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June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

Celebrating our Graduates Some sneaky elves put up these yard signs at Sixth Graders’ houses over the weekend. We’re so proud of our soon-to-be graduates, and can’t wait to hear each graduate’s speech on Tuesday! Learn “All About” Something with Second Grade Second Graders have been working hard on showing what they know about a…

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

No Time for Senioritis! Varley is keeping the Sixth Graders engaged and learning right through to the end of school. She’s bringing the world to them by continuing their year-long Speakers Series, where experts in different fields visit the classroom to talk to the students. Last week they participated in a National Geographic Explorer Live…

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

On The Home Front: My Garden by Brenda During this time at home, my family likes to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and work in our square-foot garden. We divided raised beds into 12 inch squares and planted different vegetables or herbs in each section. Our little garden is a great example of how…

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

Fun at Field Day! Last Friday, everyone put on their Field Day t-shirts and picked their favorite events to play at home. Then at Meeting for Silliness we got to watch Sixth Graders get soaked by water balloons! Check out this compilation of the Field Day videos that you sent in.

May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020

Tomorrow (Friday): Field Day and ArtsFest! Your lovelies will have dedicated time tomorrow afternoon to choose a few Field Day events from the slideshow that Kelly emailed out. If you haven’t already, you should be receiving their t-shirts (by special PMFS staff delivery) soon. Also look out for ArtsFest links coming to you tomorrow. Your…

April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

Saturday: MexEx50 Virtual Celebration Please join us for a virtual celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Exchange Program on Saturday, May 2, 2:00 – 3:00pm. We will hold a special Zoom call, where we will share a photo slideshow of the most recent exchange, provide opportunities to share stories, and help you connect…

April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

You’re Invited: MexEx50 Virtual Celebration on 5/2 Please join us for a virtual celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Exchange Program on Saturday, May 2, 2:00 – 3:00pm. We will hold a special Zoom call, where we will share a photo slideshow of the most recent exchange, provide opportunities to share stories, and…

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

Student Work Highlights Check out some of the super work students have been doing.   A Fifth Grader has been inspired to paint up a storm by Gillian’s Art choice board. In Science, Kindergartners have been asked to do observational drawings of objects found in nature. Fourth Graders are writing their own versions of the…

April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020

Message from Brenda Watch Brenda’s video to see our campus in bloom! A Full Week of Virtual Learning Students, teachers, and parents have all done a great job learning on their feet this past week as we transition to virtual classrooms. Check out some of the super work students have been doing. Fifth Graders are…

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

Spring on Campus During this morning’s Zoom Meeting for Worship, one student asked about what Spring is like on campus this year. Thanks to Brenda and David for sharing the beauty of the blossoms on the PMFS campus though these photos. Mexico Photos Here are some great photos of Fifth Grade during their Mexican Exchange…

March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

Fifth Grade in Mexico Fifth Graders and Leann, Gillian, and Brenda 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), and climbing…

February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Engineering in Pre-K Pre-K worked on their STEM and language skills during a small group building challenge.  Each group was given the task of using a variety of blocks to create a marble run that had a ramp, bump, and stop.  With guiding language, kids were encouraged to share their ideas and listen to each…

February 20, 2020

February 20, 2020

Secret Valentine Week Each class at PMFS celebrates Valentine’s Day in its own way. In Third Grade, they celebrate Secret Valentine Week. Each student was assigned a member of the class to be their “secret valentine.” Throughout the week, they made and received secret homemade gifts in their class mailboxes, such as cards, riddles, paper…

February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020

  Cookie Math Second Grade used the picture book The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins, to launch their study of division. In the book, children must figure out how to share a dozen cookies as more and more friends come to the door. Second graders were asked, “How can you divide twenty cookies equally among…

February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

First Grade Paints the Town Red On January 24, First Grade took a train to Center City. They had an exciting time exploring the city (walking over 2 miles!), seeing a production of The Snow Queen at the Arden Theater, and having lunch at the Bourse. They saw murals and mosaics, counted bricks, compared buildings,…

January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

Mexican Friends are Here! Our Mexican buddies arrived last Thursday from Cuernavaca to begin their two week stay with their PMFS Fifth Grade hosts! Host families went to the airport to greet them, with signs and cheers. The Colegio Williams students have been going on trips around Philadelphia this week and will enjoy a long…

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

Emergent Curriculum in Pre-K Pre-K Teachers Courtney and Kate find creative ways to enrich their students’ learning with themes that “emerge” out of play. Recently they presented their class with a table covered in paper, a mess of paint, and some brushes. From there, a group of children came over to paint during free play…

