OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

OFS Geography Fair March 4, 2016

by Pam Dougherty Since the start of school in September, every student at OFS has been learning geography at their own instructional level. Each class started with learning the basics of geography such as land forms, climates, and map skills. The students then moved on to learning about continents, countries, and oceans. As we approached winter break, we incorporated studying various holiday traditions from around the world. Students loved learning about the different stories of Santa Claus, exotic foods, and unique traditions that people have. In January, it was announced that OFS would host a Geography Fair. The students were ecstatic  to show off what they had been learning to their family and friends. This project based activity allowed each student to pick their own country, research it, and use their unique learning style and creativity to present it. For over a month, the entire school community worked enthusiastically on this event. March 4th was the big day, the Geography Fair! Students anxiously set up their tables with tri-folds, some brought picture books, ipads, music, food from their country, clothing, lego models,photos, and items from their travels. A few students who attend OFS have been internationally adopted from places like China, Guatemala, and Kazakhstan. The fair gave theses students the unique opportunity to teach the community about their birth country and culture. Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors filled our gathering room. The turnout was overwhelming. Each guest “traveled” from country to country with their pretend passport. Students stood proudly by their displays and taught our guests and each other what they had been learning and preparing for all year. We...
Join Us for the 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch!

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch!

The students at Orchard Friends School are planning our 2nd Annual Give Back Brunch to celebrate the role local first responders and public service personnel play in our community. Invitees include Police, Fire, EMS, Public Works, Municipal, Post Office, Library, and Court personnel from Riverton, Cinnaminson, Palmyra, and surrounding areas. The brunch is scheduled for Friday, January 22nd from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Visit our webpage www.orchardfriends.org/givebackbrunch or call 856-786-1123 to RSVP or to learn...
Celebrate Local Beer with OFS!

Celebrate Local Beer with OFS!

Join Orchard Friends School for a beer tasting fundraising event at the newest local brewery to in South Jersey! Win a day with the Double Nickel Master Brewer, play Beer Trivia, and much more! When: Friday, February 19, 7 – 9:30pm Where: Double Nickel Brewery, 1585 Route 73 Pennsauken, NJ 08110 (click for map) Tickets: $50 before event, $75 at door Good for 1 flight and 1 pint, plus food. Wine available for non-beer drinkers. Purchase tickets by going to: Doublenickel-ofs.eventbrite.com (pay online, by check, or at the door)      ...
Talks from the Top Speaker Series – Dr. Richard Selznick, Ph.D.

Talks from the Top Speaker Series – Dr. Richard Selznick, Ph.D.

“A parent/teacher guide to executive function and the shut down learner.” Wednesday October 21st at 7:00 PM (click for directions) Register: dtesler@orchardfriends.org For more information call 856-786-1123 Dr. Richard Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, graduate school professor, university professor of pediatrics and school consultant. He is the author of two books: “The Shutdown Learner: Helping your Academically Discouraged Child” and the recently published “School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut Down Learner’s Success”. Dr Selznick has presented to parents and educators internationally, as far away as Dubai and Abu Dhabi and throughout the United States. Dr. Selznick is a down to earth presenter who discusses difficult and complex issues in easy to understand language and terminology. “Dr. Selznick helped us understand and manage expectations for our children and what type of learning works best for them.” ~ An OFS...
Summer Week 4

Summer Week 4

Cooking During this week students well take an in depth look into cooking and all that surrounds it. Students will learn to read and prepare recipes, what’s healthy vs. what’s not, farming and its importance. They will learn the measurement aspect of cooking and life skills such as how to order off a menu, how to make a shopping list, and many other things. Being able to cook encourages healthy eating and is a crucial skill for daily life. *Each day the students will make a kid friendly recipe that they can make themselves at home, eat it, and take the recipe home to share with their family and friends! *Students will learn about the importance of kitchen safety throughout the entire week. Monday: – In the classroom, students will learn about the measurement aspect of cooking (i.e. tablespoon, cups, etc.) and take a look at different measurement conversions – Throughout the week students will work on constructing their own recipes. Tuesday: The school will learn about health and nutrition and its importance to everyday life. Wednesday: – The students will take a look into farming and its importance. They will learn about how to cook with fresh foods from the OFS Garden. – Sandy Rea (or other) will come in to show the students how to make jellies/jam made out of items fresh from a garden. Thursday: – On Thursday, students will look at the life skills portion of food such as reading recipes, menus, ordering food, making a shopping list etc. Friday: Field...