Say cheese! It was glorious weather for C on Wednesday. Students at FSH sat for their picture by the flower circle and grinned for the camera with big smiles. Mr. Fox even showed up and got his picture taken. He hasn't aged a day, has he?
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After settling into Thurs. Virtual Meeting for Worship, Tr. Liza explored what it means to hold someone in the light. Last week, after reading EE Cummings' "i thank You God for most this amazing," she called on students to ask what they can do to care for nature.
Nursery, preschool, and kindergarten students discovered tree seed pods, sticks, and natural objects during outdoor exploration time. Kindergarten embarked on a scavenger hunt searching high and low for tree seed pods. They found acorns and seed pods from black walnut and sweet gum trees. Nursery and Preschool worked individually and together to collect all kinds of sticks of different shapes and sizes.
“They’re teaching not just the skills he needs to do well academically, but how to be a good person in the world.” Check out our school profile featuring one of our FSH families in the Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Family Education Guide.
Grade 5/6 is learning how to calculate the area, perimeter, and volume of shapes. Before they returned to on-campus learning, they applied their newfound knowledge with a layout of a store, carefully measuring the dimensions of each part. Once they honed those skills, they moved on to measuring the volume of several cube shapes. Inch by inch, foot by foot, practice makes perfect!
Check out the FSH center spread in the 1941 issue of The Main Line Caller! Then, as now, our school believed that "the natural activity of little children is the direct road to learning." We're all about play-based, student-centered learning!
Virtual Meeting for Worship was attended by grades 3 through 8 today while younger friends attended classes on campus. Tr. Liza asked students and faculty to settle into silence and look to the light within themselves. What rises to the surface and matters most to you? What would compel you to speak before a meeting of Friends? We'll be returning to Thursday Meeting for Worship on Zoom starting next week. See you then!
On Friday, Friends School Haverford welcomed to campus new families and students in nursery through second grade. From drop-off to pick-up, everything went smoothly. After settling into classrooms and routines, student pods enjoyed outdoor classes throughout the day. We're looking forward to seeing grades three through eight this Friday. Don't forget your mask!
Friday Fun Fact: FSH has always valued physical growth, mental stimulation, and exercise. The Climbing Tree at Haverford College has been a well-loved destination by our students for more than six decades. The osage orange tree fell more than 85 years ago and continues to grow in a reclining position allowing even our youngest students to climb its branches.
Some of our teachers set up virtual classrooms in their homes and are teaching virtually. Others are teaching from their classrooms on campus. We are just days away from seeing our early childhood and elementary school students back on campus!
The learning has begun in all subjects. Here's a recap of our first full week back to school via FSH Online.
A special guest appeared during this week's Meeting for Worship. George the fox assisted Tr. Liza as she talked about looking inside of yourself and others for the good (Light of God). George shared that he settles into quiet by thinking about his favorite quiet place, peace, people he misses, nature, family, helping others, and FSH. After we practiced settling into stillness, Tr. Ed ended Meeting with the song "May All Children."
We welcomed all of our students back on this first official day of school. Our FSH Online school day began with morning meetings in every grade, followed by a mix of live and recorded lessons. Our faculty worked throughout the summer to ensure that FSH students will receive meaningful and personalized learning experiences each day whether on or off campus. We're looking forward to bringing everyone back to 851 Buck Lane in just a couple of weeks.
NS through grade 8 classes had on-campus meet-ups outside over the past week. Students and teachers welcomed new classmates and reconnected with old friends for an hour of games, dancing, and activities. Everyone completed their online wellness check before arrival and did a great job wearing masks. Welcome back NS-8! #ThisIsQuakerEd #SmallANDMighty
The gym is packed! Our teachers gathered all the math, literacy, science, social studies, language, art, music, and PE items students need to learn from home so they are ready to start FSH Online on Tuesday, September 8. These learning materials for nursery-grade 8 were boxed up and are ready to go home with students when they come for their meet-ups on campus this week.
Pre-kindergarten classes had on-campus meet-ups outside last Thursday. Students and teachers welcomed new classmates and reconnected with old friends for an hour of games, dancing, and activities. Everyone completed their online wellness check before arrival and did a great job wearing masks. Welcome back pre-k! #ThisIsQuakerEd
Faculty and staff are busy gearing up for our return to school. They are attending in-service Zoom meetings, putting together learning kits, brushing up on their learning platforms, and getting their classrooms ready for the big day. Our mentors are meeting with their mentees, guiding them in their professional development. Even the chickens are getting ready for the students' return.
We are pleased to welcome Elena Pike as our new Business Manager. Elena comes to us with extensive experience in independent schools, including 11 years at Gwynned Mercy Academy High School, AIM Academy, and most recently, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. Elena spent time working with Cheryl Hammond Hopewell this summer to ensure a smooth transition in the Business Office as we head into the next school year.
FSH teachers and staff took part in various professional development opportunities over the summer. Tr. Lauren attended a virtual middle school math conference "Moving Math Forward." Tr. Carolyn joined 1,500 communication professionals around the globe for a six-week summer camp. Tr. Kristin and Tr. Julie joined colleagues around the world through a Facebook group created for participants in the Play First Summit. This was a program coordinated by Sally Haughey and Tom Hobson, both leaders in progressive, child-led, play-based early childhood education. It featured an international panel of speakers addressing issues around the pandemic, distance learning, and the re-opening of schools. Speakers also addressed racism and our work to create anti-racist learning spaces, the importance of trusting children to direct their own learning, and the value of outdoor play and risk-taking in nurturing independence.
Please join us in welcoming Karen Lancaster as our new K-8 Science teacher. Most recently, Karen taught middle and upper school science at The Baldwin School. Karen earned her undergraduate degree from Denison University and has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is also a graduate student at The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education in their Project-Based Learning program. Welcome, Karen!
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At a glance
- 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
- 22 Faculty
- 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
- 135 Years in Quaker Education
- 38% Students of color
- 24 Zip codes
- 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice