Parenting in the Digital Age?

posted Dec 19, 2013, 12:47 PM by Dawn Levi

Please join us in the school library for a special Home & School Meeting—the 1st of the New Year!

On Tuesday January 14th at 6:00pm, our brief General Meeting will be followed at 6:30pm with Special Guest Speaker Faye de Muyshondt author of socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World.

Ms. Muyshondt will join us for a book talk and discussion on parenting in the digital age.  She will cover topics including:

· the importance of social skills in our increasingly technological world

· smart phone and social media safety and savvy

· enforcing a healthy “media diet” for children.

Faye De Muyshondt is the founder of socialsklz:-), a critically acclaimed program featuring modern day social and emotional skills workshops for everyday kids and young adults. She is also a Today Show contributor and has been featured on CNN, in The New York Times, &  The Wall Street Journal

Copies of Ms. Muyshondt’s book will be available for purchase—get yours signed by the author!

Modell's 15% off coupon, 5% for Masterman!

posted Dec 16, 2013, 10:52 AM by Dawn Levi   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 10:53 AM ]

The Masterman Odyssey of the Mind Club is fielding four teams at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Tournament in March 2014. Odyssey of the Mind is a creativity competition that requires students to "think  outside the box" as they work together to solve challenging problems. 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.

• Present the attached coupon during our Team Weeks beginning on Black Friday, November 29th through Thursday, December     26, 2013 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 Nichole Geiger
Principal OM Coordinator

1rst Annual Blue Dragon Holiday Classic! You can not miss it!

posted Dec 16, 2013, 10:40 AM by Dawn Levi   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 4:40 PM by Mike Hoffberg ]

Hosted by: Steve Jones, Keenan Marshall, Kristian Pel, & Bryan Stevenson (Class of '09)

When: Dec. 21st, 5 - 8 pm

Where: St. Paul's Community Center (Wallace St. between N. 10 St. and N. 11 St.)

Cost: $5 for spectators; $2 w/toy donation


My good friends and I are putting together and hosting the first annual Blue Dragon Holiday Classic. This event consist of an alumni basketball game featuring some of J.R. Masterman's former varsity basketball players. This contest will also be paired with a toy drive collecting donations for local charities in an effort to benefit some of the area's less fortunate youth during the holiday season. Our main objective for this is to create a fun and festive environment for the Masterman family to come out to and enjoy.   


We ask that you please spread the word of this event to Masterman alumni and, both current and former, students and faculty members. Your support would be greatly appreciated and with your help, we can reach a larger number of people and hopefully make this a truly special occasion for everyone involved. Feel free to email me back with any questions, comments, or suggestions. 


Hope to hear from you soon. 


Keenan Marshall

Holiday gifts from our Magazine Fundraiser!

posted Nov 12, 2013, 10:12 AM by Dawn Levi   [ updated Dec 16, 2013, 10:42 AM ]

Buy Holiday gifts from our Magazine Fundraiser

Don't forget that the Masterman Magazine Fundraiser is available any time of the year and will help to support our students. Just go to and enter Masterman's ID# 1052604. You can purchase other gifts and cd's as well as magazines and you will be giving 40% of the price to Masterman! Thanks for your support.

Our 2013-14 Spring Musical is getting ready!

posted Nov 12, 2013, 10:00 AM by Dawn Levi   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 10:00 AM ]

Dear Parents:

We’re excited to announce our Spring Musical. We’re looking forward to your involvement in making this another successful production.

2013-2014 Musical: We are excited to announce our show: WEST SIDE STORY. The performance dates will be 2/27, 2/28 and 3/1 all at 6:30pm.

AUDITIONS: High School auditions are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (11/19, 11/21 and 11/22); Middle School auditions will be in early December (an announcement to follow soon). This year, we are in need of a few parent leaders who are interested in leadership roles. Call-backs will be the week following Thanksgiving break.

NEW DIRECTOR: We are also excited to announce that there will be a new director for the show. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Calvin Atkinson to our school. Mr. Atkinson graduated from Temple University’s theater department and brings with him a multitude of musical experience and enthusiasm. He’s very excited to work with our students and we know he’s going to do a great job.

