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April 11, 2019

We Had a Great Color Day!

After Meeting for Worship this morning, David talked to us about our theme for the day: Stewardship. Students learned that a steward is someone who takes care of things and were asked to consider questions like, What kinds of things do you take care of?” and “What stewardship have you seen others do?”

Then we split into mixed-age “pods” led by Fifth and Sixth Graders to do some stewardship activities. Kids made signs to help guide visitors to campus, painted birdhouses, counted up donated coins for Heifer, helped set up for ArtsFest, and lots more! Then it was time for an assembly with the Bloomsberg Theatre Ensemble, where actors had everyone giggling (and learning!) as they explored the solar system.

Announcing the Sixth Grade Musical… B.A. Wulf

Join us for the world premier of the musical “B.A. Wulf” by Gillian Pokalo, with music by John B Hedges.

The musical, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem “Beowulf”, is a tale about being true to yourself, the power of empathy, peer mediation, and Vikings. In addition to performing the show, the Sixth Graders have conceived and created the musical’s fantastic design elements (including a giant monster arm!).

This show is fun for all ages. Performances are Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3 at 7:00 pm in the Steinbright building. Tickets are $5.00 for kids and $10.00 for adults. Buy yours online now!

Second Graders Succumb to “Knockout Fever”

Knockout fever is sweeping Second Grade! A mental math game that can be played as a whole class, in small groups, or individually, students try to “knock out” numbers from 0-20 by combining four numbers randomly chosen by the roll of a die, using all four mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Second Graders are enjoying the challenge and are using spare moments between activities to see if they can clear their boards. Students stretch their own mathematical thinking, and also get to enjoy the social aspects of math, sharing alternative solutions and putting their heads together to see if they can crack the really tough ones.  Be warned! Knockout fever has no cure — it continues to be played throughout the upper grades at PMFS.

Sugar Magnolia Blossoms Bloomin’

Everyone has been in awe of the two Magnolia × soulangeana trees blooming in the graveyard this week. Amanda took her Science classes to climb and explore the trees. They learned how the flowers help our bees make delicious honey. When Amanda mentioned that “Magnolia Day” (the fleeting day of peak bloom) is one of her favorite days, a First Grader replied, “Now it’s mine too.”

Gillian in Iceland

Over Spring Break, Art Teacher Gillian went to Iceland! She has built a relationship with other artists there, and visits whenever she can to lead workshops and get inspiration for her own art. Gillian taught a workshop in March for a group of women in Reykjanesbær. The class used silkscreening to transfer their art to the face of a clock to take home with them. You can read more about it in Icelandic (okay, and English) here.

ArtsFest is Saturday!

We invite you to join us from 3:00 to 5:00 pm this Saturday, April 13. ArtsFest celebrates the visual and performing art accomplishments of our PMFS kids.

Starting at 3:00 in the Corson Lobby, the Art Show reception will feature works from every student. There will be snacks! The art will be up through May 3, so come on back if you can’t see it all on Saturday.

From 3:00 to 4:00 in the Art Room, students will be doing art live. Never before have we had this many demonstrating artists! Learn how to do origami, work with clay, paint, draw, marbleize paper, and much, much more!

Then from 4:00 to 5:00, join us in the Steinbright Auditorium for instrumental performances!

Could you come a little early to bring snacks or set up chairs? Please sign up here to help out — we can’t do it without you!

Quick Quiz: Who can you tell?

We are hosting our spring Open House in one week. AND we know that word-of-mouth is always our best advertisement. SO… you talking to your friend or neighbor or co-worker really helps, and it helps A LOT. Please let folks know about the transformative PMFS program: share this flyer or just invite them!

Thursday, April 18
9:30-11:30 am

April 12 Vacation Care

Want your child to come for Vacation Care tomorrow? No problem! Email Nate and Gladys at to let them know you’re coming.

Plymouth Prance – Help Us Reach Our Goal!

The Plymouth Prance is one month away! We can’t wait to put on our “prancing” shoes on May 11th, in celebration and support of our school.

But first, we have to reach our fundraising goal! Please take a moment to visit our event website and check out your child’s fundraising page. This page can be shared with family and friends by Facebook, Twitter, and email – just click on the “share” icons at the top right of the page. General donations to the event, not tied to a specific student, can also be made under the “general donations” tab.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in this fundraising campaign, and a big thank-you to those who have already pledged their support. We are well on our way to reaching our goal. Prance on!

Help Us Pick a Book to Read as a Community

Building Bridges is a group of faculty and parents who meet once a month to consider ways to live out our PMFS values of diversity, equity and inclusion. They were the ones behind the school supply and book drives for the Julia de Burgos School earlier this year. Now Building Bridges would like your input; they’re planning a community read for next year to explore issues of identity, discrimination, and privilege and want your help choosing the book.

Some books that have already been suggested: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor.

Email your thoughts to Leann at before April 25. You’re also very welcome at Building Bridges’ next planning meeting on Sunday, May 19th at 3:30 pm in Leann’s classroom.

Little Green Thumbs

The Butterfly class is so excited for Spring! They’re pushing wheelbarrows, digging in the soil, and planting seeds to learn gardening skills and help make our campus even more beautiful.

Do You Know What Tax Time Means?

(Well, besides dusting off your old calculator…) It means it’s time to upload your 2018 taxes to the SSS (School and Student Services) website to complete your PMFS Financial Aid Application. Awards are contingent on this final step. Please contact Joyce in the Admission Office with any questions.

Strawberry Festival Volunteering

Strawberry Festival is our biggest all-school event of the year and relies on 100% parent participation to be so much fun! Oh, and doesn’t thinking about that shortcake get your mouth watering?

We are looking for people to fill the following volunteer positions:

  • 2 Strawberry Festival Co-Chairs: Duties include overseeing the event and supporting other volunteers.
  • 1 Facilities Chair: Duties include arranging tents, permit, trash, crossing guard, off-campus parking, set/cleanup.
  • 1 Entertainment Chair: Duties include arranging the petting zoo, moonbounce, face painting, carnival games, balloon animals, etc.
  • 1 Corporate Sponsorship Chair: Duties include creating sponsorship flyer and finding sponsorships.
  • 1 Parking Chair: Duties include arranging volunteers to help direct parking and reserve spots.

Interested? Contact Kim DeFilippi at

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, April 12
No school for students (Vacation Care available)
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Saturday, April 13
ArtsFest, 3:00-5:00 pm

Monday, April 15
Tax returns for financial aid due

Tuesday, April 16
6th to Longwood Gardens

Thursday, April 18
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — join us!
Admission Open House, 9:30-11:30 am
PTO meeting, 3:00 pm

Friday, April 19
6th to Eastern State Penitentiary

Tuesday, April 23
4th to Washington DC (returning 4/26)

Wednesday, April 24
3rd to Wallops Island (returning 4/26)

Thursday, April 25
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — join us!
2nd on camping trip (returning 4/26)

Friday, April 26
1st on overnight at school

Monday, April 29
Screen-Free Week begins

Tuesday, April 30
Playground Playdate, 3:00-4:30 pm

Thursday, May 2
6th Grade Musical, Steinbright 7:00 pm

Friday, May 3
Parent Coffee, 8:00- 9:15 — Discover the long-lasting benefits to our Mexican Exchange Program
6th to Japanese Tea House
6th Grade Musical, Steinbright 7:00 pm

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