Masterman Announcements

Summer Reading List is Ready and Books are for Sale at the Library

posted Jun 13, 2013, 4:44 PM by Dawn Levi

The 2013 Summer Reading list has been posted on the Library's Edline page:
Some titles are available for purchase at school in the library.


posted Jun 13, 2013, 4:26 PM by Dawn Levi   [ updated May 10, 2014, 11:26 AM by David Ortiz ]

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July 7 - 11 ** 8:30 – 12:30 or August 11 - 15 ** 8:30 – 12:30
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1600 W. Norris Street (or other suitable venue TBA)
Cost: $80, some scholarships available

Register using the form below. If you need further information or if you have questions, please feel free to call or to email:

Mary Ellen King, Lead Teacher
SAT/PSAT Prep Program
Phone   215 779 6200

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Fourth Laps for Education 2015

posted Apr 5, 2013, 4:21 PM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 9:25 AM by Dawn Levi ]

Picture source: WHYY Newswork website.

Fourth Annual 
Friday June 5, 2015 
Registration: $10 per student, $10 for all other participants.  
A completed waiver must be submitted at registration. 

Please indicate on your sign up waiver which activity you are planning to participate in running laps, hula hooping, or playing basketball
Participants are encouraged to raise at least $100.00 by using the pledge sheet.  Advertise your running to your classmates, family members, social media networks, etc.
Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers! 
We are also in need of gift card donations for prizes.  iTunes, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Shake Shack, City View Pizza, Amazon, or other local businesses around the school would be greatly appreciated.  You can send the gift cards in with the sign up sheets. Please indicate student name and section with donation. 
7:30-8:30am-Volunteers arrive 
8:30-10:00am-5th and 6th Graders 
10:15-11:45am-7th and 8th Graders 
12:00-1:30pm-High School Students 
More info to follow...

Date: June 5, 2015

Time: 8:30-2:30

Place: Masterman Patio

Please include student's name and section during the process of check-out so we can allocate your donation. Thank you.
(There is a message/note box)

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t run, can I still participate?

Absolutely!  Walkers are welcome and now basketball or

hula hooping are options too.

Can parents, teachers, alumni participate?

Absolutely!  Just fill out and turn in the registration form that can be downloaded from

Can I donate directly?

Absolutely!  You can donate directly by sending cash or a check with your student or by credit card or PayPal by linking to the Donate to Laps for Education link at

How can I get sponsors?

Ask family, friends, neighbors, local businesses.  You can ask in person, by phone or by email.  If you use social media (e.g. Facebook), consider setting up a page to solicit donations.

I want to volunteer, what should I do?

Visit for a link to sign up for volunteering.

I have additional questions?



New Databases for Masterman School Library

posted Mar 20, 2013, 11:50 AM by Clara Jerez

Starting this week, our students have a year's subscription to the following databases through Infobase Learning:

U.S. Government Online, Bloom's Literary Reference, Chelsea House Biographies Online, and African American History Online. 

You can access these products on edline by going to the Masterman School Library page and clicking Databases under Content. I will be distributing the login information in paper form also. Infobase asked that we not post the username or password online. Please share this information with your children and encourage them to use the databases for their schoolwork and projects. 

These databases are available to us through a Home and School Grant. 

Thank you. 

Bernadette Kearney

Book Drive!

posted Feb 15, 2013, 1:58 PM by Clara Jerez

Feb. 13, 2013

Dear Families,

Though the library has some really wonderful materials for our students to use and read, we always need to replenish our series favorites. The National Honor Society has kindly organized a book drop of gently used materials during this Love Your Library Month. If you have any of these titles and you want to donate them, we would be most grateful. Here are some of our favorites:

Rangers’ Apprentice (we’re missing Number One—always a brick wall for those readers who need to follow a sequence)

  • Pendragon (the middle ones)
  • Popularity Papers
  • Dork Diaries
  • The Clique
  • Fablehaven
  • Red Blazer Girls
  • Graphic novels or Mange
  • Some favorite authors:
  • Rick Riordan
  • Sharon Creech
  • Karen Cushman
  • James Patterson
  • Charles Higham

And for the teens. . .
  • Matched series
  • Hunger Games trilogy
  • P.C. Cast series (House of Night)
  • Libba Bray series (Gemma Doyle)
  • Maureen Johnson (Suite Scarlett)
  • Nicholas Sparks books
  • Jodi Piccoult books
  • Robert Jordan books
  • Shakespeare’s individual plays

As always, thanks so very, very much!

