Weekly Update
September 25, 2017

Middle School Curriculum Night:  This Wednesday
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
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. 

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 for Middle School childcare during the PTO Showcase. 

Picture Day: Next 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 for ordering information.

Zones Corner

Are you feeling ready for the day? Friends School Haverford is always ready to share more about Zones. This week, we focused on building our understanding of feelings that match each zone and how we might move from one feeling to another over the course of a day. Our Heritage House classes enjoyed the story, Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and created faces of how the character was feeling. We are looking forward to displaying these near our class tool boxes. We also previewed how it will feel when Kipper, the friendly pup, joins us next week for lessons. We practiced helping Kipper feel comfortable by engaging with an imaginary dog.

Our older students discussed Zones lingo and the complexity of emotions. We brainstormed words for our Zones word wall in the Learning Zone classroom.

Ask your child to share about their Zones experience!

A Trip to Kilimandjaro

Grades 5 and 6 are exploring the role food plays in culture in History Class. As part of their study of West Africa, students were treated to lunch at Kilimandjaro, a West African restaurant in Philadelphia. Among the food students were able to sample were fried plantains, chicken and fish with African spices, and hibiscus juice. It was an educational trip where new tastes were discovered.  Yum! Click here for photos.
Art with Tr. Amy 
Forest's Edge students practiced process art with Tr. Amy during art class. Process art is about the experience the children have while they're creating art. It helps with sensory exploration,  fine and gross motor skills,  and coordination. The children experimented with watercolor, pastels, markers, and crayons. This was a group project to teach how to work together. The artwork will be used as a background for the quote "everyday is a journey filled with new things to discover" that will be applied later on.

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 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
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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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.
Middle School Families Reminder

Please return your signed acknowledgement of the FSH Middle School Expected Behavior Guidelines. 
School Directories Are Here 

School directories were sent home with the youngest or only child in each family last week. 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.
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.
Pretzel Sale Starts Next Week

Carousel Connections will provide pretzels this Friday as a taste test. We will then start the pretzel sale next week. 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 Tuesdays. If you would like your child to receive a freshly baked pretzel, please send a $1 in with them. 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!
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 27
PTO Volunteer Showcase
6:30 pm

Curriculum Night (Middle School)
7:00 pm

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
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.