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April 13, 2018


Spring has SPRUNG! And with it, this year’s ArtsFest: a celebration of both the artistic process and the beauty that our students create through the visual and performing arts! We hope you will bring the whole family and some friends for ArtsFest this Saturday (tomorrow!) April 14, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Come to enjoy…

  • Light Refreshments, 3:00 – 5:00 pm 
  • All-school art installation in the Corson Lobby, including Artists’ Statements about each piece, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Art Demos by our students in the Art Studio, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Violin concert and music performances in the Steinbright Auditorium 4:00 – 5:00 pm

All are welcome and all of our PMFS artists are featured!

Blanket Math

This week, Second Graders worked cooperatively to solve Blanket Math which challenged them to imagine the possible outcomes from their Blankets and Bucks Drive to provide warm blankets for displaced Syrians through Narenj Tree.  They wondered how many blankets they could donate given certain scenarios. Working in pairs and trios, students studied a list of PMFS students by class to determine class sizes and then used a variety of strategies to figure out how many blankets would be collected if each student in a class were to bring a given number of blankets.  In doing so, the young mathematicians practiced their emerging multiplication skills and concretely investigated the results. Finally, they wrote their own questions and worked to find the answers.

What if everyone brought one blanket? Many in our community did! Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Color Day: Exploring Our Part in Community

Yesterday, our Fifth and Sixth Grade were amazing leaders of cross-grade color “pods” of students through a creative and active day that allowed us to explore the Quaker testimony of Community. Specials teachers and administrators supported a full and vibrant day of activities designed to help us think about and experience the important roles we all play in co-creating strong community. Students worked together to solve team challenges, as they: playfully competed in engineering the Marshmallow Challenge, building the largest tower using only spaghetti, tape, strong and a single marshmallow; took part in a collaborative art project; and worked together to beautify our campus community, through planting flowers across the campus.

Our day also included ways to celebrate inventions as a way to improve our community, through a fantastic assembly performance from the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, and our own Third Graders’ sharing the results of their design thinking inventions and prototypes,  a sneak preview to their upcoming Invention Convention.

What a remarkable day, and a reflection in itself of a remarkable learning community! 

Presenting This Year’s 6th Grade Musical

The Serpent and The Sailor and The Stars in The Sky

Join us on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 (at 7:00 pm) for this 6th Grade Musical, an original work by composer and PMFS music & drama teacher John B Hedges.

The musical, based on several ancient Egyptian stories and myths, is a tale about friendship, love, and the power of sharing our stories. In addition to performing the show, the PMFS Class of 2018 is also conceiving and creating the musical’s fantastic design elements (sets, costumes, puppets), under the supervision of PMFS art teacher Gillian Pokalo.

The musical is appropriate for children and adults of ALL AGES; purchase your tickets now! Go to for the convenience of purchasing with a credit card (convenience fee does apply) or be on the lookout for a paper order form next week.

Ticket Prices:
6th Grade and under = $5 ($6.17 online)
7th Grade and up = $10 ($11.34 online)

Ankh! Udja! Seneb!*

*(pronounced Ahnk! Wedja! Seneb!) A traditional Ancient Egyptian greeting meaning ‘Life! Prosperity! Health!,’ often in reference to the pharaoh

Join Us for a Garden Party to Celebrate Spring and Build Community

Join us at the home of Dan and Rebecca Heider (8120 Winston Rd. Philadelphia, 19118), on Saturday, April 28 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (note date change from the initial announcement) as part of our Building Bridges group.

While grown-ups enjoy catching up and the kids enjoying playing, we’ll also learn about a great local organization, Historic Fair Hill, a peacemaking urban green space dedicated to serving the Fairhill community in Philadelphia and its public school families. Learn more about Historic Fair Hill here.  Light refreshments served.

Building Bridges is a PMFS community group dedicated to building community through social action. RSVP to

Parent Open Forum THIS WEEK as part of Head Consultant Visit to PMFS

Dear Friends,
This week (Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19), Clay Stites of RG 175 will be on campus to interview faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of Plymouth Meeting Friends School. Clay’s focus while here will be on developing an Opportunity Statement for the position of Head of School. This statement will highlight our wonderful school and this exciting leadership opportunity. We invite you to participate in the search process; please mark your calendar for an Open Forum this Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Meetinghouse. You may also wish to use this link to record your thoughts via this online survey

Thank you,
John Gilliland, Clerk
Head of School Search Committee

PLEASE RSVP for This Week’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day- Friday, April 20

We are preparing to welcome grandparents and specials friends Friday, April 20 and need your assistance. Who is coming on  this new spring date? Please use this handy-dandy google form to let us know which visitors we should expect for this morning event (we will have a full day of school, with students returning to their classrooms at the conclusion of the event).

All Visitors

8:30 am Registration and Coffee, Welcome and Brief Presentation
Steinbright Building on the Lower Campus
9:00 am Classroom Visits
Visitors who are visiting more than one child will be prompted to change classrooms at 9:45 am.
10:30 am Morning Recess

Kindergarten – Sixth Grandparents/Special Friends

10:45 am Meeting for Worship
Students, teachers, staff, grandparents and special friends gather in the Meeting House.
11:15 am Program Concludes
Children return to their classrooms with their teachers.

