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September 27, 2018

Sixth Grade at Echo Hill

While at Echo Hill this week, Sixth Grade took an oyster boat out on the Chesapeake Bay. They went fishing, and learned to de-scale and cook their catch. They were so successful that everyone on board ate fish for dinner. The boys learned about the waterway while they were at it.

Fifth Grade Goes on a “Compost Safari”

Fifth Grade and Science Kathleen ventured out to the compost pile on Friday to learn about its unique ecosystem. When they dug into the leaf pile, they were on the lookout for fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates. They found mushrooms, and their favorite: pink, red, and brown worms. Unfortunately, the science room would need a very powerful microscope for the kids to see the bacteria! The Fifth Grade ecologists plan to manage the compost pile on behalf of the school.

Head of School Candidates

Who we met this week

Image: {{ item.title }}Kate O’Shea is director and founding administrator of the Lower School at Wissahickon Charter School, Awbury Campus.  Prior to establishing that campus in 2014, she was Director of WCS’s Lower School at the Fernhill Campus for three years.  She has served as Dean of Faculty and Vice Principal of Kindergarten through 8th Grade at WCS, Director of Curriculum, and creator of the school’s Gifted and Talented program.  Kate spent several years teaching language arts and math in the School District of Philadelphia and teaching 5th grade at WCS.  She is a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and a serves on the School Committee of Germantown Friends School.  Kate holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Haverford College and an M.A. in Education and Elementary Education Certification from Arcadia University.

Have you met Kate? Share your feedback with the Search Committee here; replies are requested by 9/28.

Back to School Night is Tonight!

  • 7:00 pm– Come to the Steinbright. David and all the Specials and Classroom teachers will be there to tell you what to expect from this year.
  • 7:30-8:30 pm– Classroom time with your child’s teacher and a specials teacher

And remember, tomorrow (Friday, Sept 28) is a day off for students.

Playground Playdate: Enjoying the Great Plymouth Outdoors Together

THIS Tuesday, October 2, 3:00-4:30

Let’s meet on the playground, enjoy each other’s company while the kids frolic, and chat with any potential families who drop by, too. A low-stress way to get the word out, this event is a great way to get to know each other more and catch up. Drinks and snacks are on PMFS.

What can you bring?

  • Yourself! Click here to let us know to expect you. We’ll be sure to have enough snacks to go around 🙂
  • A friend! Click here for a flyer to share.
  • More nature play supplies! Click here for a list of nature play objects we’re looking for.

We’ll see you on Tuesday!

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First PMFS Soccer Match is Today!

Our Fifth and Sixth Grade Soccer Team is playing the French International School at the Starfinder Foundation. Let’s wish them the best! Thanks, parent coaches Mary & Ali!

Registration Open for Vacation Care on 10/8

Sign up for care on Indigenous Peoples’ Day here. Registration closes on October 4.

PMFS @ Springfield Township Community Day

This Sunday, Sept 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come out and join the fun! All food and activities are free. PMFS will have a table with information for families and crafts for kids.
Click here to get more info.

Last Call for School Supply Donations

On Monday, the PTO is taking school supplies to public schools in the Fairhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, a drive organized by our Building Bridges group. Collection bins are outside the Main Office and in the Emerson Lobby.


The black oaks
fling their bronze fruit
into all the pockets of the earth
pock pock

they knock against the thresholds
the roof and the sidewalk
fill the eaves
the bottom line

of the old gold song
of the almost finished year
what is spring all that tender
green stuff

compared to this
falling of tiny oak trees
out of the oak trees
then the clouds

gathering thick along the west
then advancing
then closing over
breaking open

the silence
then the rain
breaking open its silver seeds
against the house

–Mary Oliver (courtesy of David)

Using Hand Signs to Visualize Music

In the Kodály method of music teaching, each note (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti) has its own hand sign. Students sing the note while making the sign, and move their hands up or down in front of them to correspond to the height or depth of the note. John B is using this method to teach Third Grade to sing “What a Wonderful World.” Hope that’s not a spoiler for the Thanksgiving Program!

Mmmm! Free Coffee!

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Friday, October 5, 8:00-9:15 am

Join us for our First Friday Parent Coffee, chat with fellow parents and learn a little too!

What’s the Admission Office up to these days? with Joyce Colzani
What IS a writing workshop? And why do we use it to teach our kids? with Third Grade Teacher Audrey Henninger

Welcome to Volunteer Librarians Holly, Carol, and Megan!

Our three volunteers have the library up and reading! They are each in the library one day a week, and are teaching library lessons that relate to what students are learning in the classroom. Holly Terry (right) and Megan Hess (not pictured) are both retired PMFS teachers, and Carol Corson (center) is a retired teacher, Meeting member, and School Committee member. Not surprisingly, the kids are warming up to all three of them quickly!

Summary Flyer 2018

Upcoming @PMFS

Thursday, Sept 27
Back to School Night, 7:00 pm

Friday, Sept 28
In-Service Day: No school for students
Vacation Care available (contact or 610.828.2288 x241 for drop-in availability)

Monday, Oct 1
7th Grade Transition Night for 6th Grade, 6:30-8:30 pm

Tuesday, Oct 2
PMFS Nature Playdate, 3:00-4:30 pm (Click here to let us know you’re coming)

Wednesday, Oct 3
2nd Grade to the Academy of Natural Sciences

Thursday, Oct 4
3rd Grade to the Norristown Farm Park

Friday, Oct 5
PTO Coffee:  8:00-9:15 am

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