Pals Summer Park Days

PALS is heading to the parks this summer! Join us at Raccoon Creek State Park on Wednesday, June 21 at 10 am for a hike and picnic lunch in the Wildflower Reserve and then a few hours on the beach. Wear your hiking shoes, pack a picnic lunch, and bring your beach supplies. There’s also a place to rent boats if you’re interested. Hope to see you there! (We’re also planning park days for July 19 and August 16. Stay tuned for more details and comment below if you know of any great parks!)…/findapark/raccooncreek/

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Keep the Class Proposals coming!

We have posted a draft class schedule for fall (look on the webpage under the Enrichment Classes menu) slotting in the classes proposed so far.  Many of them are in the only position possible – some could move depending on what other classes are proposed.

If you see a spot where your kid won’t have an interesting class choice – then propose a class!  Classes also tend to fill up fast – so even if we have one class for an age group (particularly for the younger kids) we will still need another one for the same period.  Also remember teachers get to register during the beta testing period for registration.

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Fall Class Brainstorming location

The last post left out the location of the brainstorming session.  It will take place on the the third floor — meet in the central hallway — at lunchtime.


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Fall Classes Brainstorming Session – Call for Class Proposals

This coming Wednesday at lunch we will have a brainstorming session for fall classes – if you want to teach but aren’t sure of what you might offer or what PALS might need – this is the place for you to talk it over with board members, teachers, and parents.  The session may continue during the afternoon classes in the lunchroom, if necessary.

In preparation for this – if you already know what you’d like to offer (particularly if you have limitations as to which time periods you can teach) – please get your class proposals into the proposal form by Tuesday afternoon.  We will bring a copy of the existing proposals to the meeting, so we don’t duplicate classes people would already like to offer.


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PALS Clearance

This coming Friday (April 28), we are going to clean the last of the materials that we stored in Celishia’s garage after the last move.

There are definitely books/curriculum type things, maybe some craft materials, and I’m not sure what all else.

Any PALS family who wants to show up at Celishia’s house from 2:00 until 3:00  is welcome to take any of this stuff for free.  Otherwise, we are going to haul it all off to goodwill or similar place.

If you are interested and you need Celishia’s address, then email or facebook me (cat.aceto @ or any of the other board members.


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Class Proposals for Fall!

As we near the end of term, it is time for people to submit their proposals for fall classes.  Our goal is to finalize the fall schedule by the end of classes this term (May 10).

Proposals can be submitted online through our website.  We vastly prefer that you submit your proposal online, so that no one has to retype the information.  However, there will be paper forms located at the front desk.

If you have questions about a class that you are considering, feel free to talk about it with any board member.


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Photos on Wednesday!

Reminder! “School” Picture Day is this week!

We are asking that 2nd period teachers dismiss the kids to the front steps outside for the 2017 PALS group photo. Individual pictures will begin afterwards in room 113 during the lunch hour.

Package and pricing information is available at the front desk and payment (cash/check/cc) will be made directly to M&M photography when you have your photos taken. Pictures will be delivered at PALS on April 19th.

Kids can dress or pose however they like-we’ve had some really creative photos over the years!

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Snow Day Make-up

Because PALS was closed for inclement weather, we will hold classes on May 10 (which was formerly reserved for the share fair).

Pals will supply juice boxes and desserts at lunch on May 10, in lieu of the share fair potluck. Children are welcome to set up displays at lunch in the Guest House, but we will be unable because of time constraints to have a talent show.

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Spring Field Trip


PALS Spring Field Trip – APRIL 12, 2017  -Photo Antiquities, Museum of Photographic History.

Size for each tour is limited to 25 children. Please sign your family up by April 5, via Signup Genius , or at PALS on the signup sheet at the front desk. Grab a brochures for Photo Antiquities at the front desk as well.

Photo Antiquities is located at 531 East Ohio St, on the North Side. This small gem of a museum has six different exhibit areas, and claims the largest displays of vintage images and equipment anywhere. Their archives contain over 500,000 photographic images from all over the world, including examples of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Tintypes.

Our group will enjoy a guided tour of the museum, and age-appropriate, hands-on activities during two tours, one for younger children and one for older.

10:30 – 11:30 – Ages 5-10 This tour will touch on the history of photography, and focus on the photographic process, and will include hands on activities geared to younger children.
1:00 – 2:00 – Ages 11- Teens This tour will delve more deeply into the history of photography, and will include examples of different photographic techniques from the archives, as well as hands on activities.
Both tours will include the museum exhibits.

COST is $8 per person, for children participating in the tour and activities, and including accompanying adults. Each family will pay onsite, directly to the museum.

If you have any questions, or if you are a family with kids in both age groups and are concerned about the logistics of separate tours, please contact Elizabeth Erikson at or 724-288-1743.



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Fire Truck Visit

The Pittsburgh fire dept will be visiting our community helpers class this coming Wednesday.  They will have a fire truck in the parking lot from 11-12.  During lunch (from 11:30 to 12:00),  everyone is welcome to stop by and checkout the truck and talk to the fireman.

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