It's only fitting to share we heard on Valentine's Day that Friends School Haverford received the Most Loved K-8 Private School Award from Hulafrog! Thanks to all who voted.
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Faculty participated in a professional development day of workshops. Deborra Sines-Pancoe from the Friends Council on Education led a morning session around Quaker roots in Friends education, meeting for worship, and our goals as a Quaker School. After lunch, Tr. Courtney set up stations for teachers to engage in STEM challenges, Valentine creations, and Knex/Legos inventions. This was a great way for faculty to engage in all the possibilities of our makerspace. Even the Fox got in on the fun.
We love it when FSH graduates stop by to say hi! If you attended FSH, come back and see your alma mater. So many wonderful things are happening here.
Congratulations to our basketball team for finishing their season with 4 wins and 3 losses. The final score in yesterday's game against Stratford Friends was 26-34. It was a tough way to end the season but we played well and gave it our all. Way to go FSH foxes on a well-played season.
Preschool melted some hearts by handing out homemade Valentine's Day cards to some @haverfordedu students who were studying in the library today. The students were so surprised and touched by this wonderful act of kindness. Happy Valentine's to all.
Yesterday marked the grand opening of our new Makerspace with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food, and student project demonstrations. Grades 3-8, faculty, property committee members, and friends joined us to celebrate. We are beyond grateful to the organizations and people that helped us turn this idea into a reality. Thank you, Peter Evans and the SNAVE Foundation for the generous grant that funded this project as well as Terence Ryan, Ken Sands, Rod Wolfson, Michael Zimmerman, and all the members of our Property Committee, past and present, who worked tirelessly on both the vision and the details of this space. Thanks, too, to Courtney Wickware, our Science teacher, who has spent the beginning of her tenure here bringing this space to life and infusing it with an understanding of our school’s ethos. The Makerspace isn’t like any of the other classrooms at FSH, but it will, like all that happens here, inspire new ideas in our next generation of thinkers.
We celebrated Chinese New Year on Saturday with our larger community including students, parents, and friends. The Philadelphia Suns started us off with a traditional lion dance performance. Children got to take an up-close look at the costumes and try out the drum and symbols. The gym was bustling with delicious food and activities. Happy Year of the Rat!
Nursery School through Kindergarten students welcomed Firefighters John and Tim from the Oakmont Fire Company. Firefighter John shared fire safety tips with us. Some of the safety tips were: at school, stay with your class and follow teacher's directions; at home, have a family plan to evacuate in case of a fire, and know that firefighters are your friends. He also reminded us to change our smoke detector batteries when we change our clocks. Firefighter Tim demonstrated his firefighting safety equipment and had two friends try on gear and help in a demonstration. Students were excited to explore the fire truck up close and check out the inside. Everyone was thrilled to meet the Firefighters and learn about safety. Thank you, Firefighters John and Tim.
Musicians, singers, circus performers, and comedians were just some of the wonderful acts that graced our stage at the annual FSH Talent Show. We are so proud of our students for showing great courage as they performed in front of an enthusiastic audience and we are grateful for those who supported them. We talk a lot about finding your voice at Friends School Haverford. Today's event was one of the many ways our students use that voice for good.
Everyone is gearing up for the upcoming talent show tomorrow. Nursery and grade 8 partners worked well together on their talent show act. They painted, drew pictures, and practiced singing their song. Look out for a bright yellow bus at the talent show.
Four of our middle school students will be competing at the MathCounts Competition on Saturday, February 8. MathCounts is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. The competition builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. Our students have been working hard to improve their mathematical skills outside of class. We wish you all luck!
3rd and 4th graders took their first trip to the Maker Space! In Literacy, students are studying fairytales, folktales, and tall tales. Tr. Courtney and Tr. Rae created a cross-curricular STEAM project on building a chair to support Goldilocks. Students worked collaboratively in small groups to brainstorm, plan, design, engineer, and reflect on creating Goldilocks’ chair; made of only ten pieces of paper and tape. On Friday, students will modify their original designs to improve on their first-round!
Grades 5/6 are building simples machines in science class. They could choose to make a pulley system, watermill, wind turbine, or lever out of recycled materials. They are working in groups and experimenting with different designs which they will soon present in our new maker space.
In Spanish class this month, Middle School students are learning language and culture through the song Me Voy, Me Voy by the group Vasquez Sounds. In addition to learning the lyrics, they are also learning information about the members of the group such as where they are from, what musical instruments they play, and how they are related to each other. The students are also reading the novel "Agentes Secretos" which has provided opportunities to discuss important historical events and figures from 1940s Europe while also developing their language and literacy skills.
Heritage House students marched for peace and friendship today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. They handed out peaceful sayings while marching through the Schoolhouse with handmade, decorated signs. They have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington. The March for Peace and Friendship was a wonderful way to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.
Grades 3/4 worked on their time tables in math today. First, they discussed different strategies to use for multiplication such as adding, skip counting, using arrays or a number line. Their focus was on three time tables. After they had all the concepts down, they worked on their own to solve several multiplication problems.
Tr. Julie's preschool class has been expressing an interest in trees. She read the book "The Hugging Tree" by Jill Neimark to the students. Alone on a mighty cliff by the sea, a tiny tree struggles to grow and thrive. She is nurtured by the sea, the sun and moon, and becomes home to a family of loons. But winter ice storms and bitter cold break her boughs and roots. Will she survive? The resilience of the "Hugging Tree" calls to mind the potential in all of us: to thrive, despite times of struggle and difficulty. To nurture the little spark of hope and resolve. Afterward, the class took a trip to the climbing tree at Haverford College. Along the way to campus, students tried to see how many friends could fit on a certain tree stump. They discussed how the trees are changing in Winter and compared trees that have lost their leaves to trees that are still green. A discussion about what we would need to do to take care of the trees led to thoughtful ideas.
Grades 5/6 have been studying about prepositions, conjunctions, articles, verbs, and idioms. They got in teams of two with a buzzer to play a fun game to identify these. They were given a two-word clue and had to figure out the idiom, identify the meaning of it, and then identify if the words in the idiom were prepositions, conjunctions, articles, or verbs. They are also studying civil rights and reading "Stella by Starlight" which is a story about a young girl living in the segregated South and where bravery battles prejudice. They each read aloud and had an intelligent discussion about events in the story and defined some words they were unfamiliar with.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students were invited to a STEAM event this past weekend in our new makerspace. After listening to a read-aloud of "Far Away Fox," students engaged in projects around the theme of foxes and other animals. Stations included build a habitat, make an animal mask, printmaking, geoboards, and a prey and predator camouflage demonstration. A unicorn, fox, and puppy emerged at the mask table. Students constructed habitats out of cardboard and items from nature for a small stuffed fox. Designs ranged from luxury apartments to burrow-like hide-aways. Potato stamps left a trail of animal tracks at the printmaking station. Students also made their own animal prints with foam and ink rollers. M&Ms hidden among Skittles showed how animals use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Both students and adults enjoyed a morning of creativity in our new space.
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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