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Weekly Newsletter 9-22-23

Published on Friday, September 22nd

September Birthdays: Caroline (9/5), Ines (9/7), Chrisma (9/8), & Alice (9/15)

Remember: No school on Monday September 25, Yom Kippur

Things to do in Philly this Fall — Check out this great list in The Philadelphia Citizen

Jochi highlighted Revolution School in a beautiful testimonial — we worked with Jochi to help them bring their start-up to life. Here’s the shout out!

🍎 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

2023-2024 Schedule Q1

🏫 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.

Opera Philadelphia’s Simon Boccanegra

Revolution School attended the Dress Rehearsal Program for Simon Boccanegra this past Wednesday at the Academy of Music. It was a powerful performance and a unique opportunity for our students!

Cousin Mike’s Tasty Tuesday Lunch for Revolution

Below are the menu options and an ordering link for September 26th’s Tasty Tuesday “Boxed” Lunch. If you have already paid, please choose your order. If you would like to join now, you can! Just pay for the remaining lunches. The order form is also available on our website: Revolution School Lunch Program. Additionally, a printable menu is attached.

  • CHEESESTEAK STUFFED PEPPERS – Shaved Ribeye & Cooper Sharp Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers
  • AUNT ANGIE’S CHICKPEA STEW – Ceci Beans & Tomato Sugo over Roasted Cauliflower
  • AUTUMN TURKEY LUNCH – Our Famous Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Potatoes & Pan Gravy
  • CHICKEN CAESAR PASTA SALAD – Tri-color Fusilli & Classic Caesar Parmesan Dressing

Revolution School: Tasty Tuesday Lunch Order Form

Perfect Attendance Monthly Breakfast Celebration!

Be on time and present every day for the entire month of September and you will be cordially invited to the Revolution Perfect Attendance Breakfast! Are you up for this monthly challenge? If you have perfect for the entire year, there will be a super surprise in June!

Important: Health Forms

Students must return to school with a completed health form and immunization record from your physician. Please return your health form to asap. Health forms are state mandated. Therefore, students will not be allowed back to school without a completed form or a scheduled date for their annual wellness exam.

Exclusive Author Event at UArts: Wednesday September 27

The Creative Writing BFA in partnership with the Juvenile Justice Center and Harriet’s Bookstore, welcomes Jessamine Chan, author of School for Good Mothers, and Dr. Dorothy Roberts, author of Torn Apart, to discuss how they use their words to ignite self-reflection and change in our society and with policymakers. The conversation will be moderated by Riya Saha Shah, Senior Managing Director at Juvenile Law Center. Signed books will be available for those who RSVP! Seating is limited, so click here to RSVP. All attendees receive a free book.

Save the Date September 28–29th

9th & 10th Grade Students and Families Echo Hill Leadership Overnight. We are delighted to share that the 9th & 10th graders will visit Echo Hill. The Outdoor School at Echo Hill provides a positive community building experience in the outdoors. The overnight experience enhances thinking, strengthens citizenship, empowers students to make informed decisions, and increases students’ awareness of themselves and the surrounding environment. The packing list is included here.

A Conversation with author CJ Gross: Tuesday October 10 from 7–8pm at the Parkway Central Library’s Skyline Room. Revolution School is hosting groundbreaking author and speaker, CJ Gross, and Philadelphia Revolutionary, Marshall Mitchell, as they examine a simple, but powerful question: What’s Your Zip Code Story? From the classroom to the boardroom, CJ Gross offers research-based strategies to break down bias, build understanding, expand our definitions of inclusion and equity, and ultimately, create an environment where productivity leads to prosperity. Our goal is not just to host an event, but to build a community around educational change and the future of work. Register now for your spot! Questions? Contact

Parent & Community Series: Voice Lessons for Parents & Caregivers: What to Say, When to Say It & How to Listen, with Clinical Psychologist and author, Wendy Mogel. This is the first webinar in a series of six. Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7:30–8:30pm. 

Click this to register and receive your Zoom link ahead of time!

Welcome, Katherine Taylor

In partnership with One-on-One Learning, we will have a part-time learning coach providing enrichment and support both in and out of the classroom. Katherine Taylor comes to us with broad experience as a teacher, tutor, and ESL specialist, and she is very excited to join our community in support of student success!


