On the Exchange

March 9th, 2017
Category: News

After two weeks, our Fifth Grade Exchange students are on their way home as we write these words. In the past week alone, they have toured the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, climbed a mountain to view the pyramid at the top and valley below in Tepotzlan, written speeches in the shadow of the 16th Century Cathedral in Cuernavaca, and, oh yeah, taken part in daily life with their Mexican host families. Their families and we are overjoyed to welcome them and chaperones Leann, Amanda and Kelley back this evening, March 9.

A Week of Change on the Exchange

February 28th, 2017
Category: News

It’s hard to believe our Fifth Graders have been in Mexico for a week already since February 23. In that time, they’ve climbed pyramids and they’ve examined what gratitude means; they’ve toured museums and they’ve considered why people become immigrants or refugees; they’ve swum in crystal clear water and they’ve relied on themselves and their friends and teachers and host families. We (and their families!) are looking forward to seeing how these experiences have changed them when they return on March 9!

And They’re Off!

February 23rd, 2017
Category: News

Fifth Graders, accompanied by Leann, Amanda, and Kelley, departed this morning, February 23, for two weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for Part 2 of the intercultural exchange program, now in its 47th year. Students see this as a time to connect with their buddies, who were in Philadelphia last month, and their host families, but we know it offers so much more. Experiencing similarities and differences between families and cultures firsthand, stretching themselves to communicate and make connections, being flexible and adaptable as new situations occur, this group of students is embarking on an adventure that will develop their minds and spirits.


Beethoven Projects in Music

February 19th, 2017
Category: News

The culmination of their study of the composer’s life and music, Primary Beethoven Projects are ready to present their masterpieces! This unit lasted from September to February; check out, in students own words and style, all they learned and loved about Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Click the images below to view the videos from our four music groupings in Primary. Enjoy!

Fundamentals with Fundations: How Fun!

January 26th, 2017
Category: News

Kindergarteners were “tapping it out” this morning to practice listening for sounds in words to spell. Reading readiness skills such as these are taught with the multi-sensory Wilson literacy program, Fundations, which focuses on phonological and phonemic awareness, the building blocks of spoken language. Fundations is but one part of an integrated approach to language arts which fosters learning in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

And if your child isn’t pictured above, it’s because they broke off into small groups playing math games on the rug.

Sharing Kindness and Love with Grandparents and Special Friends

January 20th, 2017
Category: News

What a beautiful day today to welcome grandparents and special friends of our students on campus for a robust program. Guests began the day in the Steinbright Auditorium, where they heard about Fifth Grade’s work around justice, including the video Fifth Graders made for MLK Jr. Day of Service and Justice wherein they presented four organizations who focus on social justice initiatives. [To refresh your memory, click to play the video below to hear about  Seamaac, Inc., ACT UP Philadelphia, Youth United for Change, and EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team)]

Everyone then departed for classrooms, where they took part in projects with their special PMFS student. Classroom activities across campus included:

  • Martha and Pam’s Pre-K: Activity stations, circle, cooking, snack, and play outside
  • Courtney and Jane’s Pre-K: Circle and singing, art project, snack-making, and enjoying a book and special puzzle together
  • Kindergarten: Tour of classroom, grandparent/special friend interview sharing of “when I was 5/6 years old…,” and cookie decorating
  • Ann and Lauren’s Primary: Meeting for sharing and welcome, storytelling in a round, hands-on activity, and snack
  • Susan and Genevieve’s Primary: Welcome and an introduction, reading a story by Mem Fox together, sharing memories of something warm from long ago and How-To Books, and room exploration
  • Third Grade: Introductions, “A day in the life of the classroom” presentation, Third Grade trivia questions, sharing ocean animal books and writing binders, and ocean animal “Who Am I?”
  • Fourth Grade: Welcome, getting-to-know-you activity, musicology lesson, and playing Kahoot! on iPads
  • Fifth Grade: Introductions and conversations about our very recent experience with the Mexican Exchange
  • Sixth Grade: Introductions, country presentations, travel storytelling from guests, and reception and chat

We concluded the day with a special Meeting for Worship all together in Steinbright in the Gym where students and guests considered the query: How have you seen kindness in the world? How have you seen kindness at PMFS?