Columbus Square and Education and Newsletter03 Jun 2014 09:20 am

Tuesdays & Thursdays at Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)

The third session of ESL classes began at Columbus Square last week. Level 1 (beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning on May 27. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, starting May 29. Classes are held in the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton) from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. The cost for five weeks of classes, including materials, is just $20. Free supervised childcare is offered. Stay tuned for future class offerings.

-Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison and Outreach

Education and Event05 May 2014 07:10 pm

Thursday, May 15, from 5 pm to 8 pm at Wharton Lofts (1148 Wharton Street)

The PSCA is supporting the exciting improvement in our neighborhood school by sponsoring a cocktail party, hosted by Alterra Property Group, at the Wharton Lofts on Thursday, May 15 from 5 to 8 pm. Please click here for details and to purchase tickets. Help us build a playground for the students of Andrew Jackson Elementary School!

-Tom Wyatt, Education Committee Chair

Education18 Feb 2014 10:16 am

“We are a vital community partner that cultivates great neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square.”


Agenda for February 18, 2014 at 7pm, Columbus Square Rec Center (12th and Wharton)


1. Welcome & Introductions (15 minutes)

2. GreatPhillySchools Guidebook (Kevin Trainer of PSP) (30 minutes)*

3. Friends of Jackson Update (Melissa Wilde) (10 minutes)

4. Friends of Kirkbride Update (Maria Cortese Hering) (10 minutes)

5. CLI (Children’s Literacy Initiative) (Robert Malara) (15 minutes)

6. Eat For Education Event (Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh) (15 minutes)

7. Twitter/Social Media Update (Kate Mundie) (10 minutes)

8. Adjourn (NEXT MEETING- March 17TH!)

*Kevin Trainer works for the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). One of its ongoing projects is the publication of the annual GreatPhillySchools guidebook series. The guidebooks include information about all the local K-12 schools in two books – the High School Guide and the Elementary & Middle School Guide. This year, they are also offering Spanish-speaking families a Spanish Resource Guide. See


Education12 Jan 2014 03:29 pm

2014 KirkbrideJoin the Friends of Kirkbride Elementary for their inaugural meeting!

When: Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30pm
Where: Capitolo Playground, 9th & Federal Sts.


The Kirkbride Elementary School is a gem in our own backyard! But we all know the hardships of our school district and the impact that has had on our neighborhood schools. Join the Friends of Kirkbride to discuss the ways our community can assist the school and get involved.


RSVPs would be GREATLY appreciated at

Education06 Jan 2014 08:57 pm

The Philadelphia Tribute to the Last Waltz, held November 30th at the Trocadero Theatre, was a sold out success. The four producers of the event, Fergus Carey, Bryan Dilworth, Andrew Lipke, and Kevin Hanson gave a $5,300 check to the PSCA Education Committee to contribute to our neighborhood schools. The vast majority of the money will go to benefit the Jackson HOME Band, who performed at the event, with a portion also going to Kirkbride programming.

-Tom Wyatt, Education Committee Chair

Education07 Nov 2013 03:36 pm

Media Contact: Dallyn Pavey
Dish Public Relations
Phone: 610.828.1552


A Philadelphia Tribute to The Last Waltz

…Benefits Philadelphia School Children

PHILADELPHIA, PA – (November 5, 2013) – On Saturday, November 30th the Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch Street; 215-922-6888) will host The Last Waltz Philly, a Benefit for Philadelphia School Children, featuring some of Philadelphia’s most talented musicians. Producers of the event are four well-known Philadelphians, Fergus Carey (owner of Fergie’s, Monk’s Cafe, Belgian Cafe and Grace Tavern), Bryan Dilworth (of Bonfire Booking), Andrew Lipke (singer, song writer, music producer and member of Get The Led Out), and Kevin Hanson (recording artist and record producer, who has performed with The Fractals, Jay-Z, The Roots, and Huffamoose).

Tickets are $20 in advance (for the first 200 tickets sold) and $25 there after. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets include 7:00pm entry, a pre-show acoustic set, meet and greet with The Last Waltz Tribute Band and one hour open bar. Doors open to the public at 8:00pm, showtime is 9:00pm. Tickets are available at Photos and interviews are available upon request.

The Last Waltz, a concert by rock group The Band, was held on Thanksgiving in 1976. The Last Waltz Philly will celebrate the music of The Band’s farewell show and bring the spirit of the legendary concert to the Trocadero for this very special benefit. Akin to The Last Waltz, the Thanksgiving weekend tribute concert will feature a core band with more than a dozen special guests. And much like the original concert’s elaborate pre-show affair, The Last Waltz Philly will include a pre-show acoustic set, meet and greet and open bar.

“We are dividing the proceeds between four local organizations in an effort to be inclusive and comprehensive,” explains co-producer Andrew Lipke. “We know the problems plaguing the Philadelphia school system are complex and numerous, and we feel money raised from this event will be most effective if it’s given to a few select groups working on the solutions from different angles.”

