Virtual Red Folder
October 16, 2020

Skipping and Jumping Up the Path

Fifth and Sixth Grades are working collaboratively to create a sensory path from The Little House to the Corson. They are designing and painting a colorful set of visual cues (jump from lily pad to lily pad!) on the existing pavement to encourage fellow students to move their bodies and travel with style. Kelly, our PE teacher, surveyed the First and Second Grade class about what kind of exercises they enjoy, and so our Fifth and Sixth Graders are including some of those ideas in the design of the path.

Great Expectations

Each year First and Second Graders write expectations for their learning and social communities. This year each grade shared their expectations for their blended class community. Thinking about what is needed for each child to do their best work and be their best self sets everyone up for success.

Linda (Re)Introduces Herself

It’s been a long three years away from this wonderful community and I am so happy to return! My name is Linda Metzler, co-parent of 2017 graduate Evan Pickel, and I am joining Ralph in the Development Office as Development Coordinator. I’m excited to give back to this intentional place which has given so much to our family.

During the years I volunteered at PMFS as a parent, I felt the most honored when a Pre-K student called me “the lady who lives in the library.” In my other life, I am a professional cellist, my dearest love being chamber music. As a musician, I spend my time listening to a lot of different voices and gathering them together into a meaningful whole. I look forward to listening, learning, and supporting the Development Office and the entire PMFS community in this new role.

Campus Stewardship Initiative

Do you spy this little guy? One Kindergarten family discovered his hiding place while weeding on campus last weekend. What a treat for a curious six-year-old!

Being physically on campus is a great way for students, especially those learning virtually, to connect to their school and feel a sense of pride and ownership. Every Saturday (at least until the weather turns), we’re inviting families to help with some outside jobs, like weeding and picking up sticks. You can come whenever you want on a Saturday or organize to meet other families here. Please remember to socially distance, and stay as long or as little as you like. Click here for details and to sign up. Thanks for helping keep our campus beautiful!

PMFS Closed on Election Day, 11/3

To allow adult community members to focus and participate fully in the election, Brenda and the PMFS School Committee have decided to close school on Tuesday, 11/3. Updated paper calendars are coming home in red folders today.

Quick Quiz

  • Whose opinion matters a lot when people are looking at schools?

a. The garden gnome’s
b. The bowling alley pinsetter’s
c. Real parents’

  • How can you (yes, YOU) get the word out about PMFS and our upcoming Open Houses?

a. Post a yard sign (available from the check-in gateways and the Main Office)
b. Post an open house flyer at a local establishment (Print this flyer or ask Joyce for hard copies)
c. Invite a friend to attend (Send them this flyer)
d. All of the above

  • When are our fall (Virtual) Open Houses?

a. Sunday, October 18, 1:00pm (Pre-K and K)
b. Wednesday, October 28, 7:00pm (Grades 1-6)
c. Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm (Pre-K and K)
d. Sunday, November 15, 1:00pm (Grades 1-6)
e. All of the above

Thanks for sharing your Plymouth experience with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

September PTO Meeting Minutes

Read them here.

Become a Parent Ambassador

Why do we need parent support? Parent engagement and word of mouth are the school’s BEST marketing tools. Parents are key to enrollment efforts, and help us increase our reach exponentially.

What kind of time commitment are we talking about, really? We understand you’re busy people. We will accept as much time as you can comfortably offer. Many hands make light work.

Click here to sign up for 20-21 (and thanks!)

Family Interest: Virtual Día de los Muertos

Download crafts to do at home or attend one of the virtual events centering Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead from the Penn Museum. More info here.

Family Interest: Elijah Pierce Exhibition at the Barnes

Running now until 1/10/21, the Barnes Foundation is showing the work of self-taught wood carver and sculptor Elijah Pierce. A barber by trade and a preacher by calling, Pierce reacted to life in 20th-century America through his handcrafted works, which also reflect his experience in one of the first generations of African Americans born into freedom. The Barnes Foundation reopened in July with new health and safety measures.

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, October 22
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email for the link)

Friday, October 30
Autumn Day (no costumes, please)

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day — No school

Friday, November 6
Parent-Teacher Conferences — No school for students

Wednesday, November 11
Priority admission deadline (siblings, Quakers, children of alumni)

Friday, November 13
School Spirit Friday (wear PMFS clothes & colors)

Wednesday, November 25
Noon dismissal for Thanksgiving Break

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27
Thanksgiving Break — No school

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