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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

School Talk: Civics across South Philly form education coalition

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

Weighing in this month is Megan Rosenbach, founder of the Point Breeze group Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary and the driving force behind the new South Philly Schools Coalition.


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Before last school year started, I decided to invest in my neighborhood school even though I don’t yet have children. Having taught in a Philadelphia Public School, I know that hardworking teachers and dedicated students are often overlooked while negative stereotypes of neighborhood schools proliferate. I also know that people without school-aged children may not know where to begin when it comes to connecting with their neighborhood school.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

School Talk: There’s also a new principal at Key Elementary – meet her tomorrow

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

Weighing in today, we have Kim Massare, president of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association.


Beginning next month, Stephanie Stover will be joining the LoMo community as the new principal of Francis Scott Key Elementary School (K-6) at 8th and Wolf streets.  Her predecessor, Norris Eldridge, retired from his post after serving as principal at Key for more than 20 years.

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Stover possesses more than 15 years of educational experience spanning grades K-12, with much of her career focusing on bilingual and ESOL education along with early childhood development. She served as the principal of Morrison Elementary, a K-8 school in North Philly, from 2010 – 2013 and has worked in the Multilingual Department for the School District’s central office. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Stover also worked in the education system in Texas for 11 years. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

School Talk: A new principal at Southwark Elem. gives new hope to the neighborhood

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

Weighing in this month, we have Rebecca Toner, a member of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s education committee.


Despite the doomsday budget situation with the Philadelphia School District, Southwark Elementary School at 1835 S 9th St. has some great news.

Starting this summer, a new principal, Andrew Lukov, is taking over.

Lukov is entering his 15th year of service with the district. For five years he was assistant principal at Northeast High School, one of the largest in the city. While there, he says, “I stayed despite other offers because I had work to do.”

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

School Talk: Is private funding the solution to Philly’s school problem?

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.


The struggle is never-ending. Young families have to figure out whether to stay in the city they love or decamp for the better schools of the suburbs.

The new playground the friends group funded. Pic from Naked Philly

A new playground funded by the Friends of Chester A. Arthur. Pic from Naked Philly

Inga Saffron covered this turf in the Inky last week with a spotlight on Chester A. Arthur elementary in Graduate Hospital, where a friends group consisting mostly of people who don’t yet have kids in the school has raised $350,000 for enrichment programs.

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School Talk: Why a South Philly Parents Resource Center?

Editor’s Note: Welcome to School Talk, a monthly guest column looking at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com. Today, we have Rachel Howe of the South Philly Parents Resource Center.

Adorable photo provided of new moms play group sponsored by SPPRC

Adorable photo provided of new moms play group sponsored by SPPRC

So there’s a new theory that preparing your child to do well in school (and in life) has little to do with playing Mozart to your fetus in the womb or drilling her on baby flashcards. This “grit” or “resilience” theory (check out Paul Tough’s new book or Angela Duckworth’s research) is about teaching kids- even babies – to deal with stress and failure, so that they’re confident enough to keep taking risks and eventually learn to fix their own mistakes. But it’s awfully hard to support your kids through those hard situations, let alone approach really useful risks, when you’re stressed out from work, parenting, and life in general.

That’s where the South Philly Parents Resource Center comes in.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Former Molly’s Books outlet now houses Garces-funded language program

The old Molly’s Books and Records Outlet, which we told you was closing last month, already has a new tenant, and it’s an intriguing one. A program to teach English to Spanish-speaking restaurant workers has opened at 1117 E Passyunk Ave.

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Funded by the Garces Foundation – yes, restaurateur extraordinaire Jose Garces – the workshop focuses on serving the immigrant community of Philadelphia in the areas of English education, workplace skill building, and healthy living, said program director Mallory Fix. It’s called English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living.

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