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January 25, 2018
Parent Talk Next Wednesday
Challenges and Trauma: How to Talk to Your Children
Presented by PMFS School Social Worker Phyllis Ivey
Wednesday, January 31
6:30 – 7:30 pm
A brief meeting of the PTO will follow the discussion: Join us!
In light of the extremely challenging times our children are growing up in, Phyllis will provide guidance and discussion on developmentally-appropriate ways to talk about difficult and upsetting issues in the news, in our neighborhoods, and in our society.
This Week in Part One of the Mexican Exchange Program
It’s hard to believe that students from Colegio Williams in Cuernavaca arrived just a week ago. In that time, Fifth Graders from both schools have been swimming and bouncing and shopping and skating. Williams students have been practicing new times to eat, new family rhythms, and even new weather patterns. PMFS Fifth Graders have been practicing what it really means to put a friend’s needs first, have been recording the surprises they find with their buddy, and have been reflecting on how to be thankful to their own families for all their help. And that was in between all the regularly scheduled trips and activities that the Williams students took part in during the school day, including:
- Liberty Bell and a Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
- Camden Aquarium, followed by games in the Gym with Jim and Will
- Reading Terminal Market and City Hall
- Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Mint
- School of Circus Arts, then Salsa Dancing with a Fifth Grade parent and Art with Gillian
- Independence Seaport Museum and Dave & Busters
Here are some candid moments and group shots from our first week on the Mexican Exchange: Part One with our buddies. Our Fifth Graders and their buddies will begin their long family weekend tomorrow (no school for them!), spending family time together. We can’t wait to hear their reflections on Monday!
The Fourth Grade had a very successful Mold Symposium this week. This year, Fourth Graders traveled to Abington Friends School to present their projects, together with the Fourth Grades from AFS and Greene Street Friends. Students prepared trifold boards to explain their experiments and created awesome T-shirts to celebrate their experience. Students shared their project ideas, set-up procedures, observations, and results. The students asked each presenter great questions about the surprises and challenges that were encountered. After lunch, each school group sang their special mold song created just for the occasion.
It was a great day, and Fourth Graders discovered that many of their experiences with their experiments were similar to what happened with individuals at other schools. For example, one student noted that every presenter had used the scientific procedure, and everyone began with a hypothesis. We also discovered that some individuals encountered surprises that also made us wonder. For example, why didn’t any mold at all grow on bread covered with ketchup?
Friday, January 26
Fifth Grade only, no school
First Session of PTO Food Program Ends
Monday, January 29
Second Session of PTO Food Program begins
Tuesday, January 30
Fifth Grade goes to AMPRO Sports
Wednesday, January 31
Fourth Grade goes to the Phila School of Circus Arts
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Mexican Exchange Farewell Ceremony, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Parent Talk, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
PTO Meeting, 7:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 1
Mexican Exchange students return to Cuernavaca
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00 am (Join us!)
Friday, February 2
Community Coffee, 8:00 – 9:15 am
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