with Head of School,
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room
Having trouble helping your child with her or his math homework? Why teach several ways to multiply? If mathematics is a language of quantity, what is instruction in this language like in early childhood, elementary, and middle school classrooms? What can parents do at home to support the learning of mathematics? Perhaps you would be interested in sharing what the role of mathematics has been in your life.
Please join grade 3/4 teacher, Dee Amey; grade 1/2 teacher, Susan Bodley; and me to discuss mathematics education at Friends School Haverford.
First Thursday Coffees afford an informal opportunity for parents to socialize, share feedback, raise issues, and ask questions. 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.
Please feel free to come to First Thursday coffees with topics of your own for discussion.
I hope to see you there,
Head of School
PTO Leadership 2018-2019
Nominations are being accepted for the 2018-2019
PTO leadership. You may nominate yourself or someone you feel would make a good candidate. Nominations will be brought forward at the next
PTO meeting on Monday, May 7 for consensus.
Chair (1-year term)
This position will be held by Karen Bleznak who served as a
co-chair this year.
Vice-chair 1 - Fundraisers (1-year term*)
Vice-chair 2 - Hospitality (1-year term*)
Vice-chair 3 - Service Coordinator (1-year term*)
Treasurer (1-year term)
Secretary (1-year term)
Historian (1-year term)
* Following a one-year term, one of the three Vice-Chairs will assume the role of Chair.
May 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.
Early-bird discount with coupon code FRIENDS through May 2.
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.
Tuesday, May 22 during
Ready to share your talent with the community? Here's how:
PRACTICE your act (Note: students may only perform in one act--group or solo)
SHARE any musical accompaniment as an MP3 file with Tr. Liza by Friday, May 11
PREVIEW your act for the 8th-grade organizers on Tuesday, May 14
PERFORM for the community on Tuesday, May 22
*Acts may not be longer than 3 minutes; no lip-syncing*
Save the Date
Saturday, May 12 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Carnival games, balloon artist, attic treasures, artisan bazaar, magician, kids crafts, petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, fair food, and more! The FSH Spring Fair is a time-honored tradition for the entire community.
Click on the links below for your child's grade to sign up to volunteer.
Advance tickets are on sale. Click here to download the ticket forms.
*Please note that we need help on Friday, May 11 for Attic Treasures.
to sign up.
Opportunities to underwrite this event are available.
If interested, please contact
Donation items are needed for the Spring Fair "Attic Treasures" Booth.
Suggested Items: Bikes, games, toys, DVDs, small appliances,
housewares, jewelry, books, musical CDs, gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, teens, or child would all be great... anything you think could possibly be another person's treasure!
Donation collection bins will be located outside of the Meetinghouse during school hours starting Monday, April 23
Rescheduled to May 17
Kwaya Marimba Group Performance
Welcome from Head of School, Michael Zimmerman
Grandfriends join students in their classrooms
Meeting for Worship
Meeting for Singing with the entire community
We bid farewell to Grandfriends.
Students return to classes until 2:45/3:00 pm
Please forward this email your child's grandfriend(s).
Printed invitations will not be sent.
Kindly RSVP to
by May 11.
All guests must RSVP. We are not able to accept walk-ins.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
April 30 | Away vs Woodlynde
(TE library courts)
May 7 | Home vs Philadelphia School (Elwell field courts in Ardmore)
May 9 | Away vs Friends Select (played at 33rd and Diamond)
May 11 | Away vs Woodlynde (TE library courts)
April 30 |
Home vs Green Street Friends
May 2 | Home vs Barack Academy (new game added)
May 9 | Away vs Friends Select
(played at "Dairy fields" Fairmont Park
May 14 | Home vs Friends Select
*Schedule may change. Please check for updates.
Summer Camp Discount Extended to June 1
are extending a $100 discount until
June 1 for summer camp. Sign up now before it books up.
2018 Day Camp Runs July 23 Through August 24
$300 / 1-Week Session
$500 / 2-Week Session
If you have any questions please contact
for more info!
Puppies Visiting Tomorrow
9:45 am -11:00 am
Learning Resource Center
For the past few weeks, we've been excited to get to know a litter of puppies that Kipper (our friendly Zones' dog) knows. We are watching them grow, thinking about their development as kind puppies in the world, and exploring "expected" behavior so that we can help them to feel comfortable when they come to visit. Please see the message below from Tr. Meg:
Comfort Cavaliers is excited to be puppy partnering with Friends School Haverford! Many of the classrooms have been involved with watching a litter of seven Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's development from just a few days old via a web cam. When the puppies are just four weeks old, we will be beginning weekly visits to the school so that the children can begin their "in person" and "hands on" learning experience with the puppies. We could not be more excited for both the children and the puppies. Part of our Comfort Cavalier mission is to raise puppies who will have the temperament, and early socialization to set them up for success as therapy dogs. Just by playing with puppies, your children are helping to set these puppies up for important futures. We are grateful to share this fascinating, and fun experience with your wonderful children.
to watch the nest cam.
Meet Paul Smith, Former FSH Treasurer
Michael Zimmerman met up with Paul Smith at the spring Quaker School Head's Meeting last week. Paul was hired to be the treasurer of Friends School Haverford in the early 1980s. Treasurer was the title for the director of finance at the time. He was asked by School Committee to serve as acting head of school when then head of school Katherine Booth married the president of Haverford College and traveled to England for her new husband's six-month sabbatical. The school turned to Paul a second time in the mid-1980s, when a one-year interim head of school was needed. A long-time supporter of Quaker education, Paul remains an enthusiastic booster of Friends School Haverford.
Gearing Up for Pioneer Day
Grades 3/4 are gearing up for Pioneer Day. Tr. Dee's dad came in to lend a hand to students making a giant cardboard covered wagon. In addition to the wagon, students pained a mural, built a firepit, and learned period games. Come visit Grades 3/4 on May 1 to learn about the life of pioneers and see all the creative displays.
May Open House
Tell a friend about our Admissions Open House,
Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Heritage House pick up is at 2:45 pm and Schoolhouse pick up is at 3:00 pm. If you are picking up your child in the Schoolhouse and arrive early, please
do not park in front of the black gate. You will block Heritage House traffic. Pull around the circle to let other traffic go first. Gate will open at 3:00 pm.
What's the Buzz?
Our rooftop beehives arrived last week and our beekeeper introduced a colony to their new home this past weekend. We hope you will have an opportunity to sneak a peak at our ecosystem supporting pollinators busily beginning their spring and summer work from the observation window at the end of the second floor School House hallway!
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.
Vote for FSH in the Hipster Henry 2018 Preschool Survey
Vote for FSH in the Annual Hipster Henry 2018 Preschool Survey.
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
for the password and instructions.
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
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?We now have past ones on our website.
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Grades 3/4 Pioneer Day
First Thursday Coffee
Grade 7 Trip to D.C.
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Kindergarten to Tyler Arboretum
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grade 8 Social Justice Presentations
8:00 - 11:45 am
Spring Sports End
Grades 3-8 Field Day
There are many on going fundraising opportunities that benefit our school.
High quality, adhesive labels.
When shopping on Amazon.com, use the Amazon Smile link.
and search for "Friends School Haverford" when choosing a charity, and it will say " Philadelphia Yearly Meeting DBA Friends School Haverford." A percentage of your purchase will go to our school.
Clip the BoxTops from hundreds of products and send them in to earn cash for our school.