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September 12, 2019

MexEx 50 to Start with a Grito (Cry/Shout) at Picnic on Sunday

This school year is the 50th anniversary of our Exchange Program with Mexico, so we are celebrating with great events throughout the year. The Kickoff event will take place at Sunday’s Back-to-School Picnic, with a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day.

Mexicans celebrate their Independence from Spain with a special tradition. In memory of a famous rallying cry (grito) that ignited the war for independence in 1810, the Mexican president recites a similar grito in front of a huge crowd. There’s a call and response which ends with the grito, “¡Viva México!”

In PMFS’s version of the Mexican tradition, each class will write their own grito that reflects their hopes for the coming year. Brenda will stand on the roof and shout them out to the crowd at the Back-to-School Picnic. So make sure your family is there to join in the rallying cry!

New Collaborative Art Project Begins at Back-to-School Picnic

As part of the MexEx 50 kickoff, we will be creating a piece of a quilt tapestry. Everyone in our community is invited to lend a hand — literally! Gillian will be helping to place hand prints to form a sun, which will be the central panel in this large collaborative piece. At each of the events over the course of the year, more panels will be added to celebrate the significance of 50 years of the Exchange. There will also be a panel available to write your intentions and share your words of support for this program.

Jill Introduces Herself

My name is Jill Work, and I’m the new librarian and technology teacher (above, dressed as poet Emma Lazarus for “Women We Admire” day last year). I was previously the lower school librarian and tech integrator at Stuart Country Day in Princeton, NJ, and have a background as a public youth service librarian, graphic designer, and music and drama teacher.

I’m very excited to foster a love of books and reading, hone research and digital skills, and provide tech exploration opportunities at PMFS. Some initiatives I hope to bring into the curriculum include a literary magazine, poetry and storytelling, robotics, coding, circuitry, engineering, video and animation, and “maker” activities.


Comfy Fourth Grade Readers

Each day Fourth Grade carves out a bit of time for some silent reading. Though this seemingly simple act of enjoying a book of choice is a school-wide practice, it means more than just relaxing and settling into a favorite read. This habit is calming, promotes positive connections with reading, and leads students towards autonomy in their learning. Also, the greatest way to promote reading growth is by… reading! Fourth Graders can sit anywhere they want and they all enjoy finding their own niches. If you are ever at school in the early afternoon, feel free to come and join them!

Back-to-School Picnic this Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00

Catch up with old friends and get to know new families! Kick off our year of celebration for the Mexican Exchange’s 50th Anniversary. Taste samples of the PTO-sponsored lunch program food. Sign up to volunteer here.

Picture Day is Tuesday, 9/17

Time to get your kids looking their best! Schoolhouse Pictures is coming on Tuesday morning to take portraits outdoors.

Please pre-register using the flyer that came home in Red Folders last week. Missed the flyer? No worries; email the Office and Maeve will send you another one.

For pricing, please visit:

Picture Re-Take Day will be Thursday, October 17.

Registration for Beyond the Bell Classes

Have a look through the offerings here. But don’t peruse too long — registration ends 9/20!
Register for classes here.

Pay for classes through our website portal here, or by check.

Questions? BtB Director Gladys will be at the Back-to-School Picnic to tell you more. Or email her at

Get your Food Orders in by Tuesday, 9/17

The PTO Lunch Program starts on 9/23. Turn your order form in to the Office with a check for salads, chicken fingers, pasta, pizza, and more!

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.

School Supplies Drive

Drop donations for Fairhill public schools in the box outside the Main Office and in the Emerson Building.

Upcoming @PMFS

Sunday, September 15
Back to School Picnic & MexEx 50 Kick-off, 1:00-3:00 pm

Monday, September 16
First PTO meeting, 3:00-4:00 pm
(Do let the Office know if your child will be staying for Beyond the Bell so you can attend this meeting!)

Tuesday, September 17
Picture Day
Lunch Program orders due

Thursday, September 19
Meeting for Worship 8:30-9:00 am (Families are always invited to join!)
Panel Presentation for 6th Grade Parents: Transition to 7th grade, 6:30 pm

Friday, September 20
BtB Class registration closes

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