Summer News


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Are You Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer?

The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever or even catastrophe.

Want to know what to expect when school starts? Join K12, LIVE WALK TO CLASS sessions.


Preparing for the start of a new school year is exciting! To help you get started, we’ve compiled some of the best resources for helping online students thrive. These Walk to Class sessions offer universal advice from students for students.


Live Walk to Class sessions gives enrolled families an opportunity to learn online schooling essentials in preparation for the new school year.

We know that public school at home is a powerful education option—and that's why K12 is on the road telling everyone about it!

We hope you'll join us when they pull into Exton, PA.


When the tour pulls into town, families can fully experience the K12 curriculum & hands-on learning in the interactive “Edutainment” area!

Your child will also get a chance to virtually "try-on" on a career in the augmented reality zone.

Local learning ambassadors will be on site to answer your questions and help you discover how public school at home can work for your family.

There is no cost to join this event! Thank YOU K12!
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ISPA Parent Ambassador Program

ISPA has a Parent Ambassador Program that utilizes the strengths and gifts that our Learning Coaches have to help build a stronger partnership here at ISPA.

Parent Ambassadors can help host events in their areas, mentor other learning coaches new to our ISPA family, provide training's and be a support in an area that they are comfortable in.

Our Family Engagement Coordinator asked our Parent Ambassador for the Philadelphia area to tell everybody about who she is and why she chose ISPA.

Mrs. Tiffany Adams - Philadelphia Parent Ambassador for ISPA

Tiffany Adams

My name is Tiffany Adams, I’m a mother and wife. Like most of you, I wear many hats outside of being a parent/homemaker. I work as a nurse one weekend out of a month, I run 3 successful businesses and I volunteer as often as I can. However, my most important job has been and will always be being a mother and teacher to my awesome children. Which brings me to my reasons for choosing online schooling.

I enrolled my children because I wanted to be more involved in their educational process. I wanted to be actively involved and not just helping with homework. In addition, I think the online homeschooling is easier than homeschooling the traditional way because I don't have to make up a complete lesson plan on my own. In turn, while feeling my way through the process of being a learning coach I realized all the fun my children and I were having. We developed a deeper relationship and as a mother, I have been able to watch my children achieve their educational goals.

Check out all the great ISPA events happening in Philadelphia!

If you live near or in the Philadelphia region, attend one of these great events and meet other ISPA families.

Little League World Series Meet Up

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Jennifer Geary - Parent Ambassador for the Williamsport Area

Come out for a GREAT day to the Little League World Series and meet other ISPA families!

When; Sunday 19, August 2018.

Meeting times will be at 10a and 12.30p at the Jonathan Levin Memorial Pavilion

539 US Route 15 Hwy, Williamsport

Come on out for a fun day of baseball! Bring your chairs, blankets and hang out with other ISPA families. All Games Are Free. Bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on the hill as stadium seats fill up fast. Parking is also free. However, there are some that charge to park in their yards.

ISPA Summer Clubs

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By Ms. Hockenberry & Mrs. Whalen.

Summer Club K – 5 is reading “Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.” We are having so much fun with sharing our predictions, learning new vocabulary words and sharing our impressions of the main character. Science & Math Summer Club introduces new problems and at each session, we are able to demonstrate and share our “At Home” experiments. Opinion Corner consists of brainstorming, organizing and then drafting of how a good paragraph is written. It has been fun interacting and sharing our ideas and getting to know one another in the summer club.
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From the Corner of the Family Compliance Liaision - Ms. Marquise Hargrove

Ready, Set, Let’s GO!!!

Poof! Here it is, already August. We’re nearing the end of summer, but also the beginning of a new school year. September marks not just the start of school, but

also, Attendance Awareness Month.

Research has shown how chronic absenteeism directly impacts student achievement—for the worse! According to the Office of the Press Secretary (The White House, 2015), truancy is of critical concern at all grade levels:

· Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten and first grade are drastically less likely to read on grade level by the third grade.

· Students who can’t read at grade level by the third grade are 4x more likely to drop out of high school.

· Regular attendance in high school is a better dropout indicator than test scores.

· A chronically absent student in any grade between 8-12 is 7x more likely to become a high school dropout.

Fortunately, research is also showing that absences can be avoided when students are given proper resources that promote attendance while addressing triggers that lead to truancy. Truancy can also be thwarted by each of us, the stakeholders. As the families, staff, school districts, community members, and policymakers—we can work together to address the problem, implement solutions that address the causes, and monitor progress for future success.

As we count down the final weeks of summer, let’s make sure we are equipped with all the tools we need for a successful start. Let’s celebrate Attendance Awareness Month by supporting every student to attend school every day…ready, set, let’s go!

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Resources from Ms. Dorticia Council - Family Resource Coordinator

Non-School Related Events in the Philadelphia area for all:
  • August 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Moonlight Movie and Behavioral Health Screenings

New Covenant Church of Philadelphia (Narthex of main building)

7500 Germantown Ave, Narthex of main building - outside sanctuary Philadelphia, PA 19119

Join Carson Valley Children’s Aid for a behavioral health screening event! The Moonlight Movie Series will be featuring Black Panther at the New Covenant Church on August 10th. Food trucks, story time, music, gift baskets and resources will be available!

