Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fuel the Rocket 2016-2017

Parents, Guardians and Friends of SLA:

As we know, the School District of Philadelphia continues to face major funding challenges that leave schools having to make difficult decisions about what we can afford for our children's education.  At SLA, we have been incredibly fortunate to be able to count on the support of our families to help close the gap between what we need and what we can afford.  This year is no exception.  We have set a goal of $50,000 for our yearly FUEL THE ROCKET campaign and we are counting on families to ensure that we reach our goal.

Our FUEL THE ROCKET campaign goes directly to making sure that the program of an innovative, authentic, inquiry-driven, technology rich education is able to continue. In the past, your contributions fund our Independent Learning Project administration, has paid for part or all of a teaching position, has funded our laptop program, and has helped to ensure that our many programs like Digital Video and Engineering have everything they need to support our students—and much, much more. We could not be the school we are without your support.

This year, in the spirit of fun that powers SLA, we have created levels of giving that align to the various NASA missions, so whether you are able to orbit with the Mercury missions or blast off on an Orion mission to Mars, all of us at SLA—from the Home and School to the teachers and students and administration— thank you so much for your continued support of the school! Let’s FUEL THE ROCKET!

Yours truly,

Chris Lehmann and Aaron Gerwer

P.S. Below you will find a list of 75 companies that employ people in the Philadelphia area who participate in matching donations.  If you, or someone you know works for one of these companies and you make a donation, you can make it count twice.  SLA's Home and School Association is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN - 61-1513400) and your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Are You Smarter Than an SLA Teacher? Trivia Night Returns October 14, 2016

Do you think you have what it takes to beat the defending “Home and School Board” Team Champions? 

SLA Home & School invites you to the 2nd annual

Friday, October 14, 2016 at
Philadelphia Firefighters Union Hall,
415 N. 5th Street, Phila, PA 19123
7:30pm - 10:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Free Parking Available in Union Hall Lot and across the street in Destination Maternity Parking Lot.

Join us for an evening of fun & community! Test your trivia know-how and wow your friends! Sign up as a team of 8 to 10, or sign up as individuals! Raffles throughout the night! 50/50! Light fare & nibbles!
This is an adult only event - Cash bar available for spirits. You can bring your own Wine & Snacks.

Tickets are $25 per person before the event. $30 at the door.

Registration/payment options: 1) Click on the button on the upper right of this page  or 2) via SLA website: click “info” on the top right hand corner, then click  “giving to SLA”, then click “Fuel the Rocket”  or 3) fill out attached form and send your payment into school in a sealed envelope to the attention of Robin Thomas, Home & School Assoc. Or via e-mail to Robin.thomas22222@gmail.com

Be sure to include your teammates names if you pay online and they will be paying separately so we can be sure to seat you together!

Any questions? Please call or email Robin at 215.495.5382, Robin.thomas22222@gmail.com
Space is limited. Order your tickets early. Ticket sales will close when we reach capacity.

If you cannot attend, please consider sponsoring a teacher.  All donations accepted.

Trivia Night Registration Form - October 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rocket to the Stars Silent Auction April 8, 2016

7th Annual Rocket to the Stars Silent Auction
to benefit SLA Center City

When: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:30

Where: Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street (in Old City)

Included: Delicious appetizers from Catering by Miles,
buffet dinner, Moore Brothers Wine, Beer,
coffee and pastries,
AND music entertainment

Bonus: Free parking for first 80 cars

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.

2015 Sponsorship Levels

APOLLO: $1500  
• Front or back full-page cover ad in the Auction Program
• Apollo listing in the Auction Program
* Four tickets to the Auction

SATURN: $1000 
• Full-page ad in the Auction Program 
• Saturn listing in the Auction Program 
• Four tickets to the Auction

GEMINI: $500 
• Gemini listing in the Auction Program 
• Two tickets to the Auction

MERCURY: $250 
• Mercury listing in the Auction Program 
• Two tickets to the Auction

• Sputnick listing in the Auction Program 
• One ticket to the Auction 

• Booster listing in the Auction Program


Email Camera-ready ads (300 dpi in PDF format) to abigler2410@comcast.net. NOTE: Payment and artwork must be received by February 20, 2015 for inclusion in the program.
Tax deductible where fully allowed by law.

2016 Silent Auction Sponsorships
(To send in a "Booster" amount online, use your Paypal account by sending it to: hsafundraising@scienceleadership.org)

2016 Silent Auction Tickets

Advanced ticket sales!  $55 for one, $100 for two, $150 for three and $200 for four.  Bonus for Advanced Ticket purchasers: $5 in Raffle Bucks!

2016 Silent Auction Tickets
Your Name

You do not receive a ticket per se, your name is on the advanced ticket sale list.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Future of SLA - Meet with Members of the SRC Tuesday, March 15 at 6 PM ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Friends and Families of SLA:

As you may have heard through the grapevine, SLA is having a meeting with members of the School Reform Commission this Tuesday about our future home. Mr. Lehmann, all the teachers, parents, alumni, and current students will be there.

A few years ago, as our lease at 55 N. 22nd was coming to an end, the School District indicated we could not stay, so they suggested that we relocate to 440 N. Broad St. (School District Headquarters) or Vaux High School (23rd and Master Streets).  After meetings with the school community, a compromise of 440 North Broad was reached, but SLA families were clear that they preferred we stay in our home.  

Last week, Constitution High School (which faced the same prospect of moving) was told that it essentially had no choice and was being moved to Vaux.  We do not want that to be the fate of SLA.

You all know through your experience as SLA families (many of you with multiple students!) that the design of our building, as well as the central location of our school, are a huge part of what makes SLA what is. But our existence at 55 N. 22nd street is currently under threat.

Please join us for this important meeting:

Tuesday, March 15th at 6PM 
The SLA Cafe

We invite each and every one of you to come and speak to the following points:
  • How the DESIGN of the building is essential to the teaching and learning that goes on here.
  • How the LOCATION of the building is important for you -- especially for those of who travel from far corners of the city to a central location.
  • How the PROXIMITY to outside programs affects your education.

Please, please plan to be with us and to share your voice. We will have child care in the building, if that would preclude you from coming. It's that important to us. Other schools in our situation are being told by the SRC that under no circumstances will they be staying in their current locations. If we don't put up a fight now, we will lose our home. So we need your help. 

We, the families and friends and alumni of SLA, need to convince at least 3 members of the SRC that leaving a highly-successful school (which the district is trying to replicate) in its current location is the right and best thing to do.  Why "fix" something that isn't "broken" to begin with.