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April 2, 2021

Parent Coffee with Brenda

“To sleep or not to sleep. That is the question!”

Join Brenda for the next Parent Coffee with the Head of School on Tuesday, April 6, 8:00 to 8:45am. We will look at a child’s 24 hour cycle and discuss how children’s sleep habits and routines impact their days. Zoom link will be emailed next week.


Spring has Sprung!

Spring is here on the PMFS campus! Flowers are blooming, and our 5/6 pod was able to take advantage of the warm weather with an outdoor math lesson.

Kindergarten Drama with Christy

In Drama with Kindergarten, students are exploring using their bodies to characterize objects. When asked to demonstrate what they thought an egg looked like, this fantastic expression emerged.

Coming soon to PMFS: Elementary Student Diversity Day

Titled “Upstanders: Speak Up, Speak Out,” this virtual event will give children in grades 3 through 6 the chance to explore issues of diversity while learning how to be advocates in the work for social justice. Students will participate in live and recorded activities and leave the event with new skills for being anti-racists in their communities. PMFS 3rd – 6th graders will join students from local independent schools, as well as students from Colegio Williams in Cuernavaca (PMFS’ partner school for the Mexican Exchange Program), for this event.

PMFS is hosting the annual Elementary Student Diversity Day organized by the Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative (GPDC). GPDC includes heads of school, administrators, and teachers from small schools in the Philadelphia region. As the GPDC website says, ” Independent elementary and middle schools face unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to creating developmentally appropriate diversity experiences for our students and fostering dialogue among parents and staff about diversity-related topics.”


Visit the PMFS Online Bookshop

Have you checked the PMFS Online Bookshop?  New reading suggestions have been added for each grade. Get started with filling your child’s bookshelf for the summer!  Any book can be purchased through (not just the PMFS suggestions) and every purchase supports PMFS and the Children’s Book World in Haverford.

Take a look and buy a book!

Upcoming BYM Quaker Camps Q and A

Philly STRIDE (Strengthening Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments) – a group of volunteers that works to break down barriers to access for young people of color from Philadelphia to attend Catoctin Quaker Camp, and to keep working to make Baltimore Yearly Meeting camps fully inclusive of everyone – is having a virtual Q and A this coming Tuesday, April 6, from 7:00 – 8:00pm. They will be providing information about BYM camps in general and also about the STRIDE program. Please feel welcome to join and learn more, and pass on the information to anyone who might be interested in camp for their kids, friends’ kids, grandkids, etc. (Catoctin is for young folks ages 9-14).


Sixth Graders and teacher Gillian are hard at work putting together the yearbook for June, and they need your contributions now. We encourage families to buy an ad to celebrate your child. You can send in pictures, text, or both! Click here for more information and an online order form. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 9.

Yearbook Business Ads

Do you own a local business or know someone who does? Please consider placing an ad in this year’s yearbook. Click here for more information and the online order form.

Calendar Update

Please be sure to download the updated 2021-2022 At-a-Glance Calendar. This version corrects an error with the date of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

Poppin’ PMFS PTO Popcorn Pop-up

The circus is coming! The circus is coming! We know the 3/4 Pod will blow us away with sights and sounds! And to make your viewing experience even more magical, the PMFS PTO will be taking care of the tastes, feels and smells! More details on how you can join in the fun and support a great cause at the Poppin’ PMFS PTO Popcorn Pop-up store coming soon!

Got Taxes?

For families who receive tuition assistance, please remember to upload your 2020 taxes to your account in the SSS website by April 15. Contact Joyce in the Admission Office with any questions.

We Want More Alumni News and Photos!

Are you a PMFS alumnus, or do yo have a child who is? We want to hear from you! Submit your news and memories at here.  We’ll get in touch about featuring you in an upcoming blog post, social media post, or alumni newsletter too. Every child who has passed through PMFS is precious to us, and we want to share your joys.
Have any old PMFS photos you’d like to share (either digital or in a shoebox)? Get in touch with Maeve Sutherland at to talk about how we can archive your photos (and return the originals to you, of course) with love and care.

Upcoming @PMFS

Tuesday, April 6
Parent Coffee with Brenda – 8:00-8:45am

Thursday, April 8
Meeting for Worship – 9:00am (All are invited to join. Email the Main Office for the Zoom link)

Friday, April 9
Parent-Teacher Conferences – No School

Thursday, April 15
Taxes due to SSS for tuition assistance recipients

Friday, April 16
School Spirit Day
Grades 3-6 take part in GPDC Elementary Student Diversity Day


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Take a look at the 2020-21 At-a-Glance Calendar and the 2021-22 At-a-Glance Calendar.

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