Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

Info for New Parents

Welcome to the Friends Academy Parent Information page, the place to find everything you need from school forms to permission slips, handbooks and what's for lunch.

For all private information, including grades and comments, your child's classes, health records, and the FA E-mail Archive, please log-in below to the secure FA Parent Portal.

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Student & Parent Handbook

2016-17 Student & Parent Handbook
Click here for policies regarding School Dress Code, Transportation, Textbooks, School Hours and more.



2016-17 Calendar & Important Dates

Weekly Lunch Menus

Monthly lunch and snack menus

Breakfast and snacks: Both breakfast and afternoon snack items are available for purchase in the Dining Commons. Students can either pay cash or swipe their PIN code, which is printed on the Student ID card.

Both breakfast and afternoon snack items are available for purchase in the Dining Commons. Students can either pay cash or swipe their PIN code, which is printed on the Student ID card. All Lower School students receive a daily snack, which is eaten in the classroom. Middle School students enjoy fresh fruit at the end of the school day.

Questions: Contact Food Services Manager Jodi Resnick at 516-393-4233 or jodi_resnick@fa.org.

Online Safety & Privacy

Below, please find helpful resources for protecting privacy and staying safe online.

General School Forms & Information

Medical Forms

Please login above to reach the Parent Portal and access Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Records) to complete your child's Vital Health Record and upload all medical forms. Blank forms are available through Magnus Health and provided below for your convenience.

IMPORTANT!

1. Log in to the Parent Portal through www.fa.org.
2. Click on the Magnus Health icon on the right side.
3. From here, access your child's name and subsequent record.
4. Once in your child's record, you will see what must be submitted/approved/rejected.
5. To enter physicals and interims, click on that form and click "Scan" and subsequently "Upload" or "Fax" (scan gets in faster...fax requires at least 2 days).

Blank Forms:

Physical and Immunization Forms

Medication Permission Forms

Remember:

  • Parent Permission is signed electronically online.
  • FA Athletics approves all forms so if it your form is rejected, it's rejected because it is missing an item.
  • All physicals for student-athletes in grades 7-12 must contain height, weight, blood pressure and urine test results.
  • Interim forms must be signed within 30 days of season start, dated with signature of parent and student. Winter and spring interim forms become available 30 days before each season begins.

Athletics

Schedule of Games

Games & Directions

School Store - Athletics Wear

The “Flash Store” will offer Physical Education uniforms to Middle and Upper School students. Open 24/7, parents can order directly from the site and have the clothing shipped directly to their homes in approximately a week.

2016-17 Athletic Manual

Concussion Management and Return to Play Form

2016 Camps and Clinics Fact Sheet

All medical and athletic forms are now handled through Magnus Health. Please visit the Parent Portal and click on the Magnus Health icon to complete your forms.

Athletics/Physical Forms

All Athletic and Physical forms must be uploaded to Magnus Health. You may access your Magnus Health SMR account when you login to the FA website; look for the the "Magnus Health" icon on the Parent Portal. All athletic forms (physical exam form, parent consent form and sports interim form) can be found at this site, completed and uploaded.

Please note that parents with Upper School student athletes playing in Fall sports must submit their medical information and forms on or before August 10th, 2016.

All athletes must complete the interscholastic sports interim form. Interim form must be filled out and dated after July 22nd for US athletes and August 7th for MS athletes.

You cannot practice until your physical form, consent form, interscholastic sports interim form, and concussion letter have been uploaded to Magnus Health.

Support: If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online or downloading the hardcopy coversheets and forms, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone(877-461-6831) and email (service@magnushealthportal.com).

Dress for Physical Education classes

We are looking at having athletic wear available to students from an online school store. In the interim, students may wear the following:

  • Gym shorts: Black
  • T-shirt: White, grey, black or red

Important Pre-Season Practice Information

It is very important for our student/athletes to come to pre-season practices. Athletes must have a fixed number of practices before they are eligible for the first scrimmage or game. Teams are chosen during these tryouts/practices; therefore, not being at practice limits an athlete’s exposure. Conditioning done in the pre-season practices prevents many unnecessary injuries and allows our student/athletes to develop the cardiovascular and muscular conditioning necessary to participate in that team sport.

