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Dear West Oak Lane Charter School Community:
Although the global pandemic continues to challenge us all, I am pleased to report that the school year launched without any significant problems!
Our success is due to following a carefully planned process the WOLCS administrative, support, and tech teams designed during the summer.  We had to reimagine how we work together to support our students and staff in accordance with WOLCS’ Mission, Vision, and our Core Beliefs.  As a community of parents, students, staff, and our Board of Trustees, I am proud to say that we have risen to the moment. It has not been easy, and there will be more work to do as we navigate the new school on a virtual platform, but I have full confidence that we will meet any challenge that may arise.
Although school will continue to be held remotely, we are committed to ensuring our students receive an uncompromised and rigorous WOLCS academic experience. To accomplish this goal, we have equipped our teachers and paraprofessionals with the most updated virtual instruction tools and strategies.
It has been said a strong building is one that is set upon a solid foundation. The tagline we adopted when WOLCS celebrated its 20th anniversary is “We are Family.”  The “We” in that tagline represents each individual WOLCS stakeholder—those who have some kind of personal or vested interest in our school’s success. “Family” represents us all as one unit striving for the common goal of sending our graduates to Philadelphia’s best high schools. All of us contribute to our foundation of family. We’ve been tested and the results are in—we are better together. In time we will return to the classroom in whatever form that may be. In the interim, we will continue to work together to build upon our successes in serving K-8 students from every zip code in Philadelphia.
Dr. Lee

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If you enjoy shopping on Amazon.com, think of the West Oak Lane Charter School the next time you make your purchase. BEFORE you make your purchase, go directly to smile.amazon.com and search "West Oak Lane Charter School". Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to support our work of Educating the Next Generation of Lifelong Learners and Thought Leaders. Amazon Smile – It’s free and easy! 

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WOLCS Mobile App

That’s right, you can now keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for West Oak Lane Charter through the West Oak Lane Charter app by SchoolAppExpress available on all mobile devices!

Scan the QR code below to download the West Oak Lane Charter app by SchoolAppExpress on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows device.  With our new app, you can:
Keep up with all of our latest news, information and announcements
Find out about events and activities
Contact teachers, staff and administration
Digitally submit Excuse Notes for Lateness/Absences
Access school menus, PowerSchool Parent site and more

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Scholars' Club
The West Oak Lane Charter School Scholars’ Club is in its fourth year of existence. This prestigious program is designed to offer enhanced academic and social opportunities to challenge and enrich our most talented fourth through eighth grade students. 

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Act 66 of 2021 - Student Grade Level Retainment Guidance

On June 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 66 of 2021 (Act 66) into law. Act 66 permits students that were enrolled during the 2020-21 school year to repeat their grade level in an effort to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the student met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level. Based on this Act, parents/guardians and students, at or over the age of 18, have until July 15, 2021, to elect to have their child or themselves repeat a grade level for the 2021-22 school year. Please click "Read Full Story" to access the link to the PA Education department page on Act 66 and the form for retention in grade.

Summer Pin Challenge

We are excited to share with you our summer learning program. This summer, students will be able to earn pin by completing challenges. We’re challenging our students to earn 2 pins a week! There’s over 30 pins for students to choose from. Students can choose the ones that interest them the most. To view all of the pins, visit our website at http://www.wolcs.org/apps/pages/2020SummerChallenge. As students complete challenges, they will email their work to Summer2020@wolcs.org to receive the virtual pin. They’ll be able to view their virtual pins through the Badgr app connected to clever. The first time students sign into Badgr, they will need their WOLCS google account and password. Students will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for every 7 pins they earn! In addition, students will receive an honorary lunch when we return in the fall along with the real pin. Don’t forget to check ClassDojo for announcements of the weekly student in the spotlight and zoom events where students will be able to come together to earn the pin of the week!

West Oak Lane Charter School Enrollment Lottery to be held on “Facebook Live”

West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) is breaking new ground in response to COVID-19 as it will hold its enrollment lottery via Facebook Live. PA charter schools are required to hold lotteries when applications exceed available seats. After COVID-19 closed school buildings, WOLCS officials extended the school’s 2020-2021 school year lottery so that parents who did not submit enrollment applications before March 13 could participate in seeking public school choice for their children. WOLCS CEO Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee said, “While we will miss seeing the smiles, hugs, and high fives when a family’s child is selected from the lottery, we are thankful for technology like Facebook Live that will ensure winning families are not cheated out of their special celebratory moment.”

Coronavirus Update and Precautions

UPDATE: Due to the heightened concerns of exposure to the Coronavirus, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has closed all schools indefinitely. Please click "Read Full Story" below to keep updated on all available information.
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