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September 10, 2020

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A Great First Few Days!

It has been heartwarming to see students, in-person and virtual, settling into the new school year this week. With kind guidance from teachers about physical distancing, kids were soon joyfully reuniting and making new friends. Today, grades one and up came together virtually for our first Meeting for Worship of the year and shared lots of announcements about our summer activities.

In classrooms, teachers and students are discussing goals and expectations, connecting and forming relationships, setting up routines, getting used to new spaces, and reinforcing healthy and safe habits. Specials teachers are enjoying this unique opportunity to take part in classroom learning, while also beginning in-depth projects with the classes they embed in.

A Literal Virtual Classroom in Kindergarten

This is just a screenshot, but Kindergarten teachers Tamika and Sarah have created an interactive classroom for their PMFS at Home students to explore. You might recognize it as a pretty detailed replica of their classroom at school! While in-person Kindergarteners are exploring their new personal “offices” at school, PMFS at Home Kindergartners can click on different objects throughout the virtual room to see their daily schedule, to hear Tamika read a book, and to take part in writing, math, nature, and other activities. Tamika and Sarah change up the activities every day.

Your PTO

One of the highlights of Plymouth Meeting Friends School is our warm community. All parents are part of our Parent -Teacher Organization (PTO), which typically sponsors school-wide events and fundraisers throughout the year. For the 20-21 school year, our in-person activities are being put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The PTO will provide updates as the year progresses, and look forward to finding creative ways to connect as a school community!

The PTO officers for 2020-21 are:

  • Co-Clerk Trina Berk
  • Co-Clerk Erin Schmitt
  • Co-Treasurer Jess Hollinger

They welcome your contact and input. Co-Treasurer and Recording Clerk positions are open, so begin speaking with them or School representative Ralph ( with your interest.

All are invited to the PTO’s monthly meetings. Meetings this fall will take place over Zoom, on every second Wednesday of the month, at 8pm. The first meeting is the exception – it will be on the 4th Wednesday: September 23, 8pm. Zoom links will be sent closer to the dates. All are welcome!!

Welcome to our New Faculty and Staff Members!

We’re so excited to have these great new people with us this year. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for “getting to know you” articles for each of them.

Linda Day, Pre-K Assistant Teacher
Jonathan Perry, Facilities
Nat Condo, IT Specialist

Picture Day is Coming Up Fast

Mark your calendars for Picture Day (Tuesday, 9/22) and Picture Retake Day (Friday, 10/9). All students will have their photos taken outdoors by SchoolHouse Pictures, with photographers wearing masks and safely distanced from students. When photos are ready, parents will log into an online portal to view and buy photos — no extra forms or printed proofs. Sibling photos and retakes will be taken on the 10/9 Picture Retake Day upon request (sign-up form will be sent out closer to the date).

For pricing, please visit:

Back-to-School Resources

Looking for a form, flier, or calendar we sent out over the summer?
It’s all in one place on our Back-to-School page.

Thanks for Learning with Us

You’ve been great at adapting to our new system! If you need help or have questions about PikMyKid, check out this guide or email Joyce at or Maeve at

Even if your child is learning from home, please remember to use PikMyKid to tell us if they will be absent from school. Want to change afternoon dismissal plans or let us know that someone besides you will be picking up? PikMyKid does that, too!

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, September 17
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email for the link)

Tuesday, September 22
Picture Day

Wednesday, September 23
First PTO meeting, 8:00 PM (Link forthcoming)

Thursday, September 24
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email for the link)
Back-to-School Night

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