Friends School Haverford is pleased to share that it will return to its roots as a Nursery-Grade 5 school, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

By embracing our historic identity as a Quaker elementary school (Nursery-Grade 5) Friends School Haverford will continue to offer a nurturing environment infused with energy, enthusiasm, and joy, where children of all ages learn through play and hands-on discovery. Our early childhood and elementary programs have long attracted families who want an educational program focused on the whole child, committed to outdoor exploration, and driven by Quaker values. Embedded in the mission of our Quaker school is the belief that each child deserves to be seen, heard, and deeply known. Our teachers create a place for students to be accepted for who they are, make mistakes without judgment, and develop self-confidence.

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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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Friends School Haverford is pleased to share that it will return to its roots as a Nursery-Grade 5 school, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

By embracing our historic identity as a Quaker elementary school (Nursery-Grade 5) Friends School Haverford will continue to offer a nurturing environment infused with energy, enthusiasm, and joy, where children of all ages learn through play and hands-on discovery. Our early childhood and elementary programs have long attracted families who want an educational program focused on the whole child, committed to outdoor exploration, and driven by Quaker values. Embedded in the mission of our Quaker school is the belief that each child deserves to be seen, heard, and deeply known. Our teachers create a place for students to be accepted for who they are, make mistakes without judgment, and develop self-confidence.
Pre-Kindergarten Guest from The Seeing Eye Featured Photo

Pre-Kindergarten Guest from The Seeing Eye

Nora Mearns, a volunteer for The Seeing Eye, visited Pre-Kindergarten to explain how she trains puppies to help guide people who are blind. The mission of The Seeing Eye is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind through the use of specially trained dogs. Students viewed pictures of Nora's dog Elwood and the places she takes him to learn how to navigate the world for their owners. One client said "the hard part about being blind is not being able to see people, the good part is having a very special dog."
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Nursery and Preschool

Nursery and preschool students worked on their fine motor skills using various manipulatives. Students engaged with two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes for the development of reasoning in mathematical thinking. They are learning to match, recognize, and represent quantities through 20.
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Gr 5/6 Biographies

Alice Coachman, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisholm were just some of the activists, politicians, athletes, pilots, and poets grade 7/8 researched for Black History Month. The class shared a slideshow presentation of their subject, discussing topics ranging from place of birth, childhood, and family to personal hardships, special achievements, and their special legacy.
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Random Acts of Kindness Day

For Random Acts of Kindness Day, Pre-K read the book "Be Kind." A student called kindness "doing something kind for someone for no reason at all!" Pre-K thought it would be nice to make birdfeeders for the birds before the snowstorm comes. Students laced pipe cleaners with cheerios and hung them on the trees in our outdoor space. The class was happy to help the animals who share our exploration space. Another random act of kindness? The class made Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Haverford Estates. Tr Julie delivered them to the appreciative residents over the weekend.
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Celebrating black history month in math

Mathematicians in grades 3-8 celebrated black history month by learning about Benjamin Banneker, an African American Mathematician who constructed the first working wooden clock in America. Students at FSH designed a "Creative Clock" where every number was represented by an expression or equation.
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Most Loved K-8 Private School Award

It's fitting that Friends School Haverford received the Most Loved K-8 Private School Award on Valentine’s Day! Thank you for showing us your love. If you would like to learn why our families LOVE FSH, contact our Enrollment Manager, Lisa Buscaglia, to schedule a tour.
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“The name game”

How do you get kids to read slowly, turning over the meaning of each word? 5 / 6 English class played a fun version of “the name game” using words from the poem “In Flanders Fields.” Students wore post-it notes on their forehead containing a word from the poem and had to guess what it was based on connotation-clues given by their classmates.
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May the force be with you!

