Miquon Matters 9.5.17

By Kristin Sanderson


  1. Review the Calendar! Save the date for the All-School Work Party on Sept 16  and Back to School Night on Sept 28.
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  2. Complete our print-based school forms if you have not done so already. If your child has allergies, this is important!
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  3. Login our new Parent Portal to complete online school forms, check the accuracy of your information, make updates.
    Parent Portal Login
  4. Review the Parent Handbook, especially the Arrival and Dismissal procedures on pages 7-9 and Expectations for Independent Play in the Appendix.
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First Day of School for Grades 1-6 | Weds, Sept 6, 8:25 am-2:55 pm

Buses and vans will be in service. All students should check in at the office on arrival.

First Day of Nursery & Kindergarten | Thurs, Sept 7, 8:25 am-2:55 pm

The very first day of school! Vans will run as scheduled. If you are bringing your child to school, please go directly to the classroom to check in between 8:15-8:25 am. Parents picking up children at the Playbarn at 2:55 pm should arrive around 2:45 to grab a parking spot before the buzzer rings.

Parents Coffee | Thurs, Sept 7,  8:30-9:30 am | Playbarn

All Miquon parents are invited to have a morning beverage with Principal Susannah Wolf. Please RSVP to Charlotte Boulay.

New Parents Dinner | Weds, Sept 13, 6:00 pm | Moore Building

New parents are treated to a welcome dinner hosted by board members. Meet other new families and several Miquon teachers, and even learn the school song! If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Tia Mathisen.

Childcare is provided for New Parents Dinner on a first come, first served basis for up to 20 children. The cost is $10 per child* and includes a pizza dinner. If you require evening child care, please mention this in your RSVP.

*Please note, we can take non-Miquon student siblings at evening child care, although we cannot accommodate children in diapers. Thanks.

All School Work Party | Sat, Sept 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Miquon Campus

All families are expected to come out for this event! This year we’ll have jobs ranging from organizing the library to washing windows to renovating the After Care Building. Refugia, our woodlands management folks, will need a team of volunteers to tackle the usual grounds work as well. Come with long sleeves, sneakers, gloves, pruners, shovels, and wheelbarrows.

We’ll stop work for a hot dog and veggie dog lunch; please feel free to BYO picnic food to supplement the fare.

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Back to School Night | Thurs, Sept 28, 6:00 pm | Your Child’s Classroom

Gather with other parents, meet teachers, and what’s planned for your child’s classroom this year.  The evening begins with a wine and cheese reception in the Moore Building at 6:00 pm; we’ll hear from Principal Susannah Wolf at 6:30.

Childcare is provided for Back to School Night on a first come, first served basis for up to 20 children. The cost is $10 per child* and includes a pizza dinner. To register for child care, email D.J. Giordano.

*Please note, we can take non-Miquon student siblings at evening child care, although we cannot accommodate children in diapers. Thanks.



Both DI and FLL will meet as part of the After School Program on Mondays. Children will have snack and playtime and then meet with their team from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Advance registration, an eagerness to collaborate, and a commitment to the duration of the project are required. Additional meetings may be scheduled as the tournament dates approach.

Destination Imagination | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 3-6

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving team sport. Children work as a team to design, create, imagine and build solutions to artistic, scientific, structural, dramatic, technical and social action-oriented challenges. Work in DI must be 100% child initiated; adults are involved only as mentors and teachers. The team will tackle both a Central Challenge and many Instant Challenges.

The DI season concludes with the state tournament in March.

First Lego League (FLL) | Mondays, starting Sept 18 | Grades 4-6

First Lego League (FLL) is a robotics program that sets teams up to research a real-world problem and to work together to develop a solution. This year the challenge will be in the area of hydro-dynamics, and part of the solution requires that teams design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms® technology. Children develop critical thinking, team-building skills, and basic STEM applications. Participants present solutions to judges and have their robot compete on a table-top playing field.

The FLL season concludes with a tournament in December.

The cost for either program will be $50 for the season. Please do not let the cost be a barrier to your child’s participation; contact Susannah to make other arrangements if necessary.

Register in advance
Interested kids should attend After Care on Mon, Sept 18 to learn more. Contact Tia Mathisen by Sept 22 to register.


After Care
Don’t forget to submit your After Care Contract, if applicable.
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Wissahickon Environmental Center 
300 Northwestern Avenue, Phila

Monarch Butterfly Release | Mon, Sept 11, 4:00 pm | The Tree House
Our monarch caterpillars are munching away and growing bigger every day! We anticipate that they will have completed their metamorphosis by September 11th. We thought releasing our butterflies would be a perfect way to honor Patriots Day. If there are no butterflies by Sept 11, we will reschedule.

Apple Pressing on Forbidden Drive | Sat, Sept 23, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | The Tree House
Visit Forbidden Drive (near Northwestern Avenue) for this annual celebration of autumn. Help make fresh apple cider using an old-fashioned cider press. Toss an apple in, take a turn at the crank and watch as the cider pours out. Enjoy a taste of the finished product…fresh & delicious apple cider! NO REGISTRATION. All ages. Rain or Shine. FREE

Outdoor Adventure Club at Houston Playground
Boys and Girls Ages 8-12

Wednesdays, 4:00 –6:00 pm
September 13-October 25, 2017

$25.00 Program fee
(Includes all activities, supplies, and a T-Shirt)

Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only 12 spaces available.

To Register:
Fill out the Registration Form and mail the completed form along with a $25 check or money order, payable to “Outdoor Experience Advisory Council” to: Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118.

For further information contact: Trish Fries at patricia.fries@phila.gov or 215.685.9285

More information about Houston Playground.