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Parents and Alumni >  Virtual Red Folder (weekly announcements) 2016-17 >  January 26, 2017 > 

January 26, 2017
First Parent Coffee of 2017    
Please join the PTO for coffee and conversation Friday, January 27 at 8:00 am in Corson Lobby. Sarah will be sharing some of the goals around the diversity initiative as part of the strategic plan, Discover 2020, and leading a discussion to hear from parents about their ideas and priorities regarding diversity efforts, learning and growth at PMFS. We hope to see you there!
Auction, Auction! Read All About It!    
Auction invitations are on their way to your mailbox! Visit the auction website ( to:
  • Purchase tickets for the 10th Biennial Auction and Gala.
  • Place bids in our first online auction, which will run February 17 - 26.
  • Take a look at the growing list of auction items!
If you are still working on gathering donations, please click here to access the information packet. All donations are due by February 13th.
Contact Shannon at with any questions.
Welcoming Applications with Open Arms    
And Free of Charge!
Refer a friend to PMFS; we're waiving the application fee for the rest of January! Contact Lael for application materials:
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Friday, January 27
Fifth Grade only: no school
Parent Coffee, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Sixth Grade goes to the movies
Tuesday, January 31
Fifth Grade goes to Village of Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, February 1
Farewell Ceremony for Exchange Students 
Basketball (home) game vs. Haverford Friends School
Parent Talk (see article!), 7:00 - 8:30 pm
PTO Meeting, 8:30- 9:00 pm
Thursday, February 2
Part 1 of Mexican Exchange ends: Colegio Williams students return to Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sixth Grade goes to the Academy of Natural Sciences
This Week in the Mexican Exchange Program: Part 1    
It's hard to believe that students from Colegio Williams in Cuernavaca arrived just a week ago. In that time, there has been swimming and bouncing and shopping and skating, not to mention sharing stories and trying new foods and being part of a new family who speaks a different language all day. And that was in between all the regularly scheduled trips and activities that the Williams students took part in as part of the school day, including:
  • Tour of the Liberty Bell and Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
  • Camden Aquarium followed by games in the Gym with Jim 
  • Franklin Institute
  • Seaport Museum, "Olympia & U.S.S. Becuna", and Dave & Busters
  • Circus School following Salsa Dancing and Art with Gillian
  • Art Museum and the United States Mint at Philadelphia
Here are some candid moments and group shots from our first week on the Mexican Exchange: Part One with our buddies. Our Fifth Graders and their buddies will begin their long family weekend tomorrow (no school for them!), spending family time together with trips planned to New York City, the Poconos for snow tubing, museums, and more. We can't wait to hear about their adventures and togetherness on Monday!
Sixth Grade Taking Learning on the Road Again    
Our second session in the Sixth Grade Museum Studies series, the class will go to the Academy of Natural Sciences to learn about "Fossils: Science in History and the Real World." Stay tuned for a recap of the session and the series!
Join Us for Our Next Parent Talk    
Static versus Stretch: The Inherent Value in Having a Growth Mindset for Learning and Parenting

Sponsored by Plymouth Meeting Friends School’s PTO
Wednesday, February 1
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Steinbright Auditorium
What is growth mindset and how can understanding it contribute positively to how our children learn and we parent? A mindset is a self-perception. When we maintain a fixed mindset—e.g., we are as smart or talented we can ever be—we limit our abilities. A growth mindset sees traits as being developed as a result of dedication and hard work, with the potential being truly limitless.

The discussion will be led by experts from Living the Empowered Life, Helen Ober, Educator/Certified coach and Barbara Hoffman, Psychologist/Family Therapist, with insight from PMFS Teachers Leann Stover Nyce and Martha Wolf on how this logic is applied in the classroom to illustrate growth-mindset success in action.

Key Takeaways
  • How to create a love of learning in your children
  • Ways to build resilience as the foundation of great accomplishment
  • An understanding of how the growth mindset theory by Dr. Carol Dweck increases motivation and success
Free of charge. Open to the public. Bring a friend!
Click here to RSVP.
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