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Today, preschool friends read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and learned about new animals, including badgers. They discovered differences between animals and humans. Animals certainly are friendly, but did you know an animal’s mouth is sometimes called a muzzle? Students also worked on their counting skills, counting the number of places to put their fingers in both a mitten and a glove!
Some of our Carousel Connections friends helped file books in the library today. They also treated each faculty member to a homemade bag of trail mix. Carousel Connections volunteers can be seen around campus on most days. We appreciate the help they provide on an assortment of projects around the school and enjoy getting to know each of them as individuals.
Kinderartists have started a project in the art studio inspired by French artist, Henri Rousseau! Students looked at his painting, "Surprise" which shows a dream-like image of a tiger in the jungle during a rainstorm. The tiger looks like it is ready to pounce! Henri Rousseau painted faraway jungles, but really he just looked at plants from the local botanical gardens. Students created beautiful tiger drawings filled with lush plants like Rousseau did in his work. Soon they will be painting their images!
Wondering where Tr. Lisa works, nursery school students decided to take a trip to the schoolhouse to find out. They found the admission office and climbed up on the sofa and chairs with two books in hand. They enjoyed listening to Tr. Lisa read "Corduroy" and "A Pocket for Corduroy." (For those familiar with Corduroy, there is a name connection which led the kids to choose the Corduroy books.) You never know where nursery school's curiosity will lead them.
It was a tough basketball game vs United Friends School yesterday. Despite an 8-38 loss, all team members showed great effort, teamwork, and grit. Come out and cheer on the team at the next home game vs. Stratford Friends on Friday, January 11, 2019.
Nursery school made homemade pizza and gifts for their grade 5/6 partners. They enjoyed each others' company and watched a movie together.
Middle School students visited our friends at Brandywine Senior Living for a sing-along of holiday songs and distributed hand-made winter ornaments. Students reconnected with some of the residents they met last month. They also spent time with residents in the memory loss/dementia wing, making beaded ornaments. The time spent with Brandywine seniors was a positive and moving experience for many as they shared in the holiday spirit and brought warmth and cheer to Brandywine.
School committee member Doug Keith treated our Heritage House students to an annual fireside reading of “The Polar Express” in the Meetinghouse. The children gathered around Doug by the cozy fire and listened to him read the wonderful traditional holiday story. This year, Doug used a large computer monitor so that everyone could see the illustrations close up. Afterward, the students presented Doug with a gift and then everyone enjoyed some hot chocolate and snacks.
Many parents and students joined us at Brandywine Senior Living for some holiday caroling. Tr. Ed accompanied us on guitar as we sang Christmas and Hanukkah songs serenading our Brandywine friends who also joined in for the sing-along. Afterwards, we headed back to FSH for a pizza party. It was an enjoyable evening for all.
Nursery students presented their film debut of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for partners and parents. Directed and produced by Tr. Callie, each student gave a stellar performance. There were even outtakes at the end of the movie. FSH follows an emergent learning program. One of our students wanted to hear the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” daily so why not make a movie and have our nursery students be the stars. Look out Hollywood!
Grades 1/2 have been learning to code in technology class. They practiced using a cat cartoon character with the program "Scratch" which demonstrates making a character talk, change color, and move. Grades 1-8 have been working with BSD Education, formally BSD Coding Academy this semester in a six-week intensive coursework program learning coding, programming, and robotics.
Pre-Kindergarten has been studying the body and learning about the nervous and skeletal systems. One of their exciting projects was outlining their body shape, life-size on a piece of craft paper and using yarn to demonstrate how nerves work together to pass the messages to and from the brain. Then, they used cut-out shapes of bones pasting them in the proper locations on their skeletons. Check them out on display outside of the pre-kindergarten room.
Parents came out for an informative evening at our Celebrations of Learning last Thursday. Students from kindergarten through grade 8 presented projects and discussed units of study covered this semester. It was a great night for parents to see up close what their children have been working on. Thank you to all parents and family members who joined us.
The FSH holiday gift shop was bustling with shoppers today. Students had a ball dropping by to purchase presents for their family members. The gift items were donated by members of our community and were priced at $1 each. We were extremely lucky to have so many helping hands working together to make the Holiday Gift Sale possible this year. Thank you to those who donated toys, gifts, supplies, and food, and to our PTO and wonderful volunteers who were gracious enough to donate their time. A special thank you Katy Ruckdeschel, Diane Rouine, and Vicky Ryan for planning and organizing this wonderful event.
Grades 3/4 worked on a design challenge in science class. Students made inventive casings to protect an egg during a drop from the roof. Mr. Ken took the eggs up to the roof and dropped them one by one. Students watched from below with excitement and a little nervousness to see if plastic bags acting as parachutes, styrofoam, cloth, and many other materials worked to protect the eggs. Many eggs survived the drop.
5th and 6th graders traveled by train to Penn Museum to further their study of the Middle East. They were given a guided tour of the museum's recently opened Middle East galleries. Students were able to see artifacts from ancient Mesopotamian societies and trace the evolution of the world's first cities. Then students participated in a workshop that explored what can be learned about ancient people from their adornment artifacts.
Nursery school and preschool joined Tr. Rae in kindergarten to learn about Hanukkah and some of the traditions that are part of the holiday. They also enjoyed a sing-along. We wish the members of our community who celebrate Hanukkah a very happy holiday.
Grades 1/2 and 3/4 recently visited Bartram's Gardens. Grades 1/2 toured the arboretum, botanical gardens, and the historic John Bartram's house. They learned how to make fresh cider using a hand-cranked press and then got to taste it. Grades 3/4 also toured the arboretum, botanical gardens, and the historic John Bartram's house. Students then worked together to build a model city keeping in mind the SPICES just like William Penn did when he designed Philadelphia. It was an educational and enjoyable trip.
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At a glance
- 4:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 25 Faculty
- 44% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 133 Years in Quaker Education
- 37% Students of color
- 29 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice