News & Announcements

Meeting for Worship

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."
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First day of school

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.
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Meet-ups

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
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The gym is packed!

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.
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Pre-kindergarten meet-ups

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
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Gearing up for school

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.
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Welcome, Elena!

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.
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Professional Development

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.
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Welcome Tr. Karen

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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