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April 22, 2022


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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 that define their lives today. They were equally excited to get back on the road for their learning, another step in preparing for their overnight trip to Washington DC  next week.


Slowing Erosion

Fifth graders continue their study of our environment and factors that impact it. They recently explored erosion and experimented with what materials can slow the movement of soil by creating “land” in a container and adding different elements like rocks, sticks and vegetation to see how much they could slow land loss when water was poured through their simulated hill. This tactile experience allowed students to discover on their own what erosion is and the importance of trees and vegetation on land around the world.


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Chicken Dance Tag

After ending their dance unit, the Kindergarten students mashed together Tag and the Chicken Dance for a fun filled game! During Kindergarten’s dance unit they learned the Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, Mexican Hat Dance … and even created their own dance moves. Incorporating dance into the curriculum gives the students another way to stay active!

DUE MAY 1: Give Your Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out

Sixth Graders are hard at work putting the yearbook together, and every student will receive a copy in June! Now is 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 soon — on 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.


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.


Poppin’ Popcorn Fundraiser

Support the school while enjoying popcorn! Our fundraising popcorn store is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 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. Click here and use the code ZEBBWP to place your order. Please share with your friends and family; anyone can place an order!


BloomBox

April 25-May 9: BloomBox Garden Fundraiser!

Order plants from BloomBox and enter code PMFSCHOOL15 in the “Gift Card or Discount Card” box on the payment screen. BloomBox will deliver your plants to your home and the PTO will receive a portion of your purchase amount! Click here to order.


Visitors to 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.


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.

Welcome Erica!

We are delighted to share that Erica Shippen will join the Plymouth Meeting Friends School community as Associate Head of School beginning July 1, 2022.  Erica comes to us from The Agnes Irwin School, where she currently holds the role of Literacy Specialist and Coordinator of Lower School Student Support Services. Prior to that she taught First Grade at AIS, served as a Lower School Reading Specialist at The Haverford School and Tower Hill School, and was an adjunct faculty member at Delaware County Community College. As PMFS’ first Associate Head, Erica will serve as our primary academic administrator, collaborating with faculty on curriculum development as we approach our 10 year accreditation with the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). Erica will partner with the Head of School to supervise and evaluate teaching faculty and support their continued professional growth and development.   

Erica started her learning journey as a Media Providence Friends School student from Pre-K through 8th Grade. We are honored to welcome her back into the Friends school community as a member of our Plymouth Meeting Friends School family! 


Upcoming JADE Meetings

Please save the first Wednesday of the month at 8 PM for JADE (Justice, Anti-Racism, Diversity and Equity) meetings.
  • On May 4, 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 1, 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.

Memorial Service for Carol Corson

A memorial service for Carol Corson is scheduled for 10am on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Meeting House located at Germantown and Butler Pikes, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Click here to go to the PMM website to read the memorial letters from Plymouth Monthly Meeting and Plymouth Meeting Friends School, as well as an interview with Carol that was published in the PMFS 2022 Spring Newsletter. We welcome you to join us. Please be advised that masks are required for this indoor gathering.

Reminder: Masking Policy Update

  • Masks are now 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.

Upcoming @PMFS

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

Wednesday, May 4 ,8pm
JADE Meeting

Saturday, May 7, 2-4pm
ArtsFest

Wednesday, May 11, 8-9pm
Strawberry Festival Planning Meeting

Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14 , 7-8pm
Pod 3/4 Circus


Want more info on happenings at school?

Subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar at pmfs1780.org/calendar.
Take a look at the 2022-23 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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