Weekly Update
September 18, 2017
Winged Wonders: The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly PLUS The Hardworking Honeybee

This Saturday, September 23, 2017
10am - 12pm

851 Buck Lane, Haverford, PA 19041
Admission: FREE!

Butterfly enthusiast and former Friends School Haverford teacher, Ann Ward, offers this unique butterfly program that teaches children about Monarch migration and the wonders of the outdoors. Children will have the opportunity to visit the butterfly house and discover how it feels to hold and feed a Monarch Butterfly, tag butterflies with tiny, numbered stickers (tags) through the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program and release them so they can make their 2,000 mile winter journey to Mexico.

And new to our program this year are The Hardworking Honeybees. Beekeeper Eli St. Amour gives children an up close look at honeycombs and how honey is extracted while discussing the role of bees in the hive and how the flowers and plants near a hive can flavor the honey. A honey extraction demonstration (no live bees will be present), pollination simulation station and large hive build are just some of the ways children will learn about the important role honeybees play in keeping our food crops alive.

Creative art projects, face painting, and a special snack will also be offered during this educational afternoon program. This event is not to be missed! We hope to see you there!

If you would like to volunteer to help at this event, please contact Lisa Buscaglia or call 610-642-0354.


Late Afternoon Recreation for Kids is designed to provide our students with opportunities for exploration, peer connections, and fun. Clubs offered in LARKS are taught by our own faculty and outside teachers. See individual club descriptions for complete information. LARKS is organized into three trimesters. A schedule for each of the three trimesters will be sent home before each session begins. Click here  to see class options. 

Fall 2017 LARKS clubs start on Thursday, September 28, 2017

All after school clubs are $160 per club. Families with Extended Day contracts on the same day as a club are entitled to join a club at no charge. All students must bring a snack from home.

The LARKS program starts at 3:00 p.m. Students will meet in Extended Day to eat a snack brought in from home. At 3:15 p.m., LARKS sponsors will escort their students from Extended Day to their club location. All Clubs meet from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Club sponsors will bring their students to the driveway for pick-up at the end of club.

Please note: 15 minutes after the club pick-up time, students not yet picked up will be brought to Extended Day. A fee of $10 will be charged for using Extended Day after a club.

Available Clubs
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. To assist this process, all registration forms must be turned in with payment by Monday, September 25, 2017. 

Questions? Please contact: Mwazhuwa Kuretu

Curriculum Night:
Parents, please be sure to attend! 

We cordially invite and urge all parents to attend Curriculum Night. This is an extremely informative event in which each teacher reviews his or her program for the current year. Parents have the opportunity to look at the classroom materials their children will be using. Please feel free to ask questions pertaining to the course of study. 

Middle School Curriculum Night  
(Grades 5-8): 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Click here to Register For Free Child Care by 9/19/17
(Return form by 9/19/17) 
Please be aware that Extended-Day will close at 5:45 pm and Child Care will open at 7:00 pm. Your child will need to be picked up at your normal Extended-Day dismissal time. 
If you wish to drop off your children during Curriculum Night, please pre-register for child care by filling out the form above. 

Please Note: there are separate forms for lower school and middle school curriculum nights, but all enrolled FSH children (must be potty trained) are welcome to join us for either night.

PTO Volunteer Showcase Before Curriculum Night 
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please come to the PTO Volunteer Showcase before Middle School Curriculum Night. Find out about volunteer opportunities at PTO events, service projects coordinated by the Community Service Committee, and meet other parents!

Free childcare for the PTO Meeting will be available. Please contact Mwazhuwa Kuretu to RSVP by September 19 for Middle School childcare during the PTO Showcase. 

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.

September 20 | Home vs Stratford Friends CANCELLED
September 27 | Home vs Plymouth Meeting Friends
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 (TBT)
Coach Pat Williams

September 18 | 3:30 pm | Away vs Friends Central
October 11 | 3:45 pm | Away vs Friends Select

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

School directories are being sent home with the youngest or only child in each family today and tomorrow. Be sure to check your child's backpack for your copy.

If you need to update your information at any time throughout the year, please email  Nancy Hurley.
Please Return 
2017-2018 Forms

Please sign and return all outstanding forms to the main office as soon as possible. Thank you!  

If you need additional copies, please contact Nancy Hurley
or call 610-642-2334.
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 to 7:00  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.
A Friendly Reminder From
Your Friends at Drop-off

The speed limit on campus is 5 mph.
If you're running late, we promise that your child will be quickly caught up on the few minutes missed. Please adhere to the speed limit for everyone's safety.

Please pull your car up as far as possible for each building.
We'd like to unload two or three cars at a time.

Please pull as close to the curb as possible.
It is a big jump from an SUV to the ground for our smallest students and some try to jump from the car to the curb, which can be dangerous.

If you arrive before 8 am, please remain in your car. We'll be there to help your child out by 8 am.
If you can't wait, please park in the shed area and walk your child to the Early Bird area and sign them in.

Please do not leave your car parked in the drop off area and walk your child in.

Please have your Friends School Haverford child seated in the back seat on the passenger side.
Exiting a car on the driver's side puts the student and the helper at risk.

Please do not get out of your car at drop-off.
We'll help your child and their school bag out of the car. Please be sure to get that extra goodbye hug at home.

If your child is resisting, please pull your car around to the shed to park.
You can then help your child over to the building door.

Thank you for helping to keep the morning transition running safely and smoothly!
Calling All Volunteers 
and Sponsors

Please show your support by running, walking, volunteering, donating, or sponsoring. The race itself includes a large portion of the gorgeous Haverford College Nature Trail, which is happily quite flat! This year, Footsteps for Friends combines forces with Pumpkin Day, a popular Friends School tradition, involving games, races, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, fall treats and hot apple cider. From morning until noon, join us for a family (and pet) friendly celebration of Fall, friendship and Friends School Haverford. Join us after the race for the awards ceremony and stick around to enjoy the festivities of Pumpkin Day! It will surely be a wonderful event!

To Register for the 5K Race for 1 Mile Walk/Fun Run, visit our Race Page: 

You can make yourself a fundraiser during registration so that friends and family can sponsor you directly.

Another way to participate is by helping us collect donations and sponsorships from local businesses. This will go toward your fundraising total. Please click here for a sponsorship form. If you have a business or know of businesses who would be interested in this type of advertising/sponsorship opportunity, please contact me directly. All donations are tax deductible.

If you are interested in volunteering, we are in need of help on race day to assist with multiple areas and will need help with Pumpkin Day as well. Thank you for your time!
School Calendar 
September 23
Winged Wonders
10:00 am -12:00 pm

September 27
PTO Volunteer Showcase
6:30 pm

Curriculum Night (Middle School)
7:00 pm

October 3
Picture Day Portraits

October 4
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
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.