Virtual Red Folder
February 28, 2019

Around Campus with David: Quantity

As I moved around campus this week I got to witness our students working on the idea of quantifying — fitting, since we just celebrated our hundredth day of school! Our Dragonflies were thinking about the key ideas of more, fewer, and less. Martha was displaying these ideas with cubes and through reading:

Our Fourth Grade was creating balloon-propelled vehicles and seeing what distance they could cover:

Our Sixth Grade was figuring out how long it would take to travel to Mars, given a certain velocity. Notice Nate in the classroom; Matt will be the lead teacher and Nate will be the assistant for the next two weeks while Varley is in Mexico:

And finally in the Spanish room, I noticed “cuantos,” the Spanish word for “how many”:

It was fun to see our students working in groups, gaining different perspectives on similar concepts.


Circus Rehearsals Getting Down to the (High) Wire

As these final days unfold, Fourth Graders are starting to run through the show and are gaining more and more confidence. Will plays a game to help his performers remember what to do in each act. He gives each student a random scene, then asks them, “Where are you standing (or unicycling!) and what do you have in your hands?”

Circus Math is still a big part of the production. Kids will soon have to figure out how to fit 280 seats in the gym. How can they fill the space most effectively? Do we have 70 rows of 4 seats? Probably not. How about 10 rows of 28 or 28 rows of 10? It’s a great lesson that also gets the chairs set up!

Performances are Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm.To pay by card, buy your tickets online here. To pay by cash or check, turn in this form to Maeve & Kelly. These tickets sell fast, so don’t count on buying them at the door!

Check Out Our Spring BtB Classes

There are lots of great new activities like Ultimate Frisbee with Leann and Miso, Photography with Gillian, and Ukulele with Frumi. Read what’s on offer in the Spring Class Catalog. Then when you’re ready, you can sign up for classes here.

Virtual PTO Meeting

Please join us for the March PTO meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at 8:00 pm from the comfort of your own home.  If you plan to attend, please sign up no later than 5:00 pm that day. The sign-up will close at that time, and Kim will send out a conference line via e-mail.

The agenda will include discussion on appointing a Strawberry Festival co-chair and other support needs.

Spring is Coming!

Come out of hibernation for March’s First Friday Parent Coffee. Have some snacks and a hot drink and (re?) connect with other families.
Date: TOMORROW, Friday, March 1
Time: 8:00-9:15 am
Location: Corson Lobby

We’ll see you there!

Parent Interest: Whitemarsh Township Shredding Day

Help protect your identity by shredding your sensitive documents. This is a free community event. Learn more here.

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Miles Park – Lower Parking Lot

Save the Date: ArtsFest 2019!

ArtsFest, an annual, all-school event celebrating students’ visual and performing art, will take place on Saturday, April 13. You can look forward to art demonstrations, an art show in the Corson Lobby, and a music recital.

Sale Supporting American Friends Service Committee

Get some bargains at Gwynedd Friends Meeting’s rummage sale this Saturday and help support AFSC. Founded in 1917, AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Gwynedd Friends Meeting
1101 DeKalb Pike
Gwynedd PA

Save the Date for Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is happening Thursday, March 21, 8:30 am – 11:15 am.

There will be a paper invitation for your child to decorate and give to their grandparent or special friend in your child’s Red Folder tomorrow. Click here for a printable version of the invitation.

GPSF Day begins with registration and welcome at 8:30 am in the Steinbright Building on the lower campus. There will be a short reception so that guests can get to know each other and learn more about PMFS over coffee, tea, and treats. Then PMFS volunteers and students will direct guests to the classrooms.

Please contact Ralph Henninger ( or 610.828.2407) to reserve special needs parking or ask any questions.

Seedlings FLYER

Spring Break Vacation Care

Sign-up is now open for Spring Break Vacation Care, available weekdays from Monday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 2. There will be a variety of fun activities and crafts along with generous amounts of time for free-play. Sign up by March 15 for a discount.

Seeking Lunch Volunteers

PTO needs volunteers to help the lunch program run smoothly. Please sign up to lend a hand for just one day, or every week. It’s much appreciated!

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, February 28
5th Grade leaves for Mexico, Part 2 of Mexican Exchange

Friday, March 1
Parent Coffee, 8:00 am

Monday, March 4
Theatre Horizon visits 1st Grade

Wednesday, March 6
Virtual PTO meeting, 8:00 pm – RSVP here

Thursday, March 7
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00 am – join us!
6th to Art Museum

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