Weekly Update
January 3, 2018
First Thursday Coffee 
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman

Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room

Dear Parents,
At Friends School Haverford growing up and interacting with people who are different than you is a benefit that enriches every student's daily experience and serves her or him well as preparation for life and living.
A group of FSH parents have been meeting regularly for two years to talk about the value derived from our school's diversity and how to celebrate this aspect of our program with such events as last year's panel discussion.
At the January 11 Thursday Coffee I hope you will join representatives of our parent diversity group, several middle school students, learning specialist Amy McCann, and me for a book group style discussion of diversity.
Among other things, conversation will focus on the book,  Brown Girl Dreaming  by Jacqueline Woodson. You need not have read the book to attend the coffee. 
If you have questions about our Carousel Connections friends or our partnership with Brandywine Senior Living facility; if you wonder about how best to talk with children of various ages about diversity; if you have questions of your own; if you have experiences pertaining to diversity that you would like to share-please join us for this Thursday Coffee!
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 to propose for discussion.
I hope to see you there,
Child Care Available During Heritage House Conferences 
Friday, January 19

Open to all FSH Nursery-K Students. Contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu with any questions. Click here for form and return by January 12.
January 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. 

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

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
Holiday Meeting for Worship 

FSH was abuzz with activity on our last day of school before winter break. In Heritage House, Forest's Edge and preschool watched the movie "Spot's Magical Christmas," a class tradition, while Pre-kindergarten cozied up in their pajamas and enjoyed the movie "The Polar Express." Kindergarten wrote a thank you letter to Doug Keith for his reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and made hot chocolate. Grades 1/2 shared their writing celebration stories with their parents. Grades 3/4 had a delicious breakfast party and middle school enjoyed a special holiday breakfast, games and crafts with each other. Our entire community was invited to breakfast before heading over to the Meetinghouse for our special Holiday Meeting For Worship and Singing. Click here for photos.
Holiday Fireside Reading

School committee member Doug Keith treated our Heritage House students to an annual fireside reading of "The Night Before Christmas" in the Meetinghouse. The children gathered around as Doug lit a cozy fire and listened to him read the wonderful traditional holiday story. Afterwards, the students presented Doug with a gift and then everyone enjoyed some cider and snacks.  Click here for photos.
Simple Machines

Grades 5/6 are learning about simple machines in science. A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force and makes work easier. To test this, students took turns sitting on a swing while the rest of the class pulled them up and down with a pulley system consisting of two pulleys and four ropes. They confirmed that the work was four times easier Click here   for photos.
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PTO Meeting

January Monthly PTO Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018 | 8:30 am
Schoolhouse Community Room
Save the Date for 
Morning with a Friend

Parents are invited to join us on  Thursday, January 25 from 8:15 am to 9:30 am for our annual "Morning with a Friend." Members of Haverford Monthly Meeting visit classrooms. They share a bit about their lives and what it means to them to be Quaker. At  9:15 am we all join in the Meetinghouse for our regular weekly 15 minute meeting for worship. If you are Quaker curious or you would just like to spend a bit of time with us, please plan to join us for Morning with a Friend.
Friends in Fellowship

The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (PYM) has a new program for Quaker educators and Quaker-leaning members of Quaker school communities called Friends in Fellowship. Click here for the flyer that states the topics and speakers for each of seven programs, all but one of which are to be held at Arch Street Meeting House (4th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, with parking available) from  7 to 8:30 pm. Participation is free. Click here to register.
Looking to Volunteer on 
Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 15, 2018
11 am - 12:30 pm 
Haverford Township Free Library

Join the Havertown Area Community Action Network for a family friendly service event. Click here for event information.
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.
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.
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 8
PTO Meeting 8:15 am

January 11
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

January 15
School Holiday 
Martin Luther King Day

January 19
Heritage House Parent Teacher Conferences

January 24
Open House
9:00 am -11:00 am

January 25
Morning with a Friend

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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