Enjoying the first snowfall!
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Heather Van Heusen, an FSH parent, brought in two apple presses today. Grades 1/2 and preschool classes worked together cranking, scraping, and stirring up some yummy, homemade applesauce. Pre-kindergarten will have their turn tomorrow. The applesauce will be one of the dishes at the Heritage House Thanksgiving feast next week.
Grades 7/8 lifted free weights in PE class. They are learning how to work out different muscle groups for strengthening and toning.
Grades 1/2 started a measurement unit in math class. The students designed, built, and tested paper airplanes. They had to think like engineers and launch their planes out on the turf field and from Nancy's house. Next, they will share the final results from the launch and hypothesize about what could account for the differences in their results.
Parents and friends came out for our first ever Trivia Night on Saturday. In the spirit of the 80s movie theme of the night, participants dressed up in their favorite 80s movie attire and decorated their tables accordingly. Teams of eight competed in 10 rounds of 10 questions on a variety of topics. Some of the movies represented were Back to the Future, Fast Times at FSH, Flashdance, ET, Star Wars, Purple Rain, and The Princess Bride. It was an exciting, challenging, and fun night of friendly competition. The grand prize of a meal cooked by Tr. Lisa and Tr. Matt went to Tr. Dee's team.
Our all school theme this year is Small Acts, Big Impact. Students worked in partner groups to plant 200 daffodil bulbs around campus. They dug holes, planted the bulbs, and then packed the dirt. Some students found worms and one student was lucky enough to find a four leaf clover! Working together today will make a big impact of color this spring.
Tr. Liza's car was packed to the gills with cans to be delivered to the Ardmore Food Pantry. Students, families, and faculty worked together to provide 16 Thanksgiving meals for 120 members of the Ardmore area community.
Nursery school has several train enthusiasts in the class. They wanted to see what it is like to go to a train station, wait on the platform, and then get on board and meet a conductor. They walked over to the Haverford train station in the rain and excitedly boarded the train to head to Common Space in Ardmore to read books about trains and play with trains. Common Space shares FSH values of diversity with an open mind, kind heart, and thoughtful conversation. The rain made their adventure even better as they had to practice resiliency, grit, and determination as it was hard to be wet and not immediately arrive as you would in a car, but they did it!
7th and 8th-grade students in Tr. Ed's African drumming elective class took advantage of the beautiful weather and brought their drums outside to practice.
When getting up the day after Halloween is tough, what do you do? Stay in your pajamas! All ages participated in Pajama Day today. Thank you Heritage House teachers for the great idea.
Our Halloween parade was filled with imaginative, creative costumes. Each grade had a chance to show off their costumes starting with nursery school and continuing through 8th grade. Students paraded around waving to all those gathered. Ending in Friends School Haverford tradition, students and faculty performed a dance to the song “Thriller” led by Tr. Ed. Have a safe and happy Halloween. After the parade, Heritage House students got to practice trick or treating at different stations. They even got to meet our fox mascot for a special treat.
The FSH soccer team took on faculty, parents, and alumni for a lively game of soccer. The game was enjoyed by all and they ended with a pizza party to celebrate a great season.
Nursery school and Preschool headed off in their Halloween costumes to visit our Brandywine Friends for trick or treating.
The NED Show visited FSH for a special all-school assembly. The NED Show is a character education program with three special messages: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. The students enjoyed storytelling, audience participation, magic, and some fabulous yo-yo tricks. Our students really connected with the show's growth mindset theme this year.
The FSH soccer team finished their season in style with a 4-1 win against Stratford Friends. Our fox mascot made an appearance to cheer them on. They ended the season with a 4-3 record. Way to go foxes! Come on out Monday, October 29 to play or cheer for the parent, faculty, and alumni vs the soccer team game at 3:30 at Preston Field.
Students had a chance to sample delicious, fresh honey and learn about the importance of honeybees as beekeeper Eli St. Amour showed them the honey extraction process.
Teachers learned new, team building games to use with their classes in a recent professional development day.
Grades 5/6 are learning how to use a microscope and prepare slides in science class. They cut up small pieces of onion skin and placed them onto slides for observation.
FSH enjoyed a wonderful performance of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by the Windy City Players theatre group. All grades enjoyed the humor and informative storytelling in the show. Several students had the opportunity to join the performance and provided some improv comedy.
7th and 8th graders traveled to Penn Museum to tour the special exhibit entitled Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq. The exhibit juxtaposes ancient artifacts from the culturally and historically rich area with contemporary artwork from Issam Kourba. Kourba's pieces inspire thoughtful reflection on the violence and destruction occurring in the Middle East.
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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