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October 10, 2019

Third Graders at Kepner Creek

Third Graders visited the Norristown Farm Park last Thursday and explored the Kepner Creek watershed. They got their feet wet as they flipped over rocks in search of aquatic insects and other organisms. They found water pennies, caddisfly larvae, crayfish, fresh water clams, water striders, and flatworms. Third Graders sorted their collections based on how sensitive or tolerant each organism was to pollution and then used this data as indicators for the health of the creek. Based on their collecting, they determined the water quality of Kepner Creek was fair.

The students considered the possible sources of pollution and how they entered the watershed, such as erosion and runoff from the paved parking lot. Third Graders want you to know that you can help keep our local waterways healthy by removing litter from the ground, picking up after your dog, and considering the use of non-toxic cleaning products. Together we can be good stewards of our watersheds!

Busy Student Artists!

We are off to an incredible start in Art this year! Our Second Graders are currently working on Arboles de la Vida, or “Trees of Life” sculptures, inspired by those made by Metepec artists in Mexico. They are creating coil structures for the trees and will be adding flora, fauna, and personal narratives to each of their intricately designed creations. Additionally, they have joined the First Grade in creating bowls for the Empty Bowls Dinner. The dinner will be held  at United Lutheran Seminary on Wednesday, November 20 to benefit the work of the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. For more information, please see this flyer, and we hope to see you at this family-friendly event!

Our 6th graders are busy creating a mural for the entrance of the Admissions building. The piece is a reflection on what their experience at PMFS means to them, and they are relishing the chance to collaborate on this special project. Each student contributed ideas and sketches which we have collaged together to create a work of art that will be enjoyed for years to come. When you head over to the Admissions and Development offices to say hi to Joyce and Ralph, check it out (they’re almost done!).

Email Maeve by Tuesday to Get a Sibling Photo or Photo Retake

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, October 17.

Here is how you can view your pictures:
1. If you already registered with your unique code, you’re good to go.
2. If you lost your code, email the Office and Maeve will send you instructions.

New PMFS Phys Ed Instagram

Want to take a look into what your children are doing in Physical Education? Now you can! Follow @pmfs_pe for weekly updates!

Parent Coffee Tomorrow

Friday, October 11, 8:00-9:00 am

Topic: Who’s On The Team? Advocating For Your Child At PMFS 
Brenda Crawley, Head of School, will lead our parent community in a discussion about advocating for your child at PMFS.

Vacation Care Cancelled for 10/14

(Not enough sign-ups)

New at PMFS, Just for the Little Ones

On Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 am, PMFS will begin hosting monthly “Tuesday Tot Time” for children ages 0-5. Specials will take turns leading children and their caregivers in hands-on discovery and fun. Bring your little ones and join the fun! And spread the word; use this flyer or send your friends to First up: Rhythm and Music with John B

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Have 30 Seconds for PMFS?

Help us reach interested families by reviewing PMFS on our Facebook page. Please write a sentence or two about what a PMFS education has meant to you and your child.

Have 30 more seconds? Email Joyce your willingness to be part of our parent ambassador team working to get the word out about this fantasmagorical place.

Join Us for the October PTO Meeting

Monday, 10/21 at 6:00 pm in the Library

Upcoming @PMFS

Friday, October 11
Parent Coffee with Brenda, 8:00-9:00 am

Monday, October 14
Indigenous Peoples’ Day — school closed (vacation care cancelled)

Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday Tot Time, 11:00 am

Thursday, October 17
Picture Retake Day
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am (Families are always invited to join!)
4th to Colonial Neighborhood Council

Friday, October 18
Kindergarten to Maple Acres Farm

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