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May 24, 2018

Kindergarten Takes their Learning Outside

Kindergartners enjoyed a visit to Morris Arboretum this week, a culmination of their nature studies. They had fun exploring the log cabin, smelling flowers in the rose garden, using a map to navigate through the beautiful spaces, and comparing the trees there to Mary, the much loved tree on the field (and central to their nature observations on seasons) at PMFS.

6th Grade and Humpty Dumpty

After following guidelines provided by Science teacher Kathleen, 6th Graders took to the second floor of the Main Building on Wednesday afternoon to see how their contraptions worked for the Egg Drop. They will follow up by reflecting on and critiquing their designs in this annual engineering challenge.

6th Grade Research on Africa

The Sixth Grade has been all around the world this year and are closing their study of world cultures with a focus on Africa. The continent of Africa is rich with history and culture that has seen immense changes in the last fifty years, yet it is an understudied part of the world. Each student has chosen one person from a list of individuals working on critical projects on the continent.

The student learns the back story, then investigates what their person is accomplishing right now in Africa. Then each Sixth Grader will create a technical visual such as a slide deck, a model, or poster; give a commentary through a short TED Talk; and design a storyboard using a 5×7 artist’s accordion book.

One student is investigating a new waterless toilet design called a SavvyLoo. This student actually communicated back and forth with the person who developed the design, which is as good an example of “primary source research” as you can find!

Last Call for Next Week’s No Fee Until 4!

Help us hone 2018-19’s Extended Day No Fee Until 4 program; join our preview week from May 29 to June 1! We will have time to wind down, play with friends, and have a snack. Class vendors for next year will be providing demos each day and children will get to participate in preview classes based on attendance and age.

For the week of May 29 – June 1, ExDay will be no fee until 4pm, and billed afterwards in hourly increments until 6pm*. Please sign up by Friday, May 25 here.

*Helpful hint: there are no partial hour payments. 4:01-5:00pm fee is $8 and 5:01pm-6:00pm fee is $16.

Experiential Early Childhood Open House– Invite your Friends and Neighbors

Friday June 1, 8:30 – 10:00am 
in the Butterfly Pre-K Classroom

Bring your little ones (children ages 2-5) and come play with the Butterflies, our Pre-K 4-5 year olds. We would love to share some of the creative, playful adventures we are up to here at PMFS in our Early Childhood Program. From 8:30 to 10:00,  partake in some of the guided free play, art projects, and outdoor explorations our children get to experience every day. Meet our inspiring Pre-K teachers, learn more about our program, and experience for yourself how we inspire in our little ones a lifelong love of learning.
RSVP here. Contact Lael with any questions.

ExDay News

From building caterpillar amusement parks to playing soccer among the puddles to lounging in the grass, ExDay has been having a great time despite the rapidly changing weather.


Tree Dedication Ceremony


Your Strawberry Festival Countdown

Fabulous music, impressive choreography and great dancing from our students. Sweet shortcake with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Sticky hands from lemon treats. Live music, face painting and a petting zoo … It’s almost time for the PMFS Strawberry Festival. Here’s what you need to know to make the Best School Day ever, Saturday, June 2:

  1. Take one last look at the festival volunteer sign up. Check what you are doing and when. Sign up if you haven’t! (We still need 3rd Grade support, 5th Grade cake servers at 1:00pm and help at the Carnival Games at 2:00pm!)
  2. Drop off books for our Book Tent (find the growing pile in the sand shed off the Blacktop). Bring them anytime until Friday.
  3. Spend some time baking! Bring your goodies (individually wrapped if possible) to the bake table first thing Saturday morning.
  4. On Friday morning, stop by Annie H. to hull strawberries – bring a knife and cutting board and a joy of togetherness.
  5. On Friday at pick up, lend a hand and help set up for the festival – books to organize, tables to arrange, and more.
  6. On Saturday morning, drop off your kids in their classrooms and or come early and lend a last-minute hand (Cover a table! Hang a sign!) **There is no regular parking on campus: look for parking on Blue Ridge Road or use the parking lot at the Meetinghouse Business Complex across from PMFS on Germantown Pike**
  7. Get ready for the fun

10:00 – Watch your child perform with his/her class
10:45 – Strawberry Festival T-Shirt design reveal
11:00 – Let the festival begin (Hint: Get in line for a lemon stick treat as they disappear fast)
11:15 – Tree Dedication Ceremony for Debbie Bakan, in honor of her 30+ years at PMFS
11:30 – Ants on a Log performance (led by PMFS alumna Anya Rose ’95)
12:45 – Star Blasters / School of Rock Kid Band
1:45 – P-Rents Band (led by our very own parents Kimberly and Peter DeFilippi)
3:00 – It’s a Wrap (Stay for an extra few minutes and help clean up and get the blacktop ready for the kids on Monday)

On Sunday, why not sleep in. You deserve it!

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, May 25
LAST CHANCE SIGN UP DEADLINE for NO FEE Ex-day until 4:00 the week prior to the Strawberry Festival
6th Grade Speaker Series: Graham Robb talking about Habitat for Humanity in Zambia
6th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball Game

Monday, May 28
School Closed (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1
Ex-day, No FEE ‘TIL 4 (with sign up by 5/25!)

Wednesday, May 30
New Parent Orientation, 7:00pm

Friday, June 1
Experiential Early Childhood Open House, 8:30-10:00am
Please share event info with your friends!
Strawberry Hulling, Join us in the Annie H, 8:15am-12:30pm
Festival Set-up, 2:30 onwards (many hands make light work!)

Saturday, June 2
Arrival: each teacher will contact families directly
Class Performances, 10:00am
Strawberry Festival, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Monday, June 4
6th Grade holds bake sale (for Puerto Rican hurricane relief)

Tuesday, June 5
Nature Play Date and New Parent-Mentor Meet-up, 3:00 – 4:30pm

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