Community Newsletter

February 17, 2023


Peter L. Bailey,

Head of School

Please click on the links below for our monthly Head of School video update, and for the full video transcript.

PB's Corner February 2023
PB's Corner February 2023 transcript

Updates from PSD!

PSD is excited about our many celebrations honoring Black History month! Our students are learning about the roles and achievements of Black Deaf people, Black people, and the importance of Black history in the United States. We are excited to celebrate the achievements, culture, impact, and contributions of African Americans to PSD and our country, and to recognize Black history not only this month but throughout the year.

The Family Resource Center at PSD is pleased to announce our second annual family conference:

"Thrive! Supporting Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children."

This conference is open to any families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at PSD! We have amazing workshop presenters lined up and we are especially honored to have Tia-Nikki Ivanko from the National Deaf Center as our Keynote Speaker.

For more information on the workshops and to register, please click button for more information and register by April 19, 2023!

Conference Information

Transition and Resource Fair

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023

Time: 11AM to 3PM

Where: PSD Gym

This event and admission is free for everyone. All are welcome. Free parking and easy access by SEPTA.

Stop by to learn about local services, employment opportunities, Philadelphia resources, and PSD! Event admission is free for everyone. This event will be fully accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and all are welcome. Free parking and easy access by SEPTA.

We are now accepting exhibitor registration requests! To be an exhibitor, click the button on the right for more information. Vendor Tables are free.

Questions?? Email

Transition and Resource Fair

PSD Children's Literature in ASL

Our PSD staff/students contribute to the community by creating videos of books read in ASL. The video picture below will go direct to playlist.

*Each community newsletter will be updated with more books as they are added


The Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball season soon wrap up

Click the button below to follow the team schedules for home and away games!

Track and field match schedule coming soon.

Game Schedules

PSD is hiring!

We are currently seeking staff to join our dynamic team. At PSD, you will never stop growing. Plus, you simply cannot beat Philadelphia's culture and community!

Check our employment opportunities by clicking button below


Join the PSD Community

as a Volunteer!

The PSD Volunteer Program is ready to welcome new and reconnect with previous volunteers! Join or re-join our team to support the programs and activities of the school. Volunteer opportunities include support with class activities the library, Family Resource Center, special projects, community events, and more. Applications, PA State clearances and proof of COVID vaccination are required. American Sign Language (ASL) skills are a strong plus! 

Please email to request an application, or to learn more about volunteer opportunities.


Black History Month Presentation

Vyron Kinson

Saturday, February 25, 2023 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PSD Maguire Student Center (MSC)

100 W School House Ln

Philadelphia PA 19144

$10 members

$15 non members

$5 child (under 12vo)

Catered lunch will be provided

RSVP: Feb 22

Prize for best African outfit!

Mr. Vyron Kinson lives in Atlanta, GA.

Owner-ASL Diagnostic Service LLC.

Lead ASL Teacher-The Howard School (THS),

Adjunct ASL Instructor-Georgia State University,

Deaf Interpreter/ Language Expert,

MA Sign Language Education- Gallaudet University 2020

"BA Social Work- Gallaudet University 2009,

GRID President

Support Service Provider (SSP)/Deafblind Feedback Session

ODHH and OVR seek feedback from stakeholders, the Deafblind community, and Support Service Providers (SSP) on the commonwealth's SSP program. The feedback gathered in this session will play a vital role in improving and expanding statewide services. 

SSP Deafblind Feedback Session

University of Pennsylvania: American Sign Language Program host ASL Lecture.

Dr. Alim Chandani, International Relations Manager at the Gallaudet University Office of International Affairs.

Advancing the Deaf Community in India

Thursday, March 2, 2023

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public. ASL/English interpretation provided.

University of Pennsylvania

Meyerson Hall, B-1

210 South 34th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

For questions, please contact Dr. Jami Fisher, Director of ASL:

What You Need to Know About PA ABLE!

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania's ABLE program provides individuals with qualifying disabilities a way to save and invest without affecting their benefits. What is new with ABLE? Join us and find out! A lot has happened in the last few months and more is to come. Diana Fishlock of the Pennsylvania Treasury Department will discuss the details of Pennsylvania’s ABLE program. Susan Tachau and Karen Hassett, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), along with the following partners will provide a brief introduction:

Learn more and register

New Jersey Deaf Cornhole

Saturday, April 22, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Second Annual Switcholio Tournament

614 Lambs Road, Pitman, NJ 08071

Public Admission at door $5.00

Fingerspelling Research Study: Recruiting Deaf Bilingual Families

We are seeking parents/caregivers who are fluent in ASL to help us document the use of fingerspelling with young children. At least one parent/caregiver must be deaf and fluent in ASL. Children may be deaf, hard of hearing, or CODAs.

Parents/caregivers who volunteer will:

  • Participate in an interview
  • Share how they use fingerspelling in the home
  • Assist in documenting the words that are fingerspelled

The goals of the research are to understand how fingerspelling is acquired and to create a chart of fingerspelling developmental milestones.

Families will receive a small honorarium for participation.

Register online

ASL Interpreted Shows at the Arden Theater:

Please confirm interest in advance of select 2023 dates.

The Arden Theatre (40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106) is planning their ASL interpreted shows for this coming season. Ken Wesler at DHCC has offered to organize group tickets for interested families. Please email Ken at to let him know if you are interested in attending so that tickets can be reserved. Please let him know what show you would like to attend, the date and the number of people attending. Any questions can be directed to Ken.


Here are the details:



ASL Interpreted performances:

Friday, May 26, 2023, 10:00 AM

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 4:00 PM


Group rates apply only to groups of 10 or more

  • $18 per ticket for performances on Tuesdays through Fridays
  • $20 per ticket for performances on Saturdays and Sundays
  • A 10:1 student-to-chaperone ratio is required for all groups with students under 15 years old. Complimentary tickets will be issued only to chaperones within the ratio requirement. 

ASL-interpreted Performances at People's Light:

THURGOOD (MARCH 12 @ 2 pm). is a riveting one-man performance about the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

NOTE: When contacting the box office It is VERY IMPORTANT to make clear that seating is needed in the sight-line of the ASL interpreter.  

The Box Office telephone number is 610-644-3500.


Hello beautiful people!

Marcus Washington here, your conference 2023 Chairperson. I'm excited to share with you our theme for the conference!

“Reconnecting to Thrive Together”

We aim to: Reconnect Recharge Thrive!

The conference will take place at The Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. Aug 8-13 2023. and we are looking for volunteers to help with planning. If you have experience and would like to join the team.

Email us at!

Let's Reconnect, Recharge, and Thrive together! See you soon with more updates!

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