New Family Guide

Welcome to Friends School Haverford! As you make your transition to FSH, we want you to feel welcomed, informed, and part of our community right from the start. The information below will help you successfully navigate through the first few weeks and months. Enjoy your educational journey at Friends School Haverford!
Friends School Haverford’s Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 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.
Contact Nancy Hurley in the Main Office to
-report an illness or absence for your child 
-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
-update alumni information
 
Contact the child's teacher to

-get information about curriculum and homework

-discuss academic matters or other student issues

 
Contact Carolyn Clingman, Communications Coordinator to

-change your email address for the Weekly Update

 
Contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu, Director of Extended Day Programs and Technology to
-get information about the Extended Day Program
-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

Contact Liza Ewen, Acting Head of School to
-ask questions regarding school policy
Children are expected to be dressed simply, neatly, and comfortably in clothing appropriate to their ages and to all the activities of the school. In accordance with the Friends' belief in the peaceful resolution of conflict, simplicity and moderation, camouflage clothing and clothing with weapons or adult messages such as alcohol, gambling, etc. may not be worn to school. Because physical education is a daily part of our curriculum, children should wear athletic shoes (no cleats or sandals) to school. Be sure your child's name is clearly marked on all clothing, especially masks, hats, mittens, boots, jackets, sweaters, and other removables. In consideration of other children's allergies, students should not wear perfume.
All students should bring healthy lunches to school. Research shows that nutrition affects students’ learning, therefore, we ask that soda and candy remain at home. In keeping with the Quaker testimony of Stewardship of the Earth, we ask that lunches be packed in reusable containers and students use cloth napkins and reusable utensils.
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.
In addition to the communication you will receive from your child(ren)’s teachers, you will receive a Weekly Update via email, every Monday evening filled with important information. Another great way to stay connected with the daily happenings at FSH is to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter accounts.

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. 

Families may drop off their child following our usual car line routine if they show a FeverFree app Clearance Badge. Families that do not have a clearance badge must park along the circle in front of the Meeting House and go to the Meeting House porch to our Wellness Check Station.
 
Pre-K and Grades 3-8 students with a clearance badge should be dropped off at the School House entrance.
Nursery School/Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1/2 students with a clearance badge should be dropped off at the Heritage House steps.
 

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.

7:55 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. - Middle School and Grades 3/4
8:05 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. - Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1/2
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Nursery School/Preschool
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Late Arrivals
 

*Any family that misses their assigned drop-off window must wait until 8:30 a.m. to complete the Wellness Check. 

Arrival by bus
Students are required to wear a face-covering at all times while riding the bus.
 
Students arriving to campus by school district bus will wait at the bus shed upon arrival, where they will be met by a faculty/staff member and complete the temperature and wellness check. We strongly encourage families of bus students to take their child’s temperature and review the wellness checklist each morning before getting on the bus. If a child presents symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, they will be brought directly to the Nurse’s Office and the family will be contacted to bring their child home. 
 
This fall, Early Birds will be available only to students arriving on campus by school district bus. 
 
Staggered Pick-up Schedule and Procedures
In order to ensure the safety of all our students, specific pick-up times will be assigned by class/grade or family group. Beginning this year, Friends School Haverford employees will no longer be securing children in car seats or seat belts. 
 
Families and caregivers should park in the appointed parking spots for their child’s building during their assigned pick-up time. Please exit the car and walk to the designated pick-up area in front of the appropriate building, where an FSH faculty or staff member will meet you with your child. We ask that families walk children back to their vehicle. 
 
N-PK Half-Day Dismissal Times:
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. NS/PS
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Pre-K Family Groups 1 & 2
 
N-8 Full-Day Dismissal Times:
2:45-2:55 p.m. Grades K-4 (please park your car if your child needs to be buckled into a car seat)
2:55-3:05 p.m. NS/PS and Middle School
3:05-3:15 p.m. Pre-K (please park your car if your child needs to be buckled into a car seat)
 
Early Dismissal Procedures
In the event that you need to pick your child up from school during the day (ie--for a doctor’s appointment), you must contact Nancy Hurley in the Main Office in advance to ensure your child is ready for his/her departure. Please park on campus and call the Main Office upon your arrival. A faculty/staff member will accompany your child to your car. 
Early Birds: Before School
Early Birds provides supervision for Friends School Haverford students from 7:15 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. at no charge. Parents may drop off their children on a regular or occasional basis. Bus riders who arrive before 8:00 a.m. join early birds. For delayed school openings, the Early Bird Program will also be delayed the same amount of time.

Extended Day: After School
Our Extended Program will be offered in a modified form this fall. Drop-in hours will not be available at this time.  Students can only attend XD on their pre-registered days. Students who attend XD will remain in their pods where the XD staff will join them. 

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. 
The Friends School Haverford summer program provides children (ages 3 – 8) with exciting and creative activities each day on our beautiful campus. Children will express their creativity through arts & crafts and loads of fun and imaginative play!
 
Each day will both excite and engage campers with new and interesting activities to explore. Whether it is spending time in our organic gardens, walking along nature trails, or making fun crafts, campers will never find themselves at a loss for options. Our summer staff will guide the campers in explorations of new and wonderful worlds!
Building on our “Kindness Day” movement that we launched on #MayTheFirst, we encourage students and staff to wear kindness attire on Mondays to remind ourselves and those we meet that the first thing we should be is kind. Every new student will receive a kindness T-shirt in September. We will offer additional kindness gear in our online store which opens in August. Any message of kindness on store-bought clothing is also welcome.
ASAs After School Activities (ASAs) are open to all middle school students (grades 5-8) and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in our athletics program. Offerings and descriptions are shared seasonally (fall, winter, spring) in the Weekly Update along with registration forms.

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.  ​