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