Virtual Red Folder
February 8, 2018
Letter from Sarah
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
Friday, February 9
Vacation Care 2/19 & 2/20 Sign-Up Due
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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
February 19 and February 20
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