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
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Fourth Grade Classroom
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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
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
Tuesday, November 14
Flu Clinic @ PMFS, 2:00-4:00 pm (Sign up here)
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