Now Enrolling 2018-19: Early Childhood Program

January 18th, 2018
Category: News

The PMFS Early Childhood program welcomes children into classrooms designed to spark creativity, imagination, and the joy of investigation. Through both free and intentional play experiences, EC students at PMFS are hard at work doing what comes naturally: following their curiosity, examining everything they come in contact with, and processing the world around them. We live in a world rich with sights, sounds, textures, smells, and tastes. Our program supports children in noticing all these elements, and dedicated teachers work with them as they grow in understanding what to do with this information.

Click here to read more about the Early Childhood program at PMFS.

Congrats to PMFS alumni authors

January 16th, 2018
Category: Alumni News, News

Check out these PMFS alums!

Congratulations to these alumni who have recently published books or have works featured in other publications. You inspire our students to express themselves through writing!

Nicki Toizer ’83 recently self-published a book entitled Digital Photography Basics for people with SLRs, bridge, and mirrorless cameras. It covers aspect ratio, file formats, focal length, f-stops, shutter, exposure, metering, composition tips, and other handy information. It’s available on Amazon at and also through other online booksellers.

Sarah E. K. Bradley ’90 (“Liza”) works in international public health as global research director for SHOPS Plus, and she recently authored a brief called “Sources for Sick Child Care in 24 USAID Priority Countries.” You can download the brief at

SHOPS publication Sources for Sick Child Care

Maya Rabinowitz ’12 attends Germantown Friends School, and her poetry has been published in journals including Moledro Magazine, jGirls Magazine and Blue Marble Review. Her work has been recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

jGirls Magazine author page for Maya Rabinowitz

If you are a PMFS alum and would like us to highlight your published work here, let us know!

A Feast Fit for a … Rey o Reina o Realeza (King or Queen or Royalty)

December 12th, 2017
Category: News

Sixth Grade had its annual winter feast. This year, they’ve called it the Tapasol Feast. It is a combination of “tapas” which are small portions of (good) food in Spain and “sol” for light, as it is the season of light in many cultures. It is also in honor of the Winter Solstice. We’ve had a special feast in Sixth Grade in one form or another for many, many years.

Kids made food with origins in the Middle East that then made their way to Spain and eventually the Americas (Do you know why? Ask a Sixth Grader for a quick history lesson. Or check out the slideshow…). Sixth Graders created name placards and decorated Islamic design tiles to highlight spices used in Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino cooking. Our Third Grade buddies helped prepare food on the day of the feast. Click here to see Varley and Gladys’s presentation on “Sliding Spices,” given the day of the feast.

Fifth Grade Rainforest Sale

December 6th, 2017
Category: News

One of the main topics Fifth Graders study each year is the rainforest, interwoven into central themes in social studies of sustainability and environmental justice. This multi-faceted learning includes Fifth Graders taking full ownership on planning and executing the Rainforest Sale, through which they raise proceeds to purchase acreage to help preserve the rainforest. Students do everything from determining when the sale will be and who will staff what to making posters with de-rainforestation facts advertising the sale and diagramming how the sale will be laid out on the blacktop.

Planning the Rainforest Sale

Fifth Graders are invested in the learning process, being empowered in this collaborative effort to create change after their academic studies of this vital resource. Students recently completed their Rainforest Animal Project, wherein Fifth Graders select a particular rainforest animal to study from a variety of different angles, each producing fact cards, a 3D model of his or her animal, a Google Slideshow, a research paper, and a formal presentation.

Goings On in the Art Room!

December 4th, 2017
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There’s a giant dragon in the art room! Well, not yet, actually, but it’s coming! Starting this week, students in Fourth and Sixth Grade are working with master puppeteer Aaron Cromie to create the large puppet. Where will you be able to see it in its full glory? At the Circus and the Musical, of course!

From Us to You

November 22nd, 2017
Category: Alumni News, News

The Thanksgiving Program was a full day at PMFS! We held our annual concert, and welcomed tons of alumni and parents—alumni and current—for the program as well as everything from breakfast in Annie H to Kahoot! in Fourth Grade with Will. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces filling the campus with warmth and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!