Weekly Update
December 11, 2017
Winter Break Vacation Care Available

We will be open for vacation care December 19-29 with plenty of space available! Please contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu with any questions. Click here to fill out the vacation care form.
Holiday Gift Sale Tomorrow! 
Tuesday, December 12
Location: Haverford Friends Meetinghouse Forum Room

We could still use some volunteers. Please click here to sign up

Please fill out  form  including names and ages of who your child is buying for and send in to your child's teacher by tomorrow morning.

Please reach out to your class ambassadors or co-chairs Diane Rouine  or Katy Ruckdeschel  with any questions.
Holiday Meeting for Worship 

Come join us Thursday, December 14 starting with a continental breakfast at 10:00 am in Heritage House followed by Meeting for Worship at 10:45 am in the Meeting House. We hope to see you there.
FSH Horticulturists Garden Club 

Interested in learning how to grow a bulb to compete in the Philadelphia Flower Show? Join the FSH Horticulturists Garden Club. The Club is open to all middle school students. Click here for more information and to sign up.
Winter LARKS

Late Afternoon Recreation for Kids is designed to provide our students with opportunities for exploration, peer connections, and fun. Clubs offered in LARKS are taught by our own faculty and outside teachers. See individual club descriptions for complete information. LARKS is organized into three trimesters. A schedule for each of the three trimesters will be sent home before each session begins.  Click here to see class options. 

Limited spots left in Animal Architecture, Soccer and Friendship Bracelets 101. Other clubs are full.

Winter 2018 LARKS clubs start on 
Tuesday,  January 2nd (first day back from break) . A ll registration forms must be turned in with
payment by  Thursday, December 14, 2017Questions? Please contact:  Mwazhuwa Kuretu
Surprise Scavenger Hunt! 

The whole school was treated to a big surprise this morning! We all gathered in the gym to learn that we would be going on a scavenger hunt at Haverford College. We broke off into groups with our partners and headed over to the College. All groups were given  crayons, pencils, and clipboards.  The goal was to be outside, have a good time with partners, and learn a few things about trees. Some of the activities were to find a pinecone, make bark rubbings, measure the circumference of a tree with your arms, and find a conifer and figure out its age. One group even made a snowman.  Everyone met up in the cafeteria to enjoy some hot apple cider to top off a fun time.  Click here   for photos.
Writing Celebration 

Grades 1 and 2 have been working on their writing celebration journals. They have been learning about how writers get their ideas. They wrote several drafts, had them edited, and then published them. The Kindergarten students were invited to hear the stories read aloud by the writers. Each student got to read their wonderful illustrated stories to a captivated Kindergarten audience.  Click here   for photos.
Dance Performance

Tr. Rae's dance club gave a special final dance performance to friends and family. They danced to the song "Better When Dancing." Students showed off their movement, dance, and exercise skills learned in LARKs club and did a terrific job.  Click here for photos.
Heritage House Activities 

Heritage House was busy with many activities last week. Some of the younger students participated in pajama day. Nursery school was busy with their partners reading stories and coloring gingerbread men with Tr. Amy for art class. Preschool made gingerbread cookies and learned about the St. Nicholas Day tradition of leaving shoes by the fireplace or outside. When St. Nicholas visits, he fills the shoes with treats. They put their shoes in the hallway, went outside to play, and returned to find treats in their shoes! Kindergarten made boats out of various materials and tested if they would float in a tub of water. Click here for photos.
Art Class 

Grade 1 is learning about hand building with clay in art class. Tr. Amy read the story "The Tea Party in the Woods" and each student chose a forest animal from the book to build for their sculptures. A fox, deer, and rabbit were just some of the creations. They painted their animals which will get fired in the kiln and be finished soon. Click here for photos.
Special Guest, Marge Dawson 

Former FSH trustee Marge Dawson came to speak to middle school students in grades 5/6 who are studying West Africa. Mrs. Dawson lived in Nigeria for five and half years in the early 70's where she acquired an extensive personal collection of artifacts. Included in the collection were a variety of crafted fabrics, a large calabash bowl, and of particular interest, carvings made from rainforest tree thorns. The thorn carvings depict daily life activities like weaving, playing mancala, and hair braiding. Thank you to Mrs. Dawson for sharing these treasures!   Click here for photos.
Cookie-Making and Pizza 

Once Christmas is over, what is there to do? Get together with friends and make cookies! On  Wednesday, December 27, at 6:00 pm, Haverford Friends Meeting will host Cookie-Making and Pizza for families. If you'd like, you may bring a side dish, or a favorite cookie topping: icing, candies, colored sugar, sprinkles, etc. Please bring a cookie sheet. Pizza and Cookie Dough will be provided by the Meeting. RSVP to BrendaRose Simkin. See you there!
Winter Athletics

November 13 - February 14, 2018

2017-18 Basketball Schedule
Coaches Matt Jackson and Mwaputsa Kuretu

January 10 | Away vs French International 
January 17 | Home vs Stratford Friends (note changed to home game)
January 22 | Home vs French International (First Home Game)
January 24 | Away vs Plymouth Meeting Friends
January 31 | Home vs Media Providence Friends
February 7 | Home vs Stratford Friends
February 14 | Home vs Plymouth Meeting Friends

Please note: Away game vs French International is located at Bala Gym, 49 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA
December Lunch Menu 
JPM Catering is excited to announce some upgrades to your school lunch program:
  • We are now offering multiple gluten-free lunches every month. They are marked on the menu as (GF).
  • We are now offering additional ordering options: Large, Picky Small and Picky Large, giving more choices for younger or older students/faculty.
  • You should notice the look of our ordering page to be a little cleaner from last month, part of our ongoing effort to improve user interface.
Please remember 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.

Please note: Look for January's lunch menu coming over break.
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Have a Wonderful Winter Break

We hope you stay safe and warm during winter break, and we look forward to seeing you all when school resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 2017.
Parent Survey

From time to time it is our custom to solicit feedback about our school. You may be aware of conversations of this nature at  Parent Coffees or PTO meetings. We have a  three question survey we ask that you participate in. If you already responded to the survey - THANK YOU!  Such feedback helps us to work together to improve our program as a united community.
Thank You to Our Safeties!

Thank you to:  Micah, Joanna, Isa, Shelby, Maddie, Ian, Aniyah, Jonah, Kelly, Tonya, Jordan, Maggie, Anna, Aleem, Alani, Princess, and Leo for all your help.
First Thursday Coffee 
Date Change

Please note: The January First Thursday Coffee will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Among other things, conversation will focus on the book Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson. Read for more details.
From The Admissions Office

Packets were sent home to families with siblings eligible to apply to FSH. Please return completed applications to Lisa Buscaglia as soon as possible. Spaces are filling up quickly!
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!
Eli's Honey For Sale

Try some local honey extracted right here at FSH by beekeeper Eli St. Amour. Only $20 for a 1lb jar and  $3 for beeswax lip balm. Send cash or check to the school office to purchase lip balm or honey. We will send the purchased items home in your child's backpack.  Watch an extraction in action.
Past Weekly Updates 

Looking for an old Weekly Update ?We now have past ones on our website.  Click here  to view.

December 12
Holiday Gift Sale

December 13
Hanukkah (First Day)

December 14
Holiday Meeting for Worship
Noon Dismissal
Winter Holiday Begins

January 2
School resumes

Click to view the entire online school calendar
Ongoing Fundraisers

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

Mabels Labels
High quality, adhesive labels.
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Amazon Smile
When shopping on Amazon.com, use the Amazon Smile link. Click here
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.
Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found bin. Items not collected by the holidays will be donated.