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December 10, 2021


Turkey, Pigs, and Candles: AKA First Grade Math

Math is everywhere in first grade. Last week, our young mathematicians thought about a problem involving turkeys and pigs, working collaboratively and creatively to solve and show their answers. Following work with two- and three- dimensional shapes, they learned to make patterns and identify the pattern unit (that part which repeats to create the pattern.) And figuring what size Hanukkah candles would fit the menorahs involved problem solving, measuring and learning how to draw a straight line by connecting two carefully measured points.

To discuss at home: Where, when, and how do you use math?

Wassail and Winter Lights: Friday, December 17

Families are invited to campus on Friday, December 17, starting at 2:15! In lieu of the annual Plymouth Winter Wassail and Holiday Singalong, we will have Winter Lights and an outdoor reception.

Parents and household members are invited to gather outside on the Meetinghouse Patio for beverages and snacks beginning at 2:15pm. A beautiful display of luminaria created by all of the students in art class with Gillian will be on display in the  Meetinghouse. We encourage families to walk through the display and find peace and joy in the lights of the season. (Remember to leave food and drinks outside of the Meetinghouse.)

Please help us maintain our campus health and safety protocols by gathering outdoors; limiting the number of people inside the Meetinghouse while viewing the luminaria; and wearing masks when not eating and drinking.

Students will take their luminaria home at the end of the day on Friday, December 17. Please remember to tell the office how your child is going home at 3pm on Friday.

Sharing the Light of Plymouth Art

Students throughout PMFS have been exploring the Quaker theme of Light in December, from Solstice celebrations in 5th/6th to candle designing in Pre-K. All our students have spent Art Classes in December creating luminaries, which you’ll see on Friday, December 17. After looking at examples from around the world, students created the luminaries out of clay, and are now working on glazing them. We can’t wait for you to see our luminaria!

ToMoRRoW: Join Us For Leaf Raking Day!  

Leaf Raking Day has arrived! Join us tomorrow, December 11 from 9am to 12pm for this fun annual community stewardship and service project. Stay for as much or as little time as you like. BYOR (bring your own rake)! We’ve got our fingers crossed for dry weather on Saturday morning, but if we need to postpone we’ll send out a robocall/text.

Please Share your Child’s Covid Vaccination Status

Parents have been sharing with us that their children are being vaccinated, and we’ve received quite a few “high-fives” on the playground from students proudly announcing that they received one or both shots. We’d like to request that parents please let us know your child’s covid vaccination status by emailing a copy of their vaccination card to Kali in the office. Complete and accurate information about the children in our community will help us as we move forward into the spring.

Winter Vacation Care

Registration for Winter Vacation Care is now open. Vacation care will be offered Monday, December 20 through Wednesday, December 22 and again on Monday, December 27. You may sign up via this form; registration closes Sunday, December 12. Please reach out to Gladys if you have any questions.

New Families: Save the Date!

Parent Coffee for New Families in a New Year: Join Head of School Brenda for a chance to connect with other parents and discuss your and your child’s experience at PMFS so far, on Tuesday, January 11, 8-9am.

NB: We will ask for RSVPs for this event when we return in January, so that we can make the best choices for the location of this Coffee.

Help Raise Money for the School this Holiday Season

Passive fundraising is a great way to raise money for school when buying things you already planned to purchase.

NEW! Shutterfly 

Earn money for school while ordering cards, photos, gifts and more. You can still use coupons! School gets 8% back when you shop through this link.

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Support PMFS every time you shop at no additional cost: 0.5% of the purchase price comes back to school! Go to and select Plymouth Meeting Friends School as your charity of choice.

Please share this information with your friends, family and co-workers; the more people who participate, the more PMFS earns. Thanks so much for helping support our school.

Reminder: Order your Lunches by Saturday at Midnight

Yay Lunch provides hot lunches with unique menus curated specially for our students. The easy service accommodates a variety of appetites and food sensitivities. You can cross lunch off your to-do list today by setting up an account for your child on 😋

Meet the School Committee

Carol Corson

Carol Corson has an extraordinary history with PMFS. She lived in Journey’s End until she was 12 and graduated from PMFS in 1951!  Carol is very dedicated to the PMFS community and has served on the School Committee twice. Her first term was in the 1980s when she served on the search committee that recommended Anne Javsicas as Head of School.  Then, in 2017 Carol began her second and current term as a member of the PMFS School Committee. Carol also spent a year in the PMFS Library as a volunteer librarian. 

Once Carol completed her schooling at PMFS, she went on to graduate from Germantown Friends School and then Earlham College, with a major in Drama and English and a minor in Music. In summers she worked in theater. After graduation she came back to Philadelphia and interned at GFS in the English and Music departments. This was enough for her to decide she wanted a career in teaching.  At PMFS, Carol saw a need for teachers to support children with special needs and dyslexia.  She went back to school at Temple University to earn an EDM in the Psychology of Reading with a specialty in Corrective and Remedial. Between 1961-2005 Carol has taught children from kindergarten – 8th grade. As a teacher, Carol learned to look for a child’s strengths and teach to them rather than constantly working on their weaknesses. She found teaching to be like a treasure hunt, always exciting. 

Carol has found much interest in the study of antique dolls and toys and what they tell us about how society views childhood. She has authored articles about doll history and a book about the Schoenhut Toy Company of Philadelphia. Additionally, Carol volunteers at doll and toy exhibits, and gives talks at the Philadelphia History Museum and other locations around the country. Her love of theater, dance and music continues. She also volunteers at the Friends Free Library and two years ago served on the librarian team at PMFS. 

Carol believes that PMFS is an exceptional school, and if she had children of her own, she would have wanted them to go there. She thinks that PMFS’ greatest challenge is to make this exceptional school known to people outside our walls. She feels PMFS opens up the world to its students so they can develop their intellectual curiosity, imagination, moral sense and empathy in a supportive environment.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, December 17 – No BtB Available
Wassail & Winter Lights, 2:15pm
Winter Break begins, 3pm

Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31 – No School
Winter Break
Vacation Care offered 12/20 – 12/22 and 12/27

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