Greetings Spruce Hill Students and Families! 

Back to School Night is Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The First Day of Classes is Tuesday, September 5, 2023

what to expect on day one

Students should report to the chapel by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

Important Dates to Remember


Every Friday this school year will be a HALF DAY for students - 7:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  We WILL have our Extended Day Program (AfterCare) available each Friday.  Students who remain in AfterCare should bring a lunch.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Back to School Night | 6:30 p.m.

All parents are invited to meet the principal and staff, your student’s teacher(s) and ask last minute questions.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

PreK and Kindergarten Orientation (Day 1) 

Kindergarten students whose last names begin with letter ‘A’ through letter ‘M’ should report to campus at 9:00 a.m. Kindergarten students whose last names begin with letter 'N' through letter 'Z' should report to campus at 1:00 p.m.

Students will meet their teacher and other classmates to begin to get accustomed to being in the classroom environment.  Parents, you are encouraged to remain on campus to meet with Mrs. Africa Jones, our principal to discuss expectations, meet one another and answer questions.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Kindergarten Orientation (Day 2) | 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

ALL Kindergarten students report to campus to gather as a whole class.  Parents DO NOT need to stay this time.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

First Day of Classes| 7:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

First day of classes for all students, grades Kindergarten through 5th - NO AFTER CARE

Final Report Cards (for 22-23)

Final report cards are available via your student portal  account. 

Your username is your email address. 

If you have forgotten your password, you may reset your password by going to 

cityschool.org →  click on “LOGIN” in the upper right corner  →  then click “Can’t access your account?”  → follow the on screen instructions to reset your password. 

School Supply Lists

Please use the lists below to purchase school supplies as you normally would. If using Amazon, don't forget to use Amazon Smile to help The City School raise funds. See below for additional details

Grade K   Supply List

Grade 1    Supply List 

Grade 2   Supply List    Summer Enrichment

Grade 3   Supply List    Summer Enrichment

Grade 4    Supply List    Summer Enrichment  Summer Reading Assignment Judy Blume Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Grade 5   Supply List    Summer Enrichment   Summer Reading Assignment

Amazon Smile

You can support The City School while shopping on Amazon! It's Free! The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.05% of what you spend to our school each time you place an order! Invite your family and friends too!

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Enter The City School, Philadelphia as your designated nonprofit organization to receive donations. (You will have to select from the list of charities, so be sure to look for our school.)
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at Amazon Smile & make sure you see the Amazon Smile logo on your screen as you place your orders on Amazon.  This does not affect your Prime Membership in any way.

If you have questions about Amazon Smile, click this link.

Medical Forms

Don’t forget your medical forms! Medical forms need to be completed before the first day of school.  These forms include medical history, immunization record, physical and dental exams. The State of Pennsylvania requires all children entering school to be up-to-date with their immunizations.  Children who are not in compliance with the state requirements will not be permitted to enter The City School until their health requirements are up-to-date. 

(COVID-19 Vaccinations are NOT required at this time.)

Links to forms that need to be completed.


Philadelphia Residents: 

For students,  grades 1-5, bus transportation is available through the Philadelphia School District.  In August, you should receive a letter from transportation with information about your student’s route, stop location and pick up time.  If you have questions about your request, please contact Ms. Rebekah Williams at 215.792.6202.

Suburban Residents:

Please check with your school district for more information. Some districts provide busing to our campus, some do not.  You must first register with your local district for transportation.

Car Riders:

For Morning Drop-Off: If you are dropping your child off via car from 7:30 a.m. -8:00 a.m. please use our ramp entrance on 42nd Street. Note: Please allow your child to exit your vehicle on the same side as the school.

For Afternoon Pick-Up: If you are planning to pick-up your child via car we ask that you use the car line that will begin on 41st street check point between Pine and Baltimore Avenue. Must be in the car line at 3:15 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal Policy

For families who are not familiar with our arrival and dismissal procedures, please click and read this document


Flynn & O’hara is currently the official uniform vendor for The City School.  Uniforms can be purchased at www.flynnohara.com View the Uniform Policy here: 

Additional information, including student dress code guidelines can be found here: TCS ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE. See the full uniform guide and policies at https://cityschool.org/uniforms/


Lunch will be available through YAY! Lunch beginning September 11, 2023

Yay! Lunch is a program which families choose from a wide variety of hot, nutritious lunches their kids will love through a user-friendly online Lunch Calendar. Orders can be placed days or weeks ahead of time. All meals are nut-free, vegetarian-friendly and accommodate allergens. All lunches are individually packaged and labeled for each student. 

To begin ordering lunches, please click the link below.

If your student is returning to The City School, be sure to adjust your student’s grade level and select that your student attends the Spruce Hill Campus.



Parents interested in volunteering and/or chaperoning  must have their clearances on file. To obtain clearances click the links below:

Criminal History: https://epatch.state.pa.us/

Child Abuse: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

By Mail: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/resources/clearances/pachildhistory/index.htm 

Spruce Hill Staff


Principal | Mrs. Africa Jones (ajones@cityschool.org)

Office Manager | Ms. Rebekah Williams (rwilliams@cityschool.org)


KindergartenMrs. Jervonda Malachi-Banton | jmalachibanton@cityschool.org

1st Grade: Ms. Kirby Gaddis | kgaddis@cityschool.org

2nd Grade: Mrs. Eyvonne Blunte  |eblunte@cityschool.org

3rd Grade: Ms. Sydney White | swhite@cityschool.org

4th Grade: Ms. Kathryn DiFurio

5th Grade: Mrs. Adriana Melendez | amelendez@cityschool.org


Computer / Physical Education:

Music: Mr. Noel Terrell |nterrell@cityschool.org

Academic Support: Mrs. Ashley Fornwalt |afornwalt@cityschool.org

Aftercare Coordinators: Ms. Mary Preston 

Be Bold City School Lions! We look forward to seeing you on campus. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions along the way. 

Spruce Hill Campus Office


Ms. Rebekah Williams, Office Manager, rwilliams@cityschool.org