Weekly Update
April 3, 2018
First Thursday Coffee 
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room

What does it mean to be a Quaker school? What is Quaker history and philosophy? How are these subjects addressed in nursery school through eighth grade? What does one "do" during silent Meeting for Worship? Why did you choose a Quaker school for your child? Please join the chair of our faculty committee on Quakerism, Liza Ewen, and me for a conversation about Quakerism and how it is manifest at Friends School Haverford.

First Thursday Coffees provide an opportunity for parents to socialize, share feedback, raise issues, and ask questions of their own. We will gather at 8:00 am to enjoy refreshments and each other's company. We will begin the meeting at 8:15 am.

If the topic of this month's coffee is of interest to you but you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact  Nancy Hurley in the office to schedule an appointment to meet with me at a time that is convenient for you. Regular and forthright discussion, open lines of communication, and the exchange of ideas improve our community. I am grateful for your support. I am always happy to hear from you.

I hope to see you there,

Michael Zimmerman
Head of School
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon 
Friday, April 13
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Please consider bringing a dish, making a contribution, or volunteering your time for our Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 13th. Dishes may be dropped off anytime Friday morning April 13 before 11:00 am (it is conference day, so you may be at school anyway for your parent-teacher conference!).

Please email  Carolyn Fortenberry or call 610-635-5677 with any questions. 

Click here to sign up.

THANK YOU very much for your generosity!
Spring Celebration of
the Arts 
Save the Date
Thursday Evening, April 26

The Friends School Haverford Spring Celebration of the Arts showcases the creative expanse of our arts curriculum. Under the direction of our art teacher, Amy Kiely, a sampling of each student's artwork is exhibited throughout the school. Later in the evening, students in grades 1-8 will present a musical program, displaying a variety of styles, which is the culmination of their year-long study in music with Tr. Ed Nardi. There will also be a performance by the Kwaya Marimba Group. The kids worked hard, so please stay for the entire performance.

*Please note, all after-school activities will be CLOSED in preparation for the Spring Celebration. This includes Extended Day, LARKs, and ASAs.

Spring Sports Sign-ups 
Softball and Tennis
April 9 - May 18

Sports are for middle school students in grades  5 through 8.

All practices and games are held Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  (Students may return later from away games depending on travel time.)

Click here  to download the sign-up sheet. 
Please return to Mrs. Stewart by  Wednesday,
April 4
Practice begins  April 9.

If you have any questions about the program or scheduling, please contact  Sharon Stewart.

Please return basketball uniforms in a bag with your name to Mrs. Stewart as soon as possible.  Thank You!
Vacation Care Available 
for Friday, April 13 

Full Day: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm | $100.00
Half Day: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm | $50.00
Conference Time: $10 per half hour period.

Click here for form and return by  April 9, 2018 .

Contact  Mwazhuwa Kuretu  for more information.
April Lunch Menu 
Lunches can be ordered until midnight the night before school. Refunds are only available with 24 hours notice of student absence or if there is a snow day or school cancellation. We prefer lunches are bulk ordered at the beginning of the month. 

Please email Joe Petrucci (no phone calls please) with refund requests or any other questions.  Please click here for ordering instructions to order school lunches via the JPM Catering website. 

Please Note: (GF) Stands for Gluten Free, (PO) Stands for Picky-Eater Option and will include the same side as the regular lunch unless otherwise noted. (V) Stands for Vegetarian.
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Meet the Meeting!

An Invitation to Explore Quakerism
What does it mean when we say that FSH is under the care of Haverford Friends Meeting?

How have Quakers been involved in social action movements?

Haverford Friends Meeting extends a special welcome to Friends School Haverford families, students and teachers:  Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 am , for  Sunday  school, worship, light lunch, and brief discussion/Q&A.

Questions? Please contact
Brenda Rose Simkin
How to Raise Resilient Kids

As parents, we want our children to be emotionally resilient - able to handle life's ups and downs. But parents' ability to foster resilience in our children hinges a great deal on our own emotional resilience.
Click here for full article.
Ardmore Food Pantry Collection Extended to April 6


In addition to their "Soup in a Jar" service project, the Pre-Kindergarten class is currently collecting non-perishable food items and full-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste) for the Ardmore Food Pantry.  If you would like to contribute, please feel welcome to add items to the collection bags (located at the Main Office and Prekindergarten
classroom) anytime through dismissal on Friday, April 6. 

Click here for  Ardmore Food Pantry's list of non-perishable food items. 

Thank you in advance for your support!
Jump Rope for Heart

Grades 1-4 raised $1,048.00 for Jump Rope for Heart (American Heart Association). Way to go!
Donate to the Annual Fund with Just a Click!

Please join the circle of families that support FSH students and teachers through the Annual Fund by making a gift to this effort before June 30, when the 2017-2018 Annual Fund campaign closes. Our Annual Fund gifts go beyond closing the gap between the amount of tuition we pay and the actual costs of educating our children. Every Annual Fund gift helps make the Friends School Haverford experience exciting, enriching, and memorable for each and every student.

Click here to donate.
Vote for FSH in the Hipster Henry 2018 Preschool Survey

Vote for FSH in the Annual Hipster Henry 2018 Preschool Survey. Click here to take the survey.
Digital Version of School Directory Available

If you'd like to see a digital version of the school directory, please contact Carolyn Clingman for the password and instructions.
Pretzel Fridays 

This pretzel initiative is an opportunity to fundraise for middle school trips, build community, and engage with math skills in meaningful ways. The Carousel Connections crew and middle school math students will sell pretzels during the class snack times on Fridays. If you would like your child to receive a freshly baked pretzel, please send a $1 in with him/her. Please note that we will not have a pre-paid sale due to our focus on the math and money exchange. Thank you for supporting our pretzel sale!
Past Weekly Updates 

Looking for an old Weekly Update ?We now have past ones on our website.  Click here  to view.
April 5 
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

April 6
Kwaya Marimba Performance at Friends Central
9:50 am

April 9 
Spring Sports Begin

April 11
PTO Meeting
8:15 am

April 13
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences

No School

April 26
Diversity Committee Meeting 
8:15 am

Spring Celebration of the Arts

Click to view the entire online school calendar
Ongoing Fundraisers

There are many on going fundraising opportunities that benefit our school.

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