Announcing a Partnership with Wolf PAC!

Friends School Haverford is excited to announce a partnership with Wolf Performing Arts Center. Wolf PAC will offer summer theatre camp for grades K-8 on our campus. Camps will run from June 21 through August 21. Each two-week session will feature one cast of campers who will perform a fully-staged Broadway musical at the end of the second week. Performances will be streamed for family and friends. Go to http://www.wolfperformingartscenter.org/friends-school-haverford to learn more. We hope to see you this summer.

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Announcing a Partnership with Wolf PAC!

Friends School Haverford is excited to announce a partnership with Wolf Performing Arts Center. Wolf PAC will offer summer theatre camp for grades K-8 on our campus. Camps will run from June 21 through August 21. Each two-week session will feature one cast of campers who will perform a fully-staged Broadway musical at the end of the second week. Performances will be streamed for family and friends. Go to http://www.wolfperformingartscenter.org/friends-school-haverford to learn more. We hope to see you this summer.
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PE Class

Pre-K showed off their balance beam skills while grades 3/4 did some strength training exercises before spring break in PE class. The beam helps with balance, concentration, and focus. 3/4 strengthened their leg and lower body muscles rolling around the gym on scooters. Students also practiced core workout exercises on the mat.
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Spring has sprung!

Spring is in the air! For a Zen moment, nursery and preschool friends were asked to close their eyes and “hear” spring! What are some of the sounds you hear? Do you hear birds chirping? How about the wind? After a few moments of concentration, students explored the playground, collected rocks and flowers, and dropped them in a glass of water. Why? The class was investigating what “spring signs” float and sink when placed in a glass bowl. Students noticed that some things sink quickly, like pebbles, while others, like dirt, sink slowly. Daffodils, blades of grass, and leaves floated calmly and colorfully on top of the water! A delicious "spring soup" was created to bring something beautiful inside the classroom to remind us of the beauty outside!
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Wax Museum

Grades 3/4 have been learning about an amazing assembly of inventors and scientists. Each student chose one they would eventually portray for a performance in a mock Wax Museum. After research from a variety of websites, students compiled a first-person PowerPoint presentation, all in character! Elon Musk, Temple Grandin, and Lonnie Johnson were just a few of the students' subjects. In costume, students relayed a short story about their subject. Everyone did a wonderful job and learned something from their classmates.

Friends School Haverford is pleased to share that it will return to its roots as a Nursery-Grade 5 school, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

By embracing our historic identity as a Quaker elementary school (Nursery-Grade 5) Friends School Haverford will continue to offer a nurturing environment infused with energy, enthusiasm, and joy, where children of all ages learn through play and hands-on discovery. Our early childhood and elementary programs have long attracted families who want an educational program focused on the whole child, committed to outdoor exploration, and driven by Quaker values. Embedded in the mission of our Quaker school is the belief that each child deserves to be seen, heard, and deeply known. Our teachers create a place for students to be accepted for who they are, make mistakes without judgment, and develop self-confidence.
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Grade 7/8 English

Grades 7/8 English are dwelling in possibility with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. After a group reading of "I Dwell in Possibility," students cut out the poem's words, scrambled them up, and arranged them in order. On the following day, they created their own poems, rearranging Dickinson's words to make fabulous new meanings.
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Model community

Let the construction begin! Grade 1/2 is building a model community using boxes and construction paper. Each community member will write about two roles (like a hospital worker, business owner, or construction worker), create a model person, and construct a relevant model building. Now, students are thoughtfully organizing the different buildings; they recently decided to put the lawmaker’s building near the court. They'll add businesses to the community and think about how business owners and workers make a difference in their hometown. It takes a village!
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Grade 7/8 Humanities

Grade 7/8 took their Humanities class outdoors for a reading of "A Raisin in the Sun". The play was first performed on Broadway in 1959. Students are discussing how the themes of the play, like racial discrimination, are relevant today.
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Grade 1/2 pen pals

To practice communicating in Spanish, grade 1/2 are writing pen pal letters to students from the bilingual Antonia Pantoja Charter School in Philadelphia. This is a real writing exchange: they're helping us with Spanish, and we're helping them with English! The classes connect through letters and Zooms to get acquainted. In the first meeting, students read the book, Same, Same But Different, to discuss how people who live in different places have similar and different characteristics. Students will be Zooming monthly.
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Rags 2 Riches Donation

