Virtual Red Folder
November 2, 2017

Announcing: Color Day at Conference Day

Guess What?!  Thursday November 9, Parent-Teacher Conference Day, is being transformed into Color Day!

The first clue that something is new: upon arrival, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will go directly to the gym instead of to their classrooms (Caterpillars and Butterflies will begin the day in their own classrooms, and will join in with the school activities at special parts of the day). While classroom teachers are meeting with YOU, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will be under the care of Admin and Specials teachers. The students will spend their day in eight mixed-age Color Pods and will engage in a variety of small-group and whole-school activities focused on our theme for the Day, PEACE (in the Quaker Testimonies, the “P” in S.P.I.C.E.S.). We’re looking forward to our themed projects and the assembly by the amazing Spiral Q puppet theatre, culminating in our Peace Parade and to decorate our Peace Tent.

Snack is on us on Thursday! You only need to pack lunch! 

Go Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, and Silver!!!

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.


Music classes at PMFS are shifting into the home stretch for our upcoming Thanksgiving concert. The music room is full of singing, dancing, drums, chimes, and music from around the world. Sonic journeys to Japan (Kindergarten), Cuba (Pre-K, Third Grade buddies & Fourth Grade), and West Africa (all) are happening alongside explorations of jazz & folk music (First and Second Grades), contemporary R&B (Kindergarten & Fifth Grade buddies) and traditional Western choral music (Fifth & Sixth Grade). Many students are experimenting with new instruments, new musical challenges, and even thinking about how to arrange the pieces of music they are putting together. In some instances, we are even creating these arrangements as we go and, in a couple cases, will be created on the spot through some improvisation! All in all, it’s going to be an exciting month of music-making so be sure to make the concert Thursday, November 22!

Click here to find out how all the work above fits into the full Music curriculum.

Learning How to Be a Good Friend in First Grade

First Graders brainstormed how one can be a good friend Thursday morning. Students responded to the queries of what a good friend does and what a good friend is. They also came up with ways to respond “when something happens,” with “I” messages coming out on top as one of the best ways to work through a challenge with a friend.

Cross-Grade Sharing and Learning

Today, Second Grade explained their Egyptian balance scales to Sixth Grade. Second Grade just finished a unit on weights and measuring and Sixth Grade just wrapped up a unit on Egypt!

Hello from Phyllis and Kindergarten Friends…

Playing Partner Mirroring was super fun and the children learned different skills including observing, copying, leading and following directions, maintaining attention and eye contact, concentrating and more! The class was full of giggles doing it!

A Spook-tacular Halloween Parade

Our traditional parade across campus was led by our Sixth Graders along with Music Teacher/parent John B and parent Peter DeFilippi. Sarah greeted every student and teacher on the blacktop, where we were all regaled by the creative costumes of young and old alike!!

A Peek into the Classroom

Here’s what happened this week in Fourth Grade: Writing Conferences, History, Math, and Halloween!

From Ex-Day

It’s hard to believe that it’s November already. From decorating pumpkins to celebrating our September and October babies, we have been having a ball during Ex-Day.

Please note that Thursdays are now Lower Campus days! Ex-Day pickup will take place in the Gym. For more on our plan, see below:

Thinking Ahead: Winter 2018 Basketball (Extended Day Class for Fifth and Sixth Grade)

The schedule has been finalized, and we’re sharing with you now, for consideration ahead of Ex-Day enrollment for the Winter term.

  • Wednesday, January 10 “” Practice
  • Thursday, January 18 “” Home vs. French School
  • Wednesday, January 24 “” Home vs. Haverford Friends
  • Wednesday, January 31 “” Away vs. Stratford Friends
  • Thursday, February 8 “” Away vs. French School
  • Wednesday, February 14 “” Away vs. Haverford Friends
  • Thursday, February 22 “” Home vs. United Friends
  • Wednesday, February 28 “” Home vs. Stratford Friends
  • Wednesday, March 7 “” Pizza Party and Parent Game

Coming soon: Winter Ex-Day sign up and Ex-Day class catalog, with our full listings.

What’s On Your Docket Tomorrow Morning?

Join us for the next Parent Coffee at 8:00 in the Corson Lobby for mingling and to Discover the PMFS Kindergarten with Tamika.

After the Parent Coffee, stay for the next PTO meeting to learn what events are coming this fall and winter. We hope to see you there!

Spread the News: Experiential Open House this Weekend

THIS Sunday, November 5

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Invite friends to come learn more about Plymouth Meeting Friends School at our experiential Open House this Fall. Join us in the Corson Lobby for an informal meet and greet with teachers, parents, and alumni; hear an introduction from the Head of School; then, go “back to school” and join teachers for classroom tours, and for some super creative experiential learning sessions in math, writing workshop, science, music and circus arts; then return to the Corson Lobby for a Q & A discussion panel.

Click here for the RSVP form. Click here to download the flyer that we invite you to share with a friend or post in the community (and let us know where you do:

It’s HERE… The Book Fair!

The PMFS Fall Book Fair will be held next week during Conference Week in the Corson Lobby (adjacent to the Gym)! All students will have a chance to create WIsh Lists at the Book Fair with their classes during the week. We invite parents to peruse the shelves during Open Library hours after school Wednesday 11/8, 3:15 – 4:30 pm, during conferences on Thursday 11/9, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, and during conferences on Friday 11/10, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Prefer to shop online? Click here to purchase books November 1 through November 14. All proceeds from the Book Fair benefit the PMFS School Library, so we hope to see you there!