Pre-Season Practice Schedule

  • Football - Monday, Aug. 15th
  • All other fall sports - Monday, Aug. 22nd

You will receive additional information regarding the schedule of practices from your child's coach. If you have specific questions about your child's sport, please contact their coach directly:

Academic Course of Studies - All Divisions

Upper School Forms & Information

Community Service

Academics Counseling

College Counseling

Class of 2017 - Seniors

Class of 2018 - Juniors

Method Test Prep Log-in

Rock Can Roll Service retreat

Jr Class Trip to DC
Packing List
Permission Form
The trip itinerary is available when you log in to the password protected portal.

Class of 2019 - Sophomores

Method Test Prep Log-in

PSAT/SAT/ACT info

Sept. 19th Retreat permission forms

Class of 2020 - Freshmen

Planning for the College Process - Freshman & Sophomore Years

Outdoor Ed Forms are available when logged into the parent portal

Middle School Forms & Information

Middle School Dress Code

Dress code for girls/boys, warm weather and dress down

Middle School School Athletic Wear (School Store)

The “Flash Store” will offer Physical Education uniforms to Middle and Upper School students. Open 24/7, parents can order directly from the site and have the clothing shipped directly to their homes in approximately a week.

Middle School After school Enrichment Programs

Choose from three program offerings, including VEX Robotics and Chess (fee applies) and Middle School Jazz Band (no fee).

Middle School clubs and Enrichment activities

Middle School offers the opportunity to join a variety of student clubs. Clubs meet during lunch on an assigned day during the week.

Middle School School supplies

Forms

World Languages Placement Exam

Please e-mail Joanna_Kim@fa.org which date your child will take the test. Kindly arrive at Frost Hall (Upper School) at 3:40 pm.

  • Monday, June 6 from 3:45 - 5:15 pm
  • Tuesday, June 7 from 3:45 - 5:15 pm

Middle School recommended read for Parents

Middle School - Summer 2016

Reading lists

Required Math Summer Work
Optional Math Summer Work

1) Students should go to KhanAcademy.org and create an account.

2) Visit khanacademy.org/coaches (by clicking on the Coaches tab in your profile)

3) Once there, in the “Add a coach” field, enter the appropriate codes below:

Math 6 (Rising 7th Grade): NXNXD2
Math 7 (Rising 8th Grade): N7KS69
Algebra Basics (Math 8 Students): SYA3UV
Algebra (Algebra students): M5J66G

4) Click on the ‘Home’ tab in the upper left and select the appropriate course (i.e. Math 7)

We hope that this helps to provide our students with a fun avenue to review these concepts. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the middle school office or email Deb Schoman, Deborah_Schoman@fa.org,
or your grade level math teacher.

6th: Allison_Barth@fa.org
7th: William_Garry@fa.org
8th: Erin_Nolan@fa.org

Lower School Forms & Information

Lower School Transition Meeting

Below are a list of the Lower School Transition meetings. Please meet in the Lower School lobby and someone will direct you to the specific classroom.

Note to New Parents:

Come to the Lower School building via the Piping Rock Road entrance. Please park in the first parking lot if possible. Then walk along the sidewalk behind the first brick building you see, which is the Summer Camp office and you will see on the right a long stairway. Walk up those stairs and the Lower School is the first building on the right at the very top of the stairs. Come into the lobby and someone will be there to direct you.

  • Kindergarten transition meeting (for Pre-K parents) - Monday, May 23 from 9:30-10:00 AM (in Kindergarten classroom)
  • 1st grade transition meeting (Kindergarten parents) - Monday, May 23 from 11:15-11:45 AM (in 1st grade classroom)
  • 2nd grade transition meeting (1st grade parents) - Tuesday, May 24 from 8:45-9:15 AM (in 2nd grade classroom)
  • 3rd grade transition meeting (2nd grade parents) - Wednesday, May 25 from 9:00 – 9:30 AM (in 3rd grade classroom)
  • 4th grade transition meeting (3rd grade parents) - Friday, May 27 from 10:00-10:30 AM (in 4th grade classroom)
  • 5th grade transition meeting (4th grade parents) - Thursday, May 26 from 1:20-1:50 PM (in 5th grade classroom)

Textbook Information

2016-2017 Textbooks

2016-17 Orders

Please read the guidelines carefully to be sure that you follow the procedures specific to your school district.

