Passyunk Gardens is transitioning into fall. Broccolis and lettuces are in the ground and the September work day will be a week later than normal due to the holiday – Saturday, September 10, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

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SCHOOL DESCRIPTION: The Kirkbride School is a neighborhood public school within the School District of Philadelphia, located in South Philadelphia. Our school community is racially, culturally and ethnically diverse, and we serve a variety of students. We are a high-achieving school and were named as one of fourteen “Peer Leader” schools of all public schools (district and charter schools) in the city of Philadelphia. In February, we were also awarded as a National Title One Distinguished School for the previous 2014-2015 school year for the second year in a row. Our student attendance rate is the fourth highest for all schools in the School District of Philadelphia–our students want to come to school, learn and work hard! We truly have some of the best students in the city!

POSITIONS SEEKING: We are currently hiring for School Climate Staff. Kirkbride is seeking (3) Student Climate Staff (formerly “Noontime Aides / NTAs”) to assist during important times of the day such as morning admit, lunch time and recess. We have added additional SCS’s this year to assist with the addition of a new recess program. SCSs will work (5) hours daily, M-F and are School District of Philadelphia employees. SCS should have strong skills working with children, demonstrate patience and professionalism, and have a desire to impact a positive school culture as a positive role model and mediator for students; good attendance and punctuality are essential. This position may be appealing to college/graduate students, or parents seeking part-time work. A high school degree (or equivalency) is required. For more information and an official job description please contact the Principal, Rebecca Julien (email: / phone: 215-952-6214)
In addition, we are seeking an SCS to serve as a “Recess Coach.” This person will be hired as an SCS (see above job description) but will focus on running our recess program. In partnership with Playworks (a socialized recess program) this person will receive training and guidance from the Playworks staff to fulfill the role of Recess Coach. In addition to the skills mentioned for the SCS position, this person should expect to be  an active part of the recess program, as he/she interacts with students to facilitate group play, games and leisure activities. This position may be appealing to candidates with experience as camp counselors, youth league coaches or similar experience.
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The Passyunk Square School Supply drive is benefiting Kirkbride and Jackson Schools. They are collecting supplies and donations to equip students and teachers with supplies they need throughout the year. Donation boxes are around the neighborhood, including ACME (1400 E. Passyunk Ave.) and Alphabet Academy (1506 E. Passyunk Ave.). The drive ends on Saturday, September 10.

Our happy hour will be on Thursday, September 8, at Hawthornes Biercafe (738 S. 11th St.) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. With a  donation, attendees will get discounts off happy hour special food and drinks–including kid-friendly options!  There will also be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go directly to the Supply Drive and school supply donations can be brought to the event as well.  For more information see our Facebook page: @PassyunkSquareSchoolSupplyDrive.
VW20160913 Supply Drive HH Flyer

Curious about rain gardens and the other green tools being used to keep our water clean? 

We have two excited opportunities to learn more about the green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) being used right in our own backyard!

East Passyunk Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tour and Happy Hour – Date TBD!

Join PSCA and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) for a guided tour of the six green infrastructure sites located within East Passyunk to learn more about how the green tools improve our water quality in conjunction with PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative. After the tour, continue the conversation over a drink at Garage for a GSI Happy Hour. 

Date and location are TBD. Keep an eye out for more details!

Keep Our Green Tools Beautiful by Becoming a PSCA GSI Volunteer!

Help the PWD keep the neighborhood GSI sites beautiful and effective by joining our group of PSCA volunteers!

As PSCA continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) by working with neighborhood volunteers, we are looking to expand our group trained to identify and report on problems with green stormwater installations.

Reporting is an easy process done through a short, mobile survey completed onsite in a matter of minutes while you walk your dog or take the stroller around the neighborhood!

The six sites are easily accessible and located across East Passyunk, with planters and a rain garden at Columbus Square Park, a planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, a tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker Streets, and a tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed Streets.

Learn more about volunteering by emailing

On July 12, 2016, PSCA was awarded a microgrant of $1,500 to use towards the goal in our proposal, which is to spread anti-litter education and provide local businesses with equipment to help them reduce litter.  To that end, PSCA needs your help! Our grant allows us to outfit about 18 restaurants with outdoor trashcans and cleanup supplies. The PSCA Environmental Committee would like to solicit ideas from our neighbors for which local takeout businesses they would like to see outfitted with these supplies. If you have an idea of a restaurant in our neighborhood, that is subject to this ordinance and could use our help with complying, please email us at Once we choose the businesses to participate, we will need help from you all, doing following up and out-reach to the businesses, to help get them interested in the project.

Save the Date:
Get a look inside some of our neighborhoods most interesting homes! Go home with great ideas for renovations and interior design, meet neighbors and support Passyunk Square Civic Association programs.

Get Involved:
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm the Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) will host our 13th Annual Home Tour.  The self-guided tour of homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood has been a successful fundraiser in previous years and we are hoping to have the same success in 2016.  Proceeds support activities that beautify the neighborhood and make Passyunk Square a wonderful place to live. The PSCA has helped in reinvigorating the neighborhood by engaging sidewalk sweeping services for major streets, sponsoring community activities and events, attracting new businesses in our general area, and working with local businesses, neighbors, schools and government.

We need your help to make the tour a success!

Consider volunteering to show your home during the 2016 Home Tour.  The Home Tour showcases homes in all stages of renovation, to provide a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet your neighbors. Please note your home does not need to be in pristine condition: work-in progress homes will also be featured.

Ticket Sales/Sponsorship Volunteer(s)

  • If you have great relationships with area businesses, share our sponsorship letter and solicit sponsorships
  • Set up on-line ticket sales (e.g. Eventbrite)
  • Track all sales

Marketing Volunteer(s)

  • Design home tour flyer and banner
  • Distribute home tour flyers

Home Tour Program

  • Design and write home tour guide based on participating homes

Day of Volunteers

  • Take shifts checking tour goers in and handing out info
  • Pick up balloons and distribute with information to participating homes

Participation is easy!  For questions or information about how to include your home on the tour, contact Andrew Stober at (215) 278-0387 or email:


This month’s zoning meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 13. PSCA monthly zoning meetings occur on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Saint Maron’s Maronite Church (1013 Ellsworth St).

This month’s zoning meeting has 4 cases:

  • 1248 S. 10th Street – Seek a special exception for a prepared food shop (less than 20 seating). Currently zoned CMX-1.
  • 1225-29 Peters Street – Updating the committee regarding certain changes made to plans. The ZBA had rejected it.
  • 1120-24 S. 12th Street – Zoning appeal for this property near 12th and Washington – use as storage for an adjacent business.
  • 434 S. 9th Street – Proposed residential rehab on all three units.

Our next monthly General Meeting is Tuesday, September 6, at 6:30 pm at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (SPOAC) at 1430 E. Passyunk Ave. SPOAC is the home for all of our general meetings, which occur on the first Tuesday of every month, except July and August when there are no general meetings.

Don’t forget, Passyunk Gardens is open and in full swing. We have workdays the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and open hours every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For more information on any of our greening programs, email Follow Passyunk Gardens on Facebook!

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