News & Announcements

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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