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September 17, 2020

Back-to-School Night Goes Virtual

Join us for a Zoom Back-to-School night on Thursday, 9/24 at 7:00 pm. Teachers will host meetings for individual classes, and will send Zoom links to parents. This is a great opportunity to hear about what goes on in the classroom, put faces to names for fellow parents, and have your questions answered. Meetings will be recorded so you don’t have to miss anything if you have children in more than one class. Hope to see you there!

Pre-K Digs It

Pre-K has a play-based, emergent curriculum. That means when students are excited about digging, Pre-K teachers Kate and Linda build lessons around the sandbox! Kate and Linda have been burying natural treasures like seashells, rocks, and minerals for their students to dig up. When they find a treasure, students carefully dust it off and use books to identify it. Pre-Kers have also been excavating colorful popsicle sticks with their names written on them. They spent a morning finding their own names and identifying friends’ names. This is a fun way to begin to identify letters.

Won’t You Be my Neighbor?

Art teacher Gillian has been embedded with First and Second Grades, and together they’re learning about artist Romare Bearden’s collages and collagraphs (printing plates made from collaged materials). Each student made prints and chose one to become part of a collaborative collage, creating a neighborhood as a class. They then collaged other parts like trees, cars, street signs, and more. Look what they were able to make together even while socially distant!

Feats of Engineering

Science teacher Meg has been embedded with Third and Fourth Grades, and they’ve been taking a deep dive into engineering. Students are exploring shapes that engineers utilize to improve the strength of structures. Using a weak material, paper, students created and built tables that were strong enough to hold heavy books.

Picture Day is Tuesday

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. Students learning from home will be given time slots to get their photos taken. 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).

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First PTO Meeting of the Year

All parents and staff are welcome at the September PTO meeting! Join us on Wednesday, 9/23 at 8:00 pm on Zoom. Class parents will email out the Zoom link soon.

See Gillian’s Artwork this Weekend

If you want to see your kids’ art teacher’s work, now’s your chance! You are welcomed to Gillian’s home studio this weekend where she will be showcasing her work and the work of two other local artists as part of the Chester County Studio Tour. While Gillian’s studio is indoors (usually), guests are invited to view works outdoors and socially distanced instead.
Gillian will also be giving a screen printing demo at 1:00 pm on her front lawn as part of this event. For more information, visit

PMFS Merch Fundraiser

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase PMFS shirts, hoodies, and hats while supporting your school! The PTO has launched a fundraiser on Bonfire, which will be live until September 29. Orders will arrive between October 8-20. Visit the online store here:

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!

A Warm Invitation To Worship

Dear Parents,

The members of the Quaker Meeting Community of Plymouth Monthly Meeting welcome you to the new school year at Plymouth Meeting Friends School. Your children will experience learning in a safe and caring environment that has been prepared carefully by the staff and administration of PMFS during this very busy summer.

We invite all families, especially those who are new to our school, to get to know the Quaker Community that worships here at Plymouth Meeting. You are welcome to join us for worship on the patio behind the Meeting House each Sunday morning at 11:00 am, where we are gathering at a safe distance from one another on folding chairs that we bring with us. We are following all guidelines and wearing masks. As the weather cools, we will decide when it will be appropriate to worship inside the Meeting House.

We are delighted to have your family join PMFS and welcome you into our community of Friends.

In Peace,
Rebecca Cratin, Clerk of Plymouth Monthly Meeting

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Upcoming @PMFS

Tuesday, September 22
Picture Day

Wednesday, September 23
First PTO meeting, 8:00 PM (Link to be emailed by class parents)

Thursday, September 24
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email for the link)
Back-to-School Night, 7:00 pm (Links coming from classroom teachers)

Tuesday, September 29
Last day to order PMFS merch

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