Virtual Red Folder
December 14, 2017

A Peek into the Classroom

If you looked into First Grade you’d see them…

…Taking care of their natural community through their participation in Cornell University’s FeederWatch program; reading in pairs; and learning about holiday traditions through books and active projects including making latkes.

A Feast Fit for a … Rey o Reina o Realeza (King or Queen or Royalty)

This week, Sixth Grade had its annual winter feast. This year, they’ve called it the Tapasol Feast. It is a combination of “tapas” which are small portions of (good) food in Spain and “sol” for light, as it is the season of light in many cultures. It is also in honor of the Winter Solstice. We’ve had a special feast in Sixth Grade in one form or another for many, many years.

Kids made food with origins in the Middle East that then made their way to Spain and eventually the Americas (Do you know why? Ask a Sixth Grader for a quick history lesson. Or check out the slideshow…). Sixth Graders created name placards and decorated Islamic design tiles to highlight spices used in Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino cooking. Our Third Grade buddies helped prepare food on the day of the feast. Click here to see Varley and Gladys’s presentation on “Sliding Spices,” given the day of the feast.

Calling All Loose Parts for Nature Play

Imagine, if each of us donated one long-neglected wooden spoon, always-passed-over pot, seldom-used metal strainer to PMFS, the nature play shelves would be fully stocked and ready to be taken up by your creative kids. Students love visiting the shelves in the shed on the blacktop during recess; in fact, our supplies have diminished as a direct result of wear-and-tear from regular use. Just today kids were using containers to make snow pies!

Feel free to drop off any of the items below anytime you’re here (for example, on Wednesday when you attend the Winter Wassail and Community Sing?).

Materials Wish List

  • Kitchen items for outdoor cooking play: pots, pans
  • Camping gear for cooking: metal or wooden cups, plates, and pots
  • Metal/wooden mixing bowls
  • Metal/wooden spoons & utensils
  • Wooden cutting boards
  • Baskets (all sizes)
  • Buckets
  • Watering cans

Loose Parts Wish List

  • Fresh or dried petals (got any dried hibiscus?)
  • Tangerine peels (dried)
  • Pine cones (all shapes and sizes)
  • Seedpods
  • Fresh or dried herbs (mint, rosemary, lavender, etc.)
  • Seashells (all shapes and sizes)
  • Gourds, mini pumpkins
  • Dried corn on cobs
  • Birdseed
  • Tree Cookies (slices of thick branches)
  • Trunk Cookies (slices of trunks of trees)
  • Logs
  • Sticks, twigs, and branches (all sizes)
  • Bark
  • Rocks, pebbles

The Meetinghouse is Open

After many months of renovations, we were glad to be able to use the full Meetinghouse for Meeting for Worship today. Returning students quickly found their “regular” spots, while new students and faculty were audibly wowed by the room. Join us there for Community Sing next Wednesday, December 20.

Winter Wassail & Community Sing: Wednesday, December 20

Where is it? (hint: pay attention because it’s a new location)
Wassail, 9:30-10:30 Annie H. Wilson Room
Community Sing, 10:30-11:30, Meetinghouse

Wassail? What IS that?

It’s a chance to chat with parents and friends. It’s a nice warm drink. It’s a chance to show off your mad baking skills. It’s a nice holiday tradition at PMFS; do join us. We will celebrate the season and each other with hot-mulled cider and snacks just before the Winter Program.

What is needed for the Wassail?

We are looking for helpers, and bakers! Please click here to sign up to bring food or to donate (really, just a little) time. All contributions of food and/or time are greatly appreciated. Please bring any items to Annie H by 9:00 am on the day of the Winter Wassail and Community Sing.

What is needed for the Community Sing?

Your heart and your voices! With the new format this year, the children will be counting on all of us to lend our voices to create a celebration. We invite you to sing along; we’ll even provide the words to make it easier.

What should we do about parking for visitors with limited mobility?

Contact the Main Office ( by Monday to reserve parking””at the upper campus only. We’ll have limited staff available on Wednesday to direct folks to those spots.

Dining Out: Next Wednesday!

Join PMFS families for lunch out, immediately following the Community Sing on Wednesday, December 20! Pizzeria Uno””just a few minutes from school””will be hosting a Dining Out event for us and donating 20% of proceeds to PMFS. Don’t forget your coupon! Click here to download.

Financial Aid Applications Now Open

Now is the time to start applying for financial aid!

Financial aid applications are due on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Please click here to complete the application on the National Association of Independent Schools’ website and upload your 2016 tax documents. Please contact Lael in the Admissions Office with further questions.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, December 15
LAST CHANCE to register for Winter Break Vacation Care (Individual days may close due to low enrollment; limited drop-in availability)

Wednesday, December 20
9:30 Wassail and Snacks
10:30 Winter Community Sing
12:00 Early Dismissal & Winter Break begins
PTO Dining Out Event: Pizzeria Uno in Conshohocken

Vacation Care will be open on 12/21, 12/22, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29 and 1/3.

Thursday, January 4
School re-opens!

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