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Learning about Meteorology with a Special Guest in Early Childhood

Early Childhood students and faculty welcomed a visit from News 12 Meteorologist, Geoff Banson. Geoff spoke to the children about being a meteorologist, how he predicts the weather, and shared a few weather related science experiments with the group. This visit was a wonderful event that topped off a year long study of weather from season to season.

Studying Economics in 5th Grade

5th grade students have begun their study of economics, business and “real world” work. They filled out job applications noting their hobbies and interests and submitted these for a host of jobs in which they are interested. Later this week they will be assigned a job, based on their applications, at Commerce Plaza for the entire day. Jobs include attorney, shop keeper, bank teller and waiter. Working for the day, they will gain great insight into the adult world and priority setting to run a successful business.

Hands on Investigation and Analysis in Middle School

8th grade students engage in a day long investigation in the science lab with several partners. Their aim is to separate the ingredients in a sludge sample and identify each ingredient. The sludge (which is different for each working team) contains a maximum of five compounds. Over the course of the day the lab teams use a variety of analysis tests to help them determine the solids. The liquids are identified by other characteristics. During the course of the investigation the teams record all their procedures and at the end of the day they must show Mrs Collier the purest sample of each ingredient and summarize how they got it.

Upper School Students Participate in The Witness Project

This week seven of our US students participated in a remarkable event run by UJA, entitled The Witness Project.  For months, working with Holocaust survivors, they rehearsed an artistic performance of the stories of each Holocaust survivor, dramatizing their early lives and then their experience of the camps and their journey to survival. The event was at the Tilles Center, and many of our faculty were in attendance as the students gave of themselves and we all watched silently, until the place erupted in applause.  This is just one of the many partnerships here at the school, and the evening and student work (including beautiful artwork) were remarkable.

Also this past week, we had many alumni return for a Career Day panel for all students, with breakout sessions afterward on Law, Medicine, Entrepreneurship and Business.  

Early Childhood Celebrates Learning

Early Childhood had its Learning Celebration this past Friday, where the work they’ve been focusing on the last several months was on display for all to enjoy. Through thoughtful documentation of each learning process, families were able to see first hand the depth of learning that has been taking place in both our Play Group and Pre-K classrooms.

Lower Schoolers Visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

First grade recently visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for a day of science as part of our many years long partnership with the lab. Students participated in six different stations including a DNA extraction using soap and ethanol to extract DNA from wheat. They also touched, saw and learned all about sheep brains and what the different parts do. They greatly enjoyed exploring substances that can act both like a solid and liquid such as oobleck and flubber. We are fortunate to be one of only two schools CSHL provides this hands on opportunity with scientists in the field.

Middle School Arts Week Celebrates Diversity of Africa

We kicked off Arts Week on Monday, April 8th with a day of fun, interesting and educational workshops that provided students the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the wonders and diversity of the amazing continent of Africa. The workshops (African cuisine, Swahili, music, cultures, jewelry design, geography, and others) offered on this day were planned in conjunction with the Middle School musical this year, "The Lion King Jr."

Upper School Student Partnered with Cold Spring Harbor Labs

I had the pleasure of going to see Jack McCooey present his talk on Epigenetics at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs this past Monday night.  Jack was one of a dozen or so students selected from all of Long Island to work with researchers at CSHL on a major science research project.  His work was astounding, and Jack was so articulate taking everyone through his project, an amazing study with further research applications. This format of students doing deep-dive research with mentor teams on a project of interest for them is of course the basis of school redesign and the right kind of mentoring for all students, if it can be scaled.  To partner with Cold Spring Harbor Labs is a dream come true for Jack, and he represented Friends in style. – US Principal, Mark Schoeffel

Pre-K use engineering skills to take on the Big Bad Wolf... and we think they won!

Pre-K students compared and contrasted several versions of the story of The Three Little Pigs. As an extension activity, the children participated in our EC Maker Space center, creating houses that could withstand being blown down. Some of the materials used, were popsicle sticks, clay, corks, straws, masking tape, styrofoam scraps and cardboard. After the houses were built, each house was tested with a miniature fan. Our young “engineers” were quite accurate on which materials would create a strong foundation for their houses.

Building an identity mural in LS through self portraiture

As a Lower School we have continued our identity work together. In gathering, Lower School Art teacher Ms. Allegra shared a video instructing students how to study their faces to create a self portrait. Some grade levels have already created self portraits in art class, so they assisted students in grade levels that hadn’t. The mirrors and pencils were shared and every student in the Lower School drew their view of themself. Keep an eye out for in the coming weeks because Ms. Allegra will put all these pictures together to create a mural in the lobby that truly shows “All Are Welcome Here!”

MS students pitch their products to the Shark Tank!

Design Thinking is based on a human-centered, creative approach to problem solving. Seventh grade students spent time going through the Design Thinking process to come up with a product to pitch to a team of “Sharks.”  Since it is a human-centered approach, empathy is at its core. Students went on an “empathy field trip” around campus observing and then interviewing students/faculty/staff to identify problems to help design a solution.  They defined and interpreted their findings and narrowed down a problem to focus their attention.

The students spent time ideating; they were encouraged to come up with wild ideas, defer judgment, stay focused, and build on the ideas of others.  After all, it is a team approach! Students spent a great deal of time prototyping, that is, getting their idea “from head to hand.” Mrs. Vascotto, Upper School teacher and engineer, visited the class, and gave them feedback from the eyes of an engineer.  They also created a website, designed a company name, logo and business cards. They had four minutes to present to our esteemed panel of Sharks (faculty, staff and administrators). Their innovative solutions were clever, creative, and practical. Some ideas included a new type of soup ladle so as not to burn your hands on hot soup; a new type of insulation to cover exposed water pipes from freezing; a backpack storage solution on wheels; keycard storage for students who forget their cards at home; and more!

Counting down toward March Madness in Upper School – Mammal Edition!

March Madness usually connotes college basketball, but at FA, March Madness involves students in an elaborately conceived tournament of mammal encounters.  Yes, I am serious. Here below are the rules – winners to be announced tonight! Better than hoops!!

March Mammal Madness is a competition run by researchers from the University of Arizona. We take this seriously at FA.  The idea is to show what animal has the best adaptations compared to other animals on the bracket. Two different animals face off in a simulated battle. The simulation takes into consideration everything about the animal's life history (i.e. eating habits, defenses, temperament). All these variables are then used to calculate who has the best odds of winning in the bout. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the animal with the lowest probability will always lose. At the end of it all, the battles are still based on chance. In addition, habitat and wounds acquired during the event can hinder an animal’s chance of winning.

Students enter the competition around the beginning of March, once the finalized list of competitors is set in stone. This website is the main hub for the competition. Currently there are two students who are potentially tied for the lead. It all comes down to the finals: Bengal Tiger vs. Team Wargoose (Mongoose and Warthog), Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. Fun Fact: Despite the name of the event, March Mammal Madness has had representation from every kingdom of life expect for fungi (and archea if you count them separately)!  Past Winners: Sumatran Rhino – 2015, Tundra Wolf – 2016, Short Face Bear – 2017, Pygmy Hippo/Tardigrade – 2018. GO mammals! Go FA biologists!

Sensory Exploration in Early Childhood

Pre-K students practiced sight word recognition as they participated in this fun activity writing words with their finger in shaving cream. This activity encourages sensory exploration while fostering fine motor development and literacy skills.

Celebrating Identity in Lower School

3rd Grade students have been taking a deep dive into celebrating their own identities. They have used social identifiers about themselves and created identity webs. Then they had other people use words to describe them They noted and explored the differences in how we view ourselves and how others view us. Two students shared their identity webs with the entire division at LS gathering recently. Then Ms. Allegra read “All Are Welcome”,  a book that lets children know that diversity is cherished at school. The book served to underscore that we want everyone to have a place and a space at FA.

History Night in Middle School

The annual History Night featured a variety of projects that the students in grades 6,7, and 8 prepared over a period of weeks. All of the students engaged in the research process and presented what they learned to an audience (their parents).  The 6th grade students explored a topic of interest related to Egyptian history and then using their understanding they developed a creative history, representative art pieces and stories about a fictional Pharaoh. The 7th grade project reflected the culmination of their study of world religions. Guided by several essential questions and civil discourse, students engaged in a discussion using the Socratic seminar method they have been practicing. The 8th grade students developed and presented a visual essay using just pictures, film clips, and other animations to represent the stories and lessons they learned from their families or American History. They asked their audience to try and guess their thesis statement and then shared their "artist's statement" describing the reasons for their creative choices.  The presentations at each level showed the natural transition from a group supported presentation to a round table where students share the stage to a solo presentation where the focus is on the individual. It was a great night of history and a wonderful example of how talented our students are!

Rube Goldberg Machines in Upper School

I happened upon the Robotics and MakerSpace today to see the Science Projects Rube Goldberg Machines, and what a treat.  The sequence starts with a magnet releasing a metal ball (most of us have seen this before) and then each has to include a fan, an inclined plane in two directions, a mousetrap, a lever, a pulley, dominoes, and a ladder of triangle blocks.  Mark Alber had me laughing, as the final test of each is to have the machine raise the Friends Academy flag. The teams have set up some wonderful inventions and the place was humming with creative experimentation.  So great that our students are building these!

Celebrating Holi in Early Childhood

In Early Childhood, we celebrated the Hindu holiday of Holi by welcoming in the season of spring and celebrating new beginnings. Colorful confetti was tossed into the air on the quad, a rainbow cake was served, and colorful tie-dyed shirts were made. Several children’s books about the holiday were read to the students by EC families that celebrate the holiday. Their personal touches on the celebration were very much appreciated and welcomed. In Early Childhood, we try to learn about and celebrate each holiday that our students and families celebrate, recognizing that we all have many things that make us and our families unique and beautiful.

Click here to see our Confetti toss!

What Does Research Look Like in Second Grade?

What does research look like in a 2nd grade classroom? It looks like exploring non fiction books to understand how we get information from them. 2nd graders have been studying different types of communities: rural, suburban and urban. And they used non fiction books to broaden their knowledge. They then constructed an urban and a rural block community demonstrating their deep understanding. Now, they are moving on to write their own non fiction books. They will choose a topic in which they are experts. Be on the lookout for their “All About” books coming in the weeks ahead!

Kindergarten and 7th Grade Spanish Classes Combine

In conjunction with the kindergarten social studies curriculum, which focuses on the study of the Friends Academy community, Senora Cassara brought her kindergarten students over to the middle school to visit a 7th grade Spanish class, lead by Mrs. Mulcahy. Students from both grades gathered in a circle and participated a movement activity designed to review numbers and body parts. Students then gathered in small groups to participate in a drawing activity focusing on numbers, colors, and body parts. At the end of the activity Senora Cassara asked her kindergarten students to compare the 7th grade Spanish class with their kindergarten Spanish class.

Conversations, Writing and Science: Lots Happening in Upper School

Last week we had some meaningful cross-divisional conversations about the film, The Hate You Give.  Groups of students help shape the query about “code-switching” and personal identity, and students had much to say about their own sense of self in public and private as they face challenges and situations where they have to decide how to act, who they are, and when to speak up for themselves or others.  The expression “upstander” is getting a lot of currency these days, and the Freidlander foundation defines it as “someone who stands up for others and does not allow hatred, bigotry or intolerance to happen without intercession.” The main character in Angie Thomas’ book (then made into the movie) takes her own journey to find out how to have and express her voice.  The film and conversations helped spur more thought about how important these questions are for all of us each day.

Some of our grade ten students journeyed to Locust Valley this week to practice writing “stream of consciousness” narrative in the style of Virginia Woolf (they are currently reading Mrs. Dalloway).  I took a snapshot of some of our writers who were charged with watching life go by in the town and translating it into Woolfian prose of their own making.  A great interlude for all!

Finally, we are excited to let everyone know that Danielle Kelly (class of 2019), along with her partner, Audrey Shine, finished first in the chemistry category last week at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. The two will be heading to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix Arizona in May. Danielle's project, Application of Electrospun Poly(acrylic acid)-Platinum/Carbon Catalyst Ink to Optimize Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance, began with her research at Stony Brook University in the summer 2017. In addition to this recognition, Danielle and Audrey also won the Clean Tech Competition, which is an annual international science competition focused on solving climate change.

Early Childhood Maker Space

As part of our daily maker space activities, pictured here is Pre-K student using cardboard shapes to create unique structures. This activity fosters spacial awareness, fine motor development, math concepts, creativity, and visual perceptual skills.

2nd Grade Studies the Solar System at Vanderbilt Planetarium

Last week, 2nd grade visited the Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport guided by Lower School Science teacher Mrs. Schlicht. The trip was a culmination of their solar system study. They particularly focused on the effects of light pollution, which grew out of their exploration of urban, suburban, and rural environments.

Middle Schoolers visit the Long Island Math Fair

Eleven middle school students researched and prepared their abstracts and presentations for the LI Math Fair. They presented their work in front of judges and peers in the preliminary round Friday, Mar 8th at Suffolk Community College. The students all did an excellent job of representing our school. Two FA students were selected to advance to the final round at Hofstra on Friday, April 12th; Charlie Englander (Topic: Quantum Computing) and Senuli Peiris (Topic: Cartography). Their topics of research were: Albert Einstein and his Photoelectric effect, Cartography, Theories of Relativity, Optical Illusions, Quantum Computing, Business Management.

The Math Fair is an excellent way to help students who have an interest in mathematics explore topics outside the realm of the traditional required mathematics courses!  In addition, it gives students the opportunity to create original mathematics for themselves! Special thanks to 8th Grade Math teacher Erin Nolan and 7th grade English teacher Kathleen Schalk who have mentored the students over the last six months in preparation for this event.

Dynamic Learning in Upper School

A super dynamic Spanish 3 class highlighted this week’s class visits, beginning with a game in teams for vocabulary and comprehension, with live racing of Spanish animals on the screen representing each competitive group (and they were competitive!) We went four rounds, with no knockouts, but lots of close calls and thrilling atmosphere just shy of wrestling (I am only half joking). Mr. Posada kept us in line but what a way to kick off the class, and then we hurtled into a project, saw some short film clips, and broke up into pairs (every student had worked with 7 different people already on these brief oral presentations, so there was great collaboration) and did a “dominos” choice (real dominos) to determine who got first pick for topics.  People began working on their projects and boom, the time was up. So much movement, conversation, teamwork, research and connecting with different people all in one little time slot. I saw mission, technology, student-driven inquiry and active learning, all in Spanish. No wasted time here! Then I went down the hall to see AP Bio and they were literally “in the hall” doing live DNA replication exercises with footprints, diagrams and bodies in motion in.. the..hall. Every students was walking through the learning.  I almost jumped in the air in excitement. Super dynamic sessions today.

Support the 2019 Auction – Sponsorship, Item Donation, Journal Ad or Volunteer!

Join us for...
Party with Friends
The 27th Annual Dinner and Auction
Friday, April 5th at 7 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel!

The Auction is a significant fundraiser for our school and we rely upon your participation to ensure its success.  We encourage you to participate in and support the Auction in any way that suits you. There are many ways to support the event including:

  • Event Sponsorship – financial support enhances the event's success, and sponsors are recognized on the invitation, at the event, and in the journal;
  • Item Donation – vacation packages, unique experiences, and sporting events are just some of the items we encourage our community to donate or procure. We are also seeking contributions of original artwork from the community. Check out our wish list for other ideas!
  • Journal Advertisements – personal or business ads are welcome
  • Volunteer – join a dynamic group of volunteers who are dedicated to making the Auction possible

For more information or online forms, visit www.fa.org/auction – Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

The 2019 Auction Chairs,
Natalia Good, Julie Kalimian and Julie Riviezzo

During Dental Health Month, Early Childhood Students Learn All About Dentistry!

Early Childhood had a visit from Dr. Robin Kozlowski of Locust Valley Dental Group and FA Parent, as a highlight to our Dental Health month activities in February. The children learned so much during her visit. We thank Dr. Kozlowski for her wonderful presentation to our youngest FA learners!

