Virtual Red Folder
May 31, 2018

Strawberry Festival: IT’S ON (Rain or Shine!)

Just 2 more days until (may we say?) the BEST school day and community event of the year. And as we’re looking at the weather forecast, what can you expect this Saturday, June 2? A whole lot, actually…

What can you DO at the festival?
Browse books, shop at vendor tables (more this year!), get your face painted (adults too!), listen to music, watch the kids gleefully play games, visit the petting zoo, listen to some cool music, see the alums back on campus for their reunions, watch the jugglers, and enjoy each other’s company. All this AFTER class performances kick off the fun (starting at 10:00 am). We’ll move things indoors as needed 😊

What kind of food is offered?
Lemon sticks, homemade Mexican food, lots and lots of baked goods, the GRILL, pizza… OH and did we mention our famous Strawberry Shortcake!

How exactly does the PTO make this WORK?
This event runs on 100% parent participation. We need you – we really do! We rely on YOU to bring the party (and everlasting thanks to Ali Conlon, clerk of the festival, for keeping all the ducks in a row).

What can and should a parent DO?

  • Help out on Friday with Strawberry Hulling (Bring a knife and cutting board if you can).
  • Help set up on Friday afternoon or clean up on Saturday (remember, it’s your party too).
  • Park off-campus on Saturday. Consider this your gentle reminder: folks may not park on campus on Saturday. Look for parking on Blue Ridge Road or use the lot at the Meetinghouse Business Complex on Germantown Pike, across from PMFS.
  • Bake! Donate individually-wrapped baked goods—e.g., cookies, muffins, and other small treats—to the Bake Sale. Drop off your goodies on Friday, June 1 (in Annie H.) or June 2 (directly at the Bake Sale Table). Please make a note if your treat is made with nuts and other allergens. Third Grade thanks you!
  • Bring us your books & DVDs & CDs! The Sixth Grade invites you to drop things off in the sand shed off the black top.

How do you get those pre-ordered shirts and cake?
Cake tickets have come home with your child this week. You can pick up your t-shirt at the festival, near the alumni tent.

A Jar with $12.75

When you were in First Grade, what did you do with your allowance or birthday gift money? You’ll love what one of our First Graders did with his, after being inspired by the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Justice and Service at PMFS! Excerpted with permission from ACLAMO.

First grader Abraham Kelly divides his weekly allowance among three jars with green letters: SAVE, SHARE and SPEND.  Following Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Justice and Service at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Abraham emptied the SHARE jar, counted the contents and gave his mother Hedie the sum of $12.75 to make a donation to ACLAMO Family Centers.

“My husband Steve and I want our children to understand the life lessons in saving, sharing and spending,” Hedie explains. The three jars are a visible and fun way to do this.”

“Sharing is an important way to appreciate what we have,” says Nelly Jimenez, ACLAMO’s executive director. “We thank Abraham and his family for the spirit of sharing which they represent.”

Ex-Day Update

We have been having a great time in ExDay with our expanded cohort this week as we preview our No Fee ’til 4 program for next year. Highlights have included lots of outside time across campus, trying different foods to make a tongue map with Hungry Education, and playing games with friends. Please keep an eye out for our feedback survey next week.

More Opportunities to Get Involved

Tomorrow (that’s Friday, June 1), 8:30-10:00am
Experiential Early Childhood Open House

Invite your friends and neighbors; Come with your own wee ones (ages 2-5). Play with the Butterflies, our Early Childhood 4-5 year olds, and see what guided play is all about first-hand. RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 5, 3:00–4:30pm
Nature Playground Play Date (with New Family & Mentor Meet-Up!)

We invite all current families, newly enrolled families, and prospective families curious to learn more about our school to join us for some fun and socializing. Light snacks and refreshments, as well as a host of spaces and nature play treasures, will be provided. RSVP here.

Don’t hesitate to contact Lael with any questions.

Ah, Summer…

Once upon a time a beautiful school year was ending and a summer of endless possibility was about to begin…. If you want to read more about the bountiful benefits of bedtime stories and get some great age-appropriate story ideas to share with your child, you’re just one click away: look here.

Leigh recently invited Rachel from the William Jeanes Library to come in and get K-3rd Grade students excited about summer reading.

Get Yer Books Back

The library is cleaning up for summer, which means it’s time for all those books to come on back. Please send in all wayward books that your child has checked out. Good places to look: behind the bed, under the couch cushions, on your family shelves. Hint: look for the white “spine label” and PMFS barcode on the back cover. Not sure what is out or if something has been lost? Drop Leigh a quick note.

PMFS Alum in the News

About 3 years ago, PMFS alum (and parent starting this fall) Johanna Reilly Humphrey (’93) started a “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook for her neighborhood because she had too many crayons. NPR recently featured her in this article about the movement.

Trading Lemonade for Hugs

The Butterfly Class invites us to their lemonade stand at the Lower Campus on Tuesday, June 5 at 2pm. Cost of lemonade:

  • Nature Treasures
  • Art Work
  • Handmade Book
  • Hugs

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, June 1
Experiential Early Childhood Open House, 8:30-10:00am
     **Please share event info with your friends!**
All School Rehearsal
6th Grade TEDtalk-style Presentations, Innovators and Innovations in Africa
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
Tree Dedication Ceremony for Debbie Bakan, in honor of her 30+ years at PMFS, 11:15am
Class of 2012 Reunion, 6th Grade Classroom, 1:00pm

Monday, June 4
Move-up Day
6th Grade Bake Sale for Puerto Rican hurricane relief
4th Grade Class Party

Tuesday, June 5
6th Grade leaves for Echo Hill Outdoor School
Butterfly Class holds lemonade stand, 2:00pm
Nature Play Date and New Parent-Mentor Meet-up, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Wednesday, June 6
5th Grade Class Picnic
PTO Meeting, Corson Lobby, 7:00pm

Thursday, June 7
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 – 9:00am

Friday, June 8
Kindergarten & 5th Grade go Bowling
6th Grade returns from Echo Hill

Tuesday, June 12
LAST DAY of SCHOOL 2017-18, 12:00pm dismissal
6th Grade Graduation & Reception, 7:00pm

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