UFS Friday Folder

September 16, 2016

News Flash

  • Monday, September 19 - All School Photo and Class Photos (look in your child's backpack for more information)
  • Tuesday, September 20 - Class Photos (look in your child's backpack for more information)
  • Friday, September 23 - UFS Closed/In-Service
  • Monday, September 26 -- Back to School Night 6:30-8:00pm Child care will be available
  • Saturday, October 1 - Fall Fest
UFS Calendar

Click here for detailed information about upcoming events, future field trips, and sporting events.

Dear Families,

Whew…..what a whirlwind first two weeks it has been. Classrooms are again humming and students are busy, busy, busy. The Rustin Class had their first Writing Workshop this week and have already completed two all-class books. Middle School students were calibrating vessels and Fox Class students completing some chemistry experiments. The Penn Class Reading Studio proves that students in first grade and second grade can be independent learners and thinkers. Make sure that you take a look at the Front Lobby Gallery to see what students do in Art each week. This week there are amazing student paintings of vegetables and selections from “The Illustrated Interview.” The paintings change often so be sure to come in and see this show. What a good start to the school year!

There were some additional changes in our faculty that transpired in late summer…….Gloria Galvez, our Spanish teacher, is teaching high school students in a full time position. We will miss her. Replacing her will not be easy and may take some time, but in late August I was fortunate to meet Anna Gallos, who is our interim Spanish teacher until we find a permanent replacement for Gloria. Additionally, Peter Goode, our tech manager, is working with us on a contractual basis. He did a wonderful job of building our infrastructure and helping to bring us into the 21st century. You may still run into Peter at school, though his full time job is now at Lafayette University. Betty, the tech expert in our faculty, will run the after school Tech class, help maintain the infrastructure, and troubleshoot any minor tech issues.

We are so pleased to have so many new families this year and hope that families reach out to each other. How do you build community? Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know on the playground (this works for children and adults.)

Please contact me with any of your questions, concerns, and even accolades. I appreciate your feedback. Enjoy this beautiful early fall weather. Don’t forget that on Friday, September 23rd there is a faculty inservice and there will be no school.


Index Card Building Challenge - Middle School

Get Ready for Fall Fest!

Our annual Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, rain or shine, at UFS. Fall Festival is open to the entire community and includes food, music, carnival games, and other activities. This year features an Enchanted Forest, inflatable obstacle course, petting zoo, and pumpkin painting.

Ticket Sales
Ticket sales begin today (a pack up was sent home in backpacks or see the links below for more information). Plus, bring a canned food donation and get a free ticket at the Fall Fest ticket booth!

Yard Sale
The Middle School will be holding their annual yard sale to raise money for the Middle School trip. Please bring yard sale items to the Hollingshead Room. Large items, such as furniture, will need to be dropped off on Friday, September 30. In an effort to streamline the process, please price your item with a suggested sale value before dropping off to the school.

Supply List
Donations help keep this annual event a family friendly, affordable event for everyone. Take a look at the supply list below to see if you have any of these items available to donate or loan.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed throughout the day. Please sign up to help with the kitchen, set up, or to staff a game or activity. Select your volunteer station by visiting this signup genius form, returning the paper form that has been sent home, or printing the below Volunteer Form. If you can help with food preparation the week before Fall Fest, visit the signup genius form above or contact Gerri Hammond. Questions about other ways to help out? Contact Janet Hild.

If you know a business that would like to advertise or an individual who would like to sponsor Fall Fest, please pass along the Sponsor Letter. The opportunity to advertise in the Fall Fest Program will end soon.

Supplies Needed - Consider donating or loaning one of the following items:


Easy Up Canopy Tent

Yard Sale Items

Portable Gas or Propane Grill

Ticket Order Form

Volunteer Form or Sign-Up Genius Version

Bake Sale Donation Form or Sign-Up Genius Version

Sponsor Letter

PBS Commercial - Sneak Peek

Last Fall United Friends School was awarded a grant from Univest allowing us to partner with PBS to create a three minute commercial. Here is a sneak peak at the video. The full length version will be unveiled, along with our new website, later next week.
Welcome to United Friends

Meeting for Worship Queries

Sept 14: After last week's query, how did you build community in our school this week? What can you do next week?

Some Responses: Be kind to one another, help walk younger students to their classroom, plan a service project of a soup kitchen, cover for another teacher during an absence, took a walk with a lonely friend, and greet people by name.

Piano and Private Music Lessons - Tuesday Openings Available

Our Choir Director, Michelle Cosgrove has a few openings for students interested in private piano and music lessons after school on Tuesdays. Michelle believes in guiding students to find their musical niche, and helping new students discover their creativity. For a full bio, visit her website. To schedule after school lessons, contact her at cosgrovestudio@gmail.com or 215-258-3941 for more information.

What does size mean?

This week students explored the way size can impact their art.

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