Virtual Red Folder
March 22, 2018
Letter from Sarah
The Giving Tree
In the past year, several parents have shared with me the strong sense of peace and calm they feel on our school grounds from the simple walk up the path, passing through the graveyard and under the branches of the Maple tree Mary, as they travel across campus. Nearly every day when we’re outside, students show me a nature treasure they are noticing””the fine lattice of veins on a dried leaf, a piece of crystal they’ve unearthed from the dirt, a hawk they see perched in a tree, or an entire fairy village they’ve built together complete with pine needle beds and mossy carpets. Our outdoor spaces, woods, and fields are places our children and all of us learn from and feel connected to.
When the first of the spring nor’easter storms took down two trees on our campus and two more in the Meeting’s cemetery a few weeks ago, our students eagerly studied and climbed on them, exploring their root structures and the new way the trees were supported by their branches once they fell.
While we hate to lose trees, we like to find ways to make use of them for play and study. I am so grateful that Dan Moore Tree Service could work with David and Scott to cut, move, and stabilize the downed trees into long logs for climbing and balancing, as well as cut lots of stumps, tree plates and tree cookies for imaginative play. These trees give us so much, even after they are gone! Come play and see for yourself! You may even want to write a letter to thank the trees, as Courtney and Kate’s Butterfly students did this past week.
Sharing Our Expertise
We extend our congratulations to Sarah, James, and Phyllis for their part in this year’s Montgomery County Area Nursery and Pre-School Educators Conference. The theme at this year’s conference was “Empowering Teachers: Creating Positive Outcome for All Students.” Sarah Sweeney-Denham served on the planning committee for this conference, for the second time. After a keynote presentation from behavior specialist Sean Romano, attendees attended workshops; PMFS faculty led two of the eight workshops, to a full-capacity crowd. Our PE Teacher James Hayes led an interactive session on creative and collaborative movement games for young children, which include elements from integrating one-to-one correspondence into physical activities to increasing core strength through play. Our School Social Worker Phyllis Ivey led a discussion about building positive partnerships with parents, highlighting the benefits for students, parents, and teachers with this approach.
Attended by more than 200 early childhood educators, this conference is one element of the network of directors of Montgomery Area Early Childhood Educators that PMFS has participated in for decades. Not only do many PMFS Early Childhood and Kindergarten students come to us through positive recommendations from these and other “feeder” preschools, we also benefit from discussions on challenges and best practices in our schools.
Thank you Phyllis, Sarah, and Jim for helping educators grow along with students!
ArtsFest 2018 Coming Right Up!
We invite all PMFS families to bring yourselves and your kids and your friends to ArtsFest Saturday, April 14, 3:00 – 5:00 pm! (We trust Spring weather will be here by then, right?)
From 3:00 to 4:00, saunter through the lower campus for our myriad activities! Visit the grand opening of the Art Show in the Corson Gallery (with refreshments!). Come into the Art Studio for a series of art demonstrations by many of our esteemed young artists. Demonstrations include: Paper Marbling, Pinch Pots, Woodburning (Pyrography), and much more! As if that hour couldn’t get more epic, you’ll find pop-up musical performances along the way!
Then from 4:00 to 5:00, join us in the Steinbright Auditorium for our spring concert, showcasing PMFS singing and instrumental progress. Second and Third Graders will play their violins! Songs will be sung! For students interested in doing solo performances, please contact John B or Marcus by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com); don’t delay!
Many thanks to Art and Music teachers Gillian Pokalo, John B Hedges, and Marcus Myers for all the planning for this grand occasion. They will be in touch individually with schedules and such shortly! For all our guests, we’ll have a program to point you to all the magic at ArtsFest 2018.
Thursday, March 22 – Tuesday, April 3
Spring Break, PMFS Closed
(Tuesday, April 3– Faculty In-Service Day)
Contact Dayna for information on Vacation Care & availability
Wednesday, April 4
Yearbook Ads & Messages Due
Open Library, 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Friday, April 6
Sixth Grade to Academy of Natural Sciences
Thursday, April 12
Parent-Teacher Conferences, school open
Friday, April 13
Parent-Teacher Conferences, school closed for students
Vacation Care open
Saturday, April 14
ArtsFest!, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Art Studio and Steinbright Building
Thursday, April 20
Grandparents and Special Friends Day (New Date), 8:30 – 11:15 am
Sunday, April 29
Family Garden Party with Historic Fair Hill, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The Heiders’ House (more info in the March 15 VRF)
Saturday, May 15
Community Work Day, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fair Hill Burial Ground (more info in the March 15 VRF)
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