Weekly Update
May 14, 2018
Grandfriends' Day
This Thursday, May 17

8:00 am Catered breakfast
for  Grandfriends
8:30 am Kwaya Marimba Group Performance
8:50 aWelcome from Head of School, Michael Zimmerman
9:15 am Grandfriends join students in their classrooms
10:45 am Meeting for Worship
11:00 am Meeting for Singing with the entire community
11:45 am We bid farewell to Grandfriends.
Students return to classes until 2:45/3:00 pm

Please note: We bid farewell to Grandfriends at 11:45 am and students return to classes for the remainder of the day.
Field Day
Friday, May 25

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Grades 3 - 8
Haverford College Track 

Please join us for a day of fun and fitness! Please note that school will be dismissed at 12:00 pm after field day.
Family Picnic
Wednesday, May 30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Come celebrate spring! New and current families  are cordially invited to attend.

This evening is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of a great year and welcome the newest members of our community. A delicious picnic dinner is provided.

Please bring a picnic blanket for your family and 
a dessert to share with four people.

Highlights include: Music, Games, and a Scavenger Hunt!

RSVP to Lisa Buscaglia by May 23.  610-642-0354
Rain or Shine... WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Save the Date 
Bowl with the Class of 2019!

The 7th grade will host its first Class Trip fundraiser on Friday, May 25, 2018, immediately following Field Day!

Drop your child off at Sproul Lanes and let the Field Day spirit continue with a few friendly games of bowling. Of course, parents are welcome to join in the fun as well. Lanes will be reserved for Friends School Haverford. Participating students will be under the care and supervision of the seventh grade and their parents. There are limited spaces so please register early!

Pizza, drinks, snacks, and shoe rental are included along with unlimited bowling! Additional food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Sproul Lanes -  745 South Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064

12:30 - 2:30 pm
$20/per person

Please pick your student up promptly at  2:30 pm.

PTO Leadership 2018-2019 
The following members of our community will serve at PTO Leadership during the 2018-2019 school year.

Chair -  Karen Bleznak (Jackson, 1)
Vice-chair 1 - Fundraisers - Alicia Walker (Azalea, 1)
Vice-chair 2 - Hospitality - Vicky Ryan (Jack, 6)
Vice-chair 3 - Service Coordinator - Melissa Murphy (Rose, 2 and Charlie PK)
Treasurer - Ginny Perrine-Wilson (Macy, K)
Secretary - Carolyn and Jason Fortenberry (Nathan, K)
Historian - Lauren Blacher (Lily, PK)

If you would like to be a Class Parent or chair an event next year, please contact Karen Bleznak or   Lisa Buscaglia .
FSH Talent Show 
Tuesday, May 22 @ 8:30 am during all-school assembly

Come on out and see our talented performers.
Spring Athletics 
April 9 - May 18

Tennis Schedule
Congatulations on a wonderful season.

Softball Schedule
May 16 |  Home vs   Barack Academy (Cancelled)
May 18 | Home vs Staff and Parents

*Schedule may change.  Please check for updates.
Summer Camp Discount Extended to June 1 

We  are extending a $100 discount until  June 1 for summer camp. Sign up now before it books up.

2018 Day Camp Runs July 23 Through August 24
$300 / 1-Week Session
$500 / 2-Week Session

Summer Camp Registration:  Click here to register.

If you have any questions please contact  our  Camp Director  for more info!
Washington, DC Lobby Trip 

7th graders traveled to Washington DC to lobby members of Congress for criminal justice reform. After they presented their persuasive arguments in Representative Brady's and Senator Casey's office, the class toured the US Capitol. The tour took students through the Capitol rotunda, which is filled with historical paintings and statues. We are proud of our 7th graders for taking part in the Quaker tradition of civic action!  Click here for photos.

Tennis Match

The FSH tennis team had a challenging match against the Philadelphia School. They demonstrated good skills and teamwork.  Click here for photos.
Pals for Life Visit

Pals for Life paid a visit to FSH with three visiting pet therapy dogs and a rabbit for Heritage House students to meet. Students learned good handling skills and how to treat the animals with kindness and respect. Everyone got to hold the bunny and say hello to each of the dogs.  Click here for photos.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies came by for their weekly visit. They are six weeks old and growing fast! Students got to pet them and watch them play. The puppies are learning social skills and feeling comfortable around people thanks to our students. This interaction is part of their training as future therapy dogs.
Click here  for photos.
Marimba Performance

Our Kwaya Marimba gave a wonderful performance at The Porch at 30th Street station on Friday. They played for 45 minutes to an attentive crowd. Come see them perform this Saturday, May 19 at 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm at The Please Touch Museum.
Click here  for photos.
May 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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Coming Back to HFS 
48 Years Later...

