Our gymnastics club put on a spectacular show for parents, teachers, and friends. They demonstrated tumbling and skills they learned on the springboard, beam, and trampoline over the past eight weeks. Way to go gymnasts!
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After completing their study of "The Tempest", the 7/8 grade class participated in a Shakespearean Escape-the-Room activity in the library. As students searched for clues, they learned a bit about London in Shakespeare's time and The Globe Theater. They practiced team-work, critical thinking, and communication skills as they puzzled over riddles to track down a long-lost Shakespearean script--a perfect way to end our revels before spring break!
Our Kwaya Marimba performed several songs for students and faculty in anticipation of their spring concert tour. They will be performing at WRTI studios on April 4, 2019, at 1:00 pm, and at Friends Central on April 12, 2019, at 9:00 am.
Parents and friends came out for a rousing Trivia Night on Saturday. In the spirit of the 90s theme, participants dressed up in their favorite 90s movie/TV attire and decorated their tables accordingly. Teams of eight competed in 10 rounds of 10 questions on a variety of topics. Some of the TV/movies and themes represented were Jurrasic Park, Star Trek, Saved by the Bell, music and 90s pop culture, and grunge. It was an exciting, challenging, and fun night of friendly competition. The grand prize of bragging rights went to Heritage House parents.
A heartfelt thank you to all our families for the lovely faculty/staff appreciation luncheon on Friday. The abundance of food and the thoughtfulness of those who baked, cooked, and brought tasty dishes for us to enjoy on parent-teacher conference day was a special treat. The warmth and feeling of being taken care of by those who planned, set up, decorated, served, and cleaned up were much appreciated. Thank you to Vicky Ryan for chairing this lovely event and the Parent Teacher Organization for all you do for Friends School Haverford!
Heritage House teachers took time on Friday to do some spring cleaning around the potting shed, greenhouse, mud kitchen, bike shed, and outdoor play spaces. They repositioned one of the compost bins so students can access it easier which we hope will result in more compost for our gardens.
Stop by the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr to view artwork by FSH nursery-8th grade students. These pieces, inspired by animals, books and various artists, are on display through March 29.
Nursery school students learn the Spanish words for colors and parts of their body from Tr. Marita. Books and songs help to reinforce the vocabulary.
Middle school students celebrated Pi Day in math class by engaging in activities around circles. They blew bubbles on aluminum foil, measured the diameter of the popped bubble and figured out the circumference of the circle. Afterward, they were rewarded with round snacks including donuts, cookies, and what else, but a piece of apple or pumpkin pie. It was a delicious way to learn.
Grades 1/2 presented their non-fiction writing samples to their preschool partners. Their writing had to explain "how to" do something in several steps. Some examples shared were how to make pancakes, jump rope, and draw a cat. Preschool friends tested the instructions by following all the steps and in some cases by using their imaginations.
Toddlers and Friends were busy listening to stories, creating spray art, experimenting with clay, pasting colorful paper, and using the washing station. Tr. Amy uses a variety of materials to encourage the development of art literacy and problem-solving skills. Our young friends created some beautiful artwork.
Parents were challenged to elevate a marshmallow as high as they could using only paper, dried spaghetti, tape, and marshmallows at our most recent First Thursday Coffee. The winning design was a few inches shy of three feet! This challenge gave participating parents a taste of the sort of fun and exciting context for linear and weight measurement, tensile strength and structural integrity exploration, that will make real a world of scientific experimentation and mathematics for students in our Makerspace this coming fall and where the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity.
Look what just arrived! Renovations for our new library space are well underway and almost ready for the new bookshelves. We are excited about this "new chapter" for our school.
Our middle school students gave a wonderful performance of "Arabian Nights" this morning to the entire student body. The story is based upon Shahrazad, the princess who tells 999 stories in an attempt to delay her death. Come out tonight to see the evening performance, March 5, 2019, at 7:00 pm and find out what ensues.
A Prekindergarten parent who is a pediatrician came in for a special visit today. She shared about her job as a pediatrician and brought in special doctor tools that she uses during examinations. She demonstrated how the tools are used with patients and shared what she listens for and looks for with each tool. Pre-kindergarteners worked in pairs to examine each other's hearts, eyes, and throats. Students were also able to ask questions and share comments at the end of the presentation.
Preschool made special Valentine cards for their parents a couple of weeks ago and had planned to mail them at the post office. They had to postpone their trip because of the snow. Today they were joined by a few parents and made the trip to the Haverford Post Office to mail their letters. Once they arrived at the post office they put stamps on their envelopes and Karen, the postal worker, helped the students put them in the mailbox. They also got a special behind the scenes tour of the post office. Their parents will receive a nice surprise in a day or two.
Grade 3/4 students used the engineering design process to plan and create a project that would move using hydraulics. They problem solved solutions as they completed their project. The projects were varied and included a magic show, soccer player, cat, cars and ramps, a bridge, unicorn, volcano, basketball player, zombie, and "the quiet night."
Did you know that hens need roughly 1/3 of a pound of chicken feed, 10 ounces of water, 14 – 16 hours of light, and 24 hours to produce just one chicken egg? Our grade 3/4 students do. They take turns feeding the chickens, checking their water and making sure they are comfortable in their habitat. Students learn to care for these animals and collect their fresh eggs every day.
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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