Grades 1/2 celebrated the 100th day of school with many activities. Each student brought in 100 of 1 item from home that would fit into a ziplock bag to count out at school. Some of the activities were drawing a portrait of how they would look at 100 years old, an I wish I had 100... poem, and even and odd puzzle pictures.
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There were a lot of Valentine's Day celebrations throughout the school today. The Middle school enjoyed a party this morning with a lot of delicious food provided by middle school parents. Kindergarten, grades 1/2 and 3/4 enjoyed exchanging valentines and had a party. Pre-kindergarten made homemade heart-shaped pizzas with the help of two parents from their class to share with their grade 3/4 partners. Preschool and nursery school had a pajama day and watched the movie "Frozen" together. Preschool placed valentines in each others' mailboxes and had a special snack together. Nursery school had a card exchange and hot cocoa. Happy Valentine's Day to all.
The FSH basketball team had a lively scrimmage against each other with an official ref to finish off their season with a score of 21-18. Their final record was 3 wins and 5 losses. Way to go FSH Foxes!
We are happy to share that Friends School Haverford received the "Most Loved Award" in the preschool category from Hulafrog. Winners were determined by parent votes. Thank you for showing us your love.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, preschool took a walk to visit our grandfriends at Brandywine Senior Living. They passed out their handmade valentines to the residents which allowed them to share their holiday spirit with our neighborhood community.
Our preschool chefs cooked up some homemade tomato sauce with Tr. Kristen. They tested their sense of smell by sniffing all of the ingredients, from basil to parsley to garlic. Students took turns using the garlic press and stirring the sauce, which they will enjoy with the pasta they made together for snack time!
The week started out with a super snowy Monday! During morning recess, students channeled their creativity by building a very life-like snowman, complete with hair, eyes, a mouth, and arms. FSH is committed to students spending time outdoors during all seasons and in all types of weather, as learning happens not only in the classroom but during play.
Kindergarten has been learning about fictional stories and studied the book, "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. Each student chose an animal from the book to study. They did research in the library on their chosen animal. They took notes, formed them into sentences, made an illustrated book, and then created wonderful dioramas including a ceramic animal they made in art class. They invited preschool and nursery school friends over for a presentation of their fine work. Their dioramas will be on display at the Ludington Library this spring.
Grades 1/2 welcomed the Chinese New Year with a celebration today. One of their classmates brought in food, coins, and red envelopes to share. He gave an explanation of why the Lunar New Year is important to him because of his Dad's ancestors and what different foods and traditions represent. Everyone enjoyed almond and cinnamon cookies, rice balls, tofu dumplings, clementines and figs, which all represented luck and longevity and also chocolate coins and red envelopes that represented luck.
Nursery school is learning all about grown-up people’s jobs and how they help us as part of their community helpers unit of study. They ran a baby doll and teddy bear clinic with the assistance of one of our parents who is a nurse at Penn in the oncology department. She gave all of the stuffed buddies check-ups. Our students got to practice using a stethoscope and learned about good handwashing practices.
In Writing Workshop, grades 1/2 held a Writing Celebration. They read their original stories to a captive audience of grade 3/4 friends. Students demonstrated the use of crafting techniques and good text structure in their latest books. They also beautifully illustrated their stories.
We had a nice turnout Saturday evening for a screening of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" the story of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. The film paid tribute to this legacy in this highly engaging, moving documentary portrait of an essential American artist. Mr. Rogers' philosophy fits right into the teachings of Friends School Haverford. Friends School Haverford and the Ardmore Food Pantry partnered together for this screening. We collected many food items to help benefit local families and families impacted by the government shutdown which was a wonderful way to help our neighbors.
Take a look around the Schoolhouse and Heritage House at all the bulletin boards to see various creative projects going on here at FSH. Check out the progress of prekindergarten's circulatory system study. View kindergarten’s artwork that shows how they would treat others better. The artwork displays their thoughts after reading the book, “The Other Side” by Jaqueline Woodson, a story about segregation and friendship. See the results of grades 1/2's natural dyes and weaving project collaboration in art and science. Follow grade 3/4 through the writing process as they wrote persuasive essays.
The FSH basketball team suffered a tough loss against United Friends School 21-32. They had a good comeback effort in the final quarter and showed a lot of teamwork. Come out and cheer on the team at home next Tuesday, February 5 vs French International.
It was middle school parent move-up day on Wednesday at Friends School Haverford! Parents of Grade 4 students were invited to join grades 5/6 in humanities with Tr. Kathleen for the morning. Students discussed how racial biases have affected their lives and how these same biases affect the criminal justice in the United States. They emphasized the value of diversity and determined that they are able to make an impact in the world around them.
It was move-up day for Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 4 students on Wednesday. Kindergarten and grade 1 students discussed things that are the same and different such as comparing kindergarten to grades 1/2. Kindergarteners and 1st-grade friends paired up with each other and enjoyed sharing activities together on the iPad. Grade 2 enjoyed "I'm Going to Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self Esteem," a book written by Jamie Lee Curtis about self-esteem and loving the skin you’re in read by Tr. Dee in the 3/4 classroom. Grade 2 joined grade 3 in science and explored the properties of a reaction from a baking soda and vinegar experiment. Grade 4 learned about poetry in English class and in Humanities looked at an infographic that examined gender inequality in film, behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Kids were sharing examples of characters on shows they watch and thinking about how females are portrayed. Lastly, grade 4 tried different group activities in Science, estimating volume and weight in metrics with their grade 5/6 classmates. It was a nice look into what they will be learning and experiencing next year.
Friends cozied up on blankets in the gym for our double feature movie night and pizza party this past weekend. Some of our younger friends joined us to see Buzz and Woody in "Toy Story." Our older friends joined us for a pizza party right after the movie and then stayed to journey back to 1955 with Marty McFly in "Back to the Future." Thank you to everyone who brought non-perishable food items for the Ardmore Food Pantry #SmallActsBigImpact.
Members of Haverford Monthly Meeting were warmly welcomed into the classrooms for Morning with a Friend. Each shared a bit about their lives and what it means to them to be Quaker. In Heritage House, BrendaRose Simkin joined Forest’s Edge and preschool students for a singalong using a variety of musical instruments. Marge Dawson came to visit with the prekindergarten and kindergarten classes sharing her knowledge about William Penn. At the Schoolhouse, grades 1/2 had a visit from Susan Davis who talked about her experiences in Morocco while serving in the Peace Corps. Guest Kate deRiel, who is on the Indian Committee of Quakers had a copy of William Penn’s Wampum Belt made by Native Americans that she showed to grades 3/4. Robert Urquhart shared about his experiences in high school with the American Field Service, family travel to Austria, and read a few poems that his father used to read to him as a child to grades 5/6. Carl Watson, an engineer had a discussion with grades 7/8 about the importance of keeping an open mind to all educational experiences. There were many interesting and captivating experiences shared. The morning concluded as the community gathered to attend Meeting for Worship together.
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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