advantage of binoculars on the 19th floor.

Cousin Mikes empanadas were excellent!

Lights, a Parade & Free Museum Days: A Guide to the 2023 Philly Holiday ExperiencePhilly is aglow with new and exciting winter happenings this holiday season! 

Free Online SAT Math Classes, Every Friday via Zoom, 7 pmInfinite Mind Tutors, an online tutoring organization, and Math Girl Movement, a non-profit, are offering free online SAT Math classes, designed to help students develop effective strategies and achieve a high score on the SAT exam. Learn more & register.

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