News & Announcements

Virtual Spring Celebration of the Arts

On May 28, families and friends came together for our Virtual Spring Celebration of the Arts, a digital variation of an annual event that showcases the creative expanse of our art curriculum. Participants viewed printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts, paintings, and drawings by students in nursery through eighth grade. Along with the amazing visual art, participants listened to music performed by students through our musical curriculum. If you missed the show, you can still see it by following the link below. Grab a few snacks and a beverage, sit back, and enjoy! Copy link: https://youtu.be/_PZDhwIv0ug
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Middle School Poetry Reading

FSH families and faculty came together Wednesday evening for a virtual poetry reading hosted by our middle school poets and Teacher Rob’s beat-poet alter ego. We heard a stellar variety of experimental writing as diverse in form and subject matter as the middle school community itself. Our poets sang about family, social issues, self-identity, places, quarantine, and hope beyond COVID-19. Some poems were humorous; others were sincere; all were expressive and true. Let’s give a thunderous applause to our fabulous middle schoolers!
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Outdoor nature exploration

Outdoor nature exploration is the heartbeat of Nursery School. Nursery friends have been submitting pictures of themselves and their outdoor discoveries on recent nature walks, reminding us that we stay together in spirit even when we're separated. Classmates share their nature discoveries every morning during Zoom circle time. So far, they have found tree stumps to jump on, rocks to climb, trails and tadpoles, and caterpillar marks on leaves. To collect some of their discoveries, students have made nature treasure boxes out of egg cartons.
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Kindergarten Poets

Kindergarten students have been writing poetry in small group Zoom sessions. They’ve experimented with acrostic poems and free verse to express ideas of their own. Our poets are learning from each other and practicing community-building while far apart!
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Congratulations Grades K-8

Since September, kindergarten through eight-grade students have answered 120,000 questions in both Math and Language Arts combined in IXL. IXL is a personalized online learning platform that develops skills in Math and Language Arts. FSH teachers use the platform as one of many tools to analyze data and offer personalized instruction to our students. FSH recently earned a certificate for this outstanding achievement. Way to go FSH!
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Grades 3/4 Social Studies

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us.” Teacher Rae’s 3/4 class learned the truth of James Baldwin’s statement this week when they studied the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education. This lesson expanded the world of the class’s recent novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963." Students read the last few chapters aloud during their morning Zoom meetings, talking through the challenging scenarios faced by the Watson family, and asking questions about the story and our society today. They made individual connections to movies, television, books, and shared personal experiences.
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Special Guests on Zoom

Heritage House students were treated to a few special guests on Zoom last Friday! One of our preschool parents arranged a behind the scenes talk with the giraffe zookeeper from the Elmwood Park Zoo! Gerald, Mokolo, and Dhoruba are the three giraffes the students got to see up close. The students had several questions for the zookeeper and learned that they walk within an hour of birth, they eat leaves from trees, and only need about thirty minutes of sleep a day.
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Grade 1/2 Poets

Celebrating National Poetry Month, Grades 1/2 wrote acrostic poems about amazing women from history. The stellar subjects included Mária Telkes, Queen Elizabeth II, Malala, Sally Ride, Elizabeth Hamilton, Nancy Roman, Sojourner Truth, and Maya Moore. A few students “celebrated themselves and sang themselves” with a different organizational pattern: repetition. These students wrote original "I am" poems composed of three-line stanzas that each began with “I _______.” Students wrote about themselves in true, expressive terms. Have a look at some of their clever samples!
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Tr. Kristin's Preschool Projects

One of Friends School Haverford’s professor-parents joined Teacher Kristin's online preschool class to celebrate “Poem in Your Pocket Day” and the conclusion of National Poetry Month. Throughout April, preschoolers have been reading, writing, and listening to poetry. A recent favorite was Jean-Pierre Siméon’s "This is a Poem that Heals Fish," which featured all kinds of patterns our preschoolers loved. It was an especially artsy week: students stretched their creativity with Teacher Brooke, who taught them how to use natural materials to form letters and their initials. More crafty activities included student-built cardboard looms. Preschoolers and their adults ventured outdoors to collect natural materials for their weaving project. They created their designs going over and under the yarn on the loom, weaving in each item one by one.
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