Virtual Red Folder
June 8, 2017
Letter from Sarah
I hope you all enjoyed the 81st Strawberry Festival as much as I did! I LOVE the vibe of the Strawberry Festival””rooted in families coming together and kids who are freely “at home” at their school. It’s so wonderful to witness how each wave of parents moving through PMFS takes this longstanding tradition and both honors its soul and makes it new with an amazing energy, tons of ideas, and really hard work.
But of all my favorite things, my most favorite part is the opening performances by each class. This special part of the festival, before all the jugglers and games and such, is shared just with us””PMFS students, teachers, staff, and parents””as the ultimate culminating project to celebrate how the year’s hard work and achievements have turned these individuals into a cohesive class of people who can lean into and on each other. The performances so perfectly fit each class this year, evolving from their studies and play. From indigenous peoples’ authentic movements by Sixth Grade to Pre-K expressing freedom to dress as we like to Fourth and Fifth Grade’s combined call for glory and justice, students presented us with a little piece of their thematic learning.
In thinking of our colleague Frumi Cohen as she gets ready to retire, we faculty and staff found renewed appreciation for what the students do each year as we decided to honor her with a dance. It felt challenging at first to consider how to return to Frumi some of the joy she has given us in so many performances, but then we too leaned into each other to find the strength and courage to show our care. Superstar Third Grade Lead Teacher Audrey choreographed us, and Lael helped get us in formation for our “We are Family” flash mob; it was a lot of hard work, but we had so much fun at the same time.
The faculty performance helped me to be even more grateful for the class performances. It’s more than a series of dances””it’s a school-wide, kinesthetic experience, representing not only a different side of ourselves, but also the power of this group. In the process of coming together, we can feel that we are part of something greater. I’m so thankful to be part of this most wonderful Plymouth tradition and to have contributed in such a unique way this year, celebrating not only our colleague, but the family that our entire community represents.
Many thanks to the many, many hands that made this celebration feel so magical.
I’m delighted to welcome Phyllis Ivey to PMFS, as she joins us as School Counselor this fall. Phyllis comes to PMFS from Goshen Friends School, where she has served as School Counselor for the past 11 years. Phyllis has extensive experience in working individually and in groups with children, teens and their families. Through Phyllis’ private practice Families in Transition she provides individual and group counseling for children and families. Phyllis has her Certification in School Social Work, and a B.S.W. in Social Work from Temple University, as well as a Master’s in Education in Psychoeducational Processes. Her experience spans the past 25 years, providing support in area public and private schools.
We are thrilled that Phyllis will be at PMFS two days a week beginning this fall. Please join me in welcoming her.
From Your PTO
Another year has come to a close. With much gratitude we thank Ali Conlon, Christina Latzko, and Holly Markowitz for their time and dedication to the PTO. Also thanks to Sarah Sweeney-Denham, Ralph Henninger, and Gladys McLendon for the faculty representation and advice provided. We look forward to welcoming Carla Pagan (Recording Clerk), Cecila Dee (Co-Treasurer), and Kimberly DeFilippi (Co-Clerk) to the PTO””and thank Kim Wheeler (Co-Treasurer) and Andrea Hanratty (Co-Clerk) for staying with us for another year! To read the minutes of the final 2016-17 PTO meeting, click here.
Friday, June 9
Email firstname.lastname@example.org: How is your child getting home on Tuesday?
Saturday, June 10
Monday, June 12
Did you forget? Last chance! Email email@example.com: How is your child getting home on Tuesday?
Class Day for Sixth Grade
Tuesday, June 13″”Last Day of School (Wow. Already?)
In-School Graduation, 9:30 am
Early dismissal, 12:00 pm
Sixth Grade Graduation & Reception, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, June 14
Summertime! (and Faculty Meetings:)