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January 10, 2019

Around Campus with David: Welcome Back!

Happy New Year to everyone!  And a wonderful way to usher in the New Year is to let you know we are all quite excited at school to have some recent staffing changes now is place.

Genevieve Schmidt Camacho has returned to assisting in Second Grade and being the Dean of Faculty & Students.

Leann Stover Nyce is once again teaching full time in Fifth Grade.

Sarah Hudson has returned to assisting in Kindergarten.

And Miso Vukcevic has begun as our Physical Education teacher.  Miso is also assisting in Beyond the Bell and coaching basketball.

Brenda Interviewed in the Times Herald

The Times Herald just published an article about Brenda Crawley, our next Head of School! Brenda discusses her approach to helping children process what they hear in the media.

“Experiment with being vulnerable, especially with the hard questions. Encourage [children] to wonder and voice their curiosity. Instead of attempting to explain the rationale behind war to a young child, recognize their concern and ask a focused question: ‘It sounds like you’re wondering why they are fighting. Can you think of another way they could work on their problems?’”

Click here to read the full article on the Times Herald website

Trouble with the Times Herald link? Read the article on the PMFS website

Phyllis in EC & Kindergarten

EC & Kindergartners are learning about gratitude, and when school counselor Phyllis last came to visit, they drew pictures of what they feel grateful for. Each Tuesday the classes join Phyllis in brainstorming new feeling words. Through playing Feelings Charades, the children explore the meaning of different feelings, learn to read emotions, and apply emotions in their proper context.

This Week With the Dragonflies

Dragonfly students are enjoying the new light table in the Little House (a gift from this and last year’s parents). Kids have been experimenting with building with different materials. The current favorite? Magnetic building tiles. In addition, students have enjoyed sharing stories about their families and what they did together during the break.

PTO Food Program – Spring Semester Ordering

It’s that time of year again – time to order lunch for your kiddo through the food program! Order forms will be sent home in red folders this Friday, so keep an eye out. You can also print the form here.

Note for Fifth Grade parents: Because of the Mexico trip, you’ll be getting a special Food Program order form emailed to you.

Once you’ve filled it out, turn in your order form to the Main Office with your child’s name and grade printed clearly on the envelope. Our parent volunteer (thank you, Nicole Armstrong!) is on a tight deadline to process all the forms, so the firm due date is Wednesday, January 23.

From the Office: Absences and Changing End-of-Day Plans

Hi Families! It’s Kelly and Maeve, your friendly Officistas. After a nice Winter Break, we thought it might be time for a refresher/cheat sheet for what to do when your child is absent or changing their end-of-day plans.

Scenario 1: My child’s end-of-day plans are changing for tomorrow or another future date.

  • Why: The Office communicates with BtB and your child’s classroom teacher about any changes, and we also create the daily bus & Beyond the Bell lists.  Please Note– We’ve taken the monthly BtB sign-ups off our website, so please email to tell us your plans instead.  (Communicating with your teachers & BtB is always welcome – but please keep the office in the loop from the beginning and you’ll streamline everything for everyone.)

Scenario 2: My child will be absent today, or plans to be absent on a future date.

  • Why: Having this info in writing allows us to mark the absence “excused” in your child’s attendance record.  Also, see “Why:” in Scenario 1.  (Please see pg 12 in the Red Book for what constitutes an excused absence.)

Scenario 3: My child’s end-of-day plans are changing for today.

  • What to do: Call or email the Office before 1:30 pm.
  • Why: Letting us know before 1:30 gives us time to calmly get updates to the classrooms (sometimes students are out of their classroom and with Specials at the end of the day) AND to update the daily bus and BtB lists. Knowing by 1:30 how many kids they will have allows BtB 90 minutes to schedule additional staff if needed. (Although not often, this has happened – Thank you for honoring our 1:30 cut-off, and Go Super-Gladys and responsive PMFS staff!!)

Scenario 4: My child’s end-of-day plans are changing for TODAY AND IT’S AFTER 1:30 PM!

  • What to do: Uh-oh!  Call the Office please.
  • Why: The Office gets busy at this time of day, so it’s better to leave a voicemail than to send an email. Also see “Why:” in Scenario 3.

Annual Giving Update

The 2018/2019 Annual Giving Campaign is off to a roaring start. As of December 31, Plymouth Meeting Friends School has received a total of $80,285 in donations, representing 88% of our budgeted goal of $90,950!

Our goal is 100% participation by PMFS families in this important effort. Annual Giving is the foundation of all fundraising efforts at the School, and benefits every PMFS student. Every gift matters.

Your gift is essential for the continued diversity, vitality, and financial health of Plymouth Meeting Friends School. Please donate now or contact Ralph Henninger, Director of Development at 610.828.2288 x224.

MLK Day of Service and Justice

At PMFS, it’s a day to reflect, increase awareness about social justice, and help a community in need.

Join us on Monday, January 21, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Steinbright Building

Please contact Sonia Rosen ( and/or Hedie Kelly ( with questions.

Collecting Books for a School in Need

Building Bridges is still collecting books for the Julia DeBurgos Elementary School. The school’s wishlist includes Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Baby-Sitters Club, and similar, as well as anything in Spanish. Drop off new or gently used children’s books in the collection boxes in the Emerson lobby or outside the Main Office. You can also bring them to our MLK Day event, when we’ll be sorting and prepping these books for donation along with other creative projects. Contact Rebecca Heider ( with any questions.

Sixth Grade Speakers Series: Building Houses in Nicaragua

On Monday, Sixth Grade were honored with a talk by Graham Robb. Graham shared his experience building a home for a family in western Nicaragua through Habitat for Humanity. In February, Graham travels to India for Habitat and will return as a guest speaker in March to talk about his trip. Later in the spring Graham will speak on his work in Zambia. Graham kick-started Sixth Grade’s annual Countries of the World Explorations.


Mindfulness in First Grade

First Graders have enjoyed learning about Mindful Meditation and all its wonderful benefits. Each week on Thursdays, they start with a fun yoga breathing activity followed with a mini lesson. Through the use of a singing bowl, the children have learned about listening, waiting, focus, and stretching their patience. They focus on their breath and use creative visualization to center themselves, be calmer, and feel peaceful. Are you the parent of a First Grader? Ask your child how to do Flying Bird Breath!

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, January 10
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
PTO meeting, 8:00 pm (virtual – contact Co-Clerks Kim and Tasha for details: )

Friday, January 11
3rd Grade to Adventure Aquarium

Wednesday, January 16
2nd Grade Night Tree Ceremony

Thursday, January 17
Mexican buddies arrive!
6th Grade to Natural History Museum

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