Virtual Red Folder

Plymouth Meeting Friends School’s weekly electronic newsletter. Check back every Friday for a new edition during the school year. Email office@pmfs1780.org and ask to be added to our email subscription list.

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Pre-Kers Lend a Hand Part of being in Pre-K is beginning to understand the world beyond ourselves. This age is categorized as an egocentric time, so connecting to our larger school community helps us to realize that the world is bigger than ourselves. Connecting with others has been challenging because of Covid so we seize…

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Pod 1/2’s “Poet Eyes” Throughout the year, first and second graders are learning about perspective and moving toward seeing things through another’s eyes, stretching their awareness and development of empathy.  Last week, following collective poetry presentations, they searched for their own ‘poet eyes’ – those eyes that see from their heart. Take a look at…

April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021

Parent Coffee with Brenda “To sleep or not to sleep. That is the question!” Join Brenda for the next Parent Coffee with the Head of School on Tuesday, April 6, 8:00 to 8:45am. We will look at a child’s 24 hour cycle and discuss how children’s sleep habits and routines impact their days. Zoom link…

March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

Circus Prep Continues in Pod 3/4 Pod 3/4 continues to prepare for our May 7th Zoom on Zoom Circus!  We are working very hard to craft a unique and exciting performance in an equally unique platform.  Stay tuned for more info on this important spring tradition at PMFS! Grandparents and Special Friends Day We celebrated Grandparents…

March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

Gillian Makes the Front Page! PMFS’ own Gillian Pokalo recently made the front page of The Times Herald! In the article, “One Artist’s Pandemic Journey,” Gillian discusses how the pandemic has shaped her artwork over the course of the last year. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Gillian finds her work “feels more significant in…

March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

A Little Glimpse into the Black History Month Study in Pod 5/6 Pod 5/6 spent the month of February focusing on amazing people of color who have helped shape our country.  They followed a Black History Month virtual calendar that introduced them to some well-known folks and some historical figures who were new to them. …

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Reminder: Parent Happy Hour with Jen Cort Please join us for a Parent “Happy Hour” on Thursday, March 4 from 8:00 to 9:00pm. We will welcome Jen Cort, a nationally recognized education consultant in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Jen’s session with PMFS parents will focus on having meaningful conversations with our children…

February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

The Journey toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Belonging Quaker communities are grounded in the notion of seeing that of God in everyone. We look for the inner Light in each individual and value their unique voice and perspective. PMFS values “equality”; however, equality is not equity. Now, more than ever, building equity in our…

February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

Zoom on Zoom Circus! Even in a pandemic the show must go on!  This spring, Pod 3/4 will present the first ever PMFS Circus on Zoom!  Based on the 1970s/1990s television show Zoom, all are busily practicing, making manipulatives, and writing skits. Throughout this process, students are strengthening their skills in cooperation, adaptability, and perseverance….

February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021

Leaning In Learning that the website/resource Teaching Tolerance is changing its name to Learning for Justice reminds us that even progressive organizations need to learn and grow. PMFS has long embraced the values of both tolerance and justice. Our teachers draw it into the curriculum, differently, appropriately, for different ages; we see it when our…

January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021

6th Grade Research Project and Poster Session The students in 6th grade have been hard at work on a long term research project.  After selecting a topic to research solo or in groups, 6th graders went to work. The skills they strengthened throughout the process include: writing  essential question and a thesis statement, conducting an…

January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

Looking Forward to 2021 When discussing their hopes for 2021, 5th and 6th graders shared a lots of strong ideas. Many reflected on the current pandemic, hoping for COVID to end, that they won’t need to wear masks any more, that they can get the vaccine, and that there won’t be any more virtual school. Some shared…

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Screenprint courtesy of Gillian Pokalo Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Justice and Service All PMFS students, families, faculty, and staff are invited to join in this year’s virtual MLK Day of Justice and Service.  All the activities are designed to help us connect with one another, support our communities, and learn more about…

