Cast Your Vote for Nebinger’s Leslie Grace for Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Teacher Award

Philadelphia magazine called for nominations for outstanding teachers in the Greater Philadelphia area that go above and beyond their job descriptions. With the overwhelming amount of submissions received, the editors have narrowed them down to the Top 5 and Nebinger’s very own Leslie Grace has made the list!

Ms. Grace has been teaching for 13 years, and in that time she has had the opportunity to collaborate, learn from, and benefit from her dedication to her students and commitment to art education in the city of Philadelphia. Ms. Grace has built an entire art department at her current school from the ground up and raised over $20,000 for her students and school.

Click here to cast your vote for Philadelphia magazine’s Best Teacher Award. The grand prize winner’s school will receive $5,000 and a book donation, courtesy of Subaru of America.

Nebinger Elementary Schoolyard Improvements

Dear Neighbors:

Six years ago a plan was presented to then principal Dr. Burnley to renovate Nebinger’s schoolyard.  We are excited to announce that the project has made it through the design phase and will be moving into construction this week.

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, The Trust for Public Land will begin construction to improve the Nebinger schoolyard. The Trust for Public Land will manage the construction project through to completion.  Here are some project details:

  • The Trust for Public Land anticipates that construction will begin the week of May 8th. Contractor working hours are weekdays from 7:00 to 3:30 unless otherwise approved. Upon site closure, access will be restricted to the construction company and its subcontractors, the Trust for Public Land and its consultants.
  • The timeline for active construction of the project is approximately 4-6 weeks however additional time is required for the legal transfer of the site back to the School District The site will remain closed to the Nebinger community until the property transfers.
  • Construction access to the project areas/schoolyard will be through the school’s parking lot gate. The Trust for Public Land anticipates little or no extended impact on street or lot parking or on traffic.
  • The project includes minor demolition of asphalt for the installation of playground equipment, site furnishings and playground safety surfacing. The contractor anticipates the use of a small skid steer for demolition and necessary installations.  TPL anticipates the demolition will be complete in less than one week.  There will be approximately 3 to 4 days when large trucks will deliver play equipment and concrete.
  • One of the goals of all Trust for Public Land projects is that the improved space be available to the public during the some period of non-school hours, such as evenings, weekends, and/or summer. The Trust for Public Land will be working with the school and the community group, Friends of Nebinger, to bring together a meeting of neighbors and community to discuss public access to the schoolyard.

In a short time, our neighborhood school will have a safe, healthy, and more fun place for the children, and our community will have a completed project that make our corner of the world more beautiful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gretchen Trefny, Program Manager at gretchen.trefny@tpl.org or Friends of Nebinger at nebingerfriends@gmail.com.

Thank You Whole Foods

Friends of Nebinger would like to give a big Thank You to Jenna Doherty of Whole Foods on South Street. Jenna graciously gave a $200 gift card to supply treats for Nebinger students for the first ever Color Games.

This is a year long, student bonding event that will raise money for the Home and School Association and provide needed toiletry items for local homeless shelters. This is the second time Whole Foods (nickel days) has supported our local community school!!