Virtual Red Folder
October 4, 2018

Photos from Picture Day are In!

Here is how you can view your pictures:
1. Click here.
2. Type your child’s last name in the search box.
3. When prompted for password, type in child’s last name.

Order by Friday, October 19. Click here for pricing info.

Want a retake or a sibling picture?
Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 19. Please contact the Main Office ( by Tuesday October 16, to sign up your child for retakes or a sibling photo.

For the quickest reply to any questions, comments, or concerns please email Schoolhouse Pictures at

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

Third Grade Paints Landscapes for Service Learning Project

In Art, Third Grade is drawing landscape studies. They’ll turn these studies into paintings for the Woodmere Art Museum’s Kids Care program, where their work will be on display from late October through early December. At the close of the exhibition, students’ artwork is wrapped and delivered to Philadelphia seniors as a holiday gift along with a home cooked meal. This program gives our students an opportunity to make a positive difference with their art.

Mariama Introduces Herself

Hi! My name is Mariama Bah and I have the pleasure of being both the Third Grade Assistant Teacher and a staff member at Beyond The Bell. It’s been great so far!

I recently moved to New Jersey after living in New York for sixteen years. I was born in West Africa and came to the United States when I was six. I hold a B.S. in Health Science from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), where I also worked with the the early education organization Jumpstart.

I am extremely pleased that I have the opportunity to work with Audrey. She creates an inviting, gentle learning environment for our kids, going far beyond letters and numbers. It didn’t take too long for me to fall love in love with our Third Grade class. The students are already beginning to take responsibility for their own learning. Over the past few weeks, I have watched as their thinking and reasoning has become more complex. I am really excited to be part of the PMFS family!

4th Grade Makes Grave Rubbings

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Parent Coffee Tomorrow (that’s Friday) Morning !

Friday, October 5, 8:00-9:15 am

Join us for our First Friday Parent Coffee; chat with fellow parents and learn a little too!

What’s the Admission Office up to these days? with Joyce Colzani
What IS a writing workshop? And why do we use it to teach our kids? with Third Grade Teacher Audrey Henninger

Register for 10/8 Vacation Care

Sign up for care on Indigenous Peoples’ Day hereRegistration will close Friday 10/5 at noon. 

If minimum enrollment is not met, Vacation Care will be canceled.

PMFS Fall Festival Flyer 2018

First-Ever PMFS Fall Festival

We’ve rescheduled our Back-to-School Picnic in the form of a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct 13, 1:00-3:00 pm. Catch up with old friends and get to know new families, faculty, and staff as we celebrate Autumn together with… See the flyer toward the bottom of this page for details.

  • Chili Cookoff – calling all Chili masters! We are looking for veggie, meat, and poultry based chili to share, please sign up here to enter (and, yes, there will be cornbread for tasting!)
  • Pumpkin Painting – Maple Acres Farm is bringing pumpkins to the Fall Fest for our children to paint – let’s decorate!  Maple Acres will also set up a booth to sell other goodies grown or made at the farm.
  • Scarecrow Crafts – Let’s make some spooky scarecrow crafts to scare off the goblins and ghouls!
  • Used Clothing Swap – Please leave gently used donations outside Corson Lobby beginning Monday, October 8.  Bring a bag to the Fall Fest and fill it with clothing for $10 (proceeds benefit PMFS PTO community events such as this one)

Your Yard is Looking a Bit Bare…

Please take a yard sign to promote our Admissions open houses. There’s a stack under the bench outside the Main Office.

Beekeepers taking their first trip out to the hives to observe the movements of the bees and to do a little weeding.

What Faculty Read This Summer

This year’s Summer reading topic was “Diversity.” And faculty certainly read diverse texts on the subject. Maybe you’ll get inspired to read something on this list, too!

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
by Zaretta Hammond
A Novel Approach: Whole-Class Novels, Student-Centered Teaching, and Choice
by Kate Roberts
Unlocking English Learners’ Potential
by Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder
How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom 
by Ochan Kusuma-Powell and William Powell
by Tara Westover
Travel as a Political Act
by Rick Steves
Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades
by Mary Cowhey
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji
The Teeth may Smile, but the Heart does not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda 
by Andrew Rice
When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard
by Ledio Cakaj
West of the Night 
by Beryl Markham
Knowing Our Students as Learners
by William Powell
Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction
by Marian Small
Using Their Words: Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design for the Elementary Classroom
by Bree Picower
Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards

PMFS Used Clothing Swap Flyer (1)
PMFS Fundraiser Flyer

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, Oct 4
3rd Grade to the Norristown Farm Park

Friday, Oct 5
Parent Coffee:  8:00-9:15 am

Monday, Oct 8
No School — Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Vacation Care available
Clothing Drive begins

Thursday, Oct 11
Meeting for Worship, 8:30 am– Join us!
Planned Parenthood Meeting for 5th and 6th Grade Parents

Friday, Oct 12
2nd Grade Potluck
4th Grade Potluck

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