Third Graders Study Changemakers

Third graders have been studying changemakers over the past few months. Changemakers are defined as those who “wanted to see a change, believed in equality, were brave, had resilience and persevered.”  The group of changemakers included: Harriet Tubman, Louis Braille, Mahatma Gandhi, Bessie Coleman, Sonia Sotomayor, and Cesar Chavez. Students identified struggles, actions taken and important influences on them. Perhaps we have some future changemakers in the 3rd grade!

Predicting and Estimating in Middle School Math

7th graders were tasked with the challenge of figuring out how many golf balls fit into a variety of different shaped containers. What mathematical measurement would help more in estimating? Surface area or volume? Why? What is your definition of volume as pertains to this activity? Assuming you could measure things to help you, what would you need to measure for each shape? Working in teams, discussing and trying different strategies, comparing results to estimations, and rethinking the results challenge students to be actively engaged in more deeply understanding mathematical concepts.

Appreciation, Honor and Recognition in Upper School

Last Thursday, the Jazz and Contemporary Music concert lifted all our spirits; the quality of music was outstanding, and graduating seniors spoke at the end, each recounting how special their time with their mentor teachers has been.  Common to all speeches was the emphasis on “not taking shortcuts,” “getting it right,” “pushing to do pieces that I never thought I could do,” and most of all, “true respect for each of us as whole people.” As always, I was moved by the unique combination of excellence, teamwork, and beautiful showcasing of individual voice and the energy created between teacher-practitioners and their fellow artisans.  A thing of beauty, to which the photos and film clip bear witness.

We also had a wonderful dodgeball tournament last Friday to honor departed classmate Ka’Juan Polley '18, with fabulous spirit from faculty and students. This annual event, sponsored by the W.A.T.C.H. committee (We Are The Community Helpers), is now a tradition in the Upper School dedicated to the memory of Ka'Juan. Everyone who showed up in jerseys and who cheered the Middle School basketball team (they won!) did an amazing job on spirit.  I laughed long and hard at how the visiting team must have wondered what kind of spirit-frenzied school they had encountered for a Friday evening MS basketball outing… just great! Then, Ka’Juan’s dad and sister joined the gathering for a tribute to him, and they cheered on the squads, with Ka'Juan's sister even playing on one of the teams.  A joyous moment.

2nd and 4th grades celebrate with their Learning Celebrations

Two more Learning Celebrations took place last week in second and and fourth grades this past week. Second graders studied Community and showed all of their new knowledge about suburban, rural and urban communities.  Fourth graders studied the Oregon Trail and created their own versions of the game from scratch. It is amazing to see the deep and meaningful learning taking place in the Lower School.

Upper School students solidify research skills with podcasting

Our Grade 9 and 10 History students have been hard at work on a podcast project, getting help from the library research team and from our digital arts professionals.  Topics students have been looking at have included the following areas: 

Black Lives Matter

Confederate memorials

DACA / Immigration

Hacking

Free speech

Hate Speech

Fracking

ISIS & Terrorism

#MeToo

Opioids/Drugs/Overdoses

Puerto Rico

Racism in America

Syrian Civil War

School shootings

2nd Amendment

Cloning

Celebrities and politics

Standardized testing

US/Mexican border

Fake News

Women’s rights

Poverty

US-China relations

Impact of social media

Middle schoolers' comparative religions studies will be basis for Socratic dialogue

In the 7th grade World Cultures class, the students are beginning their preparations for presenting a Socratic dialogue for MS History Night on March 21st. The students are learning about different religions, focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Small collaborative groups work together to learn more deeply about each religion. Using various instructional techniques, each group will then teach their peers what they have learned about the religion they researched and then assess their understanding.

The Upper School is Looking Green

This week the Sustainability group showed off their new Fish tank -- a sustainable tank that is newly installed to help the students monitor how to create and maintain a sustainable marine environment.  The students raised money with bake sales and lobbied for the construction, and Friends with the facilities staff did a marvelous job with the woodwork and installation. The new fish had babies!! Jeff and Vijay are here as its captains, but the students are really in charge, they say.  Would that we be as sustainable in our own “tanks” in and out of school. Go Green Quakers, go!

Middle School Science Share

The Science Share is an opportunity for the 6th-grade students to design, conduct and share their work in experimental design. By studying household products such as paper towels and window cleaner the students learn how science works through their own investigative work. Based on their findings, prices and environmental impact the students make recommendations for which products are the best to purchase. One of the beautiful aspects of the Science Share is the way the experiences tie in with our Quaker mission. The students learn that importance of scientific integrity, they realize we are equal in our ability to become scientists and how working as a community we all gain in a greater understanding of the world. Stewardship and simplicity are integrated with the work the students do on sustainable design their products.

Learning Celebrations in Lower School

The week before vacation two of our grade levels hosted learning celebrations. In first grade students shared with families about their creation of Respectful Town. This is the culmination of a study of our local community including goods and services. They demonstrated their understanding of the purpose shops and services in a town through block building and mural creation. 5th graders also hosted their learning celebration. Their essential understanding was “ideas lead to change.” The looked at how the ideas of our founders formed the US government as well as the Industrial Revolution. They also used their own ideas for change in a design thinking project such as the one pictured to solve the problem of plastics in our environment.

Early Childhood Celebrates Valentine's Day - With an Educational Twist!

Early Childhood students celebrated Valentine’s Day with activities that included fine motor development. In the activity pictured, students placed hearts around shapes, fostering fine motor skills and shape recognition and formation.

Celebrating by Learning – Chinese New Year in Early Childhood

The EC students celebrated the Chinese New Year with presentations from several of our families who celebrate the holiday. Wearing celebratory clothing traditionally worn on the Chinese New Year, the presenters discussed various family traditions and did a decorative craft with the students. The children also had the opportunity to make their own “fireworks” sounds to welcome in the new year, by jumping on bubble wrap! Homemade dumplings and fried rice added to festivities. A great time was had by all!

Lower School Gets Ready for the 100th Day of School (Tues. Feb. 26th!)

The 100th day of school is fast approaching. Barring any snow days, we are on course for it to land on Tuesday, February 26 this year. Why is the 100th day of school so important for our young students? It provides a rich opportunity to teach children about our base ten math system. Starting on the very first day of school, teachers represent each day with a straw or popsicle stick. Whenever they can make a ten, they bundle them together, representing 10s and 1s – the foundational understanding needed for place value, number sense and all mathematical operations. Making projects with 100 items also allows children to concretize “what is 100?” and to ask questions such as “Do 100 pennies look and feel different than 100 feathers or blocks?” The 100th day also provides an opportunity for children to look back on the progress they have made in the past six months and look forward to exciting learning opportunities ahead. So, join us in celebrating the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 26!

"Don't Press Send" Presentation in Middle School

The 6th grade met with speaker Katie Schumacher to learn more about the importance of how they are using social media. Internet safety and cyberbullying were the key topics the students reviewed with Katie in this interactive session. She also helped students to better understand the meaning of empathy and mindfulness. Understanding how someone else feels when an unkind picture or message has been posted and recognizing the personal impact students experience as a result of the need to check their devices to see how many “likes” they have received on a given post.  Katie reinforced the importance of thinking about the impact of their post before they press send!

Interactive Classrooms in Upper School – Analyzing Climate Change in Spanish

Being part of an interactive classroom is a new experience every time.  When I visited Ruth Lloves’ Spanish class the other day, the focus task asked students in small groups to use the future and conditional (relatively new tenses), as well as class-generated new vocabulary about climate change to create a three-slide narrative about global warming.  The teacher offered up some wonderful resources online, and the groups generated a list of precise vocabulary together. From a handout of color photos without text, they created an analysis of the problem, how to solve it, and then a possible better future.  This Level 2 Honors class asked students to visually analyze, use new vocabulary conjugation, and work together – all in Spanish. There was lots of constructing understanding, lots of voices, and then when they all read and shared the new ideas, they demonstrated understanding. It was lively, interesting, new, and student-driven.  What a treat.

Friday, Feb. 8 – Lower School Reports Go Live

Be on the lookout for an email on Friday, February 8 when our reports for the first semester of school go live. Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions.

 

Upper Schoolers Expand Their Vision for Who They Can Become

On Monday, seven of our Chinese language exchange students performed some dances and songs for our high school community in assembly.  What was remarkable was the courage, risk-taking and spontaneity they displayed in the moment. They had only a small amount of time to prepare, and they all did different things to demonstrate their warmth, creativity and enthusiasm for their visit.  Indeed, the place was filled with applause and I believe many of our students marveled at the power of their examples – looking past any superficial definitions of conforming to external expectations, they redefined how they wanted to present and communicate themselves, each of them, as individuals and as one.  It reinforced for me how vital exchanges are to break down barriers and allow our shared and varied humanity to be seen. Last week, several of our students headed off to D.C. to Sidwell Friends for a Quaker Youth Leadership conference, and there, too, they will meet other people with different perspectives to exchange.  The more we do this, the larger our vision for who we are and what we can become.

Middle School goes on an Empathy Field Trip

Last week, one of Mrs. Nesfield’s 7th grade design classes went on an empathy field trip across campus. Students were tasked with looking for places on campus where they observed a problem and could potentially assist our community with a product they would design and build. They observed and documented people in action.  In the cafeteria, the group noticed students having a challenge at the soup station – the ladle does not seem to effectively get the soup into the bowl. They also noticed that the utensil used to serve the pretzels and chips is not effective.  In their next class they will ideate and begin their design process!

Kindergarten studies and recreates Houses of Worship

Kindergarten children recently visited Congregation Tifereth Israel synagogue as part of their study of themselves and their identity. It was the first of a number of visits to houses of worship in the local area. They then recreated the temple in the block area. Block construction is such an important aspect of a young child’s life. Blocks allow for imagination and deep problem solving. "How do I realistically represent what I saw?” We can’t overlook the importance of blocks in building a strong mathematical foundation. The basic unit block is intentionally 51/2 inches by 3 ¾ inches by 1 ⅜ inches. All other blocks are multiples or fractions of that basic unit. This allows children to solidify their understandings around length, measurement, comparison, symmetry and balance. Stay tuned for the block building of their visit to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection in Old Brookville!

Early Childhood Celebrates Peace Through Music

Early Childhood kicked off Peace Week with a visit from one of our Quakers-in-Residence, Teacher John Scardina. Teacher John played guitar and guided the children through various songs about peace. He spoke to the children about what it means to live peace, to speak peace, and to share peace.

Peace Week Student Leadership program for students in 5th-12th grades

Cross-age groups from all three divisions met for three one-hour workshops this week with Quakers-in-Residence John Scardina and Jen Cort during a 5th through 12th grade student leadership program. After getting to know each other, students designed skits and songs to illustrate for the group six guiding queries, including "What does leadership and peace look like in a Quaker school?" "What does peaceful resolution of conflict mean?" "What does peaceful mean?" "How can student leaders of committees talk about difficult topics in a peaceful way?"

Upper School Comes Together In Song

With Peace Week this week, students have had readings in the mornings, opportunities for discussions, and community groups – PreK through Grade 12 – met Wednesday to reconnect and talk with each other about the meaning of peace in our lives.  One of the great moments I witnessed on Tuesday (and one happening daily, with different people involved) is captured in the photo spotlight, students singing with Teacher John. The songs themselves are wonderful, including some old favorites, but seeing the students actually playing guitar and singing beside John, and other faculty and students singing along or listening, warmed my heart on a cold January day.  Peace Week is symbolic, but its essence should be with us, always, here and beyond our walls.

Early Childhood Gets Ready For Peace Week

Early Childhood students have been preparing for Peace Week by discussing what peace means and ways in which we can actively share peace each day. The Play Group students created this beautiful display using wood and cardboard, and expressed in their own words what peace means.

3rd Graders Learn Budgeting in a STEAM Challenge

3rd Graders were given a STEAM challenge in Science over the past few weeks. They were tasked with designing a toy that moved. Ms. Stott gave them each a budget of $80 to purchase their supplies-they could choose from an array of materials including an electric motor and wheels. Then they planned and sketched before they built and tested. They persevered and tweaked and then shared their toys with the other children!

7th Graders Define 2019 in One Word

Seventh grade students were to reflect on 2018 and create a one-word resolution to guide their mindset in the coming year. The concept of “One Word” from the book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Britton, Gordon, and Page is inspired by the idea of making small, positive changes in your life. Because resolutions can be overwhelming, students identify one word that defines their  goals, dreams, ambitions and who they want to be in 2019.  Students engaged in a process which included self-reflection, word exploration, artistic representation, and recognizing the role of self in relation to the community.

Upper School Students Test Their Coding Skills with Games

Our US Intro to Computer Science students invited us on Monday to join them and Mr. Steinberg as they tested out their game design coding.  We played some fun new versions of old favorites (Pong, Mario, etc.) with some new twists -- in one case, a sailing race, in another, a fish-catching adventure complete with sharks.  Over 700 lines of code was required for many of these, sometimes more, and students reported that doing this and giving each other feedback live was a great way to learn coding. Most said they would take the next level course.  Having never been an arcade person, this was fun to explore. I am not much of a winner in this area but our students were impressive as ever, and almost all had never coded before.

Early Childhood Excitement and Enthusiasm

Early Childhood students returned to school from the break with much excitement and enthusiasm to return to their routine and see their peers. PreK students were excited to be in PE class as seen in this photo.

Interactive learning takes many shapes in Upper School

Touring the US in the first days back, I happened upon a live-action example of interactive technology and student-driven learning in a classroom.  While ostensibly simple – it appears this is like a live interactive blackboard in a Spanish classroom – it was one of many moments when I encountered active learning as I toured someone from Columbia University who was visiting to study the culture of our Quaker School.  Another classroom we drifted into had a round-robin study of Austen’s book Emma, with students rotating in and out of seats in the center of the room, as they took turns listening, responding to and offering up points of view about central questions and textual evidence about gender, culture, and identity.  Indeed, almost every room we saw was interactive and dynamic, a nice gift for a brief tour, but fascinating for an outside observer, too.

6th graders design travel brochures for their Mesopotamia City-state projects  

In sixth grade, students were asked to create their own fictitious City-state using their knowledge of what they learned about ancient Mesopotamia.  They created a brochure that shared and illustrated the geography, agriculture, religious and family life, government, and jobs available in their City-states. Then students created a design plan showing what their city-states would look like and presented their designs to the class.

Lower Schoolers learn about what it takes to be a printmaker!

Fourth graders explored printmaking in art last week. They experimented with a variety of tools to carve a piece of styrofoam into various textures.  Some students discovered that if you carve a letter, it prints as a mirror image! As students began to explore  the process of printmaking, they stood at their tables because as Lower School Art teacher Ms. Allegra explained, "Printmakers never sit – they need to put their whole body into their work!"

Transitioning back to Lower School after a break

Returning to school after two weeks can be challenging for your family. Whether you were traveling, skiing, sun worshipping or snuggling in pajamas, the past 14 days meant a break from school routines. Tonight, it’s back to an early bedtime and picking out clothing. Ease your into child back-to-school routines gently. He/she may not be able to fall asleep as early as a typical school night, especially if you still have any guests or special goings on in your house, but start to move that bedtime back. By the middle of the week the routine should fall back into place. And remember, the days are incrementally getting longer this month!

Investigating Friction in Middle School

Guiding Question: How is friction acting on an object affected by the surface materials, the weight of the object, and the contact area between the object and the surface it is moving on?

The 8th grade science students were given these tasks to help them answer the guiding question:

  • Investigate factors that may have an impact on the amount of friction acting on an object.
  • Investigate the effects of surface materials, the force pushing the surfaces together, and the contact area between the surfaces to find out how these factors affect friction.

To answer the guiding question, they needed to design and carry out investigations to measure the amount of friction between a wooden block and surfaces under various conditions.  This investigation prepared the students for their next problem to solve – design a balloon-propelled car.

Using literature to find an Upper School English teacher who has "gone missing"

As part of my series on how rooms and objects tell a story of learning, I happened upon this elaborate landscape as I entered Leanne Loizides’ room one afternoon.  As part of her Literature of Crime elective, one senior has created a CSI-like scenario where classmates need to solve the disappearance of Mrs. Loizides using evidence-based reasoning and deduction and referring to past literature and motifs from certain authors as references in their minds. This will test their expertise and also bring literature to life – a fabulous culminating assessment, and quite the puzzle for us! Mr. Holmes, Dr. Watson, the game is afoot!

