Virtual Red Folder
October 22, 2021


Pod 3/4 Adventure Stories

After spending the first few weeks of school creating paragraphs, Pod 3/4 has transitioned into our first stories!  Though they are loosely defined as “Adventure Stories,” they are also an introduction to outlining, creating an initial draft, having both peer and teacher conferences and eventually crafting a final copy.  This process is so important as students learn to refine their writing and the kids are doing a fantastic job!  As of this writing, they have completed their initial draft and are planning ways to make their final copy even better.  We will share their final copies with their parents when you come in for conferences next month!


“What Are We Waiting For?”

Making Meaning Out of Silence

After a year of zoom Meeting for Worship during the 2020-21, teachers have been working this year with their classes to introduce or re-introduce students to Meeting for Worship, where people of any age practice settling and listening for the light within us.

Each grade at PMFS is approaching it in age-appropriate ways. Our youngest students have been using a Query to help them reflect; last week the Journey’s End Pre-K students thought about “How can I make someone happy?” Second Graders have been reading books such as The Quiet Book and Listen to learn to listen to and past silence. Recently, they shared that they listen beyond the sounds of traffic to hear the crickets and birds outside. A couple of students mentioned they hear the heartbeats of their classmates in the stillness. Third through Sixth grades have been enjoying being together again for Meeting for Worship and having that time for reflection. One Third Grader shared that he thinks about the future, sometimes about what he’s going to do later, while another said she thinks more about the past. Both agreed it’s good to try not to have thoughts at all sometimes, because there’s usually so many things to think about.


Meet the School Committee

Jeff Markovitz

Jeff Markovitz is delighted to be part of the PMFS community for over 10 years! He and his wife, Holly discovered PMFS when their daughter attended public kindergarten and needed a change. They toured the school, and then wasted no time in enrolling Jane (PMFS Class of 2015) in Kindergarten–she was there in time for the Halloween parade! Luke (PMFS Class of 2019) was enrolled in the next year, followed by Nate (PMFS Class of 2020). PMFS has been a consequential source of joy and growth for Jeff’s whole family.

Jeff’s connection to Quaker Education began when he entered GFS for high school.  After GFS, Jeff went to Grinnell College with a brief detour to the University of Melbourne. After college Jeff lived in Japan for the better part of the 90’s teaching English to young children.  He returned to the U.S., earned an MBA from Temple and worked in International Banking. Between international travel and a wife pregnant with their first child, Jeff decided a change was needed and made a move to a local business.

In addition to running a local print shop and raising a family, Jeff loves anything with a racket.  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis or squash.  Volunteering is also a big part of his life and he has served in many different roles over his years at PMFS.  A member of Plymouth Monthly Meeting, Jeff is currently Treasurer of School Committee and Co-Clerk of the Friends Collaborative.  The Friends Collaborative is a shared effort by 22 Friends Schools to provide scholarships enabling more children access to a Quaker Education.  

NOW is the Time

Now is the time to tell your friends and neighbors and cousin about the

Admission Open House
This Sunday, October 24
1pm

We are currently accepting applications for 2022-23 (wow!) and welcome YOUR experience as our ever best marketing tool. Pass on this flyer, pass on this webpage or tell your friends to RSVP directly here.


Halloween Information

We look forward to celebrating Halloween at PMFS on Friday, October 29.  Parents are invited to attend the Halloween Breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30am on the Meetinghouse Patio (parents only; students may not attend). The Halloween Parade will be 8:30 to 9:00am. Parents can enjoy the parade in designated areas along the parade route. (A map of the parade route is forthcoming.)

A few reminders:

  • All components of our Halloween celebration will be held outdoors.
  • Only immediate household members may come to campus. 
  • All adults and students must remain masked while on campus. 
  • Parents and household members will not be allowed inside of campus buildings. 
  • Remember to maintain safe physical distancing while viewing the parade.
  • In case of inclement weather, families will be notified of the cancellation of events via text/email alerts.

Halloween Breakfast

PTO events are being organized this year by class pairs. We thank the Pre-K and Second Grade families for hosting the Halloween Breakfast. PreK and Second Grade parents: you can sign up to volunteer here.


Sign up for Vacation Care: November 5

Registration is now open for Vacation Care on Friday, November 5 during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Space is limited – don’t delay! Registration closes on October 25. Sign up here.


Reminder: Order your lunches by Saturday at midnight!

This Fall, we’re partnering with Yay Lunch, a nutritious school lunch delivery service. Yay Lunch will be providing hot lunches with unique menus curated specially for our students. The easy service accommodates a variety of appetites + food sensitivities. You can cross lunch off your to-do list today by setting up an account for your child on yaylunch.com. 😋

Upcoming @PMFS

Sunday, October 24, 1-3pm
Admission Open House – To register, click here.

Monday, October 25
Last day to register for 11/5 Vacation Care

Friday, October 29
Halloween Breakfast – 8-8:30am, Meetinghouse Patio
Halloween Parade – 8:30-9am, please see October 13 email for more information

Thursday, November 4 – 12pm Dismissal for Students
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 12:30-5:30pm

Friday, November 5 – No School for Students
Parent/Teacher Conferences


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