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April 18, 2019

Invention Convention

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.

Some Buses Not Running Tomorrow

Friday, April 19, is Good Friday. This means several school districts have the day off, and won’t be running buses that day.

Districts that ARE busing on Friday: Philadelphia (Sague), Spring-Ford (Balgo).

Districts that ARE NOT busing on Friday: Methacton, Norristown, Colonial, Springfield, Upper Merion, Wissahickon.

If your child is scheduled to be bus on Friday, but their bus is not running, please call or email Maeve and Kelly in the Main Office to let them know your alternate dismissal plans.

PTO Officer Nominations for 2019-20

PMFS is looking for a few enthusiastic, thoughtful and generous parents to serve as Officers of the PMFS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). We are seeking nominations for next year’s PTO Co-Clerks, Co-Treasurers, 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, which bring our community closer together. The PTO also raises funds for playground enhancements, classroom technology, assemblies and special projects. PTO Clerks are a vital link between parents and PMFS.

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.

PTO volunteers have monthly PTO meetings, as well as a minimal number of additional meetings to discuss the budget, planning of events, and other PTO issues.

Nominations are due by Monday, April 29, 2019.

Please contact Ralph Henninger, Director of Development, with any questions by email at: or by phone at 610-828-2288×224.

Vacation Care on May 10

Sign your child up for Vacation Care on Friday, May 10 for a day of play and planned activities. Register by May 6 for the Early Bird price.

Circus Skills After Fourth Grade

Class of 2018 alumna Annie Tallman wowed audiences last weekend with her unicycle skills as part of a performance with her dance team. She’s kept up her unicycling since she learned to ride in the Fourth Grade Circus. Current students, take note: You never know where your circus skills will take you!

Screen-Free Week is Coming!

PMFS has a long tradition of joining in with National Screen-Free Week every year. We think it’s important for children and families to take a break from TVs, computers, phones, and game consoles to reconnect with each other and the world around them. There’s lots happening on campus that week to keep you busy:

Playground Playdate, 3:00-4:30 pm

Dining out at the Trolly Car Diner with PTO (You can dine out at the Trolly Car other nights this week to support PMFS, too!)

Sixth Grade Musical, 7:00 pm, Steinbright

Parent Coffee, 8:00 am, Corson Lobby
Sixth Grade Musical, 7:00 pm, Steinbright

T-shirt Sizes Needed

Come one, come all! Order your child’s (free!) Plymouth Prance t-shirt. Please take a brief moment to respond so that we can accurately plan for how many shirts and in what sizes we should order for the Prance next month. Thanks, and Prance on!

Plymouth Prance (free!) T-shirt – click here

“To Infinity… and Beyond!”

One of our Dragonflies was inspired to write a letter to Dr. Katie Bouman, the Harvard scientist who was recently in the news for creating an algorithm that photographed a black hole. She hopes to meet her so they can “look at space together”!

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.

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?

Can you think of anyone with a local business (maybe you!) who might like to sponsor an activity or booth at the festival? Here’s the form to make that happen.

We are looking for 2 Strawberry Festival Co-Chairs. Duties include overseeing the event and supporting other volunteers.

Interested? Contact Kim DeFilippi at

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)


Upcoming @PMFS

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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