Weekly Update
October 30, 2017
Halloween Parade Tomorrow

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

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. Drop your goblin off in class and join us in the gym from 8:00 am - 8:30 am while the children prepare for the Halloween Parade.

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.

Parking is available on Buck Lane
First Thursday Coffee
with Head of School,
Michael Zimmerman
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 8:00 am
Schoolhouse Community Room

When students in a science class adopt a tree, the pride they feel in the specimen they draw, research, and with which they spend time is palpable. The joy of engaging with the natural world can be visceral and primal. The benefits of Outdoor Education include brain development, social learning, and immune system enhancement. Moreover, there is intrinsic value in knowing our world - forest and trees.  Might you have an outdoor adventure or experience to share? We look forward to hearing your stories too!

Please join me and Forest's Edge nursery school teacher, Meredith Woods, for a discussion of Outdoor Education at Friends School Haverford.

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
Leaf Rake Day  Saturday

Please Join Us for Friends School Haverford and Haverford Monthly Meeting's Leaf Rake Day!

Saturday, November 4
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
FSH Campus - 851 Buck Lane, Haverford PA

Young and old, bring your friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate fall! We will rake, trim, and plant together. If you have gardening gloves, rakes, and tarps to use and to share, please bring them. If you don't, no worries. We will have tools for you to use. 

We will have a fun competition and prizes for our most productive leaf harvesters! 

A pizza lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to  Nancy Hurley so we can plan accordingly.  Rain Date: Saturday, November 11

Congratulations Cross Country Team

Our cross country team finished their season in style with excellent times for each meet. Way to go cross country.
Congratulations FSH Soccer Team
The FSH Soccer team had an exciting 6-3 victory over Media-Providence Friends in their final game of the season. Our fabulous fox mascot came out to cheer them on. They finished the season with a record of 4-1. Way to go soccer team.  Click here  for photos.
Preschool Brandywine Visit
Some of our preschoolers visited Brandywine Senior Living. They engaged with the residents in coloring, reading stories, singing, and sculpting with pumpkin scented playdough that Tr. Kristin made. 6ABC news was on hand to interview the residents and learn how much joy both young and old receive from spending time with each other. Look for the story within the next two weeks.   Click here  for photos.
November 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.  Save 10% if you order by end of day Tuesday 10/31 and use the coupon code FRIENDS.

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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New Online School Store 
Coming Soon!

Want to look good and show off your FSH school spirit? We can help! The FSH online school store will open soon. Keep an eye out for an email announcement with a link to the store. T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, 1/4 zips, hats and more will be available at great prices.
November Open House 
This Wednesday

Tell a friend about our Open House, this Wednesday, November 1, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. 
Well Prepared for High School

Are Friends School Haverford students prepared for high school?  Read more in our latest Naturally Curious blog post by Alejandro Lopez '16.

Survey Says...

Please take a few moments to fill out our diversity survey.  Our Diversity Statement at Friends School Haverford states: At Friends School Haverford, diversity is an essential aspect of our lives and education. Diversity exists in the colors of our skin, our genders and age, our sexual identities, the structures of our families, the traditions we observe, the languages we speak, the financial and educational resources we bring, and our unique gifts and abilities. Faculty, staff, students, parents, and school committee members explore and embrace differences of all kinds with enthusiasm and respect. 
Click here to take survey.
KidStuff Books

KidStuff Books will be on sale from  November 6 - 20  at a cost of $25. Books will be sent home with each student. If you do not wish to keep the book, it can simply be returned to school.  This fundraiser will benefit FSH's newest endeavor - beekeeping and honey extraction! The project really differentiates us from other schools and is something that involves students in all grades.
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 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.
Past Weekly Updates 

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

October 31
Halloween Parade
8:30 am

November 1
Open House
9:00 am - 11:00 am

November 2
First Thursday Coffee
8:00 am

Picture Make-up Day

November 4
Leaf Rake Day
9:00 am

November 10
Ned's Kindness Adventure Assembly
1:30 pm

November 13
Parent Potluck Dinner & PTO Meeting
6:30 pm

Winter Sports Begin

November 13 - 17
ERB Testing

November 22 - 24
Thanksgiving Holiday

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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