PIFS Children Celebrate Founder’s Day

PIFS Children Celebrate Founder’s Day

Children Gather to Honor Mr. Wierdsma and Their School

On April 26th, children at the Putnam Indian Field School had a lot to celebrate. It was the 37th anniversary of the school’s incorporation. Sue Donaghy, in her first year as Head of School, had decided a Founder’s Day party was in order. The whole school gathered together to sing “Happy Birthday” to PIFS.

The celebration was attended by the former Head of School, Marianne Riess, former teachers as well as current staff, all of whom wanted to honor Fred Wierdsma, the school’s founder, Director of Development and Nature teacher, who will be leaving PIFS at the end of the year. The children sang “Hail to Putnam” (to the tune of “On Wisconsin”) with a new verse just for him.

Mr. Wierdsma, Mr. Wierdsma

Nature is so cool!

We have so much fun and

We just love our school.

Fred’s son Chace, presented him with a large wagon wheel (which Chace helped create). The beautiful wheel will hang at the entrance to the school’s Nature Trail. Chace, who teaches art at PIFS, told the children that he had attended Putnam School as a little boy, and had always loved going to school with his dad.