Flyers will be coming home this week for you to browse, along with (by popular demand) order forms for the new “Wimpy Kid” book.

Please consider volunteering to help set up, staff, and break down the Book Fair! Click here to sign up. Questions? Contact Leigh at

Need Vacation Care during Conferences?

PMFS will be closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences Friday, November 10. with Vacation Care being offered. Click here for the registration form. Please send in payment and registration by this upcoming Tuesday, November 7.

During Friday’s Vacation Care, we will play, discover, and imagine in a program in partnership with the Penn Museum (rescheduled from October 9. The program will take place 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Feel free to e-mail Dayna ( with any questions.

LAST CHANCE for the Giving Bean Fundraiser

Everyone raves about this coffee: don’t miss your chance to try some while supporting our school. All Giving Bean order forms are due this Monday, November 6. Click here for the order form. Please return completed forms and payment to the Main Office, with checks made payable to PMFS.

Orders will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 22 at the Thanksgiving Program. Please contact Laura Dingfield with any questions at

Start Working Up an Appetite

Save the date! Join PMFS families for a meal out at Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill on Thursday, November 9! 20% of your food bill will be donated to the PMFS PTO! Coupons will be sent home in the Red Folders next week. Click here to download a copy of the coupon, required for the PMFS PTO to receive a portion of your bill.

Thank You for All the Donating and Sorting and Shopping!

  • The PTO Kids’ Clothing Sale was a big success in that we:
  • Raised almost $800 for school assemblies and arts programs.
  • Caught up with old friends and made new friends while sorting and folding clothes.
  • Donated winter coats, hats, and boots to Woman Against Abuse.
  • Sent a big load of clothes to Puerto Rico to aid hurricane victims (thanks to Lael for organizing this).

On behalf of the PTO, thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated clothes, or came to shop!

Get your FLU SHOT at PMFS!

CVS Pharmacy is coming to PMFS Tuesday, November 14, 2:00-4:00 pm. At this clinic, licensed pharmacists from CVS will be:

  • Vaccinating ages 9 and older (legal guardian must accompany minor)
  • Offering the same flu vaccines available at your doctor’s office: Quadrivalent (protects against 4 strains of flu)
  • Offering flu vaccines free to those who are covered by participating insurances (Aetna, IBC, Cigna, United Healthcare, eligible Medicare B plans, Keystone Mercy). Bring your insurance card to fill out claim form.

Walk-ins are available but sign-ups are requested. Click here to save your spot.

Help keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy!

Picture Deadline EXTENDED to November 10

Photos are ready for you!

Click here to see our school’s pictures. Contact the Main Office if you need a refresher on your password and other details needed to view photos.

Order by: November 10

Please note that “ShootProof” might appear on your credit card statement.

Financial Aid Applications Now Open

Now is the time to start applying for financial aid! Please click here to complete the application on the National Association of Independent Schools’ website and upload your 2016 tax documents. Please contact Lael in the Admissions Office with further questions (

Get individual prints, digital pictures, or a design-your-own package!

CSFP Applications Now Available

All Philadelphia families interested in applying for an additional Financial Aid grant from the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia can now do so. The application period will remain open through March 1, 2018, with priority given to applicants who submit an application before November 15, 2017.

The requirements are simple: families must reside in Philadelphia, have a child entering grades K-8th in fall 2018, complete an essay question, and fall within the income guidelines. There are 2,000 scholarships available, with a maximum scholarship amount of $2,800/child (max 3 children per family) per year.

Click here for more information, and click here to apply online.


At this morning’s Worship Sharing, students met in small groups to reflect on the query provided by Sixth Grade:
If you could travel into any story, what would it be? And Why?

Postponed: Enrollment and Outreach Task Force

With leadership from School Committee member and alumni parent Fran Johnston and our Admission and Marketing staff Lael and Kelley, we will launch the new Enrollment and Outreach Task Force. We are looking forward to the generative thinking and energy that will come from involving more people in this important work. If you have great ideas, and energy to help launch them, please join us!

Our fall meeting was originally scheduled for this coming Wednesday; stay tuned for a new date in early December.

Upcoming @PMFS

Tomorrow/Friday, November 3
Community Coffee, 8:00 – 9:00 am (Discover Kindergarten!)
PTO Meeting, 9:00 am
Parent Potluck, Caterpillar and Butterfly classes

Sunday, November 5
(Fall Back; Daylight Saving Time ends)
Admission Open House, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Monday, November 6
Giving Bean Orders due

Tuesday, November 7
Deadline for Advance Registration for 11/10 Vacation Care

Wednesday, November 8
POSTPONED: Enrollment and Outreach Task Force Meeting
Book Fair, Corson Lobby, 3:15 – 4:30 pm
Soccer: Parent/Student Game and Pizza Party

Thursday, November 9
School Open: Color Day!
Book Fair, Corson Lobby, 8:00-3:00 pm
Parent-Teacher Conferences
PTO Dining out Night @ Iron Hill (Chestnut Hill) (Bring your coupon)

Friday, November 10
School Closed for Students: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Vacation Care open 8:00 – 6:00
Book Fair, Corson Lobby, 8:00-2:00 pm
Deadline to order Schoolhouse School Pictures

Saturday, November 12

Plan Ahead:

Tuesday, November 14
Flu Clinic @ PMFS, 2:00-4:00 pm (Sign up here)

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