Virtual Red Folder
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
Corson Lobby
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!

Mold Symposium!

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?

Head of School Search Reminder

As mentioned last week, the Naming Committee is soliciting nominations for people to serve on the Search Committee for a new Head of School. If you would like to be considered for membership on the Search Committee, or you know someone who should be considered, please contact the clerk of the Naming Committee, Ralph Henninger, at

For more information on the Naming Committee, the Search Committee, and what to expect throughout the year, please see our post in last week’s Virtual Red Folder.

Your School Committee

February 2 “” Parent Coffee: Discover Grades 1-3

All are welcome. Come learn about the wonderful world of the some of the lower grades at PMFS. Visit the classrooms and see what lies ahead for your lovely ones. We’ll gather in the Corson Lobby 8:00 – 8:30 am, with the program 8:30 – 9:15 am.

February 19 and 20 Vacation Care Sign Up

The time is now! Sign up is open for Vacation Care for February 19 and 20. We will explore different art materials with Barbara and Chelsea and play with friends in the gym and on the playground. Please sign up using this link and drop payment at the Main Office. You can e-mail Dayna ( with any questions.

We have been enjoying lots of collaborative and dramatic and play in Ex-Day recently. Ask your child to tell you more!

In Third Grade Science

Paper airplanes and the scientific method!

Who’s that Sender?

By Wednesday, January 31, families will be receiving an e-mail from, with a subject of “Plymouth Meeting Friends School: Confirm your email.” The e-mail will get you started in our new online directory! An account has been created for all families, so please log in promptly and choose a password to complete the account creation process, and we’ll be on the way to getting you set up to use the directory!

Welcoming Applications with Open Arms

And Free of Charge!

Refer a friend to PMFS; we’re waiving the application fee for the month of February! Contact Lael for application materials:

Upcoming @PMFS

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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