  • August 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Back to School Fest

Universal Bluford Charter School - 5720 Media Street, School cafetorium Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Seay Foundation is hosting the 4th Annual Back to School Community Fest at Universal Bluford Charter School!

There will be food, games, music, prizes, spelling bee and back pack giveaways!

  • August 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Great Road Festival: Germantown Day

Germantowne Ave & Chelten Ave - Philadelphia, PA 19144

This Festival will be the host to a myriad of vendors, live music, information sessions, back pack give-a-ways and much more!

Tabor Community Partners in partnership with Germantown Special Services District (GSSD) and Parent Power, will be hosting this second Annual Great Road Festival. This community event was created to celebrate the 329th anniversary of the incorporation of Germanton into the city of Philadelphia.

  • August 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Unity Day *rain date 8/18/2018

Womrath Park (located at the intersection of Kensington & Frankford) Philadelphia, PA 19124

The Frankford area has been overwhelmed with the Opioid Epidemic, mental illness, homelessness, poverty/low income, and veteran assistance. These issues have exhausted our community turning neighbors against each other and ultimately losing the true purpose of community. As a result, we are working vigorously to create a Community “Unity Day”. The intentions of the event are to bring back the sense of connection and responsibility to the community; to create a day to aid those in need consisting of food, games, entertainment, and resources.

D.O.P.E (Doing Our Part Eclectically) and House of God for All People are collaborating to introduce our initiative. We’ve titled this initiative F.A.T.H.O.M (Fresh Minds in Actions to Help Others Movement) to form a response to the negative things that have been plaguing our communities.

  • August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Community Day by State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown

Overbrook Beacon Community Empowerment Center - 5621 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19131

An event that will feature information provided on a variety of state programs and will provide an opportunity for State Rep Brown to meet with members of the families in her district at the community center. Food, music and fun will be provided!

  • August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Family Fun Day

Kingsessing Recreation Center - 4901 Kingsessing Ave, Outdoor field and indoor Gym Philadephia, PA 19143

Kingsessing Fifth Division Community of Neighbors presents Family Fun Day at Wakanda!

Join us for a movie screening of Black Panther – bring a chair, pack a snack, and enjoy the movie!

Elwyn will be on site providing behavioral health screenings and other health resources will be available during this time. Even Wakanda’s bravest warriors need a check up from the neck up!

  • August 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 2018 Strengthening Families Summit

Philadelphia School District Building - 440 North Broad Street, Grand Atrium - Philadelphia, PA 19130

Take part in a FREE full day summit for parents and professionals including workshops, Parent Cafes, and opportunities to connect with others who are striving to raise healthy, happy kids. Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.

  • August 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Community Day at Temple of Divine Love Church

Temple of Divine Love, 1516-18 W Girard Ave, church parking lot Philadelphia, PA 19130

We will be providing resource tables as well as free lunch to all. The event provides health information including blood pressure screenings and free bookbag giveaways. Vendors for jewelry and skin products will also be attending along with entertainment for the children.

  • August 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Back to School Festival & Block Party

1100 Block of East Chelten Avenue between Ardleigh and Anderson Streets (outside of the Lonnie Young Recreation Center) Philadelphia, PA 19138

State Senator Art Haywood and the Regular Fellows Foundation are sponsoring a Back to School Festival & Block Party outside of the Lonnie Young Recreation Center. Our event will focus on encouraging children and families to return to school with enthusiasm and inspiration. We hope to achieve this by providing youth and their families with opportunities to engage in new activities and experiences that they may not be familiar with.

This year, we hope our joint effort will bring more people together to share in the community experience! See you there!

  • August 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Back to School BBQ

Lonnie Young Recreation Center 1100 Block East Chelten Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19138

Come join Citizens Acting Together Can Help (CATCH, Inc.), State Senator Art Haywood and the Regular Fellows Foundation at the Back to School Festival and Block Party. The focus is to encourage youth and their families to engage in new activities and experiences that will increase enthusiasm and inspiration for returning to school. CATCH will share information about behavioral health as well as offer free behavioral health screenings. There will be food and fun activities!

  • August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Sunday Love Project – Grocery Store

The Church of Holy Trinity 1904 Walnut Street, (Basement) Philadelphia, PA 19103

Each week The Sunday Love Project serves over 500 meals to those in need. The mission of The Sunday Love Project is to share food among people experiencing homelessness, while simultaneously building community. Our efforts aim to break bread with those who are struggling to make their way back into society as contributing members. We are a liaison between a hungry, struggling mind and a focused, nourished soul. During our grocery store hours, we welcome health and social service organizations to help connect our guests to more than just food in a warm and welcoming environment.

  • August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Annual Community Event

John B. Stetson Charter School 3200 B Street Philadelphia PA 19134, Outside

Community event with all different resources for families including food, games, raffles, and music!

There will also be barbers available for students haircuts, bookbags available and school supplies for students in the community.

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What Do You Like to Do in the Summer?

Send Your Photos Showing What You Did Over the Summer!

Mrs. Sally Krasevic. Family Engagement Coordinator:

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