Virtual Red Folder
September 26, 2019
Parade for Climate Justice
Last Friday during the Global Climate Strike, people around the world left work and school to protest global warming in the lead-up to the UN Emergency Climate Summit. PMFS students participated within school. As part of their justice curriculum, Fifth Grade led the school in a parade around campus for climate awareness. Students created chants and posters. Some rode unicycles!
Fifth Grade is inviting the whole school to participate in multiple projects related to climate justice, including turning school trash into building material, composting, and raising money to protect the rainforest.
Experiential Learning All the Way!
Sixth Grade is on a dynamic journey into experiential learning. Students go into (and onto) multiple classrooms to explore, wonder, experiment and learn in active ways. What is a classroom? Anywhere our feet can go.
On Tuesday, Sixth Graders ventured to the Chesapeake Bay to spend the day aboard a 100-year-old oyster boat. They studied the environment, fished off the deck, swam, cooked and ate crabs and oysters, and swabbed the decks. A highlight was watching a group of Chesapeake Bay watermen with their daily catch; an insider’s glimpse of the daunting world of professional fishing.
As the afternoon breathed its scent across the river, and as we chugged up to port with bellies full of fish and bodies full of sun, we carried a learning that cannot be learned any other way. We were there. We experienced. We saw. We wondered. It was an experience that illustrates so nicely the Plymouth Meeting Friends School motto: A big world in a small Quaker School.
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“But I Read it on the Internet!”
Seen outside on a beautiful day: Fifth Graders reading and discussing the book But I Read It On the Internet, by Toni Buzzeo. The book explores how to evaluate print and online sources to decide what is factual. Jill will guide students to use the book’s “Website Evaluation Gizmo” in their school research projects.
What Really Happens after PMFS Students Graduate?
Last Thursday evening, during “Transition to 7th Grade” evening, PMFS – with a little help from some friends – helped answer that question for our 6th grade parents. With the evening providing information on public and independent school transitions, there was something for everyone. Representatives from 8 independent schools came to talk about their school’s missions and what kind of students (including past PMFS graduates) they best serve. School representatives explained that the goals of middle school include helping students build their voice and increase their executive functioning skills. Quality middle schools are meeting kids where they are and teaching the whole child.
Parents learned that all Quakers schools grow their classes for middle school in 7th Grade, in coordination with when schools like PMFS finish! They also learned what kinds of students are successful in middle and high school. Schools said they value students who:
- try things out
- love to learn
- value inquiry and scholarship
- are confident, motivated, and active
- know themselves and each other
- are collaborative, and
- are unique.
Sound like any students you know?
We are confident that PMFS students have all the skills needed to be successful and happy when they graduate. Our Transition Team will work with 6th Grade parents throughout the year, until they find the right school fit for their child and their family for (sniff) life after Plymouth.
Great Party at the Back-to-School Picnic!
Thanks to everyone who came to the Back-t0-School Picnic! We rang in Mexican Independence Day (and 50 years of the Mexican Exchange at Plymouth!), we ate good food, we started a big community art project, and spent time with friends old and new.
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Thursday, September 26
Back to School Night, 7:00-8:30
Friday, September 27
2nd to Annenberg Center
Thursday, October 3
Meeting for Worship, 8:30-9:00 am (Families are always invited to join!)
3rd to Norristown Farm Park
Want more info on happenings at school?
Go to pmfs1780.org/calendar, where you can subscribe to the PMFS Public Calendar.