Classroom Notes

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 2:36pm

The Lansdowne Friends School students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades invite you to the premiere of Shakespeare's


Two shows will be available for free to the LFS community and other Friends. The first one will take place in-lieu of Gathering at 9:00 am. The evening performance will take place at 7:00 pm.

LFS is developing a yearly tradition of enacting plays by the famous English playwright.  You might be wondering why Shakespeare in Elementary School? Scholars and educators agree that children have a greater grasping of the themes in Shakespeare's work than we might think.

Moreover, they found that the playfulness found in the text, the depicted struggles between right and wrong, the action-packed scenes and the exceptional characters allow for leaps in student's creative processes.

In this comedy, William Shakespeare relates the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. It portrays the adventures of four Athenian lovers and six amateur actors, controlled by fairies and manipulated by Puck. This is one of the most popular plays by Shakespeare.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 10:19am

The dictionary definition of generous is "showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected."  There is a spiritual underpinning to almost any act of generosity, for people give out of love.  I am continually in awe of the many generous people who make up the LFS community.  I would like to lift up one today.

At the end of a Monday in August, the telephone rang.  Jack Swope, an alumnus from the LFS class of 1946, was calling me because he felt inspired by a sermon he heard at church the day before.  He and his wife, Joan, wanted to make a difference to a Lansdowne Friends School family by paying for one child's tuition through his or her LFS education.  Although the call was unexpected and extraordinarily magnanimous, it was not out of character:  Jack has given generously to LFS in the past.  For example, in 2000, he established The LFS Endowment Fund, the interest from which provides supplemental funds for faculty development.  In addition, he has shared his love for the school through bringing together alumni from his time here, including one of his classmates from Holland who came after World War II and who with Jack and had a terrific visit with our fifth and sixth grades.

Jack and Joan's latest gift has a multiplier effect, for this scholarship frees up the financial aid that the recipient had been getting to be awarded to another family in need.  We thank Jack and Joan for giving us that opportunity, for supporting an LFS student so generously, and for their ongoing support to Lansdowne Friends School in so many ways.

John McKinstry, Head of School


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12:01pm

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Beach day is an end-of-year tradition for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Check out more photos here.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:29am

Pre-kindergarten students have been planting a pizza garden, full of plants just right for making the perfect pizza. They have also been exploring other gardens on campus.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:18am

First and second graders have been planting a butterfly waystation. The classes were recognized by Monarch Watch.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:14am

Kindergartners had a Skype conversation with ninth graders about the story-song Abiyoy.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:03am

Third and fourth graders visited Harrisburg, an annual trip that's part of their study of Pennsylvania.

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