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This Week in Mexico

Fifth Graders are coming home from Mexico tonight! They had a great time this past week, climbing a strangler fig at Chapultepec Ecological Park, blowing giant bubbles at the Children’s Museum, visiting a cathedral founded by Hernán Cortés, seeing the famous Aztec sun stone in the National Museum of Anthropology, and enjoying a farewell pool party with their buddies. We can’t wait to have them back at school and hear all their stories and reflections!

The Year My Daughter Joined the Circus

by Sonia Rosen, Kalila and Nadim’s mom

With three kids ages 9, 6, and 2, sometimes I feel like my life is a circus. Lately, though, my house has been home to an actual circus performer, a small, spunky Fourth Grader whose muscular body is discovering a new kind of balance on the unicycle. A few months ago, she brought home juggling balls to use for homework each night and started learning how to fling herself up and down the aerial silks in her school’s gym.

Far from the chaos of the circus that is our family life, Will and Christy have used the Circus as a vehicle to teach their students to think as a team, work slowly toward seemingly impossible goals, and become ambassadors for their school. As a teacher myself, I think a lot about what makes a learning experience meaningful and how teachers can create opportunities for deep understanding. The Circus certainly checks both of those boxes.

The parent in me is proud beyond measure. I am ready to laugh and cry and applaud as my daughter flies away from me just a little more every time she climbs the silks or mounts the giant ball or performs an acrobatic feat. I want to trust that she is off discovering something new about herself and her 12 peers, and I am certain she will return to me with a greater sense of possibility.

Ocean Animal Books Hit Third Grade’s Shelves

Third Graders are almost finished their very first formal research project! In order to answer questions about an ocean animal of their choice, each student learned how to find materials in the library, choose reliable resources, take good notes, and organize their findings. After a few weeks of researching their animal and learning a lot, Third Graders took what they learned and wove it into a story about their ocean animal. They were careful to include lots of information so that the reader could learn from their tale. Now they can’t wait to share their stories, transformed into beautiful hardcover books, with visitors at Grandparents and Special Friends Day!

Art Is Happening!

ArtsFest is right around the corner! Save the date for our 6th annual celebration of all things art at PMFS, Saturday April 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be live art demonstrations by our students, musical performances, as well as the opening of the art show in the Corson Lobby. Every PMFS student has a piece in the show, so we hope you can join us for this fun event!

And starting tomorrow, every class will have a visit from our Artist in Residence, Sharon Bartmann. Sharon will work with our students to create a series of sculptures to decorate our campus and serve as visual representations of our creative community.

Learning to Respect Our Bodies in Kindergarten

This week in Kindergarten, Social Worker Phyllis lead a session on being mindful of personal space. After discussing how space impacts themselves and others, the class experimented with stepping into different-sized yarn circles on the rug. As each child had a turn stepping into the circles, they were asked to decide which circle felt like a comfortable amount of space for them. Phyllis will continue this theme over the next few sessions with the topics of consent and appropriate touch.

Step Out With Us This Weekend at the Fourth Grade Circus!

Friday & Saturday, 7:00 pm, Steinbright Building

Not sure what your weekend looks like?
Check Brown Paper Tickets at any time (including Saturday) to check availability and to purchase tickets online with a credit card.

Ready to order?
Please bring your flyer with cash or check to the Office today, and tickets will go home in Friday Red Folders.

At the door
Pending availability, tickets will be available in the Corson Lobby each night (please bring a check or small bills for speed).

Don’t worry if you forget or misplace your tickets; all tickets purchased will be on a list that we’ll have in the “box office” in the Corson Lobby on the nights of the performance.

How is Your Child Getting Home on March 21?

Next Thursday is Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and a 12:00 pm dismissal. Please let Maeve and Kelly know how your child is getting home by filling out this online form. You can use this form to let the Office know if your child is hosting a grandparent or special friend, too.

Announcing the “Plymouth Prance” Fundraiser

We’re excited to announce the first-ever “Plymouth Prance”, a family-friendly walk to be held on Saturday, May 11, 9:30-11:30 am at Harriet Wetherill Park in Plymouth Meeting.

The definition of “prance” is to “walk or move in a spirited manner.” So we’ll gather as a school community for a “spirited” and joyful walk in nature, in celebration and support of PMFS. Get ready to enjoy a lovely spring morning together with students, parents, and teachers.

Stayed tuned for more information, and contact Miriam Von Essen ( in the Development Office with any questions. (And thanks, Johanna Humphrey, for this awesome graphic!)

Check Out Our Spring BtB Classes

There are lots of great new activities like Ultimate Frisbee with Leann and Miso, Photography with Gillian, and Ukulele with Frumi. Read what’s on offer in the Spring Class Catalog. Then sign up for classes here before we leave for Spring Break.

Give Your Little Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out!

Sixth Graders are hard at work putting the yearbook together for June, so now’s your chance to buy an ad to celebrate your sweetie. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here to read more about it, and here to print the order form. Orders are due April 3, the day we get back from Spring Break.

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Get a Discount on Spring Break Vacation Care

Sign-up now for Spring Break Vacation Care, available weekdays from Monday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 2. There will be a variety of fun activities and crafts along with generous amounts of time for free-play. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up at a discounted rate.

Seeking Lunch Volunteers

PTO needs volunteers to help the lunch program run smoothly. Please sign up to lend a hand for just one day, or every week. It’s much appreciated!

Drawing With Mišo at BtB

Did you know that our Gym teacher, Mišo, besides being a former professional basketball player, also has an art degree? Our faculty have lots of talent and interests to share, and they love to do it at Beyond the Bell! Last week Mišo lead kids in a drawing activity where they tried to make a picture without ever lifting their pencil off the paper.

2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, March 15
Last day to sign up for Spring Break Vacation Care discount
No School for 5th Grade
Circus, 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 16
Circus, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 20
1st Grade Reader’s Theater performance, 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 21
Grandparents and Special Friends Day, noon dismissal

Friday, March 22 – Tuesday, April 2
Spring Break (Vacation Care available)

Wednesday, April 3
Students return to school

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