Weekly Update
October 2, 2017

The 15th Annual Footsteps for Friends 5K Race and Pumpkin Day is next Weekend!

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!

First Thursday Coffee
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman
Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room

I am pleased to say that at Friends School Haverford we have the same passionate commitment to educating students about feelings, social interactions, and school and world culture as we do to educating students about subjects academic and intellectual.

Please join me, dean of students, Liza Ewen, and learning specialist, Amy McCann for a discussion of the social curriculum. Might you be willing to share your hard won social and
emotional insights? We look forward to hearing your stories too!

First Thursday Coffees afford an informal opportunity for parents to socialize, share feedback, raise issues, and ask questions. We will gather at 8:00 am to enjoy refreshments and each
other's company. We will begin the meeting at 8:15 am.

If the topic of this month's coffee is of interest to you but you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to contact Nancy Hurley in the office to schedule an appointment to meet with
me at a time that is convenient for you. 

Regular and forthright discussion, open lines of communication, and the exchange of ideas improve our community. I am grateful for your support. I am always happy to hear from you. Please feel free to come to First Thursday coffees with topics of your own for discussion.

I hope to see you there,


Michael Zimmerman
Head of School

Picture Day: This Week

Wednesday, October 4
Individual Portraits & Class Pictures

Thursday, October 5
Classroom Candids

* No sign up
* No order forms
* No prepayments
* Simply view/order online

About three to four weeks after picture day, you will receive a link and password from Friends School Haverford with ordering information.
Private and Group 
Music Lessons 

Private and group music lessons will be starting up again in October. The fall semester runs through January and 
the spring semester runs February through May.
Click here to download the form to sign up.

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 4 | Home vs French International
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

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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October Open House 
This Saturday

Tell a friend about our Open House, this coming Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. 
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.  Watch an extraction in action and "bee" on the lookout for Eli and Friends School Haverford students this Thursday, October 5 on CBS3's morning news show.
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.
School Calendars Are Here 

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! 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.
Past Weekly Updates 

Looking for an old Weekly Update ?We now have past ones on our website.  Click here  to view.
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.
School Calendar 

October 3
Grade 6 Trip to Penn Museum

October 4
Picture Day Portraits

October 5
Picture Day Candids

October 5
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

October 6
Faculty In-Service Day 

Pupil Holiday

October 7
Open House
9:00 am -11:00 am

October 9
School  Holiday

October 11
Grade 7 Trip to Constitution Center

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
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.