Virtual Red Folder
March 7, 2019

CDMX and Teotihuacan - 44
welcome breakfast and parque - 93
welcome breakfast and parque - 7
xochimilco 2019 - 9
xochimilco 2019 - 36
xochimilco 2019 - 38
xochimilco 2019 - 75
CDMX and Teotihuacan - 91
CDMX and Teotihuacan - 147
Las Estacas - 45

Fifth Grade in Mexico

Fifth Graders and teachers Leann, Genevieve, and Varley have been having a great time in Mexico! Some of the highlights so far include reuniting with buddies, boating on the Azetec canals in Xochimilco, seeing some of Diego Rivera’s murals, having a sleepover at Casa de los Amigos (a Quaker nonprofit), climbing the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, and swimming at Las Estacas, a natural water park.

The purpose of the Exchange Program is to promote cultural awareness and knowledge. We and our partner school, Colegio Williams, have seen that the children’s experiences give them cross-cultural sensitivity and an interest in working for world peace. 

Robotics at Beyond the Bell

Kids who stayed for Free Until Four on Tuesday got quite a treat! They were visited by students from AIM Academy, a school in Conshohocken for children with learning differences, and the AIM students brought robots they had built themselves. After a demonstrating what the robots could do (one drove around the gym, picking up blocks and depositing them into kids’ hands), our kids got a chance to program and build their own robots. Thanks, AIM Robotics Team, for showing us how fun coding can be!

Our Fourth Grade Circus is in the News!

Read the full article in The Colonial here.

This is an excerpt, where the journalist manages to get in the names of every Fourth Grader:

“My favorite part is the part where I get to say. ‘Where’s my coffee?’” figures Jonas Couzin-Frankel, who plays the “director” calling the shots at the fictional MGM rehearsal.

Classmate Oscar Gasga? He’s hoping to wow audiences with his plate-balancing skills, while Sasha Newman’s favorite act is “cigar boxes,” and Drew Aldinger is partial to “the little bike.”

Kalila Abboud-Rosen and Suri Greene are looking forward to shimmying down the vertical drops in the show’s shiny “silks” (which Kylee Saraga describes as “kind of like big scarves hanging from the sky that you use your arms and your legs to climb on”).

Elise Drury will doubtless impress with her prowess on a bar called “the pipe.”

Which is similar to the tight wire but with a thin bar of metal,” notes fellow pipe-walker Bella Evan.

Not to mention “hard” to do, says Andrew Lindsley, who finds unicycling “easy.”

Charlie Berk, like most of his classmates, feels “nervous but still good” about the upcoming show. He and pal Jeff Gould will share the spotlight in one routine — a bit that requires some, uh, “horsing around.” Jeff is “very excited” about the circus in general but calls this act his favorite “because it’s funny.”

Kindergarten Celebrates Black History Month

“Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.” This is how Margot Lee Shetterly’s picture book Hidden Figures: True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race begins. Kindergartners drew scenes from the book, and wrote about their favorite number. Throughout February, the class learned about the women who made space travel possible, as well as other African American scientists, inventors, and civil rights leaders.

Recess on a Roll

Several faculty meetings this year have focused on recess. What do we want our students to get out of this time? How can we let children test physical boundaries safely? When should we step in, and when should we let them practice conflict resolution without our help?

But while we discuss philosophy, our students show us how intuitive play is for them. This week at a particularly fun and creative recess, First and Second Graders worked together to make snow boulders, then helped each other stand up on those boulders. With a few caring adults to watch over them, the kids let joy take the lead, and exercise, learning, and friendship followed.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Balloons!”

Fourth Grade put everything they learned about Newton’s laws of force and motion into a fantastic variety of balloon cars. The rules were simple: the car must be powered only by balloons, and it must be able to go at least two meters. Results? The students figured out that more mass = less oomph, there are many ways friction can slow a car down, and car design is fun!

Circus Ticket Sales Are Soaring!

Please send your flyer & payment to the Office ASAP. Tickets will go home in Friday (tomorrow and 3/15) Red Folders. 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.

After Thursday, March 14, tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door, pending availability.

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 when you’re ready, you can sign up for classes here.

Give Your Little Superstar a Yearbook Shout-Out!

Can you believe we’re already talking about the Yearbook? But Sixth Graders are hard at work putting it 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.

Spring Break Vacation Care

Sign-up is now open 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. Sign up by March 15 for a discount.

In Just Two Weeks! Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Thursday, March 21, 8:30 – 11:15 am
Starting in the Steinbright Building

Please RSVP by tomorrow, Friday, March 8, to let us know if your child will have a guest that day. For an electronic version of the invitation and registration form, click here.

At this annual spring event, Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to join PMFS students, their teachers, and their classmates for a morning at PMFS. Our guests will start the day in the Steinbright Building on the lower campus of PMFS. After a welcome and a brief program, PMFS volunteers and staff will direct guests to their classrooms. Students and teachers are making plans to share their learning in the classrooms AND take this opportunity to learn from our special guests. We’ll round out the morning with recess (of course!) and time in Meeting for Worship.

Contact Ralph Henninger at or 610.828.2288 x224, with any questions.

In Like a Lion…

Butterflies are making good use of their snowsuits!

Parent Interest: Whitemarsh Township Shredding Day

Help protect your identity by shredding your sensitive documents. This is a free community event. Learn more here.

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Miles Park – Lower Parking Lot

As If You Needed Another Reason to Come to the Circus

Alumnus Eddie Einbender-Luks has an exhibition of his photography from past years of the Fourth Grade Circus on display in the Corson Lobby. Be sure to take a look!

Announcing the Mexican Exchange 50th Anniversary Committee

Next year is an exciting one for PMFS as we celebrate 50 years of the Mexican Exchange Program. A committee has been formed to oversee the occasion, and they’re ready to get to work! The Committee members are:

Anne Javsicas, Chair
Leann Stover Nyce, Co-chair
Genevieve Schmidt Camacho
Ann Alberts
Fran Blackstone
Johanna Humphrey
Jana Dean Gumby
Carol Corson

A big thank-you to all!

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!

Social Butterflies

All this year, the Butterfly class is learning about community. Sometimes this means giving love to the people around them, and sometimes it means learning to make school feel like home. The Butterflies want to get to know every room of the campus and find out what each class learns. They plan to visit all the classrooms before the end of the school year where they’ll talk to the teachers and students. The first step is tracing Gillian’s campus map and making it their own.

2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, March 8
RSVP for Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins — spring forward one hour!

Monday, March 11
Theatre Horizon visits 1st Grade

Thursday, March 14
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00 am – join us!
5th Grade returns from Mexican Exchange
6th Grade to Art Museum

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

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

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

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