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March 9, 2017
Shop and Support PMFS at the Same time    
Need clothes in the next size? Updated toys? Nursery furniture? Fundraise for PMFS when you shop at the enormous Just Between Friends kids consignment sale next week! Look for coupons in your red folder tomorrow, present that coupon at check-out and PMFS will receive 5% of your purchase amount! The Just Between Friends sale will be held March 16-19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Get more info on the sale at:
Grandparents and Special Friends Day    
Thursday, March 23
8:30 am - 11:00/11:15 am
Please invite Grandparents or Special Friends to join your child for this festive event. We ask parents to submit the Pre-Registration Form by March 15 to let us know who is coming and how each child is going home. More details are available in the Parent Information Letter.
Questions? If you need additional information or would like to reserve special needs parking or an easily accessible seat for Meeting for Worship, please contact Ralph Henninger at or 610.828.2407.
Hey Grandma – Can you Take Me to Lunch?!    
Dine out with friends from PMFS at Maria's Pizza and Pasta on Thursday, March 23 (after Grandparents and Special Friends Day)! Stop by Maria's on West Ridge Pike for lunch, dinner, or take out and 15% of your bill will come back to the PMFS PTO. Use the attached coupon or the hard copy coming in Red Folders next Friday. Buon appetito!
What you Missed at Last Week's PTO meeting    
  • Ideas for May's Screen-Free Week (that's right, no screen time for a week!)
  • Did you know Amazon Smile brought in $125 in February? Keep shopping and thanks for your support!
  • and.. more Strawberry Festival chit chat!
Click here to read the Minutes. (and join us on April 12 at our next meeting)
Upcoming @PMFS    
Friday, March 10
5th Grade only: no school

Monday, March 13
Registration for Spring Break Vacation Care is due
6th Grade Country Presentations (continuing all week)
Wednesday, March 11
RSVP for 3/23 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Thursday, March 12
In-school performance of 4th Grade Circus

Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18
4th Grade performs Wake Now Discover Circus (Get your tickets)

Coming Soon
Thursday, March 23

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
PTO Dining Out event at Maria's (don't forget the coupon)
Spring Break begins at 12 pm
Saturday, April 15
ArtsFest, 3 - 5 pm
Found at the Auction    
Contact the Main Office if this bracelet, found at the end of the Auction on Saturday, belongs to you.
Family Interest: Training for Youth in Nonviolent Direct Action    
EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) is hosting a training for students in grades 2-8, for youth to "learn and share about direct action" on March 19; there will be a concurrent session for adults. For al the details and to sign up, go to:
Quick Links    
Stop, Hey, What's That Sound?    
Everybody look what's going down at the Fourth Grade Circus

The power of circus lies in its ability to act as a mirror, reflecting back to its audience somewhat altered images of what is alongside fantastic imaginings of what could be. This year's Fourth Grade Circus explores an era known for both political and personal awakenings, as well as an explosion of creativity: the 1960s. Through this lens, the fourth graders deliver both a spectacular show and a profound message of unity.

Wake Now Discover examines the empowerment and the struggles that emerged from this dynamic time period, as experienced by various communities including activists, soldiers and youth. While the subject matter strikes a timely chord at this moment of rapid change and rising community activism, Wake Now Discover also parallels the fourth graders' own journey to the stage. Through the process of developing their own unique talents while mastering challenging circus skills, and learning to pull together to form a cohesive show, the circus echoes the fourth graders’ paths of self-discovery and growing understanding of collective responsibility. True to the art form, Wake Now Discover presents a powerful social message along with a delightful spectacle and is not to be missed.
Tickets are still available from the Main Office for both Friday and Saturday nights! Click here for the order form. It's next week!
Support the show with one-of-a-kind tie-dyed shirts! Check them out here.
Learning on the Road    
Sixth Graders, with teachers Varley and Matt and Science teacher Kathleen, went to the Academy of Natural Sciences for their fourth visit, as part of their Museum Studies unit. Aimed at helping students gain 21st Century Learning skills, this unit helps Sixth Graders see themselves as investigators, capable of using critical thinking skills anywhere to understand context and further their knowledge. Seeing a museum as just an extension of the classroom happens when students return to the same institution, as we can see by Freddy casually taking a break from his group’s investigations.
Defying Gravity in Fourth Grade    
(Well, slowing it down, at least)
In Science class, Fourth Graders have been studying Newton’s Laws of Motion, learning concepts and terms including acceleration, force, inertia, resistance, and momentum. To wrap up the unit, students experimented with how to slow the acceleration due to gravity on a “skydiver” (which looks an awful lot like a cork to the untrained eye). See them about to launch their skydivers below.
On the Exchange    
After two weeks, our Fifth Grade Exchange students are on their way home as we write these words. In the past week alone, they have toured the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, climbed a mountain to view the pyramid at the top and valley below in Tepotzlan, written speeches in the shadow of the 16th Century Cathedral in Cuernavaca, and, oh yeah, taken part in daily life with their Mexican host families. Their families and we are overjoyed to welcome them and chaperones Leann, Amanda and Kelley back this evening.

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