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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.

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

Congratulations Graduates! We celebrated our 2022 Graduates on Tuesday night. You can view more pictures of the evening on our Facebook page here. I Believe I Can by Grace Byers I can sail, like mighty ships. Like the oceans, I run deep. I can stretch, just like the Alps, until I reach my highest peak. …

June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022

People Who Made a Difference For their final research project of the year, third graders studied people who made a difference. They read biographies, took notes on the most important events in their lives, and composed a speech written from the point of view of their research subject. This week each third grader dressed up…

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

Strawberry Festival is ToMoRRoW (June 4) … just for current and incoming families this year Timing 8:30 — morning set-up 9:00-10:00 — pick up pre-ordered tickets or purchase tickets at Ticket/ Will Call window 9:30-10:00 — drop off any food donations (on the Blacktop) 9:45 — children arrive in classrooms 10:00 — class performances 11:00-1:00…

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

All About Ice Cream The students in Little House Pre-K have been enjoying running a pretend ice cream shop, learning a little bit of the history of ice cream, and making real ice cream together! This week, they invited the Journey’s End Pre-K class to join them for a special treat. Each student chose their favorite ice…

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Support the 5/6 Rainforest Sale on Wednesday, May 25th For many years, PMFS has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to raise money for rainforest conservation.  Over the years, we have bought dozens of acres, planted hundreds of trees, and raised awareness of the importance of conserving the environment. This year is no different!  5th and…

May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

Plymouth Hawks?! Did you know that Plymouth Meeting Friends School has a resident hawk? Tony the (red-tailed) Hawk was first spotted flying above campus well over a decade ago! Since we see Tony (or more likely his descendant) flying overhead almost every day, it wasn’t surprising that the hawk was on the list of suggested…

May 6, 2022

May 6, 2022

Come to ArtsFest TOMORROW, Saturday, May 7 from 2-4pm! Come to the lower campus to experience: the opening of the school-wide art show live musical performances by students art demonstrations dramatic performances by Kindergarten and 5th grade It’s a celebration not to be missed and we’re so excited this tradition is back to being in…

April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022

Grades 3-6 Visit Washington, DC Grades 3-6 visited Washington, DC this week. A great time was had by all, and we’ll have more pictures and stories to share when they return! Come out next Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 to celebrate the Visual and Performing Arts at PMFS! We’ll have the opening of the school-wide art…

April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

Everyday Artifacts at the Mercer Museum Pod 3/4 recently enjoyed a trip to the Henry Mercer Museum in Doylestown. Henry Mercer was a 19th century archeologist who spent his life curating a collection of local everyday artifacts.  Students enjoyed jumping back into this time in US history, comparing and contrasting these objects with the ones…

April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

Learning to Speak so Your Friends Can Listen First graders are practicing and modeling how to give and receive messages following active high-emotion times (such as recess or PE).  Children take turns giving feedback to individual friends or the whole group, first asking if the recipient(s) would like to hear what they have to say….

April 8, 2022

April 8, 2022

It’s Party Time in Little House Recently our Little House Pre-K students asked to turn their dramatic play area into a birthday party. To prepare the center, they decorated, wrapped gifts, made party hats, and wrote out invitations and birthday cards. Then they played! Dramatic play engages children in literacy, math, science, and social studies,…

April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022

Top 10 things to know about the Strawberry Festival NOW 10. It’s the best “school day” of the year … It’s held on a Saturday, but it’s a required day for all students! 9. Preparations for it begin months ahead … and have already started. 8. PMFS has been holding this beloved event since before…

March 18, 2022

March 18, 2022

Sign up for BtB Classes Register now for the next session of BtB classes! Check out the offerings here and sign up here. Please reach out to Gladys with any questions. Sign up for April 8th Vacation Care Registration for April 8th vacation care is now open. Please sign up using this link. Registration will close Wednesday, March 30th…

March 11, 2022

March 11, 2022

Kindergarten Celebrates Black History Month Kindergarten had an amazing time celebrating Black History Month! They learned that we can: dance like Misty Copeland invent like George Washington Carver play baseball like Jackie Robinson play ragtime like Scott Joplin Go to space like Mae Jemison play the trombone like Trombone Shorty create flavors of ice cream like Augustus Jackson All About Percussion!…

March 4, 2022

March 4, 2022

Rainforest Animal Presentations Fifth graders have completed their rainforest animal presentations! Students honed their presentation skills and learned what it means to be a good audience member, as well as an excellent presenter. The class used this opportunity to discuss what kind of feedback to give each other – the children all agreed that they…

February 25, 2022

February 25, 2022

Collection for ACLAMO What? PMFS students are collecting items for ACLAMO, a Latino service organization in Norristown that PMFS has had a long-standing relationship with. The items are part of a rewards program for positive behaviors; ACLAMO students selected these items, and their input was considered for the buy-in.  When? Until March 14 Where? Collection boxes will be…

February 18, 2022

February 18, 2022

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Throughout the school, classes celebrated student friendships and care on February 14. For example, Little House Pre-K had a tea party, featuring fancy dress and real tea. And Pod 3/4 decorated Valentine bags, in preparation for a party where students exchanged cards and treats. Strawberry Festival (Lite): Save the Date Mark your…

February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022

First Grade “Catfaye” The popular Catfaye is open for business! Early in the morning and throughout the day industrious first graders gather around several tables busily making signs, writing menus, taking orders, prepping ‘food’ and delivering gastronomical delights. Burger, fries and milkshake? No problem. Chocolate sprinkle donut? No problem. Sushi? Coming right up. Eyeball soup?…

February 4, 2022

February 4, 2022

From Equity to Peace Our monthly Quaker theme shifted from January’s focus on Equity to this month’s theme of Peace. When we explain the difference between Equality and Equity, young friends easily understand that fair isn’t always equal. What helps one may not help all.  We learn to question how things work (or don’t) and…

January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022

Math in Morning Meeting Every morning second graders answer a yes or no question. Sometimes it is about likes and dislikes, other times it is a chance for a quick check-in on something we are working on.  As part of their morning steps, each child moves their popsicle stick to the container matching their answer….

