Weekly Update
December 4, 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
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Setup will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017
Location: Haverford Friends Meetinghouse Forum Room

Dear Families,
It is once again that time of year for a long-standing and well-loved FSH tradition - the Holiday Gift Sale!

For those new to the school, families donate gently used items for the Holiday Gift Sale that the students then purchase to give as gifts to their family members. Items such as toys, puzzles, household items, dad items, teen items, jewelry, books, things for babies, CDs, DVDs, etc., are displayed by category in the Meetinghouse forum room where our children shop by grade for their immediate, household family members. Items should be of a size that can be carried home by the children. All items are priced at a dollar and will be gift wrapped. At 3:00 pm, parents, children, and teachers are welcome to come shop for any additional items left. Any items teachers are securing for their classrooms will be free of charge. 

We would love to have you to join us in this fun tradition!

There are many ways to help out and/or get involved. 

Please consider donating items to sell and/or any of the following:   
- tissue paper and newspaper for packing breakables;
- big bags (and giant bags) for wrapping gifts;
- rubber bands;
- real sticky notes - smaller and stickier;
- thick wrapping paper for odd, sharp shapes;
- boxes to wrap in, especially jewelry boxes;
- a food item or coffee dropped off the day of the sale to keep busy workers going!

No stuffed animals please.
Donation bins are on the meeting house porch
Please consider volunteering:
- 15 minutes of your time any day after school to help carry items to the meeting house  basement;  
- an hour of your time the morning of Dec. 11th to help set up the sale;  
- an hour of your time Dec. 12th, the day of the sale. Things to be done that day include helping the children shop, collecting money, wrapping gifts, and cleaning up.

Please click here to sign up

Please reach out to your class ambassadors or co-chairs Diane Rouine  or Katy Ruckdeschel  with any questions.
Thanks so much!
Diane and Katy

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.

Winter 2018 LARKS clubs start on  Tuesday,  January 2nd (first day back from break) .

All after school clubs are $160 per club. Families with Extended Day contracts on the same day as a club are  entitled to join a club at no charge. All students must bring a snack from home.

Students will meet in Extended Day to eat a snack brought in from home. At 3:15 p.m., LARKS sponsors will
escort their students from Extended Day to their club location. All Clubs meet from 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please note: 15 minutes after the club pick-up time, students not yet picked up will be brought to Extended Day.
A fee of $10 will be charged for dropping into Extended Day after a club.

Available Clubs
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. To assist this process, all registration forms must be turned in with
payment by Thursday, December 14, 2017.
Questions? Please contact:  Mwazhuwa Kuretu

Thank you!

We are grateful to our community members who helped us to raise $8,100.00 - more than half of our goal for Giving Tuesday!

Our students are embracing the idea of "The Power of Yet," each day and they are learning that success is not instantaneous. While we did not achieve our goal  yet, this support of the Annual Fund will inspire others to support our school. Thank you for your commitment to Friends School Haverford. Our community is proud to call you a friend. #FSHPowerOfYet

Our Partnership in Action 

6ABC followed our preschool class to Brandywine Senior Living at Haverford Estates to see our partnership in action. Both the young and the young at heart look forward to their time together every month. Click here to view.
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

December 11| Away vs Media Providence Friends
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.
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December Open House

Tell a friend about our Admissions Open House, tomorrow,  Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Play Performances This Week

Grades 7/8 production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will take place on  Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 pm and Thursday, December 7, at 8:30 am. All are invited.
School Store Orders Coming This Week!

Orders will arrive Tuesday or Wednesday this week. 
Diversity Committee Meeting

Interested in topics of diversity? Maya Angelou reflected, "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty and there is strength." Come join our Diversity Committee for a conversation about who we are, review our recent community poll, and create an action plan of "next steps" for this school year. Our next meeting is scheduled for  Friday, December 8th at 8:15  am in the Community Room. 
First Thursday Coffee 
Date Change

Please note: We will not have a December First Thursday Coffee. The January First Thursday Coffee will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Look for more details to follow.
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!
Hipster Henry Survey Results Are In. See How FSH Stacks Up.

Click here to see results of the 2017-2018 Independent School Survey. Thank you to those who participated.
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 5
Open House
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Grade 7/8 Play Performance
7:00 pm

December 7
Grade 7/8 Play Performance
8:30 am

December 12
Holiday Gift Sale

December 13
Hanukkah (First Day)

December 14
Holiday Meeting for Worship
Noon Dismissal
Winter Holiday Begins

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.
Click here to browse

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.