Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
December 1ST, 2020

Dear UACS families,

We hope that those celebrating Thanksgiving this year had a safe and peaceful holiday. It is hard to believe that December is already here! Still, it's never too late to join us in our virtual programming. Enrollment will stay open the rest of the year for any students interested in engaging with our virtual UACS programs. 

Wishing you good health and a safe & happy holiday season, 
The Netter Center

It's never too late to join UACS! 

If you have questions or would like assistance with your enrollment application, please contact your Site Director. See more detailed enrollment information below! 

K-8 UACS Programming

Comegys Cyber Fall Programming 

Enrollment is Open! 
Contact Comegys Site Director Ms. Aurora with questions.
Phone: (215) 913-0599 
Lea Cyber Fall Programming
Enrollment is Open!
Contact Lea Site Director Arttia Watts with questions.
Email: arttiaw@sas.upenn.edu | Phone: 215-898-5351 
Hamilton & Mitchell Cyber Fall Programming
Enrollment is Open! 
Contact Hamilton & Mitchell Site Director Latifah Anderson with questions.
Email: latifahk@sas.upenn.edu | Phone: 215-435-2352 
Karate Fitness Highlights
Check out students in Karate Fitness doing their "stance of attention"! They are getting ready to practice several stances they learned from class in the 2019 afterschool program and this Fall.
High School UACS Programming
West Philly HS Fall Programming
Enrollment is Open!
Contact WPHS Site Director Corey James for more information. 
Email: coreyj@upenn.edu
Sayre HS Fall Programming

Enrollment is Open!

Contact Sayre Site Director Joseph Brand for more information.
Email: jbrand@sas.upenn.edu | Phone: 215-898-5351
Local News 
City-Wide Updates

While the holidays will be different this year, you can still marvel at the sights, sounds, and unique flavors of Philadelphia. Holiday events and activities are happening throughout the city. To view a calendar of events, click here

Neighborhood businesses are the heart of communities across Philadelphia, providing jobs, goods, and services for residents. While holiday shopping will look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health precautions in place, there are still many ways to support local businesses throughout the season. Click below to read more.  

Click for: City Updates

Penn Updates

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, along with SDP Superintendent Dr. Hite, announced on Nov. 17th that  Penn will contribute $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia, representing an unprecedented commitment to the city and its public schoolchildren. This is the largest private contribution to the School District in its history. Click below to read more. 

Click for: Penn Updates

School District of Philadelphia Updates

The holidays are often portrayed as a joyful  time of year, but we all know that they can also be extremely stressful. This is even more true during this holiday season as we conitnue to fight COVID-19 and its impact on our lives. The SDP wants to make sure that no child and no family goes hungry this season, and has compiled a list of all the schools that are currently offering meals. To search the list, click below. 

Click for: SDP Updates

Email center@dolphin.upenn.edu for questions and to receieve the Zoom link for this event!

UACS Nights is Still Going Strong!

Join UACs nights on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday for fun, interactive classes! Register for events here

Please email Ashley Mapp with questions: ashleyamapp@gmail.com

New Class Highlight: Cooking Around the World with Chef Sonya!
Eat around the world with Chef Sonya as your guide from the comfort of your kitchen. Learn the art and science of cooking and food preparation and explore exquisite world dishes, every Thursday at 6pm! To register visit Eventbrite
In the first class pictured below, Chef Sonya prepared "Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bleu Cheese & Bacon" and "Orange Cranberry Glazed Salmon." Catch a recording of the class here
Community Resources

Help Food Services Serve Our Families!

Please take a short, five-minute anonymous survey to help Food Services better plan how to get more FREE school meals to as many families as possible! The link to the survey is HERE and is also available in the following languages: Español / 中文 / Português / العربية . Email ecassar@philasd.org with any questions. THANK YOU!

Story Time with Stimulus Children’s Theatre! 

The Annenberg Center is partnering with the Penn student performing arts group Stimulus Children’s Theatre (Stim) to produce a series of read aloud stories for children this winter! Story Time with Stim released its first story in early November, and is releasing one more video this coming Wednesday, Dec. 2nd: Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen, Heidi Y. Stemple and Anne-Sophie Lanquetin.
Click here to view past storytimes and check back on Dec. 2nd for the final installment! 

Join the Conversation on Wed. Dec. 2nd 

During this event, two former Police Commissioners, Charles Ramsey and Michael Harrison, will discuss approaches and obstacles to addressing systemic problems in U.S. policing. There will be time for questions from the audience, and we welcome community members from West Philly to participate and be heard. 
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Click here to register. 
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