Weekly Update
October 10, 2017


The 15th Annual Footsteps for Friends 5K Race and Pumpkin Day this Saturday! 

Please show your support by running, walking, volunteering, donating, or sponsoring. 

Click here  to Register for The Footsteps for Friends 5K or 1 Mile Walk/Fun Run.

VOLUNTEERS - If you would rather show your support by volunteering your time before, during or after the Race or Pumpkin Day, we would love to have your help! 

Click here to Volunteer.

SPONSORS - It's not too late to contribute! Help us reach our goal of $20,000!   This Spring, when financial aid applications come in, your donation will change a student's life for the better. Your impact will be immediate and significant to our school community - and it's tax deductible!

We are adding donor logos to the Race page daily, designing the new Race Banner and Tees, and we will wait until the last second to print so that as many sponsors are represented as possible. And, if your submission comes in late, we will advertise for you AGAIN at our Spring event as well!

Click here to become a Sponsor or donate.

PUMPKIN DAY - We are excited that Pumpkin Day is following Footsteps for Friends so that families have a full morning of fun on the beautiful FSH campus. Please feel free to invite friends and family to this event, which also supports the Quaker education. The suggested donation for Pumpkin Day is $5 per person or $20 per family, however, admission is free to sponsors and Footsteps participants. We are excited to share the joy of this beloved FSH tradition with all of you!




October Monthly PTO Meeting

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8:30 am
Schoolhouse Community Room
Halloween Parade

Tuesday, October 31
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Coffee in the Gym
8:30 am - Costume Parade on the Turf Field

For parents of FSH goblins, storybook characters, and other magical trick-or-treaters, please join us on Tuesday, October 31 for a treat and a cup of coffee in the gym while the children prepare for the Halloween Parade. Drop your goblin off in class and join us in the gym from 8:00 am - 8:30 am.

The Halloween Parade begins at 8:30 am, weather permitting, outside on the turf field. If it rains, festivities will be moved into the gym.

Please Note:  Children may wear child-inspired or store-bought costumes to school for the all-school Halloween Parade. Simplicity is the key, especially for the younger children. Children need to have regular clothes to wear for the remainder of the day. Scary masks are not permitted out of consideration for our younger students. In keeping with our Quaker philosophy, costumes may not include camouflage, weapons, or weapon-like accessories.


Penn Museum

Grades 5/6 traveled by train to the Penn Museum to further their study of West Africa. They were given a guided tour of the museum's extensive Imagine Africa exhibit. Students were able to see artifacts from the Kingdom of Ghana, like gold weights used in the salt trade and learned about the proverbs they represent. They went to a workshop on the relationship between Cuban and West African rhythms. Finally, it was time to explore artifacts from China, Japan, the Middle East, and Egypt. Click here for photos.




Carousel Connections

Carousel Connections is a program for young adults with disabilities that builds independence and develops relationships within the community. Supportive mentors coach participants as they gain skills to live, work, and travel. Along the way, they build relationships, share their talents and contributions, and gain employment skills that may be used in the future.  The summer residential portion of the program was launched in 2012 by FSH faculty members, Amy and Chris McCann. During the summer season, participants reside on the campus of Haverford College; just a few steps away from FSH. This fall, we are excited to welcome a Carousel crew into our community as they help with pet care, faculty appreciation by baking delicious treats for meetings, library assistance, office work, tidying shared spaces, gardening, and engaging with Heritage House friends during the lunch period. The Carousel crew also collaborates with our middle school students for the Friday pretzel sale and helps bridge our partnership to Brandywine Senior Center. If you see a crew member at school (or in the neighborhood), be ready to share a smile!


Visit Brandywine

Preschool friends bring such joy! On Tuesday, members of the Preschool class visited grandfriends at Brandywine Senior Center for drawing, singing, and sharing conversation about fall festivities. Grandfriends were excited to learn all about our upcoming Halloween costumes and to hear about our adventures. It is amazing to see the relationships between our children and Brandywine residents develop. We are looking forward to our next visit!


Zones Corner

This week, Kipper, the friendly pup, joined Heritage House classrooms to share about expected behavior and introduce himself. We discussed the importance of taking interest in others and sharing about ourselves so that everybody is comfortable. We are great bucket fillers!

First graders focused on positive self talk and how this can impact our behavior with others. We also learned the idiom "up in the air" and reflected on how we can practice having our brains be flexible. 

Third and fourth graders are engaging dog trainers! Using cooperative techniques, students learned a training routine with Kipper to be shared with Brandywine residents next week. This takes team work and an understanding of "reading the room" with peers and the dogs. Meg Boscov, our dog trainer, discussed the importance of understanding a dog's body language and feelings. Dog training involves science, reward, friendship, and play. Stay tuned for photos of our Dog Daze show next week!

Fall Athletics

The fall sports offered for middle school (grades 5-8) are cross country and soccer. Fall sports run from September 11- October 25, 2017. 

