Virtual Red Folder
May 14, 2021
Thank a Teacher!
Last week, PMFS celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker: “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” That acknowledgment is a fact; but there is no way to fully recognize a teacher’s impact on a child’s life. Plymouth is a community of learners and educators. Whether the learning and teaching occurs in a classroom, studio, or office, on the field, blacktop or on a ladder, we all bring Light and love to Plymouth. We share the responsibility for the care of our school.
During meetings in Quaker communities, there are occasions when a “note of appreciation” is offered. That note is “minuted”, so it goes down in the historical record of meeting minutes. Throughout this unpredictable year, my colleagues have worked tirelessly to support students and families. Their resilience, flexibility and dedication have been fueled by the joy of children. A week of recognition, treats, thank you notes, cards and gifts sent heartwarming messages: “We see you. We appreciate you. We care about you.” This year, educators have reinvented what it means to serve their school communities. I offer my colleagues my deep gratitude—this note of appreciation—for their tirelessness, perseverance, commitment, and love for PMFS.
Teacher Appreciation Week is observed annually during the first week of May. Mark your calendars now for May 2 – 6, 2022.
Pod 1/2 Poets
Silly poems, rhyming poems, animal poems, color poems: first and second graders are developing a love for poetry. Working in pairs and trios our youngest readers are strengthening their new skills by preparing poetry presentations for their classmates. A true delight for all!
Celebrating our 2021 Graduates
The year is winding down in days, but not in activity. We’re taking time this spring to celebrate our fantastic 6th Graders. From the Faculty vs. 6th Grade Kahoot Trivia Game, trip to Echo Hill Outdoor School, and Late Night with Sixth performance (Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5 ), to Class Day (June 7) and Graduation (June 8), our graduates will be feeling the PMFS love this year.
Sixth Grade Attends “Soon to be Alumni” Luncheon
Story Asking in Spanish Class
In Story Asking, students co-create a story with Spanish teacher Gladys. It involves the group telling a story, while Gladys prompts the group for more details. Beginning with a character – an animal? an imaginary being? a lost pencil that we bring to life? – the group decides on a name, a location, and generally a problem to solve.
Throughout the process, students are hearing Spanish in a comprehensible manner, as it is scaffolded with pictures and gestures in small manageable chunks of language. Students are also hearing question words, using adjectives, and learning verbs and nouns while being engaged and invested in a story that they helped to write.
Recently both Kindergarten and the 1/2 Pod used Story Asking in Spanish class, and created stories about a ghost with an allergy and very well fed, imaginary pet cat.
Chester County Studio Tour: Featuring Gillian Pokalo – May 15 & 16
Friends and Art Enthusiasts are invited to experience artists Gillian Pokalo, Teresa Shields, and Marcia Reiver as they exhibit work during the 2021 Chester County Studio Tour two-day event.
Open to the public Saturday, May 15 (10am – 6pm) and Sunday, May 16 (10am – 5pm)
at 504 W. Pothouse Road in Phoenixville, PA.
For more information, please visit chestercountystudiotour.com.
Friday, May 21
ArtsFest, 7pm via Facebook Live
Tuesday, May 25
New Family Orientation, 7pm
Friday, May 28
No School, Teacher Work Day
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day, No School
Thursday, June 3
Vaccine clinic for ages 12 and up. 3:30 – 7:00pm
Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5
6th Grade Performance – Late Night with Sixth Grade
Monday, June 7
Tuesday, June 8
Last Day of School, 12pm Dismissal