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.
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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.
The FSH basketball team won their first game of the season 40-22 against United Friends School. The team showed good passing, defense, and teamwork. Way to start off the season, Foxes!
We are so excited to hang this perfectly messaged piece of art, painted by local artist and graduate David Gerbstadt, in our school. Thank you, David, for stopping by to hand-deliver the piece and speak with our students. We look forward to having you visit again soon.
Nursery through Kindergarten students cozied up by the fire in the Meeting House today to hear Tr. Matt read "The Night Before Christmas" and "Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah." Students sang a few holiday songs and then enjoyed listening to the stories. This is a lovely tradition that we cherish every holiday season.
The FSH holiday gift shop was bustling with shoppers today. Students enjoyed dropping by to purchase presents for their family members. The gift items were donated by members of our community and were priced at $1 each. We were extremely lucky to have so many helping hands working together to make the Holiday Gift Sale possible this year. Thank you to those who donated toys, gifts, supplies, and food, and to our PTO and wonderful volunteers who were gracious enough to donate their time. A special thank you Katy Ruckdeschel, Karen Bleznak, and Vicky Ryan for planning and organizing this wonderful event.
5th and 6th graders traveled by train to the Penn Museum to further their study of West Africa. They were given a guided tour of the museum's newly renovated Africa exhibit and then had time to explore other geographic areas on their own. Students were excited to engage with the many interactive elements in the museum.
We've been so fortunate to have many parents join us for special visits lately. Today, Tr. Kristin's preschool class welcomed one of their parents who is a nurse practitioner. She taught the students about staying healthy during the winter months. They discussed good handwashing practices, coughing in your arm instead of your hands, and sang a song about handwashing together. The students did a fun demonstration where they then put a solution on their hands to represent germs, turned the lights off, and used a special light to see the germs on their hands. These were great tips to stay healthy.
One of our parents visited nursery school today for a special activity. She made homemade ornaments for the kids to decorate. The ornaments were made from flour, water, and salt and had a reindeer on them. The children decorated them with paint and stickers and once they dry, they will have a nice gift to bring home.
Partners teamed up yesterday morning and created beautiful handmade holiday cards to give to our senior friends at Brandywine Living. Older students helped their younger partners color and glue a cutout heart and candle with the message "Sending You Love and Light from Friends Haverford." The cards will be given to our Brandywine friends at this Thursday night's Caroling event.
Tr. Kathleen attended the Making and Unmaking of Mass Incarceration conference in Oxford, Mississippi as a travel grant recipient. Activists Albert Woodfox, Mariame Kaba, and Ruth Wilson Gilmore were some of the speakers in attendance. Most exciting was hearing from Reginald Dwayne Betts, known to 7th and 8th graders from the podcast Caught, in person. Tr. Kathleen is excited to bring new resources to 7/8's study of the criminal justice system and prison abolition. #ThisIsQuakerEd #QuakerEd
OPEN HOUSE - Wednesday, December 4, from 9 - 11 a.m. Join us and learn about our nursery school through 8th-grade program rooted in academic challenge, intellectual vigor, artistic expression, service, and kindness. We encourage children’s curiosity, creativity, and joy of discovery as they grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Register to attend at www.friendshaverford.org/openhouse/
Preschool is learning about the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. Today in Tr. Kristin's class, they read "The Snowy Day" and focused on what might have caused Peter's snowball to melt in his pocket. Students experimented with melting ice using regular water and comparing what happened when they used salt on the ice.
Teachers and Heritage House students all gathered for turkey songs, stories, and a special blessing before Thanksgiving break. Each class of students worked together to make a dish for the pre-Thanksgiving feast which included mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry jello squares, and applesauce. Cooking provides practical experiences with reading (a recipe), following directions and measuring. It also helps to develop fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination.
We were honored to have our very special Grandfriends on campus before Thanksgiving break. Our morning began with a delicious breakfast followed by a performance from our Kwaya Marimba. Grandfriends then went to their grandchild's classrooms for a myriad of activities. In Quaker tradition, we gathered for Meeting for Worship and then concluded our time together with a lively sing-along. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.
Our 7/8 Grade Kwaya Marimba was selected to perform at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference in February. This is the premier event for independent schools drawing thousands of schools leaders, administrators and teachers throughout the country. Congratulations to our 7th and 8th graders and Tr. Ed!
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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