Proceeds will benefit four Philadelphia organizations that focus on education: Parents United for Public Education; Passyunk Square Civic Association Education Committee; Friends of Horatio B. Hackett School; And School District of Philadelphia’s Music Education Instrument Repair Program

The Last Waltz Philly

The Band:

Jim Boggia

Pete Donnelly

Adam Flicker

Kevin Hanson

Andrew Lipke

Nate Graham

Matt Muir

The Horns:

Jay Davidson

Evan Kilgore

Matt Cappy

Jon Lacy

The Special Guests:

Ben Arnold

Bob Beach

Brooke Behmke

Kevin Bentley

John Francis

Eliza Jones

Paul Keen

Chris Malcarney and the Ukulele-Theremin Band


Slo Mo

Kevin Monko

Alec Ounsworth

Casey Parker

Slowey and the Boats

Toy Soldiers

Wesley Stace

Joey Sweeney and his Long Hair Arkestra

Ali Wadsworth

About Trocadero Theatre:

The Trocadero Theatre was first opened in 1870, offering musical comedies and traveling minstrel shows under the name Arch Street Opera House. Later, vaudeville and burlesque came to its stage with notable professional showgirls performing burlesque during the 1950’s. The Theatre was refurbished in the late 1970’s for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. In the 1980’s, the Theatre was remodeled as a dance club and finally for its current use as a concert hall and live music venue.

Although the Theatre has undergone many notable changes, the utmost care has been taken to upkeep and modernize the facility while retaining its historical character. The Trocadero is the only 19th century Victorian theater still in operation in the United States. It is listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places.

Trocadero Theatre | 1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 |215-922-6888


Education17 Sep 2013 03:38 pm

Our Education Committee will meet at Columbus Square (12th and Wharton) at 7pm on Tuesday, September 17th. Any and all interested members of the community are welcome! For a full list of meetings for the 2013-2014 School Year, visit

Please contact Tom Wyatt at if you have any questions or to put on the education email distribution for more information prior to meetings and to be notified of any changes to the schedule.


Passyunk Square Civic Association Education Committee

“We are a vital community partner that cultivates great neighborhood schools in Passyunk Square.”

September 17, 2013


1.   Welcome & Introductions (10 minutes)

2.   Solidify Sub-Committee Structure (Group Discussion) (15 minutes)

3.   Grants Update / Sub Committee Organization (Steve Viscelli) (15 minutes)

4.   Political/District Liaison Report (Christina Grimes) (15 minutes)

5.   Jackson Update (Michele McDonnell) (10 minutes)

6.   Kirkbride Update (Christine Knapp and Stacey Siegel) (10 minutes)

7.   Events Review/Preparation (Tom Wyatt / Events Lead) (15 minutes)

a.   Supply Drive Review

b.   Raise a Glass for Education- Sept 23rd at Fountain Porter

c.   Back to School Night- Oct 3rd at Jackson

d.   Jackson’s Rooftop Garden Build Day- Nov 23rd

e.   Holiday Fundraiser at Coco Lu’s

f.     Spring Supply Drive

g.   “Going to Jackson” Shirts/Onesies

8.   Twitter/Social Media Update (Kate Mundie) (10 minutes)

9.   Parent Engagement Sessions Brainstorming / Funding Formula Session (Christopher Dean) (20 minutes)

10.   Adjourn (NEXT MEETING- OCTOBER 15TH!)

Education and Event and Fundraising12 Sep 2013 10:36 pm

Fountain PorterAs we all know our schools are in great need of financial support due to severe budget cuts.  So come join the Passyunk Square Civic Association on Monday, September 23rd from 5 – 8 pm at Fountain Porter for a fundraiser to raise funds for basic school supplies for our neighborhood elementary schools Andrew Jackson and Eliza B. Kirkbride.  For a five dollar donation Fountain Porter is kindly offering an extended happy hour from 5 to 8.  During that time everyone who makes a donation will get a $1.50 off all beers on draft, $1 off of mixed drinks and a 10% discount on food.

Fountain Porter will reserve the back room for the fundraiser.  This is a great opportunity to help support our local school while also getting to meet and mix with your neighbors.

If you can’t make it but would still like to make a donation to support our school drive, click the “Donate” button on the right hand bar of this page and specify “School Supplies” when you check out of Paypal.

Get Directions


Education19 Aug 2013 04:21 pm

Our Education Committee will meet at Columbus Square (12th and Wharton) at 7pm on Tuesday, August 20th. Any and all interested members of the community are welcome! For a full list of meetings for the 2013-2014 School Year, visit

Please contact Tom Wyatt at if you have any questions or to put on the education email distribution for more information prior to meetings and to be notified of any changes to the schedule.


Passyunk Square Civic Association Education Committee

Agenda for August 20, 2013

1. Welcome From Pam Zenzola & Introductions (15 minutes)

a. Pam Zenzola Discusses PSCA’s Mission / Link to Great Schools

b. Review Mission Statement for Education Committee (see below) & Appoint Editing/Refresh Team

2. Review of Meeting Calendar & Sub-Committee Structure (Group Discussion) (15 minutes)

3. Political/District Liaison Report (Christina Grimes and Stephen Singer) (15 minutes)

4. Jackson Update (Michele McDonnell) (20 minutes)

a. Appoint “Welcome to Jackson” (October 3) Team

b. Mr. Argerakis (“Mr. A” is a Jackson music teacher/the Home Band director)

5. Kirkbride Update (Tom Wyatt for Christine Knapp) (10 minutes)

6. Grants Update (15 minutes)

a. Jackson Rooftop Garden (Steve Viscelli)

b. Other Opportunities (Group Discussion/Jonathan Poet/Sue Underwood)

7. Twitter/Social Media Presence (Kate Mundie) (15 minutes)

8. Other Announcements (All) & Update on Back to School Supply Drive & Parent Engagement Sessions (Tom Wyatt) (15 minutes)




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