Dear New Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! On behalf of the Haverford School Parents' Association (HSPA), I would like to welcome you to The Haverford School family. In 2008, we were a new family and I vividly remember what an exciting yet nervous time that was for us. I am feeling many of those emotions again as my oldest son enters the Upper School this year. In some way, we are all new each year.
As a Haverford School parent, you are now a member of the HSPA. We are a group of volunteers who join together to support the school in many different ways (and have a lot of fun in the process). The HSPA also has many resources available for new families to make the transition an easy one and to keep you informed. A few examples are monthly email updates from your class parents; a weekly "Notes" email that is published on Wednesdays with reminders and HSPA information; a monthly meeting for every member of the HSPA where the Headmaster gives us an update; and monthly coffees with each division head. These are a few of the ways we reach out and keep you informed. Additionally, every class parent and every member of the HSPA board is available to answer questions at any time. Believe me, a quick text or email to any member of the HSPA board can save unnecessary stress. We would love to hear from you!
My best piece of advice to new parents is to become involved. "Throw your hat into the ring," as they say, and attend a class event or a division coffee or a monthly meeting. We have many opportunities that can fit into even the busiest of schedules. If you take that first step, the rewards you will receive in return are priceless.
Please save the date of September 7, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to attend our HSPA Opening Coffee in Centennial Hall. It's a great way to meet your class parent and learn more about the HSPA. Also take a few minutes to look around the Parents' section of this website. If you have questions, please always reach out.
Congratulations on making the amazing decision to send your son to The Haverford School. I look forward to meeting you. Please come and introduce yourself and learn more about our great Haverford family.
- What are the hours of Lower School?
- Do you have extended hours?
- What is the Lower School Dress Code?
- When will I get my class assignment?
- Where can I find summer reading lists?
Shirt: white, yellow, maroon, or gold; collared, knit polo, or turtleneck; either long or short sleeves, or Oxford button-down. Shirts must be tucked in!
Pants: khaki or navy. Shorts of these colors are permitted during the warm-weather months from September through Oct. 31, and April 1 through the first week of June. Cargo pants and cargo shorts are not permitted.
Shoes: sneakers with Velcro and shoes with laces tied.
Physical Education classes: all boys in kindergarten through Grade 5 will need a Haverford School reversible gym shirt. Only sneakers are allowed on the gym floor.
Hair should be neatly groomed and out of the eyes of the student.
Jewelry is not allowed in any form.
- What is the Middle/Upper School Dress Code?
- How do I report an absence?
- When will I receive fall information?
- Where can I find summer reading lists?
- How do I access MyBackpack?
A coat and tie are required in all buildings throughout the academic day (8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.) and students are expected to be neat and well groomed. Teachers reserve the right to allow students to remove their jackets while in class, and at times the Division Head may declare that coats are not necessary during the academic day when the weather is hot.
Students may wear:
- A sports coat or blazer
- Dress shirt with tie
- Trousers with belt loops and a belt or shorts with belt loops and a belt
- Socks and shoes
- Boots (in bad weather only)
Hair: neat, above the shirt collar, and of natural color
Students may not wear:
- Jeans, cargo pants, cargo shorts, or pants without belt loops and a belt
- Shorts on the first day of school or on the day of any formal assembly (sports, Honors’ Day, etc.)
- Clogs, sandals, Tevas, Birkenstocks, backless shoes, sneakers, or sneaker-like varieties
- Sweatshirts or fleeces
- Winter coats in any building during the academic day
- iPod/MP3/music players, sunglasses, visible chains, earrings
- Hair longer than collar length, beards, ponytails, sideburns, and/or mustaches
Please log into the parent directory to access contact information for Class Parents.