Virtual Red Folder
April 9, 2021


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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 what they discovered! These glorious eyes will support future poetry writing.


Meaningful Morning Meeting

The 5/6 Pod has been using Morning Meeting to get ready for the upcoming Elementary Student Diversity Day, discussing what diversity really is and why we should care about it. Comparing our students’ experiences to those of many adults who were taught to be colorblind, students explored how a black student might feel if someone says they don’t see their color and why equity matters in creating a just society.

Titled “Upstanders: Speak Up, Speak Out,” this April 16 virtual event is for 3rd-6th graders in schools that are part of the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC). This annual event responds to an awareness that elementary schools can and should foster dialogue and create developmentally appropriate diversity experiences for our students.


Lifelong Learning, for PMFS Staff too

Research and Projects Teacher Varley is looking forward to summer, as she was just awarded a competitive NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) grant. Varley will travel to Utah for one of the few in-person NEH programs this summer, entitled Voices of the Ancients. Not only does the week-long workshop bridge archaeology, art, storytelling of ancient peoples, and teachings from current Native Americans of the area, it also allows Varley to dig deeper into one of her favorite literary themes, the hero’s journey. Varley is no stranger to NEH programs, having previously participated in 3 others: Maritime History of the Pacific, in California; Mississippi Delta Music, History, and Culture; and Gullah Culture and storytelling of Georgia’s coastal islands.

Reminder: Next Friday is Spirit Day

Wear your PMFS gear and colors to show school spirit on Friday, April 16.


April PTO Meeting

Please join us for our April PTO meeting on Wednesday, April 14, from 8 to 9pm! We will be discussing this year’s final events and fundraisers, including brainstorming plans around Strawberry Festival. The Zoom link will be sent out by Class Parents and will also be posted on the PMFS Parent Community Facebook page.


Calendar Update

Please be sure to download the updated 2021-2022 At-a-Glance Calendar. This version corrects an error with school closing around the date of the Presidents’ Day holiday.


Got Taxes?

For families who receive tuition assistance, please remember to upload your 2020 taxes to your account in the SSS website by April 15. Contact Joyce in the Admission Office if you need an extension due to the IRS new filing deadline.


Visit the PMFS Online Bookshop

Have you checked the PMFS Online Bookshop?  New reading suggestions have been added for each grade. Get started with filling your child’s bookshelf for the summer!  Any book can be purchased through Bookshop.org (not just the PMFS suggestions) and every purchase supports PMFS and the Children’s Book World in Haverford.

Take a look and buy a book!

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, April 15
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact office@pmfs1780.org for Zoom link to join us)
Taxes due to SSS for tuition assistance recipients

Friday, April 16
School Spirit Day
Grades 3-6 take part in GPDC Elementary Student Diversity Day

 


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Take a look at the 2020-21 At-a-Glance Calendar and the 2021-22 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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