Virtual Red Folder
April 26, 2018

Who Dances with 6 Dozen Snakes?

And who is born out of primordial ooze? And who gets mad enough to flip a table? And who learns to rap?
Find out the answers and see what wonders await you at….

The Serpent and the Sailor and the Stars in the Sky
(aka The 6th Grade Musical, which goes up next weekend, May 4 & 5, at 7:00 pm)

For those of you who aren’t aware, the musical is an original work written by John B Hedges for this 6th Grade class. It is based on several ancient Egyptian stories, which John B and Gillian have been sharing with some of our classes.  Did your child get an Egyptian God trading card in last week’s Red Folder? We encourage students to bring their cards in to share with their classmates! Be on the lookout for more this Friday – including color-your-own Serpents and Sailors!  

This show is appropriate for ALL AGES (unless the child is sensitive to stories about destroying demon snake gods…), with monkey/serpent puppets and truly imaginative costumes and puppets designed and made by the 6th Grade.

Get your tickets now; send this order form to the Main Office (pay by cash or check) or go to the Brown Paper Tickets website (and pay with a credit card).

Thanks from Second Grade

Many thanks to all who participated in the Blankets and Bucks collection organized by Second Grade! We were able to collect 95 blankets, which will be sent by Narenj Tree Foundation to support displaced Syrian citizens, particularly those impacted by recent attacks in Ghouta. We also collected $423.87 to help defray the cost of the shipping container. Susan and Genevieve delivered the blankets and donations on Saturday, after students worked to fold blankets, count the money, and write messages of love and support to tuck in the bundles. Thanks to your generosity, many people will receive the warmth of our community when the blankets arrive at the refugee camps this fall.

PMFS @ Plymouth Meeting Barnes & Noble

This Wednesday, May 2,  5:00 – 8:00 pm

Part of Screen-Free Week, this in-store book fair promises to be lots of fun: look for a puzzle and game table, a cupcake decorating station, summer reading suggestions, and of course book readings. It doesn’t hurt that B&N donates a portion of purchase prices to PMFS. Volunteers welcome: email Leigh if you’re interested. Barnes & Noble is located at 2300 Chemical Road in the Metroplex shopping center.

Bring the book fair voucher to help out PMFS while you’re enjoying the fair.

This Week’s Strawberry Festival Checklist

We kindly invite you to THINK RED AND PINK and please:

  • Remember IT’s TiMe to STaRT GeTTiNG InVoLVeD! The Festival can’t be a success with out each and every one of you (this means each parent needs to participate)! The event is 100% parent run!  Look for your class on the sign up genius and volunteer with other class parents; if and when your class’ responsibilities are full, just find another volunteer spot (it’s actually FUN to meet other parents and work with them, we promise)!
    Use this link:
  • Consider becoming a Festival sponsor: Use the Sponsorship Form to commit by May 4 to this opportunity to advertise your local business, support a great school, and get a tax deduction all at the same time.
  • Start counting up how much shortcake and how many t-shirts you want to order: May 14 is coming up fast; use the Strawberry Festival T-shirt and Cake Form to pre-order these items so we have enough for YOU … and your family … and your friends… and your neighbors … and … you get the idea.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Ali Conlon (

Good Times with Visitors

One of our favorite days of the year at Plymouth is Grandparents & Special Friends Day! A fantastic group of guests joined us for a morning full of performances, play, worship and lots of learning and sharing. Our sincere thanks to everyone who joined us! Check out the photos on our Facebook page, and ‘Like’ our page while you’re at it!

Spring Cleaning: Bring us your BOOKS
(and CD’s and DVDs)

The Sixth Grade invites you to bring your used books, CD’s, and DVD’s to the Sand Shed at the Blacktop starting , well, NOW and continuing all the month of May. One highlight of the Strawberry Festival is this tent full of treasures!

Nature Play! Loose Parts! Outdoor Kitchen!

Our wish: Kids who play and explore and create and take full advantage of the great outdoor spaces at PMFS
Our hope: Regular replenishing of materials to enhance that play (we play hard)
Our request: If each family could give even one item, we could greatly grow our supply!
What are we looking for? Click here for some ideas for Nature Play items (oh, you yard salers: keep it in your pocket when you are out and about).

We and the groundhogs and the children thank you!

Parent Coffee: Discover our Mexican Exchange

This Friday, May 4, 8:15 – 9:15am
5th Grade Classroom
Question: How amazing and transformative is our 5th Grade Mexican Exchange Program?
The answer: Pretty amazing.
But that doesn’t do it justice.  Come learn from the Fifth Graders themselves (as well as from our faculty and parents) about their metamorphic experiences. Buckle up for a magnificent, insightful journey!

Please email Lael in the Admissions Office to confirm that you plan to attend.

Nature Playground Play Dates

This Thursday May 3,  3:00 – 4:30 pm
(Plan Ahead: the next one is Tuesday,  June 5,3:00 – 4:30 pm)
Join us for an informal play session at the PMFS Playground. For all current families, and for prospective families curious to learn more about our school. Come meet and socialize with current parents and students and ask questions about why they love PMFS while your children play in our beautiful and engaging outdoor spaces. 
We’ll have…
  • All the traditional playground equipment open for use
  • Gaga pit stocked with balls and ready for action
  • Nature play treasures: petals, pods, seeds, shells, sticks, pebbles, leaves, and much more
  • Light snacks and refreshments
Children of all ages are welcome accompanied by an adult. With something for everyone, bring the whole family and gear up for a playful adventure!
May 3– RSVP here to let us know you plan to attend (we do want to have enough snacks for you).
June 5– RSVP here to let us know you plan to attend.

Invite your Friends and Neighbors to our Experiential Early Childhood Open House

Friday June 1, 8:30 – 10:00 am 
in the Butterfly Pre-K Classroom

Bring your little ones (children ages 2-5) and come play with the Butterflies, our Pre-K 4-5 year olds. We would love to share some of the creative, playful adventures we are up to here at PMFS in our Early Childhood Program.  From 8:30 to 10:00,  partake in some of the guided free play, art projects, and outdoor explorations our children get to experience everyday. Meet our inspiring Pre-K teachers, learn more about our program, and experience for yourself how we inspire in our little ones a lifelong love of learning.
RSVP here. Contact Lael with any questions.

What Does Experiential Learning Look Like?

It’s easy to see from the pictures that our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade students are active and engaged and enjoying themselves on their class trips this week, but we need to put these trips into context, as part of a cycle of learning for students. Each class carefully prepares for these experiences, both academically and emotionally. And the learning continues after the “fun” is over, as the teachers design reflection time and curriculum to tie in and strengthen the reach of these concrete experiences. 

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, April 27
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades Return (!)

Monday, April 30
Screen-Free Week begins

Tuesday, May 1
Sign up due for 5/11 Vacation Care click here to sign up
Community Night at Trolley Car Diner click here for the voucher to bring

Wednesday, May 2
In-Store Book Fair for PMFS at Barnes & Noble, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 3
Playdate on the Playground, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Friday, May 4
Community Coffee, Exchange Program, 8:00-9:15 am

Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5
6th Grade Musical, 7:00 pm

Coming Soon!

Friday, May 11
School Closed for Students: In-Service Day
Vacation Care: All About Chocolate, 8:00 am- 6:00 pm  click here to sign up

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