Pajamas for Peace in Early Childhood

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.

Lower School Studies Their Community Through Makerspace

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.

The Art of the Holiday Season in Middle School

‘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!

Growth Mindset in Upper School Math

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!

Sights and Sounds of Winter in Upper School

Last night before I listened to our glorious winter concert, I had a wonderful tour of the school’s all-school art exhibits in the Dolan Center led by fourth grade students.  The amazing photos developed in the dark room, the fabulous clay artifacts of plants and fossils warmed in the kiln, the imaginative oil paintings by upper class folks – there was so much to see, and my lovely guides were full of explanations as they ate their cookies.  After all this visual pleasure, I had the pleasure of hearing strings, songs, and superb woodwinds soaring in the Theater. The arts are very much alive, and the standards are oh so high. Ending the night with a symphony, I danced home.

Middle Schoolers are Helping Others through Peer Education (HOPE)

The HOPE program is the Middle School version of the Natural Helpers Program, a national peer-helping program that serves students in middle school through high school. This is a program for students who want to strengthen their communication and helping skills and to provide support to others and serve their schools and communities. Students learn about this program through their advisory. Students are selected for this program through peer nominations. Advisors Michael Quinland, Allison Barth, and Dave Frazer worked with 14 Middle School students at their recent training retreat.

Lower Schoolers prepare for the upcoming concert

We are very much looking forward to welcoming families to our LS Holiday Concert on Friday December 21st at 10:00am. We are busy preparing in all of our music classes from singing songs to figuring out our height order, as these 2nd grade girls are doing. Please make sure to join us! And be sure to visit the gallery to view art made by students in grades 3-12. Join us for a private gallery tour with a third grader from 9-10am before the concert.

Lower School asks do you know some trick words?

Do you know some trick words?  You do! (You is a trick word.) First graders are discovering lots of trick words where the sound doesn’t match the spelling! Texting language seems to have done away with trick words (with spellings like “r u here?”) but we must learn them too! – Lower School Principal Debby McLean

Middle Schoolers reflect on where they are from

Recently, the sixth graders wrote “Where I Am From” poems in English class. They began by brainstorming their ancestry, family traditions, and everyday experiences that are woven together to make up the fabric of their lives. They used these details along with the standard structure for this type of poem to reveal their unique story. These poems will be on display in the Middle School and later will become one of the entries in their Picture Book Project. – Middle School Principal Deb Schoman

Upper Schoolers learning habits of mind in Math

Math is about more than getting the right answer.  When I visited one of our classrooms recently, I found this amazing set of visuals reminding everyone that understanding patterns about how you understand or don’t understand problems is one of the top goals – learning about how you make your mistakes, understanding them, and then truly learning from those mistakes.  In fact, it wasn’t about the answers – it was about the process of thinking mathematically and understanding your thinking. A far cry from “what’d you get?” on the test. Habits of mind for good mathematical thinking is where it’s at. – Upper School Principal Mark Schoeffel

A Thanksgiving Gathering in Early Childhood

Early Childhood families gathered in the Withington House for our 8th annual Thanksgiving Family Gathering. The children recited poems about giving thanks and everyone enjoyed a delicious meal together. – Early Childhood Director Kristin Minuto

Giving to others as we give thanks

Our Quaker mission guides us in many areas of our life in the Lower School. As part of our Thanksgiving celebration, our community service directors, 5th grade teacher Sara Weinstein and 2nd grade teacher Jaimee Connors organized a food collection for St. Patrick's Church in Glen Cove. They announced it at Gathering, talking about how we can be helpers. Then on Monday, November 19 they loaded up Sara’s car and stocked the pantry. Thank you for your contributions to our service learning.

Maker Table in the Middle School

The Middle School collaborative space recently welcomed a Maker Table.  The Maker Table encourages building and making before and after school, and during select times throughout the school day.  The Maker Movement is social by nature, and led by a can-do spirit. That spirit is fostered by "an informal, peer-driven, shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment."  Students can often be found tinkering with Legos, blocks, and other materials. Let the Making commence!

Junior Class explores Washington, D.C. strand by strand

The annual grade 11 Washington trip was been outstanding – great weather – and some of the intensive strands were special.  The group went first to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and then on a monument tour at night, beginning on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and reading the famous second Inaugural Address.  We stood before the Vietnam Memorial and then by the Korean War Memorial before ending at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, again reading some of the memorable quotations carved into the stone.  One of the groups went to the FCNL (Friends Council on National Legislation) D.C. headquarters and then lobbied on climate change with aides at the offices of Rep. Suozzi, Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer. They finished in the gallery of the Senate chambers.  Other intensive strands included in-depth looks at the Presidency, the Supreme Court, social justice and injustice, the media and journalism, and art and architecture. The trip finished at Arlington National Cemetery, where we gave thanks, read JFK's words at his grave, and watched the sun rise again on the republic.

Middle Schoolers Collect and Create Thanksgiving Baskets

“Hunger is a real issue for many families right here on Long Island. How can better understanding the causes of hunger influence my attitude towards and response to this issue?”

As the weekly query guided us, students and teachers in each advisory contributed to a food basket that was donated to the CSAC (Community Social Action Committee) of Oyster Bay for local families in need. Students sorted, boxed and delivered the collected items.

Live Problem Solving in Upper School Science

This week, on our tour through departments, I went by the AP Bio lab where the students were doing a live simulation of Homeostasis.  Upon entry, I witnessed one student navigating how the pancreas works as sugar is processed, using jelly beans and other manipulables.  Then the whole class got up and proceeded to be “live bodies” working through various scenarios (ie: healthy choices of food but no exercise; then unhealthy choices and no exercise, etc.) while Mrs. Newitt served as timekeeper, calling out hour intervals as they moved from station to station in these bodies, processing sugar and monitoring the status of homeostasis or its absence.  What I loved most was how students had to deal with uncertainty and problem-solve live, while also thinking through and moving through biosystems as they explored questions. Active, student-centered learning, with lots of student thinking and questioning going on, with teacher setting the frame and students constructing understanding.

Author Sheetal Sheth visits the Lower School

We were so fortunate to have Sheetal Sheth visit the Lower School on Thursday, November 15. Sheetal is the author of the children’s story Always Anjali in which a young girl learns to celebrate her identity and her heritage after not being able to find her name as a bicycle license plate. Sheetal shared her own story and why she chose to write this endearing and inspiring tale.

Middle Schoolers Learn Teamwork and Problem Solving Through Robotics

Friends Academy hosted the first VEX IQ Robotics Tournament of the season in the Field House on Saturday, Nov. 3.  Participating in a VEX Tournament is a wonderful learning experience for a middle school age child.  The tournament format both encourages collaboration between teams and provides opportunity for the individual to prove themselves.  The VEX robotics platform, which allows for remote controlled and autonomous programmed modes, is great because it allows for rapid prototyping through immediate feedback.  Kids know right away if their robot is up to a task.  Writing a program to do the same task autonomously then follows.  Additionally, the tournament provides an opportunity for students to present their engineering ideas through a design notebook.  The teams that produce the best notebooks are then interviewed by the judges.  Three of our teams earned this honor this weekend.  It is an extraordinary chance to demonstrate knowledge of the subject, poise, and the teamwork that is required to succeed.  Congratulations to all of our teams on a great tournament!  And, a huge thank you to all of the parents and students who volunteered their time to make it a resounding success.

If you'd like to read more about the tournament results, click here.

Collaboration and Sharing Ideas in the Upper School

As we take a week at a time to highlight a curricular area in US, I happened upon this graphic as I walked into an English classroom to talk with Geoff Nelson and Alison Fornell about poetry, Tony Judt and books from old teachers (that is what they were discussing, and it was lively).  Geoff told me that Jozeph Herceg had shared this graphic representation of Shelley’s Frankenstein with his students, and Geoff had asked him to share it also with his classes. Jozeph had constructed this by working with other master teachers at an Academy of Teachers workshop in NYC, where he had won an award recognizing his excellence. Jozeph was also invited to participate in a two-day seminar, which FA sponsored him to attend.  Collaborating in sharing ideas live and finding different ways to construct understanding so we can interpret and understand great literature and the ideas of others is part of the culture of our vibrant and intellectually alive English department classrooms. It is what we do with students here, and it is open season!

Second Graders Discover Identity Through Art

In second grade students, are diving into understanding their own identity. In art, they are creating self portraits using mirrors to look deeply at themselves. After discussing the myriad of tones in skin color, they discovered what colors they could each use to mix paint to best represent their own.

Middle School Outdoor Education

The 7th grade enjoyed the crisp days, colorful foliage, and a wonderful outdoor adventure at Greenkill Environmental Center. As part of this trip, the students get to know each other and their teachers better, learn to work together to solve problems, make new friends, and practice taking on more personal responsibility.

Modeling Resilience

In the next weeks here, we will highlight one area of study each week, and this week it is the study of languages.  I happened upon Polly Duke’s classroom to take photos of student presentations on “what do you dream your life could be like in the future?” Dr. Duke came in carrying fresh fruit after having just had a flat tire on the road; she was still cheery.  Then her whole computer system shut down, and one of the bowls was knocked over and there was broken glass. I mention all this because it is a prelude to what happened -- Dr. Duke seamlessly modeled resilience, laughter, and creativity in the moment, having the students help her compose a song in French about all these unexpected things that happened the morning after Halloween (she played the banjo as they sang and composed lyrics).  Everyone improvised, laughed, and created meaning, in the moment, before the presentations began. The class moved from crisis to collaboration, with the teacher modeling joy, gratitude and amazing peace in a moment that could have been all together different. Learning has many facets, and the key is your openness to possibility. At Friends, in language, the world flows in, and our teachers and students work with its flow, and make meaning, and horizons, together.

1st Grade Studies Locust Valley

1st grade has launched their study of our local community, Locust Valley. They are focusing on those in the community who are helpers. This past week they visited the firehouse and the library. Next week they will return to town and visit the post office as well as take a walking tour of the village. On their visits they record much of what they see so that they can dive deeper into their understandings when they return to school.

PreK Learns about Pumpkins and Gourds!

Students in PreK are learning about pumpkins and gourds. Each student had the opportunity to observe pumpkins and gourds and write and draw about what they observed. This week, the students observed the inside of a pumpkin, exploring the seeds and pulp. The seeds were then used for a math activity which included sorting and counting.

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Quaker spirit alive in the fall!

 

We are approaching the end of the first quarter and with lots of things in the air, students appreciated the time to be festive during Spirit Week, Fall Fair, and at the pep rally before the games on the Saturday of that weekend, they justly celebrated in style.  Often we forget how much fun it is for them to play and let off steam in spirited ways -- and that can be the spice of life, right? It also led to some terrific playoff performances, with soccer and field hockey both charging hard still as we speak. The Quakers are making their spirit come alive this fall -- hear them roar!

6th Graders participate in Humans Of FA Project

In their Digital Rotation, 6th graders are currently working on the community wide Humans Of FA Project.  Digital Arts teacher, Mrs Levey, incorporates this project into most of her Courses here at FA.   Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Insta-famous Humans Of New York as well as the Photography series "Class Pictures" by Dawoud Bey,  Students learn how to compose a strong portrait as well as interview our community as part of our own Instagram Photography project.  In conversations with fellow students, teachers, and staff, students learn how we can use the Photographic medium in order to develop and create empathy within and beyond a single community.  Follow us @humansoffa

4th Grade Asks, "What might you share as a family artifact?"

4th grade invited parents in to school to share family artifacts. The children have cemented their understanding of an artifact as a human made object with cultural and/or historical interest while learning about each other’s families. In just one day, Fran Sarcona, mother of Joseph shared an ever evolving cookbook with recipes dating back a few generations as well as recent additions. Matt Siebel, Austin’s dad, shared a kiddush cup used in celebrating a variety of holidays. Nilma Nanayakkara, mother of Lisali Peiris (pictured), shared an elephant with a tooth from Lord Buddha.

Student-run Upper School Club Convention encourages students to follow their interest/passions

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – All parents invited to the Auction Kick-off Breakfast!

Please join us for the 27th Annual Auction kick-off breakfast, this Wednesday, October 24th at 8:15 am in the Jackson House.  Save the date! Friday, April 5th at the Garden City Hotel. Come hear about all of the exciting opportunities to volunteer.

Seasoning Our Lives with the Testimonies in Middle School

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.

1st graders test LS & US Global Cardboard Challenge prototypes

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!

Looking for clues in autumn offerings

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!  

This Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 pm – We Invite You to See the FA Strategic Plan

Join us this Wednesday, October 17th at 7 p.m. in the KW Library as we share Friends Academy's new Strategic Plan.  Please note that the location has changed from earlier e-mails. Please RSVP here.

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Friends - Teacher John here, one of FA’s Quakers-in-Residence. Please begin thinking of an inclusive and authentic way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Go to my blog at www.ThinkLaughLearn.com and read “An Accurate and Child-Friendly Thanksgiving Story to Share” and “Some tips for an authentic and peaceful Thanksgiving with your children and your extended family.”

Quakers have long sought to tell the truth in ways which embrace many points of view. You do your family a great service when you look beyond simple stereotypes and embrace a more nuanced sense of history. You may also find that your dinner than day will be more relaxing with some advanced planning!

Middle School Worship Buddies Build Q.mmunity

Upper School students pair up with Middle School students in the first of several worship buddy and community group activities throughout the school year. The focus of the partner discussion was on “belonging”. They reflected and responded to these questions: “What does it mean to belong?” “Can you think of five ways you are connected with other people at our school?”, “How can you make other people feel they belong?”, Can you think of a time when you felt like you didn’t belong?”. Together they decorated a leaf that reflected their thoughts on how we build our Quaker community. The leaves will be connected to the branches of the Unity Tree that will be on display.

Lower School Students Create Strong Connections

Lower School Students paired with Upper School Students for our first worship buddy activity of the year. Students watched You Belong, then, shared about themselves with their buddy. Worship buddy activities create strong connections across ages and grade levels and help us spread the word that every student “belongs” in our community.

Early Childhood Block Work

Block work is a main focus in our early childhood curriculum. Students collaborate and work on structures for days at a time, reinforcing collaborative skills, creativity, spatial awareness, problem solving skills, gross motor abilities, science, and social emotional growth. 

Team Building

Last week our grade nine class was up at Silver Lake having an outdoor education immersion experience.  People were building rafts, navigating high ropes challenges between trees, balancing on wires and trying to support each other, and running around in the lovely fall weather up north in Connecticut.  Some even went for a swim! This is a great time to build class unity and to witness how education happens in many ways: building trust, taking risks, reaching out, leaning in, listening well, exploring others’ ideas, being open.  The students all said many of these things as they were processing each of their experiences with expert Wilderness leaders. Our dean team has done a terrific job refining this experience so each student feels welcome, connected, and part of something special.  We are team building! The photos speak for themselves.

How many letters are in your name?

How many letters are your name? That’s the question posed to Kindergartners. As the wrote and graphed their full names, they used their math skills to to compare length of names. How many letters in our longest name? In our shortest? How many more letters are in the longest than the shortest? Those are only a few of the questions the kindergartners explored as they combined their literacy and math learning!

Middle School Debuts FA Podcast

8th grade students Daniel Shalam, Mark Jennings, and Charlie Englander are excited to announce “FA podcast”, a program focused on sports, movies, music, interviews and a section called “FA Special” about what is happening on campus during the week. Daniel writes, “We truly believe that our idea will be successful due to the fun student-oriented approach and community engagement.” The podcasts will eventually be launched on the school portal page. Stay tuned!

Working with Clay in Early Childhood

Pre-K students engaged in using modeling clay. Imaginations come alive with this open ended art form. The students enjoy the texture of the clay and the freedom to create whatever it is they choose. A few added props such as popsicle sticks add to the design possibilities. The possibilities are endless!

