Virtual Red Folder
September 24, 2021


Learning One-to-One Correspondence in Kindergarten

In math class, our Kindergarteners get valuable (and fun) practice when working with Unifix puzzles. Using puzzles of various shapes, students create 3-dimensional models and determine the number of cubes that fit in each puzzle. This activity is a great way to practice one-to-one correspondence, a crucial skill that supports students’ growth with numbers and operations.


Second Grade Artists

Students in 2nd Grade have been doing observational drawings of the trees on campus, studying the visual texture of the bark and leaves, and noticing how each tree has similarities and differences, and how each tree is unique. These studies are leading into their next project, which will be a tree of life, inspired by folk art from Metepec, Mexico. Artists from all points in time and all around the world look carefully at the world around them in order to interpret it in their own, unique ways.

New Teacher Spotlight!

Kirk Kubicek – Music Teacher

Welcome to our new Music teacher Kirk Kubicek. A Maryland native, Kirk has called Philadelphia home since 2011.  Over the past decade, he has worked as a Music Teaching Artist, drumming, playing, and singing with hundreds of students of all ages in a range of settings from classroom percussion, to classical and New Orleans style brass bands, to private drum set lessons, and community drum circles. Kirk continues to play drums professionally for many projects and bands, including his most recent project, The North Country.  An avid trail runner, mountain biker, and backpacker, Kirk spends as much time outside in nature as he can with his wife Jamie and his husky-hound Pemi.

Trish McBride – PreK Lead Teacher in Little House

PMFS welcomes Trish McBride as a new Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Trish has been teaching young children for over twenty years, including in Quaker and Montessori schools and feels grateful to be doing what she loves. She holds a degree in Women’s Studies from Temple University, and she serves on the Philly ALC School Board of Directors and on the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative Advisory Council. Trish loves hanging out with her 19-year-old daughter Georgi and family and friends. She also enjoys reading just about everything, as well as planning fun and interesting road trips.

IMPORTANT (and quick) QUESTION: The Redbook

This year, we are striving to align ourselves more fully with the Quaker Testimony of stewardship by printing only a limited number of the 2021-22 Redbook (School Handbook and Family Directory). All of the information contained in our Redbook, including the student and family contact information, will be made available to families in a digital format. Please complete this survey by Monday (September 27!) to let us know whether you prefer a digital or hard copy of the PMFS Handbook and Family Directory.

Reminder: Order your lunch by Saturday at Midnight

Knock school lunch off your back-to-school to-do list. Orders are open @yaylunch! Head to, sign your child up as a “luncher,” and submit your orders no later than midnight each Saturday to secure a spot for the following week’s lunch service.  An added bonus? Use code SAYYAY for 50% off your first week of orders.

Register for Vacation Care!

We will be offering vacation care on Friday, October 8 and Monday, October 11. Please register via this Google Form  by Thursday, September 30th. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Order your Merch!

The PMFS Spiritwear Store is now open.  Click here to place your orders.

Picture Day is Coming!

Schoolhouse Pictures will be on campus on September 30th. There is no need to register in advance. About three weeks after picture day, pictures will be ready to view and purchase on their password-protected website. Their system will automatically notify parents directly (via email) that their child’s picture is ready. Parents will simply click on the message to be taken to their own child’s pictures. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Don’t forget! Complete your Daily Health Questionnaire

As a reminder, PMFS requires all families to participate in daily health screenings during the 2021-22 school year. Families  receive a daily email reminder with a prompt to complete a checklist to ensure that their child/ren are symptom free prior to coming to campus. Parents can bookmark the questionnaire here. 

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, September 30
Picture Day, 9am

Thursday, September 30
6th –> 7th Grade Transition Night ( Zoom link sent by email)

Friday, October 8
No School – Professional Development Day – vacation care available

Monday, October 11
No School – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – vacation care available

Wednesday, October 13, 7pm
Admission Virtual Open House/Information Session –
To register, click here(A Zoom link will be sent the day before the program)

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