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February 7, 2019

Fifth Grade Reflects on the Exchange

Fifth Graders said “adiós” to their buddies last Thursday, but they won’t be apart long! The class heads to Mexico for two weeks on February 28. So what do they think of the Exchange so far? Here it is in their own words:

“It was such a privilege to be part of this awesome and amazing exchange with the Williams school.”

“The Mexican exchange is really cool because you get to do a lot of fun stuff with [your buddy] like going on cool field trips and also doing stuff out of school like watching a movie or ice skating.”

“This exchange was so important because so far we have learned to be independent and be good hosts.”

“It teaches the Fifth Graders to be responsible, patient, smart with their money, but most importantly to be a friend to every buddy.”

“We are so excited to go to Mexico. I have been looking forward to this since Kindergarten.”

Bringing Stories to Life in First Grade

Starting this week, First Graders are participating in a series of “Create Your Own Fairy Tale” workshops led by teaching artists from Theatre Horizon. The visiting artists will lead students in exercises to allow them to either create their own fairy tales or perform a well-known story in Reader’s Theater style. Students will work as a class to pick characters, settings, relationships between the characters, problems, and solutions. They will think about the elements of storytelling that they studied in class, then directly apply these terms and concepts to their own collaborative presentation.

How the Polar Vortex Warmed My Heart

by Amanda

I had an amazing day last Thursday. It was cold, and I was so bundled up I didn’t recognize myself in a store window, but it was amazing. This was the day we had a two-hour delay because the temperature was in the single digits. The conditions were perfect for scientific exploration!

The kids were so excited to learn about how ice forms. They put a bowl of water on the blacktop and hypothesized how long it would take to turn to ice. Students set timers and ran outside to measure the water temperature at intervals. We made predictions, observations, and some less-than-scientific wild speculations. Together we turned what could have been a miserably cold day into a joyfully cold day. As one kid put it, “We OWNED the polar vortex… with science!”

Time to Register for Summer Camp at PMFS!

It might be hard to believe right now, but it will be slip ‘n’ slide weather again! Go to the Summer Camp webpage to see the exciting programming on offer for kids ages 3-12. Financial aid is available.

February Vacation Care

Sign-ups are now open for Vacation Care on February 18 & 19. February 18 is Presidents’ Day, and February 19 is an in-service day. Register by 2/11 for a discounted rate.


The Dragonflies had a cool snow moment last week when they discovered they could BLOW the snow off their railing. Maybe an idea to save the school money on plowing?

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Giving Bean ONLINE fundraising

We know you love great Coffee or Tea. Now you can support PMFS PTO with a coffee or tea purchase at Giving Bean year round! Freshly (just roasted) coffee and amazing teas will brighten your day while helping us out to the tune of 25%. And it’s reasonably priced! Just click here to view a selection of coffee and teas for purchase online, delivered directly to your home.

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!

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 sweetie. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here to read more about it, and here to print the order form. Orders are due April 3, the day we get back from Spring Break.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, February 8
6th Grade restaurant trip

Monday, February 11
Theatre Horizon visits 1st Grade

Thursday, February 14
Valentine’s Day
Re-enrollment contracts due
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
6th Grade to Barnes & Noble

Monday, February 18
Presidents’ Day – school closed (vacation care available)

Tuesday, February 19
In-Service Day – no school for students (vacation care available)

Thursday, February 21
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
6th Grade to Art Museum

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