Virtual Red Folder
March 1, 2018
Building Bridges: A PMFS Community Group Dedicated to Building Community Through Social Action
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm
PMFS Library, Emerson Building
We invite the school community to think with us about how we can bring our PMFS values into the world in the form of social action, strengthening our PMFS community while we build bridges to communities that face different challenges than we do. In this first meeting, we’ll define our goals and explore ideas for a spring project. This group will be politically neutral; all viewpoints are welcome. If you have questions or if you can’t come but want to be involved, contact Rebecca Heider (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Trina Berk (email@example.com).
Curriculum Redux on the Plymouth Website
What a time to feature Central Experiences!
The journey that children take through the PMFS program is filled with both small, meaningful moments and momentous milestones. There are numerous traditions that students consider to be “uniquely Plymouth,” those central experiences that build for children as they anticipate them, learn through them, and reflect back on them, often for many years. Middle School alumni continue to ride the unicycles they learned for the circus. High school and college age alumni return for the Thanksgiving Program and join easily in singing the school song. Adult alumni keep in touch with their Mexican “buddies” from the Mexican Exchange Program.
Beyond the anticipation and the remarkable memories, what do our students gain from these collaborative projects? They develop confidence, understand the power of working together, and experience the satisfaction of hard work that pays off through sustained effort and attention. They gain a sense of their capacities in ways that give them the courage to stretch themselves and take risks to learn and grow. They learn how to bring their best to both their individual work and a group goal, whether it’s reading a book with their reading buddy, organizing a school-wide collection of supplies for refugee families, or sharing their designs and prototypes at the “Invention Convention.” Each year at PMFS holds anticipation and accomplishment, as students are proud to reach touchpoints that once seemed beyond their reach. They excitedly grow into these central experiences, support one another in their place in the journey, and leave a trail for those who follow.
Click here to read more on the website about our Central Experiences at each grade level Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.
Given the timeliness, we’ve pulled out the Fifth Grade Mexican Exchange Program here:
Mexican Exchange Program (two weeks hosting, two weeks in Mexico) – PMFS Fifth Graders participate in intercultural exchange program with students from Colegio Williams de Cuernavaca in Cuernavaca, Mexico; the program is now in its 48th year. Students from both schools take turns as they travel to another country, live with a host family, and are immersed in life in another culture for two weeks, forging lifelong connections and understanding of similarities and differences. Unusual for this age group, this fifth grade program successfully challenges children to view themselves and the world differently and forever changes them as a result. As guests, students learn to view and celebrate differences, find similarities, and differentiate trends versus isolated happenings. As hosts too, students are guided to identify and develop skills, such as empathy and putting someone else’s needs first. The PMFS program prepares students for this exchange in a variety of ways throughout their years, from Spanish classes that steadily increase a child’s communicative abilities, to art classes that celebrate Mexican culture, to an intentional series of overnights.
Oh, and the Fourth Grade Circus is right around the corner:
The Circus! – At three performances in March, students put on a polished show for a packed house, complete with unicycling, juggling, skits, songs, wire walking, and trapeze (and more!). Many months of physical preparation are obvious, but equally important is the collaboration and planning that have gone into students’ writing the various skits, imagining the set, and breaking down physical challenges into manageable pieces.
Tickets for performances on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 pm are on sale now. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours.
African Studies in Kindergarten
Kindergarten’s thematic social studies curriculum is often inspired by the students’ interests and is enriched through involving students’ family members as resources for learning. The class’ most recent study of Africa was sparked by one student’s expertise and experience of living together with his family in Ethiopia over the last school year. Sami’s dad Ermias, who grew up in Ethiopia and Eritrea, shared stories, photos and videos, as well as musical instruments and traditional Ethiopian foods with the class. Georgia’s aunt Colette, PMFS `96, shared photos from her visit to Rwanda and told Kindergartners all about silverback gorillas. On Tuesday, Kindergarten welcomed members of the modern dance company Danse4Nia, who led the students in an African dance and storytelling workshop. Our students loved acting out Anansi folktales, playing their own homemade instruments, dancing, and singing the welcome song “Funga Alafia Ashe Ashe.”
Ermias Sharing with Kindergarten (left) and Colette Presenting to Kindergarten (right)
Dancing with Danse4Nia
Spring Trimester End-of-Day and Ex-Day Forms
What is your child doing at dismissal during the Spring trimester (April-June)? Riding the bus on Monday? Getting picked up on Tuesday? Staying for Sound Scapes class on Wednesday? Please sign up online or by dropping off your End-of-Day/Ex-Day enrollment form in the Main Office. Forms are due by March 12. Click here for the Spring Ex-Day Class catalog.
Vacation Care Signup!
Vacation Care will be open from March 26-March 30 and on April 3. Click here to sign up!
Students in the Early Childhood program and through Second Grade will enjoy the beauty of our campus while exploring the woods and finding treasures big and small.
Students Third through Sixth Grade will leave campus for part of the day and explore Philadelphia. Excursions include: The Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, the Wissahickon and more!
Thursday, March 1
Mexican Exchange Program, Part 2, begins: Fifth Grade leaves for 2 weeks in Mexico
Friday, March 2
Parent Coffee: Life After Plymouth, 8:00 – 9:15 am
Wednesday, March 7
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Friday, March 9
Sixth Grade “A Wrinkle in Time” movie trip
Thursday, March 8
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 am
Building Bridges, Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 15
Fifth Grade returns from Mexico
Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17
Fourth Grade Circus, 7:00 pm
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