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April 4, 2019


Color Day is Next Week

Our second Color Day of the year is coming up on Thursday, April 11. While classroom teachers have conferences with parents, Specials teachers and admin will lead students in group activities around the Quaker testimony of “stewardship.”

How will this affect you and your child?

  • Please send your child in with under $1.00 in change so we can buy a goat for a family in need through Heifer International.
  • Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade should go directly to the Steinbright Gym upon arrival. (Staff will be around to guide them there if you or they forget.)
  • Butterflies & Dragonflies begin the day in their classrooms and will join their pods for morning activities.
  • Dismissal for our Dragonflies, Butterflies and Kindergartners will be at their normal locations (Journey’s End and Little House).
  • Dismissal for First through Sixth Graders will be on the blacktop (no pick up at Emerson) at 3:00 pm.
  • Morning snacks for all students will be provided by the school! Students will not have access to their backpacks and lunchboxes at snack time.
  • Lunch: if your child participates in the food program on Thursdays, the food will be delivered as usual.

Please remind your student of these adjustments for the day. We thank you in advance for helping us with these logistics so that we can focus on making this day meaningful for the students.


Grandparents and Special Friends Loved Readers’ Theater!

Before the break, First Graders wowed audiences with their Readers’ Theater performance of their very own fairy tale. Jane and Annie conceived of the performance as a fun way for students to practice their reading skills, as well as to solidify what they’ve learned about how a story is constructed. The class prepared their play by participating in a series of workshops with teaching artists from Theatre Horizon in Norristown. The artists helped First Grade work as a class to pick characters, settings, relationships between the characters, problems, and solutions.


Professional Photos from Stepping Out

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A big thank-you to photographer (and alum!) Eddie Einbender-Luks for these great shots. If you came to see the Circus, you probably saw his photos from past Circuses displayed in the Corson Lobby.


Our Teachers Are Always Learning

On this Tuesday’s professional development day, our teachers got granular with the scientific side of teaching. In the morning they explored how advanced metrics can help to both teach reading and match up readers with appropriate books. In the afternoon faculty and staff learned the most current approaches for first aid and CPR and received certifications.

Join Us for a Parent Coffee Tomorrow, April 5

8:00 -9:00 am in the Corson Lobby. Enjoy the spring weather and the camaraderie of your fellow parents.

p.s. Plan ahead for our May 5 Parent Coffee: all about the Mexican Exchange Program!


Volunteers Needed for ArtsFest

ArtsFest is right around the corner! It’s the 6th annual celebration of all things art at PMFS, Saturday April 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be live art demonstrations by our students, musical performances, as well as the opening of the art show in the Corson Lobby. Every PMFS student has a piece in the show, so we hope you can join us for this fun event!

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!


April 12 Vacation Care

There’s no school for students on Friday, April 12 because of parent-teacher conferences. Sign up here if you want us to entertain your lovey at Vacation Care for the day.



Go Fly a Kite!

Vacation Care made the most of the sunshine over Spring  Break by making and flying their own paper kites.


You Know What Tax Time Means?

(Well, besides several hours of 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.


Looking Ahead: Strawberry Festival Volunteering

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 kimberlydefilippi@gmail.com.

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?

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, April 5
Parent Coffee, Corson Lobby, 8:00 am

Thursday, April 11
Color Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

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

Want more info on happenings at school? 
Go to pmfs1780.org/calendar, where you can subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar.


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