PARENT NEEDS: This year we are looking for parents to assist in facilitating communication between parent volunteers and the musical team. We are also looking for parents who can assist with Middle School supervision, costuming and organization. There are other opportunities for parents to be involved during the rehearsal process, tech weeks and show nights. Please e-mail us if you’re interested in volunteering and in what capacity you’d like to help.

STAY INFORMED: This year, we will use the “Masterman Musical” page on Edline to provide valuable information such as rehearsal schedules, playbill ad information, sponsorship forms, etc. We also have a Twitter account ( and Instagram account (, and we will continue to keep a private Facebook page for the students where they can ask questions and check schedules. We will also continue to provide information via our email as we have in the past.

FUTURE NEEDS: Future emails will be following requesting specific needs such as assistance with props and our President's Day dress rehearsal on February 17, 2013. As we move toward show time, we’ll need help with make up, middle school chaperones and fundraisers. If you are available and able to help, even if just for an hour or two, we'd greatly appreciate it!

Successful production of the musical would be impossible without help from the parents!

If you are interested in becoming more involved with this year's musical, please contact (
or Josh Rothstein 

Thank you for your time and efforts to help make this year – and every year – the best show it can be.

My best,

                                                                Josh Rothstein

Masterman loves to read!

posted Nov 12, 2013, 9:51 AM by Dawn Levi   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 9:53 AM ]

Wondering how can you support Masterman School Book Fair? 

One way is visiting the library room where there are displayed some of the most popular titles among our children or tell your child to visit it. For every $5 you spend you will be receiving a ticket for the raffle of a basket made for Ms. Denise Fennell. Read more here.

Your second option is to visit the Scholastic web page for Masterman School Library Fair and buy online. click here to see it.

And the third option is to buy books for our teachers wish list, which some of them are not available trough scholastic. If you want to see the wish list please click here

Thank you for supporting all our efforts!

What's happening this month and letter from our president

posted Oct 31, 2013, 6:04 AM by Masterman HSA Webmaster   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 6:07 AM ]

October 28, 2013

Dear Masterman Families,

October has been a busy month for the Home and School Association. We hosted a Parent’s Night Out, Family Dinner and Fall Work Day. I appreciate the time and energy that it took to make the events so successful and fun.


November 4th at 6pm: Our next event is the first General Body Home and School Meeting on November 4th at 6pm in the school library. We will start with updates and a question and answer session. We will then focus on volunteer opportunities in the school and for the Home and School Association. This will be the perfect time to find out how YOU can help. I look forward to seeing you there. No RSVP necessary. Let’s continue the fight against cold and flu season- please bring a donation of tissues and/or hand sanitizer to the meeting.
November 12th thru 18th: Save the Date for the Scholastic Book Fair: November 12 thru 18 in the library. More information soon.
November 15th and 16th: Middle School Musical, Guys and Dolls, Jr: November 15th at 7pm and November 16th at 1pm.

Please renew your Home and School membership. We need 100% participation from Masterman families. Not sure if you have renewed? Contact Clara Jerez at

We still need volunteers for High School classes. Contact Section Rep. Coordinator, Valarie Cofield at vcofield@intechconstruction.comto find out more.

Below is an update from school volunteer coordinator, Janet Pinkerton:

Dear Masterman Parents,

I have good news, bad news and two reminders.
Bad news first: Masterman desperately needs parent volunteers during the rest of October through December. The front office is well staffed with volunteers, but the other volunteer opportunities (helping monitor students in the morning, during lunch and after dismissal) are wide open. Please go to Masterman’s Group page on VolunteerSpot at to see if you can help.

Two Bits of Good News:

1) The volunteer schedule is updated to better reflect start and end times of each task. Task times are noticeably shorter! For example, helping to supervise students in the auditorium before school only runs 7:30-8:10am.

2) Each task now also includes tips for parent volunteers AND the rules students know they are to follow. (So parents know what they need to do and what's 'OK' for students to do.)

