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October 3, 2019

Who Am I? Who Are We?

Second Graders have begun the year with portraiture. On the first week of school, students drew self-portraits. Then they were paired up to do life-size portraits of their classmates, tracing each other and thinking about how to show their subject’s personalities through their drawings. Come say hello to the portraits in the Emerson Lobby!

More than a community-building exercise, these portraits give the Second Graders a way of sharing their growing sense of identity. They also provide a sense of place and a starting point for sharing their own experience, finding connections with others, as well as accepting differences within their group. By starting this conversation among themselves, it gives students an opportunity to notice the diversity that exists within their own classroom community, and provides a foundation for their ongoing study of Perspectives and Journeys.

Hot Cross Buns: PMFS’s Theme Tune for the Week

This week Third Graders started learning recorder. This 900-year-old instrument is ideal preparation for any wind instrument they might explore in middle school and beyond. The kids have jumped right in and are excited to be taking their instruments home to practice for the first time.

You’ve Got Taxes, We’ve Got Tax Credits — Let’s Talk!

PA tax credits are available NOW for 2019 & 2020. The deadline to participate is November 1. Leverage your PA taxes to support scholarships at PMFS.

It’s not just for companies anymore! Individuals can make a big gift to PMFS at very low cost to themselves through PA’s tax credit programs for individuals. Ninety percent of your contribution is returned to you in a dollar-for-dollar reduction of taxes.

There are other tax benefits as well. If you have at least $3,000 in PA tax liability annually, you may qualify to participate. About $700,000 in PA tax credits are currently available.

Contact Ralph Henninger in the Development Office at 610.828.2288 x224 or to learn more.

Fostering Community, One Scarecrow at a Time

Imagine a group of students— or adults— first looking at a bag full of straw, twine, and burlap and wondering, “so, what do we do with this?” It’s easy to see the activity of creating a scarecrow as ‘mere’ creative fun, but such activities are part of the fabric of community building, an integral and intentional part of social and emotional development. Such connected students feel ownership of their environment and learning and feel safe to take academic risks.

So, we invite you to the Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum October 5-31. The theme is Famous Musicians. Take a look at the scarecrows PMFS has contributed and vote for your favorite: “Marshmello (aka Christopher Cornstalk)”, made by the First Grade, and “Lucha-Hay Reyes”, made by the faculty.

Sign-Ups Open for 10/14 Vacation Care

School will be closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, 10/14. Need childcare? It’s $45 for one child, with discounts for multiple children. Sign up here by 10/10.

Photos from Picture Day are In!

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.

Want a retake or a sibling picture?
Picture Retake Day is Thursday, October 17. Please contact the Main Office by Tuesday, 10/15 to sign up your child for retakes or a sibling photo, if you haven’t already.

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.

Grab a Lawn Sign from the Main Office

Help us advertise our October and November open houses! Then hold onto the sign — we’ll give you a sticker to update it for the next round of open houses.

Parent Interest: Speaker on Transracial Adoption

Angela Tucker, founder of The Adopted Life, is a nationally recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and an advocate for adoptee rights. She uses her personal story in an attempt to expand the narrative of what it takes to be an adoptee.

Hear Angela’s talk and participate in Q&A at The Philadelphia School on Thursday, 10/10, 6:30-8:00 pm. Click here for more info.

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Parent Coffee Next Friday

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.

New at PMFS, Just for the Little Ones

On Tuesday, October 15 at 11am, 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: John B, our magnificent music and drama teacher.

Join Us for the October PTO Meeting

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

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, October 10
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am (Families are always invited to join!)
Planned Parenthood meeting for 5th & 6th grade parents
Soccer game at Stratford Friends

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

Monday, October 14
Indigenous Peoples’ Day — school closed, vacation care available

Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday Tot Time, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Thursday, October 17
Picture Retake Day

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