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FRIENDS ACADEMY'S WEEKLY NEWS & EVENT BULLETIN

The club convention happened this past Monday with student leaders shaping this event.  Despite the rain (we moved inside) there was epic turnout and the sign-up sheets and booths were full.  We will be sharing the list of clubs again shortly, along with meeting locations, advisors and student leaders.  It was great to see all the grade nines and tens show up and walk about, asking questions and (yes) eating cookies (good club leaders always bring cookies…).  Clubs and Activities, as well as student life committees, meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Wonderful to see some of the new clubs arising to meet both our own community needs and the needs of others beyond our walls.

Sazonamos nuestras vidas con los testimonios

Each month, 7th and 8th grade students are asked to look for living examples of the Quaker testimonies in their day-to-day lives. They are asked to write or draw a recent example in Spanish that may reflect simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, service or sustainability.

2nd graders participated in Imagination.org’s Global Cardboard Challenge this year. They sketched their ideas and planned with US Engineering students. Then, they made their creations come to life. This year they focused on creating play items including foosball, skeeball, a gumball machine and a set of checkers. The goal of the challenge is to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine. 1st graders joined them to “play/test” their games!

Playgroup students participated in a fall science activity that started with nature exploration including a leaf and acorn hunt! When all items were collected, the teachers put some of the collected items on trays filled with water and put them in the freezer. They then offered the children a chance to guess what would happen. When the trays were taken out of the freezer, the children took a guess of how many water droppers filled with warm water would be needed to melt away the ice. The fun was in the process!  

All School

All School Announcements

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Wear orange in support of Unity Day

On Wednesday, October 24, we will observe the National Day of Unity and as a way to visibly mark this day, we will have an All-School Dress Down Day in orange. In addition, community queries will help guide student discussion and health education faculty will be focusing on the importance of how kindness and respect is reflected and made visible in our school climate.

Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8:15 am – Drop in for monthly "Coffee with Friends"

Join host Head of School Andrea Kelly at our next monthly, informal "Coffee with Friends" this Thursday, Oct. 25 in the KW Library from 8:20 to 9 a.m. Drop in or stay a while to catch up with old friends or connect with new ones. We'll supply the coffee ... you bring the conversation.

Please let us know you are coming and RSVP.

Parent/Student Guide for US Play, "248 Miles," which debuts Nov. 1st

This year's Upper School play, 248 Miles, which runs Nov. 1-3, is an original piece written by FA Theater teacher Andrew Geha. A story about the connections we make and 
the connections we miss, 248 Miles reveals the isolation and pressure that so many of us can feel on both an individual and community level. The play opens as Mikaela returns to school after an emotional crisis.
 Working to be healthy, she still feels desperately alone in her community. As she weaves her way through her first few days, we meet her classmates and discover, through their stories, that she is not alone in her aloneness.  

Please note that 248 Miles contains young adult themes, strong adolescent language, and is most appropriate for a mature audience of teens and adults. For a synopsis of the play and themes, please click here. Students, who are 8th grade and younger must be accompanied by a parent if attending the show. If you have any further questions, please contact Director of Arts Tracey Foster at tracey_foster@fa.org.

Important New Parent Survey – Let us know if you didn't receive it

This past week, our partner consultant, Measuring Success, launched a new parent survey to all parents. The survey data we collect will help our admissions and strategic efforts grow from a position of strength. Our goal is to achieve 100% parent participation.

If you did not receive the survey, please first check your spam or junk folders and if the e-mail is not there, contact Director of Finance, Operations and Strategic Projects Ann Marie Tidona at annmarie_tidona@fa.org.

Admissions Walk-in Wednesdays and upcoming Nov. Open Houses

The Admissions Office offers tours every Wednesday between 9-10 a.m. Please tell your friends and spread the word!

Upcoming Open Houses:

  • MS – Monday, November 5th
  • US – Tuesday, November 6th
  • LS – Thursday, November 8th

All Open Houses begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. For more information and RSVP details, please visit us online.

Early Childhood

Lower

Lower School Calendar

Lower School Announcements

Middle

Middle School Calendar

Middle School Announcements

Monday, Oct. 22 – 8th grade Parent Connections

Join Middle School Principal Deb Schoman and 8th grade team leader Selina Collier to learn more about your soon-to-be high school aged child on Monday, Oct. 22. Plan to arrive at 8:15am in the MS collab space for coffee and conversation. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end promptly by 9:15 a.m. Time will be set aside for Q & A. This program will be live streamed.

Wed. Oct. 24 at 6 am – 7th grade Greenkill Outdoor Ed leaves

Students will be leaving on Wednesday, Oct 24th from the Dolan Center at 6am and returning to the Jackson House in time for bus on Friday, Oct. 26th. Parents will receive updates regarding arrival to Greenkill and a more precise return time to FA on Friday. Once the buses cross the Throgs Neck Bridge, we can get that information out to you. If you are picking up, please do NOT park in the Jackson House circle. You can park in the lot near the tennis courts, in front of the middle school or Frost Hall. Melissa Scott will be sending you a more detailed reminder e-mail prior to departure day.

Halloween Costumes guidance

Students are invited to dress up for Halloween. While students are permitted to dress as superheroes, we ask that they not include weapons as part of their costume or dress in military attire.

Upper

Upper School Calendar

Upper School Announcements

College Reps visiting October 22 through October 26

Monday, October 22:
Washington University at 8:15 AM
Syracuse University at 9:30 AM
Lafayette College at 10:30 AM
Vassar College at 12 noon
Davidson College at 1:30 PM

Tuesday, October 23:
No colleges visiting today

Wednesday, October 24:
Lake Forest College at 8:15 AM

Thursday, October 25:
Babson College at 8:30 AM
Endicott College at 1:45

Friday, October 26:
No college visiting today

Next Week