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Phillips Elementary to hold special tour for parents of area children


Parents of children under five years of age may attend a special tour of Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 on Wednesday, May 14, from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

"This tour is a great way for parents of future students to visit Phillips during a typical school day," said Principal Rodney Necciai.

During the tour, guests will visit classrooms, meet teachers, and talk with parents of students currently attending the school.

"Many people don't realize that South Side has a wonderful public elementary school," said Michele Margittai, a parent of a Phillips student.

Serving 290 children, Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 is a neighborhood school located in South Side at 1901 Sarah Street. The instructional program is designed around the school district's comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing the Pennsylvania's learning standards in reading, math, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education. Gifted, special education, and tutoring support is also provided.

Students who attend Pittsburgh Phillips participate in the Reading in Families (RIF) program, take field trips to local museums and attractions, and attend in-school presentations by authors, musicians, and other performers. Every year, the school hosts a number of academic and other contests like the geography bee, spelling bee, chess tournament and marble tournament.

The school includes a Spanish International Studies Academy magnet program, open to all students by application. Students enrolled in this program learn the Spanish language and the customs and cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The entire school population participates in several holiday celebrations including Cinco de Mayo, Las Posadas, Parrandas, and Fiesta de la Paz. These celebrations include music, food and performances.

The school also offers a variety of lunchtime and after-school clubs, including Chorus Club, chess club, and intramural sports programs. An active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) supports school activities such as book fairs and the Santa's Workshop, and family activities like Halloween Party, Valentine's Day Dance, and the Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

To attend the tour on May 14, call 412-488-5190 by May 9, 2008.


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