Thursday, August 18, 2016

Have you ever considered hosting an exchange student?

Below are excerpts from an email I received regarding hosting students from China. I do not have any direct experience with this organization, but thought I would pass this along.

My name is Jenna Irrgang, and I am the Director of Residential Life for Global Connections Homestay. My company partners with private and parochial schools in the Philadelphia area (and beyond) to bring international students to the schools - the students live with host families and often study at schools for multiple years of high school.

A few of our host families are within the FCC network, and it's a great experience for families and the exchange students. The Chinese students interact with their family so nicely, culture and language is exchanged, and the students feel extra welcome since their "host siblings" are Chinese too!
We are looking for host families that live in Delaware County who can host for students attending Archbishop Carroll in Radnor and Monsignor Bonner in Upper Darby. We pay a stipend of roughly $1,100/month. Students can come from various neighborhoods and take the school bus, as domestic students would.

I have attached a brochure, and here is a direct link to the application: 
If you would like us to host an information night or sponsor one of your networking events, we would love to do so!

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to working with your organization!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Camp FCC!! Come on out next year!!

It was a great weekend at Camp FCC in Medford Lakes, NJ, sponsored by FCC-South Jersey. There were traditional camp activities including archery, horseback riding, swimming, boating, arts & crafts, chinese cultural activities such as Chinese Yo-yo, origami and chinese brush painting, and adoption events for parents such as an older adoptee discussion panel, discussion with Dr. Jane Aronson and book club. A super fun dance party and just a fun time to be together! Every year is a little different, but every year is a great time! 
I'm not sure of the dates for next year, but it is usually the first or second weekend in June.  The website is  Right now the information is still for 2016, but file the link away so you have it for next year.
Come on out next year!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Deadline is approaching for Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square!

If you would like to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival with FCC-DV on May 21st and take advantage of group pricing, get that order form in the mail today!!  See post below for more information.
Orders must be received by Friday, May 6th and should be mailed today.
Email David at to let him know your registration is coming and/or for more information.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square - May 21st

You are invited to the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in historic Franklin Square.

This event is presented by Historic Philadelphia.  The lantern display should be a beautiful sight as the sun sets at 8:15pm and lanterns glow.

We have a reservation for 40 people on Saturday, May 21st, at 7pm.  Arrival time must be between 7pm and 8pm.   We can stay as late as 10pm or so.   The event is held rain or shine with no refunds.

Important:   RSVP by Friday, May 6, at 3pm.   Order form can be found here.
The special group rate is $10 for children up to age 17; $14 for adults 18 and older.

There will be displays, cultural activities, exhibits and authentic Chinese performances (most likely 6pm8pm).   Chinese performances include acrobatics, face-changing, and traditional Chinese dance and music.

There is a website.   Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
For those who wish to come early, we also will explore the option of going to nearby Chinatown for dinner. 
I hope to see you!   
David Morgan, President FCC Delaware Valley

FCC Delaware Valley has been reorganized in early 2016 with Ruth Hanson, WebmasterBill Sanders, Vice President for Database/Financeand David Morgan, President.   To suggest new activities, serve in special ways or just to help out, please email 
Your comments are welcome!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A couple of reminders: Kimmel Center Event and Camp FCC

If you would like to attend the event at the Kimmel Center this coming Saturday, April 2nd, please remember that you must send your registration in by Thursday, March 31st and email David Morgan to let him know you are sending.  For more information, see the post just below this one.

Secondly, I just received an email that Camp FCC, put on by FCC-South Jersey, is filling up.  This is a great weekend - June 10 - 12 this year.  Visit their web-page: for more information.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kimmel Center Event - Saturday, April 2nd

Come and join FCC families as well as Bethany Christian Services in our Final Spring 2016 Kimmel Center concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra.   At 12:45pm if your family has children ages 10 or older there is a tour of the Kimmel Center!

 Saturday April 2, at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia:Click here to open and print the mail-in registration form.
 *Please send an email to David Morgan at so he can expect your ticket order.

        10:00 am- 11am 
Perelman Theater--Pre-Concert Adventure!  (details forthcoming) 
        11:30 am- 12:30pm
Verizon Hall--Philadelphia Orchestra!

Lio Kuokman - Conductor  and   Magic Circle Mime Co
Here is info from the Philadelphia Orchestra:  "We all know that Music reigns in the concert hall … but what happens when Silence buys a ticket and Noise barges in? Is the performance doomed? The clever (and very quiet) Magic Circle Mime Company joins The Philadelphia Orchestra and proves-- with a little help from Mendelssohn, Bach, and Strauss--that, with our great musicians, the conductor--and the audience!--the orchestra will always make beautiful Music."
Suppe - Overture to Poet and Peasant
Mendelssohn - "A Dance of Clowns," from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bach/ Stokowski - Fugue in G minor ("Little")
J. Strauss, Jr., and Josef Strauss - "Pizzicato" Polka
J. Strauss, Jr. - "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz
Ives - "Country Band" March
Mendelssohn - "Wedding March," from Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Grofe - "Cloudburst," from The Grand Canyon Suite"

Verizon Hall First Floor Entrance-Tour of the Kimmel Center! (ages 10+)/ Lunch

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't forget to register for Camp FCC! Early bird discount ends today.

