Virtual Red Folder
November 16, 2017
This Wednesday (November 22) at PMFS
We are pleased that so many families (and alums!) attend the Thanksgiving Program each year. In case you didn’t know, we always have a packed house for this event! We invite you to come early to take advantage of the energy surrounding this day of joy and thankfulness.
Crowded House, or, Parking and the Thanksgiving Program
To consider your parking options in advance, click here. If there is someone coming with you who has mobility issues and you need a reserved parking space, please contact the Main Office by Monday, November 20 at 610.828.2288 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: on Wednesday, we will be able to reserve spots until 10:00 am; after that point, we will need to open up parking for all our guests! We’ll have staff outside to assist with reserved parking only.
9:30 am Coffee/Tea/Hot/Cold/Beverage of Your Choice
Save your seat in the gym, then come chat with others in the PMFS community in Corson Lobby. Don’t forget to pick up your Giving Bean orders too!
10:30 am Thanksgiving Program
We’ll see you at the show, which traditionally ends with the school song.
Have you never witnessed the all-school AND alumni singing of the school song/want to feel all warm and fuzzy about the Plymouth community? Click below for the video from last year!
Out and About
Sharing some wonder and joy and news from the classrooms and campus with you:
Caterpillars making place mats adorned with photos of things for which they are thankful
Mixed half-groups from both Early Childhood classrooms playing a game of “freeze when the music stops” (they’re really, really fast!)
Butterflies learning to sew by making their own slippers because it’s getting cold out and we want to ensure toes stay toasty
Pensive while learning about letter formation in Kindergarten
Exploring the art of “zooming in” on details when writing a story in First Grade
Practicing addition in Second Grade Math
Exploring Plymouth Monthly Meeting’s role in the Underground Railroad and connection to Abolition Hall, trying to understand the balance between wanting to help others and protecting one’s own safety in Fourth Grade
Joyfully concluding Ancient Wonders of the World Presentations in Sixth Grade
Discover 2020: Becoming Visible “” Info session & Celebration of the PMFS Strategic Plan
Join us for One of Two Sessions
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Fourth Grade Classroom
Click here to RSVP
8:00 – 9:15 am
Annie H. Wilson Room
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Please RSVP by Monday, November 27.
As we near the mid-point of our five-year strategic plan, Discover 2020, we have accomplished a great deal and can’t wait to share it with you!
Discover 2020 guides our work and forward motion in four priority areas:
- Educational Program “” Affirm and enhance PMFS’ outstanding educational program
- Community “” Celebrate and advance our rich school culture particularly regarding Quakerism & Diversity
- Marketing “” Tell our story loud and proud, far and wide
- Stewardship “” Plan for lasting financial vitality and sustainability
Join us to learn more about what we’ve achieved in each of the priority areas, learn what’s next, and celebrate!
Guests at both sessions will have a chance to wander through three classrooms that have benefited from the Discover 2020 strategic plan: Science classroom, Fourth and Fifth grade classrooms. Guests at the Friday session have the opportunity to join in with students for the morning trivia question, circle time, and morning jobs in Fourth and Fifth grades between 8:00 – 8:30 am.
Questions? Contact Head of School Sarah Sweeney-Denham, email@example.com.
Click here to learn more about Discover 2020.
Having just finished up a unit on soccer, students in all grades are about to embark on a hockey unit in Physical Education. Students in Early Childhood through Third Grade learn hockey skills through drills and practice. For the younger kids, it’s as simple as learning what a hockey stick is and how to correctly hold it. Each class goes over rules and positions but mainly focuses on specific skill building, like moving a ball with a stick, passing, shooting, and receiving a ball from another player. For the younger kids, the unit concludes with a simulated version of hockey with padded sticks, in place of hockey sticks.
In the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades, students review hockey skills and rules with Jim, in advance of using them during each grade’s in-school hockey tournament. Skills increase and become more complex as the kids get older, and games involve shooting, passing, and blocking the ball. This not only simulates the after-school experience the children encounter once they move into middle school, it also allows them to develop gross-motor, game-specific, strategic-thinking, and teamwork skills. The goals for each grade include developing an understanding of the equipment used, applying the basic rules, and””perhaps most of all””having fun.
Fifth Grade engaged in a game of hockey
To see how these elements fit into the gym curriculum, click to read the P.E. Overview.
A Peek into the Classroom(s)
If you peeked into Third Grade this week, you’d see them…
in Art producing various creations, in Science learning about principles of attracting and repelling through static electricity, playing a game of “me too” with School Social Worker Phyllis for Social-Emotional Learning, in Math completing a chapter review of bar modeling after learning about solving two-step addition and subtraction problems, and discussing character traits and plot predictions in Reading Workshop.
Friday, November 17
Sixth Grade goes to the Franklin Institute
Monday, November 20
Due: end-of day plans for 11/22
Due: reserved parking for 11/22 program (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday, November 22
Pick Up Giving Bean Orders, Corson Lobby
Pre-Program Refreshments, Corson Lobby, 9:15 am
Thanksgiving Program, 10:30 am
Early Dismissal, 12:00 pm
PTO Dining Out– Pizzeria Uno (Click here for required the coupon)
Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24
School Closed 🙂
(no Vacation Care)
Planning Ahead, After Thanksgiving
Friday, December 1
First Friday Community Coffee, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Saturday, December 2
PMFS and PMM Leaf Raking Day, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pre-K and K Applicant Visiting Day
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