Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.


Practicing the Quaker testimonies of Community and Service, the Early Childhood students and families participated in collecting children’s pajamas for the organization Pajamas for Peace, organized by EC parents Chan and Doug Francis. The children helped wrap the gifts, and make gift tags and celebrated the gift of giving to others.

First graders have been visiting the LS MakerSpace with Lower School Librarian Mrs. Madigan to enrich their community study. They are constructing many buildings and details that are needed and wanted in our town. Children have been partnering on this work so they are not only demonstrating their understanding of community, but they are also building their collaboration skills.

‘Tis truly the season of sparkling lights and an opportunity to have seen and heard the beautiful lights shining within each of our Middle School students. The annual Art Show and Winter Concert last Thursday evening underscored the incredible artistic talents of our middle schoolers! The Middle School faculty and I wish you a joyous holiday and a very Happy New Year! See you in 2019!

The Math Bulletin Board is a sight to see this week – celebrating growth mindset, Julia Burt’s class did some extra work outside of class that celebrated how Math connects to learning, growth, and continuing revelation, a Quaker principle. The visuals are spectacular, but more importantly, students really leaned into the concept – there were sophisticated infographics, poems, even acrostics.  And right next to these amazingly personalized works, there were listings of the many math contests offered – we had almost 60 students take the latest honors math contest this week. The range and depth of student experiences in Math were live as I walked by, and the teachers who brought this to life truly gave us a gift.  Enjoy!

All School

All School Announcements

Thurs. Dec. 20th – RSVP to “A Parent Conversation: Student Discipline for Growth & Learning at FA”

Please join Head of School Andrea Kelly, principals and Director of Student Affairs Ron Baskind for this important K-12 Parent Conversation on Thursday, Dec. 20th in the Jackson House at 8:30 a.m. Learn and discuss how student development can be shaped by mistakes and risk-taking, how we use best practices at Friends, and how discipline for growth and learning unfolds across each division. Gain clarity, ask questions and explore how the process evolves from our youngest to oldest students, and what factors contribute to top-level decision-making.

Please RSVP.

Support the Friends Academy Annual Fund Today!

The Friends Academy Annual Fund is the single most important fundraiser of the school year. All gifts to the Annual Fund are an investment in our students, faculty and staff.  The Annual Fund supports exemplary academic programs, superb fine arts and music, competitive athletic programs, cutting-edge technology, advanced learning facilities and financial aid. Participation in annual giving is critical to the success of our school. We rely on the shared commitment from all in our community to support our mission and Quaker traditions. All donations are tax-deductible, so please give before Dec. 31st. Click here to Make Your Gift Today!

Spend the Summer with Friends – New programs to launch

Enrollment for FA Summer Camp 2019 is NOW OPEN!!  ENROLL TODAY Campers ages 3-15 can choose from over 30 programs in sports, arts, computers, science & travel.  

NEW PROGRAMS: Coding/Programming, Rowing, Tech Medley & Culinary Creations.

Don’t miss out!! Secure your programs of choice & save!

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Calendar

Early Childhood Announcements

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Lower School Calendar

Lower School Announcements

Dresscode for Dec. 21st LS concert

Boys and girls should wear white shirts/blouses and black pants only (no skirts or dresses). Fifth grade girls are encouraged to wear a touch of red (headband, earrings, etc.) and all fifth grade boys will be given red ties for the performance.

Friday, Dec. 21st – Lower School Concert and Art Show

Join us for the final installment of our Winter Concert Series and the All-Division Art Show, Friday, December 21st.  Art Reception opens at 9am, Concert begins at 10am.

All parents are encouraged to join us in the Dolan Center Art Gallery for guided tours led by third graders from 9-9:40am. Students in Ms. Bode’s class will touring from 9-9:20 and Mrs. Desai’s class will be touring from 9:20-9:40.


Middle School Calendar

Middle School Announcements

Fri. Dec. 21 – Holiday Spirit Dress Day

The Steering Committee is sponsoring a special Holiday Spirit Dress Day this Friday, Dec. 21st. This is essentially a dress down day and students are encouraged to join in on the holiday dress fun with their advisory groups. Ugly sweaters or sweatshirts encouraged!

Upcoming Ski Trip – Sat. Feb. 2

The annual ski trip to Jiminy Peak is scheduled for Saturday, Feb 2 from 5:30am-8:30pm. This trip is open for grades 6-8, all levels of skiers or boarders, beginners invited to learn!   Information regarding the trip; rentals, lessons, travel arrangements will be shared via e-mail next week. Please mark your calendar if your child is interested in attending! (Chaperones: Deb Schoman, Bill Garry and Kathleen Schalk)