Educate is the place to check student progress, attendance, and reports. You can access Educate on our website anytime by clicking the family portal button at the top of our website. All students and households should now have their usernames and passwords. If you did not receive this information, or if you need a password reset, please email

Planet Fitness

Our partnership with Planet Fitness will continue for the 2023-2024 school year! All Revolution students will receive a PF Black Card that allows each student access to all PF clubs. Jonathan Collins, the program instructor for Wellness, will lead this health initiative for the students on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

United States History

Students in US History have been learning about James Forten. As the owner of a sailmaking factory, he employed many people in what is now Old City. Forten’s work eventually made him one of the wealthiest people in Philadelphia in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was Black man who fought against the British in the American Revolution. 

Math & Financial Literacy

In Math, we continue to review concepts and skills that will be essential to our success this year.  In addition, we have recently examined financial phenomena as varied as the impact of raising the minimum wage, compound interest on savings and the effect of the weather on the price of food.


Eleventh and twelfth grade students in Chemistry class performed two labs at school this week. Here, students pass around gallium: a metal that melts at 85 degrees, so it becomes liquid when held in one’s hand.

Fieldwork Highlights

Grade 9/10

This week the 9th and 10th grade students visited a Buddhist center in the Fairmont neighborhood. They interviewed several of the members.

2023-2024 Revolution Family Association (RFA) Coffee & Conversation Series on the first Friday of the month starting Friday, October 6th from 7:45-8:30 am at Revolution School.

RFA members serve as ambassadors of Revolution School through event support and involvement, event planning, and social media presence. RFA members are stewards of Revolution School and work — as volunteers — to create an inclusive and engaging community for all parents and family members. Join us!

Class of 2023: Join the Alumni Council!
We are humbled and proud to welcome our new Revolution alums to our newsletter! The Revolution School Alumni Council proudly welcomes you. Our Alumni Council has 13 members. As a new tradition and growing group, we encourage all Revolution graduates to participate in all alumni activities. We would love to get updates about what you are up to, photos and news about your adventures. We welcome any and all updates, thoughts and/or suggestions on how we may best serve you, our Revolution Alums, and growing community. Revolution plans to host two alumni events/meetings this year, and we would love you to join us with the planning! Please email if you are interested.

NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

For the second year, Revolution School will be fundraising to send six students to the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 1600-student, national conference the week after Thanksgiving. The conference runs Wednesday, November 29th to Saturday, December 2nd in St. Louis. Students who attend will engage in affinity groups, identity workshops, speaker keynotes, and a conference talent show. Revolution faculty and staff are currently selecting the attendees from students who expressed interest following the conference info session last week. 

Opera Philadelphia: Backstage Pass 

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 season of Backstage Pass! Sessions begin November 2023.  All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to register. This vocational training program helps high school students set the stage for an exciting career behind the curtain in theater, concert, opera, television, film, corporate events, and more.  Participants of the Backstage Pass program discover the ins and outs of each job, networking on their journey of learning to launch their careers and find future employment.  Over the course of this program, students will meet industry professionals, visit theaters and workshops, and build their skills through professionally taught, hands-on training sessions. Sessions begin in November and will be conducted on Mondays from 4:00-5:45 pm. through May 2024. Each student receives a $250 stipend upon their successful completion of the program.

After School Photography Club

In partnership with University of the Arts, we are offering a 4-week after-school program in Photography on Mondays from 3:30–5pm. All interested students should email

REVchat Update

REVchat is Revolution School’s new internship program that hires students as cultural consultants. 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will receive training on team building, communication, and cultural consulting, join an innovative startup team of their peers and seasoned professionals, conduct cultural consultations for businesses and non-profit organizations, and get paid for their hard work. The REVchat team is currently preparing for its official launch in January 2024. Be on the lookout for more updates and an upcoming informational session about how students can apply to this innovative future ready program. Questions? Contact Chief Advisor, Roger Lee, at

WHYY After School Program

WHYY is offering FREE media production courses for teens! This afterschool program is a great opportunity to create stories and documentaries. To learn more about this program, click here.

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