Weekly Update
October 16, 2017

Cross Country Meet

Our Cross Country team competed against St. Peter's School and Friends Select in Fairmont Park. All runners finished with respectable times representing FSH. Way to go cross country. Come see the team on October 25, 3:00 pm vs Germantown Friends School Invitational, Fairmount Park, Belmont Plateau, Army Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131 Click here for photos.
Gr 8 Trip to Penn Museum

8th graders traveled to the Penn Museum to tour the special exhibit entitled Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq. The exhibit juxtaposes ancient artifacts from the culturally and historically rich area with contemporary artwork from Issam Kourba. Kourba's pieces inspire thoughtful reflection on the violence and destruction occurring in the Middle East. After touring the exhibit, students participated in an International Classroom experience entitled Resilience and the Human Spirit: The Refugee Experience where they were able to hear the story of former South Sudanese refugee Nyamal Biel Tutdeal. An enlightening experience! Click here for photos.
Brandywine Visit

Third and fourth graders took their dog training show on the road! Kipper and friends visited Brandywine Senior Center to share tricks and smiles. We love seeing our partnerships with grandfriends grow! Click here and scroll for photos.
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.

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  25 | Home vs Media Providence Friends

2017 Cross Country Schedule
Coach Pat Williams

October 25 | 3:00 pm | Away Germantown Friends School

Germantown Friends School Invitational meet is at:
Belmont Plateau
Army Road, Philadelphia, PA  19131 
2:20 Arrival Time
Haverford College Fall Events 

Looking for some fall activities next door at Haverford College? Check out some of these fun events.
Click here for Pumpkin Carving.
Click here for Nature Book Club.
Click here for Night Hike.
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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Belonging Matters... 

Partnerships between young & older friends foster a sense of belonging. Read more in our latest Naturally Curious blog post by Kristin Lewis.

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!
School Calendars are Still Available 

It's not too late to purchase the school calendar. Each calendar is $15 and will benefit the PTO. 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.

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.
Past Weekly Updates 

Looking for an old Weekly Update ?We now have past ones on our website.  Click here  to view.
School Calendar 
October 17
Grades 5/6 Skyping with NASA in Preparation for Mission to Mars

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
Grades 5/6 Mission to Mars

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.

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