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September 25, 2020

The Benefits of Routines

by Brenda

The start of a school year is a joyful time that can include challenges around time, schedules and transitions. A typical school day (virtual or in-person) involves dozens of transitions for a child—some easier than others. Children find comfort in routines. They learn to predict what comes next and build an understanding of the expectations for each component of their day. Amazingly, it takes at least 6 weeks to solidify a child’s sense of routine; and, of course, routines change. Previewing changes in advance helps your child prepare for the “disruption” and gain resilience. A child’s concept of time doesn’t truly develop before age 8. (That explains it!) Some days will be easier than others—both for children and parents. Keep this (anonymous) quote in mind and keep your sense of humor: “Some mornings, you just know you have to let the day go easy.”

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day

Last week Fifth and Sixth Grade learned about Mexican Independence Day. They all read an article about the celebrations with “Kami,” a learning tool that helps in-person and virtual students interact with documents online. Then the students were put in pairs and  created a scene based on the article. The kids all enjoyed performing their scenes for their classmates.

The VRF is moving from Thursdays to Fridays, starting this week. All the content you love, just one day later.

Thanks for Coming to Back to School Night!

Thanks for being flexible with the new Zoom format of the night in this unusual year. We had great attendance and parent questions! If you couldn’t make it, reach out to your child’s classroom teacher to get the recording.

Last Days for 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:

Talking to your Kids about Race and Racism — Lecture Recording

Did you want to attend bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ Zoom presentation, but it was too late at night? Now you can access the recording at your convenience.

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.

Self Portraits and Friend Portraits

First and Second Graders have been reading stories highlighting the beautiful variety of skin tones in the US and around the world. Some favorites include The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. Students each drew a self portrait and a portrait of a classmate. These wonderful portraits now hang in their classrooms in the Emerson Building.

PMFS in the News!

We were on the front page of the Times Herald on 9/21! In an article about the UN’s International Day of Peace, our students were quoted on how kids could work for peace. From the article:

Consider the following reflections by a group of PMFS fifth-graders:

“…kids can foster world peace by being kind,” Leo K observed. “As some people would say, treat others as you want to be treated.”

“Kids can donate food to homeless shelters,” added Declan GM.

Or, “start a yard sale and, then, earn money to donate it to kids in need,” said GM triplet Stella.

Tosh C agrees.

Read the whole article here, which includes even more quotes from PMFS students.

Linda Introduces Herself

Hello, my name is Linda Day, and I am the new Pre-K Assistant Teacher at PMFS. Working as a teacher has been a dream of mine since I went back to college for an Associate Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Teacher certification. I fell in love with the curriculum and working with young children while student teaching. Those experiences inspired me to recently complete a Master’s in Education at St. Joseph’s University. I am grateful to PMFS for this opportunity to assist in teaching the wonderful children in our Pre-K classroom.

I am excited by the students’ learning through their wonder, imagination, and joy of discovery and accomplishment which naturally occurs during our free and intentional play activities. My previous experience working with children includes volunteering with youth organizations while raising my sons, including the Boy Scouts, many youth sports clubs, teaching Sunday School, and teaching Art4healing® courses as a trained facilitator for children of all ages. On the weekends and during free time, my husband and I enjoy hiking, camping, fly fishing and exploring historical sites and National Parks.  I also enjoy reading, gardening, snow and water sports, and creating art.

Picture taken overlooking Pine Creek Gorge, “the Grand Canyon of PA”

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 29
Last day to order PMFS merch

Thursday, October 1
Meeting for Worship, 9-9:30 am (Join us virtually! Email for the link)

Friday, October 9
Picture Retake & Sibling Picture Day

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