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June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019

Another Fabulous Strawberry Festival in the Books! It was a truly phenomenal day! The children’s performances were amazing, often uplifting, and even a bit emotional at times. From the very youngest Dragonfly to the Sixth Grade, every routine was full of energy. Every aspect of the event went smoothly, and everywhere you looked people were…

May 30, 2019

May 30, 2019

Strawberry Festival: IT’S ON! Just 2 more days until (may we say?) the BEST school day and community event of the year. So what can you expect this Saturday, June 1? A whole lot, actually… What can you DO at the festival? Browse books, shop at vendor tables (more this year!), get your face painted…

May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

Egg Drop Every year, Sixth Graders create their own contraptions to protect an egg as it drops from a second-story window. The whole school gathered on Tuesday to watch some dramatic eggsplosions and equally dramatic eggscapes. Judges took notes to decide which inventions/eggs should be awarded: “Eggstra awesome” (no cracks), “Eggstra special” (tiny cracks), “Eggelicious”…

May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

Plymouth Pranced! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Plymouth Prance on Saturday! It was a beautiful sunny morning and, by our estimates, we had close to 100 people in attendance. Most importantly, we exceeded our net fundraising goal for the event. After expenses, we raised $13,476 for the school, which is 12% higher…

May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

Plymouth Prance This Saturday!! The Plymouth Prance is two days away! We can’t wait to gather as a school community on Saturday morning, at the beautiful Harriet Wetherill Park, in celebration and support of our school. In addition to our joyful walk in nature (our “prance”, if you will!), we will have fun music to…

May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

The Field Trip Issue It’s Opening Night! The whole school is buzzing with excitement to see the Sixth Grade Musical, B.A. Wulf! Join us tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 pm in the Steinbright building (click here for tickets or buy them at the door).  The musical, written by Gillian with music by John B, is…

April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019

Screen-Free Week Starts Monday! PMFS has a long tradition of joining in with National Screen-Free Week every year. We know it’s important for children and families to take a break from TVs, computers, phones, and game consoles to reconnect with each other and the world around us. Our librarians recommend these picture books on the…

April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

Invention Convention Third Grade traveled to meet other young inventors from Abington Friends School and Penn Charter on Monday. They spent a portion of the year in Science focusing on inventors and the process of taking an idea from vision to completion. They went through the scientific process to determine areas of their life they’d…

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

We Had a Great Color Day! After Meeting for Worship this morning, David talked to us about our theme for the day: Stewardship. Students learned that a steward is someone who takes care of things and were asked to consider questions like, “What kinds of things do you take care of?” and “What stewardship have…

April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

Color Day is Next Week Our second Color Day of the year is coming up on Thursday, April 11. While classroom teachers have conferences with parents, Specials teachers and admin will lead students in group activities around the Quaker testimony of “stewardship.” How will this affect you and your child? Please send your child in…

March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

  “What has two legs, no tail, and flies at night?” … Give up? “A vampire in his dark, scary castle.” Keeping Math Creative in First Grade First Graders have been exercising their spatial awareness by comparing the length and width of objects in their classroom. They take things like paperclips, legos, and animal crackers,…

March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

This Week in Mexico Fifth Graders are coming home from Mexico tonight! They had a great time this past week, climbing a strangler fig at Chapultepec Ecological Park, blowing giant bubbles at the Children’s Museum, visiting a cathedral founded by Hernán Cortés, seeing the famous Aztec sun stone in the National Museum of Anthropology, and enjoying…

March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019

Fifth Grade in Mexico Fifth Graders and teachers Leann, Genevieve, and Varley have been having a great time in Mexico! Some of the highlights so far include reuniting with buddies, boating on the Azetec canals in Xochimilco, seeing some of Diego Rivera’s murals, having a sleepover at Casa de los Amigos (a Quaker nonprofit), climbing the Sun Pyramid…

February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019

Around Campus with David: Quantity As I moved around campus this week I got to witness our students working on the idea of quantifying — fitting, since we just celebrated our hundredth day of school! Our Dragonflies were thinking about the key ideas of more, fewer, and less. Martha was displaying these ideas with cubes…

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

Eat Your Hearts Out! Teachers commonly tout the reading and math skills involved in cooking projects. Usually they’re referring to recipe reading, measuring, and computing adjustments, like multiplying for double batches, etc. But for the three- and four-year-old Dragonflies, baking is more about exercising spatial awareness skills. Would you like a whole heart cookie, or…

February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Circus Tickets on Sale Now! Plymouth Meeting Friends School proudly presents the Fourth Grade Circus 2019, “Stepping Out.” From unicycles and silks to tight-rope walking and juggling, the performance is filled with all sorts of tricks and surprises. Inspire your child by showing them just how much kids can do! “Stepping Out” is set in…