Finally, the reminders:

1) All of these tasks require that parents have their security clearances. Check out our FAQs about security clearances here:

2) Whatever task you do, always check in at the front office first.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Pinkerton or 215-906-9158.


Did you know that supplies also include things like printer ink, toner, computer batteries, adaptors and headsets? We have recently purchased all of these items and more with Home and School funds. Your generous donations and membership dues are ensuring that our school continues to thrive. We will need more supplies as the year continues. Watch for announcements for specific items.


The Home and School Association provides staff grants every year. I am delighted to say that we have approved funding for a wide variety of items including: Smart Response Systems, computer programs, on-line database subscriptions, science equipment, saxophones, books, art supplies and even hydrochloric acid!  These are just some of the things that our teachers requested in order to provide the very best education to our children.

I personally thank you for your support which has allowed the Home and School to make a difference in the classrooms. I share with you a message from one of our beloved English teachers:

“I cannot thank you enough for all that you and the HSA are doing for the school. I am constantly amazed by the parents' generosity and ability to help. I feel so cushioned from the School District craziness because of all of you - thanks a million!!”

Contact me any time with your questions or concerns at I hope to see you on November 4th.


Kim Seibert
Masterman Home and School Association

A big thank you to all our the volunteers who helped make the Family Dinner a great success!

posted Oct 31, 2013, 6:00 AM by Masterman HSA Webmaster

A big thank you to all our the volunteers who helped make the Family Dinner a great success! Special thanks goes to Nancy and Chau who made this happen. Thanks also to the school staff who led workshops. The evening was fun and informative (I hope) and the food was great.

M. Neff

Marjorie G. Neff
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
1699 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Scholastic Book Fair is on its way!

posted Oct 31, 2013, 5:59 AM by Masterman HSA Webmaster

Scholastic offers a variety of favorite titles at affordable prices and allows us to take a cash profit if we sell at least $2,000 in materials. All Book Fair profits will go to Cozy Corner classroom reading corners for the 5th and 6th grades. We want to outfit our classrooms with comfortable seating, secondary lighting, and a few good books.

The Fair will be held in the recently re-opened Masterman School Library Tuesday, November 12 − Monday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. − 3:30 p.m.

Books can be purchased online at from November 11 − November 23. Consider buying a book to donate to the classroom, too.

Masterman Home and School Association also invites the Masterman community to join in the Cozy Corner Used Book Drive. Below is a list of teacher requested titles. If you have any of these titles at home and are ready to part with them, please send them to school with your student or drop them off in the school library. Kindly donate good condition books only. We depend upon your generosity to make our goal. Thank you for your support of this important library fundraiser!

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events series
  • Artemis Fowl series
  • The Graveyard Book and Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman
  • 39 Clues series
  • Kane Chronicles series
  • Bone graphic novel series
  • Book of Embers series
  • Pendragon series
  • The Penderwicks series
  • Warrior Cat series
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice series
  • Mysterious Benedict Society series
  • Dork Diaries series
  • Wings of Fire series
  • Harry Potter series
  • Smile and Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Big Nate series
  • Any books by: Rick Riordan, Mike Lupica, Jerry Spinelli, Avi, Gary Paulsen

Important! High School Fair Information

posted Oct 31, 2013, 5:56 AM by Masterman HSA Webmaster

2013 Philadelphia High School Fair-- November 16, 9 am - 5 pm: Many Philadelphia miss out on education opportunities that could shape their lives simply because they don’t know they are available.  That’s why ASAP has partnered on this event to make sure the Philly youth who matter most to you can find the best educational opportunities for them.  At the high school fair, middle school students and families are invited to explore high school options, including district, magnet, charter, and Catholic schools. Families can learn about academic and special programs, extracurricular, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more Flyers in both English and Spanish are available for those interested in giving them out.

Who: The fair is designed for Philadelphia middle school students, parents, and caregivers; all Philadelphia high schools are invited to attendWhen: Saturday, November 16, 9 am - 5 pm

Where: Drexel University's Armory, 33rd and Market.  For more information visit

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