Important Information!

In light of the potential community spread of COVID-19, Friends School Haverford campus is closed, but we are open online providing digital lessons to our students. 

This is a difficult time for people around the globe. As a Quaker school, we are always called to take action on behalf of our human family, particularly those who are vulnerable. While closing school presents all of us with unforeseen challenges, it is the most critical step we can take on behalf of the health and well-being of others.

If you are a prospective family and would like information about our school, please email Lisa Buscaglia at lbusaglia@friendshaverford.org.

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Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.
 

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Important Information!

In light of the potential community spread of COVID-19, Friends School Haverford campus is closed, but we are open online providing digital lessons to our students.  This is a difficult time for people around the globe. As a Quaker school, we are always called to take action on behalf of our human family, particularly those who are vulnerable. While closing school presents all of us with unforeseen challenges, it is the most critical step we can take on behalf of the health and well-being of others. If you are a prospective family and would like information about our school, please email Lisa Buscaglia at lbusaglia@friendshaverford.org.
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Happy Kindness Monday

ere are some feel-good stories to share on Kindness Monday. Maybe it will give some inspiration to do something kind for others in your community. Happy Kindness Monday!
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Quiet reflection time

Since we are unable to gather today for Meeting for Worship, remember to take some time today for fifteen minutes of quiet reflection.
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Bollywood Dance

Bollywood came to FSH last week. One of our preschool students and her sister performed a few Bollywood dances for their classmates. The girls are taking dance classes and wanted to treat their preschool class to a performance for show and share. They were dressed in beautiful, bright costumes and danced to two songs.
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STEAM Event for Kindergarten and First Grade Students

Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Parents, learn about the benefits of a Friends School Haverford education for your child while your kindergarten or first grade student engages in STEAM activities in our new Maker Space. Kids will build a fox habitat, make animal track prints, design an animal mask, and learn how animals use camouflage for protection. A snack will be provided. Reservations required. Space is limited to 15 students. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Questions? Contact Lisa Buscaglia, Director of Admissions, 610.642.2334. Copy and paste the following URL www.friendshaverford.org/openhouse/
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Grades 5/6 Math

Grades 5/6 just completed a chapter on adding and subtracting fractions in math class. They completed a project using fractions to determine missing information in a recipe. Students took their recipes to the kitchen to create "sprinkle chow." The sprinkle chow was made of Chex Mix, sprinkles, white chocolate, and cake mix. They had to measure all the ingredients to finish the recipe. This was a fun, real-life, hands-on activity with a delicious treat in the end!
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Kwaya Marimba Concert

Kwaya Marimba gave a wonderful performance for the entire school yesterday morning. Their music, based on the Shona music of Zimbabwe, features polyphonic playing (several parts being played at once) and requires teamwork and precise timekeeping. One song featured improvisational playing by several students. "Playing live in front of an audience gives students a chance to be in the moment on stage, adjust to things as they happen, and fix things on the spot," says Tr. Ed. One parent commented, "You don't see music programs like this at other schools." We are proud of our students and grateful to Tr. Ed for nurturing their talent, and igniting a passion for music and marimba in all of us.
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Preschool and prekindergarten planting

Heritage House students discovered a groundhog living on campus under the ramps in the bioswale. They are learning about habitats and how animals need food, water, shelter, and space. Preschool and pre-k students planted some indigenous plants in the garden behind Heritage House. They helped dig holes, plant, pack the dirt, and water. These plants will renew the wildlife habitat and provide food and shelter for the groundhog and other native species. Look for blooms of serviceberry, blueberry, coneflower, and cardinal flower soon.
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Ludington Library Art Exhibit

Stop by the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr to view artwork by FSH preschool-grade 8 students. Ceramics, fiber art, and sculpture are on display through March 27.
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Library Box

Nursery school students discovered a little free library box along the path to Haverford College. These libraries are meant to inspire a love of reading and to build community. The class decided they wanted to make a donation to the box. They gathered some books, walked back to the little library, and read a story from the box. Then, they each placed a book in the box for someone else to enjoy. Tr. Meredith reads many books to the class outside every day so this was an amazing discovery. She says that being outside and sitting on the ground helps children to focus. With the weather like today, it's the perfect time to grab and book and head outside with your kids!
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Feeling the Love!!!

