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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Wed. Jan. 7. Fund the Child? Weighted Student Funding and Educational Equity Video/Discussion. 6 p.m. Moore College of Art, 20th and the Parkway. Public School Notebook presents a video of a 2006 debate featuring District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and other educators about the issue of weighted student funding. A discussion about the topic and its impact in Philadelphia schools will follow. For information or to RSVP, email the Notebook or call 215-951-0330 x 2107.

Thu. Jan. 8. AmeriChoice Pride Kick-Off Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square, East, Suite 900. AmeriChoice is looking to develop partnerships with community-based organizations that are committed to health and wellness. Attendees can find out about AmeriChoice’s outreach efforts to bring medical information, and health and fitness activities to various neighborhood sites. To reserve a free space, call James Roberts at 215-832-4722.

Fri. Jan. 9. Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts Groundbreaking Ceremony. 9 a.m. 1901 N. Front St. Join members of Youth United for Change and other supporters for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. For information, call YUC at 215-423-9588.

Sat. Jan. 10. Educating with Art: A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Especially for teachers of pre-K-3, this workshop looks at the ways the visual arts can be a resource for classroom curriculum. The program focuses on age-appropriate approaches to looking at and teaching from art. Tickets, $32/members, $44/non-members. Space is limited to 30 teachers. For information, call 215-763-8100.

Sat. Jan. 10. Young Women’s Leadership Conference: Voice of the Future – A Healthier You. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, 201 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Girls from across Eastern Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to be energized and inspired to dream, set and achieve their goals at this conference. Cost, $15 per girl, $15 per adult. For information, contact the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at 215-564-4657.

Mon. Jan. 12. Philadelphia Student Union Youth Leadership Team Meeting. 5:30 p.m. PSU office, 5011 Baltimore Ave. PSU will meet every Monday until June 30, 2009.

Wed. Jan. 14 School Reform Commission Planning Meeting. 2 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. To register to speak, call 215-400-4040 by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Sat. Jan. 17. T.A.G.Y.E.T. Philly Idol Auditions. 2 – 5 p.m. Mill Creek Recreation Center, 5101 Reno Street. Talented and Gifted Youth Empowering Themselves (T.A.G.Y.E.T.) will hold auditions for its youth talent show to be held in Fairmount Park on Mar. 14. Youth ages 13-17 interested in participating must complete an application and write a 300-word essay about what they aspire to be and how they will achieve their goal. Cost to audition, $5. For information, call 215-879-3910.

Sat. Jan. 17. Free Basic Computer Class. 11 a.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. Free computer sessions are open to parents of District students. To register, call 215-701-6507.

Sat. Jan. 17. Title I & NCLB. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St., Room 1075. This training event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Home and School Council. Training is open to all parents. Snow date is Jan. 28.

Sat. Jan. 17. Autism Sharing and Parenting. 1 – 3 p.m. Northern Home for Children, 5301 Ridge Avenue. Art and Music Therapy Social Skills Program presented by Kathryn Snyder, MA, ATR-BC, LPC from The Art of Friendship and The Rhythm and Friendship. Light refreshments served. For more information and to RSVP, call 215-413-7106 or email nasyaog@msn.com.

Mon. Jan. 19. City Year Greater Philadelphia’s MLK Jr. Day of Service. A Day ON, Not a Day OFF. 8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m. A diverse group of volunteers will bring transformation to the Kensington section of city at Kensington International Business and CAPA High Schools, and H.A. Brown Elementary School. Corporate sponsors can register by calling John Armstrong at 267-902-6284 or 267-386-7041. For information, contact Alison McGill at 267-386-7014 or amcgill09@cityyear.org.

Mon. Jan. 19. 14th Annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service. A coordinated regional event held to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware will participate in community projects. For more information on activities, call 215-665-2475 or email mlkdayofservice@globalcitizen.us.com.

Wed. Jan. 21. Title I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting. 5:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Sheppard Room, 440 N. Broad St. The Title I PAC meets every month to discuss parent involvement in Title I issues.

Wed. Jan. 21. School Reform Commission Action Meeting. 2 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. To register to speak, call 215-400-4040 by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Thu. Jan. 22. Parent Roundtable hosted by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. Dinner served at 5:45. Meeting begins at 6 p.m. Northeast High School, Algon and Cottman Aves. All parents and caregivers are welcome. For more information, call 215-400-4000.

Fri. Jan. 23. – Sat. Jan. 24. College Board Fine Arts Workshop. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wachovia Education Resource Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The College Board, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, presents a two-day regional fine arts workshop. Introductory and experienced training for teaching Advanced Placement Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory classes are provided. For more information and to register, contact Carmen Sanchez-Buster at 610-227-2549.

Sat. Jan. 24. T.A.G.Y.E.T. Philly Idol Auditions. 2 – 5 p.m. Mill Creek Recreation Center, 5101 Reno Street. Talented and Gifted Youth Empowering Themselves (T.A.G.Y.E.T.) will hold auditions for its youth talent show to be held in Fairmount Park on Mar. 14. Youth ages 13-17 interested in participating must complete an application and write a 300-word essay about what they aspire to be and how they will achieve their goal. Cost to audition, $5. For more information, call 215-879-3910.

Sun. Jan. 25. Early Bird Read and Look. 10:15 – 11 a.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their parents can enjoy reading Little Cloud and creating craft projects presented in the Museum galleries. Walk-up tickets available the day of the event. Limited availability. For information, call 215-763-8100.

Mon. Jan. 26. SRC Parent and Community Roundtable. 5 – 7:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Room 1080, 440 N. Broad St. This group focuses on recommending new policies to the School Reform Commission based on concerns brought by parents. For information, call 215-400-5639.

Mon. Jan. 26 – Thu. Jan. 30. Parents As Teachers: Born to Learn Institute. Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center, the Center for Schools & Communities, 275 Grandview Ave., Camp Hill, PA. Provides supervisor and prenatal to 3 years training. PAT is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. For more information, contact the Center for Schools & Communities at 717-763-1661.

Sat. Jan. 31. Making Our Home Here: Young Philadelphians Tell Their Stories. 2 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St. Sponsored by The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, this program will spotlight art, essays, and stories from teens who are creating their own visions of home. To RSVP to this free event, contact Isabelle Rambo at 215-557-2626 or email isabelle@welcomingcenter.org.

Sat. Jan. 31. Free Technology Classes. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. Free computer sessions will be held for parents of District students. To register, call 215-701-6507.

School Calendar

Mon. Jan. 19. Martin Luther King Day. School closed.

Fri. Jan. 23. High School report card cycle closes

Wed. Jan. 28. Half day (professional development). School closed in the afternoon.

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