Weekly Update
March 19, 2018
 
Grandfriends' Day This Thursday,  March 22

Grandfriends' Day will take place this 
Thursday, March 22, 2018.

8:00 a.m. Catered breakfast 
8:30 a.m. Kwaya Marimba Performance 
8:50 a.m. Welcome from Head of School Michael Zimmerman 
9:15 a.m. Join students in their classrooms 
10:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship K-8 
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Singing with the entire community 
11:45 a.m. Dismissal

If the weather does not cooperate and we are closed due to snow, Grandfriends' Day will be rescheduled sometime after spring break.


Parking is available in the school lot and along Buck Lane on the school side of the street. If you require parking assistance or accommodations, please let us know.

Spring Sports Sign-ups 
Softball and Tennis
April 9 - May 18

Sports are for middle school students in grades  5 through 8.

All practices and games are held Monday,Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  (Students may return later from away games depending on travel time.)


Click here  to download the sign-up sheet.  Please return to Mrs. Stewart by  Wednesday, March 21 Practice begins  April 9.


If you have any questions about the program or scheduling, please contact  Sharon Stewart.

Please return basketball uniforms in a bag with your name to Mrs. Stewart as soon as possible.  Thank You!
Vacation Care is Cancelled for Spring Break
March 26 - April 2

There will be no XD staff on campus for vacation care during that time. 

If you are looking for in home coverage during those days, some XD staff members are available to babysit off campus. Contact  Mwazhuwa Kuretu to provide you with contact info if you are interested. 
Looking to Try Out a Pet in your Home?

We have sweet travelers! Our Leopard Geckos and Fire Bellied Toads who live in small aquarium are looking for a spring break home. Our two Russian Tortoises live in a plastic bin/rubber made tote and are also seeking a spring home. If you are interested in hosting a FSH pet for Spring Break ( Friday, March 23rd - Monday, April 2nd ), please reach out to Amy McCann
Spring 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. 

Spring 2018 LARKS clubs start on Tuesday, April 3.

Cost
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.

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

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, March 22, 2018.
 
  Questions? Contact  Mwazhuwa Kuretu
Spring ASA's

Middle School After School Activities are open to all middle school students (grades 5-8) and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are three seasons of ASAs, beginning in the fall. Photo Club and Soccer will be offered this spring season. Soccer will fulfill middle school PE requirements. Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in our athletics program.  Click here for Photo Club. Click here for Soccer Club. Click here for Ultimate Frisbee. 

Spring ASA's start April 3. 

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. To assist this process, all registration forms must be turned in with 
payment by  Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Questions? Contact  Mwazhuwa Kuretu
The Gym was a Jumpin' 

Grades 1-4 jumped their hearts out for the annual "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser. Money raised from this energetic event benefits the American Heart Association, helps children with heart issues, and educates the community on the signs of heart attack. Click here for photos.

We raised $1,048.00. Way to go FSH!
PTO Meeting and Parent Potluck Social  

The  Parent PTO Potluck Social was a lovely evening filled with good food and conversation. Parents brought a delicious dish to share and had an informal PTO Meeting discussing upcoming events. Look for volunteer opportunities coming this spring.  Click here for photos.
Chinese Animal Portraits 

Grades 1/2 have been learning about China. One of their assignments was to research an animal from China, write about it, and then paint a portrait of that animal. There were some very creative pieces of art such as a giant panda, red panda, and snub-nose monkey.  Click here for photos.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day  

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Kindergarten had a visit from a classmate's parents who brought in an authentic drum from Ireland. Each student had the opportunity to make their own drum using round take-out trays and then decorating them with Irish-themed drawings and stickers. Many more activities will be going on throughout the day. Look out for leprechauns! Click here for photos.
Prekindergarten and Community Service  

Prekindergarten has been working on a helping unit and assembled "soup in a jar" for a community service project. Each student had a chance to layer all the ingredients for a delicious curried lentil soup that Tr. Melissa will deliver to the Ardmore Food Pantry. Also, Tr. Sandra had the class help make Irish soda bread.  Click here for photos.
 

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. 


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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Noon Dismissal This Thursday After Grandfriends' Day

Parents should confirm whether or not their child(ren) will take the bus at noon or be picked up. Please email Nancy Hurley.
Author Visit



Nahjee Grant will be joining us at FSH to share about his experiences as an author and to read from his book. For middle school, he'll also guide our students in a mentor-type conversation on code-switching and his experience as an African American student in a predominately White school experience. He is a community builder in the Ardmore and Philadelphia area.  Nahjee has an amazing way with students and there is an incredible power to his storytelling!  Click here for available books.
Ardmore Food Pantry Collection



In addition to their "Soup in a Jar" service project, the Pre-Kindergarten class is currently collecting non-perishable food items and full-size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, and toothpaste) for the Ardmore Food Pantry.  If you would like to contribute, please feel welcome to add items to the collection bags (located at the Main Office and Pre-Kindergarten classroom) anytime through dismissal on Thursday, March 22. 

Click here for Ardmore Food Pantry's list of non-perishable food items. 

Th ank you in advance for your support!
Donate to the Annual Fund with Just a Click!

Please join the circle of families that support FSH students and teachers through the Annual Fund by making a gift to this effort before June 30, when the 2017-2018 Annual Fund campaign closes. Our Annual Fund gifts go beyond closing the gap between the amount of tuition we pay and the actual costs of educating our children. Every Annual Fund gift helps make the Friends School Haverford experience exciting, enriching, and memorable for each and every student.

Click here to donate.
Meet the Meeting!



An Invitation to Explore Quakerism
What does it mean when we say that FSH is under the care of Haverford Friends Meeting?

How have Quakers been involved in social action movements?

Haverford Friends Meeting extends a special welcome to Friends School Haverford families, students and teachers:  Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 am , for  Sunday  school, worship, light lunch, and brief discussion/Q&A.

Questions? Please contact
Brenda Rose Simkin
Looking for FSH Alumni
Class Agents



Class Agent Appeal
Friends School Haverford Alumni - Have you ever wondered, "What happened to my classmate from 3rd grade?" Have you recognized a name or face on TV, Social Media, or the Internet and wondered, "Could that possibly be my 6th grade play partner?" Have you stayed connected with your classmates after 40 years, or do you want to? If any of these apply to you, consider becoming a Friends School Haverford Alumni Class Agent.

Click here for more information or contact Matt Jackson with any questions.
Lost and Found



Please check the lost and found bin. Items not collected by Spring break will be donated.
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.
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 20
Kwaya Marimba Assembly
8:30 am

March 22
Grandfriends' Day
8:00 am

Noon Dismissal
Spring Holiday Begins

April 3
School Reopens

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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