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May 13, 2022


Plymouth Hawks?!

Did you know that Plymouth Meeting Friends School has a resident hawk? Tony the (red-tailed) Hawk was first spotted flying above campus well over a decade ago! Since we see Tony (or more likely his descendant) flying overhead almost every day, it wasn’t surprising that the hawk was on the list of suggested school mascots.

Hawks are found on every continent except Antarctica; and their deep meaning and symbolism can be found in stories and mythologies from cultures all over the world. Hawks represent determination, focus, leadership, independence and protection. They often show up when you are called to complete a goal or mission and need strength and encouragement to keep moving forward. Hawks are known to watch over and protect their territory. Some cultures believe that seeing a hawk is a sure sign that the universe is attempting to teach you valuable lessons that will help you grow as a human being. Thanks to Tony the Hawk for protecting PMFS and giving us the inspiration to live up to his legend! GO PMFS HAWKS!

Our Mascot Decision

The decision-making process in a Quaker school community can take a lot of time! The students have been discussing possible mascots for PMFS since the beginning of the school year. We started with a long list of suggestions from friends across the grades. Each week, representatives from grades 1-6 shared those suggestions during Meeting for Business. As the months passed, the list grew shorter and class representatives shared illustrations of possible mascots, as well as the characteristics and symbolism of each mascot choice with schoolmates in every class.

Throughout the process, students learned that reaching consensus means that everyone gets the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas. Then all of those ideas belong to the group; and some “rise to the top” in agreement. We also learned that one voice or opinion does not stop the decision-making process. It gives us the chance to hear and think about that point of view as we listen for the “sense” of the group. Many months later, our long list of mascot suggestions was narrowed down to four; and during last week’s Meeting for Business, we reached consensus at last. We are the Plymouth HAWKS!!


ArtsFest 2022

A huge SHOUT OUT to all our young artists who showcased their 2D, 3D, musical, and dramatic skills at Saturday’s (rainy and blustery) ArtsFest! From paintings, printmaking, piano-playing, and “Almost Famous” performance art to woodburning, ceramics, textiles, and drumming, you delighted us with your talent. And to our Kindergartners, your dramatic rendition of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” was truly Oscar-worthy! Many thanks to all our PMFS teachers and families who came out to celebrate their artists; it was a joy to see you in person!

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Field Day

Field Day is back! After two long years, we were able to celebrate Field Day on campus today. The rain held off just long enough for us to face off in our Maroon and Gray teams. Tricycle Races, pretzels and popsicles… fun was had by all!

Wait!! Where’s My Kid?

Please remember to communicate all changes to your child’s daily transportation routine to the teachers and the main office.

During our last month of school, we never want you to wonder where your child is at the end of the school day. Families must notify the school AND the school district transportation office about changes to a student’s bus routine. We will not accept transportation changes that students share verbally; we must have communication from parents and guardians about late arrival, early pick-up, and unforeseen carpooling or busing changes. Safety is our number one priority; and we always want to be sure that students are delivered safely into their family’s care at the end of each school day.

We never want to hear, “Wait!! Where’s my kid?”


TONIGHT and TOMORROW: Circus!

Login to your Parent Portal for the tickets to the May 13 and May 14 Pod 3/4 Circus! It’s at 7pm, but get there early to claim your seat!


Up Next:

A TV network by our 6th Grade, with skits to be performed for YOU!

June 3 and June 4, 7pm

Get your tickets NOW!


Stay after School with Us: Playground Playdate

Wednesday, May 18, 3-4:30 pm

Come and enjoy the simple pleasure of being together. After-school snacks courtesy of the PTO; a good time for parents and caregivers and kids courtesy of … YOU. Current and incoming families are welcome!


Tot Time is returning! Share the News!

Tell your friends how they can experience a slice of the PMFS wonder by attending! FREE & OPEN to children ages 2-4 (and their parents or caregivers, of course). Under the guidance of enthusiastic expert PMFS teachers, kids engage in hands-on playtime and discovery at Tot Time.

  • May 18, 11:00-11:45am — Oodles of Animals, with Projects & Research teacher Varley
  • June 1, 11:00-11:45am — Movement and Colors, with PE teacher Kelly

Questions? Ask info@pmfs1780.org or 610.828.2288 x226

RSVP here!


Visitors to Campus

All visitors should stop by the Main Office to sign in and receive a visitor sticker before moving on to their campus destination. This lets us know who is on campus in case of emergencies, and signals to the rest of the community that you are an official visitor.


Please Share your Child’s Covid Vaccination Status

If you have not already done so, please let us know your child’s covid vaccination status by emailing a copy of their vaccination card to Kali in the office.

Strawberry Festival Corner

We are ready for 100% parent participation. We rely on YOU to bring the joy to this day, so please take a look NOW (no, not next week) at how you can be a part of things: Click here to find out how.

Get your T-shirts BEFORE the Festival (we only sell limited quantities at the festival, so we anticipate selling out). Order your Shortcake too while you’re at it! Click here to pre-order t-shirts and shortcake (or use that form in your child’s Red Folder). Pre-orders will close on Monday, May 23.

Bring us your children’s books for our Free Children’s Book Swap at the Festival. Leave books in the Sand Shed (on the Blacktop at the upper campus), starting next week.

We’re not even going to ask you to write Saturday, June 4 on your calendars, because we knowwwww you did that already, right? Class performances begin at 10; the Festival begins at 11.


Chester County Studio Tour: Featuring Gillian Pokalo – May 14 & 15

Friends, families, art enthusiasts, and the curious are invited to experience artists Gillian Pokalo, Miranda Blas, Lynette Shelley, and Anna Boothe as they exhibit work during the 2022 Chester County Studio Tour two-day event.

Open to the public Saturday, May 14 (10am – 6pm) and Sunday, May 15 (10am – 5pm) at 504 W. Pothouse Road in Phoenixville, PA.

For more information, please visit chestercountystudiotour.com.

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14 , 7-8pm
Pod 3/4 Circus

Friday, May 20
6th Grade “Soon to be Alumni” Luncheon

Friday, May 27 – No School
Professional Development Day

Monday, May 30 – No School
Memorial Day

Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4 – 7pm
6th Grade Production

Saturday, June 4 – 10am – 1pm
Strawberry Festival – required day for all students


Want more info on happenings at school?

Subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar at pmfs1780.org/calendar.
Take a look at the 2022-23 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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