6th Grade – End of Year 2021

last revised 5/25/2021

6th Grade
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The year is winding down in days but not in activity!  Important information to keep track of in these weeks:
  • May 7, 7pm – Pod 3/4 Circus (on Facebook Live)
  • May 10 – 14 (Monday-Friday) – After school performance prep for Late Night with 6th Grade
    • Pack extra snacks; Pick up at 4:30pm UPPER CAMPUS
    • May 10-12: rehearsal
    • May 13 & 14: filming of Late Night with 6th Grade
  • May 13 –  Soon-to-be-alumni luncheon
  • May 21, 7pm – ArtsFest (on Facebook Live)
  • May 31 – deadline to send money for Class Gift
  • June 2 – Trip to Echo Hill Outdoor School – 7:30am arrival at PMFS; 8pm pick up at PMFS
  • June 3, 4pm – 6th vs Faculty kahoot
  • June 4 & 5  – Late Night with Sixth Grade, Virtual Showing (time and venue TBA)
  • June 5 – Planting at PMFS (with class gift of planters)
  • June 5 – Class viewing of LNS – Bring t-shirt for screen printing
    • 6pm – BYO Picnic
    • 7pm – Viewing and Celebration
  • June 7 – Class Day & Egg Drop
  • June 8 –  last day of school
    • In-School Graduation
    • 12pm dismissal
    • Graduation 6:30pm (time to arrive at PMFS TBA)
  • June 12, 6 pm – Graduation Party

Graduating Class Gift

It is a tradition for the graduating class to give something to the school, usually something permanent. Brenda suggested planters for around campus. Around 13 of them would be appreciated. Trina & Keely are happy to get them and the soil and plants to fill them, and Keely is getting more details from Brenda about preferences.
  • To contribute, BY MEMORIAL DAY either send money (labelled) home with Charlie OR send Keely money by venmo
  • To help, We would like to get together at PMFS the first Saturday in June to plant in them and place them around campus. Let Keely know if you and your 6th grader wants to join!

Soon-to-be-Alumni Luncheon

The soon-to-be-alumni luncheon started many years ago as a way to help 6th graders transition into life in 7th grade. PMFS provides lunch (and presents) to the 6th graders. 2 alumni, graduating high school seniors, participate, answering questions from the students and giving helpful tips on making the transition to a new school.  RJ Edmonds and Haven Arms (class of ’15) will be attending this year.

6th Grade vs. Faculty Kahoot Game

Back in the day, if you will, there was a 6th Grade vs Faculty Softball Game at the end of the school year. Then-PE-teacher James Hayes changed the game to kickball, to make it more accessible to the 6th graders, and it remained that for many years. Due to the pandemic, in 2020 we reimagined the game as something we could do together virtually, with a 6th Grade vs Faculty Kahoot.

PMFS will continue our 6th Grade vs Faculty tradition this year, Kahoot style. Leann will create the game with questions from both faculty and 6th graders. We had a lot of fun last year and we know we will again! 

Echo Hill Outdoor School

Background

Living and learning in the outdoors creates tremendous opportunities for personal and social growth. In all classes and in all aspects of residential life, Echo Hill teachers encourage students to pursue independence while recognizing the importance of the group. Their teachers stress the importance of the following skills: working together on class; expressing opinions with confidence; listening to and respecting classmates’ ideas; thinking creatively; having a positive attitude; and taking personal responsibility.

At the foundation of the adventure experience is the maxim “Challenge by Choice.” This provides a safe environment in which participants may express themselves, make choices, and pursue goals with support from their peers. Echo Hill instructors take responsibility to treat students with respect, care, and compassion, to ensure a safe experience, and to encourage positive interactions among participants.

Schedule for Wednesday, June 2

7:30students arrive at PMFS

7:45leave PMFS

9:30/10arrival at Echo Hill

10:00-12:30  — high adventure & survival activities

12:30-1:00 — bag lunch

1:00-4:00 — swamp walk

4:00-6:00 — pizza and debrief

8:00 — arrival at PMFS

Forms

Complete and return to Leann (A hard copy will be sent home with your child. Please contact Leann or Rachel if you need another copy)

Information & What to Bring

Late Night With Sixth Grade

The time for the 6th grade performance has finally arrived and we are excited to announce “Late-Night with Sixth”, a fully scripted (but also improvised) late-night talk show created, produced, and starring the fabulous 6th grade at PMFS. Not only has this been a rewarding learning process, but a groundbreaking one. As we wrap-up the intense writing process and begin designing sets, gathering props, and choosing costumes, scheduling for rehearsals and filming have begun.
The week of 5/10 will include rehearsals and filming on campus, both during the school day and after school.
Screening party — The 6th graders would like to watch themselves together. PLEASE CLICK ON THIS FORM that Trina put together that asks about whether you would be interested in joining a screening party, if so which day and whether you have ideas about how to do it. THANKS!  We need help on this.

Class Day

Another PMFS tradition, Class Day is an in-school celebration of our graduating 6th Graders. Each class prepares gifts, cards, and even a “Who Am I?” quiz for the graduates. Faculty share memories of the graduates. The 6th grade presents the yearbook to the school and to the person they have dedicated it to. At the end of the celebration, 5th graders stay on, to deliver “middle-school survival kits” to the 6th graders.

Graduation

The Sixth Grade Graduation will be an on-campus, outdoor ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30pm. PMFS will follow recommendations and guidance from the Montgomery County Office of Public Health and the CDC in order to maintain the capacity and social-distancing restrictions necessary to sustain our community’s health.

With the support from Plymouth Monthly Meeting, graduation will take place under a tent on the blacktop between the Meetinghouse and the school.

Please make a note of the following important information:

  • The graduation ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. (We hope to optimize on as much daylight as possible with this earlier start time.)
  • Each 6th Grade family will be allotted 8 tickets for invited guests, including family and friends. (Graduates do not require tickets.)
  • Only ticketed guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony. Tickets are transferable between 6th Grade families; and PMFS will help facilitate that transfer.
  • Guests will be seated in household or family pods. (PMFS will request information about how best to seat your guests with respect to social distancing.)
  • Please inform the school if you or a ticketed guest has special needs related to mobility or seating.
Graduation Party: June 12, 6pm, Newmans backyard
Trish put together this signup genius for food. Please let Keely know if you are coming and fill the signup out when you can. We hope that everyone can make it!
We will stay mostly outside and enjoy food, drinks, music, and each other’s company. We have a basketball hoop in the alley, and the kids can run around or go on the zipline too. Feel free to send ideas about special things to do or ways to decorate for the graduates.