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Footsteps for Friends and Pumpkin Day

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Footsteps for Friends 5K Race & 1-Mile Run/Walk and Pumpkin Day events on Saturday despite a little misty rain. Congratulations to our top runners Scott Higgins, Jake Swann, Natalie Neuhaus, Rebecca Wusinich, Chris Strawbridge, and Kathleen Fallah. We'd like to thank Alicia Walker for coordinating the food donations for Footsteps and Vicky Ryan for organizing Pumpkin Day. Thank you to Karen Bleznak and all the volunteers who marshaled the course or worked a shift, donated items, and brought in baked goods. Everyone's participation made these two events enjoyable for all.
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Studying Food and Culture

5th and 6th graders are exploring the role food plays in culture. As part of their study of the Middle East, students were treated to lunch at The Persian Grill, a Persian restaurant in Lafayette Hill. Among the food students were able to sample were hummus, chicken and lamb with Middle Eastern spices, and saffron and rosewater ice cream. Yum!
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Soccer Game

A lot of effort from both offense and defense in an exciting, well-played game from our soccer team vs Woodlynde School with a 2-4 final score. Come on out a cheer the team on today at home vs French International.
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Winged Wonders

FSH was buzzing with visitors at our Winged Wonders: The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly PLUS The Hardworking Honeybee event this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous for all the outdoor activities. Butterfly enthusiast and former Friends School Haverford teacher, Ann Ward, explained the Monarch Butterfly tagging process. Visitors, children, and their parents took turns visiting the butterfly house where they had the opportunity to hold and feed the newly tagged Monarchs. Children also enjoyed special butterfly-themed crafts, festive face painting, and delicious snacks by JPM Catering. Afterward, everyone gathered outside to release their new friends. Children wished upon butterfly wings as the Monarchs began their 2,000-mile migration to Mexico.

Beekeeper Eli St. Amour gave an up-close look at honeycombs and how honey is extracted while discussing the role of bees in the hive and how the flowers and plants near a hive can flavor the honey. A honey extraction demonstration and pollination simulation station were just some of the ways children learned about the important role honeybees play in keeping our food crops alive.
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Grade 3/4 Inventions

Grades 3/4 have been studying inventions and the engineering process in science class. Working with five items (a cup, plate, piece of string, paper towel and two paper clips) they had to brainstorm, draw up a plan, and then invent something from those items. They were then given a plastic spoon to take home and asked to add something to the spoon to make another invention. They presented their creative ideas to their classmates. Some of the inventions included a clock, a unicorn, a tiny piano, a rescue plane, a soup spoon with a splatter guard, and a balancing bird.
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FSH Celebrates International Day of Peace

Students in nursery school through grade eight expressed their thoughts about peace on fabric squares. The squares were sewn together to make peace flags which welcomed everyone who entered our campus this morning on this International Day of Peace.
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Alumni Weekend

Graduates from the classes of 1968 through 2018 joined us for a day of reconnecting and reminiscing during Alumni Weekend. The day started off with a light breakfast and lots of smiles as Friends started to recognize their former classmates. Tours of the school ended in the music room where guests were treated to a marimba performance by graduates from 2014-2018 who hadn't played together in years and didn't miss a beat. Heartfelt speeches were given by Sally Bleznak, Patty Bleznak Silverstein and Linda Escoll to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Nancy's House, our beloved play structure created and named in honor of Nancy Bleznak. Photos from the school's founding to the present were on display in the community room for everyone to enjoy. A buffet lunch and Meeting for Worship wrapped up the festive day.
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Brandywine Living Visitors

A few of our senior friends from Brandywine Living paid a visit to grades 1/2 and 3/4. After everyone introduced themselves, our senior friends shared stories of what they did before coming to Brandywine. Mrs. Johnnie was a librarian; Vera traveled extensively; Jane was a third-grade teacher; Barbara was a volunteer; Tom was in the navy; Susan has two grandchildren who graduated FSH; and finally Rozy, now 94, graduated FSH in 1937! She visited her old classroom to recall many fond memories. Our valuable connection to our friends from Brandywine Living proves to be an education for both young and old. We all can learn together and from each other.
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Camp Speers

Last Thursday and Friday, the Middle School students had another marvelous trip to Camp Speers for two days of spirit-rousing and community-building! The rain didn't deter us from enjoying canoe races, archery lessons, and the low ropes course. In the evening, students and the Speers' staff performed skits, sang songs, made s'mores, and did the Cupid Shuffle. We had a great time reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new ones to the FSH Middle School!
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