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 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

November 30
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Fourth Grade Classroom
Click here to RSVP
December 1
8:00 – 9:15 am

Annie H. Wilson Room
Click here to RSVP

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:

  1. Educational Program “” Affirm and enhance PMFS’ outstanding educational program
  2. Community “” Celebrate and advance our rich school culture particularly regarding Quakerism & Diversity
  3. Marketing “” Tell our story loud and proud, far and wide
  4. 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,

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.

Query at Meeting For Worship

This morning at Meeting for Worship, Kindergarten shared their thoughts and asked the community to consider:

What are you thankful for?

After a period of quiet reflection, students had a lot to say; their answers included “I’m thankful for bananas and grapes”, “I’m thankful for my teachers and all the stuff they teach us”, “I’m thankful for my mom and dad and brother,” and “I’m thankful for chicken nuggets.”

Kindergartners with their thankful turkeys

Dining Out: Past and Present

A huge thank you to everyone in the PMFS community for dining out at Iron Hill Brewery last Thursday. It was a great success.

Save the date! Our next Dining Out will be at Pizzeria Uno, in Conshohocken, after the Winter Wassail and Community Sing.

Wednesday, December 20
Pizzeria Uno
(immediately following the noon dismissal)

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 2. 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, because a hot lunch of soup, cheeses, bread and desserts 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 610.828.4970 or We look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us for a Cozy Night of Family Fun!

Crafting and Popcorn and Dreamworks’ “Home”
Friday, December 8
6:00 pm

When it’s cold outside, what’s better than snuggling up with your family and some popcorn to enjoy a crowd-pleasing movie? Join us December 8! We’ll have “found object” crafting going on in Corson Lobby, plus pizza available by pre-order to make dinner easy. Pocket some cash for popcorn and the bake sale table, bring sleeping bags or pillows to make yourself comfy on the gym floor, and don’t forget your PJs! Doors open at 6:00 pm; the movie starts at 6:20 pm.

And, YOU can help make this night a success! We need a handful of volunteers to donate items for the bake sale table and to help just before, during, and after the event. Click here to sign up.

Call for Crafting Materials

We are in need of “found objects” for a crafting table. E.g., ribbons, tissue boxes, bottle caps, malleable wire, egg cartons, empty paper towel rolls, Popsicle sticks. Start saving and bring to the lobby of the Emerson Building or Corson Lobby before December 8. Please mark donations with “Movie Night.”

Support PMFS While you Shop

A quick reminder while you shop this holiday season and throughout the year: When you shop with Amazon, do it through AmazonSmile at

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support PMFS every time you shop at no additional cost to you. You will have the same prices and shopping experience at Amazon; the only difference is that .5% of your purchase price comes back to PMFS. Get more information here or start shopping at Share this information with your family and friends, too!

Rain, Wind, Dark or Light, Ex-Day is the Place to Play!

Ex-Day kids have been enjoying their time together, both indoors and outdoors. Some highlights recently include perler-bead creations, finger knitting, and Gym Thursdays (Reminder: Ex-Day is in the Gym and Lower Campus on Thursdays; please pick up students there). In addition, Violin Tuesdays with Ryan and our Second Graders have kicked off. Students will have an opportunity to practice their violin skills under Ryan’s guidance. Many thanks to Ryan and Marcus for working together to provide this great enrichment opportunity for our Second Grade musicians. Violin Tuesdays are happening every Tuesday in November and December, 4:00 – 4:30 pm.

Ex-Day Staff Profile of the Week – Chelsea Wilf

Hello there! My name is Chelsea Wilf and I am new to the Ex-Day fun! Luckily, I spend everyday with your students in the Art room and I’m getting to know them in both environments. Currently, I am student teaching with Gillian as my mentor teacher to learn how to become an amazing art teacher, just like her. This past May, I graduated from Arcadia University with my Bachelor’s Degree in photography. I love being a part of the Ex-Day family and getting to end my day with such an incredible group of students!

Vacation Care News

At Vacation Care on Friday, November 11, the group learned about trains and water, made an art collage, and enjoyed a presentation about the Lenape.

Our next Vacation Care days will be during Winter Break. Vacation Care will be open on December 21, December 22, December 27, December 28, December 29, and January 3. NEW THIS YEAR: students can sign up for a full day (8:00 am – 6:00 pm) or a half day (8:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-6:00pm). Stay tuned for more information on programming and a link to sign up, coming soon!

Upcoming @PMFS

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

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
(no Ex-Day)
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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