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January 11, 2018

News from the Head of School and School Committee Clerk

Yesterday, you received an e-mail containing some important news from our Head of School and School Committee Clerk. Click here to read a PDF copy. (And do let us know if you did not receive it:

Join Us Tomorrow, 1/12, for a Parent Coffee

We will be hosting an open forum for discussion of any kind, with yummy treats and time to connect. It all starts at 8:00 am in the Corson Lobby. We hope to see you there!

First and Second Grade Structure: Looking Ahead

Click here to read a letter from Sarah about the new-for-2017/18 First and Second Grade structure.

New Way to Stay In-the-Know

Now, you can quickly have PMFS calendar events appear in your personal calendars. To add to your computer or mobile device, visit our calendar and just click the “Subscribe” icon in the lower-right corner.

And While We’re on the Topic…

…Always check your Spam folder for the VRF. This weekly e-newsletter is your top way to stay on top of all things PMFS. Sometimes our lovely e-mail filters catch the stuff we DO want to read :).

Coming Soon: A New Way to Manage Your Family’s Information

Family Access Module (FAM) will soon be your password-protected access to key online directory information at PMFS. We look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming weeks. Get ready to get EVEN MORE digital!

Fifth Grade Farm Show: Learning through Fun

A favorite trip yearly for Fifth Grade, students traveled to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Farm Show yesterday. Sustainability and environmental justice are key components of the Fifth Grade curriculum, and this trip builds understanding of these issues as students learn about farming practices and farm culture and see where their food comes from. Fifth Graders had a blast sampling delicious fare, climbing aboard tractors, watching livestock exhibits, and so much more. Of course, trips like these lend nicely to fostering classroom community and traveling as a group (Hmmm. Why would this be important for this group?)!

Psst… Part One of the Mexican Exchange Program starts next Thursday, 1/18. Our Fifth Graders will welcome their Williams School buddies from Cuernavaca, Mexico and step into their challenging and rewarding roles as host for two weeks. We cannot wait to see our friends and witness the magic that is the Mexican Exchange Program.

From Ex-Day

Classes Have Started!

Our winter class session has kicked off and runs until Spring Break. Clubs run from 3:15 to 4:15 pm; there is limited space for additional students if your child wants to enroll. Please note club locations below:

  • Monday – Monster Makers – Art room
  • Tuesday – Mixed Sports – Gym
  • Wednesday – Yoga – Spanish room
  • Thursday – Clayworks – Art room

Vacation Care Fun!

Winter Break Vacation Care was filled with fun, food, and lots of play. We cooked delicious treats with Rachel, learned new songs with Nate and Ryan, and sewed fun creations with Barbara. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming offerings in February and March.

Monday: MLK Jr. Day of Justice and Service

Hello PMFS families!

We are excited to see our MLK Jr. Day of Justice and Service donation boxes grow and grow! Thank you for all the winter wear, food, and drinks you’ve already brought! But if you’ve forgotten, you still have time! Bring your donations by tomorrow, Friday, January 12. Also, don’t forget to sign up to volunteer for our MLK Jr Day of Justice and Service; click here to do so.

New this year! Bring your own t-shirt for the silk screening. Click here for more information on all the other great activities planned for the day.

See you this coming Monday, January 15, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Steinbright Auditorium!

Your MLK Jr Day Committee
(Hedie, Nicole, Tisha, Andrea, and Kim)

And just in case you forgot who’s bringing what in regards to food donations…

  • Early Childhood (Martha & Courtney): Non-perishable single-serving milk boxes
  • Kindergarten: Individual boxes of raisins or other dried fruit
  • First and Second Grades: Individual boxes of cereal or boxes of packets of oatmeal
  • Third and Fourth Grades: Juice boxes and boxes of individual packets of hot chocolate mix
  • Fifth and Sixth Grades: Breakfast bars and cereal bars

It’s Time for Your Food Program Order!

Earlier this week, the Spring 2018 Food Program Order From came home in your child’s backpack; please click here to download a copy, if needed. Orders are due by next Friday, January 19. The new program starts on Monday, January 29. We are excited to offer a few new options, while keeping our tried-and-true favorites. As always, we cannot accept late orders due to the complexity of the program and the limited number of volunteer hours.

We could really use a hand sorting pizza on Fridays if anyone would like to lend a hand. Please contact Kris Boward ( or Nicole Armstrong ( if you are able to help!

From Your Admissions Office


Re-enrollment is just around the corner. We will be sending out 2018-19 Contracts at the end of the month.

Financial Aid Deadline Past

For those of you seeking Financial Assistance, the Financial Aid Application is past due. Please complete your online application at and upload a copy of your 2016 taxes to the site. Our Committee will begin meetings early next week. Please feel free to reach out any time with any further questions.

610.828.2288 x226 or

Did You Get All Those Texts, E-mails, and Phone Calls?

What an unexpected start to 2018! With two weather-related closures and an early dismissal, we pulled up our systems multiple times, and you should have received a text message, e-mail, and phone call as decisions were made. Did you miss something? Contact the Main Office so we can make sure you’re always getting the impertinent information:

As a reminder, after 6:30 am, families are able to:

Your Friendly Reminder: Weather-Appropriate Gear

Because outside play is such an important component of our days at PMFS, it is essential that children have weather-appropriate clothing””boots, snow pants, and gloves””if there’s snow and/or ice on the ground. Please do label all the items you would like to keep in your collection.

Sliding Back into the Swing of Things

Lower Campus has been abuzz with activity. Caterpillars all hopped on a train during Book Look; Butterflies greeted each other with a shoe exchange at Circle Time (everyone put a shoe in the middle of the circle and one by one, closed their eyes, selected a shoe, guessed its owner, and shook hands with the wearer); and Kindergarteners learned about animals and practiced Spanish.

Upcoming @PMFS

Tomorrow! Friday, January 12
Community Coffee, Corson Lobby, 8:00 – 9:00 am

Monday, January 15
No School for Students,
MLK Jr. Day of Justice and Service
MLK Community Activities, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday, January 16
Fifth Grade delivers MLK coats and treasures to ACLAMO

Wednesday, January 17
Fourth Grade goes to the Phila School for Circus Arts
Sixth Grade Speaker Series; Graham Robb on habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua

Thursday, January 18
Mexican Exchange begins: students arrive in Philadelphia!

Friday, January 19
DUE: Food Program orders (second half of year)
Mexican Exchange Welcome Breaksfast
First Grade goes to the Elmwood Park Zoo

Saturday, January 20
EC/K Applicant Visiting Day

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