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February 26, 2021


Reminder: Parent Happy Hour with Jen Cort

Please join us for a Parent “Happy Hour” on Thursday, March 4 from 8:00 to 9:00pm. We will welcome Jen Cort, a nationally recognized education consultant in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Jen’s session with PMFS parents will focus on having meaningful conversations with our children when we are uncomfortable with the topic– including race, gender, and more.
The Zoom link will be shared with families directly in an upcoming email.

Pre-K Storytellers

Pre-K has been working together to write an illustrated story, “Another.” So far, they have written twenty pages together! It is a true collaboration of ideas, combining concrete interpretations of the illustrations with more abstract concepts.  Creative writing helps to develop students’ cognitive growth and organizational abilities, while writing the story as a group allows them to hear and incorporate other’s ideas with their own. Studies have also shown that those who are strong in creative writing are stronger in subjects like math, sciences, and languages. By using their imaginations and creativity, Pre-K students improve their ability to come up with alternatives, therefore broadening their thought process and strengthening their ability to problem solve and analyze.


 

All About Ants

Ants capture the imagination and Pre-K has had a wonderful two weeks learning “All About Ants” during Project time with Varley. This study focused specifically on ants while allowing a real breadth and scope into other areas. Pre-K explored ants, from ant colonies to ant bodies. They asked questions, talked about ants, watched videos, read books, created an ant colony art installation in the room, and wrote an ant story to accompany their installation. Part of their work was exploring an interesting topic, part was a prelude to an upcoming ant/insect study, and part involved incorporating key concepts and skills Pre-K students are strengthening. For instance, this unit provided opportunities to work on number sense (counting, one-to-one correspondence), literacy (writing names, learning new vocabulary), storytelling (learning how to tell a beginning, middle, end), fine-motor skills (drawing, writing, coloring, cutting, taping), shapes (needed to make their ant art sculpture), and colors (comparing colors students might find in “real” life to colors they thought would complement their installation). Students worked individually creating ants out of paper and tape and then collaborated to create their culminating art installation and story. In two short weeks they accomplished a lot!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day, 2021 Version

Please save Thursday, March 18 for virtual Grandparents and Special Friends Day! While we are sad we can’t welcome everyone to campus, we would like to invite grandparents and special friends to join us virtually; we hope they will attend Meeting for Worship and contribute to virtual classroom activities. More information is coming soon!


Give Your Little Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out!

Can you believe we’re already talking about the Yearbook? But Sixth Graders are hard at work putting it together for June, so now’s your chance to buy an ad to celebrate your child. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here for more information and an online order form. Orders are due April 1.

Yearbook Business Ads

Do you own a local business or know someone who does? Please consider placing an ad in this year’s yearbook. Click here for more information and the online order form.


Camp is Coming!

¡Vamos a PMFS Durante el Verano!

Seedlings Camp is coming this summer! Created just for kids age 3 – 7, the camp will feature a different Spanish theme each week for the 8 weeks it is running (June 14 – August 6).

Early registration discount for those who sign up before April 1 (no joke). Check out the website for more details.


Why does the PMFS Annual Giving Fund need YOU? 

Each morning, I have the opportunity to welcome PMFS students in the car and bus line, and every day it is a rewarding experience for me. No worries about the economy or politics, simply genuine happiness to be with each other! I’m able to share their enthusiasm and soak up their energy and joy. 

Now, more than ever, PMFS students are facing significant challenges and yearning for greater connection with each other and their community.  What’s more, in spite of the current health crisis, Plymouth teachers are delivering exceptional in-person and online learning opportunities for them in highly creative ways.

PMFS would not have been able to make the changes required for our program  without the support of you, the Plymouth community. 

YOUR GENEROSITY CHANGES LIVES AND BENEFITS EVERY PLYMOUTH STUDENT! 

Please make a gift to the Annual Fund on the Plymouth website today by clicking here. Contact me with any questions at ralphh@pmfs1780.org or 610.828.2288.

With deep appreciation,
Ralph
Director of Development

We Want Alumni News and Photos!

Are you a PMFS alumnus, or do you have a child who is? We want to hear from you! Submit your news and memories at https://pmfs1780.org/alumni/update-info-submit-news/ and we’ll get in touch about featuring you in an upcoming blog post, social media post, or alumni newsletter. Every child who has passed through PMFS is precious to us, and we want to share your joys.
Have any old PMFS photos you’d like to share (either digital or in a shoebox)? Get in touch with Maeve Sutherland at alumni@pmfs1780.org to talk about how we can archive your photos (and return the originals to you, of course) with love and care.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, March 4
Meeting for Worship, join us on Zoom, 9-9:30 am

Thursday, March 4
Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism, 8pm

Thursday, March 18
Grandparents and Special Friends Day


Want more info on happenings at school?

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Take a look at the 2020-21 At-a-Glance Calendar and the 2021-22 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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