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Peace March

Heritage House students marched for peace and friendship today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. They handed out peaceful sayings while marching through the Schoolhouse with handmade, decorated signs. They have been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington. The March for Peace and Friendship was a wonderful way to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.
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Grades 3/4 Math Class

Grades 3/4 worked on their time tables in math today. First, they discussed different strategies to use for multiplication such as adding, skip counting, using arrays or a number line. Their focus was on three time tables. After they had all the concepts down, they worked on their own to solve several multiplication problems.
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Tr. Julie's preschool class trip to Haverford College

Tr. Julie's preschool class has been expressing an interest in trees. She read the book "The Hugging Tree" by Jill Neimark to the students. Alone on a mighty cliff by the sea, a tiny tree struggles to grow and thrive. She is nurtured by the sea, the sun and moon, and becomes home to a family of loons. But winter ice storms and bitter cold break her boughs and roots. Will she survive? The resilience of the "Hugging Tree" calls to mind the potential in all of us: to thrive, despite times of struggle and difficulty. To nurture the little spark of hope and resolve.

Afterward, the class took a trip to the climbing tree at Haverford College. Along the way to campus, students tried to see how many friends could fit on a certain tree stump. They discussed how the trees are changing in Winter and compared trees that have lost their leaves to trees that are still green. A discussion about what we would need to do to take care of the trees led to thoughtful ideas.
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Grades 5/6 English Class

Grades 5/6 have been studying about prepositions, conjunctions, articles, verbs, and idioms. They got in teams of two with a buzzer to play a fun game to identify these. They were given a two-word clue and had to figure out the idiom, identify the meaning of it, and then identify if the words in the idiom were prepositions, conjunctions, articles, or verbs. They are also studying civil rights and reading "Stella by Starlight" which is a story about a young girl living in the segregated South and where bravery battles prejudice. They each read aloud and had an intelligent discussion about events in the story and defined some words they were unfamiliar with.
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Kindergarten and Grade 1 students were invited to a STEAM event this past weekend in our new makerspace. After listening to a read-aloud of "Far Away Fox," students engaged in projects around the theme of foxes and other animals. Stations included build a habitat, make an animal mask, printmaking, geoboards, and a prey and predator camouflage demonstration. A unicorn, fox, and puppy emerged at the mask table. Students constructed habitats out of cardboard and items from nature for a small stuffed fox. Designs ranged from luxury apartments to burrow-like hide-aways. Potato stamps left a trail of animal tracks at the printmaking station. Students also made their own animal prints with foam and ink rollers. M&Ms hidden among Skittles showed how animals use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Both students and adults enjoyed a morning of creativity in our new space.
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Local artist and graduate visit

We are so excited to hang this perfectly messaged piece of art, painted by local artist and graduate David Gerbstadt, in our school. Thank you, David, for stopping by to hand-deliver the piece and speak with our students. We look forward to having you visit again soon.
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Heritage House Fireside Reading

Nursery through Kindergarten students cozied up by the fire in the Meeting House today to hear Tr. Matt read "The Night Before Christmas" and "Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah." Students sang a few holiday songs and then enjoyed listening to the stories. This is a lovely tradition that we cherish every holiday season.
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The Season of Giving

The FSH holiday gift shop was bustling with shoppers today. Students enjoyed dropping by to purchase presents for their family members. The gift items were donated by members of our community and were priced at $1 each. We were extremely lucky to have so many helping hands working together to make the Holiday Gift Sale possible this year. Thank you to those who donated toys, gifts, supplies, and food, and to our PTO and wonderful volunteers who were gracious enough to donate their time. A special thank you Katy Ruckdeschel, Karen Bleznak, and Vicky Ryan for planning and organizing this wonderful event.
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