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It was a beautiful fall day for our annual Pumpkin Day. Pumpkins were decorated, crafts were made, and fun games played. Thank you to all the volunteers who planned the event, worked a shift, and set up or cleaned up. It was wonderful to gather as a community. Everyone's participation made this event enjoyable for all.
Parents and families gathered for coffee and donuts on the Meetinghouse Porch then enjoyed our traditional Halloween parade. Each grade had a chance to show off their imaginative and creative costumes starting with nursery school and continuing through grade 5. Students paraded around the circle 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. Happy Halloween!
Third through eighth grades joined together for a friendly game of kickball. Teams showed great sportsmanship and cheered on their teammates as they kicked the ball and rounded the bases. More important than the final score was the fun everyone had together and their great look in tie-dyed shirts.
With the closure of the middle schol at the end of this school year, our fifth and sixth graders celebrated their graduation on Tuesday, June 8. The rain forced the planned turf field evet to the gym, but families were happy to be together for the celebration. Each student gave a speech and recalled what they learned or will remember most about their time at FSH including participating in the Flower Show, taking care of the chickens, visiting the Penn Museum, eating at an African restaurant, going to Camp Spears, and making great friends. We wish our graduates all the best as they move on to their new schools in the fall and hope they will come back and visit often.
Although a little different this year, we were thrilled to gather as a school on the FSH turf field for Field Day. First through eighth-graders competed in sprints, potato sack races, frisbee tosses, softball tosses, and relay races. Our nursery, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten friends cheered on “the big kids” with signs, pom-poms, and chants. Once again, the blue team won the overall competition. Congratulations to all of our event winners and THANK YOU to Tr. Sharon for making it happen.
Our faculty and staff threw a surprise fox-themed baby shower for Tr. Rob, Tr. Lauren and Tr. Courtney. We wish them and their spouses much love and happiness as they each welcome their first child in the upcoming months.
Pre-k students made paintings inspired by Jac Barnett's book, "Triangle." Barnett's trilogy of shape stories provides a fun and fitting conclusion to the class's exploration of shapes. In this story, Triangle sets out to play a sneaky trick on his friend Square. The tables are turned when Square plays a sneaky trick on Triangle! Students noted that Triangle lived in a triangular house surrounded by triangular things. What kind of setting might they create for Triangle's next adventure? After completing their paintings, pre-k students placed their own Triangle character in the land they created and told a new story about Triangle's escapades.
Grade 3/4 students took to an outside class and listened to "The Wild Robot." The class discussed figurative language and how it enriches a text. Author Peter Brown uses alliteration, onomatopoeia, and strong word choice to bring the readers right into the story. After a transition to take care of the chickens, a 3/4 student back from a long virtual-learning absence learned how to hold a chicken for the first time, thanks to a fellow student. She's a natural! Ready to help care for the chickens!
Our PK entomologists are learning about the life cycle of the darkling beetle. These insects undergo a complete metamorphosis and have four distinct stages of life: egg, larva, pupa, and adult beetle. Mealworms are the larval stage of the darkling beetle. PK created a habitat for their mealworms. They live in a layer of oatmeal and are fed apples, carrots, and potatoes. Students are using magnifying lenses to study the mealworms and recording their observations in a journal. Students discovered many pupae forming and darkling beetles are starting to emerge! So much more to learn!
Can you use both hands to draw something symmetrical at the same time? Inspired by the ambidextrous artist Donna Mikkelsen, grade 5/6 worked with chalk and made some interesting "spontaneous symmetry" art outdoors.
Thank you to the FSH families who treated our faculty to lunch and dessert during teacher appreciation week. We too are grateful for our wonderful students and families who have weathered this storm with us.
How do we get our thoughts in our hearts into the outside world? "Zones" can help us. During Thursday's Meeting For Worship, Tr. Liza told students feeling in the "Red Zone" to take a deep breath and exhale your stress. Imagine a bubble or wand to carry your feelings away to feel lighter and calmer. Your feelings will float away as you release your breath to get back to the "Green Zone." After our mediative silence, Tr. Ed closed the meeting with the traditional song "May All Children."
"Prompt books are used by stage managers to run theater rehearsals and, later, performances. They're master copies of a script where theater staff notate the technical cues and stage directions. At FSH, grades 7/8 created prompt books for one scene from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest." This exercise gets students engaged in authentic close reading, visualizing the world of the play, and realizing Shakespeare's stage directions. We have some budding actors, designers, directors, and scholars in this room!"
Ever wonder how a single plant species would grow in different environments? Well, Kindergarten has. They've been making predictions about the sustainability of sunflower seeds in soil, sand, and water. Students have been tracking the seeds' growth and making observations. The seeds in the soil have sprouted the most, while the seeds in sand have grown long roots and the seeds in water w/o sunlight have just begun to sprout. The class will keep recording their observations this week. Stay tuned for the results!
It only takes small acts of kindness to make a big difference! Our FSH teachers delivered baskets of treats and cards made by our students to our local community members for Kindness Day. The men and women who serve us daily from Haverford EMTs, Oakmont Fire Department, Haverford Post Office, Bryn Mawr Acme, Ardmore CVS Drug Store, Children's Book World, and CHOP Haverford were delighted to receive such kind and thoughtful gifts. FSH is a true culture of kindness.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to all our amazing teachers at FSH. We appreciate your dedication, hard work, and all you do, especially this past year. A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts from the staff, parents, and especially our students.
Today is the day! It's Friends School Haverford's Kindness Day and Day of Giving. Students will show kindness and gratitude to the essential workers in our community. You can support the work that FSH teachers do every day. Join us by making a donation to Friends School Haverford. Your gift will allow us to continue to build a better world, together. Copy link to donate: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E4907&id=3
Friends School Haverford's Kindness Day and Day of Giving is tomorrow! We are excited to bring Kindness Day back this year. On Friday, April 30 students will show kindness to essential workers in our community who have worked steadily throughout the pandemic by writing notes and cards that teachers will deliver. For our Day of Giving, Friends School Haverford needs your support. Your gift ensures the continuation of our mission: to create a diverse school community and nurture a culture of kindness and stewardship that values empathy, integrity, scholarship, creativity, and critical thinking. If you believe in the work that Friends School Haverford does each day to help students become what is needed most in today’s world, please give. Your gift will allow us to continue to build a better world, together. Copy link to donate: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E4907&id=3
Grades 1/2 worked together in teams to create obstacle courses for PE class's cooperative play. They practiced coordination, jumping, hopping, and balancing. Some courses included hula hooping and hopscotch. Each group worked together and got to try out each other's courses. Tr. Sharon overheard the kids saying how much fun they had creating this activity!
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At a glance
- 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 18 Faculty
- 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 136 Years in Quaker Education
- 34% Students of color
- 16 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first middle school choice