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
6:00 pm
Steinbright Building

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

Don’t Forget:

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

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

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,

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

See You This Weekend: 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!

DUE MONDAY (12/4): End-of-Day Forms (yes, you too)

There are 2 easy options for you to choose from to let us know what each child is doing at dismissal during the Winter trimester (January-March):

Take your pick!

Do check out the Winter Ex-Day offerings on the Winter Extended Day Class Catalog, too.

Next PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in Corson Lobby. Come join us!

Giving Bean Success

Thank you to all who made purchases from Giving Bean! We had another good year of sales! Giving Bean orders were distributed last week at the Thanksgiving Program.

Problems or issues with any orders? Please contact Laura Dingfield at

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 at

Fair Hill Book Drive Success

Thank you to everyone who donated their gently-used books for this year’s Fair Hill Book Drive. We collected 10 boxes of books! Says Jean Warrington, Executive Director: “Your school always has high quality books that the Fair Hill teachers and students are thrilled to receive.”

Open Library: Come Visit!

Did you know? The PMFS Library is open after school every Wednesday until 4:30 pm.

Parents are welcome to bring their children for browsing, checking books in/out, and group or computer work. Librarian and Educational Technology Teacher Leigh will be available to assist with any questions. There is no formal program, and no sign-up needed””just come and hang out!

From the Office of Extended Day

Vacation Care Sign-up Open

Join us as we explore and create new sounds, sights, and smells. Each of our days will have a different creative focus and will be led by one of our expert Ex-Day teachers as we learn more about music, food, and art. Vacation Care will be open* on 12/21, 12/22, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29 and 1/3.

Register by Monday, December 8 for discounted rate.
($42/first child, $38/additional children, $23/half day).

Registration is open through Friday, December 15 at the full rate.
($60/full day/child, $30/half day/child).

Limited drop-in availability after December 15. Don’t delay: Individual Vacation Care Days may close due to limited advance registration.

To sign up, please click here to fill out our online form.

Please e-mail Dayna at if you have any questions.

Monster Makers is Back!

Mondays | Teacher: Barbara Mail | All ages welcome | Min: 6 students – Max: 10 students |$115 with Monday ExDay enrollment, $140 without Monday ExDay enrollment | Dates – January 8- March 12 (No class 1/15 or 2/19)

Join a class of Monster Makers as we design and create our own (mostly funny and cuddly) monsters. Each student will draw their own monster on paper and learn to make paper patterns to use for the construction of soft sculpture creatures. This class with teach students to organize ideas and figure out the order for multi-step, often complex constructions. In addition to pattern making, students will learn to stitch parts and add embellishments. They will be hand-sewing these creatures using sharp needles and pins. No prior sewing experience necessary!

Staff Member of the Week – Nate Bergey

Hi, I’m Nate. I am a musician in my senior at Temple University where I am studying music education. Having grown up in a large family, children have always been an important part of my life. I have ten years of experience working with children in various capacities and am excited to be collaborating with PMFS. My hobbies include: making music, hiking, roasting coffee, and playing sports. I share in the values of PMFS and have enjoyed my time interacting with students, parents and faculty.

Upcoming @PMFS

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

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