Early Childhood Grandparents/Special Friends

11:00 am Recess ends; Program Concludes
Children return to their classrooms with their teachers.

Contact Ralph with any questions!

Open House

Tuesday, April 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Word of mouth is our most effective marketing tool and you are our most precious marketers. Invite your friends! “Like” this and other events on Facebook

May 11 Vacation Care Open!

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! We are partnering with Hungry Education to take a deep dive into the world of chocolate and learn more about its origins, its uses and of course, its tastes! As always, we will have plenty of time for active playtime and rest-time for the youngest students. Please sign up by May 1st to take advantage of our early registration fees. Sign up here!

PTO Nominations for 2018-19 (Already?)

We are looking for a few enthusiastic, thoughtful, generous parents to serve as Officers for the PMFS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). We are seeking nominations for next year’s PTO Co-Clerk, Co-Treasurer, Recording Clerk, and a Co-Clerk of the Food Program.

The PTO helps make our school the vibrant, wonderful place it is. It oversees the lunch program and popular events such as Family Movie Night and the Strawberry Festival; in addition to bringing our community together, activities and events raise funds for playground enhancements, classroom technology, and assemblies. PTO Co-Clerks act as a vital link between parents and school administrators (this is your chance to be in the know!), and PTO officers supply guidance for various events and manage PTO finances. PTO volunteers attend monthly PTO meetings as well as a minimal number of additional meetings to discuss the budget, planning of events, and other PTO issues.

Who do you know who has a passion for PMFS and wants to see our community thrive? Is it you? Is it a friend? We welcome your input! Self-nominations are welcome.

Please submit your nominations to Ralph Henninger of the PTO Nominating Committee (email, call 610.828.2407, or send a note to Ralph c/o the Main Office). Nominations are due by Monday, April 23.

Ex-Day Fun

Collaboration and learning abound as we have been exploring new games (Ask your kiddo about 10 days in Europe), enjoying old favorites like chess, and working together to build innovative structures.

Strawberry Festival 2018

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2!

For those who don’t know: the Plymouth Meeting Friends School Strawberry Festival has been going strong for over 80 years. It is a huge achievement and honor for us parents and faculty to collaborate and participate in this successful PMFS and community- wide tradition. Plan to be there – this is a required day of school for our children and it’s a requirement for us parents as well, to volunteer and help make the festival a success.

Planning for this big event has begun! A few items to note:
FIRST: Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help as class chairs. It takes everyone working together, generating ideas and excitement, and planning ahead for the event to run smoothly. Thank you to those already thinking about the festival!

SECOND: Now YOU can start thinking about the Festival too. What is your class’ responsibility that you will help with? As has been tradition for many years, each class has a vital role at the Strawberry Festival. Each part is as important as the next.

  • Martha’s Caterpillars: Manages the Moon Bounce (Thank you, Jennifer Mullen, for chairing!)
  • Courtney’s Butterflies: Flips patties at the Grill (Chair: TBD)
  • Kindergarten: Bakes and bakes and bakes about 55 shortcake – and also slices strawberries!! (Thank you, Nicole McEntee, for chairing!)
  • First and Second Grades: Manage Carnival Games and the prize table (Chair: TBD)
  • Third Grade: Sells sweets and pizza! (Thank you, Keely McCarthy, for chairing!)
  • Fourth Grade: Cooks and sells Mexican salads (Thank you, Shannon Mullican, for chairing!)
  • Fifth Grade: Prepares the signature dish and sells the Shortcake! (Thank you, Adena Klem, for chairing!)
  • Sixth Grade: Collects and sells Used Books in the book tent (Thank you, Rebecca Heider, for chairing!)

THIRD: In your child’s red folder this week is Festival Sponsorship information. If you, your family or your company feels inclined, do consider supporting the festival with a financial contribution. The festival earns money for the school and any amount we can offset from the thousands of dollars of cost benefits the school and our children. In the end, all money made goes back to the school. Please contact Ralph Henninger or Ali Conlon with questions. (Donations are also tax deductible!)

LASTLY: In the coming weeks a school-wide Sign-Up Genius Link will be coming your way (posted in the VRF and emailed to you from your class chair). Please use this link to sign up to volunteer for your class responsibilities and other vacant slots. Working more than one shift is helpful and often necessary for the benefit of the festival fun.

We look forward to the sun and warmth of June, the energy of our children dancing at the start of the festival, and the sweet smell of berries and shortcake! Please contact Ali Conlon ( with any Strawberry Festival questions. Thank you for getting involved and helping to support this wonderful event.

Upcoming @PMFS

Saturday, April 14
ArtsFest!, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Monday, April 16
PMFS 3rd Grade hosts Invention Convention

Tuesday, April 17
Open House, 9:30- 11:30 am
Sixth Grade Museum Studies Trip #4 to Art Museum on Creativity In Art
Due : 2017 Tax Returns for Financial Aid

Wednesday, April 18
Parent Forum for Head of School Search, Meetinghouse, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 19
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:30 am

Friday, April 20 (Full Day of School)
Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Rescheduled), 8:30 – 11:15 am

Coming Soon!

Tuesday, May 1
3 – 4:30 pm
Come Play: Playground Playdate

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