Distance Learning & Virtual Admissions

Our campus may be closed, but Early Childhood through Middle School students continue to learn together through FSH Online. We will continue our Distance Learning Program through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Our Admissions Office remains open and continues to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.

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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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Distance Learning & Virtual Admissions

Our campus may be closed, but Early Childhood through Middle School students continue to learn together through FSH Online. We will continue our Distance Learning Program through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Our Admissions Office remains open and continues to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.
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Kindergarten Poets

Kindergarten students have been writing poetry in small group Zoom sessions. They’ve experimented with acrostic poems and free verse to express ideas of their own. Our poets are learning from each other and practicing community-building while far apart!
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Congratulations Grades K-8

Since September, kindergarten through eight-grade students have answered 120,000 questions in both Math and Language Arts combined in IXL. IXL is a personalized online learning platform that develops skills in Math and Language Arts. FSH teachers use the platform as one of many tools to analyze data and offer personalized instruction to our students. FSH recently earned a certificate for this outstanding achievement. Way to go FSH!
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Grades 3/4 Social Studies

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us.” Teacher Rae’s 3/4 class learned the truth of James Baldwin’s statement this week when they studied the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education. This lesson expanded the world of the class’s recent novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963." Students read the last few chapters aloud during their morning Zoom meetings, talking through the challenging scenarios faced by the Watson family, and asking questions about the story and our society today. They made individual connections to movies, television, books, and shared personal experiences.
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Special Guests on Zoom

Heritage House students were treated to a few special guests on Zoom last Friday! One of our preschool parents arranged a behind the scenes talk with the giraffe zookeeper from the Elmwood Park Zoo! Gerald, Mokolo, and Dhoruba are the three giraffes the students got to see up close. The students had several questions for the zookeeper and learned that they walk within an hour of birth, they eat leaves from trees, and only need about thirty minutes of sleep a day.
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Grade 1/2 Poets

Celebrating National Poetry Month, Grades 1/2 wrote acrostic poems about amazing women from history. The stellar subjects included Mária Telkes, Queen Elizabeth II, Malala, Sally Ride, Elizabeth Hamilton, Nancy Roman, Sojourner Truth, and Maya Moore. A few students “celebrated themselves and sang themselves” with a different organizational pattern: repetition. These students wrote original "I am" poems composed of three-line stanzas that each began with “I _______.” Students wrote about themselves in true, expressive terms. Have a look at some of their clever samples!
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Tr. Kristin's Preschool Projects

One of Friends School Haverford’s professor-parents joined Teacher Kristin's online preschool class to celebrate “Poem in Your Pocket Day” and the conclusion of National Poetry Month. Throughout April, preschoolers have been reading, writing, and listening to poetry. A recent favorite was Jean-Pierre Siméon’s "This is a Poem that Heals Fish," which featured all kinds of patterns our preschoolers loved. It was an especially artsy week: students stretched their creativity with Teacher Brooke, who taught them how to use natural materials to form letters and their initials. More crafty activities included student-built cardboard looms. Preschoolers and their adults ventured outdoors to collect natural materials for their weaving project. They created their designs going over and under the yarn on the loom, weaving in each item one by one.
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Happy teacher appreciation week

Happy teacher appreciation week to all our hard-working, dedicated, and caring wonderful teachers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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Middle School STEM Project for Earth Day

Our inspiring Middle school engineers developed successful STEM projects for Earth Day, meeting Teacher Courtney’s challenge to create reusable bags from any kind of recyclable material. Students found imaginative solutions, transforming old t-shirts and clothing into multi-use bags. More importantly, they proved that no matter how daunting responsive climate action can seem, we can find solutions so long as we imagine them.
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Preschool bird nests

Last week, Teacher Julie's preschool class learned all about birds’ nests. Each student went outside to explore and discover real nests, and then were tasked with creating their own! Some used objects like sticks, dead flowers, and grass clippings. Together, the class read the book Make Way For Ducklings and discussed Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s journey to find just the right place for their family nest. This led to a conversation about our own homes and why they are so special.
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Blowin' in the Wind

