Virtual Red Folder
February 22, 2018
Signups for Sharing Are Now Available
Hello PMFS Community,
This is a quick update to let you know that you can now sign up to share in person about your experience at PMFS with School Committee members (now through March 16). You can access the online sign up sheet here:
You can also share about your experience in writing (also through March 16) by using our online form available here:
For more details about this opportunity, you can read our announcement here.
And finally, if you run into any problems with these online forms, or you have questions about them, feel free to e-mail Tom Hoopes, clerk of School Committee.
Your School Committee
Curriculum Redux on the Plymouth Website
Have yet to peruse our new website, with our curriculum articulated by grade? This week, we feature Social-Emotional Learning!
An emphasis on respect and positive relationships is at the heart of a PMFS education, as we appreciate that social-emotional learning is as important as the academic curriculum to student development. We believe it is particularly relevant in these divisive times to recognize and foster the skills and experience that are needed to contribute to peace, respect, and care in the world. Concepts of “grit”, “resilience”, and “emotional intelligence” are buzzwords in academia today, but at PMFS, social-emotional learning has been the cornerstone of our program for well over a century. Today, our social-emotional program is intentionally crafted with active, creative learning experiences, far-reaching study and life skills, and a rigorous curriculum in which kids can take risks and grow within a nurturing and emotionally safe environment.
Click here to read more on the website about our Social-Emotional Learning at each grade level Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.
“PMFS allowed me to grow as a person, knowing that I was in an environment where I could truly be myself, and that helped a lot when I went off to middle and high school because I was much more confident in who I was.” “” PMFS alum
Sixth Grade strengthening their communication and problem-solving skills as they untie themselves from a Human Knot with School Social Worker Phyllis
Brain Breaks for Mindfulness in First Grade
In First Grade, as in all grades at PMFS, students are encouraged to take Brain Breaks to be able to reengage with””or simply begin””learning. As one First Grader said, “Brain Breaks are something we do to get our energy out so we can focus. Like before Math, Jane will give us a Brain Break, like run laps or something, so we can get the job done.” Another remarked, “it lets us get the air out of our bodies so we can learn.” First Grade Teacher Jane has filled a mug with Popsicle sticks, each ascribed with a different idea for a Brain Break. Yesterday, a First Grader drew the “Water Pump Laps” stick. Students promptly left the carpet, lined up at the back door of the First Grade classroom, and ran out back to excitedly do 10 laps around the water pump behind the Emerson Building.
Water Pump Laps in Action
On the topic of the importance of mindfulness, Phyllis has shared the following resources on discussing this abstract concept to children: Mindfulness and the Brain””How to Explain It to Children.
100 Days in Kindergarten
Kindergarten celebrated 100 Days of School yesterday with a fashion show! Students custom-made T-shirts to represent 100 of an item, everything from pom-pom hockey pucks and sticker food to “nature things” and gems. They then paraded in front of the Butterflies class outside to share their creations.
Today, Kindergartners did a snack share, with each student bringing in (of course) 100 pieces of a snack food to share. Everyone grouped their snacks in 10s and then contributed it to the “snack soup.” Kindergartners then performed the math problem with how many 100s they had in the “snack soup.” It turns out they had 17, coming to the conclusion that overall, they had 1,700 pieces of snack that they’ll be enjoying for the next two weeks.
This kind of timed, thematic learning enhances number concepts that are in their fundamental stages. Kindergartners are becoming aware of the connection between “math” and their everyday lives; and explorations such as these stimulate their math reasoning and create opportunities for critical thinking. Sharing their work and elation with their younger peers fosters a sense of community and foreshadows for the Butterflies what they can look forward to doing next year.
Fromage aux Papillons
Or “Cheese in Butterflies”
Butterflies Teacher Kate traveled to Paris recently and brought back with her goodies to share with the Butterfly students. In their very own Parisian CafÃ©, everyone sampled the colorful macaroons and various kinds of cheese, talking about their different properties. What a lucky class- while they just see cheese and sweets, their teachers are providing an opportunity for students to develop their cognitive skills to observe, notice, and compare.
Wednesday, February 28
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Thursday, March 1
Mexican Exchange Program, Part 2, begins: Fifth Grade leaves for 2 weeks in Mexico
Worship Sharing, 8:30 – 9:00 am
Friday, March 2
Parent Coffee: Life After Plymouth, 8:00 – 9:15 am
Thursday, March 8
Building Bridges, Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
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