New Family Guide
SCHOOL AND OFFICE HOURS
- Staggered morning drop-off is between 7:55 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
- Staggered half-day pick up for nursery-pre-kindergarten is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
- Staggered afternoon pick-up for NS-8 is between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
WHOM TO CONTACT
-get a message to your child during the school day
-pick your child up before the end of the school day
-change mode of transportation for your child
-get information about curriculum and homework
-discuss academic matters or other student issues
-change your email address for the Weekly Update
-get help with a school-issued device, learning platform, or Zoom
Contact Elena Pike, Business Manager to
-get information regarding tuition payments
-get tax ID information for income tax purposes
-get information about tuition insurance
-request information regarding the endowment, major gifts, and planned giving
-give to FSH through the EITC Program
Contact Lisa Buscaglia, Director of Enrollment Management to
-request admission information
-request financial aid information
-recommend a potential student
-volunteer at school
-contribute to the FSH Fund
Contact Tippi Aronson, Assistant Head of School for Academics and Learning Specialist to
-get information about curriculum
-ask questions about academic programming and scheduling
-request testing through the Intermediate Unit
-ask questions about learning support
-consult with the school psychologist
LUNCH AND SNACKS
Students should pack a healthy and easy to eat morning snack and drink each day. Students participating in our after-school Extended Day program should pack an additional snack and drink.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES
In order to accommodate the process of daily temperature and wellness checks while maintaining social distancing guidelines, specific drop-off times have been assigned by class/grade and building. These times ensure that there are enough staff to check students in and keep the car lines moving. The only exception to this is students arriving by bus.
Please be vigilant in maintaining the speed limit of 5 mph when on campus. Please extend your patience and kindness to the faculty/staff members as we work to ensure the health and safety of the school community.
*Any family that misses their assigned drop-off window must wait until 8:30 a.m. to complete the Wellness Check.
EARLY BIRDS AND EXTENDED DAY
Extended Day: After School
To ensure adequate staffing, families need to pay for XD a month at a time. Families will be asked to choose and adhere to a specific pick-up window to allow for physical distancing during pick-up times. Any students not picked up by the 3:30 p.m. who are not registered for XD will be charged $50.
KINDNESS MONDAYS AT FSH
GLOSSARY OF FSH LINGO
Celebration of the Arts Celebration of the Arts is a time when the entire school community gathers to see the student wonderful artwork created under the director of Tr. Amy and hear the fantastic music learned under the direction of Tr. Ed. This event is typically held on a Thursday evening in late April. (See the school calendar for a specific date.)
Celebration of Learning Celebration of Learning is a time when the entire school community gathers to hear presentations given by the students in each grade about something they are currently learning about or information about something they have created. This event is typically held on a Thursday evening in November. (See the school calendar for a specific date.)
Community Room The Community Room is our multipurpose room located in the Schoolhouse to the left of the main office. We hold First Thursday Coffee and monthly PTO meetings as well as other parent gatherings in this room.
Coordinate Classes The coordinate classes are classes taught by a specialized teacher. The coordinate classes include Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish, Science, and Technology.
First Thursday Coffee Our head of school hosts a discussion over coffee the first Thursday of every month at 8:15 a.m. in the Community Room. Topics vary and a schedule is posted at the beginning of the year.
Forest’s Edge The Forest’s Edge is the name our Heritage House students call the backyard of the Maywood property. We let this area grow more naturally to give students a different kind of play space where they can make forts out of natural materials, play in our mud kitchen, and engage with our erosion table.
Grandfriends Day Each year we set aside the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to celebrate the special relationship between our students and their grandparents/grandfriends. We recognize that not everyone has a grandparent close by and this is why we include grandfriends. If your child's grandparents cannot attend, please invite someone special in your child's life such as an uncle, aunt, neighbor, or family friend. Our program includes breakfast, a concert, and classroom activities that provide grandparents/grandfriends with a glimpse into your child's daily life at school. Invitations are sent directly to grandparents/grandfriends so be sure to enter their information in ParentsWeb.
Heritage House The building that houses nursery school, preschool, and pre-kindergarten classrooms as well as the gymnasium/theater.
Kindness Day On May 1 (#MayTheFirst) our students and faculty engage in random acts of kindness in the community. Our motto is “May the first thing you be is kind.”
LARKS Late Afternoon Recreation for Kids (LARKS) is designed to provide our nursery through grade 4 students with opportunities for exploration, peer connections, and fun. Clubs offered in LARKS are sponsored by our own faculty and outside teachers. Offerings and descriptions are shared seasonally (fall, winter, spring) in the Weekly Update along with registration forms.
Maker Space Our Maker Space is a place where students can engage in hands-on, creative ways to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering.
Maywood The property next door at 831 Buck Lane was purchased by Friends School Haverford. While we are making plans for the house, we use the front of the property for parking and the backyard has become the Forest’s Edge.
Meeting for Worship Meeting for Worship lies at the heart of education at Friends School Haverford. Each meeting begins as children and adults quietly enter the Meeting House and proceeds in silent waiting. There is no order of service. At any time, anyone present — student, teacher, visitor — may stand and share a message. Messages are received with quiet appreciation and thoughtfulness. We gather in the Meeting House each week for approximately fifteen minutes and on other occasions such as Grandfriends’ Day, Holiday Meeting for Worship, and Graduation. At the conclusion of the Meeting for Worship, we sing songs, hear announcements, identify community problems, and arrive at solutions. Parents are invited and encouraged to join the community whenever possible for this time of meditation and sharing.
Nancy’s House Named after Nancy Bleznak, a student that attended our school in the 1970s, Nancy’s House is the two-story playhouse on our playground.
ParentsWeb This is your online parent portal to complete all school forms, view the family directory, make a change on who is authorized to pick up your child, and view your PS-8th grade student’s report card. When you applied to Friends School Haverford, you created a username and password. Now that your child(ren) is(are) enrolled, these are the login credentials you’ll want to save and keep using.
Partner Time Young and older students are paired together. Each Thursday before Meeting for Worship, they spend time together engaged in activities, service, and/or play. This time builds community between grades and fosters leadership skills in our older students.
PTO Our Parent-Teacher Organization is responsible for some community, student, and staff appreciation events. Every parent is automatically a member. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month in the community room. These meetings are also streamed live on our PTO Facebook Page. Participating in the PTO is a great way to feel more connected to the Friends School Haverford community.
Quaker Path The path owned and maintained by Haverford College that connects our two campuses. This path allows for a safe walk to the college without having to cross a street.
Preston Field The field at the corner of Buck Lane and Railroad Avenue. This field serves as our home field for soccer and softball games.
Responsive Classroom Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.
School House The building that houses kindergarten through grade 8 classrooms in addition to our administrative offices, Science Lab, Makerspace, Library, Music Room, Art Studio, and Community Room.
ZONES of Regulation The Zones is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. By addressing underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition, the framework is designed to help move students toward independent regulation. The Zones of Regulation incorporates Social Thinking® (www.socialthinking.com) concepts and numerous visuals to teach students to identify their feelings/level of alertness, understand how their behavior impacts those around them, and learn what tools they can use to manage their feelings and states.