Virtual Red Folder
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 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.
Thursday, April 15
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact email@example.com 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