Virtual Red Folder
November 1, 2018

Quote of the week

Holly (Librarian): Wow, you’re all choosing great books. I want to read all those books, too, but I would have to stay up til midnight! That would be too much.

Third Grader: There’s no such thing as reading too much! That’s impossible!


Halloween Highlights

Happy Halloween! All our fairies, superheroes, and book characters enjoyed the Halloween Parade yesterday, and parents enjoyed breakfast and lots of great photo ops!

The Butterfly class stole the show with the group costume they made together — A rainbow, with Courtney and Kate as clouds. The project helped to build community in their classroom. Each child mixed their own paint, then decorated their costume, choosing from a wide variety of materials from the “art atelier.” In the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children, the “art atelier” is an art studio space where students, guided by a teacher, can use art materials to learn and express themselves.

International Luncheon

The International Luncheon last Thursday was a culmination of Third Grade’s month-long study of their own families and heritage. First the students researched a country or region with a connection to their family, then interviewed a relative to collect a family story. At the luncheon, each Third Grader brought in a food that was special to their family and read their family story in front of their classmates, parents, and even grandparents. The afternoon was a celebration of the class’ hard work and diversity.

Color Day is Next Thursday

We’re gearing up for our third ever Color Day next Thursday, November 8. Nurtured by specials and admin, students will spend the day in cross-grade color “pods” led by Fifth and Sixth Grade students. This day allow students to explore a theme through contemplation, reading, an improv assembly… and a lot of hands-on fun (including planting Spring bulbs — please send your child in with a few). Students will survey the Quaker testimony of Community (Friends use the acronym S.P.I.C.E.S. to refer to the testimonies. Do you know what the acronym stands for? If not, click here for a quick tutorial). Throughout the day, students will be invited to consider:

  • How do we build and maintain community?
  • What are the gifts of our community?
  • What is my role in community?
  • What communities am I a part of?

How will this affect you and your child?

  • Early Care will be in The Little House, starting at 7:30.
  • Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade should go directly to the Steinbright Gym upon arrival. (Staff will be around to guide them there if you or they forget.)
  • Butterflies & Dragonflies begin the day in their classrooms, and will join their pods for part of the day’s activities most appropriate for them.
  • Dismissal for our Dragonflies and Butterflies and for our Kindergartners will be at their normal locations ( Journey’s End and Little House).
  • Dismissal for First through Sixth Graders will be on the blacktop (no pick up at Emerson) at 3:00 pm.
  • Morning snacks for all students will be provided by the school! Students will not have access to their backpacks and lunchboxes at snack time.
  • Lunch: if your child participates in the food program on Thursdays, the food will be delivered as usual.

Please remind your student of these adjustments for the day. We thank you in advance for helping us with these logistics so that we can focus on making this day meaningful for the students.

Schoolhouse Pictures

Last Day to Order Pictures is 11/9

(Yes, Schoolhouse Pictures has kindly extended the deadline)

How to view your pictures:

1. Click here.
2. Type your child’s last name in the search box.
3. When prompted for password, type in child’s last name.

Fish in the Swale

We’ve got (painted) fish in our swale! First Graders are beautifying our landscape with their public art. We can’t wait to see those fishies swimming after a rainstorm!

Open Houssssssse

We’ve been hearing your names and stories from folks coming in for tours; thank you! It’s not too late – tell your friends about this magical place and how they can learn more about our program.
Admission Open House
This Sunday  – November 4
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Vacation Care

Sign up now for Vacation Care on Friday, 11/9 (Parent-Teacher Conference Day; advance registration closes on 11/2)

NEW! Do you use Vacation Care frequently? You you can now opt into automatic registration for all 2018-2019 Vacation Care dates. Questions? Email Nate at

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Talking to Children About Antisemitism

In light of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, a PMFS parent sent in these helpful guidelines from the American Psychological Association:

  • Let the discussion be ongoing.
  • Keep talking. Yes, even—and especially—when it gets hard. It’s also OK to say “I don’t know.”
  • Be age appropriate. Keep things basic. Young children especially need simple information balanced with reassurance.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions.
  • Help kids learn how to deal with being the potential target of discrimination.
  • Develop healthy comebacks or responses to hurtful discriminatory statements. For example: “What an unkind thing to say.” “Excuse me? Could you repeat that?” and “I disagree with you, and here’s why…”
  • If you catch your child using insensitive language, use the moment as a teaching example.
  • Model good behavior for your child.

Just for YOU: Parent Coffee

Join us on Friday, November 16 (8:15 – 9:15 am) as Tamika Blackson talks about how Kindergarten continues on from our Early Childhood program ,with learning in context of fun, challenge, and community. She’ll have a short presentation, with plenty of time for your questions. Coffee (and tea) and morning snacks are on us.

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Parent Interest: Speaker TONIGHT (11/1)

Anne Ford, author and advocate for children with learning disabilities will discuss her book: The Stigmatized Child: Helping Parents Overcome the Stigma Attached to Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Lack of Social Skills.

Delaware Valley Friends School
6:30-8:30 pm
Free, Registration Required


Parent Interest: Another Speaker! (11/7)

Mike Fogel, Founder and Clinical Director of Child and Family Art Therapy Center as well as Camp Pegasus, will discuss the Art of Friendship. For some children, navigating social interactions and making new friends can be challenging. Mike will provide parents, practitioners, and teachers with tools to help young people flourish socially.

The Quaker School at Horsham
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Free, Registration Required

Compassion for Our Littlest Community Members

Fifth Grade is learning about micro-habitats, small areas with conditions that are conducive for a specific organism, like the shady side of a tree or on top of a sunny rock. Students examined the worm composting bin to identify micro-habitats within it. Mari and Aleah observed that worms prefer to be moist and in the dark, so they built them a protective shelter!

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Fundraiser for Williams School Student

A letter from Maricarmen Diaz Goñi, our partner at the Williams School for the Mexican Exchange

Dear Plymouth Meeting Friends School community,

“We are here together for an act of love and solidarity.” This was how Diego Ruiz began the talk he gave to the Williams community last week.

Diego is 16 years old, an 11th grade student at Colegio Williams in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has cancer. Diego’s private health insurance was not paid on time by his insurance broker, and now he needs $130,000 for a bone marrow transplant.

The campaign to support Diego is called “Vive con Diego.” We invite you to be part of it by reading more about Diego’s story and donating to help him get the care he needs.

Diego finished his talk by emphasizing the importance of choosing the right attitude. The Williams community has chosen to come together for the same cause: Live with Diego.

Thank you very much for being part of this campaign to help our student Diego, and for your love and empathy.

With great affection and thankfulness,
The Williams Community

October Newsletter BtB

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, Nov 2
3rd Grade to Belmont Water Treatment Plant

Sunday, Nov 4
Daylight Saving Time ends
Admission Open House, 2:00 pm

Thursday, Nov 8
Color Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 9
School Closed for Students
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Last day for picture orders

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