Practice Into Play in the Upper School

At Back-to-School Night last Thursday, I talked briefly about active learning and also about the importance of student agency.  I showed some brief film clips of student-centered learning (ones on our YouTube channel and also ones I shot that day), with students working together, problem-solving, and always – always – being pushed to listen to others and think for themselves.  These are Quaker educational principles, and you can see some of them live on fields as well. Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, our teams put “practice into play” “Under the Lights” and worked with systems they had refined with coaches and each other, but the “game” is also a series of improvised moves from a repertoire of muscle memory options.  It is dynamic, and live. It requires finesse, watching, listening, responding, and “seeing” the play as it evolves. All of this is good schooling led by students, relying on themselves, each other and their coaches to invent solutions to new challenges. It is what learning is all about – actively practicing and revising moves to achieve creative results.  Go Quakers!

Middle School works with Question Stacks

Erin Nolan’s 8th grade math class engaged in a collaborative exercise to practice the distributive property. Students had to work together to answer the questions and then look in the stack to see if their answer existed. If they could not find the answer in the stack of possibilities, they had to go back and check their work and try again. The conversations the students had around how they were approaching simplifying and combining like terms for each question allowed for them to deepen their understanding and mastery of this topic while having fun with math.

Lower School asks, What Kind of Learner Are You?

What kind of learner are you? That’s the question our 5th graders have been asking themselves. Are they tactile, visual or auditory? What kind of writer are they? What is their favorite reading genre? All of this information gathered at the beginning of the year will help them navigate their learning through 5th grade and beyond.

On- and off-campus retreats for all Upper School students

This past Friday, the classes had retreats both on and off campus.  The seniors went off to Camp DeWolfe, where they had an overnight, sat by the fire, slept in cabins and spent time bonding and planning the year ahead.  In the morning, some went running into the sunrise along the beautiful shore (see photo). Grades nine and eleven did interactive activities on campus and grade ten went out to visit a local art gallery and sculpture garden, where they saw an exhibit and had a scavenger hunt.  Parents’ night was this past Thursday evening, but we will spotlight that next week!

"Mars Rover? This is the Lower School... You are a go."

Our 5th graders are participating in a STEAM class facilitated by Brie Kraska, LS Math Specialist; Meghan Stott, 3-5 Science Teacher; and Rob Grella, Academic and Network Technology Specialist. They are collaboratively using Scratch coding to program the Rover to land on Mars.

Teaching Peace in 7th grade World Cultures

Quaker-in-Residence John Scardina and World Cultures teacher Paul Hernandez co-taught Paul’s 7th grade classes on Friday. Prior to Friday, students spent a little time researching different symbols of peace in preparation for International Day of Peace and began class by sharing what they learned. This discussion moved toward students sharing about what is unique and special about being a member of a Quaker community. Beyond the belief and commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict, students and teachers spoke about how their teachers care deeply about their well-being, the impact of attending Meeting for Worship where they can reflect and center themselves, and the fact that we are a school that invites and respects all voices.

“The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September and provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.”

Daily routines start in Early Childhood

Early Childhood students have been learning the routines of the school day. This week, they started the full day schedule. Eating lunch at school has proven to be an exciting and rewarding experience for the students in PreK and PG! The students have a great time eating lunch with their friends and enjoy having some quiet reading time when they are finished.

What does it mean to be present?

This past week LS Principal Debby McLean visited each classroom to read “What Does it Mean to be Present?” by Rana DiOrio. The book ties into the division wide conversations about being ready: for learning, for collaboration and to be kind. One example of being present is “treating each new experience as an opportunity and understanding that making mistakes is how we learn and grow.” Ask your child what it means to be present.

Multi-sensory study of geology in 6th grade

Visiting classrooms to observe what the kids are learning each day is a highlight of my work. I plan to feature my observations in the weekly FA Inside Spotlight! I enjoyed popping into the 6th grade science classroom this week. Students were studying rocks. I encountered them cracking their sample rocks outside and followed them back into the lab.  Students were tasked to enter their observations in their lab notebooks. Mr. Kriesberg encouraged them to do a deep investigation and use all of their senses. Not just their eyes! This is the important groundwork necessary to help our kids build the skills needed to become “scientists”!

– MS Principal Deb Schoman

New Cum Laude members of the Senior Class

We headed into class retreats on Friday, and the seniors embarked on their overnight out east.  

On Wednesday, several students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society for their hard work and academic excellence, and we were fortunate to have an alumni speaker, Eric Goodman, address the high school.  Eric began at FA in Lower School and was a wonderful student who went on to earn National Merit commendation, as well as Advanced Placement Scholar and Cum Laude recognition.  Outside of the classroom, he was part of a science research team seeking to restore the scallop population to Oyster Bay, and was active in community service and WATCH, teaching in our Summerbridge program on Saturdays for three of his high school years. He went on to study at Dartmouth, then medical school at Stony Brook, and is currently a radiologist at Northwell Health on Long Island, where he is an assistant professor of radiology at Hofstra Med school.

Eric spoke about meeting his future wife here, and also about how studying Homer’s Odyssey, while not his favorite at the time, led him to lean back into Odysseus’ life teachings as ways of guiding him to try to be more loyal, humble, and kind.  His remarks were radiant and exceptionally well written and spoken. They echoed some of what Frank Bruni wrote about in his recent column this week, that timeless texts can offer us extraordinary wisdom in our lives if we take the time to live with them and read the closely. Eric felt the epic poem was a gateway into our Quaker mission, a guidepost for a life he strives to live well and with meaning.

Early Childhood begins with New Friends!

Pre-K students have been excited to be back at school, playing on the playground, reconnecting with their friends and making new ones!

A Fresh Start in Middle School

We started our school year orienting the students to their new grade level, meeting their advisors and new students, and beginning to build class community. As part of this orientation, time was dedicated to building connections with each other and their teachers and taking time to reflect on how they want to lead this year.  Queries for the 6th grade are “Who am I? What do I believe in? What do I stand for? In 7th grade “How do I support others? How do I show others the way? How do I show up as a leader among leaders?" And in 8th, "What is my legacy? How do I communicate through my actions? How do I uplift my community?"

First Days of Upper School

The first days of school were a welcome to all new students and many student leaders dressed in spirit shirts as greeters.  The focus was very much on establishing a sense of community involvement, and the grades and advisories took some time for small group conversations before we moved into regularly scheduled classes.  The theme of the year is “community” and the hope is to have shared and equal leadership across the grades. It was a hot week, so there was much relief that there were modified practices and a warm weather dress code in effect.  We had virtually perfect attendance, too – a record!

 

Lower School asks, "What Kind of Scientist Are You?"

Meghan Stott, science teacher, started the year with her students using the “language of identity.” Research has shown that too often in schools we break down subjects into small topics rather than engaging students in authentic activities that reveal the “whole.” In order to do that, students need to feel they are members of that subject. Some are dancers, some are animal lovers, some are explorers and some are soccer players AND all are scientists!

Welcome, new colleagues!

Nineteen new colleagues joined the school and spent several days over the last two weeks working together, building community, reflecting and having deep discussions about Quaker practice and child development. Returning colleagues learned a great deal from them and spirits are high for the new year.

Grades 6-12 Art Show opens Tues. Sept. 4th in the Dolan Center Gallery

The spring semester work from Grades 6-12 opens to community viewing on Tuesday, Sept. 4th in the Dolan Center Art Gallery (above the Atrium). Come and browse paintings, color collages, astrological signs, pastel drawings, value drawings, mixed media, collaborative sculpture, digital photography, and filmmaking.

What is the Lower School "third teacher"?

Lower School teachers have been busy preparing to welcome our young friends. We have discussed our hopes and dreams for the school year. We have also put great time and attention into creating our classroom environments as it is “the third teacher”!

Early Childhood plans a winter garden

The Withington House is buzzing with excitement as the first day of school quickly approaches. The teachers are busy setting up the classroom spaces and gathering supplies for our new raised bed gardens that we will begin setting up with the students in September. We are excited for the new winter garden we will be growing!!

Q•Munnity in the Middle School

As we seek to build Q.mmunity with the children in the Middle School this year, the teachers have identified two guiding queries that will help to build communities in our classrooms. “How am I showing up ready to learn each day?  “How am I creating space for others to learn?”

All School

Order your spring flowers by April 30th from the Parent Council Annual Plant Sale

Stunning rose topiaries, large column geraniums, combination planters

and flats of flowers ready for planting. Our unique items are of superb quality

and are just in time to make great gifts for Mother's Day! Order from a variety of flowers, including jumbo sizes.

Please click here to pre-order whole flats by Tuesday, April 30th.

Saturday, May. 4th – Family Community Sandwich Making Service Event

All School Community Sandwich Making

Please join us for our Friends Academy Family Community Service Event

Saturday, May. 4th from 10-11am in the Commons.  All ages are welcome – Many hands make light work.

Please bring...

  • 2 loaves of bread
  • 1 pound of luncheon meat (sliced turkey, ham, etc.)
  • 1 pound of luncheon cheese (American, cheddar, etc.)
  • 1 bag of fruit

Be a part of this community project.

All food will be donated to P.O.T.S. (Part Of The Solution) in the Bronx.

Sunday, May 5th – Summer Camp Open House

Stop by and learn more about our exciting programs! Summer Explorers, Summer Academy, Leaders in Training, Travel with Friends and so much more.

Games of the Week! Spring Sports Day!

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Boys Track Monday, April 29th at 4:30pm
  2. Girls Track Tuesday, April 30th at 4:30pm
  3. Spring Varsity Sports Day and BBQ Friday, May 3rd – Varsity Baseball (4:15), JV Softball (4:30), Boys Varsity Tennis (4:30), Boys Varsity Lacrosse (4:30), Girls Varsity Lacrosse (4:30) and Girls JV Lacrosse (6pm)!

Come out for some food, some fun and some excitement and come support the Quakers!

Donate through Thurs. April 18 – Support the 2019 FA Auction Scholarship

We invite everyone from the FA community to join us in this remarkable effort by making your gift by Thursday, April 18th. Donate and read more.

Save the Date: May 14th at 7 pm – “Look Ahead with FA”

Wrap up your school year as we spotlight the important advancements in your child's division this year. Then look ahead with us to the excitement of the 2019-20 school year – from FA Strategic Plan goals and initiatives to new Friends Academy faces. Read more.

Spring Into Summer Program – June 17 though June 28

This exploratory program will give students (EC through US) the opportunity to engage in week-long intensives to hone their interests in specialized areas. For more information regarding workshop options, schedules or enrollment click here!

Take the Parenting Strengths-based Survey

A heartfelt thank you to those of you who were able to join the FA community for our Final Parent Ed Series led by Dr. Lea Waters.  Strength-based parenting allows you not only to see what is "right" about your children but also discover their strengths and talents – a resource in dealing with difficult emotions, problem behaviors and challenging situations. Take the Strengths-based Survey, courtesy of Dr. Waters and discover your best qualities in 15 minutes with her scientific survey of character strengths.

Support FA in our “After-Auction”

Click here to browse the Silent Auction items that are available for a limited time for immediate purchase. Please click the "Purchase & Support" button to e-mail Development Associate Joan Bruen.

Thank you for supporting the 27th Dinner & Auction and Friends Academy!

Games of the Week! Varsity Baseball (4-2) on Tues.; Varsity Girls Lacrosse (7-0) on Wed.

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Tuesday, April 16th at 4:30pm Varsity Baseball (4-2) vs. Lawrence HS (at FA)
  2. Wednesday, April 17th at 4:15pm Varsity Girls Lacrosse (7-0) vs. Hicksville HS (at FA)

Join us on the FA fields and come out for some fun and excitement to support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Mon. April 8-Wed. April 10 – Pick up your Auction items at FA (8-10am; 2:30-3:30pm)

Starting Monday, April 8th and continuing through Wednesday, April 10th, please pick up your Auction item(s) from the Frost Hall Conference Room at the following times:

  • 8:00-10:00 am 
  • 2:30-3:30 pm

Thank you!

Games of the Week! Varsity Baseball (1-1) on Mon.; Varsity Girls Lacrosse (4-0) on Wed.

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Monday, April 8th at 5pm Varsity Baseball (1-1) vs. Elmont
  2. Wednesday, April 10th at 4:30pm Varsity Girls Lacrosse (4-0) vs. Calhoun HS

Join us on the FA fields and come out for some fun and excitement to support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Saturday, Apr. 13 – Summer Camp Open House starts at 10 am

Join us for our next Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, April 13th from 10am to noon. Learn more about our summer programs for students ages 3-15.

The Silent Auction is Now LIVE – Start your bidding!

THE SILENT AUCTION IS IN PROGRESS! 

CLICK HERE TO BID!

ALL ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE TO BID ON NOW THROUGH APRIL 5TH AT 10 PM!
Starting now, please click here to check out our incredible lineup... and start bidding! Your bids will carry over to this Friday evening, so you can get a head start on the fun!  

Can't make it to the event on Friday or want more time to mingle? 
Head online to browse our Silent Auction and be sure to set your maximum bids, then sit back and enjoy the night, knowing you can still win one of our amazing Auction items! The Silent Auction will close Friday, April 5th at 10:00 pm.

Thanks again for your support of Friends Academy as we get ready to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Dinner and Auction! 

Games of the Week: Tuesday, Apr. 2nd and Wednesday, Apr. 3rd

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  • Tuesday, April 2nd at 4:30 pm Girls Softball takes on West Hempstead
  • Wednesday April 3rd at 4:00 pm Boys Varsity Lacrosse take on Locust Valley

Come out for some fun and excitement and support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Tuesday, Apr. 2nd – “Strength-Based Parenting” Parent Ed Workshop

We invite you to join Dr. Lea Waters on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Kumar Wang Library, as she draws on decades of personal and clinical experience, to guide parents in how to throw the "strength switch" with strategies, conversations, and even games that work with children from birth straight through to young adulthood. Please RSVP.

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Dr. Lea Waters

Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne and an affiliate with Cambridge University's Well-Being Institute and the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, Apr. 2nd and Wednesday, Apr. 3rd – Middle and Lower School Open Houses

Middle School Open House Tuesday, April 2nd at 9:00a.m.

Lower School Open House Wednesday, April 3rd at 8:30a.m.   

 

Tell your friends!!!!  RSVP here!

Wed. April 3rd at 8:15 am: Parent Meditation with the Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen

Parents: Join us for a special Parent Meditation, Wednesday, Apr. 3rd from 8:15am-9am

Friends Academy Welcomes the Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen, a fully ordained Buddhist monk and visiting professor of Tibetan Buddhism at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

Lama Tenzin will be creating a Tibetan Sand Mandala painting of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion) in the atrium of the Dolan Center throughout the week, culminating in a dismantling ceremony on Friday morning at 10am, which symbolizes the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life. All members of the community are encouraged to welcome Lama Tenzin to Friends Academy by introducing yourself and engaging him in conversation. Please Note:

During the week, the atrium will be dedicated to this process therefore we ask that you remain quiet in the space and be respectful of Lama Tenzin's work. 

Thursday Apr. 4th – Breakfast with Teacher John

All parents are invited to join Quaker-in-Residence John Scardina for his monthly breakfast, "It's Hard Making Good Choices With Friends: How to Help Your Child Discover a Moral Compass and Navigate Peer Relationships"

Join us in the Frost Hall Conference Room on Thursday, Apr. 4th from 8:15 am to 9:15 am.

Bring your tea or coffee!

Friday, Apr. 5 – Founders Day Red and Black ( in Dress code)

In celebration of Founders Day on Friday, April 5th, Founder Gideon Frost asks that ALL STUDENTS dress in red and black dress code attire.  

Saturday, Apr. 6 – Summer Camp Open House

Stop by our open house and learn more about our exciting programs for students ages 3-15.

Click to nominate yourself or someone else for 2019-20 Parent Council

Nominate yourself or someone else for the 2019-20 Parent Council, either officer and/or class representative. View descriptions and responsibilities and enter a nomination here.

Tuesday, Mar. 19th at 8:15 am – Join Teacher John for Breakfast and a Roundtable

Please join Quaker-in-Residence John Scardina in a roundtable discussion about communication with, "Civil discourse begins at home: How to have healthy family conversations around difficult topics" Tuesday, March 19 at 8:15 a.m. in the Frost Hall Conference Room. Bring your coffee, tea & breakfast, and come prepared to learn about yourself and others in a Friendly environment.

