Virtual Red Folder
November 13, 2020

Virtual Mandate from Montgomery County Office of Public Health

The MCOPH is mandating that all schools go virtual 11/23-12/4. This means that all PMFS students will be learning from home 11/23-11/24 and 11/30-12/4. Please see the email Brenda sent out this afternoon for more details.

Blasting Off in Pre-K

A few weeks ago, Pre-K students were building with blocks when they began creating a rocket ship. This led into a discussion of how rocket ships are built, what they are made of, and where they go. The class took this opportunity to learn about spaceships, space travel, and the solar system. They used a box to design and paint their own spaceship.

As they discussed space travel and the solar system, they came up with some questions to investigate. Questions ranged from “How does the rocket push upwards?” to “How are planets made?” and “What’s outside of space?” The class also had an impromptu lesson in the sandbox on the principles of gravity.

A Peek at Virtual Learning

From the start of the year, Third and Fourth Grade has had the largest number of virtual learners of any PMFS Pod. Each day the “Zoomers” work together with their classmates, as well as engage directly with one of their teachers. In these pictures they share drawings of Colonial American folk remedies for common illnesses.

Calendar Changes

Families received an email from Head of School Brenda last week, announcing changes to the PMFS school calendar and detailing guidelines for travel over the holidays. Click here to see the updated calendar.

  • Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, Nov. 27: No school (extended Thanksgiving Break)
  • Monday, November 30: School reopens & classes resume
  • Friday, December 18: Full day of school
  • Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 8: No school (extended Winter Break)
  • Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15: Classes resume virtually
  • Monday, January 18: No school (MLK Day of Justice & Service)
  • Tuesday, January 19: Classes resume in person

November Parent Happy Hour

Thursday, 11/19, Happy Hour at 8:00 pm

Join Head of School Brenda and fellow parents for a virtual “Happy Hour.” Class parents are sending the Zoom link.

PMFS Spiritwear Back on Sale

Did you miss the chance to order your PMFS Spiritwear? Interested in some PMFS-themed holiday gifts? The PTO’s Spiritwear Sale has relaunched and will be live until November 22! Orders should arrive between 12/2 and 12/11, in time for holiday gifting.

Online Family Directory

You can access addresses, phone numbers, and emails of fellow parents online, for those times you leave the house without your Redbook rolled up in your bag (Redbook is coming home soon if you don’t already have it). From the homepage on, go to “Links” in the upper righthand corner of the homepage, then choose “Online Family Directory.” If you have any trouble logging in, let Maeve know and she’ll resend your account email.

Campus Stewardship Initiative

Every Saturday (at least until the weather turns), we’re inviting families to help with some outside jobs, like weeding and picking up sticks (or refreshing our Bug Hotel!). Come whenever you want on a Saturday or organize to meet other families here. Please remember to socially distance, and stay as long or as little as you like. Click here for details and to sign up. Thanks for helping keep our campus beautiful!

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, November 19
Virtual Parent Happy Hour with Brenda, 8:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Break, school closed

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