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May 16, 2019


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Plymouth Pranced!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Plymouth Prance on Saturday!

It was a beautiful sunny morning and, by our estimates, we had close to 100 people in attendance. Most importantly, we exceeded our net fundraising goal for the event. After expenses, we raised $13,476 for the school, which is 12% higher than our goal of $12,000.

Some other numbers from the day:

  • 120 balloons
  • 100 donated soft pretzels, juice boxes, and fresh fruit
  • 1 donated hayride from Maple Acres Farm
  • 2 craft tables & 1 Bird Bonanza
  • 1 beautiful sunny morning
  • 1 prancing dinosaur (thank you, Gillian!)

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Field Day

We had so much fun coming together as a community for Field Day last week. Students played in the same “pod” groups as on our two Color Days earlier this year so cross-grade friendships could continue to develop. It was wonderful to watch older kids grow as leaders and care for their younger pod members. Thanks to Miso and Leann for organizing everything!


Spanish Songs and Storytelling

Music is a wonderful way to learn languages! Second Graders love to listen to Spanish songs for children with accompanying videos. They recently wrote a story as a class (and turned it into a comic!) that features characters from their favorite songs (can you see the wolf shopping at Target?). 

Since Second Graders are learning the Spanish names of clothing, Gladys sings a song with them that’s also a game to play on the blacktop! It’s a Latin American game, half call-and-response song and half tag, called “Juguemos en el Bosque” (“We Play in the Forest”). The English translation goes like this:

Class: We play in the forest while the wolf isn’t here. Wolf, are you here?
Wolf: I’m putting on my jacket.
Class: We play in the forest while the wolf isn’t here. Wolf, are you here?
Wolf: I’m putting on my hat.

This call-and-response can go on as long as the wolf wants, with the wolf putting on a different item of clothing each time. Then, without warning…

Class: We play in the forest while the wolf isn’t here. Wolf, are you here?
Wolf: Yes, and I’m coming to eat you!

Then a game of tag ensues! Whoever the wolf tags becomes the wolf for the next round.


Early Childhood Under Construction

Almost every day our three-, four-, and five-year-olds practice a myriad of skills through their building endeavors: engineering, negotiation, artistic creativity, spatial relations, mathematics (measurement, weight, size, shape, number, pattern, etc.), expressive and receptive language, and more. Castles, blanket forts, magnetic blocks, fairy houses… Dragonflies and Butterflies should really all be called Busy Bees!


Water Wheels

“I hear you call me, water wheel.
Spin round, round in a circle.
Gracing my child dreams on Fantasy Hill.
Spin round, round in a circle.
Flash! Paddles sending a spray to the air.”

This week Fourth Graders investigated the power of water to do work. They designed simple water wheel wheels out of recycled materials. Some worked better than others, but everybody got splashed!

How Are YOU Getting Ready for the Best Day of the Year?

(Hint: we mean the Strawberry Festival, on June 1, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Things you should be doing THIS WEEK!

  1. Read this Tip Sheet from some current PMFS parents.
  2. Go clean out those bookshelves. (We need your books for the used book sale.)
  3. Start your baking. (That bake table needs your individually wrapped treats.)
  4. Get your t-shirt and shortcake orders in by Monday (May 20).
  5. Talk to other parents and friends and neighbors and your dry cleaner too. Hand outside folks a flyer!
  6. SIGN UP for shifts; we’re not expecting most parents to sign up. We’re expecting ALL parents to sign up.
  7. KNOW what you are expected to bring/prepare for the festival!
  8. Smile at the thought of the hardest decision you’ll make on June 1: Will you have your lunch before or after your strawberry shortcake?

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a group of faculty and parents who meet once a month to consider ways to live out our PMFS values of diversity, equity and inclusion. They were the ones behind the school supply and book drives for the Julia de Burgos School earlier this year.

You’re invited to the Building Bridges meeting this Sunday, May 19, at 3:30 pm in Leann’s room (Fifth Grade) to help choose a book for our community to read next year. It should be a book that explores issues of identity, discrimination, and privilege.


Visit Gillian in Her Home Studio This Weekend!

Gillian is part of the Chester County Studio Tour, where artists in Chester County open up their studios to the art-loving public for one weekend (this one!). She’ll also be hosting the work of four other wonderful local artists, and would love to welcome you into her home!

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
504 West Pothouse Road, Phoenixville


Enjoy the Great (Plymouth ) Outdoors With Us

Nature Playground Playdate
Tuesday, May 21
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Snacks are on us 🙂
Bring your kids and invite a friend along!

Parent Interest: Charity Fun Run this Saturday

Run to Rebuild” is a 5k-Run/2-mile walk for kids and adults on Saturday, May 18. This is a benefit for Rebuilding Together Philadelphia where Esther Wiesner, Liora’s mom, is on staff.
  • Beautiful Forbidden Drive by Northwestern Ave/Cedars House Cafe is the start of the race.
  • Run is professionally chip-timed and has medal categories for both adults AND youth.
  • Face-painting, live DJ and crafts for little ones will be on tap.
  • After the race, adults are invited to a complimentary drink tent.

Alumni News: Congratulations, Lauren Ballester!

Lauren, a PMFS alumna and former Primary Assistant Teacher here, is receiving her Masters Degree in Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco this week. She is currently teaching Fourth Grade at Hillcrest Elementary School in downtown San Francisco, but is moving back to Philadelphia this summer.

Upcoming @PMFS

Sunday, May 19
PMFS at Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Fest, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 21
Playground Playdate, 3:00-4:30 pm

Friday, May 24
6th grade vs. faculty kickball game

Monday, May 27
Memorial Day – School closed

Wednesday, May 29
Early Childhood & Kindergarten Experiential Open House, 8:30-10:00 am

Saturday, June 1
Strawberry Festival! Performances 10:00 am, festival 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Want more info on happenings at school? 
Go to pmfs1780.org/calendar, where you can subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar.


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