All parents welcome! 

RSVP for Friday, Mar. 22nd All-School Caring Community Dinner & OriginalWorks 20

Friends Academy Presents

The Caring Community Dinner: 
In Honor of the Diversity Grant Fund

Friday, March 22, 2019  |  Helen A. Dolan Center

  • 6:30 pm – Welcome Performance (Theater)
  • 7:00 pm – Small Plates & Refreshments (Atrium)
  • 8:00 pm – OriginalWorks20 (Assorted spaces)

All FA families are invited to join us for The Caring Community Dinner (previously known as the Diversity Grant Fund Dinner) on Friday, March 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Helen A. Dolan Center. Join us for "dinner and a show" as we honor our long-standing Diversity Grant Fund, which offers care to community members every year.

Our Upper School Student Diversity Committee joins hands with Friends Academy's Theater Department to present an evening of original performances via OriginalWorks20, small plates & refreshments, and a brief presentation from our community's 2018-19 Student Diversity Leadership Conference cohort as we explore the theme of "Identity."

Please join us for this annual, reimagined night of great dining, thoughtful and compelling performances and a wonderful community spirit!

Click here to RSVP

Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 am – 8th Annual Brian Hom Memorial Run

Join us for the 8th Annual Brian Hom Memorial Run on Saturday, March 16th rain or shine.

  • 8:30 AM - Registration
  • 9:00 AM - Start of 3 mile Run or Walk 
  • Suggested donation of $10

All proceeds benefit the Brian J. Hom Scholarship Fund.

Upcoming! Saturday, March 23rd at 11 am – Summer Camp Open House

Summer Camp Open House – Saturday, March 23rd 11:00am-1:00pm. Learn more about our exciting programs for students ages 3-15. STEM, sports and so much more!

Still time to RSVP: Friday, Mar. 29th – FA Balance & Well-Being Summit

Please mark your calendars for a special full-day Balance & Well-Being Summit, on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for all Friends Academy Parents. Learn solutions and strategies to challenges that are most pressing for students today, including:

  • Peer Relationships
  • Academic Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Social Media
  • Promoting Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Click for the day’s schedule.

RSVP by Friday, March 22.

Support the 2019 Auction with a Sponsorship, Item Donation, Journal Ad or Volunteer!

Join us for...
Party with Friends
The 27th Annual Dinner and Auction
Friday, April 5th at 7 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel!

The Auction is a significant fundraiser for our school and we rely upon your participation to ensure its success.  We encourage you to participate in and support the Auction in any way that suits you. There are many ways to support the event including:

  • Event Sponsorship – financial support enhances the event's success, and sponsors are recognized on the invitation, at the event, and in the journal;
  • Item Donation – vacation packages, unique experiences, and sporting events are just some of the items we encourage our community to donate or procure. We are also seeking contributions of original artwork from the community. Check out our wish list for other ideas!
  • Journal Advertisements – personal or business ads are welcome
  • Volunteer – join a dynamic group of volunteers who are dedicated to making the Auction possible

For more information or online forms, visit www.fa.org/auction – Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

The 2019 Auction Chairs,
Natalia Good, Julie Kalimian and Julie Riviezzo

Thursdays, 7:30 am – Join our FA community Quaker Singers (new singers welcome!)

Join our morning community choir, "The Quaker Singers," this Thursday, at 7:30 am in the Choir Room (ground floor of the Dolan Center). This Fall, we had a wonderful group who performed at the community gathering where FA rolled out our strategic plan.  We have had some great parent, faculty, and student participation, and would love to add more members to our chorus of voices!  So if you would like to Stand in the Light ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOfFGx_juZA or Praise Our Village https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HondhKozz0g... Come sing with us! 

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 8:15 am – Experience Middle School Live! At our Open House

On Thursday, March 7th at 9:00 a.m. head inside Middle School classrooms at our Middle School Live! Open House. Spend time visiting classes in various subjects. Invite your friends and neighbors.  Click here to RSVP

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 7:30 pm – Jazz and Contemporary Music Concert

Join us for an evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music performances by Middle and Upper School musicians onThursday, March 7th at 7:30 pm in the Helen A. Dolan Center Theater.

Sunday, Mar. 9th – Summer Camp Open House (11 am to 1 pm)

Spend the Summer with Friends! At our Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, March 9th from 11am-1pm learn more about our new and exciting STEM programs. E-mail Camp@fa.org or call 516-393-4207 for more information.

Friday, Mar. 1 – Donate at our last FA Blood Drive, 9am - 3pm

Who can donate?

  • Anyone 16 or older and who is at least 110 lbs.

 

What should I bring?

  • Photo ID or Blood Donor Card (if you don't have a photo ID, you must bring a Student ID form that has been authorized by school personnel)

  • Parental Permission form (for 16-year-old donors), which must be authorized by school personnel

 

How should I prepare?

  • Eat a full breakfast

  • Hydrate with water

 

ALYx donors needed

Additionally, women who are at least 5'5 and 150 lbs. and men who are at least 5'1 130 lbs. can donate invaluable red blood cells. The procedure takes 5 to 10 minutes longer and utilizes a smaller needle than the traditional donation. The ALYx procedure extracts red blood cells and returns your platelets and plasma. If you are interested, please ask a technician at the Blood Drive.

Walk-ins are more than welcome. E-mail juniors Francesca_DeGeronimo@fa.org, Mya_Guiler-Papin@fa.org or Jocelyn_Cedeno@fa.org with any questions.

Friday, Mar. 1 – All-School Dress Down Day

Friday, March 1st is an all-school dress down day.

Monday, Feb. 11 –  Dress Down in red to help celebrate Lunar New Year during all-school presentation

In celebration of the Lunar New Year (Year of the Pig), we are delighted to welcome the Lion Dancers of Ten Tigers Kung Fu Academy, as well as Zuhua Liao, who will be performing Sichuan Opera-Face-changing at our all-school assembly on Monday, Feb. 11th. We encourage all FA students and adults to wear red (the color of good luck and happiness) in dress down as a way to mark this important holiday collectively. For more details, read here.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Parent Council Invites You to Celebrate Galentine's Day and Give Back! (8:15-9:15 am)

Join Parent Council for our annual Galentine’s Day celebration and Drive for The Safe Center LI on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8:15 am in the Dolan Center Atrium. Please consider bringing a new item from the following categories: Kitchen essentials, toiletries, baby care, small gift cards, Nassau Co. Transportation Metro Cards. For more details, read more.

Thursday, Feb. 14 – Breakfast with Teacher John, "So You Tell Me That Every Child Matters in a Friends School: Juggling Trust, Love, and Accountability in a Framework of Equity" (8:15-9:15am)

Please join Quaker-in-Residence John Scardina in a roundtable discussion about priorities with "So You Tell Me That Every Child Matters in a Friends School? Juggling Trust, Love, and Accountability in a Framework of Equity" on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8:15 a.m. in the Frost Hall Conference Room. Bring your coffee, tea & breakfast, and come prepared to learn about yourself and others in a Friendly environment.

All parents welcome!

Friday, Feb. 15 – All Parents Invited to Monthly Quaker Practice & Wellness Meeting (8:15 am)

All parents are invited to the next general meeting of the Quaker Practice & Wellness Committee on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:15 am.

Monday. Feb. 25 – Bring in desserts for Parent Council Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (by 11 am)

This year the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 and Parent Council is asking parents to donate nut-free desserts. Please drop off dishes on Monday, February 25 by 11:00 am at the Dolan Center Commons. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Adoni or Franki Doshi. For more details, read more.

Mon. Feb. 4 – Guided Meditation for FA Community

The Quaker Practice & Wellness Parent Committee invites you to join them at a Guided Meditation for Parents and the FA community tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 4 at 8:15 am in the Jackson House. Kristin Minuto, our Early Childhood Director and certified meditation instructor will lead participants through a relaxing and centering guided meditation. Please RSVP.

Thursday, Jan. 31 – All-Parent Presentation: Your Child and Technology

Feb. 6th – Walk-In-Wednesday: Spread the Word!

9:00am every Wednesday.  No appointment necessary.  Tell a friend to come tour FA!

Join us for "Working: The Musical!" February 7th, 8th and 9th at 7:30pm

Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for everyone else.  Join us!

FAmily Night – A Huge Success!

On Thursday, Jan. 24, over 150 people gathered for our inaugural FAmily Night. We had a celebration that felt like the best of who we are. We opened the program with a dynamic performance by a collective of MS/US students, choreographed by FA dance teacher Yoaldri Messina and accompanied by the 2018 US Flamenco Champion, Adriana Olivares. Then, 20 of our LS students (Grades 1-5) stood on stage and greeted the entire community in their families' home/native languages.

We were dazzled by the food catered by FLIK and thank Jodi Resnick and her team for the time, effort, and love they poured into the event. MaryJo Allegra and our 5th Grade Art & Community class designed a spectacular interactive art installation that will live temporarily in our art gallery. We sang a lovely song with Quaker-in-Residence Teacher John, and enjoyed some African drumming by a percussionist named Abbashani Wedderburn who currently works for Broadway's Lion King. FA music teachers Laura Backley & Eden White supported two of our US students in a most beautiful duet to close the evening, but not before our Atrium spilled over with conversations, laughter, little brothers and sisters playing, and lots of photo opportunities. Our papel picado decorations, made by Fina Cassara and our LS students framed our evening and the International Family Potluck will not be forgotten!

Tues. Jan. 22 through Fri. Jan. 25 – FA celebrates Peace Week

Peace Week, 2018-2019   |   Program January 21 - 25

The Quaker Practice & Community Engagement Team in partnership with the Spiritual Life Committee will be presenting this year’s Peace Week program schedule. All activities/programs listed have been designed with different groups of community members in mind, including parents! 

Click here for the full schedule.

Wednesday, Jan 23rd – Breakfast with Teacher John and Jen Cort "Peacemaking in Our Families"

In honor of Peace Week, please join Quaker-in-Residences John Scardina and Jen Cort in a roundtable discussion of the original Quaker Peace Testimony with "Peacemaking in Our Families: Choosing Love Over Fear," on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:15 a.m. in the Frost Hall Conference Room.

Bring your coffee, tea & breakfast, and come prepared to learn about yourself and others in a Friendly environment.

All parents welcome!

Tues. Jan. 15 and Thurs. Jan. 17 – Admissions Winter Open Houses

Middle and Upper School Open House
Tuesday, January 15, 8:30-10 am
Kumar Wang Learning Commons

Lower School Open House
Thursday, January 17th, 8:30-10 am
LS Library

Invite your friends to Friends! Click to RSVP.

Fri. Jan. 18 – All Parents Invited to monthly Quaker Practice & Wellness Meeting

All parents are invited to the next general meeting of the Quaker Practice & Wellness Committee on Friday, January 18 at 8:15 am.

Saturday, Jan. 19th – Family Community Sandwich Making Service Event

Sandwich Making in honor of MLK Service Weekend

Please join us for our Friends Academy Family Community Service Event

***Date Change from Glossy Calendar***

Saturday, Jan. 19th from 10-11am in the Commons.  All ages are welcome – Many hands make light work.

Please bring...

  • 2 loaves of bread
  • 1 pound of luncheon meat (sliced turkey, ham, etc.)
  • 1 pound of luncheon cheese (American, cheddar, etc.)
  • 1 bag of fruit

Be a part of this community project.

All food will be donated to P.O.T.S. (Part Of The Solution) in the Bronx.

Thursday, Jan. 24th at 6 pm – FAmily Night!

FAmily Night "Many Voices, One School"
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
6 to 7:30 pm
Friends Academy Dolan Center

Join us for this new special Peace Week event, as we build upon the honored Friends Academy tradition of "Diversity Night," and celebrate the incredible and rich diversity that all families continue to bring to our community.

From student performances in dance and music to outside cultural offerings, multi-lingual presentations, interactive family activities, and an international potluck, FAmily Night recognizes that the stories of all our families contribute to our larger Friends Academy biography.

Every family has a story.  Every family has a history.

Click here to RSVP

(Grades 3-12) Register for NYSSMA by Friday, Jan. 25th

To register for the 2019 NYSSMA Festival, please click here or visit the NYSSMA section of the FA website for more information about festival dates. Registration must be complete by Thursday, January 25th,  no exceptions. NOTE: Please fill out a separate registration form for each student and for each event.

Students in 3rd through 12th grade who take private music lessons are eligible to participate in the NYSSMA Solo Festival this spring. The Solo Festival is a wonderful opportunity for serious music students to receive an independent evaluation of their abilities.  This is also the first step to All County and All State eligibility.  

Thursday, Jan. 31st – Summer Camp Early Bird Enrollment Rate Ends

Learn more about our innovative STEM workshops, established sports program and our engaging arts institute! RSVP for a tour on Saturday 1/26 between the hours of 11am-1pm. Call 516-393-4207 or email Camps@fa.org.

Friday, Feb. 1st – Dress Down Day

Don’t forget! Friday, Feb. 1st is our next Friday Dress Down Day!

Friday, Feb. 1st – RSVP to All-School Skate Night

All-School Skate Night

Friday, Feb. 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Beaver Dam (outdoor rink) 99 Kaintuck Lane, Locust Valley

Buffet Dinner opens at 7 pm, Skate Rink opens at 7:30 pm

There is an indoor area for parents who don't want to skate.  All siblings are welcome at the event!  Skate Rink is outdoors so please dress warmly.

RSVP TO SKATE NIGHT

WATCH A CLIP FROM LAST YEAR'S SKATE NIGHT

Need skates? Reserve with Parent Council
Anyone in need of skates, please contact Cathy Dorego. Include your name and shoe size. Skates will be tagged at the event upon arrival.  We have assorted sizes.

Beaver Dam does not rent skates.

Sunday, Feb. 3 – Summer Camp Open House

Learn more our exciting summer programs for students ages 3-15. We offer Sports, Arts, STEM, Academics, Travel Programs, plus much more! Please call 516-393-4207 or email Camp@FA.org for more information. Early enrollment rates end January 31st.

Read the latest installment of the US student-produced "Inkwell"

Catch up on FA News, World News, Sports and Arts (as seen through the eyes of our US students) in the latest installment of the student-run and produced news media site, Inkwell. Plus, learn what is on the mind of students today in Inkwell's Opinion section.

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!

RSVP to this Wednesday's Jan. 9th Parent Ed Series II: "Natural Spirituality – The Science Behind Teaching and Learning"

"Natural Spirituality – The Science Behind Teaching  and Learning" with Dr. Lisa Miller

Wednesday, Jan. 9th  |  Kumar Wang Library at 7:00 pm

Did you know that an adolescent's relationship to something bigger than themselves matters to their learning and academic success?

Did you know that adolescents who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances, 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers, and more likely to have positive markers for thriving?

At Friends, we are blessed to be connected to a Quaker educational community that purposefully focuses on developing the whole child, including each individual's spiritual formation.

Please join Dr. Lisa Miller from Columbia University Teacher's College on Wednesday, January 9th at 7 p.m. in the Kumar Wang Library, for a discussion about the science of natural spirituality. Her work and insights offer parents and educators the tools we need to transform inner work for outer change.

Click here to RSVP

Thursday, Jan. 10th – Join our FA community Quaker Singers (new singers welcome!)

Join our morning community choir, "The Quaker Singers," this Thursdays, at 7:30 am in the Choir Room (ground floor of the Dolan Center). This Fall, we had a wonderful group who performed at the community gathering where FA rolled out our strategic plan.  We have had some great parent, faculty, and student participation, and would love to add more members to our chorus of voices!  So if you would like to Stand in the Light ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOfFGx_juZA or Praise Our Village https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HondhKozz0g... Come sing with us! 

Saturday, Jan. 12th – Find out about new programs at our Summer Camp Open House

Stop by the Commons from 10:00a.m.-12:00.p.m. to learn more about our exciting pre-summer and summer program opportunities for students.

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!

We’re offering STEM, sports and so much more!

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.

Enrollment Open: 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!

