In light of the stay-at-home directive by Gov. Wolf, our staff will continue working remotely to deliver online learning for our students. Students and families can visit our Family Portal for additional info and learning opportunities.

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St. Francis weekly newsletter – 5/15

Friday, May 15 Saint Francis de Sales


           The Buzz 

What’s POPpin at St. Francis?

Let’s celebrate YOU

As we get ready for the final [virtual] POP Jubilee concert in just a few weeks (Friday May 29 at 5:00 pm), we are asking for photos of Essential Workers. Here’s the catch – you are ALL essential. Whether you’re a healthcare worker, social worker, postal service employee, or a parent who has turned into an at-home teacher for your kids, we want to celebrate everything you’re doing to keep each other and our community safe and your kids involved/invested in their education.

Please see Ms. Allie’s email for more details
Send your photo(s) to 




Play on Philly has decided to move forward with virtual learning for the summer.

We will offer POP Virtual Camp from July 6 – 31

All students will be eligible to sign up 

The Summer Camp schedule and sign-up instructions will be available on the POP website no later than June 15

Please see the email from Ms. Alex for more details
If you have further questions, email


#POPlayback – we want to hear from you!



What’s your first experience with, or impression of POP? What happened? 
Submit your entry HERE
For some inspiration, check out our kick-off posts on Facebook or Instagram!




The Family Portal will remain open/accessible for any families wishing to utilize the 100+ instructional videos created by POP TA’s for at-home practice. While we encourage you to continue to use this excellent resource, students and families should shift their focus to the new online classes through ‘Pop out of the Box’.


How to access the Portal & POP Resources:

  1. Go to (bookmark this site if you haven’t already!)
  2. Click on ‘POP Family’ (right side of the screen, next to ‘About’, ‘Programs’, ‘How we work’, etc)
  3. Type in password: popfamily
  4. Click on ‘RESOURCES’ (right side of the screen)
  5. This will take you to the bottom of the page – find the button that says ‘CLICK HERE’
  6. After clicking the button, a new page should open on your browser with a Google Drive Folder called ‘Family Resources’. I recommend bookmarking this page on your device(s).
  7. Here you will see the different resources labeled accordingly. 
  8. NOTE: the Practice Videos are organized by level and instrument. The Music Theory videos are not always instrument specific, and can apply to more than one instrument family.



Teacher Feature


Meet our fabulous Teaching Artists!


Each week we will shine a spotlight one of the
18 teachers on our St. Francis team.

We are so lucky to have each and every one of them here at POP!

Carlota Rodriguez Ruiz-Healy


Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Carlota Rodriguez Ruiz-Healy is a violist, string teacher and researcher who has decided to call Philadelphia home. This is her tenth year teaching, during which she has taught and played in Mexico, the United Kingdom and United States. After playing in La Orquesta Sinfonica Infatil de Mexico (National Youth Orchestra of Mexico) she attended Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical, an El Sistema inspired collegiate conservatory program in Mexico City, for two years. This experience fomented an interest in both music pedagogy and Latin American music. Following her time in Mexico City, she earned a bachelors degree in music education with a focus in string pedagogy from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked with the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra, a socially engaged music program. From there, she decided to explore music research and moved to London to pursue a Masters in Musicology from City, University of London where her main areas of research were Latin American Music and The Global impact of El Sistema programs. While in London, she was principal violist of The Central London Orchestra and a member of the City University Chamber Orchestra. Upon completion of her masters degree, she returned to Texas where she taught studio viola and violin lessons in San Antonio and performed as a violist with the Kerrville Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has performed with the Delaware County Orchestra. Along with Play on Philly, Carlota also teaches for Settlement Music School. 

Hope to continue to see many of you online at POP Out of the Box!


-Ms. Allie