January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Kindergarten Practices Acts of Peace Kindergarten has been reading and learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our society. As a black American, Dr. King was eager for his own people to be treated with fairness and kindness. To assist them he followed the example of Gandhi, exhorting his black American friends…

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Justice, 01/17/2022 LAUNCH All Plymouth Meeting Friends School students, families, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us in this year’s virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Justice. All the activities are designed to help us CONNECT with one another, SUPPORT our communities,…

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

Sensory Play in Journey’s End The light table and kinetic sand centers are wonderful examples of learning tools that offer both sensory exploration and a variety of opportunities for open-ended conversations in Journey’s End Pre-K.  This week, winter-colored items were added to the light table.  Some examples of spontaneous play we observed: sorting items by…

December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

The Show Must Go On! This spring marks the 18th annual PMFS Circus!  The circus has grown into a celebratory spring tradition that brings our community together for a weekend of circus folly and joy.  Pod 3/4 has been learning circus skills, the value of perseverance, and the importance of communication for  upcoming show, set…

December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

Turkey, Pigs, and Candles: AKA First Grade Math Math is everywhere in first grade. Last week, our young mathematicians thought about a problem involving turkeys and pigs, working collaboratively and creatively to solve and show their answers. Following work with two- and three- dimensional shapes, they learned to make patterns and identify the pattern unit…

December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

Little House Pre-K Celebrates Hanukkah Little House Pre-K enjoyed celebrating Hanukkah this week. Students made Stars of David, which the kids thought would be difficult, but were pleasantly surprised that they simply had to make two triangles and put them together! Playing the dreidel game offered up some serious math, as students had to figure…

November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

Kindergarten Nature In Nature class, students have been learning about the season of Fall. With Sarah, they have discussed why the temperature is dropping and how the earth’s position has changed. They have learned about what trees and plants are doing — or not doing — to get ready for Winter. They have discussed migration…

November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

Kindergarten Explores Their Feelings Kindergarten has started a unit on feelings. They looked at five faces and asked themselves, “What do we think each of these faces is showing? Have I ever felt any of these feelings before?” The class was then told short stories and expressed their feelings by standing near the face that…

November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

1st Grade Hones Improv Skills This week in 1st grade Drama students discussed and explored the use of theater props in a game called “Whatcha Got There?” Students used their sense of touch (no peeking!) to choose a prop from a box and, after being asked “Whatcha got there?” by their scene partner, were challenged…

October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Scenes from Halloween The rain cleared up this morning just in time for us to have our Halloween Parade! Thank you to our Pre-K and Second Grade parents for organizing breakfast for our community, thank you to all the parents who came out to watch, and thank you to Kirk for leading the parade! Journey’s…

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Pod 3/4 Adventure Stories After spending the first few weeks of school creating paragraphs, Pod 3/4 has transitioned into our first stories!  Though they are loosely defined as “Adventure Stories,” they are also an introduction to outlining, creating an initial draft, having both peer and teacher conferences and eventually crafting a final copy.  This process…

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

First Grade Number Stories First graders tell number stories with animals to better understand part-part-whole relationships. After choosing an animal from the grab bag, students match the animal to its information card. Then they draw a picture representing a part-part-whole number story. Finally, they write that story as a number bond and a number sentence,…

October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021

Pre-K Fun Now Leads to Handwriting Skills Later Little House Pre-K students enjoy playing with playdough, stringing beads, and drawing and writing on chalkboards. These are among many playful activities that help our students develop strong fine-motor skills, which will benefit them when it’s time to begin handwriting! Meet the School Committee Dan Heider Dan…

October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

Together, We are a Forest Second Grade started off the year exploring trees and recent research on how trees communicate and care for each other. Students observed the variety of trees on our campus and made observations, noticing how trees can be unique and at the same time be stronger when they stick together— a…

September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

Learning One-to-One Correspondence in Kindergarten In math class, our Kindergarteners get valuable (and fun) practice when working with Unifix puzzles. Using puzzles of various shapes, students create 3-dimensional models and determine the number of cubes that fit in each puzzle. This activity is a great way to practice one-to-one correspondence, a crucial skill that supports…

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Take a Peek at What’s Happening in Our Classrooms Our 2021 Back to School Night will be held virtually on Thursday, September 23 from 7 to 8:15pm. Teachers will host Zoom meetings for each class and will send links to parents. This is an opportunity to learn about the curriculum, classroom community, and plans for…

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

Welcome Back! We are so excited to have everyone back on campus for another great school year. PMFS students have kicked off the year by taking history walks, playing with friends, talking about summer vacations, exploring new spaces, meeting new teachers, and getting into new routines. We can’t wait to see what the rest of…