Teacher Kristin's preschool class has been searching for words beginning with the letter “W.” As they’ve also been learning about weather, wind was a perfect topic to study. Preschoolers and parents, we learned, feel wind when air in the atmosphere moves from a high to a low-pressure area. Throughout winter and spring, preschoolers have observed what blows in the wind. So why not make predictions about the wind’s effect on different objects? Preschool got to work! First, the class created a wind table with an electric fan. Then, each preschooler made a prediction about a specific object. Would the wind blow it away? If so, where would it go? Finally, they tested their predictions using the wind table, and most of the predictions were correct! Luckily, Clifford did not blow away; they are, however, still looking for a few feathers. Sounds like “F” might be the next word to study!
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Happy Earth Day from Kindergarten

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth day, Kindergarten has been learning about environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Our friends discovered how Greta galvanized global climate action and discussed why it's important for kids to care for the earth. Students were awed that such a young person used her voice to influence the world. Guess what? Small kids can do big things! Students wrote letters to Greta thanking her for her inspiring work and sharing how they will care for the earth. Happy Earth Day!
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Gr 1/2 History & Geography Lessons

Grade 1/2 is learning how to conduct social studies research. Please applaud our budding historians! Each student has chosen a remarkable woman to write about: Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, Sally Ride, and Queen Elizabeth II are just a few of the standout lives under study. Teacher Sandy has been guiding students through the process of finding sources, taking notes, and organizing their findings. Their final project? An acrostic poem on their chosen historical figure! Later, the class moved from history to geography. Students honed their map skills by playing the game State Detective, where teams guessed a state selected by the computer. Teammates navigated their way to the correct answer, using north, south, east, and west to narrow down their guess: "Is the state north of Texas?" they’d ask; "is it west of Wyoming?" Their ability to pinpoint the state got faster each round.
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FSH in Full Bloom

Behold the fruits of our labor! FSH is in full bloom nowadays with beautiful daffodils and tulips--the result of our collaboration in the fall of 2018 with Small Acts, Big Impact. Working the earth together produced a joyful array of spring colors. Through this project and others, friendships at FSH blossomed from student pairs of mixed ages. These partnerships, a hallmark of the Friends Haverford experience, ensure that all students know and learn from each other. That’s just one reason our community is so special!
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Fan Appreciation Friday!

It's Fan Appreciation Friday! Show us how you represent your favorite sports team on our last day of Virtual Spirit Week. Remember to send pictures for your chance to win a stuffed animal of our mascot, the fox, or a Children's Book World gift card. Let's go FSH!
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Tr. Lisa and the Fox

Tr. Lisa and the Fox popped into preschool and pre-k Zoom sessions today to say "hi" and celebrate Friends School Haverford's 135th Birthday. The classes sang "Happy Birthday" together; students in Tr. Kristin's class asked lots of questions about what the Fox has been up to at Tr. Lisa's house.
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Happy 135th Birthday FSH!

Today's the day! Happy 135th birthday FSH! We celebrate 135 years today because, as the small Quaker school with an enormous heart that has faced enormous challenges throughout history, we remain true to the vision of its founders. Now more than ever, we know we must teach this generation of children to take care of ourselves, each other, and our world. Instead of washing your hands while singing "Happy Birthday" for 20 seconds today, make it 135! Let's keep celebrating our school spirit! Remember to email pictures to communications@friendshaverford.org or post a photo in comments for your chance to win a stuffed animal of our mascot, the fox, or a Children's Book World gift card. Today, show us your FSH spirit wear. Let's go FSH!
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Grade 5/6 English Class

In celebration of National Poetry Month, students in grades 5/6 are savoring the pages of "Brown Girl Dreaming," Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in verse. Our fifth and sixth graders studied lineation with Teacher Rob this morning by rearranging Woodson's poetic lines to create new sounds, patterns, and meanings. In the coming days, they'll develop their poetry prowess by developing original verses inspired by Woodson's themes of family, identity, and belonging.
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Pajama Tuesday

We hope everyone stayed in their slippers and wrapped in their robes on Pajama Tuesday! Tomorrow, April 15, we officially celebrate our 135th anniversary. Let's keep celebrating our school spirit! Remember to send pictures for your chance to win a stuffed animal of our mascot, the fox, or a Children's Book World gift card. Let's go FSH!

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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