2017 Soccer Schedule
Coaches Jess Magin and Kathleen McGee
All games start at  3:45 p.m.

October 11 | Away vs Media Providence Friends
October 16 | Home vs Stratford Friends
October 25 | Home vs Media Providence Friends

2017 Cross Country Schedule
Coach Pat Williams

October 11 | 3:45 pm | Away vs Friends Select
October 25 | 3:00 pm | Away Germantown Friends School
                                          Invitational


Friends Select meet is at:
Edgely Fields In Fairmont Park
Reservoir Drive and Randolph Drive
Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Friends School Invitational meet is at:
Belmont Plateau
Army Road, Philadelphia, PA  19131 
2:20 Arrival Time
October Lunch Menu 
 
Please follow the link below to order school lunches via the JPM Catering website. Take a look and  click here for ordering instructions. 
Please Note: 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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School Calendars Money and Forms Due October 12 


In response to last year's request for a paper calendar, we've created a beautiful FSH calendar with photos, information, and important dates for the 2017-2018 school year. Each calendar is $15 and will benefit the PTO. It's perfect not only for your family, but for grandparents, caregivers, and your favorite teachers and staff as well. Please support the FSH PTO and this wonderful project! Money and forms are due October 12 and the calendars will be sent home with your child on October 13. The attached form can be returned with payment to the Main Office or to your child's teacher. Click here to download form. Questions? Please contact  Melisa Moore.
Hipster Henry Survey 



It is time for Hipster Henry's Annual
K-12 School Survey. This is your opportunity to share your experience and thoughts on Friends School Haverford.

Thousands of parents take this survey and your comments are shared on Hipster Henry's website. The results help parents find the right school for their family.

The survey will only be open for the month of October so take the survey today and share the good news about our school.

Click here to take the survey.
Eli's Honey For Sale


Try some local honey extracted right here at FSH by beekeeer 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 and "bee" on the lookout for Eli and Friends School Haverford students this week on CBS3's morning news show.

Costa Rica Caminata Postponed

Please note that the Costa Rica Caminata has been postponed. Check back soon for a new date.

Haverford Meeting for Worship 

Haverford Meeting, next door to the school, would like you all to know that families are always welcome to attend Meeting for Worship on Sundays. We offer an hour of quiet reflection and community open to everyone. Our members and attenders come from a variety of religious traditions and welcome the time together to share our thoughts. The Meeting has child care every Sunday - for babies and toddlers upstairs from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. For our school-age children we have a new First-Day (Sunday School) program. Usually those older children go into meeting with their parents or caregivers for 15 minutes (same as at school) and then upstairs with Teacher Elizabeth for fun and learning. We don't have a creed to teach, just a child-centered community for all with values and informal lessons on men and women of courage. We also learn from the children what they are interested in and what they would like to share. Then we have coffee, tea, snacks and fellowship afterwards.

Please join us any Sunday you can. For more details, call Kate deRiel at 610-446-8383. Thank you!
Free Eye Care & Glasses for Kids - Give Kids Sight Day Returns Sat Oct 21st!


Please join us in helping to spread the word in the community!

Children 17 and under in Philadelphia (and surrounding counties) are invited to this free annual event for free eye care and eyeglasses. Sight Day is geared towards kids who did not have or did not pass an eye screening this year. Registration takes place from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall - and features eye screening, a health fair, free books, snacks and more.

No health insurance? No problem! All children are welcome. Walk-ins only, no appointment is needed! We do suggest families arrive early.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this email and/or Sight Day flyers with families in your community and passing them along to colleagues, partnering organizations, school nurses, classrooms, businesses and other interested parties. You can also print the flyer and put it on community bulletin boards, store windows and other key spots.

This flyer is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, French, and Khmer. Click here to download.
Children's Health 
Insurance Program

CHIP covers uninsured kids and teens up to age 19. With more than 139,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families!

CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health and much more. CHIP covers uninsured kids who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free - for others, it is low cost. Click here for flyer and click here for more information.
Past Weekly Updates 


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Tr. Ed's Marimba Class



Teacher Ed will be teaching a "Learn to Play Marimba" class through Main Line School Night. It will be Tuesdays in the FSH Music room from  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm  starting in October. No experience necessary. Please click here  for registration and more details. Check out our Kwaya Marimba YouTube channel to see past performances.
2017-2018 
School Calendar 
October 11
Grade 8 Trip to Penn Museum

October 12
PTO Meeting
8:15 am

October 14
Footsteps for Friends 5K Race 
Fun Run/Walk Start 8:30 am
Race Start 8:45 am

Pumpkin Day
9:30 am

October 18
Grade 7 Trip to Constitution Center

October 20
Windy City Players Performance
10:30 am

October 25
Fall Sports End

October 27
Parent Teacher Conferences
No School

October 30
Mission to Mars
8:30

October 31
Halloween Parade
8:30 am
Collecting Boxtops



Box Tops are an easy way to earn money for  our school and a fun way for kids to be involved in the process. Box Tops can be found on a variety of products you probably already buy. Ask your kids to be on the lookout for Box Tops on food packaging.   Download the collection form  and have them attach the Box Tops to the form. When they fill out the form, send it in to school.  Click here  for a complete list of participating Box Top products. 
Ongoing Fundraisers

There are many on going fundraising opportunities that benefit our school.

Mabels Labels
High quality, adhesive labels.
Click here to browse

Amazon Smile
When shopping on Amazon.com, use the Amazon Smile link. Click here
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.

BoxTops
Clip the BoxTops from hundreds of products and send them in to earn cash for our school.