G. W. Childs Elementary K-8
1599 Wharton Street
A Childs school student is On Time, On Task, and On a Mission!
G.W. Childs Elementary School
Message from superintendent, Dr. HIte
June 2, 2016
As we approach the end of the school year, our schools begin to experience what’s known as “the Spring
Slide” and the “June Slump.” This is a troubling pattern in which student attendance rates start to drop in
May and worsen in June. We realize some absences are unavoidable, for example, due to health problems.
But, we also know that when students miss too much school regardless of the reason it can cause them to
fall behind academically. To ensure that your child receives the best education possible, I am asking you
to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of your child at school every day until the last day of
school. Please discuss with your children why attendance is so important for success in school, and about
continuing to put forth their best efforts in all of their classes. Instruction will continue and attendance
for students will be recorded on a daily basis by the District and calculated through the last day of
school, June 22, 2016.
Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance at the end of the school year:
• Ensure your child goes to school every day unless they are truly sick.
• Avoid scheduling vacations or appointments when school is in session.
• Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime.
• Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your child starts to become restless about going to
We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please
contact your child’s school.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.
William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.
Message from the Principal
Dear Childs Community,
As the principal of this great school, I can guarantee your children will receive a first class education! Our teachers are dedicated to making sure every child reaches his or her potential. They are devoted to the children and work hard to assure that every child feels loved and safe. We make sure that our students are “On time, on task, and on a mission!”
We offer special programs, such as after school tutoring, ST Math program for grades K-5, mentoring through City Year and Dream Academy, drama club, debate club, and Lego robotics. We have a socialized recess with organized games. We have a full service lunch room with delicious food served daily.
We have a recently formed Home and School Organization that we urge all families to join. We have a School Advisory Council for parents, teachers, and community members to help steer the school towards achieving its educational goals.
Childs Elementary is a jewel in South Philadelphia. It is a place of serious education and a place where people of all cultures are valued and respected.
I urge you to come by and visit our school!
Dr. Eileen Coutts, Principal
Remember to bring in your Box Tops!
Please submit all Box Tops to your child's homeroom teacher!
Academic Calendar 2015-2016
The following is the calendar for all schools and Pre-Kindergarten Programs for the 2015 - 2016 school year: