Virtual Red Folder
December 4, 2020
Building Mathematical Minds
Pre-K has been working on creating and identifying patterns. Patterns are at the heart of mathematics and recognizing patterns can be tied directly to future mathematical understanding and achievement. Teachers Kate and Linda helped Pre-K students connect their in-person and at home curriculum by working on patterns the last week of in-person instruction and the first week of virtual classes. The students created their own patterns both in person and at home.
Home Extensions of Project Time
During Project time, Pre-K and Kindergarten students explored Thanksgiving with Varley. They began making “Turkey Crowns” in class, then finished them at home in time for their Thanksgiving celebrations. Varley provided families with examples of non-traditional stories to broaden students’ understanding of this holiday as well as several websites to continue their investigations. Some of our Kindergarten and Pre-K artists sent us pictures to show off their creations, as seen above.
Keeping Each Other Safe and Healthy
Did your family travel during Thanksgiving? If so, please take a look at the most recent PA Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Travelers. Does your family still need to be in self-quarantine? Contact your child’s teacher and Brenda to let them know.
Christy (Re)Introduces Herself
Hi there! My name is Christy Devlin and it’s so exciting to be back at PMFS! Two years ago, I had the honor of being the Grade 4/5 Teaching Assistant and now, I’m back as the Drama Teacher! To quote Sally Fields in her acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1985 Academy Awards, “You like me! You really, really like me!”
I am coming back to PMFS with a background in Performing/Visual Arts and Writing. In addition to teaching, I am an actor, comedian and writer, performing, writing, directing and producing for the stage and online, both with my improv team Staycation and other ensemble productions, all under the umbrella of ArtsQuest/SteelStacks. I’ve studied improvisational and sketch comedy with both The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City, as well as performed in a ton of comedy shows, podcasts, and festivals. I even had a bit of my writing published in How to Write Funnier by Scott Dickers (co-founder of The Onion). Last, but not least, I live with two cute little roommates – Oliver (8) and Harper (6) – who keep referring to me as “mommy” and refuse to pay rent. Although they do not attend PMFS (they are currently attending United Friends School in Quakertown), there’s still time.
One more thing and then I’ll go. Do you know what’s interesting about the above photo? Not only am I sitting in my living room under very favorable lighting, but I’m also wearing a PMFS hoodie. Just so you are aware, I didn’t have a clue that I would be returning to PMFS at the time this photo was taken, which was just about a week before I was contacted. Can you believe it? I guess the universe is always listening. Thanks, universe. Here’s to a fabulous rest of the school year together!
Monday, December 7
PMFS back in person
New Family Happy Hour with Brenda (virtual), 8:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, December 9
PTO meeting (virtual), 8:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, December 10
Meeting for Worship (Zoom in!), 9-9:30am
Friday, December 11
School Spirit Friday – Wear your PMFS gear
Friday, December 18
Full day of school
Monday, December 21-Friday, January 8
Winter Break, school closed
Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15
Classes resume virtually
Monday, January 18
No school (MLK Day of Justice & Service)
Tuesday, January 19
Classes resume in person