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June 6, 2019


Another Fabulous Strawberry Festival in the Books!

It was a truly phenomenal day! The children’s performances were amazing, often uplifting, and even a bit emotional at times. From the very youngest Dragonfly to the Sixth Grade, every routine was full of energy. Every aspect of the event went smoothly, and everywhere you looked people were enjoying great food, toe-tapping music, and warm friendships.

We are deeply grateful to all our volunteers, especially Festival Co-Chairs, Joyce Colzani and Marialice Dancy. They and lots of parent volunteers make the Festival possible, and it is not only a critical fundraiser for PMFS, it is also an important way in which we reach out to our community, inviting them to get to know us and learn what a fun place Plymouth Meeting Friends School is! Whether you donated a book, made a shortcake, or grilled burgers you helped us accomplish this critical mission, so THANKS!

Sixth Grade at Echo Hill

Echo Hill bookends the Sixth Grade year; the class went once in the Fall to bond as a group, and now they’re back to reflect on their time at Plymouth. They play community-building games, have a cookout in the woods, problem solve their way through adventure courses, and even go on a giant swing! This class has grown a lot much this year, and it’s wonderful to see them working so well as a team.

People Who Made a Difference

Third Grade is wrapping up their third research project of the year. Each Third Grader read biographies to learn about a “person who made a difference,” took notes on the important moments of the person’s life, and published a report which they will soon share with their classmates at a publishing party. They presented the visual part of their projects to each other this week. They certainly are experts!

Together We Accomplish Much

With two months remaining in the 2018-2019 Annual Giving campaign, we are happy to share that it has been an unqualified success. Thanks to our generous school community we have already exceeded our Annual Giving goal. Thank You for your passion and generosity.

2018-2019 Annual Giving Highlights:

  • We have surpassed our goal of $90,950 and to date have received $121,440 in gifts.
  • We have set an all-time school record for the 2nd consecutive year, and have reached the highest Annual Giving total in PMFS history.
  • We received gifts of all sizes, ranging from $5.00 to $20,000.

The Impact of your donations to the Annual Giving Campaign:

  • Increased financial aid
  • Technology upgrades
  • Campus upgrades and renovations
  • Academic & classroom resources

There is still time to participate and help celebrate 239 years of Plymouth Meeting Friends School history with your support. All gifts received by July 31, 2019 will be included with the gifts raised thus far in 2018/2019 Annual Giving effort.

For more information about giving please contact:

Ralph Henninger, Director of Development at or by phone at 610.828.2288. You can also give online here.

How Is Your Child Going Home on the Last Day of School?

Please let us know how your child is going home on Tuesday, June 11 at 12:00 pm. Click here if you haven’t already filled out the Google form.

Things to Do Right Now

Things to Do This Summer

Thank You Volunteers!

Your PTO

A huge thank you to this year’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Your spirit, enthusiasm, and organization have kept us going:

  • Co-Clerk Kim DeFilippi
  • Co-Clerk Tasha Martin-Peters
  • Co-Treasurer Cecilia Dee
  • Co-Treasurer Jennifer Mullen
  • Recording Clerk Jana Dean Gunby

We also welcome the PTO officers for 2019-20:

  • Co-Clerk Trina Burke
  • Co-Clerk Lynn Hedges
  • Recording Clerk Erin Schmitt

Our thanks also to Nicole Armstrong for her work (three years in a row!) with the PTO Food Program.

Calling All Library Books!

If your child still has a book that should have come back to the library this week–fear not! Found book(s) should simply be put in the wire basket that’s in the Emerson lobby. The librarians will be in and out of the building next week and will be ever-so-happy to find wayward books in the basket. Note: if you happen to find PMFS library books at your house over the summer, please just bring them back in September. Happy summer reading, everybody!

The Library Team

Dragonflies and First Grade Buddies

First Grade and the Dragonflies had their last buddy playtime this week. First Graders gave their buddies cards, then everybody went to play around the treehouse climber. Thank you, First Grade, for all of your care and for the many wonderful adventures you and the Dragonflies had together this year!

Boo-Boos, Buddies, and Bucks

Dear Friends and Families,

Second Grade is learning about refugees. We are working with Narenj Tree, an organization in Norristown that supports Syrians who are in refugee camps in Turkey. Would you like to help us?

Our project, Boo-Boos, Buddies, and Bucks, is to gather needed first-aid supplies (Boo-Boos), stuffed animals for refugee children to have when they need comfort (Buddies), and money to help with the shipping cost (Bucks or coins).

Bring your donations to Second Grade in the Emerson Building by Friday, June 7th and we will take it to Narenj Tree.

Thank you for helping us!

Abe, Alice, Elody, Giselle, Jada, Kai, Leah, Logan, Lucas, Luna, Nolan, Olivia, Peter, Viet, Genevieve and Susan

Building Bridges Invites You to an Event at Historic Fair Hill

Join members of Building Bridges at Historic Fair Hill for a tour of six great wall murals telling 300 years of stories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia. After your tour, help out in the gardens, where we will prune trees, plant and tend to the vegetable and flower beds, and clean debris.

Saturday, June 8
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2901 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133

June Daisies Blooming On Campus

The whole school worked together with Gillian and a visiting artist to create giant ceramic flowers to beautify our campus. Every child contributed a piece for the sculptures. See if you can spot all six flowers!

Second Grade Improv Show

The class performed a short play to an audience of teachers and students this afternoon. The play is based on the nursery rhyme Thorn Rosa (essentially Sleeping Beauty), but the Second Graders added lots of new twists and turns that the audience wasn’t expecting! Using skills they learned with John B this year, the actors improvised parts of the play while sticking to the general storyline.

Thanks for Your Donations!

With your help, Building Bridges, a PMFS community group devoted to living out our PMFS values in the world, donated 20 boxes of children’s books to schools in the Fairhill neighborhood of Philadelphia this school year. Public schools in Fairhill are so underfunded that they are only able to have a library through the efforts of volunteers and donors. Thank you to everyone who donated books! To learn more about how you can advocate for fair funding for Pennsylvania public schools visit POWER, an interfaith social justice nonprofit. Save your books to donate next year and contact Rebecca Heider ( to get involved.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, June 7
5th & K go bowling

Monday, June 10
Class Day (students give gifts and say goodbye to 6th)

Tuesday, June 11
Last day of school, 12:00 pm dismissal
6th Grade Graduation & Reception, 7:00 pm

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