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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. 

~Brenda


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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.

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Sixth Grade Attends “Soon to be Alumni” Luncheon

Sixth Graders were the guests of honor at the annual “Soon-to-be-Alumni” Luncheon on Thursday. For this special event, PMFS alumni who are about to graduate from high school are invited back to campus. They share their experiences of transitioning to middle school and answer Sixth Graders’ questions over a catered lunch, and everyone goes home with plenty of gifts.
This year’s alumni speakers were Haven Arms (’15), who will be graduating from Germantown Friends School and attending Pratt Institute, and RJ Edmonds (’15), who will be graduating from Penn Charter and attending University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Haven and RJ both agreed that PMFS prepared them well academically and socially for their next schools, but RJ added that “asking for help is the greatest thing you can do” and an invaluable life skill. When one Sixth Grader expressed worries about making new friends, Haven advised, “Do what you love and the friends will come” and “Surround yourself with people who make you want to be the best you you can be.”
Echoing PMFS’s ethos of respect for childhood and feeling nostalgic, RJ and Haven hoped the soon-to-be-graduates would enjoy being kids as long as possible. “The world doesn’t end,” Haven reassured the class, “it just gets a little bigger.”

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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.

Last Call for ArtsFest Submissions!

A friendly reminder… If your artist would like to create a 1-3 minute video of them demonstrating an art technique that they know and love, please send it to Gillian as soon as possible to be included in ArtsFest. You can email it to gillianp@pmfs1780.org.

Join us for ArtsFest!

Join us next Friday (May 21) at 7pm on Facebook Live for a fantastic show where we can appreciate the progress of each PMFS student in visual arts.


Reminder: Please Complete School Forms

Earlier this week all families received an email about important forms that need to be completed for next year. Whether your child is returning to PMFS or moving on to another school, please login to SFO and submit your forms by Monday, May 24. Thank you for your timely attention to this!


Summer Art Opportunity for Students in Grades 3 and Up

We are invited to this opportunity for three students from PMFS to participate in Woodmere Art Museum’s Summer Community Art Project. Students must be entering 3rd grade – 12th grade to apply. (PMFS alumni are also encouraged to reach out if they’re interested.)

Working with professional artists, the Community Art Projectbrings together children from different Philadelphia neighborhoods to participate in the design and construction of a collaborative work of public art. The theme this year is Imaginary Garden. Through the use of recycled materials and mixed media, students will explore the natural world around them to create a fantastical environment of plants, insects, and wildlife. The artwork will be installed in and around Woodmere’s Children’s Butterfly Garden.

The dates are: Tuesdays-Fridays, July 6-9 and July 13-16, 10:00am-1:00pm. The fees for this program are $80/student. However, financial assistance is available with scholarships. Students must have their own transportation.

Please let Gillian know if you would like the application, due to the Woodmere by June 2. Spaces are limited. Students will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Those not selected for the community project will be invited to participate in other summer art classes at Woodmere. Send your email to gillianp@pmfs1780.org.


Save the Date – Dining Out

Mark you calendar /Save the Date for a dining out fundraiser on Friday, June 4! Take it easy on yourself and pick up dinner that night from T’Dori’s on Ridge Pike in Conshohocken. It will be a great night to have dinner in and watch the 6th grade performance of L.N.S (Late Night with Sixth Grade)! More information to come.


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!


Save the Date: COVID Vaccine Clinic for ages 12 & up – June 3, 3:30 – 7:00pm

PMFS will be hosting a vaccine clinic for anyone age 12 or older on Thursday, June 3 at 3:30pm. More details to come.

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.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, May 20
Meeting for Worship, 9am (contact office@pmfs1780.org for Zoom link to join us)
Virtual Open House, 7pm (To register, click hereA Zoom link will be sent the day before the program)

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
Class Day

Tuesday, June 8
Last Day of School, 12pm Dismissal
Graduation, 6:30pm


Want more info on happenings at school?

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


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