Virtual Red Folder
February 8, 2018

Letter from Sarah

Dear Families:

We have an annual tradition in which our Third Graders reflect on their dreams for the world, in conjunction with honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In an all-school meeting for worship, Third Graders shared with us what they would “stand up for” to make the world a better place and invited us to share what we care about most. This, to me, is a powerful example of developmentally-appropriate leadership development. Our students are invited to think about social problems and recognize that they are empowered to stand up for what they feel is right.

As adults in a caring, values-based community, we have an opportunity to support each other in taking a stand as well.

Next month, we will be reconvening the group Building Bridges, a group of PMFS community members who meet to support each other in learning and action around issues about which we care deeply.

Please join us Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm as we check in about people’s needs in relation to social justice work, as well as share ideas about a collaborative community activity to put our thoughts into action. Current ideas include deepening our school’s relationship with Fairhill or ACLAMO, and we look forward to considering others. What issues would you like to support, in collaboration with other parents? Thanks to PMFS parents Rebecca Heider and Trina Berk for facilitating our discussion.

Feel free to bring a friend and some food to share!



Curriculum Redux on the Plymouth Website

Have yet to peruse our new website, with our curriculum articulated by grade? This week, we feature Language Arts!

Language Arts is the cornerstone for all learning as it allows us to communicate with others and share ideas. Language Arts at PMFS means so much more than just reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It means expert teachers providing rich and diverse content within the context of meaningful learning opportunities. It means students’ individual points of entry being recognized and valued. Language Arts at PMFS combines evidence-based practices in skill building with passionate teachers and learners eager to dive into content and explore together. With sensitivity to different learning styles and needs, teachers support and challenge students as they approach reading workshop, debate prep, spelling rules, read aloud, thank you letters, and so much more. As students’ skills increase, there are more cross-curricular connections between Language Arts and social studies; by Fourth Grade, such content-based learning adds authenticity to classwork and assignments. A tradition practiced in all grades is Listening, with teachers choosing books using literature or social studies themes, offering students a shared experience and a literacy-building opportunity to hear and discuss texts above their independent reading level.

The teacher-developed curriculum is supported by several mechanics skill programs. The Handwriting Without Tears program, Grades Kindergarten – Fifth, allows students to turn handwriting into a comfortable, automatic and mastered skill so necessary for school success; in Kindergarten through Second Grade the focus is on print skills, with cursive being introduced in the Third Grade. In addition, students learn keyboarding skills beginning in Fourth Grade, as these too will be be invaluable moving forward academically.

Click here to read more on the website about our Language Arts program at each grade level Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

Building Pre-Literacy Skills during Storytime in Early Childhood

Enrollment Contracts: Due Next Week

Contracts for the next school year were sent out last week and are due back next Wednesday, February 15. Please be in touch with Lael in the Admissions Office with any questions:

Did You Hear?

Beginning fall ’18-19, PMFS tuition will include after-school care for ALL students until 4:00 pm.

  • Includes free play, snack, and time to decompress from the school day
  • Separate grouping and supervision for our youngest students
  • Available with advance sign up
  • Optional classes available for an extra fee, expected 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Housed on the lower campus, including Steinbright Multipurpose Building, Art Studio, Little House, Library, and outside spaces

Also, beginning fall ’18-19, Extended-Day from 4:00-6:00 pm will be available with a new fee structure based on time increments.

  • A more flexible and affordable after-school care option
  • Homework Help offered after 4:00 pm

To help us plan for this exciting change for us and for our families, please return the form sent along with your enrollment materials. Official sign up will take place in the late summer. However, if you are able to share an indication of your interest it will help us to prepare and staff the program for the fall.

Questions? Feel free to contact Director of Extended Day Dayna Muniz:

Coming Soon: Seedlings Summer Camp Details

Keep an eye out for program information and registration for Seedlings, our camp for our youngest children!

Vacation Care Sign Up Open for February 19 and 20!

Join us for Vacation Care Monday, February 19 and Tuesday, February 20. We will explore different art materials with Barbara and Chelsea and play with friends in the gym and the playground.

Please sign up using this link by tomorrow, February 9 for discounted rate and drop payment at the Main Office. Email Dayna ( with any questions.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, February 9
Vacation Care 2/19 & 2/20 Sign-Up Due
Click here to sign-up

Wednesday, February 14
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Third & Sixth Grade Valentine’s Day Buddy Lunch

Thursday, February 15
DUE: Re-Enrollment Contracts
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 am
Sixth Grade to Academy of Natural Sciences: “Science Detectives”

Friday, February 16
(expected) 100 Day

Plan ahead:
February 19 and February 20
School Closed

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