Virtual Red Folder
October 29, 2021


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Scenes from Halloween

The rain cleared up this morning just in time for us to have our Halloween Parade! Thank you to our Pre-K and Second Grade parents for organizing breakfast for our community, thank you to all the parents who came out to watch, and thank you to Kirk for leading the parade!


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Journey’s End Pre-K “Pulling Down the Silence”

In last week’s VRF, families were introduced to Meeting for Worship at PMFS.  This week, Pre-K in Journey’s End would like to share with you what it looks like in their classroom:   

To help our young friends settle in, we practice the art of “pulling down the silence” together.  The action of physically pulling down the silence helps our young friends calm and slow down their bodies, and leave the busy world outside for a few moments and think about the light within.  Each Thursday,  during our Meeting for Worship, we present a Query special to the three to five year old age group, guided by the PMFS monthly Quaker themes. Such wonderful connections and discussions come during this time.   This week, the Query was “What makes me special is….” .


Meet the School Committee

Fran Johnston

Frances Johnston, PhD is a PMFS parent of Lucas Johnston-Peck (‘15) and Miguel Johnston-Peck (‘17). She has been involved in the PMFS community for the past eleven years. In 2014, Fran co-led the PMFS strategic planning process before joining the School and Executive committees.  Fran currently serves as Assistant Clerk of School Committee.

Fran is the co-founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute, a professional consulting firm for both private and public sectors that encourages and develops values-based resonant leadership. Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has become a trusted mentor and advisor to C-level executives and top teams—including many of the world’s biggest and most well-known companies: Viacom, Unilever, Merrill Lynch, etc. and purpose driven one like the UNDP (Cambodia, South Africa) and the Weavers’ Way coop. She is the co-author of Becoming a Resonant Leader (2008) and has designed and facilitated learning and development programs on leadership and transformation, emotional intelligence, improving group dynamics, and organizational renewal. She is a passionate teacher of adults of all ages and sectors. Locally, she has taught at Wharton, Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and Community College of Philadelphia. Nationally, she is a long-standing teacher for the Brookings Institute of Executive Education. 

Fran is committed to PMFS because she believes in play, experiential and progressive education and feels PMFS is a sacred incubator within which children grow and flourish. She is committed to helping PMFS and other learning communities create and maintain diverse, equitable, and loving spaces. Fran believes PMFS helps children and their parents grow together though this special time in a family’s life. 

Reminder: Early Dismissal November 4 & No School November 5

Just a reminder – due to parent conferences, students will be dismissed at 12pm this Thursday, November 4. There is no school on Friday, November 5.


Reminder: Order your Lunches by Saturday at Midnight!

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


A Win-Win for You and PMFS

Celebrate Plymouth!

A VRF spot highlighting gifts of all kinds given to PMFS

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As Autumn leaves decorate our beautiful campus, PMFS is off to a wonderful start of the season. Volunteers have organized the return of the Halloween parade, donated gifts of gently used household items and tools, purchased supplies for the Beyond the Bell program, provided scrumptious snacks for students and staff, and shared the precious gifts of their valuable time and talents. 

Giving back to the PMFS community strengthens the beautiful fabric that is us!   Thank you for sharing your gifts of all kinds.

Volunteers In Abundance!

Michael Evan
Sandra Bogota-Angel
Nicole Armstrong
Debbie Smith
James Pickel
Keely McCarthy
Erin Schmitt
Heather Davis and Guillermo Raynes
Johanna Humphrey
Amanda Edwards
Michelle Kinder
Our beloved PTO

Upcoming @PMFS

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

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

Tuesday, November 9 – 7pm
Admission Virtual Open House/Information Session –
To register, click here. (A Zoom link will be sent the day before the program)

Thursday, November 11
Dine Out Fundraiser @Couch Tomato

Sunday, November 14 – 1-3pm
Admission Campus Tours –
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.)


Want more info on happenings at school?

Subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar at pmfs1780.org/calendar.
Take a look at the 2021-22 At-a-Glance Calendar.


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