Virtual Red Folder
December 7, 2017

Health Reminder

  • As cold and flu season is upon us, we wanted to remind you of the PMFS guidelines for when a child should stay home from school (page 14 in your Red Book):
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea — A child should remain home until 24 hours after he or she is able to eat and drink without any vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Fever of 100F or higher — A child should remain home until he or she is fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Coughing — A child should remain home if the cough is uncontrollable or frequent enough to interfere with his or her ability to participate fully in the school day.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) — A child should remain home until he or she has been undergoing treatment for 24 hours.
  • Strep Throat — A child should remain home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Sore Throat — If a child has a sore throat accompanied by a fever or unexplained rash, call the child’s healthcare provider. Most sore throats are caused by viruses which simply need time and rest for recovery. Strep throat, however, can be more serious and requires antibiotic treatment following diagnosis by a healthcare provider.
  • Feeling under the weather — Keep a child home if he or she is not feeling well and would not be able to fully participate in the day’s activities, even if he or she does not fall into the above.

We request that you call or e-mail the Office to report an absence. For an absence to be excused, the office must receive a written or emailed note, with the cause of absence, within 24 hours of a child returning to school.

Goings On in the Art Room!

There’s a giant dragon in the art room! Well, not yet, actually, but it’s coming! Starting this week, students in Fourth and Sixth Grade are working with master puppeteer Aaron Cromie to create the large puppet. Where will you be able to see it in its full glory? At the Circus and the Musical, of course!

Also, this week is the last week for Chelsea, our student teacher. It has been such a joy to share the art room with her and to experience her wonderful teaching. Please join me in wishing her well in her future career!


Family Fun Movie Night is Finally Here!

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 8, in the gym to watch Dreamworks’ Home. Show off your most funky pajamas, bring a comfy blanket or sleeping bag to sit on, and enjoy the show. Doors open and pre-ordered pizza serving begins at 6:00 pm. The movie will get rolling at 6:20 pm. Make sure to bring money for popcorn ($1 per bag) and treats.

Last Call for Craft Materials

If you have any fun “found objects” or other craft materials to donate to the craft table at Family Fun Movie Night, and you forgot to bring them to school before now, feel free to bring them with you on Friday night.

Query at Worship Sharing

Second Grade worked hard to try to construct a query that was gleaned from their classroom learning. They were just were settling on “what makes your house a home?” when this other gem arose. This final query was:

If you made a quilt of your life, what would it look like?

Evolving Traditions: Winter Wassail & Community Sing

We are changing the format of our December community event! After the traditional community Wassail at 9:30 am on December 20 (What’s a Wassail? Many of you ask…. It’s a nice warm drink shared among friends), we invite you to join us for a changing tradition at 10:30 am– A Community Sing! Our students and faculty will lead us in shared song, and we invite you to bring your singing voices and share in holiday cheer. We’ll see you on December 20.

From Ex-Day

Winter Break Vacation Care

Register by TOMORROW Friday, December 8 for discounted rate*.

Join us as we explore and create new sounds, sights, and smells. Each of our days has a different creative focus and will be led by one of our expert Ex-Day teachers as we learn more about music, food and art.

*Registration is open through Friday, December 15 at full rate ($60/full day/child, $30/half day/child).

Limited drop-in availability after December 15, please e-mail Dayna ( for more information.

To sign up, please click here to use our web form.

Ex-Day Staff Member of the Week – Rachel Abbott

When Rachel Abbott isn’t at PMFS, she works as an outdoor and environmental educator. Her background is in environmental sustainability and community health. She loves being outside and helping to bridge connections between young people and the outdoors, all in the name of creating stronger, healthier, and happier communities. In her free time, she loves to run, do yoga, rock climb, cook, and read.

Financial Aid Applications Now Open

Now is the time to start applying for financial aid! 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.

A Peek at Fifth Grade

One of the main topics Fifth Graders study each year is the rainforest, interwoven into central themes in social studies of sustainability and environmental justice. This multi-faceted learning includes Fifth Graders taking full ownership on planning and executing the Rainforest Sale, through which they raise proceeds to purchase acreage to help preserve the rainforest. Students do everything from determining when the sale will be and who will staff what to making posters with de-rainforestation facts advertising the sale and diagramming how the sale will be laid out on the blacktop.

Planning the Rainforest Sale

Fifth Graders are invested in the learning process, being empowered in this collaborative effort to create change after their academic studies of this vital resource. Students recently completed their Rainforest Animal Project, wherein Fifth Graders select a particular rainforest animal to study from a variety of different angles, each producing fact cards, a 3D model of his or her animal, a Google Slideshow, a research paper, and a formal presentation.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, December 8
Deadline for Discounted Registration for Winter Break Vacation Care
Family Fun Night, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 12
Fifth and Kindergarten (Reading Buddies) go to Arden Theatre

Thursday, December 14
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00 pm

Friday, December 15
Last day to register for Winter Break Vacation Care

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 20
9:30 Wassail and Snacks
10:30 Winter Community Sing
12:00 Early Dismissal & Winter Break begins

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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