Bernadette Kearney

Masterman School Library

March 6: Write On!

posted Feb 1, 2013, 11:18 AM by Clara Jerez

A Workshop for Parents and Students Who Want to Grow as Writers
Wednesday, March 6, 6:15-7:45 pm, in the school library

What do strong writers do when they plan, draft and revise a piece of writing? How can parents, students and teachers flex their writing muscles to create more powerful, meaningful work? Masterman parents (with their kids!) are invited to a hands-on workshop co-led by language arts teacher AnnMarie Marranzini and freelance writer (aka Masterman parent) Anndee Hochman. Questions: contact Ms. Marranzini.

Auction Committee meeting

posted Jan 22, 2013, 1:16 PM by Clara Jerez

Save the date! March 16th is the celebration of our annual Auction to Achieve. This year funds will be directed to finish our library with all the equipment needed for our students. There are multiple thing that we need to do still so if you are interested on volunteering please contact or Denise

Thank you for your help and support towards our school.

Support 5th & 6th Grade Odyssey of the Mind Team!

posted Oct 22, 2012, 7:13 PM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Nov 27, 2012, 5:25 PM by Clara Jerez ]

Dear Student, Parent, or Guardian:

The Masterman Odyssey of the Mind Club is fielding three teams at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Tournament in March 2013. The club is conducting a fundraiser in partnership with Modell’s Sporting Goods to help cover our expenses this year. You can get a discount on your holiday shopping and earn a cash donation for Odyssey of the Mind at Masterman.

Here’s how it works:

Present the attached coupon during our Team Weeks beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd through Thursday, December 20, 2012 for 15% off all regular and sale-priced merchandise (valid in store only);
The club will receive 5% back on all purchases made during this time;
You can use your coupon as many times as you’d like throughout this 4-week period.
Thank you as always for your generous support.

Marjorie Neff 

Nicole Geiger
OM Coordinator

Request for In-Kind Donations

posted Oct 22, 2012, 7:05 PM by Clara Jerez

Where do your donations go? The J.R. Masterman Home and School Associations (HSA) receives funds through membership and various fundraisers. These funds are used to purchase books for English and History classes as well as to purchase newspaper subscriptions. We purchase educational equipment such as a language lab, pay licensing fees for databases and other technology to help make the educational experience more interactive. This year, we are helping to fund intramural activities and are in the process of renovating the school library. The library is lighter, brighter and safer. At this time we need to take care of some housekeeping so that we can stay focused on helping to keep our students competitive. Rather than to take from the funds that benefit the students, we are asking for some help. 

Below, please find non-perishable items for which the HSA is seeking donations.

Banners (computer print outs or scrapbook enthusiasts): The banners used by the committees during various functions need to be updated. Some were destroyed in a cleaning accident. If someone has access to a large printer and can make large banners, please send a message through Alternatively, if there is a creative parent who would like to use their scrapbooking skills to make committee signs, please send an email through

Sticky back Velcro 5 packs

Cleaning supplies (i.e. Fantastik, 409, Clorox, etc.) 5 bottles

Cleaning wipes (Clorox or Lysol) 10 containers

Napkins (500 count) 5 packs

Paper towels 10 rolls

Hot cocoa (regular and sugar free) 2 boxes

Scotch tape 5 rolls

Staplers & staples 3

We ask that no one family provides more than two of the following items each:

Clear Storage Tubs (20-25 gallon) (Interior Beautification) 25 units

Clear Storage Tubs (20-25 gallon) (Logo) 5 units

Clear Storage Container (1 gallon) (Closet) 15 units

To keep track of what is coming in, please leave a note or send an email indicating what you provide and when. We will make arrangements for drop-off.

Magazine Sale Orders Extended to October 25th

posted Oct 11, 2012, 7:33 PM by Clara Jerez   [ updated Oct 22, 2012, 7:01 PM by Clara Jerez ]

We really need your help. We are still behind last year's sales and we need to raise funds now more than ever. The Magazine sale proceeds pay for the students' participation in math and other contests, history day, the library's book club, the Health Fair, guest speakers, the newspaper and Lit mags. The sale also provides funds for special assistance for class trips, parties for participants in activities and it supplements class dues among other items.

You can send orders in on the order forms provided or you can order online at using Masterman's on-line ID #1052604. Just send in a printout of the order for your child to get credit for the sale. Remember that 40% of the gross sales goes to support Masterman students and you can deduct that 40% from income taxes. Items ordered online throughout the year will also be credited to Masterman.
Thank you as always for supporting Masterman!

Magazine subscriptions at discount rates + 
Masterman makes money on every sale
= great deal for our school. 

Access the catalog at: Masterman magazine sale online
the Masterman on-line ID for the magazine sales is: 1052604
Checks payable to Masterman School.

Magazine subscriptions at discount rates + 
Masterman makes money on every sale
= great deal for our school. 

Access the catalog at: Masterman magazine sale online
the Masterman on-line ID for the magazine sales is: 1052604
Checks payable to Masterman School.

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