February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Fifth Grade Reflects on the Exchange Fifth Graders said “adiós” to their buddies last Thursday, but they won’t be apart long! The class heads to Mexico for two weeks on February 28. So what do they think of the Exchange so far? Here it is in their own words: “It was such a privilege to…

January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019

Mold Symposium Had Us Wheezing With Delight The 39th Annual Delaware Valley Fourth Grade Mold Symposium was a great success last Wednesday! PMFS was the host this year, welcoming Abington and Green Street Friends Schools. Students spent the morning presenting their tri-fold boards to each other. The boards explained their scientific procedure, observations, and results…

January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019

Mexican Friends are Here! Fifth Grade’s Mexican buddies arrived last Thursday! Host families were there to greet them at the airport amid lots of excitement. Buddies enjoyed a long weekend with their families, and are going on trips around Philadelphia this week. MLK Day at PMFS We had a wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….

January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

MLK Day Service at PMFS “We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us on Monday, January 21 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Steinbright Auditorium for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Justice…

January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

Around Campus with David: Welcome Back! Happy New Year to everyone!  And a wonderful way to usher in the New Year is to let you know we are all quite excited at school to have some recent staffing changes now is place. Genevieve Schmidt Camacho has returned to assisting in Second Grade and being the…

December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018

Around Campus With David: Wreaths This season, the school has been able to place plain wreathes on our classroom doors. I got a chance to move around campus and see how different grades decorated their wreathes. Here is a sample of our wreathes so wonderfully decorated. And I even caught the Butterflies in decorating action!…

December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

Third Grade Visits Fairmount Water Works On their field trip last Friday, Third Graders enriched their year-long study of water as a habitat and natural resource. Guides at the Water Works taught them about how Philadelphia’s water supply system began, and the effort the city put into keeping the Schuylkill river clean. Third Graders also…

December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

Math in Action by David Kern I had a chance today to drop into our Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade classrooms with the purpose of seeing math in action. These photos show a nice progression of skills and problem solving across these grades. This shot is Third Grade multiplication work. By the end of Third…

November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

History & Art & Art History in Doylestown Fourth Graders went to Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works this week. What inspiring places! In keeping with their year-long exploration of U.S. history, they will be making a tile in the vein of Henry Mercer and they are currently working on a clay…

November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving at PMFS It was a jam-packed half day on Wednesday! We held our annual Thanksgiving Concert and welcomed tons of alumni and parents. From Early Childhood classes kicking off the Program with “Hola, Hola, Hola,” to Sixth Graders jamming out to “Oye Como Va,” we loved how the program challenged and honored our children…

November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving at PMFS Wednesday, November 21 We are pleased that so many families (and alumni!) attend the Thanksgiving Program each year. In case you didn’t know, we always have a packed house for this event! We invite you to come early to take advantage of the energy surrounding this day of joy and thankfulness. Parking…

November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

Color Day! Yesterday, students spent their day in mixed-age “color pods”, engaging in a variety of small-group and whole-school activities focused on our theme for the day, “Community.” Fifth and Sixth Graders were charged with leading their pods, putting into action leadership skills they have built throughout their time at PMFS. They navigated their roles…

November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018

Quote of the week Holly (Librarian): Wow, you’re all choosing great books. I want to read all those books, too, but I would have to stay up til midnight! That would be too much. Third Grader: There’s no such thing as reading too much! That’s impossible!   Halloween Highlights Happy Halloween! All our fairies, superheroes,…

October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018

Halloween Parade and Breakfast Next Week Halloween is Wednesday, October 31. That means it’s nearly time to get your children in their costumes and head to school for the Halloween Parade! The parade starts at 8:30 am, and you are invited to join us at the PTO Halloween Breakfast starting at 8:00 am, and continuing after the parade until 10:00 am….

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018

Announcing Our New Head of School! The PMFS School Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Brenda C. Crawley to be Head of School starting July 1, 2019. The Search Committee enthusiastically recommended Brenda, observing that she is a highly engaging and committed educator with over 30 years of independent elementary school experience as a teacher and administrator. Equal…

October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

Click here to volunteer! Chili Cook-off – Calling all Chili Masters! If you would like to participate, please sign up here to enter. We ask that you make about a gallon of chili if possible, and bring it in a crock pot that we can plug in to keep it warm. For other questions, please contact Jana Gunby…

October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

Photos from Picture Day are In! Here is how you can view your pictures: 1. Click here. 2. Type your child’s last name in the search box. 3. When prompted for password, type in child’s last name. Order by Friday, October 19. Click here for pricing info. Want a retake or a sibling picture? Picture…