December 18, 2020

December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays from PMFS We’re all excited to start the winter break. The PMFS staff sends you warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season, filled with peace, joy and special moments with those you love. Here is what we’re looking forward to. (How about you?) Making Crafts Kate loves making and collecting ornaments. Try your…

December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

Rainforest Animals as Multifaceted Research Project Our 5th graders have been working hard to educate themselves and the Five-Six Pod about rainforest animals. If you were to peek into the classroom recently you might see students constructing Google Slide presentations about their chosen animal, incorporating the advice from our very own project and research specialist…

December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020

Building Mathematical Minds Pre-K has been working on creating and identifying patterns. Patterns are at the heart of mathematics and recognizing patterns can be tied directly to future mathematical understanding and achievement. Teachers Kate and Linda helped Pre-K students connect their in-person and at home curriculum by working on patterns the last week of in-person…

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Forts and Fairy Houses with Friends from Afar First and Second Graders have been enjoying building forts and fairy houses throughout the fall, so were excited when recent storms brought down some more raw materials. Third and Fourth Graders also like building forts, and what has unfolded is a cross-grade cooperative building project. As classes…

November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Virtual Mandate from Montgomery County Office of Public Health The MCOPH is mandating that all schools go virtual 11/23-12/4. This means that all PMFS students will be learning from home 11/23-11/24 and 11/30-12/4. Please see the email Brenda sent out this afternoon for more details. Blasting Off in Pre-K A few weeks ago, Pre-K students…

November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020

Autumn Day in Kindergarten One perk of Kindergarten going temporarily virtual was that students had a costume fashion show as part of their Autumn Day celebration (pictured from top to bottom: Friendly Lantern Fly, Rainbow Laughing Dinosaur, Black Panther, Hungry Leopard). The day of fun continued with a Halloween scavenger hunt around their houses, time…

October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

Building Math Manipulatives Sixth Graders are learning cube roots. What better way to understand a cube than to build one? The Math In Focus curriculum is a great balance between the concrete and the abstract. Students learned how prime factorization can be helpful in finding both square roots and cube roots. Help More Students Attend…

October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020

Social-Emotional Learning in Pre-K Social-emotional learning is integral to our Pre-K program. The class has been reading books to help identify their feelings like Today I Feel by Madalena Moniz and books about gratitude to help form the habit of being thankful for something each day. They also practice mindfulness and have short meditations in…

October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Skipping and Jumping Up the Path Fifth and Sixth Grades are working collaboratively to create a sensory path from The Little House to the Corson. They are designing and painting a colorful set of visual cues (jump from lily pad to lily pad!) on the existing pavement to encourage fellow students to move their bodies…

October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

Graveyard Math This week Third and Fourth Grade took rubbings of gravestones to learn more about some of the people who made up our community in the past. Both in-person and at-home kids used this information to discuss Plymouth history, family genealogies, and review and concretize current math concepts. A staple in the Fourth Grade…

October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020

Warming Up With Spelling First and Second Grade are learning about the importance of a warm-up before they start their PE class.  Incorporated into each warm-up are various exercises to get their bodies ready to play. The students work in groups to spell each other’s names during the ABC Fitness Warm-Up to help practice their…

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Benefits of Routines by Brenda The start of a school year is a joyful time that can include challenges around time, schedules and transitions. A typical school day (virtual or in-person) involves dozens of transitions for a child—some easier than others. Children find comfort in routines. They learn to predict what comes next and…

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Back-to-School Night Goes Virtual Join us for a Zoom Back-to-School night on Thursday, 9/24 at 7:00 pm. Teachers will host meetings for individual classes, and will send Zoom links to parents. This is a great opportunity to hear about what goes on in the classroom, put faces to names for fellow parents, and have your…

September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

A Great First Few Days! It has been heartwarming to see students, in-person and virtual, settling into the new school year this week. With kind guidance from teachers about physical distancing, kids were soon joyfully reuniting and making new friends. Today, grades one and up came together virtually for our first Meeting for Worship of…