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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.

Kelly Introduces Herself

My name is Kelly Vidovich, and I am the new Physical Education teacher. I currently live in Media with my husband Mitch, our one-year-old daughter Brynn (pictured with her mom on the first day of school), and the world’s best dog, Dawkins. I have previously taught P.E in both public and private schools. Most recently, I was the program director at Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA, where I ran a large summer day camp and after-school program.
I hope that through various sports and games, I can inspire PMFS students to stay active for a lifetime, be team players, and exercise good sportspersonship.

“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.

Back-to-School Night is Tonight

Come for a brief program with Brenda in the Steinbright, followed by learning about curriculum  from your child’s teachers. Meet or catch up with other parents while you’re there.

7:00-7:30 in the Gym
7:30-8:30 in your child’s classroom

This is an adults-only event.

Join Us for the October PTO Meeting

Monday, 10/21 at 6:00 pm in the Library

Sign-Ups Open for 10/14 Vacation Care

School will be closed for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, 10/14. Need childcare? It’s $45 for one child, with discounts for multiple children. Sign up here by 10/10.

Quick Quiz

1. What is the most cited reason people give for being interested in a school?

Answer: Word of mouth

2. How can you (yes, YOU) get the word out?

Answer: You can…

  • Take a yard sign! (outside the Main Office)
  • Post an open house flyer! (Click here to print or ask Joyce for hard copies)
  • Help us at events! A couple of hours go a long way at open houses, festivals, and school fairs.

Just contact Joyce at or x226 and she’ll get you all set up. New folks encouraged, and we won’t make helping scary AT ALL.

Parent Interest: Speaker on Transracial Adoption

Angela Tucker, founder of The Adopted Life, is a nationally recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and an advocate for adoptee rights. She uses her personal story in an attempt to expand the narrative of what it takes to be an adoptee.

Hear Angela’s talk and participate in Q&A at The Philadelphia School on Thursday, 10/10, 6:30-8:00 pm. Click here for more info.

Go, Audrey!

Third Grade Teacher Audrey motored in the Bridgeport 5K last weekend.

How Do I See Photos from Picture Day?

Picture Day portraits will be ready to view online in a few weeks. To see them, register using the flyer that came home in Red Folders. Missed the flyer? No worries; email the Office and Maeve will send you instructions.

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

School Supplies Drive

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

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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Upcoming @PMFS

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

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