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Nursery school parent visitor

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.
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Partners Sending Love and Light

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.
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Making and Unmaking of Mass Incarceration conference

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
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Join us for our Open House this Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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/
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Preschool Experiment

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.
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Heritage House Pre-Thanksgiving Meal

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.
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Grandfriends' Day

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.
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Kwaya Marimba to Perform at NAIS Conference

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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Celebrations of Learning

Parents came out for an informative evening at our Celebrations of Learning last Thursday. Middle school students started us off in the gym with a mini science fair. They shared the work have they've been engaged in around designing pollinator gardens and water quality issues. Then it was off to the classrooms where students from grades 1 through 8 led families through meaningful daily activities, read their work aloud, and shared about their learning process. It was a great night for parents to see up close what their children experience at Friends School Haverford. Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us.
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LARKs

Our LARK's Science Experiments Club enjoyed making galaxy slime while the Yoga and Meditation Club practiced their yoga poses. Science Club members mixed a few simple ingredients then watched in amazement as the liquid turned pliable and became slime. They dyed the slime blue and purple and decorated it with glitter to create an out of this world galaxy ball of slime. Yoga and Meditation Club members learned some basic poses such as mountain, warrior, and triangle to strengthen different parts of their bodies, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve calmness. Keep an eye on the Weekly Update for winter LARKs offerings. Registration opens December 16 and clubs begin after winter break.
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