Virtual Red Folder
November 30, 2017
The “Secure Your Pizza, Can You Lend a Hand, and Will You Give Us Your Recyclables?” Family Fun Night Special
Friday, December 8
Round up the whole family, put on your best pajamas, and join the PMFS community as we watch the movie “Home”. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag to get extra comfy, and don’t forget some loose change for popcorn and baked goods. Doors open at 6:00 pm; the movie starts at 6:20 pm
|Pizza is available by pre-order; you can find the order form in this week's Red Folder or by clicking here to download a copy.|
|We are still in need of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and a few jobs during the event. And also to provide some yummy treats. Click here to sign up to help. Thank you for your continued support of the PTO!|
|Bring us your crafting goodies and reusable trash all week December 4-8. Bags or boxes marked "Movie Night" can be placed in Corson Lobby, Journey's End or the Emerson Building.|
TONIGHT and TOMORROW””Join Us To Reflect on the Past and Future of the Strategic Plan
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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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, preview 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, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade classrooms. Guests at the Friday session have the opportunity to join students in Fourth and Fifth Grades for the morning trivia question, circle time, and morning jobs between 8:00 and 8:30 am.
Questions? Contact Head of School Sarah Sweeney-Denham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn more about Discover 2020.
A Peek Outside the Classroom
Sixth Grade recently took learning on the road, visiting the Frankln Institute to see the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit. Students drew and wrote in their journals, recording what they learned throughout the exhibit on ancient China and the First Emperor. After lunch, students watched the movie “Mysteries of China” in the iMax theater, which perfectly encapsulated the history behind the Terracotta Warriors and the First Emperor in an awe-inspiring display. What a wonderful thing to be able to quickly venture to Philadelphia, a living laboratory of history and learning.
A Peek into the Classroom
And here are the Sixth Graders yesterday excitedly discussing the progress they have made in their map-mapping skills since the beginning of the school year. As they were assembling their portfolios, they recognized the great difference between their initial basic understanding of world geography and the detailed knowledge they have now. This kind of spontaneous student-driven discussion is the kind of interaction that shows authentic learning in action. We were lucky to capture this magical moment from a doorway.
Evolving Traditions: Winter Wassail & Community Sing
We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Concert as much as we did! It was moving to see our alumni and students singing the traditional school song together, as well as enjoy students trying on new ways to perform, from Sixth Graders playing in a drum circle as students entered the gym to First Graders doing jazz improvisations on xylophones.
To create space between such a performance and new Spring opportunities for our students to showcase the musical journeys they’ve been on throughout the year, we are changing the format of our December community event. After the traditional community Wassail on December 20 (What’s a Wassail? Many of you ask…. It’s a nice warm drink shared among friends), we invite you to join us for a changing tradition– A Community Sing! Our students and faculty will lead us in shared song, and we invite you to bring your singing voices and share in holiday cheer.
Wednesday, December 20
9:30 am Wassail – punch and cookies
10:30 am Community Sing
12:00 pm Classes dismissed
Friday, December 1
8:00 – 9:00 am
Parent coffee and info session (as we discuss the progress of our Discover 202 Strategic Plan), beginning in Annie H.
Third Grade goes to Fairmount Water Works
Fifth Grade Potluck and Mexico Meeting
Saturday, December 2
Leaf Raking Day, 9:00 – 2:00 pm (come for any portion!)
Pre-K and K Admission Visiting Day
Wednesday, December 6
Fifth Grade Rainforest Sale
PTO Meeting, Corson Lobby, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Friday, December 8
Family Fun Night, Steinbright Auditiorium, 6:00 pm
December Calendar of Events
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