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Preparing Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders

Message from Our Principal

Welcome to the  2020-21 School Year at Emlen  Elementary School  – August 17, 2020

Emlen School and the School District of Philadelphia is committed to working together with students and families to create the best virtual learning experience for our students for the opening of the 2020-21 academic school year.  Our teachers and staff are prepared to deliver on-line direct instruction to all of our students K-5th grade. Teachers will begin to reach out to  introduce themselves and share their individual Office Hours so that you can stay connected with the school during these unprecedented times. Please make sure we have updated addresses and phone numbers. Emlen School will host Virtual Parent Town Hall meetings via Zoom.  Our first one will be held on August 27th at 2:00pm.  The passcode is 256113.  Due to restrictions there is a 100 person capacity on the first meeting, if you attempt to join and the first meeting is full please join us at our second meeting.  This meeting will be Friday, August 28 at 1:30.  The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

In March, ALL students should have received a Chromebook from the school or district office to help support your child’s digital learning experience. Incoming kindergarten students that have been fully registered may pick up their chromebooks at the district office or assigned  distribution site for use for the school year. Teachers will be providing a variety of educational activities and lessons through the use of Google Meet or Zoom platforms. ALL DAY instruction  will include Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health/PE, Art and Computers each week.  Lessons provided will be graded and daily attendance will be taken. Participation is key to your child’s academic success.  We remain committed to aligning student work to grade level Common Core standards, providing feedback, enhancing our communication with students and families on  academic progress and addressing any concerns that  may arise in a timely fashion. Students will receive face to face virtual lessons with the teacher (synchronous) and instruction which includes activities that he/she will complete on their own and review with the teacher. (asynchronous). As a reminder, you are responsible for taking care of your chromebook and providing a quiet space for your child to engage with their teacher during online learning. Please follow the “Virtual Norms” that have been set by the teacher and reach out to him/her during the posted Office Hours for additional support.  Our school buildings are closed but you can always get the latest updates at the School District’s website at and the Emlen School’s website.  Please stay safe during this challenging time—we remain #EmlenStrong!

Our Mission

The  mission of Emlen Elementary School  is to successfully transition our students to  Middle School and beyond.  Our goal is to prepare  today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Our Vision

At Emlen Elementary School all students will experience grade level curriculum aligned to content standards. Teachers will analyze and use data for action planning and to to drive instruction.  Members of our school community will create a culture of learning and collaboration in order to best meet the needs of ALL of our students.

Important Reminders:

Important Title I information that you should know!!

Parents…we want to hear what you have to say!!!  Please take a moment to fill out the Emlen Fall Survey.

Parent & Family Technology Support Centers

Starting the week of August 17, three Technology Support Centers will be open 5 days/week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for families to obtain new Chromebooks, or get help with theirs.

Students who are new to Emlen can pick up their Chromebooks at Emlen Elementary.

  • Fitzpatrick Annex Building
    (rear of Fitzpatrick Elementary School) 4101 Chalfont Drive, Philadelphia
  • Martin Luther King High School
    6100 Stenton Avenue; Philadelphia

We also now offer a dedicated telephone support line (215-400-4444) and email ( exclusively for parents and students to help you get your District-issued devices up and running, and to address more basic technical issues with broken or malfunctioning computers.

Free Internet for our Families

Food Distribution Sites

Online NEW Student Registration for Emlen School

Online Registration begins on Monday, August 17th.

This includes ALL Kindergarten registration as well as any incoming students for the 2020-21 school year.

Families, please access this link for information related to registration and placement for the Philadelphia School District. This webpage provides information on the online registration process as well as the additional access points new families can use to register in the Philadelphia School District.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN — FINAL STAGES…Parents and Guardians please view here IMPORTANT

Please check out some important information from Mrs. Seltzer, our Emlen School Counselor!

We want to hear what you have to say!  Please take a moment to review our School Improvement Plan and tell us what you think.

Please click here to view to see Emlen School’s Uniform

Emlen’s Virtual School Day is from 8:20-3:00.  Your child’s teacher will provide their FULL day schedule to you as the school year gets closer.

Students should be ready to login before 8:25 every day.

Do you know a child who will be 5 before September 1, 2020?  It’s time for KINDERGARTEN!!!

Food distribution sites can be found on the School District Website and is subject to change.