Sun. Dec. 2 – Last day for Champions for Charity

Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2

Every year, this special Americana Manhasset shopping weekend sends nearly $9,000 back to the Friends Academy Diversity Club. Don't wait to register your card for this year's Champions of Charity shopping fundraiser. The event, November 29th - December 2nd, allows members to donate 25% of their purchases at Americana Manhasset to the non-profit organization of their choosing.

How it works... Participating Americana Manhasset and select Wheatley Plaza stores and restaurants donate a percentage of designated full-price pre-tax purchases to the participating organization of the customer's choice. Simply register for a complimentary CHAMPION CARD, which is the quick and efficient way to participate in Champions for Charity® and designate 25% of your full-price pre-tax purchases to the charity of your choice.

Today and Monday, Dec. 3 – 20% off FA Athletic Gear

Need new FA Athletic wear (T-shirts, shorts, sweats)?

Our partner, Sideline Store, is having a 20% off Flash sale tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 3rd.

Use the promo code FLASH18 to shop and save.

Winter Concerts and Art Show Series continues this Thursday with Middle School

Join us for our Winter Concert and Art Show Series

Upper School – December 6th at 7:30pm, Art Reception at 6:30pm
Middle School – December 13th at 7pm, Art Reception at 6pm
Lower School – December 21st at 10am, Art Reception at 9am

Friday, Dec. 7th – Dress Down Day

Don’t forget! Friday, Dec. 7th is our First Friday Dress Down Day!

Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:15 am – Breakfast with Teacher John

Join Teacher John, our Quaker-in-Residence, for our first parenting breakfast of the year on Monday, Nov. 19th at 8:15 a.m. in the Frost Hall Conference Room. Bring your tea and coffee as we get ready to discuss "Family Simplicity for the Holiday – A Time for Service." All parents welcome!

Monday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm – Breaking Bread: Thanksgiving All Parent Meeting for Worship

Experience Quaker Meeting for Worship just like your children do at our annual "Breaking Bread" Thanksgiving Parent Meeting for Worship. We invite you to join us and other parents at the Matinecock Meeting House on Monday, Nov. 19th at 2 p.m.

Browse the Parent Council Breakfast & Boutiques Look Book – RSVP for this Wednesday

Click to browse this year's Look Book. And, have you RSVP'd yet? There's still time...

All parents are welcome to this annual tradition. Come for breakfast, boutiques, or both!

***Changed*** Thurs. Dec. 6 – Drop by for Coffee with Friends

***UPDATED***

Join host Head of School Andrea Kelly at our next monthly, informal "Coffee with Friends" Thursday, Dec. 6 in the KW Library from 8:30 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.

Strong Attendance at Recent Open Houses

Over 200 people attended our Divisional Open Houses last week!

Our campus was buzzing with energy and excitement. Thank you to everyone for sharing the best of Friends Academy with our guests. Students, parents, faculty and staff – your positivity and enthusiasm was felt by all. The conversations you are having in your communities continue to bring wonderful families to FA.

Thursday, Nov. 8th – “Mindset – the Science Behind Teaching and Learning with Dr. Carissa Romero”

Friends Academy Presents

"Mindset – The Science Behind Teaching and Learning" with Dr. Carissa Romero

Thursday, Nov. 8th in the Kumar Wang Library (a change from previous e-mail) at 7pm

We are thrilled to be able to partner with Dr. Carissa Romero on the latest research on Mindset-- our approach to our goals, particularly related to how we might view learning and achievement.  Dr. Romero will share the latest research in the field and facilitate a meaningful discussion about strategies that educators and parents can use to alter students’ mindsets to instill more adaptive responses to challenge.

Please join us for this amazing opportunity.  It is free of charge but we do ask that you RSVP as there is limited seating.  

About Dr. Carissa Romero

Read more about her pioneering work with Stanford University across a number of fields, including education, technology and law.

RSVP

What is the Parent Ed Series? A three-part interactive parent presentation, dedicated to exploring the science behind teaching and learning, FA's Parent.ED series unites national and international experts, parents and FA educators to learn how current educational research informs our strategies and approaches, and how parents can connect at home.

Upcoming:

  • Part II (Science Behind Spirituality) – Jan. 9
  • Part III (Strengths-based parenting) – April 2
Upcoming Open Houses

Tell your Friends!

Come see Friends Academy for yourself...

All at 8:30 a.m.

MS Open House - Monday November 5th

US Open House- Tuesday, November  6th

LS Open House - Thursday, November 8th

RSVP today for the Nov. 14th Parent Council Annual Breakfast & Boutique!

Payment by credit card: See link below.

Payment By Check: Send your check for $50 made payable to:
FA Parent Council c/o
Friends Academy 270 Duck Pond Road
Locust Valley, NY 11560

If you prefer, drop your check at the Reception Desk in Frost Hall. Kindly contact Michelle Statfeld at 316-1210 or statfeld@aol.com or Nicole Yablans at 987-6034 or nyablans@gmail.com should you have any questions.

Please note, we are unable to charge this event to your school account.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Mon. Oct. 29th – School Safety Presentation for Parents at 7 pm

Please join members of Friends Academy's Incident Command Team and new Safety Personnel for our annual School Safety Presentation for Parents. Open to all parents, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Dolan Center Band Room.

Please let us know you are coming and RSVP.

Thursday, Nov. 1 – Historical Walking Tour of Friends with FA Archivist

On Nov. 1st at 3:30 PM, all parents and students are invited to join us for our annual All-School Quaker Practice & Wellness History Walk. The walk begins at the Matinecock Meeting House across Duck Pond Rd and will last about one hour and fifteen minutes. With Friends Academy archivist Karl Hoenszch, we will explore the history of Friends Academy's campus, curriculum, and student life.

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 Survey for Parents – Closes Mon. Nov. 5th

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.

Mon. Oct. 15th – End of Warm Weather Dress Code

Beginning on Monday, October 15th, we will return to our standard dress code.  Please refer to the 2018-19 Student & Parent Handbook for our dress code policies. Warm weather dress code will end.

Mon. Oct. 15 – Photo Retake Day for all students

The All-School Photo Retake Day is Monday, October 15th. If you would like to schedule a retake for your child, you can still notify your divisional assistant (LS – Gail Lucidi; MS – Marian Tobia; US – Maddie Clark). Island Photography will be available throughout the day on Oct. 15th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students in Lower and Middle School should pre-arrange with their teachers/advisors when they should stop by the Photo tent. Upper School students and adults may visit when their schedule permits.

Fri. Oct. 19th – First FA Blood Drive

Friends Academy's first Blood Drive of the year is this Friday, October 19th from 8:15 am to 12:45 pm in the Main Gym. The drive is student-coordinated and run by the New York Blood Center. 

Blood is always needed for our blood banks on Long Island. Your donations are more important than ever. One pint can help save up to three people and the top recipients are cancer patients. 

Who can donate?

  • Anyone 16 or older and who is at least 110 lbs.

What should I bring?

  • Photo ID or Blood Donor Card (if you don't have a photo ID, you must bring a Student ID form that has been authorized by school personnel)
  • Parental Permission form (for 16-year-old donors), which must be authorized by school personnel

How should I prepare?

  • Eat a full breakfast
  • Hydrate with water

Plasma donors needed

Additionally, women who are at least 5'5 and 150 lbs. and men who are at least 5'1 130 lbs. can donate invaluable blood plasma. The procedure takes 5 to 10 minutes longer and utilizes a smaller needle than the traditional donation. If you are interested, please ask a technician at the Blood Drive.

Walk-ins are more than welcome. E-mail student coordinators Francesca_DeGeronimo@fa.orgMya_Guiler-Papin@fa.org or Jocelyn_Cedeno@fa.org with any questions. 

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.

Sat. Oct. 20 – Family Community Service Sandwich Making

Please join us for the next Friends Academy Family Community Service Event this Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dolan Center Commons. All ages are welcome!

ALL THAT IS REQUESTED FROM YOU IS...

-2 loaves of bread
-1 pound of luncheon meat
-1 pound of luncheon cheese
-1 bag of fruit

Be a part of this community project.  All families are welcome to participate. Many hands make light work.

All food will be donated to P.O.T.S. (Part Of The Solution) in the Bronx. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhbXjfXAugE

Any families interested in driving sandwiches to P.O.T.S. in the future should  or who need further information should contact Elvire Daniels at elvire.daniels@gmail.com or at 516-721-8584.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Sponsored by the Parent Quaker Life Committee (PQLC)

Honors Concert - October 11th

Kick off the Fall Fair Festivities with our Honors Concert on Thursday night. This classical concert is the first of the year and won’t disappoint!  7pm in the Helen A. Dolan Center.

Spirit Week Themes - All Divisions

LOWER SCHOOL

Tuesday: (Dress Down) Mismatch Day

Wednesday: Pajama Day

Thursday: (Dress Down) Color Day

   PG Orange

   PK Yellow

   K Orange

   1st Grade Yellow

   2nd Grade Red

   3rd Grade Green

   4th Grade Blue

   5th Grade Purple

Friday: (Dress Down) Red and Black


MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tuesday: Clash Day (Crazy hat and/or Crazy Hair and clothes)

Wednesday: Favorite T-Shirt Day

Thursday: Color Day        

     8th grade - Red/Orange

     7th grade- Blue/Purple

     6th grade- Green/Yellow

Friday: Red/Black Team Uniforms or PE Clothing


UPPER SCHOOL

Tuesday: Advisory theme day 

Wednesday: Decades Day 
Freshman - outdoor ed 
Sophomores - 60s*
Juniors - 70s*
Seniors - 80s

* if you are taking the PSAT please wear comfy clothes during the test.  Students will be allowed to change into your decades clothing after the test. 

Thursday: Color Day 
Freshman - PURPLE 
Sophomores - YELLOW
Juniors- RED
Seniors - BLUE

Friday: Red and Black Day

Fall Fair & Homecoming - Your Guide to Saturday!

Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 5pm!

Spread the word and tell your friends! Then bring them to the fair!

Enjoy the rides!
Rides for all ages including the Giant Ferris Wheel, Starship, Giant Slide, Dizzy Dragons, Umbrella Rides, Scatt, Circus Town, Merry Go Round, Inflatable surprises and carnival games.

Calling all foodies! 
Schultzy’s Seafood (best lobster rolls!), Wings and Masala Stop, Italian Food, Greek Salad, Caribbean delicacies, Stuey’s BBQ , French Fries and more! Sample our specialties from around the world. We promise you won’t go home hungry!

Alumni Art Show- Celebrating 20 Years of Artmaking in the Helen A. Dolan Center!
Reception at 3 pm. All are invited.  Come enjoy a gallery walk or an artist's talk.

Parking
Fall Fair Parking General on-campus parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Friday and Saturday. Additional parking available at St. Patrick's in Glen Cove on Friday, from 4:30 to 8 pm and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NO PARKING ALLOWED:
Please do not park on Duck Pond Road, Piping Rock Road or in the Meeting House parking lot on Friday or Saturday.

Parking for Saturday Athletic Games
If you are dropping a student to attend the Fair or to participate in one of the games scheduled for Saturday, please do so in front of Frost Hall and then proceed to park your car if you plan on staying for the day.

Friday and Saturday Shuttle Buses
Shuttle buses will run between Frost Hall and St. Patrick's Church from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. n Police will assist with parking during the Fair. For the safety of our families and visitors, please follow directions when you arrive on campus. Directions to St. Patrick's Church (from FA)

  • Travel west on Duck Pond Road for 1 mile (away from Piping Rock, toward Glen Cove)

  • Cross the railroad tracks and make a left at the first light. n Go 1/10 of a mile and make a right into the St. Patrick’s parking lot.

  • Follow the Fall Fair Parking signs to the parking area.

It’s not too late to volunteer!
Click here to see where help is needed!

Friday, October 12th - FA Family Night

To kick off the weekend’s events, all FA families (including siblings), faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the Fall Fair rides from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the annual BBQ and Bonfire. Please display your parking pass on your dashboard for entry.  

Fall Fair Scratch & Match Game!

This year, we have a new twist – our Fall Fair Scratch & Match game! All students will be receiving special Scratch & Match tickets, each with a special surprise (revealed when you scratch!)

Your Middle or Upper School child can redeem her/his surprise on Saturday, Oct. 13th at the Fall Fair Info Booth, located on the Quad.

Lower School students will be able to trade in their ticket for a Fair surprise with the help of their Upper schooler Worship Buddy.

Discount Bracelets and FA Wear on Sale in the Dolan Center Atrium!

Looking for some FA Spirit, then look no further than FA Wear. Pick up your FA T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts & pants, and more. Just in time for FA Family Night and Fall Fair!

Pre-sale ride bracelets are $30 (students will receive a ticket and can redeem it for a bracelet on the day of the Fair). Full-priced bracelets will be $35, for sale at the Fair.

Discounted ride bracelets and FA Wear will be on sale during the following times and places:


Thursday, Oct. 11
10 a.m to 2:30 p.m. (Dolan Center Atrium)
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. (Outside the LS at pick-up)


Friday, Oct. 12
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Dolan Center Atrium)
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. (Outside the LS at pick-up)
5 to 7 p.m. (Outside the Lower School at pick-up)

Fall Fair Athletic Schedule - Go Quakers!

Friday Oct. 12th
3:45pm - XC Fall Benefit Run: 5km run on campus or a 1 mile walk/run option

Sat. Oct. 13th
9:30 am Boys JV Soccer v. Herricks HS
10:00 am Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Seaford HS
11:30 am Girls Varsity Soccer v. Glen Cove HS
2:00 pm Boys Varsity Football v. Great Neck HS
2:00 pm Boys Varsity Soccer v. Herricks HS

Come out, watch a game and Support the QUAKERS!

Saturday, October 13th - Fall Fair Alumni Art Show Reception

Please join us for the opening reception for Alumni Art Show - Celebrating 20 Years of Artmaking in the Helen A. Dolan Center, Saturday, October 13th at 3pm.  There will be a gallery walk and some of our Alumni artists will be on hand to talk about their work!

Dress Down Day – Friday, October 5th

Dress Down Day – aka DDD – is typically the first Friday of the month. Students have been eagerly awaiting October 5th! Please be sure they review the DDD guidelines in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Honors Concert Applications Due by Mon. Sept. 24

Each year, we invite our dedicated classical musicians in grades 4-12, who study privately, to share their individual work with us at our Honors Concert. Often, they perform the piece they prepared last year for NYSSMA. Interested (and prepared) musicians should complete the Online Application and schedule an audition time with one of the music faculty prior to Monday, September 24th.

These pieces should be comparable to Level 3 NYSSMA or higher to be considered. Broadway show tunes and pop music will not be part of this classical concert. The music faculty will make decisions on the length of selections & excerpts to be performed at the concert.

Please address any questions to Laura_Backley@fa.org.

  • Monday, Sept. 24th – Online Application DUE
  • Thursday, Sept. 27th – All auditions must be completed (required)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 6:00 pm – Dress Rehearsal  
  • Thursday, Oct. 11th at 7:00 pm – Honors Concert  

 

See a video sneak peek of Flash Mob practice

Missed rehearsals? It's not too late! 

Join us for the third and final rehearsals this Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (both on the Lower School softball field, if rain, an alternate location will be e-mailed) to join other students of all ages, parents and staff and learn the simple, easy and oh-so-catchy choreography of our Fall Fair Flash Mob.

If you have not yet attended, there are more rehearsals pending, please contact either Pamela Keefer pamelakeefernyc@gmail.com /cell: 917.916.7331 and/or Carolyn Mott at: cforde1969@aol.com /cell: 917.714.5015 for more details.

Finally, wondering what all the buzz is about? Watch this quick 40-second video of one of our practices. See you on the softball field! 

Flash Mob rehearsal schedule:

  • Sunday, Sept. 23 – 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

No dance skills required! There will be parts for everyone!

