Virtual Red Folder
June 1, 2017

It’s Really Here IN 2 DAYS: The Strawberry Festival

What are you Doing this Weekend?

  1. Eating Henninger Homemade Lemon Sticks: yum!
  2. Watching PMFS kids dance their heart out: you can dance along.
  3. Racing your child or another parent on the seven obstacle bounce course: we dare you!
  4. Being amazed by jugglers: these guys are as good as our Fourth Graders!
  5. Browsing books: where else would you find your and the kids’ summer reading?
  6. Enjoying fresh strawberries on top of homemade shortcake: you get this treat but once a year.
  7. Having fun volunteering at the Strawberry Festival with friends: we all need a little team work!

It’s time to revel in all of the above!

It’s a day for it all. It’s a day to share with your kids, friends, other parents, and family. It’s a day to celebrate the end of the school year, It’s a day for our children to share their campus and community with friends.

Thank you in advance to those who have volunteered to help run the festival. If you have participated in the past, you know it takes our entire community, If this is your first festival””be prepared to be amazed and slightly exhausted! It already feels like a success.

Some important reminders:


You CANNOT park on campus.  On festival day, all campus parking lots are reserved for vendors, entertainment, and limited handicapped parking. Whether you’re dropping children off in classrooms pre-performance or coming early to help set up (thank you!), please find off-campus parking either in the Meeting House Business Complex across Germantown Pike or in the Blue Ridge Road neighborhood along Butler Pike.

Strawberry Festival Shirts

“I love them! You will want one!”””Exclaims the Strawberry Festival Chair.
If you pre-ordered a shirt, please pick it up at the festival. If you want to purchase one, come early””sizes and quantity are limited. (We sold out last year quite quickly!)

BYO Knives

What? Are you a berry slicer? Then yes, bring your own knife and cutting board to Annie H tomorrow morning (Friday, June 2). There’s always room to pull up another seat! It’s a fun morning of chit chat and the smell of sweet teamwork.

Bake Table

Feel like baking tonight? Individually-wrapped bake sale treats are welcome for the Third Grade Bake Sale at the Strawberry Festival. Drop off your muffins, cookies, breads, or cupcakes on Saturday morning. Please label if you have purposefully baked your treat nut or allergen free.

Used Book Sale

There is still time to clean out your bookshelves. Donate used books, DVDs, or CDs to the Sixth Grade Used Book Sale. Please drop them off by tomorrow, Friday, June 2, at the sand shed off the black top. 

Job Opportunity

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is looking for a Religious Education Coordinator. Click here for more information.

Final PTO Meeting, with PMFS Campus Planning Brainstorming with Sarah

Wednesday, June 7
7:00 pm- PTO Meeting
7:30 pm – Campus Planning Brainstorming Session
Corson Lobby

Come join us to discuss year-end PTO matters for a brief PTO meeting, followed by Sarah leading parents in a brainstorming session to understand your best vision for PMFS’ upper campus buildings. School Committee member and alumni parent John Gilliland and parent and architect Michael Drury will facilitate our conversation. We’d love to hear your vision!

Playground Playdate & Welcome for New Families!

Thursday, June 8
3:00 – 4:30 pm

We’re opening our playground to the community, inviting prospective families to come visit, play, and learn. Current families are encouraged to attend and talk with prospective families. Come spread the word while the kids play! Mentor families who are matched with our newly enrolled families will have a chance to connect too.

PS. Mentors and folks with new students joining us in the fall: we will not be having a separate New Parent Picnic; this is it, so come join us!

From Your Lovely PMFS Art Department

Summer Art Opportunity

The Woodmere Art Museum is offering a wonderful opportunity for three of our students, Third through Sixth Grade, to participate in a Community Arts Project. The program details are as follows:

  • The fees for this program are $120/student. However, financial assistance is available with scholarships. Students must have their own transportation and bring lunch.
  • This is the tenth year that Woodmere Art Museum will be building new communities through its summer arts program. The Children’s Garden and Community Art Projects brings together children, ages 8-17, from disparate geographic and ethnic populations of the Philadelphia region, to participate in the design and construction of a collaborative work of public art.
  • The theme this year is “Art and Storytelling in the Garden.” Students will create artworks based on fables, fairy tales, and folktales from multicultural traditions. They will design and use multiple materials to create cabinets of curiosities and storytelling vessels to be installed in and around our Children’s Butterfly Garden.”

The dates are:
July 11-14 and July 18-21
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

If you are interested in participating, please send Gillian an e-mail at so she can forward you the form. First come, first served!

In This Edition of “What’s Gillian Up To Now?”

Gillian is having her first international solo exhibit in Iceland this summer and it got some press. Click here to read the article.

Beethoven Projects in Music

The culmination of their study of the composer’s life and music, Primary Beethoven Projects are ready to present their masterpieces! This unit lasted from September to February; check out, in students own words and style, all they learned and loved about Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Upcoming @PMFS

TOMORROW, Friday, June 2
Last day for Book/CD/DVD drop-off
Strawberry Hulling, Annie H. Wilson Room (not signed up? come anyway!)
Festival Set-Up- Many hands make light work!

Saturday, June 3
Class Performances, 10:00 am
Strawberry Festival, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Monday, June 5
Move-Up Day
Sixth Grade Skype with Rooftop Bee Keepers

Tuesday, June 6
Talent Show
Sixth Grade leaves for Echo Hill Outdoor School

Wednesday, June 7
Fifth Grade goes to Plymouth Pool
Final PTO Meeting, Corson Lobby, 7:00 pm
Campus Planning Brainstorming Session, Corson Lobby, 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 8
Fourth Grade goes to Wetherhill Park
Playground PlayDate, with New Family and Mentor time, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday, June 9
Kindergarten & Fifth Grade Bowling Trip
Sixth Grade returns

Wow, Already?

Monday, June 12
Class Day for Sixth Grade
Last X-Day

Tuesday, June 13″”Last Day of School
In-School Graduation, 9:30 am
Early dismissal, 12:00 pm
Sixth Grade Graduation & Reception, 7:00 pm