Virtual Red Folder
November 6, 2020

Autumn Day in Kindergarten

One perk of Kindergarten going temporarily virtual was that students had a costume fashion show as part of their Autumn Day celebration (pictured from top to bottom: Friendly Lantern Fly, Rainbow Laughing Dinosaur, Black Panther, Hungry Leopard). The day of fun continued with a Halloween scavenger hunt around their houses, time to write a Halloween story, and a virtual trip to a farm to see horses, pigs, chickens, and more. You can watch the video of Tamika and Sarah at the farm here — it’s sure to be a hit with any littles in your family. (Video editing credit to Tamika’s talented son Jaylin!)

Life on Campus

With Science teacher Meg embedded in First and Second Grade, students have been studying the common characteristics of all life, from unicellular organisms to complex vertebrates. The class began the unit by taking a brief inventory of everything living on our campus and have continued to notice more and more about that life each time we are outdoors. Students were pretty excited to find this mantis as part of their survey!

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!

Calendar Changes

Families received an email from Head of School Brenda on Wednesday, 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

Tuesday: Dining Out to Support PMFS

Stop by the Panera Bread near PMFS, on Ridge Pike in the Whitemarsh Shopping Center, on Tuesday (November 10) from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (in-person and phone orders only) and 4:00-8:00 pm (in-person, phone, online, and app orders) to grab a coffee, after-school snack, or dinner. 20% of your sale will come back to PMFS.
Use this event flyer or mention the PMFS fundraiser when you order in the restaurant or on the phone. Online orders are welcome too – when ordering online use the code PRFUND.
Panera: 484.530.5070; 48 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken. 

November Parent Coffee & Happy Hour

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

“The frantic parent in me honors the exhausted parent in you:  A virtual check-in with Brenda”

Join Head of School Brenda and fellow parents to talk about the unique challenges of navigating parenthood during the pandemic. Zoom links will come by email.

November PTO Meeting

All are welcome to the PTO Zoom meeting on Wednesday (November 11) at 8:00 pm. Class parents will send out the link.

The Power of Your Words

In the last week, I’ve heard these comments from prospective new families:

“My friend told me about how great PMFS ‘bug outs’ are for kids.”
“My boss told me his kids loved learning at PMFS and are still affected by their education here as adults.”
“My neighbor told me how amazing the PMFS program is at meeting kids’ social-emotional needs.”

To everyone who’s spreading the word about the impact of our PMFS education and community, thank you! You sharing your PMFS experience is the most powerful marketing resource we have. Please spread the word about next week’s open houses with this flyer or this link.

I’m looking forward to talking to more of your friends!
Joyce, Director of Admission

Next Week: School Spirit Friday

November’s School Spirit Friday is in one week: Friday, November 13. Remind your sweetie to wear their PMFS clothing or school colors (maroon and gray). We’re looking forward to seeing both in-person and at-home students participating! Adults are of course welcome to show your PMFS pride too.

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.

Upcoming @PMFS

Tuesday, November 10
Mention PMFS at the Whitemarsh Shopping Center Panera to support PMFS with your order, 3:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 11
Virtual Parent Coffee with Brenda, 8:00-8:45 am
PTO Zoom meeting — all welcome! 8:00 pm
Priority admission deadline (siblings, Quakers, children of alumni)

Friday, November 13
School Spirit Friday (wear PMFS clothes & colors)

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

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

Want more info on happenings at school? 
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