Virtual Red Folder
May 2, 2019

The Field Trip Issue

It’s Opening Night!

The whole school is buzzing with excitement to see the Sixth Grade Musical, B.A. Wulf! Join us tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 pm in the Steinbright building (click here for tickets or buy them at the door). 

The musical, written by Gillian with music by John B, is inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem “Beowulf.” It is a tale about being true to yourself, the power of empathy, peer mediation, and Vikings. In addition to performing the show, the Sixth Graders have conceived and created the musical’s fantastic design elements (including a giant monster arm!). The show is supported by students in the Musical Theater Club, who are doing everything from background acting, to stage crew, to sound.

This show is appropriate for all ages; bring the whole family!

Washington D.C.


Last week Fourth Grade took their annual trip to Washington D.C. This is the capstone of their year studying U.S. history. The class visited the American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, and had a great time exploring monuments and all the city has to offer.

Wallops Island, VA


Third Grade stayed at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, VA for three days last week. After studying water as a resource and habitat all year, the class was excited to visit a place with sand dunes, tidal bays, rivers, canals, and scientists to help them see the wonder in it all. Some highlights were launching their handmade boats into the Delaware, doing field work in the bay, and catching lots of marine creatures.

Camp Laughing Waters


Second Grade headed to Gilbertsville last week for an overnight camping trip at Camp Laughing Waters. They hiked, roasted marshmallows around the campfire, played games, and had an all-around great time despite a little bit of rainy weather.

Camp Out in the Library


First Graders took a little staycation on Friday night. They had four enormous tents set up in the Library, complete with sleeping bags, stuffed animals, cozy string lights, and solar lanterns. They enjoyed dinner (and s’mores!) in their classroom, and had a pancake feast for breakfast the next morning. This class is going to be well prepared for Camp Laughing Waters next year.

Parent Coffee: Really, a Mexican Exchange for 10-year olds?!

TOMORROW, May 3, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Starting in the 5th Grade Classroom, followed by discussion in Annie H.

Question: What do PMFS Fifth Graders do while they’re in Mexico? How do their experiences affect them, short-term and long-term? Can parents pretend to be a cactus and follow them for two-weeks?

Answer: The Fifth Graders themselves (as well as faculty and parents) will tell you all about it!

We’re looking forward to both hearing from the Fifth Graders and discussing your questions about the Exchange.

Book Fair Coming Next Week

Tuesday, May 7, 3:00-6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 3:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, May 9, 7:30-8:30 am
(Why not come to Meeting for Worship afterwards?)
& 3:00-6:00 pm

Children’s Book World is bringing the annual PMFS book fair to our library! On Monday, May 6, a representative from the bookstore will come to school to give book talks to grades K – 6. Your child and your child’s teacher will have filled out a book wish list. Proceeds will go towards buying more books for our lovely school.

Plymouth Prance – Fun and Funds

The Plymouth Prance is 9 days away! We are gearing up for a fun, spirited event where the PMFS community will gather in celebration and support of our school. The Plymouth Prance is also a fun(d) event! Funds raised from the Prance will positively impact every aspect of our school—from funding student financial aid and academic enrichment initiatives, to supporting our talented faculty and maintaining our beautiful school campus.

This is where you come in. There are two ways you can support this school event:

  • Bring your family on Saturday, May 11, from 9:30-11:30 to the Harriet Wetherill Park for a spirited and joyful walk in nature (a “prance”, if you will!), followed by food, fun, a nature-themed playground, and a couple of surprise activities we are cooking up!
  • Support the Prance! We are at 60% of our fundraising goal and need everyone’s participation to reach 100%. Please support your own child, and just as importantly, please SHARE your child’s fundraising link with family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, via Facebook and email. Thank you to those who have already supported this event – every donation counts!

We are so excited for this new event, which promises to be not only fun and raise valuable funds for the school, but will also teach our children the importance of community, stewardship, and giving. See you on the 11th!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The emergent curriculum in Early Childhood allows teachers to follow students’ interests and be flexible and adaptable. Last Friday the kids wanted to do an “experiment”, so the class spent the morning exploring with baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring.

Vacation Care on May 10

Sign your child up for Vacation Care on Friday, May 10 for a day of play and planned activities. Register by May 6 for the Early Bird price.

NEW: Pay PMFS Online

Hey, look at us keeping up with the times! You can now pay PMFS for ANYTHING (tuition, field trips, honey…) online! Just choose “Make a Payment” on our website’s “Quick Links” menu. Credit card processing fees apply, but it sure is convenient. And of course, you can still use your old analog methods if you prefer.

Parent Interest this Weekend

Mt. Airy Day
Saturday, May 4
11 pm – 5 pm

PMFS is sponsor this year: stop by our table to say hi and do a craft with your kids. As the website says, “It will be a great day of fun for the whole family — delicious food, live entertainment, great shopping, kids’ games and much more!” Go to for more details.

2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)

Strawberry Festival— It’s Time to Jump into Action

The biggest all-school, all-community event of the year is coming! Full of joy and strawberry shortcake and fun, it’ll be here in less than a month. What are the top 5 things you should be doing NOW?

5. Dust off your favorite recipes for baked goods. Test them out on some friends. We’ll be calling for bakers!

4. Say hi and thanks to your Strawberry Festival team when you see them around:

  • Co-clerks Joyce Colzani (alumni parent of Emma ’09 and Eliana ’12; Admission office) and Marialice Dancy (alumni parent of Amanda ’08 and Maria  ’12; school committee member)
  • Entertainment Chair Julie Neale (Paige’s mom)
  • Facilities chair Jana Dean Gunby (Hart’s mom)
  • Food Chair Keely McCarthy (Sasha’s mom)
  • Parking Chair Jessica Lember (Aydin and Annika’s mom)
  • Corporate Sponsorship Chair Laurie Elder (Arowyn’s mom)
  • Strawberry Shortcake Chair Andrea Hanratty (Caleb and Elody’s mom)
  • Outside Vendor chair Erin Schmitt (Mari, Georgia, and Aida’s mom)
  • All our class parents
  • And… YOU (well, you know who your kids are)

3. Invite a crafty friend to have a booth at the festival. More vendors = more fun. Click here for the Vendor Form. Only $35 for a table? You really can’t beat that.

2.  Invite a business friend to sponsor the Festival. Sponsorship deadline has been extended to Tuesday, May 7, but don’t delay. Click here for the Sponsorship Form you can pass along.

1. Go to your google/ kitchen/ study calendar and make sure the Strawberry Festival is on there! Saturday, June 1 (class performances at 10; Festival at 11). The PTO will provide the Strawberries; you’ll provide the Fest.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, May 2
6th Grade Musical, Steinbright 7:00 pm

Friday, May 3
Parent Coffee, 8:00- 9:00 — Discover the long-lasting benefits to our Mexican Exchange Program
6th Grade to Japanese Tea House
6th Grade Musical, Steinbright 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 4
PMFS at Mount Airy Day

Tuesday, May 7 – Thursday, May 9
Book Fair

Friday, May 11
In-service day, no school for students

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