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April 18, 2019
Third Grade traveled to meet other young inventors from Abington Friends School and Penn Charter on Monday. They spent a portion of the year in Science focusing on inventors and the process of taking an idea from vision to completion. They went through the scientific process to determine areas of their life they’d like to enhance, investigate solutions, build prototypes (and rebuild and rebuild), and prepare a presentation for the Invention Convention. The focus on process over product provides the kids with an opportunity to create, fail, change, and ultimately be successful. Pictured above, the class pitches in to finish painting a fly-catcher, and a Third Grader demonstrates his luggage organizer at the convention.
ArtsFest Was a Beautiful, Messy, Fun Success
Thank you to everyone who came out to ArtsFest last Saturday to celebrate the Arts here at PMFS! The day was a huge success. If you missed it, please check out the work in the Corson Lobby Gallery, which will be up until the week of May 6, after the Musical.
The student art demos were amazing! One Fourth Grader demonstrated how to make a paper box. If you missed his demo, or would like to have a refresher on how to make one, here are his easy-to-follow instructions. Happy making!
Musical Theater Club
John B has enlisted the help of dramatically-inclined Second through Fifth Graders to support the Sixth Grade Musical as part of the Musical Theater Club. Club members will be an important part of the Musical, with jobs like stage crew, sound engineers, props masters, and background actors. In this photo, they’re practicing how to move their bodies onstage. John B guides them with questions like,
“Are you creating an interesting and varied composition for the audience?”
“Can you be seen, and are you “cheating” your body forward?”
“Are you making sure not to upstage your fellow actors?”
The show, B.A. Wulf, is an original written by Gillian Pokalo with music by John B Hedges. 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!
Will Runs the Boston Marathon
We’re so proud of Fourth Grade Teacher Will! He ran the Boston Marathon on Monday, completing it in 4 hours, 53 minutes. Here he is at mile 21 at the top of Heartbreak Hill. He had a nice little cheering squad, with his sister Emmy showing up as a surprise. And we were all cheering him on from PMFS in our hearts. Go, Will!
Merging Science and Art with Sun Prints
Fourth Grade is beginning a unit on the power of the sun with Kathleen, and discussing how it makes life on Earth possible. This week the class investigated the amazing power of light, using special “sun print” paper to make shadow images. The steps are similar to those of film photography: exposure to light for a period time, creation of a negative image, soaking in a special liquid to stop the development process, and finally revealing the final image!
Learning About Campus and Community
The Butterflies and Dragonflies are both visiting offices and classrooms around campus to get an idea of our community as a whole. The Butterflies’ Third Grade reading buddies gave them a tour of their classroom and talked about what they’re learning. The Dragonflies were invited to Joyce’s Admission Office to hear about her job. Joyce also introduced the class to her collection of garden gnomes.
It’s Snowing Vocab!
Here Sixth Graders are studying for a cumulative vocabulary test of 100 words. The class used the carpet to sort their flash cards and rewrote definitions on a master list in preparation for the test. Good luck, guys!
2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)
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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