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November 29, 2018

History & Art & Art History in Doylestown

Fourth Graders went to Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works this week. What inspiring places! In keeping with their year-long exploration of U.S. history, they will be making a tile in the vein of Henry Mercer and they are currently working on a clay project inspired by Dave the Potter.

Rainforest Sale Next Wednesday

Fifth Grade will hold its annual Rainforest Sale on 12/5 during lunch recess. K-6 students will have the opportunity to:

  • Buy baked goods and other treats
  • Do crafts
  • Play games and win prizes
  • Buy gently-used toys
  • Get their hair spray-dyed (with your permission — it washes out!)

Everything costs $0.25-$1.00, so please send your child in with some pocket money. All proceeds go to support the reforestation work of The Nature Conservancy in the Amazon. Thanks to Fifth Graders Hannah and Samuel for making a special trip to the Office to give us all these details!

"La Rosquilla/Dona Triste" (The Sad Doughnut)
"La Rosquilla/Dona Triste" (The Sad Doughnut)
"El Helado Enojado" (The Angry Ice Cream)
"El Helado Enojado" (The Angry Ice Cream)
"El Pollo Nugget Nerd" (The Chicken Nugget Nerd)
"El Pollo Nugget Nerd" (The Chicken Nugget Nerd)

From a Single Word to a Silly Story in Spanish

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Graders used their growing Spanish skills to engage in silly storytelling recently. They started to create the characters in the slideshow above by shouting out the name of an object. They then asked each other questions until they had come up with a character and a backstory. This activity, called “One-Word Image,” engaged students in authentic conversations and storytelling. Their finished drawings sparked conversation not only in within their class, but between others as well. The best part of this activity is that all students, whether they speak Spanish at home or have just started learning this year, can understand and participate at their own level.

Learning to Give at Thanksgiving

The Dragonflies wanted to make something delicious to bring home for Thanksgiving dinner. They measured and mixed and baked, and when they were done, each child had pumpkin muffins to serve to family and friends. This activity answered the Quaker Testimonies of Community and Stewardship, by helping to nourish and care for others.

Around Campus

While we were on Thanksgiving Break, Plymouth Monthly Meeting started to remove a dead tree near the back of the Science Room. They had to drive a special crane onto the blacktop to get the tree surgeon up there!

Family Fun Movie Night is in Two Weeks!

Gather all PMFS’ers,
the small and the tall,
for a movie spectacular
sure to enthrall.
Bring pj’s and sleeping bags
and money, too,
for popcorn and brownies
too good to be true.
We’ll start on the dot
at 6 “double 0” clock
with pizza and veggies
and fruit for the lot.
Then at twenty past six,
we’ll get that film rolling.
You can watch, you can craft…
but there will not be bowling.
-Dr. Lember

Join us at 6:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 14 in the Steinbright Gym for Horton Hears a Who!

Wow us with your pajamas (coordinated sets not required), bring a sleeping bag or blanket for family snuggling, and don’t forget a few dollars for popcorn and baked treats. Interested in having an easy pizza dinner that night? Send in your pizza order form and money (in this week’s Red Folder) to the office by Dec. 11,  or print the form here.

And, help us make the evening a smashing success by volunteering to help before, during, or after the event. We also need donations of baked goods to ensure all children get a good sugar high. Please use this link to volunteer and to see more ways you can help.

Lice Still Enjoying Our Company

Lice have been reported in a classroom again, which means they never really left. If it is your child’s classroom, you have already received this information in an email.

A common childhood inconvenience, head lice are a nuisance that can be eradicated by carefully following procedures; lice are a community issue, not just an individual one. Please read this information from Nurse Ann for symptoms and treatments and check your child’s and all family members’ heads for lice now and multiple times over the next several weeks. If you discover lice, your child and home will need ongoing treatment for 2-3 weeks.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly and Maeve with any questions.

Winter Vacation Care

Sign-ups are now open for:

Winter BtB Class Catalog Available Now

The next round of classes begins on January 8 and runs for eight weeks. Please make sure to sign up before the Winter Break, by December 21!

View the catalog here
Sign up for classes here

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Parent Coffee for Early Childhood & Kindergarten Families

Friday, December 7, 8:15-9:15 am in the Corson Lobby

Join Teacher Tamika and Counselor Phyllis to hear how PMFS Kindergarten tends to the social-emotional and academic growth of our students in the context of fun, challenge, and community.

Coffee (and tea) and morning snacks are on us.

Financial Aid Applications Now Open

Now is the time to start applying for financial aid, because that deadline is coming up RIGHT after the holidays! Please click here to complete Parents’ Financial Statement on the School & Student Services website and upload your 2017 tax documents if you have not previously; applications are due January 7 using your estimated 2018 taxes. Please contact Joyce in the Admission Office with further questions at

Frolicking in the Leaves: BYORGT*

Plymouth Monthly Meeting and PMFS invite YOU to come out for Leaf Raking Day, a super fun day on Saturday, December 1. Work begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm (but come for any portion of it that you can!). Kids love to play with their friends on the playground while parents tackle the leaves.

Bring your own rakes, gloves, and tarps (BYORGT*) to help clean up our beautiful campus.

Work up an appetite outside, lunch is provided by Plymouth Monthly Meeting. This get-together is part of the wonderful spirit of cooperation that enriches the School-Meeting bond in a deep and important way. To volunteer a soup or other food item, please contact Bonnie Miller at We look forward to seeing you there!

Inspiration for Your Holiday Shopping

What do grandparents really want for Christmahanakwanzika? Pictures of their grandkids, of course!

You can still get your child’s school photos as prints, wall art, magnets, and more.

Click here to see the gallery

Password: your child’s last name

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, Nov 30
Kindergarten & 5th Grade (Reading Buddies) go to the Arden Theatre

Saturday, Dec 1
Leaf Raking Day, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Applicant Visiting Day, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 2
Hanukkah begins at sundown

Tuesday, Dec 4
6th Grade Tapas Feast

Wednesday, Dec 5
Rainforest Sale

Thursday, Dec 6
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am — Join us!
6th Grade goes to Phila Museum of Art
PTO meeting, 3:00 pm in the Library — Join us!

Friday, Dec 7
Parent Coffee for EC and K families, 8:15-9:15 am in the Corson — Join us!
3rd Grade goes to Fairmount Waterworks
5th Grade potluck and Mexico meeting

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