Virtual Red Folder
May 9, 2019


Plymouth Prance This Saturday!!

The Plymouth Prance is two days away! We can’t wait to gather as a school community on Saturday morning, at the beautiful Harriet Wetherill Park, in celebration and support of our school.

In addition to our joyful walk in nature (our “prance”, if you will!), we will have fun music to liven our spirits, food, some nature-based crafts and activities, and even a bird-watching challenge set up by our Head of School, David Kern (think, you spot a special bird at the park, and David donates funds to the school)!

We are also VERY pleased to share that our friends at Maple Acres Farms will be at the Prance with their tractors and wagons, offering FREE HAYRIDES around the park! You won’t want to miss it!

Some Prance details to keep in mind:

  • The Prance is from 9:30-11:30am at the Harriet Wetherill Park in Plymouth Meeting. Please use the Butler Pike address for your GPS, not the Narcissa Rd address:
  • Every student received their Plymouth Prance t-shirt this week to wear on Saturday!
  • We’re still working towards reaching our fundraising goal for the event. Many thanks to those who have helped us get to where we are! If you haven’t yet, please contribute or to ask your friends and family to pledge their support. Any donation, no matter the size, will help our students and school. Prance Donation Link

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 Saturday!


Last Day of the Book Fair

by David K

All this week I have been dropping in on the Book Fair.  It is the perfect kind of fair for us at PMFS.  Watching the children browse the books to choose their favorites in our Library space where the love of books is shared daily has been delightful. Here is a sampling of some of the books for younger readers.  A special thanks goes out to Leann for organizing this terrific fair.

The Book Fair is open until 6:00 pm today in the Library. There’s still time to come in and buy some goodies from your child’s wish list. Proceeds will go towards buying more books for our school.


Building Solar Ovens

Fourth Graders used pizza boxes to make solar ovens powerful enough to cook gooey s’mores. While the s’mores were cooking, the class made bracelets with two types of beads affected by light. The beads change from white (indoors) to bright colors when exposed to UV rays in sunlight. The glow-in the dark beads get charged up with light and are bright in a dark room! It was quite a popular science lesson.

How do you feel when you’re climbing a tree?

According to a Second Grader, “I feel like the source of life’s peace.”

Maybe you can get some tree climbing in tomorrow when school is closed!


Strawberry Festival Countdown Starts Now

(23 days, in case you were wondering)

Saturday, June 1
Class performances 10:00 – 11:00 am
Festival 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

What are your top 6 Festival preparations this week?

  1. Find out how we make the magic happen: read about the breakdown of responsibilities (and what yours are!).
  2. Bring in your extra books, CDs and DVDs. (leave them in the marked area at the Blacktop)
  3. Pre-order your festival t-shirts and shortcake. Use this link for the order form (No late orders, folks. Order by May 20 or get at the Festival)
  4. Talk to your people; invite your friends and neighbors! The festival is more fun when we share; we promise there will be enough shortcake and lemon sticks and games and entertainment to go around.
  5. Talk to the village. Make plans for kids and shifts and such!
  6. Sign up for your class’s festival responsibility and some of the “extras” too. Click here!

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!


Our Lost-and-Found Bins Are Overflowing!

What are the chances your darling has misplaced an item of clothing without you noticing? Pretty high, according to our mountain of lost-and-found items! Please check the bin on upper campus (outside, tucked near the back door of the main building) and at BtB (in the gym, stage left) for wandering sweaters, raincoats, and more.

Child-Lead Science Exploration

Science Teacher Amanda knows that young children learn from exploring nature. So she loved it when Kindergarten asked to go to the swale to see if there was water. When children have a role in guiding their lessons, learning feels like play!


Third Grade’s Reflections on Wallops Island

What was one thing you discovered on the beach?
“A shell that looked like an EAGLE.”

What’s something you learned?
“Dunes can protect you from hurricanes and strong tides.”
“Plankton can be as big as a shark.”

What was a highlight from the trip?
“Holding the mud snails because I loved how the slimy snails were moving around on my hand.”
“We got to go to NASA territory and build dunes.”
“Everything but leaving.”

What’s something that surprised you?
“The way sea cucumbers can throw up their guts and suck them back in.”
“When we saw a seal carcass.”

What is something you’d like to know more about?
Everything! Horseshoe crabs, plankton, dunes, the maritime forest, moon snails, the inter-tidal zone, the tide, struggles for animals, hermit crabs, and more.


2019 Summer Camps - Two Sided (5)

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, May 10
In-service day, no school for students

Saturday, May 11
Plymouth Prance, Harriet Wetherill Park, 9:30-11:30

Wednesday, May 15
Early Childhood Experiential Open House, 8:30-10:30 am

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
New Parent Orientation, Corson Lobby, 7:00-8:30 pm

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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