Virtual Red Folder
October 1, 2021
Together, We are a Forest
Second Grade started off the year exploring trees and recent research on how trees communicate and care for each other. Students observed the variety of trees on our campus and made observations, noticing how trees can be unique and at the same time be stronger when they stick together— a lot like us!
Using their explorations of trees as a guide, second graders spent time thinking about what can be learned from trees about being a strong community of learners and friends. This led to the creation of their classroom expectations. One example, the fact that the diversity of trees in a forest is essential to the health of the forest as a whole, turned into Be yourself. We all need what you have to share.
New Teacher Spotlight!
Jayme Krauss – Second Grade Assistant Teacher
Jayme Krauss is the new Assistant Teacher in Second Grade at PMFS. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Elementary and Special Education. Over the past 18 years, Jayme has taught Kindergarten and Preschool, and worked as K- 4th grade Learning Support. Jayme lives in the Colonial School District– right near PMFS– with her husband of almost 16 years and her two daughters, ages 10 and 6. She is excited to be back in the classroom and is looking forward to a fantastic year!
Quaker Plain Speak: Why “First Day”?
Early Quakers objected to the names of the days of the week because they were named for Roman gods, so the Quakers called the days of the week by number words. Sunday was called First Day, Monday was called Second Day, Tuesday was called Third Day and so on through Saturday which was called Seventh Day.
Today, these old terms are called “plain speak” and are no longer commonly used to name the days of the week. However, in a Quaker meeting you will still often hear Sunday referred to as First Day. Thus you may also hear the words “First Day School” which you may have guessed is Sunday School!
A VRF spot highlighting gifts of all kinds given to PMFS
The summer months brought much rain, sun, and a prolific number of WEEDS around campus!
While we embrace Mother Nature’s wild ways, certain garden spaces needed some serious TLC. Heartfelt thanks to the PMFS individuals and families who shared their time and effort to beautify the grounds this summer.
Garden Volunteers Galore!
Nicolette Gibson, Philip and Peyton Barnes
Sarah Nyberg, Andrew and Hadley Hanks
The Menkin-Schmitt Family
Brenda Crawley and Ellen Fye
Natalie Renew and Jeremy Nimtz
Please join us at one of these events to learn how you can turn your PA tax dollars into PMFS scholarships!
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For more information, reach out to Ralph or Linda in the Development Office.
Wednesday, October 6
Parent Coffee with Brenda, 8-9am
Friday, October 8
No School – Professional Development Day – vacation care available
Monday, October 11
No School – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – vacation care available
Wednesday, October 13, 7pm
Admission Virtual Open House/Information Session –
To register, click here. (A Zoom link will be sent the day before the program)
Sunday, October 24, 1-3pm
Admission Open House – To register, click here. (Directions to check in on campus will be sent the day before the program. PMFS will inform you if, for safety reasons, we need to limit RSVP numbers or move to a virtual event.)
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