Today is the last day for early registration for Camp FCC. Camp FCC is a family weekend camping experience put on by FCC-South Jersey. The camp is held in Medford, NJ and will be the weekend of June 10 - 12 this year. Even if you don't make the early bird price, you can still register. It really is a nice weekend! More information and registration forms can be found on their website: Or you can email Check it out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Orders due for FCC Families at Philadelphia Orchestra!

Just a reminder that orders for tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra are due this Thursday, March 3rd for the event which is this coming Saturday.
Please email David Morgan at so he knows to look for your order coming this week.
See information below for more information and registration instructions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

FCC Families at the Philadelphia Orchestra - Saturday, March 5th

Come and join FCC families as well as Bethany Christian Services Families in our 2nd of 3 Kimmel Center concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra.   I hope you can attend this exciting event and experience the huge glass concert hall known as the Kimmel Center!   At 12:45 pm those who can stay can have lunch at the local deli, well reviewed Convenient Food Mart.   David Morgan
For the 1st Saturday in March, 2 events in the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia:
Saturday, March 5, 2016
        10:00 am- 11am Perelman Theater--Drums!  (You can arrive late for this 10am percussion event.)
Guide to the World of Percussion, is led by Bill Marconi and will explore the role that the percussionist plays in musical traditions from around the globe.    This event features Settlement Music School students.
Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
        11:30 am- 12:30pm Verizon Hall--Philadelphia Orchestra!    
Whether you know this timeless and entertaining children's classic by heart or are hearing it for the first time, you'll love how Britten dissects the orchestra, examines all the parts, and brings it all back together in a glorious tapestry of sound! Yannick brings his infectious enthusiasm to The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and gives families the ultimate VIP tour of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Plus, hear Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition winner Kasey Shao perform the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.  (See concert listing below.)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin ConductorKasey Shao PianoBen Steinfeld Narrator
Elgar Selections from The Wand of YouthMozart First movement from Piano Concerto No. 23Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

For the Saturday, March 5th concert, mail ticket orders, $10 per ticket, with check payable to David Morgan, 29 School St. Ambler PA by Thursday, MARCH 3RD.  (Email for questions is  Meet inside the Kimmel Center at 9:55am Saturday March 5th to get your tickets from me (I'll wear gray Kimmel shirt) at the Spruce St. entrance.   The Kimmel Center is located at Broad & Spruce Streets, about 5 blocks south of Suburban Station of the SEPTA Regional Rail service.   A huge glass building, it is easy to find!   Print & mail the order form found here.  (or look below).

You can take transit ( the Family Pass for up to 2 adults and 3 children is $29 unlimited all day travel) or drive.  

Looking Ahead For the 1st Saturday in April:
Saturday, April 2, 2016          11:30 am Verizon Hall
We all know that Music reigns in the concert hall … but what happens when Silence buys a ticket and Noise barges in? Is the performance doomed? The clever (and very quiet) Magic Circle Mime Company joins The Philadelphia Orchestra and proves-- with a little help from Mendelssohn, Bach, and Strauss--that, with our great musicians, the conductor--and the audience!--the orchestra will always make beautiful Music.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Ticket Order Form Families with Children from China

Saturday, March 5. (Meet inside the Kimmel Center by the Spruce St. door to pick up tickets at 9:55am. Look for David Morgan with a gray Kimmel Center sweatshirt. If you do not pick them up by 11:20am they will be held in your name at the box office.)

Tickets are for 3rd tier seating @$10 each.

Names of Parent/Guardians___________________
Names of Children __________________________
Names of Others Attending ___________________

Number of Tickets @$10 each___________
Total Enclosed $_________________

Make checks payable to David Morgan
Mail form and payment by Thursday, March 5 to
David Morgan
29 School St.
Ambler, PA 19002           
(I, David, am a volunteer and not employed by the Kimmel nor Phila. Orchestra)

Your Email address to confirm your order ___________________________________
Your cell phone # for Saturday, March 5th  _____________________________________
Any other phone # you wish to include ______________________________________

Friday, February 19, 2016

Check out Camp FCC!!

Registration is now open for Camp FCC 2016!  This is a weekend family camping experience put on by Camp FCC-South Jersey.  The camp is in Medford, NJ and this year will be the weekend of June 10 - 12.  My family has gone for four years now and we have always had a great experience. 
If you register by March 15th, there is an early registration discount.
Registration materials and more information can be found on their website:
Or email:
Check it out!