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December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays from PMFS

We’re all excited to start the winter break. The PMFS staff sends you warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season, filled with peace, joy and special moments with those you love. Here is what we’re looking forward to. (How about you?)

Making Crafts

Kate loves making and collecting ornaments. Try your own hand at making some, using this link for ideas. Joyce loves making snowflakes every winter, both at school and at home. You can find some simple instructions and patterns to get you started at and Brenda is hoping to crochet mittens while watching holiday movies. If you want to start on crafts with yarn, try this finger knitting tutorial.

Listening to Seasonal Music

Tamika loves to listen to A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Vince Guaraldi. Click here to listen to it yourself. Varley enjoys traditional traditional old-fashioned Christmas tunes, like Robert Shaw Choral Christmas Hymns and Carols.

Baking Cookies

Both Susan and Maura associate baking with this season and have lots of recipes they are fond of.  Susan shared this Gingerbread Cookie recipe. Maura likes when she has lots of helping hands to double recipes, like these Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies. Hint: she uses this recipe with pecans and adds a half teaspoon of almond extract.


Leann is looking forward to playing games and doing puzzles with friends and family. And she is glad for time to catch up on readings by the inspiring author Nicole Cordoza at Varley is happy to be able to dig into reading lists and books put out in the the University of Pennsylvania’s Educator’s Playbook The Best Books for Young Readers of 2020.

Following Santa

Kelly remembers tracking Santa when she was little and she still keeps tabs on the big guy today with her family. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks him each year at

Having Fun from Home

Will wants to spend some time thinking about circus ideas by watching videos by Circus Smirkus, a wonderful kids circus in Vermont. Christy is happy for time to play improv games with her kids She suggests for drama and improv games to try at home or even in the car.

How Your Love of Reading Can Benefit PMFS

As you’re shopping this season, why not support PMFS and local independent bookstore Children’s Book World at the same time? Buy books for kids or adults from the lists curated by PMFS teachers (or any book for that matter) and 30% of your purchase goes back to PMFS and Children’s Book World. Click here to start.

Tuition Assistance: Applications Due January 8

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about 2021-22. Applications for tuition assistance from PMFS are due on January 8. Go to for details on applying. PMFS relies on information you provide to SSS (School and Student Services) help us determine eligibility. We work diligently to make PMFS affordable for as many in our community as possible. Need is always greater than we have budget for so please complete the application (at in a timely fashion.

PMFS Holiday Appeal

The Holiday season has joyfully arrived.  2020 has been a challenging year for everyone in our community. However, the enduring PMFS influence has again surfaced at an opportune time. PMFS educators have provided the support our students needed throughout this year, sharing with all of them immeasurable gifts of compassion and academic expertise.

We invite you to honor the students and faculty of PMFS by making a tax-deductible donation to the 2020/2021 Annual Appeal today. Funds raised for the Annual Giving Fund directly benefit every PMFS student and makes a difference for our school.

You know PMFS and our learning community. Please join others who have already made a gift and make a donation to the Annual Giving Fund. It is easy to make a donation; simply go to Donate Now on the PMFS website.

With Much Appreciation,
Ralph Henninger, Director of Development

You are Invited to Spend Christmas Eve with Plymouth Monthly Meeting

Candlelight Vigil — 5pm

The Candlelight Vigil will be held along the wall in front of the Meeting House. On this night before the celebration of the birth of Jesus, this vigil stands witness to the peace that is possible as we live into the simple basic second commandment to love one another – no exceptions.

  • Bring your own candles or use one that will be provided.
  • Everyone must wear a mask & remain at an appropriate distance (6 to 10 feet) to those who are not a part of your family. Although we miss being with one another, please use the distance from one another as an act of love not separation.

Carols — 7pm (Zoom)

Email for the zoom link or to offer your musical talents. Members of the Plymouth community will offer a variety of carols and other Christmas offerings in the manner of the weekly Music circle.

Closing Worship, after Carols 
As caroling draws to a close, you are invited to turn down your lights a bit and join in prayerful worship.  Join in a time of lifting up prayers of thanksgiving, joy, and longing for eternal love and peace that mends and heals our society as we reach out to care for one another – near and far. In the manner of Friends, all are welcome to offer your prayers by un-muting your audio as you are moved to speak.

May the eternal promise of this season bring hope and courage for the year to come.

Upcoming @PMFS

Monday, December 21-Friday, January 8
Winter Break — School Closed

Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15
Classes resume virtually

Monday, January 18
MLK Day of Justice & Service — School Closed

Tuesday, January 19
Classes resume in person

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