A. For students served by Textbook Central, which includes ALL Nassau and Suffolk districts EXCEPT Sewanhaka, Farmingdale, and Oceanside

  • Textbooks will be ordered by the school. You will receive more information over the summer about how and when these books will be distributed.

B. If you live in Sewanhaka, Farmingdale, and Oceanside school districts:

  • You will need to complete a district specific book order form. We ask that you turn in your forms to your district office as soon as possible. If you wait until August, districts may not be able to fill orders in time for the start of school.

C. If you live in a borough of New York City:

  • A few of your books may be provided by the city. Typically, families receive very few books through this system due to budgetary constraints and the process is quite cumbersome. We try to provide some books from our inventory for these students. Please be aware that you are responsible for ensuring that your child has any books not provided by New York City by the start of the year.
2016-17 Pick Up
All students, Suffolk, Nassau and Queens residents, should pick up their textbooks on the Mezzanine level of the library at the following times:
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grades - Wednesday, 8/31 from 1-4 pm or Friday, 9/2 12-3 pm
  • 9th grade- Thursday, 9/1 11-5 pm(try to pick up before orientation)
  • Also, students in 11th and 12th grades on campus for sports Thursday, 8/25 may pick up their textbooks after their practices.
If you have any questions, email me at laurie_fleming@fa.org


Returns

Please read the guidelines carefully to be sure that you follow the procedures specific to your school district.

A. For students served by Textbook Central, which includes ALL Nassau and Suffolk districts EXCEPT Sewanhaka, Farmingdale, and Oceanside:
(Note: New this year, Hicksville is now included)

  • Students and their families are responsible for the return of all textbooks and non-consumable books at the end of the school year. Students are not permitted to write or highlight in these books. Student accounts will be charged for any missing and damaged books.

    Grade 12 May 9-13 (Books can be returned after each AP or final)
    Grades 9-11 June 6-10 (Books can be returned after each final)
    Grades 6-8 June 6-8
    Lower School Before June 7

B. For students who live in Sewanhaka, Farmingdale, and Oceanside school districts:

  • All textbooks must be returned to your school district office

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Laurie Fleming at laurie_fleming@fa.org or (516) 465-1724.

2016 Summer Reading and Assignments - LS, MS and US


2016-17
Lower School
Course of Study

2016-17 Middle School
Course of Study

2016-17
Upper School

Course of Study

Middle School
Electives Choice Form

2016-17 US Academic

Pathways Powerpoint


Upper School - Summer 2016

Reading list

Middle School - Summer 2016

Reading lists

Summer Math assignment 2015

Summer English assignment 2015

Lower School - Summer 2016

Students and parents will be contacted by e-mail or mail with additional summer assignments, if they apply, over the summer.

Parents

Middle School recommended Summer 2016 read

2016-17 School Supply Lists

Lower School

  • All supplies are provided by teachers.

Middle School

Upper School

  • In the Upper School, there is no general supply list. Needed supplies are communicated by each teacher on the first day of school.

Emergency Procedures & Protocols

School Safety & Security Plan

Early Dismissal protocol for parents

Bus Companies and Emergency phone numbers

In the event of inclement weather, the following protocols will go into effect:

  1. Parents will receive a direct phone call with a recorded message from the Head of School via the school's phone alert system.
  2. FA's status will be posted as a pop-up window on the FA website.
  3. FA's status will be available on Cablevision and FIOS - watch the closings and delays crawl on the television or go to the websites for News12 Long Island or FIOS1.

FA's first line of communication is the phone alert system. If you do not receive a call and are concerned about the safety of the driving conditions, please check the FA website, News12 Long Island, or FIOS1.