September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Sixth Grade at Echo Hill While at Echo Hill this week, Sixth Grade took an oyster boat out on the Chesapeake Bay. They went fishing, and learned to de-scale and cook their catch. They were so successful that everyone on board ate fish for dinner. The boys learned about the waterway while they were at…

September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018

The Creepy Crawlies Issue! Monarchs Put on a Show for the Lower Campus The lovely native plant garden at the back of the Emerson Building has attracted lots of friendly creatures! The lower campus, especially Second Grade, is enjoying watching monarchs go through their life cycles right outside (and sometimes clinging to) their door. Throughout…

September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018

Quote of the week: “Every year I get to hear from third graders that this is ‘my last first day with you as my science teacher’.  It is often followed with an ‘I love you.’” –Amanda Picture Day is Tuesday, September 18 Time to get your kids looking their best! Schoolhouse Pictures is coming on…

September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018

A Great First Day! We were all happy to see students old and new settling right in today. As soon as they got off the buses and out of cars, kids were joyfully reuniting and making new friends.  The kids were all talking about the videos that David emailed out on Tuesday. He filmed them…

June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

Spreading Wings: Letter from Sarah Dear PMFS families, In these final days of the school year, I feel a strong parallel to our graduating class, as we are each getting ready to leave a supportive and caring community to spread our wings in new communities; to apply what we’ve learned here at PMFS in the…

May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

Strawberry Festival: IT’S ON (Rain or Shine!) Just 2 more days until (may we say?) the BEST school day and community event of the year. And as we’re looking at the weather forecast, what can you expect this Saturday, June 2? A whole lot, actually… What can you DO at the festival? Browse books, shop…

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Kindergarten Takes their Learning Outside Kindergartners enjoyed a visit to Morris Arboretum this week, a culmination of their nature studies. They had fun exploring the log cabin, smelling flowers in the rose garden, using a map to navigate through the beautiful spaces, and comparing the trees there to Mary, the much loved tree on the…

May 17 2018

May 17 2018

Strawberry Festival – the Season is Here! Have you seen the Strawberry Festival banners? They are up, which means the 82nd Annual Strawberry Festival is around the corner.  Much work has already been done to get the festival in order.  A million thanks goes to: Cecilia Dee for lining up permits, parking and port-a-potties for…

May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

Head of School Search Update Check out the Head of School Search section of the PMFS website to get updates on this process. Most recently, the Search committee has posted the PMFS Position Statement, which is being shared with prospective Head of School candidates. Preview our 2018-2019 ExDay System No Charge until 4:00pm! In support of…

May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

Do You Know How to Overthrow Apep, Serpent God of Destruction?? You could ask a 6th Grader, but it’ll be a lot more entertaining if you bring the family to the Class of 2018 Musical Friday or Saturday, at 7:00 pm! To guarantee your seat, buy your tickets in advance for The Serpent and the…

April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018

Who Dances with 6 Dozen Snakes? And who is born out of primordial ooze? And who gets mad enough to flip a table? And who learns to rap? Find out the answers and see what wonders await you at…. The Serpent and the Sailor and the Stars in the Sky (aka The 6th Grade Musical,…

April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

Ankh! Udja! Seneb!* Who are these people?  To find out, check your Red Folders …. And learn more about them at The Serpent and The Sailor and The Stars in The Sky, presented by our 6th Grade on Friday May, 4 and Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm. The 6th Grade class is hard at work,…

April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

ArtsFest TOMORROW! Spring has SPRUNG! And with it, this year’s ArtsFest: a celebration of both the artistic process and the beauty that our students create through the visual and performing arts! We hope you will bring the whole family and some friends for ArtsFest this Saturday (tomorrow!) April 14, 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Come to…

April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018

ArtsFest 2018 Is Almost Here We are soooo looking forward to ArtsFest (and so is the Colonial newspaper. Click here to check out the article). Join us for an afternoon of inspiring artists, valiant violinists (all Second and Third Graders!), satisfying singers, and much more! When: Saturday, April 14  3:00 – 5:00 pm Where: PMFS…

March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018

Letter from Sarah The Giving Tree Dear Families, In the past year, several parents have shared with me the strong sense of peace and calm they feel on our school grounds from the simple walk up the path, passing through the graveyard and under the branches of the Maple tree Mary, as they travel across…

March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

Learning to Trust and Discover Through a Fourth Grade Circus Congratulations to our Fourth Graders on a brilliant in-house performance for our students and staff as well as visiting classes from The Philadelphia School, Media-Providence Friends School, West Chester Friends School, and Wilmington Friends School. Every year since 2003, PMFS’ Fourth Grade class, under the…

March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018

TONIGHT: Building Bridges: A PMFS Community Group Dedicated to Building Community Through Social Action Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm PMFS Library, Emerson Building We invite the school community to think with us about how we can bring our PMFS values into the world in the form of social action, strengthening our PMFS community while we…

