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Weekly Newsletter 9-29-23

Published on Friday, September 29th

                                        Disappearing Spoon Lab in Chemistry class.

October Birthdays: Patrick Cassidy (10/2), Kai-Lang Yang (10/7), Amelia Holmes (10/12), and Sudan McNair (10/20)!

The Phillies in the Wild Card Game: Tuesday, Oct 3 — Go Phils!

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

Congratulations to our Revolution students for taking the lead on fundraising for the SDLC trip to St. Louis this December! Please join them by supporting their efforts — more details to come!

🍎 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.

Cousin Mike’s Tasty Tuesday Lunch for Revolution

This week Cousin Mike’s will set up a hot buffet for those who opt in. If you have already paid, please vote in Classroom by the end of the day Friday for the entrees you’d like to see be part of the buffet Tuesday. If you would like to join the lunch program now, you can! Please reach out to Sydnie at

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!

Our first Perfect Attendance Birthday Breakfast will be celebrated on Friday October 6th at 8:30 am.

Coming Soon: Math Lab!

We are excited to announce that Katherine Taylor will be hosting a weekly math lab! This highly individualized math enrichment program will begin next Thursday and is designed to support student success. For more information, click here!

Important: Health Forms

Health forms are overdue! If you haven’t done so already, please submit a completed health form and immunization record from your physician 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.

Monday October 2 — After School Photography Club begins!

In partnership with University of the Arts, we are offering a free after school photography club on Monday afternoons in October from 3:30–5pm.  For more information, click here! A strong show of student interest will help us continue to offer arts programming in the future — we encourage students to attend!

Friday October 6 — First Friday Coffee, 7:45–8:30am

Friday October 6 — Perfect Attendance Birthday Breakfast, 8:30 am

Monday October 9 — School closed for Indigenous Peoples Day

Tuesday October 10 — A Conversation with author CJ Gross:  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

Wednesday October 17 — PPD Listening Circles

Thursday October 26 — Revolution School Potluck, 5:30-7:15 pm. Please save the date for our first potluck of the year, hosted by our brand new Revolution School Family Association (RFA). We will be putting together a planning committee. Please let us know at our First Friday Coffee if you would like to join the committee or have other ideas for the Revolution School Family Association. Rachel Schendler (Mae’s mom) at and/or Katie Kelly (Caroline’s mom) at welcome your emails with any questions, ideas — or if you would like to volunteer for the Potluck Committee or for the Revolution Family Association.

Friday October 27 — School Closed for Professional Development; End of Quarter 1

Welcome, Katherine Taylor

This month, we welcomed Katherine Taylor, our new Learning Coach! Katherine is a native New Yorker who has worked as a Philadelphia-based tutor since 2016. She has a graduate degree in environmental writing & science and a professional background in environmental education and community development. She loves working one-on-one with kids and young adults, and is particularly skilled at helping kids with writing, speaking, science, project-based work, and organization skills. Having lived in various places — including Oregon, Montana, San Francisco and West Africa — Katherine is enjoying putting down roots in Philly (though she loves to escape to the beach and the mountains as much as she can). Feel free to reach out to her at


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

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.


Voices in Literature students are making their own poems inspired by Xiomara’s style and subject choices. Meanwhile, US Literature students uncover the mystery of the beginning chapters of Kindred.

Fieldwork Highlights

Grade 9/10

This week the 9th and 10th grade students spent two days together in nature at Echo Hill learning the value of teamwork and community building! 


Students choose their challenge at the zip line morning activity. Some students climbed to the top of the platform and did the zip line, others climbed partially and rang the bell, and others helped spot their classmates’ zip line landing.

Thanks to Syd and Patrick for leading the trip!

Grade 11/12

This week the 11th and 12th grade students went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for fieldwork. We saw arms & armor from the middle ages, and we did some comparative analysis of two paintings of the Annunciation — one from the Renaissance and one by Henry Ossawa Tanner.

After lunch, we visited the Fairmont waterworks for chemistry class. Students collected water from the Schuylkill River and tested it for pH and oxygen levels. Also looked at it under microscope to see zooplankton.

The 11th and 12th grade students did another full-day of fieldwork at the Museum of the American Revolution. We saw the Curtis Building mosaic, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, and the Bourse.

The Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC)

For the second year, Revolution School will send 4-6 students to the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 1600-student, national conference the week after Thanksgiving. The conference runs Wednesday, November 29 to Saturday, December 2 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 finalizing the attendees from students who expressed interest following the conference info session last week.

Fundraising for SDLCFundraising! “Text 1M8 to 71777!”

You can support our current fundraising efforts  by sharing our SDLC fundraising page and supporting your child’s Double Good popcorn selling efforts—the popcorn fundraiser runs Tuesday afternoon to Saturday afternoon (Oct 3–7). Funds will cover students’ airfare, lodging, and conference registration cost.

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.

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.

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.

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 are stewards of Revolution School and work — as volunteers — to create an inclusive and engaging community for all parents and family members. 

Please join us for the inaugural Revolution Family Association event, First Friday Coffee on Friday October 7 from 7:45–8:30 am. The intention of this time is for Revolution School families to build community and chat about goings on at school. This is meant to be a very casual, relaxed time together in an open house format. We hope to see you and look forward to meeting you!

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