Weekly Update
November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Sale
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Setup will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017
Location: Haverford Friends Meetinghouse Forum Room

Dear Families,
It is once again that time of year for a long-standing and well-loved FSH tradition - the Holiday Gift Sale!

For those new to the school, families donate gently used items for the Holiday Gift Sale that the students then purchase to give as gifts to their family members. Items such as toys, puzzles, household items, dad items, teen items, jewelry, books, things for babies, CDs, DVDs, etc., are displayed by category in the Meetinghouse forum room where our children shop by grade for their immediate, household family members. Items should be of a size that can be carried home by the children. All items are priced at a dollar and will be gift wrapped. At 3:00 pm, parents, children, and teachers are welcome to come shop for any additional items left. Any items teachers are securing for their classrooms will be free of charge. 

We would love to have you to join us in this fun tradition!

There are many ways to help out and/or get involved. 

Please consider donating items to sell and/or any of the following:   
- tissue paper and newspaper for packing breakables;
- big bags (and giant bags) for wrapping gifts;
- rubber bands;
- real sticky notes - smaller and stickier;
- thick wrapping paper for odd, sharp shapes;
- boxes to wrap in, especially jewelry boxes;
- a food item or coffee dropped off the day of the sale to keep busy workers going!

No stuffed animals please.
Donation bins are on the meeting house porch
Please consider volunteering:
- 15 minutes of your time any day after school to help carry items to the meeting house  basement;  
- an hour of your time the morning of Dec. 11th to help set up the sale;  
- an hour of your time Dec. 12th, the day of the sale. Things to be done that day include helping the children shop, collecting money, wrapping gifts, and cleaning up.

Please click here to sign up

Please reach out to your class ambassadors or co-chairs Diane Rouine  or Katy Ruckdeschel  with any questions.
Thanks so much!
Diane and Katy
December Lunch Menu 
JPM Catering is excited to announce some upgrades to your school lunch program:
  • We are now offering multiple gluten-free lunches every month. They are marked on the menu as (GF).
  • We are now offering additional ordering options: Large, Picky Small and Picky Large, giving more choices for younger or older students/faculty.
  • You should notice the look of our ordering page to be a little cleaner from last month, part of our ongoing effort to improve user interface.
Please remember 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 through November 30 with coupon code FRIENDS

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.
Giving Tuesday Tomorrow

Giving Tuesday is November 28, 2017. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the back-to-back days of deals, join us in kicking off the holiday giving season on Giving Tuesday! On this global day of giving, we are looking for 132 donors to give $100 each to support the Quaker education we offer our students.  

Last Honey Extraction

We'd like to invite members of the community to our last Honey Extraction of the year with beekeeper Eli St. Amour on Friday, December 1 at 1:30 pm in the school kitchen. All are welcome.
Winter Break Vacation Care Available

We will be open for vacation care December 19-29 with plenty of space available! Please contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu with any questions. Click here to fill out the vacation care form.
Cookie-Making and Pizza 

Christmas is over. What is there to do? Get together with friends and make cookies! On  Wednesday, December 27, at 6:00 pm, Haverford Friends Meeting will host Cookie-Making and Pizza for families. If you'd like, you may bring a side dish, or a favorite cookie topping: icing, candies, colored sugar, sprinkles, etc. Please bring a cookie sheet. Pizza and Cookie Dough will be provided by the Meeting. RSVP to BrendaRose Simkin. See you there!

Thanksgiving Feast

Heritage House students worked together to make a special Thanksgiving feast of homemade applesauce, cranberries, carrots, and sweet potatoes for their teachers, faculty, and parents to enjoy. They heard the story The Thankful Book, read by Tr. Jess and sang a few "turkey" songs. After a moment of silence, everyone indulged in a delicious meal. Click here for photos.
Winter Athletics

November 13 - February 14, 2018

2017-18 Basketball Schedule
Coaches Matt Jackson and Mwaputsa Kuretu

December 11| Away vs Media Providence Friends
January 10 | Away vs French International 
January 17 | Away vs Stratford Friends
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
Congratulations to Wayne Giles, FSH alumn

Wayne Giles is an FSH alum and a longtime supporter of FSH. Wayne was appointed to be Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is quite a prestigious position and here is what Wayne had to say about it-
"Make no mistake it was the great foundation at FSH that led me on this path, and there is not a single day that I don't feel grateful for the outstanding teaching and commitment to community service that I learned from Friends School."
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December Open House

Tell a friend about our Admissions Open House, next Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
From The Admissions Office

Packets were sent home to families with siblings eligible to apply to FSH. Please return completed applications to Lisa Buscaglia as soon as possible. Spaces are filling up quickly!
Hipster Henry Survey Results Are In. See How FSH Stacks Up.

Click here to see results of the 2017-2018 Independent School Survey. Thank you to those who participated.
ISEE Testing

ISEE testing will be given  Monday, December 4  here at school for 
8th graders who have registered for the test. 
Save The Dates

Save the dates: Grades 7/8 production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will take place on  Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 pm and Thursday, December 7, at 8:30 am. All are invited.
Diversity Committee Meeting

Interested in topics of diversity? Maya Angelou reflected, "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty and there is strength." Come join our Diversity Committee for a conversation about who we are, review our recent community poll, and create an action plan of "next steps" for this school year. Our next meeting is scheduled for  Friday, December 8th at 8:15  am in the Community Room. 
KidStuff Book Sale is Over

Just a friendly reminder to send in payment of $25 for your KidStuff Book...Our KidStuff sale has ended. Use just a few coupons to save more than the cost of the book... Keep the book in your car! You will enjoy savings from Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lego Store, Learning Express, local attractions, restaurants and more. If you are unable to participate in this fundraiser, simply return the KidStuff book sent home with your child to give to his/her teacher  tomorrow . This is a great fundraiser for our school and your family will save lots of money!
2017 Graduation Video
Now Available

If you'd like to purchase a copy of the 2017 FSH Graduation on DVD, please complete the  form and send to school with a $25 check made payable to Joe Ramoni
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!
Eli's Honey For Sale

Try some local honey extracted right here at FSH by beekeeper Eli St. Amour. Only $20 for a 1lb jar and  $3 for beeswax lip balm. Send cash or check to the school office to purchase lip balm or honey. We will send the purchased items home in your child's backpack.  Watch an extraction in action.
Past Weekly Updates 

Looking for an old Weekly Update ?We now have past ones on our website.  Click here  to view.
November 28
Giving Tuesday

December 4
ISEE Testing (Grade 8)

LARKS Dance Performance
4:15 pm (Please note date change from last week's Update)

December 5
Open House
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Grade 7/8 Play Performance
7:00 pm

December 7
Grade 7/8 Play Performance
8:30 am

December 12
Holiday Gift Sale

December 13
Hanukkah (First Day)

December 14
Holiday Meeting for Worship
Noon Dismissal
Winter Holiday Begins

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Ongoing Fundraisers

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