Pre-Kindergarten donated new toys, treats, leashes, bowls, puppy pads, chew bones, blankets, and beds to the Rags 2 Riches Animal Shelter. In addition, they collected two large boxes of linens to help keep the animals comfortable while they wait for their forever homes. When Tr. Julie met Director Lisa Fabienne, there were only two animals, but Lisa expects a transport from Texas with over 30 puppies who survived the freeze. Our contribution will be invaluable when the new rescues arrive. Looking to adopt? Check out their available pets rags2richesrescue.webs.com.
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Heritage House back on playground equipment

Heritage House students didn't miss a beat getting back on their playground equipment! The students were climbing and swinging and sounds of laughter were heard. To keep with the safety standards, the equipment will only be used in pod groups.
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Grade 3/4 Social Studies Presentations

In Social Studies, grade 3/4 students presented their research projects to the whole class on the First Nations Tribes: Hopi, Cherokee, Iroquois, and Sioux. Students teamed up in groups of two and three for their project. The class worked on being good audience members: making eye contact, listening to the speaker, thinking and asking questions at the end, and applauding appropriately. The students discussed food, hunting, clothing, tools, education, and games and activities. They asked thoughtful questions at the end of the presentations. Did you know in the Cherokee tribe, the whole family slept in a bed called an Asi?
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Mr. Fox Appearance

Look for an appearance by Mr. Fox tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, at morning drop-off! He will be collecting cereal boxes for Pre-K's domino run and food donation to the Ardmore Food Pantry.
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Kindergarten celebrating 100 days of school

Kindergarten had a full day of celebrations for the 100 days of school. Students made 100 Day of School hats, found 100 shapes in the number 100, drew what they would look like at 100 years old, and read their writing pieces to PreK over Zoom. In their writing, they answered the prompt: If I had $100 I would... The class also posed for pictures from home with 100 objects they found. Nothing like topping off the day with a freeze dance party!
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Pre-Kindergarten Guest from The Seeing Eye

Nora Mearns, a volunteer for The Seeing Eye, visited Pre-Kindergarten to explain how she trains puppies to help guide people who are blind. The mission of The Seeing Eye is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind through the use of specially trained dogs. Students viewed pictures of Nora's dog Elwood and the places she takes him to learn how to navigate the world for their owners. One client said "the hard part about being blind is not being able to see people, the good part is having a very special dog."
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Nursery and Preschool

Nursery and preschool students worked on their fine motor skills using various manipulatives. Students engaged with two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes for the development of reasoning in mathematical thinking. They are learning to match, recognize, and represent quantities through 20.
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Gr 5/6 Biographies

Alice Coachman, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisholm were just some of the activists, politicians, athletes, pilots, and poets grade 7/8 researched for Black History Month. The class shared a slideshow presentation of their subject, discussing topics ranging from place of birth, childhood, and family to personal hardships, special achievements, and their special legacy.
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Random Acts of Kindness Day

For Random Acts of Kindness Day, Pre-K read the book "Be Kind." A student called kindness "doing something kind for someone for no reason at all!" Pre-K thought it would be nice to make birdfeeders for the birds before the snowstorm comes. Students laced pipe cleaners with cheerios and hung them on the trees in our outdoor space. The class was happy to help the animals who share our exploration space. Another random act of kindness? The class made Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Haverford Estates. Tr Julie delivered them to the appreciative residents over the weekend.
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Celebrating black history month in math

Mathematicians in grades 3-8 celebrated black history month by learning about Benjamin Banneker, an African American Mathematician who constructed the first working wooden clock in America. Students at FSH designed a "Creative Clock" where every number was represented by an expression or equation.
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Most Loved K-8 Private School Award

It's fitting that Friends School Haverford received the Most Loved K-8 Private School Award on Valentine’s Day! Thank you for showing us your love. If you would like to learn why our families LOVE FSH, contact our Enrollment Manager, Lisa Buscaglia, to schedule a tour.

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  • 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
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  • 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
  • 135 Years in Quaker Education
  • 38% Students of color
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