Virtual Red Folder
May 7, 2021


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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.


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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.


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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!

HAPPENING TONIGHT: The Circus!!

This year’s Pod 3/4 Circus will be held virtually TONIGHT, May 7 at 7pm. 

Join us on Facebook Live for the Zoom on Zoom Circus.


Reimagining Spring Traditions at PMFS

Traditions are meaningful and vital to PMFS and to our students and families, especially in these oh-so-unusual times. They ground us and they demonstrate some of the skills students have gained throughout the year; and they’re a lot of fun too! PMFS staff have been working hard to reimagine and retool Spring events at the heart of our program. We invite you to save the date for our upcoming events, including:

  • Friday, May 21, 7pm – ArtsFest, via Facebook Live
  • Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 – 6th Grade Performance – more details to come
  • In lieu of our beloved Strawberry Festival, the PTO is marking this occasion with treats and t-shirts for all the kids. Each year one design is chosen from the many that students propose for the festival t-shirt and 2021 will be no exception! Please help your PTO t-shirt organizers: fill out this form indicating your child’s t-shirt size!

Campus Stewardship: Volunteers Needed!

PMFS needs your help to keep our campus looking beautiful. Being physically on campus is a great way for students to connect to their school and feel a sense of pride and ownership. You can come whenever you want on a Saturday and stay as long or as little as you like. Sign up for a timeslot here!


Visit the PMFS Online Bookshop

Have you checked the PMFS Online Bookshop?  New reading suggestions have been added for each grade. Get started with filling your child’s bookshelf for the summer!  Any book can be purchased through Bookshop.org (not just the PMFS suggestions) and every purchase supports PMFS and the Children’s Book World in Haverford.

Take a look and buy a book!


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

Upcoming @PMFS

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 gillianp@pmfs1780.org

Wednesday, May 12
PTO Meeting – Class parents will email zoom link

Thursday, May 13
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact office@pmfs1780.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!


Want more info on happenings at school?

Subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar at pmfs1780.org/calendar.
Take a look at the 2020-21 At-a-Glance Calendar and the 2021-22 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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