By Tracy Bodine '70

Matt Jackson, the alumni director, kindly opened the school for us on a Saturday afternoon in March. Walking the halls with four classmates and our dear third grade teacher Miss Savage, the memories flooding, the chatter and the laughter, the warmth, all this once again stirred up in me how incredibly grateful I am for attending HFS (Haverford Friends School) for 8 years.

I have felt this way ever since graduating in 1970. So many poignant memories - walking up those never-ending stairs to pre-kindergarten, nap time, finger painting, Miss Savage's closet and the immense excitement when she would pull down from the top shelf "the box", the fifth grade shoebox project, dodge ball in the gym (ouch), folding the flag just right, the fun at recess - the huge slide, the merry-go-round we'd hold on tight and run and jump on no matter how crowded, running around the field and feeling so proud of my speed, and field day - oh, how I loved field day - the long distance jump and the high jump!  The scariness of sixth grade and Miss Craeger, yet knowing it was what we "needed" before graduating. The quiet and peacefulness of Quaker meeting every Friday. Tall Mrs. Friedrickson, and her warmth. Miss Jones' hair bun, and her calm, supportive presence throughout the school. 

Mr. Cadburry, our science teacher, also had a large impact on me. The immense joy of going on nature walks with him, and how he instilled that everything in nature was of interest and beauty and value. It was especially a treat when we'd go to the climbing tree at Haverford College.  And Mr. Cadburry's boa constrictor Susie, our school 'pet'. We'd help each other hold her because she was so heavy and very long!

And then there were my classmates with whom I felt so comfortable with, accepted by, and trusted. The slight diversity within just our small class taught me from the very beginning that we are all equal and uniquely valuable. I have precious memories of many of my classmates throughout those years. 

On and on these memories flow. Underlying these 8 years were the values that a Quaker School education provided - the value of learning in the context of fun, exploration and creativity. But just as important were the values taught within our community - the sense of respect for each one of us, as individuals, as a class, as a school and as people on this earth. The values of kindness and compassion were everywhere - having a safe space to be oneself, to learn, to make mistakes, and to feel totally seen and fully accepted.

Despite the growing pains of childhood, I felt secure and cared for at HFS. It nurtured my growing self-confidence in numerous ways. All that was "given" to me throughout those years has profoundly influenced me and had a powerful impact on who I've become, personally and professionally. My gratitude is immense. 
Lost and Found

Please check the lost and found bin. Items not collected by the last week of school will be donated.
Save the Date and Thank You

Thank you to those parents who attended our last First Thursday Coffee of the school year.

We had a wonderful presentation from teacher Susan Bodley on, among other things, differentiating instruction in mathematics using a game where the number value of five randomly selected playing cards are used to create two 2-digit numbers whose sum is as close to 100 as possible. Using: 2, 8, 5, 5, and 2 how close can you get? It is about strategizing as well as exercising one's ability to calculate!

Move over bedtime reading, parents cozying up with their children over math puzzles is a wonderful way to promote a love of mathematics. We will be hosting a presentation of Dinner Table Math with award winning numeracy educator Dr. Angela McIver on Thursday, May 31 from 6 to 8 pm, with free childcare available.  Save the date! We hope to see you there.
Friendly Reminder

Heritage House pick up is at 2:45 pm and Schoolhouse pick up is at 3:00 pm. If you are picking up your child in the Schoolhouse and arrive early, please do not park in front of the black gate. You will block Heritage House traffic. Pull around the circle to let other traffic go first. Gate will open at 3:00 pm.
Thank you.
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.
Past Weekly Updates 

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May 15
Grade 8 Social Justice Presentations
8:30 am

May 17
Grandfriends' Day
8:00 - 11:45 am

Regular day dismissal for students at 2:45/3:00 pm

May 18
Spring Sports End

Riverbend Environmental Center Trip Grade 1/2

May 19
Marimba Performance
12:00 pm and 1:30 pm
The Please Touch Museum

May 21-25
Spirit Week

May 22
Talent Show
8:30 am

May 25
Grades 3-8 Field Day 

Noon Dismissal

Bowling with the Class of 2019 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sproul Lanes

May 28
Memorial Day
School Holiday

May 30
Family Picnic
5:30 pm

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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