Virtual Red Folder
October 9, 2020


Graveyard Math

This week Third and Fourth Grade took rubbings of gravestones to learn more about some of the people who made up our community in the past. Both in-person and at-home kids used this information to discuss Plymouth history, family genealogies, and review and concretize current math concepts. A staple in the Fourth Grade math program for years, this year the Fourth Graders mentored and supported teams of Third Graders with every aspect of the challenge.


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In Praise of Outdoor Time

We all know that play is fun. We also know that recess and “bug-outs” (short breaks outdoors from concentrating) provide important benefits for our students. During outdoor play, students of every age develop important connections with nature, take part in hands-on learning about physical forces, naturally increase their activity levels, and develop their social skills. Outdoor light stimulates the pineal gland, vital to keeping kids’ immune systems strong and making them feel happier…. and both of these qualities are important for our students now more than ever.


Next Week: First School Spirit Friday

One Friday each month (this month it’s 10/16), we’re getting in the PMFS spirit by wearing our PMFS clothing and/or colors (maroon and gray). We hope to see both in-person and at-home students (and staff) participating!

Nat Introduces Himself

My name is Nathaniel Condo, and I am serving as part-time IT Administrator for PMFS. You may see me on campus running around keeping the network up. I previously did IT support work for a call center in Blue Bell.
I was born in Anchorage, AK, but grew up in Newtown Square, PA. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, and gaming, and I am an avid armchair historian. You already know my wife Gillian, PMFS’s Art teacher. I am excited to join the team.

Campus Stewardship Initiative

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.

Have you seen the forecast for this Saturday? It’s the perfect weather for outdoor activities. Thanks for helping keep our campus beautiful!


Flu Communication Campaign Flyer

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. Please note this change on your calendar.


Parent Interest: Financial Aid Webinar on 10/15

As financial aid applications open up for 2021/22, families are invited attend a virtual “Family Night” held by SSS (School and Student Services), at 8:00 pm on October 15. The topic is “Counting the Costs: An introduction to private & independent school financial aid for families.” Register here.


Brenda Recommends: Upcoming Free Parent Ed Webinars

  • 10/15, 8:00 pm: “Finding Calm in Chaos: A Mindfulness Workshop for Parents” (Register here.)
  • 11/11, 8:00 pm: “Effective Ways to Have Conversations Across Difference” (Register here.)
  • 12/3, 8:00 pm: “Supporting your LGBTQIA+ Teen” (Register here.)

Quick Quiz

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

a. The garden gnome’
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 (coming next week!)
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.


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: 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

Monday, October 12
Indigenous Peoples’ Day — No school

Thursday, October 15
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email office@pmfs1780.org for the link)

Friday, October 16
School Spirit Friday (wear your PMFS colors)

Wednesday, October 28
PTO meeting on Zoom, 8:00 pm (class parents will email 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


Want more info on happenings at school? 
Go to pmfs1780.org/calendar, where you can subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar.


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