Weekly Update
February 26, 2018
First Thursday Coffee 
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room

Do you have feelings about standardized tests? Are you curious about the performance of Friends School Haverford students on the Educational Records Bureau exams (ERBs)? Please join learning specialist, Amy McCann, and me for a conversation about standardized testing.

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
March 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 2/28.

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.
Grandfriends' Day 
is March 22

Grandfriends' Day will take place on  Thursday, March 22, 2018 and is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents or a special family friend to share a day with a child at school. Please take a moment to supply us with your child's grandparent or special grandfriend contact information by  Wednesday, February 27Click here for form.
Save the Date for 
PTO Meeting and Parent Potluck Social

Tuesday, March 13
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
School Gym

Please join us for the Spring PTO Meeting and Parent Potluck Social! All parents from all grades are invited. It will be a great time to socialize with friends and to meet new friends! 

Stay tuned for more information. Looking forward to seeing everybody there! 
Annie Duggan, and  Karen Bleznak  PTO Co-Chairs
Chinese New Year Celebration 

FSH had a festive Chinese New Year celebration. The Philadelphia Suns started us off with a spectacular lion dance performance. Afterward, the gym was bustling with crafts, tea tastings, and delicious dumplings and noodles. Happy Year of the Dog!  Click here for photos.
Parents and Staff vs Students Basketball Game  

The FSH basketball team ended their season with an exciting and fun game against parents and staff.  Click here for photos.
Swing Painting, Mud Kitchen & Forts  

Preschool showed their creativity and made some beautiful art doing "swing painting" while balancing on the swing set and moving back and forth across the canvas with paintbrushes. Later, Forest's Edge nursery school and preschool enjoyed the mud kitchen and fort making. Click here for photos.
Simple Machines  

Kindergarten is doing a unit on simple machines. They learned about a single pulley system and Mr. Ken showed them a block and tackle pulley system. Students had a chance to work as a team and hoist their fellow students up and down the pulley on the swings. Next lesson is wheel and axle Click here for photos.

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Collecting Boxtops
Box Tops are an easy way to earn money for  our school and a fun way for kids to be involved in the process. Box Tops can be found on a variety of products you probably already buy. Ask your kids to be on the lookout for Box Tops on food packaging.   Download the collection form  and have them attach the Box Tops to the form. When they fill out the form, send it in to school.  Click here  for a complete list of participating Box Top products. Please send in by Wednesday, February 28.
From the Sports World...

A great big THANK YOU to Coach Matt and Coach Mwaputza on a successful 2018 basketball season!

Please return washed uniforms to Sharon Stewart in a bag with your child's name on it.

Look for Spring sports sign-ups next week for tennis and softball.
Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found bin. Items not collected by Spring break will be donated.
Diversity Committee News 
and Events

Join us for our next Affinity Group Meeting:  Families with Children of Color, Tuesday, March 6 at 
Silvana Gambardella's Home:
2 College Circle, Apt 2
Haverford, PA 19041
Please contact  Silvana if you are able to attend. 
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.
Tr. Ed's 
Zimbabwean Marimba Band Class

Teacher Ed will be teaching a "Zimbabwean Marimba Band" class through Main Line School Night. It will be in the FSH Music room from  5:30 pm to 7:00  pm starting in April. No experience necessary. Please  click here   to register or for more details.
Save the Date for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Grades 3/4 and the FSH Garden Club will be exhibiting at The Philadelphia Flower Show March 5.
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.
March 1
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

March 5
Grades 3/4 Garden Club Trip to Flower Show

March 6
Open House
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Grades 5/6 Play Performance
7:00 pm

March 8
Grades 5/6 Play Performance
8:30 am

March 13
Parent Potluck & PTO Meeting
6:30 pm

March 20
Kwaya Marimba Assembly
8:30 am

March 22
Grandfriends Day
8:00 am

Noon Dismissal
Spring 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.
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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.