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June 8, 2017

Letter from Sarah

Dear Families,

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.


Staffing News

Dear Families,

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.

Plymouth Monthly Meeting: Hoping for Help on Saturday

Greetings Friends,

After a year of hard work by a group of devoted men of our Meeting, the final boards are being laid in the Meeting House this Saturday morning and the rebuilding of the risers for the benches is being finished. Next step will be to clean up that whole side and refinish the floor, then clean all the benches and put them back. Hopefully, we will be able to see all that happen this summer.

However, there is an immediate need we can all accomplish now! We need a cleaning crew to come in around 8:00 am this Saturday, June 10 to clean the side of the Meeting House where we have been having worship. The school will be having graduation in there on June 13. Friends are needed to: vacuum the rugs; mop and shine the floors; dust and polish the benches and furniture; clean the floors in kitchen and Annie H. room; wash the windows; and sweep the porch clean.

We could certainly accomplish these jobs easily, if we can get a good number of hands on deck. Please make some time to come over, even for an hour or so. Please bring rags and a bucket if you can.

Hope to see you then,
Rebecca Cratin

From the Nook of Your Favorite Library


Wondering what to read this summer? See the NEW recommended 2017 Summer Reading list at (no login required).


Friday, June 9, marks the last of the PMFS Library automated overdue book reminder e-mails. Please send back those wayward books! Places I tell the kids to look: the car trunk, under car seats, and under and behind the bed. Many books get put away on personal book shelves: look for the white “spine label” and PMFS barcode on the back cover. Think it may be lost for good? Drop me a line at

Third (related to #2):

My summer is ALL BOOKED UP! This year, for the first time, you can borrow books from the PMFS Library for the duration of the summer! We’re giving away FREE Barnes & Noble durable bags, made from recycled plastic (while supplies last). Stock them with borrowed books and your summer will be BOOKED!


Strawberry Festival 81 is In the Books

What a day, what a festival, what a success!

Thank you to everyone who danced their heart out, flipped a burger, set up a quick shade, stacked a table, browsed through a book, prepped Mexican food, pursed their lips on a lemon stick, scooped water ice, whipped cream… you get the picture; the list can keep going. The day started with clouds and rain, but ended more beautiful than could ever have been imagined. We all worked hard, the kids played harder, and the PTO thanks everyone! The final festival numbers are rolling in, but we know it was a success, bringing in more than $6,000! This is money that goes back to our school in many ways.

Thank you again for everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm.

Feedback about the festival is very much welcome and needed””all thoughts go in to planning for Strawberry Festival 2018! Please e-mail anything to Ali Conlon at

Summer Camp Options @PMFS

Seedlings Summer Camp

Weekly June 26 through August 18 (closed week of July 4)
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
New and Rising Pre-K (3 and 4), Kindergarten, and Primary (First Grade)

Led by Pre-K Teacher Courtney Qamar, the Seedlings summer camp program provides young children with imaginative play activities indoors and outdoors, including nature and water play on the playground, in the woods, and on the fields of our 11-acre campus.

Join us for any or all seven weeks; $330/week. Click here to register.

Lavner Camps at PMFS

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, June 9
Email How is your child getting home on Tuesday?

Saturday, June 10
Meetinghouse Clean-up

Monday, June 12
Did you forget? Last chance! Email How is your child getting home on Tuesday?
Class Day for Sixth Grade
Last X-Day

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:)

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