We are the Home and School Association of Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a special admission small high school located in Center City, Philadelphia.
SLA is a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. It is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning.
Please Participate in the Fuel the Rocket Campaign! Help the SLA Home & School Association Raise $50,000 for SLA's 2014-2015 Year Funds contributed to this campaign pay for the entire after-school program, clubs & grade recovery Summer Institute keeping the building open until 6pm, books, supplies and materials.
Make an online donation or send in a check via the form below
Make an online donation
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE FUEL THE ROCKET CAMPAIGN!!
Included: Delicious appetizers from Catering by Miles,
buffet dinner, Moore Brothers Wine, Yards Beer,
coffee and pastries from La Finca Café & Caterers,
AND music by SLA’s own Retro Rockets
Bonus: Free Parking!
You can purchase your "tickets" or sponsorships by sending in a check to SLA Home and School at 55 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or by using the online button to make your payment using your Paypal account or credit card.
2014 Sponsorship Levels
• Front or back full-page cover ad in the Auction Program
• Apollo listing in the Auction Program
* Four tickets to the Auction
• Full-page ad in the Auction Program
• Saturn listing in the Auction Program
• Four tickets to the Auction
• Gemini listing in the Auction Program
• Two tickets to the Auction
• Mercury listing in the Auction Program
• Two tickets to the Auction
• Sputnick listing in the Auction Program
• One ticket to the Auction
BOOSTER: LESS THAN $100
• Booster listing in the Auction Program
SPONSOR A TEACHER: $55
2014 Ticket Prices
$55 per person
$100 for two
$150 for three
$200 for four
Bonus for Advanced Ticket purchasers: $5 in Raffle Bucks!
You do not receive a ticket per se, your name is on the advanced ticket sale list.
Sit down with your child and each write a letter to our elected leaders Harrisburg (we pay their salaries). Tell them what you love about your school, what matters and is wonderful that you can’t afford to lose. Don’t forget to include the name of your school, your name and address. Hand written letters from kids are MOST IMPORTANT because our kids have the most to lose.
Then send that letter to us c/o PCCY, Public Citizens for Children & Youth | 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 6th Fl. | Philadelphia, PA 19103; postmarked by June 7th or hand delivered by June 10th. (Or email it to Sarah C. Stuart email@example.com.)
We will HAND DELIVER all the letters to Harrisburg on Wednesday June 12th. Want to be part of the Harrisburg delegation? You can car-pool or train out there with us. (Just let Sarah know firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Call YOUR City Council member and
express your support for two bills that will raise funds for the School
District: the "Liquor by the Drink" and the "Use & Occupancy"
bills. Or attend the June 5th City Council session at 2pm when these
bills will be voted on. The restaurant and business lobby is fighting
hard against these two bills. Make sure your Councilmember (and At-Large
members) hear from you.
Can you do more? Phone Bank.
You call people throughout the state who care about public education. They help us by making calls so that state senators and reps hear from people outside Philadelphia. This is very powerful and a great opportunity to have your voice amplified.
If you can phone bank, just email email@example.com with days/approximate times available. You need internet access and a phone to do it from home, and there will be some opportunities to do it from the PA Ed Voters office as well. June 7th will be the first target date.
Keep in touch. Put your outrage to good use.
·Friend the IMAGINE A SCHOOL Facebook page and post your updates so everyone knows
week, at a meeting with a City Councilman, a brave SLA junior wept as
she contemplated he
senior year and her prospects for college if the
City and State don't come up with the needed money. SLA could lose the
digital video program making it impossible for her to prepare a
competitive portfolio for her college submission. Every child in the
Philadelphia schools is thinking about what they stand to lose and how
they will ever be able to achieve their dreams if the adults in charge
don't start coming up with some solutions.
are their parents and we have to help them - help the kids speak up
for themselves - speak truth to power. And we have to tell OUR elected
officials - in City Hall and in Harrisburg - that we as taxpayers,
residents and parents want them to invest in our children's future, in
our public schools. No excuses.
This Thursday, May 23, 2013, is an important day for this effort. There is a citywide effort to have every child and parent to come down to City Hall from 11-1 in a show of strength.
And we are asking CHILDREN - STUDENTS - to testify.
City Council, the media and the state need to hear from those whose
lives hang in the balance, our children. Politicians always say:
education, education, education. Talk is cheap. We need action.
On Thursday, May 23, City Council will consider Bill #130161, written by Councilwoman Quinones Sanchez, which is the first bill proposed by any member of Council to raise the funds needed for the public schools for next year.
A group of parents has been meeting with all the members of
City Council over the past three weeks. Based on those meetings, we
believe it is critical that we have a big show of support in Council
Chambers this Thursday. Our friends in Council need to know we "have
their backs," and those who are opposed to funding the schools need to
see that we, as voters and taxpayers, are watching them.
Council needs to know that we want our children to get a good
education. And if that means taking a few hours off work to go sit in
council chambers, so be it.
Please join us in Council chambers Thursday from 11-1.
If your student (or you!) wants to speak during the public comment period
of Thursday's Council Session, please call the Clerk's office to sign
up. Click here for more information.
The School District is projecting a $300 million shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year. If our schools have to absorb a 25% cut to their budgets because of this shortfall, they effectively will be running on 40% less than fours years ago.
This year's budget cut means $700,000 less for SLA. As Mr. Lehmann was quoted recently on WHYY, "there's no fat."
Here's what $700,000 translates into for SLA.
Spanish 2-4 will be taught online
No College Counseling
No Computer Science
No Upper Level Drama
No Digital Video
Earlier closings of the school building
If the School District eliminate athletics, all of our teams will also be lost.
Mr. Lehmann wants to avoid these cuts and is trying to raise funds from multiple sources. But, as parents and guardians of SLA, we must help. The Fuel the Rocket campaign goal is to raise at least $45,000 in the next six weeks.
Please make a contribution to the Fuel the Rocket Campaign. Please donate by check or use the online option in the right hand column.
At the April 30th, meeting, several parents made suggestions for other ways to raise funds for the campaign: a rummage sale, a jazz concert. If you have an idea or want to volunteer, please send us an email at ROCKETSFUNDRAISING@GMAIL.COM