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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. Choosing to listen is an agreement to open your ears and your heart to what your friend has to say. Sometimes the message is a compliment and sometimes a request for something to change. Either way our young friends are learning to listen and to deliver messages clearly and kindly so that their friends can understand how their actions impact the group.

Equality Vs. Equity: The bunny can’t swim in the bathtub then the bunny floats [has floaties; pic on the left] she CAN go in the bathtub
Some members of the GPDC Advisory Council; Trish (2nd from left) and Leann (right)
Outdoor Lunch at Diversity Summit

photo credit Paola Nogueras

Finding Joy in Diversity Work

Members of the PMFS staff took advantage of the school’s membership in the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC) to take part in the 2022 Preschool-2nd Grade Educators Diversity Summit on Saturday. GPDC is committed to “addressing issues of diversity, equity, and social justice” in schools for young learners and the biennial Diversity Summit is an integral part of this work. Listening to keynote speaker Rosetta Lee set the tone for the day, reminding attenders that this work is hard and ongoing, and joyful too. PMFS staff will be bringing ideas back to school from engaging workshops, including “Deepening Identity and Inclusive Practices through Place-Based Learning”, “Teaching and Learning Equity in Early Elementary Classrooms” and “Building an Anti-racist Library for Your Elementary Classroom.”

Many thanks to teachers Leann Stover Nyce and Trish McBride for their leadership roles in the GPDC Advisory Council and for bringing this important focus to our staff and our students.

Circus Tickets on Sale NOW!

Families can purchase their tickets now! To make sure that we reserve this event for current families only, you will need to login to your Parent Portal for the tickets (if you, ahem, haven’t set up access to the portal yet, please contact Kali in the Main Office ASAP). Be advised that tickets will likely eventually sell out, so please plan to get any tickets that you might want in advance as they may easily not be available at the door.

Visitors to Campus

It has been two long years since we’ve welcomed visitors to campus. During that time we have welcomed many new families, and thought now would be a good time to remind everyone, new and old, of our procedures for visiting campus. All visitors should stop by the Main Office to sign in and receive a visitor sticker before moving on to their campus destination. This lets us know who is on campus in case of emergencies, and signals to the rest of the community that you are an official visitor.

Reminder: Masking Policy Update

After careful discernment, the faculty and administration recognized that eight consecutive weeks of negative test results for all students and staff, and “low” COVID risk levels in Montgomery County inform the following adjustments to our health and safety protocols:

  • Beginning Monday, April 18, masks will be optional for PMFS students, staff, families and visitors during indoor classes and activities.
  • Masking will be required during all indoor assemblies or group gatherings (including Meeting for Worship), all-school events and community gatherings.
  • On-campus community events will include current families, household members and extended families, as well as newly accepted PMFS families. Spring events will not be open to the general public outside of our PMFS community.  
  • Masks will continue to be optional for PMFS students, staff families and visitors when outdoors on-campus.
  • Community members who choose to wear masks indoors and/or outdoors will be supported to do so.

Weekly on-campus COVID testing will continue. We ask that families continue to monitor their children for symptoms and follow these protocols in the event of exposure to COVID:

  • If an individual tests positive, they will stay home and isolate for 5 days.
  • If there is exposure to COVID in school, the whole affected class will mask for 5 days at school.
  • If a partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individual is exposed to COVID, that asymptomatic individual will mask to stay at school for 5 days.

Give Your Little Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out!

Can you believe we’re already talking about the Yearbook? But Sixth Graders are hard at work putting it together for June, so now’s your chance to buy an ad to celebrate your child. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here for more information and an online order form. You can also find it in the Parent Portal. Orders are due May 1.

Yearbook Business Ads

Do you own a local business or know someone who does? Please consider placing an ad in this year’s yearbook. Click here for more information and the online order form.

Spread the Word!

We all know that YOUR opinion is the most valuable ‘marketing tool’ PMFS has. Please help us continue to serve families like yours, by sharing your love of PMFS with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues! We’d love to include them at our upcoming Admission events. Next Up:

(Virtual) Admission Info Session
Tuesday, April 19, 7pm

RSVP here and we’ll send a link to participate.

Support the school while enjoying popcorn! Our fundraising popcorn store will be OPEN for business on Weds April 20! Sales will continue until May 5 and everyone will receive their popcorn in time for the Pod 3/4 Circus Premiere! In honor of Circus Week, treat yourself to some popcorn. 50% of all sales will go towards supporting our school community through the PTO. Check out the Poppin’ Popcorn website to preview the delicious flavors available. Starting April 20, click here and use the code ZEBBWP to place your order. Please share with your friends and family; anyone can place an order!

Upcoming JADE Meetings

Please save the date for the first Wednesday of the month at 8 PM for JADE (Justice, Anti-Racism, Diversity and Equity) meetings.
  • On May 4th, we will have a discussion with some of our 5th and 6th graders as they reflect on race, identity and their experiences on their trip to DC and the Harriet Tubman museum in Maryland.
  • On June 1st, we’ll view a video made by members of Black Cultural Awareness at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and talk about the experience of being black at a majority white school.
Both discussions will push us to develop specific plans and action steps to move towards change in our families, our immediate school community, and our broader communities.

Q: What is the connection between this book and the Strawberry Festival?

A: You’ll just have to come to the Strawberry Festival on June 4 to know, won’t you? (Well…. we suppose you could ask your child). Each class will be performing at the Class Performances prior to the festival, as we return to our beloved tradition!

Please Share your Child’s Covid Vaccination Status

If you have not already done so, please let us know your child’s covid vaccination status by emailing a copy of their vaccination card to Kali in the office.

MONDAY IS THE LAST DAY: Collecting Items for Refugee Relief Kits, with Plymouth Monthly Meeting

Many Hands Make Light Work

Plymouth Monthly Meeting invites PMFS Families to help collect items for Ukrainian Refugees. Plymouth Monthly Meeting is working with MCC, a global non-profit organization, to collect items to create relief kits for refugees. The list of items needed is below.

A collection box will be placed outside the Main Office. Please purchase the items as described on the list below, no substitutes in size or additional types of items will be accepted by MCC.

Items Needed:

  • Individually wrapped large bars bath soap (leave in wrapper)
  • Shampoo (1 or 2 bottles, totaling more than 20 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
  • Individually wrapped large bars laundry soap (such as Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
  • Adult-size toothbrushes (in manufacturer’s packaging, no larger than packs of 4)
  • New bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 29 in x 60 in)
  • Wide-toothed combs (6–8 in)
  • Nail clippers (good quality)
  • Adhesive bandages (minimum size of 40 bandages, assorted)
  • Sanitary pads (THIN; 1 or 2 packages, minimum 28 pads total)

Additional Ways to Get Involved:

Upcoming @PMFS

Tuesday, April 19,  7-8:15pm
Admission Info Session – RSVP here for this virtual event

Wednesday, April 27 – Friday, April 29
Grades 3-6 Overnight Trip to Washington, DC

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