How much force does it take to move an object? Kindergarten scientists used a pencil, cube, and other small classroom objects to determine the amount of force needed to move each one. They charted their findings by drawing pictures of the objects that required a large amount of force.
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Natural artists

Can you make art out of natural objects like leaves, rocks, sand, dirt, and SNOW? Tr. Amy's pre-kindergarten art class sure did, inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. Students watched a video of Goldsworthy working, who sometimes experienced snow falling down from his creation. Cue a ZONES connection! “How do you think Andy felt?” asked Amy. “Blue!” “Red!” came the answers. Students connected the artist’s experiences to their feelings after a block tower falls down during playtime. Later, the class ventured outside to make their own creations. Trees were canvases and sticks were added to snow to make sculptures.
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The FSH chickens

It's official! The FSH chickens have been named. Say hello to Penny, Pepper, Sassafras, Fluffball, and Mohawk! Earlier this year, the school held an election to name our plucky friends. Last week, students gave each chicken a charm bracelet and created signs to help us match the chicken (and their bracelet color) to the their name. For you to know: "green" is Pepper, "yellow" is Penny, "pink" is Sassafras, "orange" is Fluffball, and "blue" is Mohawk.
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Celebrate Black History Month

Like many across the U.S.,Tr. Rob's 7/8 English class studied Amanda Gorman's poem "The Hill We Must Climb" the day after the Inauguration. Students watched, spoke aloud, and listened to Gorman's wonderful words. They mined her text for the rhymes and sounds that structured the poem and made it sing. Students went crazy for lines like "we seek harm for none and harmony for all." What a great Prelude for Black History Month! #BlackHistoryMonth
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Prekindergarten Zoom Visit

Pre-kindergarten students are learning how they can help take care of animals. After reading the beloved rescue story "McDuff Move In," students had a special Zoom visit with Rags2Riches Animal Rescue. Lisa, the director, shared with us about how they rescue animals from all over the world including Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and India. Linda, a volunteer, told us how she makes sure they find homes that are a good fit for the animals. Lisa then gave us a tour of the shelter and the dogs were very excited to meet us. During Pre-K's small group time, friends introduced their own pets: real dogs and cats or cherished stuffed animals. We will be collecting dog toys, leashes, food, and blankets during the month of February to support the Rags2Riches organization for a service project.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yesterday marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. Grades 3/4 Tr. Rae shared a piece of her family's history with our community. Rae's grandmother Bernice was a child survivor of the Holocaust, losing many family members on the road to freedom. She hid in a kind, Christian family's home, while her parents survived by living in barns. Her father was sent to a concentration camp and miraculously escaped. After many years of not talking to her own children about this harrowing time in her life, she finally opened up to her daughter-in-law, Rae's mother, who helped her write their book "A Lone Candle: Secrets Too Heavy To Bear." Bernice wanted her story published for current and future generations to know of the atrocities of the Holocaust. Copy link to view the book. https://www.amazon.com/Lone-Candle-Secrets-Heavy-Bear/dp/1365280373
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National Backward Day!

!YAD DRAWKCAB LANOITAN Pre-kindergarten turned their world upside down today for backward Wacky Wednesday! Officially, National Backward day is January 31st, but why not mix it up and celebrate a few days earlier? Students wore their clothes backward, followed their schedule backward, and placed the calendar numbers and messages backward. A Pre-K mom read the book "Wacky Wednesday" leading a search for all things in the book that were wacky. The morning ended with a greeting, when friends saw their names written backward, and instead of "good morning," they said, "good night!" Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci wrote backward? #NationalBackwardDay
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Grade 1/2's virtual Country Wax Museum

Countries represented in Grade 1/2's virtual Country Wax Museum included Jamaica, Italy, China, India, and Israel. Students chose a country to research and wrote a speech to present. They decorated a paper bag like a rolling suitcase and used flags and pictures to represent their country. The class discussed what it meant to speak in a powerful way so that audiences pay more attention to what we say. To prepare for their presentations, students thought about how Amanda Gorman recited her poem at the Inauguration.
MLK Food Drive Featured Photo

MLK Food Drive

Thank you to all our donors for the MLK food drive! It was quite a success. The FSH foxmobile was one of 575 cars that dropped off provisions to the Haverford Township CREC Center in support of local food pantries. Shout-out to Mina Stevens and the PTO for the idea of collecting for the drive, gr 3/4 for taking the lead role, and Tr. Marie for running to the CREC center. Way to go FSH community!

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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