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January 17, 2019

MLK Day Service at PMFS

“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us on Monday, January 21 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Steinbright Auditorium for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Justice and Service! We will be rotating through several stations:
  • Making breakfast bags to be delivered by Fifth Grade to ACLAMO headquarters (
  • Making a beautiful print of Martin Luther King Jr. from a hand-carved woodblock by a local artist
  • Writing postcards to protest (or support) our politicians
  • Cozying up with your child to read about social justice, and maybe buying a book from Big Blue Marble (for yourself or your child’s classroom!)
  • Sorting books to be donated to the Julia DeBurgos Elementary School

Please sign up to be a parent volunteer on either Friday, January 18 or Monday, January 21! We will end our time with some pizza, provided by our PTO.  THANK YOU for your support!

Chicks Hatch in Butterfly Class

The Butterfly class is deeply engaged in their study of embryology. They received ten eggs from the local 4-H last week and carefully tended to them in an incubator. They learned about how the chick develops inside the egg and the class’ role in acting as the mother hens. They were thrilled by the early hatching of nine chicks when they arrived to school on Monday. Luckily, they were able to observe the tenth chick use its great strength and egg tooth to crack out of its egg.
The class loved getting to hold the chicks and forming a special chick circle. They brainstormed a long list of names such as Lief, Sally, and Little Foot. They even learned how to identify male or female chicks by looking at the feather pattern on their wings. The Butterflies will be sad to say goodbye to their fluffy visitors tomorrow and wish all the chicks a happy journey back to the farm.

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 went home in red folders last week. 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.

As the second half of the PTO lunch program kicks off, we would greatly appreciate any help parents can provide. Please sign up to lend a hand on any day that is convenient for your schedule.

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.

Today’s Query at Meeting for Worship

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Third Grade came up with the query,

“What are your dreams for the world? What can you do to turn your dreams into reality?”

Here are some of our responses:

“My dream for the world is for everyone to treat each other the way they want to be treated. One way I can help is by showing kindness.”

“My dream for the world is that all people have homes and family.”

“I dream of a world with no guns because I want people and animals to live long lives.”

Our Handwriting Curriculum

by Maura Sutherland, PMFS Learning Specialist

Pull out your pen and paper next Wednesday, January 23 for John Hancock’s birthday and National Handwriting Day! Of course, handwriting is celebrated every day at PMFS. In fact, our handwriting curriculum got us into The Colonial newspaper yesterday:

“[At PMFS, we] prepare our youngest students — 3-year-olds — for handwriting by exercising their fine motor skills and handwriting muscles in many ways,” Maura Sutherland explains. “Using chopsticks at snack time is one example. Beginning in kindergarten, our students start getting focused practice with printing.

“Cursive instruction begins in earnest in third grade and is reinforced through sixth grade. By fifth grade, keyboarding is added to the mix, giving children all the tools they’ll need for success in the modern world. We have been heartened that growing neuroscientific evidence supports what we see — for many students, handwriting enhances creativity and memory and simply produces better results. We are a school that nurtures writers, so this is especially important to us.

“An added benefit to teaching cursive is that our students can read cursive and, therefore, can connect intergenerationally with historical primary source documents or, simply, with notes from grandma that students without cursive instruction can no longer decipher.”

Read the whole article on The Colonial’s website here.

Trouble with the link? Read the article on our website instead.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, January 17
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
Mexican friends arrive!
6th Grade to Natural History Museum

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Justice and Service (No school)
Service activities 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Steinbright — join us!

Wednesday, January 23
PTO Food Program orders due
4th Grade Mold Symposium

Thursday, January 24
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
6th Grade to Barnes & Noble

Friday, January 25
Food Program, 1st Session, ends

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