Virtual Red Folder
April 16, 2021

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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 any opportunity to do so safely. As we passed David and Jonathan there were many questions about mulch and its purpose. They kindly answered them all and even involved us in their process! We love developing this fellowship around campus!

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Pod 3/4 Art

This week Pod 3/4 put to use all of their hand building techniques to create narrative and expressive portrait busts in clay, inspired by artist Augusta Savage. They also glazed their pottery from their last session, where they made coil pots inspired by artist Dave Drake.


Learning to Speak Up and Speak Out

Students and teachers were wowed by the program at today’s Elementary Student Diversity Day (ESDD), attended by students in grades 3-6 at 11 schools from the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative. PMFS students took part in synchronous workshops with students from other schools and asynchronous workshops within their own classrooms, helping them become better “upstanders” for social justice. The workshops were varied and impactful, including: using abstract art to consider perspective, discussing contradictions in the news, using math to discuss equity, and looking into how to stand up while taking care of one’s own feelings.

Student takeaways were powerful, as they shared that they learned about microaggressions, racism, and risks. They described the day as enlightening, empowering, and fun. Work from the day is being collected to post online; we’ll alert you so you can see and discuss with your students.

Many thanks to the organizers of this important and unique event for elementary students, especially our 5/6 Pod teacher Leann Stover Nyce. PMFS was the host for this virtual extravaganza, and Leann’s energy and leadership was a vital force in preparing for this year’s ESDD.

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.

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 (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!

And they told 2 friends and so on…

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 Open House
Thursday, April 29, 7pm

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


What: Ensure Gourmet Popcorn delivered to your door in time for the 3/4 Pod Circus

When: Sunday, April 11th to Sunday, April 25th.

Share the link with your friends and family
Place your orders between April 11th & April 25th

Enhance your Circus viewing experience & Support PMFS all at once!

Sidwell Friends School

The 38th Annual John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecture

PMFS families have been invited to attend this virtual event, hosted by Sidwell Friends School, on April 27 at 7pm. As part of the Zeidman lectures, Sidwell Friends School is highlighting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) experience at this time in order to create greater cultural understanding and awareness of issues today. Erika Lee, one of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians, will be presenting. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, April 22
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact for Zoom link to join us)

Thursday, April 29
Admission Virtual Open House, 7-8:30pm
To register, click here. (A Zoom link will be sent the day before the program)

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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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