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

Ocean Animal Project Going Swimmingly The Ocean Animal Project is underway! Since returning from Winter Break, Third Graders have been learning about the world’s oceans, the characteristics of each of the ocean’s layers, and the adaptations of the organisms that live in these zones. This week Third Graders each decided on a specific animal for…

January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020

Talonted Scientists In Nature class with Sara, Kindergarten talked about owl pellets and their purpose. They learned about the adaptations of owls through analyzing their pellets. The Specials Note John B: Drama The Sixth Graders have begun the ambitious project of devising their own musical from scratch. Devised Theatre is a collaborative process through which…

December 19, 2019

December 19, 2019

Tomorrow: Winter Sing and Wassail On Friday, December 20, we welcome families for our holiday celebration. First, PTO is putting on a community Wassail at 9:30 am in the Annie H Wilson Room. Come enjoy the tasty Wassail cider and holiday treats before you settle into singing. Also, consider bringing food to share. Use this…

December 12, 2019

December 12, 2019

Winter Sing and Wassail: Friday, 12/20 On Friday, December 20, we welcome families for our holiday celebration. First, PTO is putting on a community Wassail at 9:30 am in the Annie H Wilson Room. Come enjoy the tasty Wassail cider and holiday treats before you settle into singing. Also, consider bringing food to share. Use…

December 5, 2019

December 5, 2019

Winter Sing and Wassail: Friday, 12/20 No sooner are the turkey leftovers eaten than it’s time to think about Winter Break! On Friday, December 20, families are welcomed for a holiday celebration. First, PTO is putting on a community Wassail at 9:30 am in the Annie H Wilson Room. What is Wassail? It’s the tastier…

November 21, 2019

November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving at PMFS: Wednesday, November 27 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. Student Transportation…

November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

Fourth Grade Circus – One Step at a Time Each Fall the Fourth Grade class embarks on a communal journey to create a circus. Throughout this journey each student is introduced to a wide variety of new skills, eventually focusing on a few that pique their interest. Working towards competency and mastery on this equipment…

November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

Coding, Engineering, and Creepy Carrots In recent library classes, students celebrated Halloween by reading the book Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and making their own creepy carrot patch with teacher Jill. In technology classes, the upper grades have focused on building and maintaining keyboard skills, exploring code.org and Hour of Code, and working with Google…

October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019

Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos at PMFS On Friday, November 1st, children will be celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican and Central American holiday of family and remembrance. A festive holiday full of community spirit, Day of the Dead is a way of connecting to family and friends that are…

October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

Halloween! Parent Breakfast, Parade, and Costume Guidelines Halloween is Thursday, October 31. That means it’s nearly time to get your kids in their costumes and head to school for the Halloween Parade! Please make sure your children’s costumes are appropriate for school. In keeping with our Quaker values and remembering that the parade is attended by…

October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

Celebrating Día de los Muertos at PMFS You’re invited! The next party in our year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Mexican Exchange is for Día de los Muertos – “Day of the Dead.” Join us on Friday, November 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, when PMFS will celebrate this special Mexican tradition. To learn…

October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

Third Graders at Kepner Creek Third Graders visited the Norristown Farm Park last Thursday and explored the Kepner Creek watershed. They got their feet wet as they flipped over rocks in search of aquatic insects and other organisms. They found water pennies, caddisfly larvae, crayfish, fresh water clams, water striders, and flatworms. Third Graders sorted…

October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

Who Am I? Who Are We? Second Graders have begun the year with portraiture. On the first week of school, students drew self-portraits. Then they were paired up to do life-size portraits of their classmates, tracing each other and thinking about how to show their subject’s personalities through their drawings. Come say hello to the…

September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

Parade for Climate Justice Last Friday during the Global Climate Strike, people around the world left work and school to protest global warming in the lead-up to the UN Emergency Climate Summit. PMFS students participated within school. As part of their justice curriculum, Fifth Grade led the school in a parade around campus for climate…

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019

Into the Woods Fifth Grade went on an orienteering adventure in French Creek State Park last week. As they navigated their way to different orienteering markers, they encountered beauty in nature — a bat, butterflies, and lots of creek! The goal of this experience was to spend time outdoors, build community, have fun together, and learn…

September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

MexEx 50 to Start with a Grito (Cry/Shout) at Picnic on Sunday This school year is the 50th anniversary of our Exchange Program with Mexico, so we are celebrating with great events throughout the year. The Kickoff event will take place at Sunday’s Back-to-School Picnic, with a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexicans celebrate their…

September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019

A Great First Day! We were all happy to see students old and new settling right in on Wednesday. As soon as they got off the buses and out of cars, kids were joyfully reuniting and making new friends. We came together for our first Meeting for Worship of the year and shared lots of…