 

Parent Council opening General meeting this Wednesday, Sept. 12th

The September 12th General Parent Council meeting will be jam-packed with new and exciting information.   We will be discussing the new Parent Connections model as well as giving a sneak peek at the new Parent Education Series.  In addition, there will be an overview of the new safety team and procedures at FA, and a review of the Parent Council model.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday mornings: Open to all! FA's new morning Community Choir, "Quaker Singers"

The FA Music Department is thrilled to announce a new exciting, morning community choir, “Quaker Singers." A multigenerational chorus for ALL, the choir is open to students of all ages, staff, faculty, parents, guardians and grandparents and will rehearse weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 am. Quaker Singers met for their first practice on Sept. 13th, but are still accepting new members. To sign up, please attend the next Thursday practice.

 

First Community Service Sandwich Making Project, This Saturday, 10am

Please join us for the next Friends Academy Family Community Service Event this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Dolan Center Commons. All ages are welcome!

ALL THAT IS REQUESTED FROM YOU IS...

-2 loaves of bread
-1 pound of luncheon meat
-1 pound of luncheon cheese
-1 bag of fruit

Be a part of this community project.  All families are welcome to participate. Many hands make light work.

All food will be donated to P.O.T.S. (Part Of The Solution) in the Bronx. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhbXjfXAugE

Any families interested in driving sandwiches to P.O.T.S. in the future should  or who need further information should contact Elvire Daniels at elvire.daniels@gmail.com or at 516-721-8584.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Sponsored by the Parent Quaker Life Committee (PQLC)
 

Volunteer for Fall Fair! Use our online sign-up form

Each year, Family Night and Fall Fair, one of the year's largest events, brings together families from all over the school for a night and day of fun, food, games and sports. 

To make it all happen, we need you! Please consider donating a small or large chunk of your time; everyone is welcome and it's a wonderful place to get to know new parents and connect with old friends.

Volunteering is a great way to meet your fellow parents. Any questions? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Statfeld at statfeld@aol.com or 516-316-1210.

Click to reach our school-wide Volunteer Page and thank you!

Today: New Parent Gathering and Meeting for Worship

Join us Sunday September 16th - 11:15 am

Please join our Head of School, Trustees, School Administrators and Parent Council Representatives for Meeting for Worship followed by an informal reception at the Marion Jackson House, home of Andrea and Tim Kelly.

Enjoy this opportunity to meet fellow new parents and find out how to make the most of your family's experience at Friends Academy.  Please RSVP to Diane_Biolsi@FA.org.  Be sure to indicate if you need childcare.

How to make coming and going at FA a snap

In order to ensure orderly traffic flow and parking in FA lots, we are asking all parents to become familiar with your division drop-off and pick-up times, as well as traffic patterns.

General policies

  1. Drop off at your youngest child's division.
  2. Please do not speed through lots.
  3. No idling – turn off your car while waiting.
  4. Please do not drop off or pick up students in the bus lane outside the Dolan Center.

Read more.

Kick off your year (and day) at the Fall Fair Kick-off Breakfast – this Wednesday!

Sept. 5th at 8:15 am at Jackson House – All parents are invited!

Join us for the Annual Kick-off Breakfast hosted by the Parent Council. During this intimate setting, we invite you to sign up to help at one of the food or activity booths, decorate the campus or just find out more about the entire event.

For more information, please contact Fall Fair Chair Kimberly Griffiths or Co-Chair Stacey Daal

SAVE THE DATE!

Family Night: Friday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
An evening where FA families enjoy Carnival Rides, a Barbeque and Bonfire to kick off Saturday’s Fair.  You and your children can meet and mingle with other families.

Fall Fair: Saturday, October 13th from 11 am to 5 pm 
We have an amazing “gastronomic experience” in store for you:  Schultzy’s Seafood, Italian, Asian and Indian food booths, just to name a few.   Carnival rides and games will be running all day for the children. You can purchase Friends Academy clothing – T-shirts, sweatshirts, outerwear and much more.  Our student groups will be on campus selling “goodies” to raise money for charitable causes. And, we will be providing music and entertainment throughout the entire day.

Read more.

2018-19 Theater Season Announced!

The Friends Academy Theater & Dance Departments are proud to announce the 2018-19 schedule:

The Fall Show – Nov. 1-3
248 Miles 
A story about the connections we make and the connections we miss. And an angel. Because nothing is ever what it seems. (A new play by Andrew Geha)

The Winter Musical – Feb. 7-9
Working – A musical based on the groundbreaking book by Studs Terkel about how America works, in all its many colors, shapes and iterations. (Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso; music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, and James Taylor, and lyrics by Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, Taylor, and Susan Birkenhead. With additional music by Lin-Manuel Miranda.)

And in the spring… Friday, March 22
Originalworks20 – An evening of original playwriting, choreography and songwriting.

EC

Monday, Oct. 1 – Early Childhood Photo Day
Andrea Miller

Our final school portrait session is Monday, Oct. 1st for all Early Childhood students. Proofs will be available to parents within 2-3 days of the session. If you wish to schedule a retake for Monday, Oct. 15th, please notify Mrs. Lucidi in the Lower School office.

Sign up for EC Afterschool and Extended Day programs
Andrea Miller

Don't forget to SIGN UP for our after school enrichment programs!! Spaces are filling up FAST!! Our Enrichment programs begin on Monday, Sept. 24th.  Click HERE to view dates/selections and to ENROLL! Chess & Adv. Robotics are CLOSED.

EC pick up is @ 3:45pm – Withington House

  • EC Courses: YOGA, STEM- Fantastic Floaters & Fliers, Leaps & Beats, and Soccer

Chelsea Bertani, AS Program Director
Rich Mack, AS Program Administrator

Early Childhood dismissals this week
Andrea Miller

Following EC Family Visit Day on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Early Childhood classes dismiss at 11 a.m. starting Wednesday, Sept. 5th through Friday, Sept. 7th. Full-day classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m (a change from last year).

LS

Register Now! Friday, May 10th – Chess Tournament

Register now for May 10th Chess Tournament at FA

We are excited to let you know that Friends Academy will host the final ISE Chess Tournament of the year on Friday, May 10th at 4 p.m.

Open to students in K-8th, Friends will have the opportunity to play against students from other participating private schools.

Please click here for more information about the event and to register by Monday, May 6th.

We hope you will attend!

Mon. April 15th – RSVPs due for Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Lower School Grandparents and Special Friends Day, a biannual event, is Friday, May 17th this year. If you have not already, please fill out this RSVP form and return to your child's teacher by Monday, April 15th in order to have a personalized invitation sent to your child's recipient.  Read more.

Wed. April 17th – “Muffins and Math” LS Parent Presentation

On Wednesday, April 17 at 8:15 am, Lower School parents are invited to join Friends Academy Math Learning Specialist Brie Kraska and special guest Sarah Schaefer of [M4th]odology" for "Muffins and Math."  In this parent presentation, discover how our students learn to understand the "why" of math, as opposed to just memorizing the "how." Sarah, a renowned Singapore Math trainer and frequent NCTM presenter, will also be working with faculty as well during her visit. Please RSVP.

Lower School Students – Check out our Spring into Summer Workshops!
  • Week 1: June 17th - June 21st, Tiny Healthy Chefs & Move Your Feet!
  • Week 2: June 24th - June 28th,  Crazy Concoctions & Happy Hands (American Sign Language)

Click here for workshop descriptions and to enroll!

Apply Now – Limited Openings in Little Friends Infant & Toddler Program for 2019-20

The Little Friends Infant and Toddler Program at Friends Academy has open spots for 2019 Summer for both the Toddler Program (18 months-36 months) and Pre-Nursery Program (must be 3 years of age by June 30th). Read More.

Monday, Mar. 25 – RSVP to Meet our next Middle School Principal Finalist

Lower and Middle School parents are invited to meet Andrew O’Hara, the next Middle School Principal finalist on Monday, March 25th at 8:15 a.m. at the Jackson House.

RSVP

View Livestream

Parent Feedback Survey

Tuesday, Mar. 19 – Meet our next Middle School Principal Finalist

Lower and Middle School parents are invited to meet Middle School Principal finalist Christine Saunders at 8:15 am in the Jackson House. Click to RSVP.

Week of Mar. 19-22 – ERB Make Ups

If your child missed any sections of the ERB testing, they will be scheduled to make up those sections during the school day. If you have any questions, please direct them to Carlie_Tietjen@fa.org

Mar. 11 through 15 – ERB Week, Grades 3 through 5

Students in Grades 3 through 5 will be taking the ERB exam from March 11th through 15th.  Please remember your children, as always, should get a full night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.

Mar. 11 through 15 – Dress Down Week for all LS students

In order to accommodate the ERB testing this week (and support those taking the tests), all students (including 1st and 2nd grades) are permitted to Dress Down all week long.

Thursday, Mar. 7 – Visiting authors Michael Bornstein and Debbie Holinstat to present about their novel, "Survivors Club"

Authors of the novel, Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz, LS grandparent and Holocaust Survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Holinstat will be speaking with students in Grades 3-5 during an assembly on March 7th.

Thursday, Mar. 7 & Friday, Mar. 8 – Lower School Parent Conferences (Sign-ups close this Wed; no classes Friday)

Please sign up for your Parent Conference. 

Scroll down to find your child's grade and teacher and then select the time.

No classes for Lower School students this Friday, March 8th.  Sign-ups close on Wednesday, March 6th at 3pm.

Jump Rope for Heart raises record $2,106 for the American Heart Association!

On Feb. 14th our LS physical education classes took part in our annual Jump Rope For Heart event. Students received pledges for the maximum number of jumps completed in seven minutes. This was preceded by a week of activities that help children develop jump rope skills and learn the value of aerobic exercise towards creating a healthier heart and cardiovascular system. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association to help further education, research and services in this area. The amount raised represents the most Friends has ever raised with regards to this event!

Friday. Mar. 1 – 2nd Grade Learning Celebration (8:30 am)

We invite second grade parents to join us for this year's Learning Celebration on Friday, March 1st at 8:30 am in the classroom. 

Friday. Mar. 1 – 4th Grade Learning Celebration (9 am)

We invite fourth grade parents to join us for this year's Learning Celebration on Friday, March 1st at 9 am in the classroom. 

Feb. 11th – Weeklong Jump Rope For Heart starts

During the week of February 11th, the Friends Academy Physical Education Department will sponsor a week-long, in-class “Jump Rope for Heart” community service event.  The event will benefit the American Heart Association and educate our students on the advantages of regular exercise and good cardiovascular health. Students brought home pledge sheets and are looking forward to seeing how many jumps they can do.  Pledge Donations are due back on 2/15.

Mon. Feb. 11th – Parents: Meet LS Principal Finalist (2:30 pm)

As part of the interview process for our next Lower School Principal, we invite Lower School parents to meet each of our three finalists this week, starting Monday, Feb. 11th at 2:30 p.m. in the LS Library. For more details and to RSVP, please refer to this e-mail.

Tues. Feb. 12th – 1st Grade Learning Celebration (8:30 am)

We invite first grade parents to join us for this year's Learning Celebration on Tues. Feb. 12th at 8:30 am in the classroom. 

Wed. Feb. 13th – 5th Grade Learning Celebration (8:30 am)

We invite fifth grade parents to join us for this year's Learning Celebration on Wed. Feb. 13th at 8:30 am in the classroom. 

Wed. Feb. 6th – Lower School Parent Council Meeting (view agenda)

Lower School parents are invited to join their Parent Council divisional reps for the next Lower School Parent Council meeting on Wed. Feb. 6th at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House. Please view the agenda here.

Registration Open – Winter/Spring After School Enrichment 2019

Enrollment for EC through 6th grade Winter/Spring Enrichment is now OPEN! Courses will begin Monday, February 4th. Explore our course selection and enroll.

Friday, Jan. 11th – Dress Down Day

Don't forget our first Friday of the month Dress Down Day for January this Friday the 11th.

Monday, Jan. 14th – 5th Grade Parent Introduction to the Middle School

Save the Date! – Monday, January 14th 9:00-10:00 in the Middle School Collaborative Space on the Main Floor

Friends Academy Fifth Grade parents are invited to an introduction to Middle School.  Hear about the transition from 5th grade to 6th grade and what to expect for your child. Middle School Principal Deb Schoman and Assistant Principal Allison Barth will explain the Advisory system and how the Middle School works. Tours will be available following the discussion.

Kindly R.S.V.P. to Doreen Heyman at Doreen_Heyman@fa.org

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.

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Bring in hard candies/mints for Community Groups

POTS is a Bronx-based organization with which Friends has worked for several years, regularly sending large numbers of sandwiches for distribution to the homeless and other vulnerable individuals.  This holiday season we are once again going to give them small gift packages containing a pair of warm adult socks and a treat in the form of a small bag of hard candy.  Students will work with their worship buddy on Thursday, December 13th to make a holiday card and wrap the gift on as part of our all-school meeting for worship in early December.  We are asking all Lower School students to bring in a bag of hard candy or mints to combine with the warm socks that their Upper School buddy will contribute. 

Thursday, Nov. 15 – LS Family Math & Art Night

Please join us for Lower School Family Math & Art Night on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30pm - 6:45pm.  Pizza will be served and we look forward to seeing our LS families.

Friday, Nov. 16 – ISE Chess Tournament at Buckley

ISE Chess Tournament 2018-2019

All students from Kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome!

  • Friday, November 16th, 2018 at Buckley
  • Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Portledge
  • Friday, May 10th, 2019 at Friends Academy

For more information, contact Carolyn Mott at cforde1969@aol.com or at 917-714-5015.

Click here for the registration form.

LS Thanksgiving donations due by this Friday, Nov. 16

As the holidays approach, we would like to encourage our students to remember the less fortunate members of our extended community.  In the spirit of the season, the Lower School will once again collect food for needy families right here in the Glen Cove area.  This year, the St. Patrick's Outreach Center has given us a list of their most needed items.  The list includes:

  • Granola bars (high in demand)
  • Non-Perishable/Shelf-Stable Milk (Horizon/Parmalat) (high in demand)
  • Jelly
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Cake mix / Brownie mix

We also ask that you contribute $1.00 to help us purchase a gift card for a turkey for each family.  Perhaps your child can earn the dollar by doing a simple chore at home.

Thank you in advance for your support of this project that is sure to help others.  Please send any donations into school with your child by Friday, November 16th. 

Cancelled – Book Club

The Parent Book Club originally scheduled for Monday, November 5th has been cancelled.

Wednesday, Oct. 31st – Lower School Halloween Parade

Join us for the Annual Lower School Halloween Parade, Wednesday, October 31st on the Quad at 8:30am.

Thursday, Nov. 1st – 5th Grade Parent Connections

Join us for 5th Grade Parent Connections, November 1st in the Lower School Library at 8:15am.

Friday, Nov. 2nd – 4th Grade Parent Connections

Join us for 4th Grade Parent Connections, November 2nd in the Lower School Library at 8:15am.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Lower School Parent Council Meeting

Join us for the LS Parent Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 23 in the LS Library at 8:15am.

Thursday, Oct. 25 – 1st Grade Parent Connections

Join us for 1st Grade Coffee and Connections, Thursday, October 25 in the LS Library at 8:15am.

Sign up for Lower School Parent/Teacher Conferences

We will host parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, October 24, from 4:00-8:00pm and on Friday, October 25. There are no classes for LS students on Friday, October 25.

If you have not signed up, please click for Thursday sign-ups or for Friday sign-ups.

Mon. Oct. 15 – 2nd grade Parent Connections

Come join us in the Lower School Library on Monday, October 15 at 8:15 am to learn more about the development of our seven-year-olds!

Fri. Oct. 19th – 3rd grade Parent Connections

Come join us in the Lower School Library on October 19th at 8:15 am to learn more about the development of our eight-year-olds!

Lower School Spirit Week Themes

Tuesday, October 9: (Dress Down) Mismatch Day

Wednesday, October 10: Pajama Day

Thursday, October 11: (Dress Down) Color Day

   PG Orange

   PK Yellow

   K Orange

   1st Grade Yellow

   2nd Grade Red

   3rd Grade Green

   4th Grade Blue

   5th Grade Purple

Friday, October 12: (Dress Down) Red and Black

Fri. Oct. 5th – Kindergarten Parent Connections

Join us on Friday, October 5th at 8:15 a.m. for Kindergarten Parent Connections in the Lower School Library.

