A special guest appeared during this week's Meeting for Worship. George the fox assisted Tr. Liza as she talked about looking inside of yourself and others for the good (Light of God). George shared that he settles into quiet by thinking about his favorite quiet place, peace, people he misses, nature, family, helping others, and FSH. After we practiced settling into stillness, Tr. Ed ended Meeting with the song "May All Children."
Friends School Haverford Home
We welcomed all of our students back on this first official day of school. Our FSH Online school day began with morning meetings in every grade, followed by a mix of live and recorded lessons. Our faculty worked throughout the summer to ensure that FSH students will receive meaningful and personalized learning experiences each day whether on or off campus. We're looking forward to bringing everyone back to 851 Buck Lane in just a couple of weeks.
NS through grade 8 classes had on-campus meet-ups outside over the past week. Students and teachers welcomed new classmates and reconnected with old friends for an hour of games, dancing, and activities. Everyone completed their online wellness check before arrival and did a great job wearing masks. Welcome back NS-8! #ThisIsQuakerEd #SmallANDMighty
The gym is packed! Our teachers gathered all the math, literacy, science, social studies, language, art, music, and PE items students need to learn from home so they are ready to start FSH Online on Tuesday, September 8. These learning materials for nursery-grade 8 were boxed up and are ready to go home with students when they come for their meet-ups on campus this week.
Pre-kindergarten classes had on-campus meet-ups outside last Thursday. Students and teachers welcomed new classmates and reconnected with old friends for an hour of games, dancing, and activities. Everyone completed their online wellness check before arrival and did a great job wearing masks. Welcome back pre-k! #ThisIsQuakerEd
Faculty and staff are busy gearing up for our return to school. They are attending in-service Zoom meetings, putting together learning kits, brushing up on their learning platforms, and getting their classrooms ready for the big day. Our mentors are meeting with their mentees, guiding them in their professional development. Even the chickens are getting ready for the students' return.
We are pleased to welcome Elena Pike as our new Business Manager. Elena comes to us with extensive experience in independent schools, including 11 years at Gwynned Mercy Academy High School, AIM Academy, and most recently, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. Elena spent time working with Cheryl Hammond Hopewell this summer to ensure a smooth transition in the Business Office as we head into the next school year.
FSH teachers and staff took part in various professional development opportunities over the summer. Tr. Lauren attended a virtual middle school math conference "Moving Math Forward." Tr. Carolyn joined 1,500 communication professionals around the globe for a six-week summer camp. Tr. Kristin and Tr. Julie joined colleagues around the world through a Facebook group created for participants in the Play First Summit. This was a program coordinated by Sally Haughey and Tom Hobson, both leaders in progressive, child-led, play-based early childhood education. It featured an international panel of speakers addressing issues around the pandemic, distance learning, and the re-opening of schools. Speakers also addressed racism and our work to create anti-racist learning spaces, the importance of trusting children to direct their own learning, and the value of outdoor play and risk-taking in nurturing independence.
Please join us in welcoming Karen Lancaster as our new K-8 Science teacher. Most recently, Karen taught middle and upper school science at The Baldwin School. Karen earned her undergraduate degree from Denison University and has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is also a graduate student at The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education in their Project-Based Learning program. Welcome, Karen!
Our first "Field Day" was started in 1941!
Courtney Knowlton is joining our elementary program as the 1/2 teacher. Tr. Courtney comes to us from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School in Philadelphia, where she served as both a first-grade teacher and an English Language teacher. She has also been an adjunct professor at Arcadia University in their Graduate Program in Education. She is passionate about creating a joyful classroom community that supports students in cultivating a growth mindset.
Want to be true to your Quaker values and perform service for your community? Help out Haverford Township's Food Drive every Wednesday (8-11 am & 3-6 pm). There are many ways to help
When FSH opened in 1885, it was a one-room school with 16 students called Haverford Primary School. In 1913, the school's name changed to Haverford Friends' School. Then in 1977, it became what it is known as today - Friends School Haverford.
We'd love to hear what our families have been up to this summer. Send in photos of a vacation, books you're reading, camps your kids are attending, and anything you'd like to share.
Did you know that the sheds by the Meeting House were once used to shelter horses while their owners were in Meeting? Later they were used as an outdoor gymnasium.
Yearbooks are here! We hope everyone received their yearbook and is enjoying looking back at the past school year. Thank you to Tr. Carolyn and the PTO for making it happen.
The FSH chickens are happy and healthy. Tr. Kathleen and her daughter are living up to the Quaker testimony of stewardship by taking good care of the hens this summer. They visit campus on a regular basis to feed them, collect eggs, and clean their coop.
Our FSH families are keeping the school spirit alive this summer! One of our families sent us a picture of themselves sporting their new fox tank tops. Thanks for showing the love. We hope everyone else enjoying their fox clothing items from the school store. Be on the lookout for more items later this summer.
The Friday before school ended, Teacher Ed invited nursery through kindergarten classes to a virtual marimba concert in lieu of their usual Friday sing-along. During the half-hour concert, Teacher Ed talked about the composers and music on the program. Some students were moved to play along on their xylophones at home.
June is a time of reflection and celebration at FSH. Current third-grade students wrote words of wisdom to our rising third-grade class. They shared wonderful advice and expectations for their fellow students and told them all they can look forward to next year. Writing continued with third-and-fourth-grade classmates sharing class positives about each other: at least a sentence containing a positive memory or characteristic about each of their classmates. Students had so many wonderful things to say about their friends.
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At a glance
- 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 22 Faculty
- 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 135 Years in Quaker Education
- 38% Students of color
- 24 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice