Virtual Red Folder
December 20, 2018


Around Campus With David: Wreaths

This season, the school has been able to place plain wreathes on our classroom doors. I got a chance to move around campus and see how different grades decorated their wreathes. Here is a sample of our wreathes so wonderfully decorated. And I even caught the Butterflies in decorating action!

I wish everyone a caring and peaceful winter break and it will be great to see you again in 2019!

TOMORROW: Wassail & Winter Community Sing

When and where?

  • Wassail (breakfast yummies and hot mulled drinks) at 9:30 am in the Annie H. Wilson Room
  • Winter Community Sing at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse. Want to know where to sit to get the perfect view of your sweetie? Take a look at this seating diagram.
  • Students dismissed at 12:00 pm from their classrooms


When parking on campus, please avoid:

  • Entering on Germantown Pike (this is exit-only)
  • Blocking bus entrance to and passage through the upper lot
  • Parking along or blocking the fire lane adjacent to EC and K

Ideas for off-campus parking:

  • In the Blue Ridge neighborhood (the first right after you exit Journey’s End)
  • On Black Walnut Lane (off Spring Mill Road)

A Smashing Good Time With the Dragonflies

There was a lot of smashing going on in the Dragonfly class this week. Students crunched up hard candies to make colorful “windows” in holiday cookies. The candy pieces melted in the oven and cooled into a solid sheet, making the cookies look like stained glass works of art.

Winter is the Season for Snuggly Reading!


Teachers want to remind you to read with your little ones over Winter Break. Click through the slideshow for their tips!

Publishing Party in Third Grade

Third Graders shared a snack and listened to their classmates read their writing at last week’s Publishing Party. To prepare their stories, students learned new strategies for writing compelling narratives, like including both “inside” story (what the main character thinks and feels) and the “outside” story (what the main character does and says). Third Graders kept story arc in mind as they revised, looking for the places where they could stretch out the most important moments of their story.

Are you interested in reading these powerful stories? Pop by the second floor of the Main Building where this fine writing is on display.

Help PMFS this holiday season!

The best gift you give to PMFS is entrusting us with the care and education of your children; we thank you for this opportunity every day. This giving season, please also consider a gift to the school’s Annual Giving campaign. The Annual Giving fund is the foundation of all fundraising efforts at PMFS; donations to this fund support every aspect of the school, including student financial aid, classroom and campus upgrades, teacher salaries, and academic and enrichment initiatives.

Please read David Kern’s letter to our community about the spirit of giving he witnessed during his time in Uganda, and then click here to make your end-of-the year donation to the school. Thank you to the many community members who have already supported this year’s Annual Giving campaign with a tax-deductible gift. Our goal is to reach 100% participation among the PMFS community; every gift counts!

“Show me what you’re made of!”

Sixth Graders extract DNA from strawberries, and Kathleen hangs a festive DNA garland in the Science Room.

Uh-Oh! What if Vacation Care Closes?

If you’re signed up for Vacation Care over the winter break (12/27, 12/28, 1/3 and 1/4), you may be wondering what happens if it snows. In case of closure:

  • Families registered for Vacation Care will get an automated email from Kinderlime
  • The PMFS website will have a message on the homepage

The best way to get in touch with Vacation Care over break, including to ask about drop-ins, is to email

Everyone’s So Busy!
(and why you need to make time for your financial aid application anyway)

We all want more time in our days. But until one of our kids grows up to invent that, we need to work with what we’ve got. Your deadline: January 7. Why? Because your friendly PMFS Financial Aid Committee begins meeting immediately after, allocating our 2019-20 financial aid budget for returning and new families. And we need a full picture to do that effectively!

So please, don’t delay; go to the School and Student Services (SSS) website ( and complete that application now… well, by January 7 (which is almost the same thing)!

Parent Interest

“Cash Bail in Montgomery County: Its Flaws and Possible Solutions”

Plymouth Monthly Meeting warmly invites you to attend this presentation by Dean Beer, Chief Public Defender for Montgomery County.

The lecture will take place on Friday, January 4, at 7:00 PM in the Annie H.

Hundreds of people in Montgomery County wait in jail right now, accused of minor offenses, simply because they can’t pay bail. While they sit in detention, they may lose their jobs, their homes, or their children. Plymouth Monthly Meeting invites you to come learn more about our two-tier system of justice that punishes people for being poor.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Meeting member Paige Menton (

Mark Your (2019!) Calendars: MLK Day of Service

At PMFS, it’s a day to reflect, increase awareness about social justice, and help a community in need.

Join us on Monday, January 21, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Steinbright Building

Details coming after Winter Break. In the meantime, you can contact Sonia Rosen ( and/or Hedie Kelly ( with questions.

Welcome, Miriam!

PMFS is pleased to announce that Miriam Von Essen has joined the Development Office as the school’s new Development Coordinator.

Miriam is better known at PMFS as the mom of Dragonfly student Jacob. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees at Cornell University, where she studied ecological science and nonprofit administration.  Prior to joining the Development team at PMFS, Miriam worked at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, holding roles in their Development and Education departments.

Miriam is excited to bring her energy to her new role at PMFS, and Jacob is excited to be able to give his mom mid-day hugs when they cross paths on campus.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, December 21
Wassail and Snacks, 9:30 am, Annie H. Wilson Room
Winter Community Sing, 10:30 am, Meetinghouse
Early Dismissal & Winter Break begins, 12:00 pm
Dining Out at California Pizza Kitchen, starting after dismissal

Vacation Care will be open on 12/27, 12/28, 1/3 and 1/4.

Monday, January 7
Financial Aid applications due
School re-opens!

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