It's only fitting to share we heard on Valentine's Day that Friends School Haverford received the Most Loved K-8 Private School Award from Hulafrog! Thanks to all who voted.
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Change Maker Presentations

Students in grades 3/4 gave their Change Maker presentations to parents and students in kindergarten-grade 8. They read multiple biographies on their chosen change-maker and took notes. They then created a presentation using poster board, Prezi, Google slides, timelines, or Kahoot. One student even made his own graphic novel! Some of the subjects represented were Helen Keller, Barak Obama, Mae Jemison, Bill Gates, Malala, and Elizabeth Blackwell.
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Aesop's Fables Play

Middle School put on a fabulous performance of Aesop's Fables this morning. Some of the stories performed included The Dog and The Bone, The Fox and The Crow, and The Wind and The Sun, among others. This was the first time a school play was performed with our new sound system which sounded great. Come out tonight for the 7:00 pm showing.
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Tr. Julie's preschool class trip to the post office

Tr. Julie's preschool class has been practicing writing. They wrote out special cards for their families and made a special trip to the Haverford Post Office to mail them. Once they arrived at the post office they put stamps on their envelopes and Karen, the postal worker, helped the students put them in the mailbox. They also got a special behind the scenes tour of the post office. Their families will receive a nice surprise in a day or two.
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Author visit, Erin Yun

We were so excited to have debut author Erin Yun speak to our fourth through eighth-grade classes today. Erin shared with us how to adapt a classic story (Pippa Park Raises Her Game is her take on Great Expectations), how to find inspiration in real life to create authentic characters, and how to develop a character's point of view. After Erin's presentation, one of our students remarked, "I am inspired to write my own graphic novel based on a classic story."
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Nursery school gym class

Nursery school practiced gymnastics techniques in gym class. Students worked on their concentration and balancing skills on the balance beam, jumping and strength on the springboard, and coordination with somersaults on the wedge. Activities such as these help to develop gross motor and listening skills.
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Preschool Music Class

Preschool joined their voices together and sang several songs in music class today. They started off with "The Hello Song" but they wanted to sing konnichiwa (hello in Japanese) instead. They followed with "Stand by Me," "If I Had a Hammer," "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," and finished with "Ridin' in the Car."
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Movie Night

We were excited to debut our new sound and projection system for a double feature movie night this past Saturday in the Gym. Families cozied up on blankets to enjoy Toy Story 4 and Lego Movie 2. The sound system was made possible through a bequest by a former FSH student from the class of 1940, Adele Hunter Hepburn. We are grateful to Adele and the Hunter Hepburn family for their generosity. We look forward to hearing our students through the new sound system at the middle school play and the Celebration of the Arts concert.
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Grade 7/8 Letter Writing

During seventh and eighth grade's study of mass incarceration, students learned about Mississippi State Penitentiary and the conditions incarcerated people are forced to live under. Here the students are taking part in the Mississippi Freedom Letters Campaign. The hope of the organizers is that every one of the 30,000 people currently incarcerated in the state of Mississippi will receive a message of support.
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Faculty Makers in the Makerspace

Faculty participated in a professional development day of workshops. Deborra Sines-Pancoe from the Friends Council on Education led a morning session around Quaker roots in Friends education, meeting for worship, and our goals as a Quaker School. After lunch, Tr. Courtney set up stations for teachers to engage in STEM challenges, Valentine creations, and Knex/Legos inventions. This was a great way for faculty to engage in all the possibilities of our makerspace. Even the Fox got in on the fun.

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At a glance

  • 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • 25 Faculty
  • 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
  • 134 Years in Quaker Education
  • 40% Students of color
  • 28 Zip codes
  • 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice