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January 24, 2019

Mexican Friends are Here!

Fifth Grade’s Mexican buddies arrived last Thursday! Host families were there to greet them at the airport amid lots of excitement. Buddies enjoyed a long weekend with their families, and are going on trips around Philadelphia this week.


We had a wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Justice and Service this past Monday. It was a day planned by parents, students, and old friends of PMFS.  The day involved packing breakfast food supplies, printmaking and bookmark-making, letter writing to elected officials, quiet time for reading, and large group sharing about the history and importance of the day. Thanks to everyone who helped and joined in!

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Night Tree Celebration

Last week Second Graders came to school after dark to celebrate their community with poems, light, and food for the animals outside their classroom window. The ever-evolving winter tradition of the Night Tree Celebration began three years ago, inspired by the class’ reading of Eve Bunting’s picture book Night Tree. Parents listened to shared poems and helped to decorate the Night Tree with ornaments made of fruit as a winter treat for birds and squirrels. There were treats for the humans, too — families enjoyed hot chocolate and, of course, because it’s Second Grade – teacakes!

Keeping a Travelogue in Sixth Grade

Varley knows the value of educating students in nontraditional classroom settings. That’s why Museum Studies is one of the themes this year. Her class has already been on multiple trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Penn Museum, the Franklin Institute, and most recently, the Academy of Natural Sciences. As on all their trips, Sixth Graders brought journals to keep a travelogue. Varley and Matt guide the students with questions and a “see, wonder, connect” writing format. At the Academy of Natural Sciences, Sixth Graders learned about fossils with a museum docent, then visited an exhibition about extreme insects.

How Does PMFS Build Expertise in Math?

Join us at February’s monthly Parent Coffee and find out more! Second Grade teacher Susan Holt will be leading us in a guided exploration of the techniques and pedagogy that PMFS teachers use to deliver the Math in Focus program in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Coffee and breakfast are on us.

Where? Corson Lobby
When? Friday, February 1, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Who? Anyone who can’t rattle off the definition of number bonds, scaffolding, bar models, algebraic expressions, and metacognition faster than their kids

February Vacation Care

Sign-ups are now open for Vacation Care on February 18 & 19. February 18 is Presidents’ Day, and February 19 is an in-service day. Register by 2/11 for a discounted rate.

Give Your Little Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out!

Can you believe we’re already talking about the Yearbook? But Sixth Graders are hard at work putting it together for June, so now’s your chance to buy an ad to celebrate your sweetie. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here to read more about it, and here to print the order form. Orders are due April 3rd, the day we get back from Spring Break.

Whoops! Food Order With No Name…

Could it be your child’s? It got turned into the Office with no name or grade, just cash and an order form for macaroni and pretzels. Please email the Office to claim it!

From the Office: Do We Have Permission to Treat Your Sick Child?

As the temperature drops and more students are getting sick, Kelly and Maeve want to remind you about the procedure for administering over-the-counter medication in school. Plenty of times, a student will come to the Office asking for a cough drop or needing antibacterial cream for a cut, but Kelly and Maeve can’t give it to them because the student doesn’t have a permission form on file.  

To administer over-the-counter medication to your child (tylenol, cough drops, itch cream, etc.) we need:

  • Verbal permission from you. (We will call you to ask before we give anything to your child.)

Seeking Lunch Volunteers

PTO needs volunteers to help the lunch program run smoothly. Please sign up to lend a hand for just one day, or every week. It’s much appreciated!



Upcoming @PMFS

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

Thursday, January 31
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am – join us!
6th Grade to Penn Museum
Last day hosting Mexican Friends

Friday, February 1
Parent Coffee, 8:00 am – join us!

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