Virtual Red Folder
May 7, 2021
Pod 1/2 Cookie Cutter Critters
Pod 1/2 studied the savanna and coral reef these last two weeks for Projects work with Varley. They learned about special ecosystems and each student chose an animal to focus on and made a “Critter Book., ” with drawings and information on the animal and/or biome. One day this week the pod viewed animal portraits, photographed by Joel Sartore, a world renowned photographer working on a National Geographic collection called “Photo Ark.” Students stepped enthusiastically into the process of transferring learning into a book. They also eagerly ate a homemade critter cookie on their last day. It was a fabulous two weeks!
Pod 3/4 Brings Stories to Life
This week in Drama with Pod 3/4, students expanded on their class writing assignments by watching their stories come to life “on stage.” After receiving the main components of each story, actors were cast and each story was then improvised. Writers were able to watch their story told through the interpretation of each 3-person cast, taking notes and suggestions to further their stories along in the writing process.
Learning About the World of Birds
Kindergarten and Pre-K Science students investigated the world of birds this rotation. They explored characteristics that make birds unique from other classes of animals while also spending time observing the local birds on our campus. In addition to encouraging an interest in caring for the living world around us, students practiced using patience while developing their powers of observation.
Spotted on Campus: Baby Chicks and Ducks!
It has been an exciting week in Pre-K, as our students got to watch baby chicks and ducks hatch. They’ve learned all about how to be gentle with them, and also that ducks are a lot more squirmy than chicks!
Get to Know PMFS School Committee Member Barbara Hoekje
Barbara Hoekje joins the PMFS school committee as a member of Plymouth Monthly Meeting, which she has attended for nearly 30 years. She is the mother of PMFS alum Alex Hoekje List (’04). She teaches in the communication department at Drexel University, focusing on English language, linguistics, and social uses of language. Having an English as a Second/Foreign Language focus, she was a Fulbright TEFL lecturer in Colima, Mexico, when her son was young and has studied and tried to speak numerous other languages, including Spanish, Greek, and Chinese. She currently tutors citizenship for HIAS and continues ESL tutoring wherever the chance arises (it is her happy place). She has especially valued the PMFS Mexican Exchange Program and continued emphasis on language, culture, and social justice here. She lives in Roxborough with her husband John and has spent much of April putting in the garden. Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers or third person singular non gendered pronouns: ze, ze, zes.
SeasonalAllergies_COVID19 UPDATE 04.23.21
Friday, May 7
Virtual Pod 3/4 Circus, 7pm via Facebook Live
Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14
6th Grade after school performance prep
Monday, May 10
ArtsFest submissions due – please send them to email@example.com
Wednesday, May 12
PTO Meeting – Class parents will email zoom link
Thursday, May 13
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link to join us)
6th Grade “Soon to be Alumni” Luncheon
Friday, May 14
School Spirit Friday – wear your PMFS gear!
Friday, May 21
ArtsFest, 7pm via Facebook Live
Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5
6th Grade Performance – more details to come!