March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

Building Bridges: A PMFS Community Group Dedicated to Building Community Through Social Action Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm PMFS Library, Emerson Building We invite the school community to think with us about how we can bring our PMFS values into the world in the form of social action, strengthening our PMFS community while we build…

February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018

Signups for Sharing Are Now Available Hello PMFS Community, This is a quick update to let you know that you can now sign up to share in person about your experience at PMFS with School Committee members (now through March 16). You can access the online sign up sheet here: Sign up to share about…

February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Letter from Sarah Dear Families, This morning, we hold the community of Parkside, Florida, in the light, as we learn more about the tragic shooting in the high school there yesterday afternoon. I imagine that, like me, many of you are experiencing very strong feelings today: of deep sadness, of frustration, and of fear, as…

February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018

Letter from Sarah Dear Families: We have an annual tradition in which our Third Graders reflect on their dreams for the world, in conjunction with honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In an all-school meeting for worship, Third Graders shared with us what they would “stand up for” to make the world…

February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

Curriculum Redux on the Plymouth Website Have yet to peruse our new website, with a greatly articulated curriculum? This week, we feature Math! Mathematics is indeed a critical language for understanding the world, and so mathematics is integral to the curriculum at Plymouth Meeting Friends School. In addition to daily dedicated math instruction, children in…

January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

Parent Talk Next Wednesday Challenges and Trauma: How to Talk to Your Children Presented by PMFS School Social Worker Phyllis Ivey Wednesday, January 31 6:30 – 7:30 pm Corson Lobby A brief meeting of the PTO will follow the discussion: Join us! In light of the extremely challenging times our children are growing up in,…

January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018

Head of School Search Update Over the next 18 months, the School Committee will be posting periodic updates on what is happening with the search for, and transition to, our next Head of School. In this inaugural post, we want to start by thanking Sarah for giving us the gift of time to conduct a…

January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018

News from the Head of School and School Committee Clerk Yesterday, you received an e-mail containing some important news from our Head of School and School Committee Clerk. Click here to read a PDF copy. (And do let us know if you did not receive it: office@pmfs1780.org.) Join Us Tomorrow, 1/12, for a Parent Coffee…

December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017

Look at us! Welcome to the NEW Virtual Red Folder, part of the new PMFS website! Take a moment to read the highlights of the “VRF” below, and then go to pmfs1780.org/parents/virtual-red-folder/ to see the full Virtual Red Folder for this week. Go to pmfs1780.org to peruse the full website! Keep looking in the new year, as…

December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017

A Peek into the Classroom If you looked into First Grade you’d see them… …Taking care of their natural community through their participation in Cornell University’s FeederWatch program; reading in pairs; and learning about holiday traditions through books and active projects including making latkes. A Feast Fit for a … Rey o Reina o Realeza…

December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017

Health Reminder As cold and flu season is upon us, we wanted to remind you of the PMFS guidelines for when a child should stay home from school (page 14 in your Red Book): Vomiting or Diarrhea — A child should remain home until 24 hours after he or she is able to eat and…

November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017

The “Secure Your Pizza, Can You Lend a Hand, and Will You Give Us Your Recyclables?” Family Fun Night Special Friday, December 8 6:00 pm Steinbright Building Round up the whole family, put on your best pajamas, and join the PMFS community as we watch the movie “Home”. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag to…

November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017

From Us to You It was a full day today at PMFS! We held our annual Thanksgiving Concert, and welcomed tons of alumni and parents–alumni and current–for the program as well as everything from breakfast in Annie H to Kahoot! in Fourth Grade with Will. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces filling…

November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017

This Wednesday (November 22) at PMFS We are pleased that so many families (and alums!) attend the Thanksgiving Program each year. In case you didn’t know, we always have a packed house for this event! We invite you to come early to take advantage of the energy surrounding this day of joy and thankfulness. Crowded…

November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Color Day Success: An Inspiring Model for Community Building Yesterday, Parent-Teacher Conference Day was transformed into Color Day! Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade spent their day in eight mixed-age Color Pods engaging in a variety of small-group and whole-school activities focused on our theme for the Day, PEACE (in the Quaker Testimonies, the “P”…

November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

Announcing: Color Day at Conference Day Guess What?!  Thursday November 9, Parent-Teacher Conference Day, is being transformed into Color Day! The first clue that something is new: upon arrival, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will go directly to the gym instead of to their classrooms (Caterpillars and Butterflies will begin the day in their own…

June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

A look back at the year as the school year officially closes and information for the upcoming school year.

June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017

A recap of the 81st Strawberry Festival, an update on summer reading lists and more.

June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Details on the upcoming Strawberry Festival, a date for the upcoming Playground Playdate and more!