Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938


Parenting Ideas Worth the Read!

Project-based learning and standardized tests don't mix
By Amadou Diallo, The Hechinger Report (from May 14, 2018)
PHILADELPHIA — In a city that's struggled to meet the educational needs of many of its children, especially its most vulnerable ones, a select group of district high schools is shunning the traditional classroom model in which teachers dispense knowledge from the front of the room and measure progress with tests. Instead, the schools have adopted an approach that's become increasingly popular among education advocates and funders: project-based learning. Click here to read the full article.

Employee Changes
Announcing the following changes:

Denise Comstcok will be moving from first grade to third grade next year.
Tami Berglund will be joining the faculty as a second grade teacher.
Barbara Pelle will be the new Assistant in Pre-k with Melissa Bentley.

Check out our Summer Fun!

Fenton Ranch Summer Camp - Registration Open!

Fenton Ranch Summer Camp is an overnight residential camp. Students enrolled in camp enjoy the kind of activities that encourage growth and exploration. These include exploring nature, fishing, hiking, songs, skits, camping, journaling, canoeing, archery, and arts and crafts. Participating in these experiences helps foster respect and an appreciation for nature. Our summer staff puts an emphasis on positive social interactions among the students by encouraging teamwork, taking responsibility, and safety. The camp experience also develops independence, self-confidence, and creative thinking.

Fenton Summer Camp is open to students currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade and Manzano Day School alumni in sixth and seventh grades.

Click here to register - space is limited!

Summer Discovery 2018 online registration is now open!

If your child is between the ages of 3 1/2 and 11 years old then sign them up today for an awesome, fun-filled, educational 6 week summer program here at Manzano Day School!

For more information about the Summer Discovery program contact Keith Laffler or 243-6659 x307.

The Extended Day SUMMER Childcare Program

Are you looking for a Safe, FUN, and Healthy environment for your child during the summer?

We have the solution for you: The Extended Day SUMMER Childcare Program!

When school is out for the summer and parents are at work,
children need a safe place to participate in
structured activities
with their friends and supportive adults.
The Extended Day SUMMER Childcare Program will be held
in the Growney Assembly Center Center (G.A.C.)
on the Manzano Day School campus.

The Extended Day SUMMER Childcare Program is offered in
three separate time frames for your convenience:

Block I: May 29th-June 1st -- 7:30am-5:30pm

Block II: July 16th-August 10th -- 7:30am-5:30pm

Soccer Camp Childcare: July 30th-August 3rd -- 7:30am-5:30

Click HERE to Register for Extended Day SUMMER Childcare!

For more information about The Extended Day SUMMER Childcare Program,

please contact Fran Fernandez at 243-6659 ext. 420 or via email at

Challenger Sports Soccer Camp

Sign up for Challenger Sports Soccer Camp and join our International Team of Coaches to learn the Challenger Way this summer. This August's Soccer Camp will feature the NEW 1,000 Touches Curriculum, packed with practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot-skills, fakes, and moves in a fun, encouraging learning environment.


Katie Ogawa

Trustee and Alumna
Class of 2003

Shari Stewart

Teacher and
Parent of two students

Barb Shirrod

Former Teacher and
Alumni Liaison

Manzano Day School gave me the foundation to be an engaged learner,

a curious citizen, and a compassionate community member and for that I will always be thankful.”

- Katie Ogawa, Trustee and Alumna Class of 2003

When our children are happy, learning, and engaged,

it makes everything important in life radiate!

- Shari Stewart, Teacher and Parent of 2 students

My 25 years teaching at Manzano Day School enabled me to share with so many students the "Joy in Learning" which our school embodies.

As the Alumni Liaison,reconnecting with former students gives me the opportunity to see what awesomeexperiences our students are achieving in their lives as they become young adults.

- Barb Shirrod, Former Teacher and Alumni Liaison