Weekly Update
January 29, 2018
First Thursday Coffee 
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman

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

Would you like to learn about Friends School Haverford's budget? How much money do we have? On what do we spend our money? What priorities does our budget reflect? How does the school budget process work?

Director of finance and operations, Cheryl Hammond Hopewell will be with us to share information and help us understand. Come with questions and insights, or just come to listen to a conversation about the deployment of Friends School Haverford's financial resources.

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
Move Up Day Events for Students and Parents  

Are you curious about what next year holds for your child at Friends School Haverford?

We have planned Move Up Day events for kindergarten, second and fourth grade families. Spend some time in next year's classrooms, learn about the curriculum, and ask lots of questions. 

On Tuesday, January 30, kindergarten students will see what it is like to be in first grade; second graders will hang out with the third graders; and fourth graders will get a taste of middle school.

On Wednesday, January 31,  fourth grade parents are invited to see middle school for themselves. Join us for a Move Up morning. 
8:15 am - Refreshments and welcome in the Community Room
8:30 - 9:30 am - Parents can visit a MS English and/or Math class
9:30 - 10:30 am - Parents will join MS faculty, Michael Zimmerman and Lisa Buscaglia for a Q&A panel discussion.

On Friday, February 2,  kindergarten and second grade parents are invited to see first and third grades during a Move Up Morning.
8:15 am - Refreshments and welcome in the Community Room
8:30 - 9:15 am - Kindergarten parents can visit the 1/2 class and second grade parents can visit the 3/4 classroom.
9:15 - 9:30 am - Q&A in the 1/2 and 3/4 classrooms

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Buscaglia.

Place Your Order Before our School Store Closes!  

Want to look good and show off your FSH school spirit? We can help!
The second FSH online school store is open for a few more days. NEW DESIGNS for T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweatpants, 1/4 zips, bags and more are available at great prices.

Be sure to click on each item to see all available colors and designs.

The online school store will be open until Thursday, February 1.
At that time the store will close and all orders will be processed.
All items will be shipped to the school 2-3 weeks after the store closes at no charge. You will be notified when the orders arrive at school.

Click here and start shopping.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Buscaglia.
February 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. 

Use coupon code  FRIENDS  for  10% off  early bird orders until  February 1.

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.
Winter Athletics

November 13 - February 14, 2018

Congratulations to the Basketball team on their first home game win vs Stratford Friends. 

2017-18 Basketball Schedule
Coaches Matt Jackson and Mwaputsa Kuretu

January 31 | Home vs Media Providence Friends
February 7 | Home vs Stratford Friends
February 14 | Home vs  Stratford Friends  (please note change of team)
Robins' Nests  

On a recent Forest Friday, our FSH Kindergarteners met Dan Larkins, the Haverford College Arboretum Program Coordinator, at the climbing tree. Dan showed the class a robin's nest and taught us how a robin builds its nest with mud and sticks. Our students were challenged to create a robin's nest using natural materials found around the climbing tree. They discovered how difficult it can be to make a nest out of mud and sticks! A robin typically builds a nest within one week. Kindergartners enjoyed collaborating with Dan to make their own nests. We also learned that holes in a tree trunk are called cavities. (We made a connection with the cavities in our teeth.) When a bird creates a nest in the hole it is called a cavity nest. Students had fun placing their completed nests in the tree, hoping a bird might find itself a new home. Click here for photos.
Hurricane Houses  

As a project for their Structures and Forces Unit, grade 7 students used their knowledge about internal and external forces to design and build a house out of limited supplies that can withstand a hurricane. Important design areas are the foundation and roof. The house needed to be more than 1,500 sq cm and include two windows and a door. Mr. Ken used a leaf blower to simulate a hurricane to try and blow the houses down, but all students were successful with their houses staying intact. Click here for photos.
Storytelling Festival  

Students in grades 3/4 researched fairytales, folktales and fables then wrote their own which they recited for an all-school assembly and also for an evening event for families for the storytelling festival.  Click here for photos. 
FSH Basketball Game  

The FSH 5/6 basketball team had an exciting game against The French International School. Even though we were defeated 22-20, everyone gave a great effort showing good passes, plays, and defense. Come root for our team at our next home game, Wednesday, January 31 vs. Media-Providence Friends.  Click here for photos.

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February Open House

Tell a friend about our Admissions Open House,  Wednesday, February 7, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Vacation Care Available for Friday, February 16

Contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu with any questions. Click here for form and return by February 9.
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.
News From the Diversity Committee

On Friday, the Diversity Committee met to share "new news," discussed engaging with affinity groups at Friends School Haverford, considered a possible text reading that focuses on an issue of diversity, and planned a Professional Open House. Please join us for our next meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd at 8:15 am. 
Upcoming Events

Interested in chatting about shared experiences and resources? Following a recent Diversity Committee meeting, it was suggested to offer affinity groups to provide a space for discussion. Members of the Diversity committee will host groups for families of children of color, gender/LGBTQ, disability, and adoption. See below for our first two meetings.

Families with Children of Color
Wednesday, January 31st at
Silvana Gambardella's Home
2 College Circle, Apt 2
Haverford, PA 19041
Please contact Silvana if you are able to attend. 

Disability and Learning Differences
Friday, February 23rd at 8:15 am 
FSH Learning Zone
From the Admissions Office

Enrollment contracts were mailed out this past Friday and are due back on February 15.  We're building our community
Vote for FSH in Hulafrog's 
Most Loved Awards

Hulafrog's Most Loved Awards™ recognize the best local businesses and schools for kids and families. Show your love for FSH  by casting your vote  in Hulafrog's annual survey.  Click here to vote for FSH in the  Private School K-8 category.
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.
January 30
Student Move Up Day for
kindergarten, second and fourth grades

January 31
Move Up Day for fourth grade parents 
8:15 am - 10:30 am

February 1
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

School Store closes

February 2
Move Up Day for kindergarten and second grade parents 
8:15 am - 9:30 am

February 7
Open House
9:00 am -11:00 am

February 9
Winter Sports End

February 15
PTO Meeting 
8:15 am

Enrollment Contracts Due 

February 16-19
School Holiday

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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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.

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