Mon. Sept. 24 – Lower School Back-To-School Night for Grades 3-5

Back-to-School Night for parents of 3rd-5th graders is on Monday, September 24. The evening program will start promptly at 6:30 pm in the Theater.

Sign up for LS Afterschool and Extended Day programs

Don't forget to SIGN UP for our after school enrichment programs!! Spaces are filling up FAST!! Our Enrichment programs begin on Monday, Sept. 24th.  Click HERE to view dates/selections and to ENROLL! Chess & Adv. Robotics are CLOSED.

K-6th pick up is @ 4:20pm – LS Lobby

  • K-2 Courses: Ultimate Games, Mixed Media Art, Kids on Stage, STEM-Fantastic Forces and Amazing Machines, Coding,  and Chess
  • 3-6th Courses:  Adv. Robotics, Fashion Design & Sketching, Mixed Media Art, and Chess

Chelsea Bertani, AS Program Director
Rich Mack, AS Program Administrator

Monday, 9/17: Back-to-School Night for EC-Grade 2

We look forward to welcoming you to the new school year!

  • Back-to-School Night EC-2 is Monday, Sept. 17 in the Theater, 6:30pm.
  • Back-to-School Night 3-5 is Monday, Sept. 24 in the Theater, 6:30pm. 

Please arrive on time.

 

Monday, Sept. 17 – Lower School Photo Day for K-5

Photo Day for all students in Grades K-5 is Monday, Sept. 17th. A rain date is planned for Monday, Sept. 24th. Island Photography will e-mail a link to your child’s individual portrait and class photo two to three days later. Follow the instructions for ordering photo packages.  At this time, please indicate which portrait should be printed in the Yearbook by marking a photo as your favorite. Retake day for all students is Monday, Oct. 15th.

Registration for LS after school programs now open

Our Extended Day program (EC-5th) provides after school care up until 6 pm. This program begins on Sept. 11th.  Register your child and find out more. 

Our Enrichment program (EC-6th) provides fun and exciting, weekly enrichment activities for our students.  This program begins on Sept. 24th.  View dates and program selections, as well as registering your child in a program of interest.  Spaces are limited!

Have you filled out your dismissal form?

Lower School Parents: If you have not done so already, please make sure to fill out your afternoon dismissal transportation form and submit. This form enables us to know how to properly dismiss your child on the first day of school and throughout the school year. This is especially important for new students as we need to provide support for your child as they transition into a new routine. Read more.

MS

Friday, May 3rd – Dress Down Day

Don't forget to Dress Down!  Friday, May 3rd.

Register Now! Friday, May 10th – Chess Tournament

Register now for May 10th Chess Tournament at FA

We are excited to let you know that Friends Academy will host the final ISE Chess Tournament of the year on Friday, May 10th at 4 p.m.

Open to students in K-8th, Friends will have the opportunity to play against students from other participating private schools.

Please click here for more information about the event and to register by Monday, May 6th.

We hope you will attend!

Cheer on Upper School at the Games of the Week! Spring Sports Day!

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Boys Track Monday, April 29th at 4:30pm
  2. Girls Track Tuesday, April 30th at 4:30pm
  3. Spring Varsity Sports Day and BBQ Friday, May 3rd – Varsity Baseball (4:15), JV Softball (4:30), Boys Varsity Tennis (4:30), Boys Varsity Lacrosse (4:30), Girls Varsity Lacrosse (4:30) and Girls JV Lacrosse (6pm)!

Come out for some food, some fun and some excitement and come support the Quakers!

Middle School students are invited to cheer on our varsity teams after school beginning at 4pm.  Students should plan to be picked up no later than 5:30pm.

Tuesday, Apr. 16th – Mid-semester Grades and Comments released

The mid-semester grades and comments will be released on Tuesday, April 16th by the afternoon.

Thursday, Apr. 18th – 6th Grade Field Trip to the Met

The 6th grade will be traveling on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to further deepen their study of Egypt on Thursday, April 18th.

Middle School Students – Check out Spring into Summer Workshops!
  • Week 1: June 17th - June 21st,  Brave Voices & Oh My Drones!
  • Week 2: June 24th - June 28th,  Intro to Coding and Circuits & How to Survive Disasters and Zombies!

Click here for workshop descriptions and to enroll!

Monday, Apr. 8th – 8th Grade to 9th Grade Transition Meeting at 9 am

For current 8th grade parents with a child rising to 9th grade. Join us for a panel of students and US Principal Mark Schoeffel on Monday, April 8th from 9 to 10:15 am in the Kumar Wang Library, along with several teachers. Learn about life in the high school and what the transition will be like. RSVP to Doreen_Heyman@fa.org.

Monday, Apr. 8th – MS Signature Program studies the diversity of Africa

As a kickoff to our new Middle School Arts Week Signature Program and the Middle School show The Lion King, all students will engage in a full day of workshops on Mon. Apr 8th. Designed and delivered by the Middle School teachers, students will be in workshops throughout the day learning about the geography, history, and culture of the countries of Africa.  Please click here for more details, as well as the dress code for the week.

Monday, Apr. 8th – ISE Meal Packing Event at LuHi, 5 pm

Our next Inter School Exchange (ISE) Event is Meal Packing at Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School (LuHi) on Monday, April 8th at 5:00 pm.

LuHi sponsors this event in conjunction with "Meals from the Heart," and the goal is to assemble 300,000 meals to feed 500 individuals every day for a year. These meals are a nutritionally balanced rice or pasta mix including protein, vitamins and minerals and need only water to prepare. The majority of the food packets will be distributed to local food pantries on Long Island, with a portion delivered to the Andrew Grene School in Haiti to feed the entire student body for the year.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, April 11th – Middle School Arts Week Art Reception at 5:30 pm

Join us for the Middle School Arts Week Art Show in the Gallery on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 pm before our opening performance of The Lion King, which starts at 7 pm.

Thursday, Apr. 11 and Friday, Apr. 12 – The MS Musical – The Lion King at 7 pm

Join us on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th at 7pm for this year's Middle School Musical, The Lion King!

Calendar Correction: Monday, Apr. 1st – Spring Sports Begin

Middle School Spring Sports begin April 1st, 2019 NOT April 8th as reflected in the glossy calendar.

Please submit all athletic forms by March 27th.

Monday, Mar. 25th – RSVP to Meet our next Middle School Principal Finalist

Lower and Middle School parents are invited to meet Andrew O’Hara, the next Middle School Principal finalist on Monday, March 25th at 8:15 a.m. at the Jackson House.

RSVP

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Parent Feedback Survey

Tuesday, Mar. 19 – Meet our next Middle School Principal Finalist

Lower and Middle School parents are invited to meet Middle School Principal finalist Christine Saunders at 8:15 am in the Jackson House. Click to RSVP.

Week of Mar. 19-22 – ERB Make Ups

If your child missed any sections of the ERB testing, they will be scheduled to make up those sections during the school day. If you have any questions, please direct them to alexia_walka@fa.org.

Thursday, Mar. 21 at 6 p.m. – History Night

History night is Thursday March 21st and the kids are really excited to present their work. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 8:00 pm. We ask that 6th and 8th grade students arrive a few minutes before 6:00 to get set up and 7th grade students should come at 6 or a few minutes after. The 6th graders will be presenting their Egypt exhibit, the 7th grade students will be doing Socratic seminars that look at world religions, and the 8th grade students will be presenting Visual Essay to tell the stories and lessons they have learned from their families and/or American History.  

For families who live a distance from FA, students may stay-through from 3:30pm until the start of the event. Students can bring  a snack for after school and we provide them a pizza dinner at 5pm. Please e-mail marian_tobia@fa.org if you will need to have your child supervised Thursday after school.  

Tuesday, Mar. 26th – Middle and Upper School Math Pathways for Parents (grades 5-8)

Please join the Middle School Math teachers Tuesday, March 26th from 8:15 to 9:15 am at the Jackson House to learn more about the Math pathways for students beginning in grade 6.  There will be time allocated at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.

Wednesday, Mar. 27th – 8th Grade Costa Rica Parent/Student Meeting at 5:30pm

This is a final pre-trip meeting for students who will be traveling to Costa Rica and their parent(s).

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please e-mail deborah_schoman@fa.org.

Middle School Spring Sports Interim Forms Due

Spring Interim Forms are due for Middle School Spring Sports!  Please log on to Magnus (through the Parent Portal), fill them out online and submit.

Mar. 11 through 15 – ERB Testing Week

Please be sure that middle schoolers are well rested and eat a good breakfast this week! There will be no homework or tests this week. Independent reading will still be required.

Mar. 11 through 15 – Dress Down Week

In order to accommodate the ERB testing this week, students are permitted to Dress Down all week long.

Thursday, Mar. 7 – Visiting authors Michael Bornstein and Debbie Holinstat to present about their novel, "Survivors Club"

Authors of the novel, Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz, LS grandparent and Holocaust Survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Holinstat will be speaking with all Middle School students during an assembly on March 7th.

Friday, Mar. 8 – Long Island Math Fair at Suffolk Community College

The LI Math Fair gives students the opportunity to develop their “math power’ – the ability to investigate one topic and then to stand before a group of judges, peers, and parents to defend their work. Supported by 8th Grade Math teacher Erin Nolan and 7th Grade English teacher Kathleen Schalk, students have investigated a project over the last few months, developed their own ideas about the topic, and will be prepared to present their project orally either independently or with a team.

Students will be traveling to Suffolk Community College to participate in the LI Math Fair on March 8th from 1-5pm.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – 8th Grade Departs for Frost Valley

The 8th grade departs for their outdoor education trip on Wednesday, February 27th and will return on Friday, March 1st.

Monday Feb. 11 – Middle School Parent Council Meeting (8:15 am)

Middle School parents are invited to join their Parent Council divisional reps for the next Lower School Parent Council meeting on Mon. Feb. 11th at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – 8th Grade Transition to 9th Grade: Meeting for Parents (9 am)

Join us for the transition meeting for parents of rising 9th graders.  8th Grade Parents should meet in the KW Library at 9 am on Tuesday, February 12th to learn all about what to expect in 9th grade and to hear from a student panel. Please call admissions at 516-393-4244 to RSVP.

Student sign-ups open for MS Musical, "The Lion King"; permission forms due Feb. 10th

Is your child interested in performing in this year's Middle School Musical, The Lion King? The musical is open to all students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. If interested, students should reply to the e-mail they received from FA Theater teacher and Director Andrew Geha. Interested students and their parents will then receive a follow-up communication from Mr. Geha. Auditions for parts will be held after school on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Wednesday, Feb. 27th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Any interested 8th graders should plan to attend on Tuesday due to the Frost Valley trip, which departs the next day. Once e-mailed to you, permission forms are due by February 10th. Rehearsals begin Monday, March 4th.

CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6th – 6th Grade Science Share

Please note, the 6th Grade Science Share will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 7:15 pm in the Dolan Center Commons.

Jan. 29 – New community service Homework Helpers session begins

The next session for the after school community service homework help program to support elementary school children who attend the Centro Cultural Hispano (CCH) begins Tuesday, Jan 29th. There are 9 different sessions and students do not need to attend all 9. This is a service opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. To participate, please sign up with Mrs. Tobia at marian_tobia@fa.org. Click here for the permission slip and more details.

Thurs. Jan. 31 – Social media speakers for MS students

On Jan. 31st, all Middle School students will be attending an assembly that will focus on the appropriate use of social media. The 6th grade will hear Katie Schumacher speak to the importance of their digital footprint and thinking before they press send. 7th and 8th graders will be meeting with retired Nassau County Police Office Sharon Galvin about the importance of using social media safely and the legal ramifications associated with misuse.  

Friday, Feb. 1 – 8th grade/Frost Valley Parent Connections

All 8th grade parents are invited to join team leader Selina Collier and Middle School Principal Deb Schoman for the 8th grade/ Frost Valley Parent Connections in the Middle School on Friday, Feb. 1 from 8:15 to 9am. This will be an informative orientation of the trip and preparations needed.

Last Call: RSVP by Wed. Feb. 6th for Friday's ISE Valentine's Day Dance

All students, Grades 6 to 8 are invited to the Valentine's Day Dance at East Woods School, hosed by the InterSchool Exchange.  See the attached flyer for more details and how to RSVP.  NOTE: Students who plan to attend must sign up on the Google Doc that Mrs. Schoman e-mailed/shared with them.

Register Now – Winter/Spring After School Enrichment 2019

Enrollment for 6th grade Winter/Spring Enrichment is now OPEN! Courses will begin Monday February 4th. Explore our course selection and enroll.

Fri. Feb. 8th – 7th Grade Parent Connections

Please join 7th Grade Team Leader Melissa Scott and Middle School Principal Deb Schoman on Friday, Feb. 8th from 8:15 am - 9:15 am in the Jackson House.  (Please note: This meeting is not in the Collaborative Space as other meetings have been.)

Tuesday, Feb. 12th or Wednesday, Feb. 13th – Learn some songs from "The Lion King" and prepare for auditions (3:30-4:30 pm)

To prepare for auditions, The Performing Arts Department is offering a one-day session for any Middle School students interested in learning a few songs from the upcoming Middle School Musical, "The Lion King." Students may choose either Tuesday, Feb. 12th or Wednesday, Feb. 13th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. No sign-up required.

Sign Ups for Lion King, are going on now. All MS students have received an email from Andrew Geha about how to sign up.

Enroll by Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Last Call for MS Jan. 26th Ski Trip!

All students intending to go on the trip must be enrolled by this Tuesday, January 22nd.  All permission forms must be turned in to Deb Schoman no later than Wednesday, January 23rd. Click here to read the e-mail that was sent out with more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd – 6th Grade Parent Connections

Please join Deb Schoman and Allison Barth on Wednesday, January 23rd at 8:15-9:15am in the Jackson House for a Parent Connections meeting.

Turn in Winter II MS Athletic Forms – Now Available on Magnus

Please log on to the Parent Portal and click on the Magnus icon to access the MS Winter II forms for all Middle School students playing Winter II sports.

Middle School Homework Helpers start next week

The Middle School is continuing the after school community service program to support elementary school children who attend the Centro Cultural Hispano (CCH) after school homework help program at TR Elementary School in Oyster Bay. This is a service opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. 

We would like to run this program on Tuesdays for 9 sessions: Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2. Click here for more information.

MS donations needed for Glen Cove Men's Shelter this winter

This winter, the entire Middle School is supporting the Glen Cove Men’s Shelter by supplying paper goods, undergarments, and some specific food items. The eighth grade began this community service initiative, and now the seventh grade will begin collecting, and then the sixth grade will follow. Over the next couple of weeks, each advisory will collect the requested supplies, and they will be delivered to the shelter. Please keep an eye out for communication from your child’s advisor (or simply your child) in the coming days regarding which items we are collecting. If you are able to donate beyond what we have asked for, the supplies will not go to waste! The shelter is in great need, and relies on us heavily for these donations. Some of the needs are quite specific, but most items can be purchased at Costco, Sam’s Club, or other such retailers, and can also be found at your local grocery or drug store. We appreciate your efforts to accommodate the specific needs of the shelter, and are grateful to you for helping to provide us with the supplies that we will be donating.

Friday, Jan. 11th – Dress Down Day

Don't forget our first Friday of the month Dress Down Day for January this Friday the 11th.

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!

Dress code for Dec. 13th Concert

Boys and girls should wear white shirts/blouses and black skirts or pants. Girls are encouraged to wear a touch of red (headband, earrings, etc.) and all boys will be given red ties for the performance.

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Bring in hard candies/mints for Community Groups

POTS is a Bronx-based organization with which Friends has worked for several years, regularly sending large numbers of sandwiches for distribution to the homeless and other vulnerable individuals.  This holiday season we are once again going to give them small gift packages containing a pair of warm adult socks and a treat in the form of a small bag of hard candy.  Students will work with their worship buddy on Thursday, December 13th to make a holiday card and wrap the gift on as part of our all-school meeting for worship in early December.  We are asking all Middle School students to bring in a bag of hard candy or mints to combine with the warm socks that their Upper School buddy will contribute. 

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Middle School Winter Concert and Art Show

We look forward to the all-division art exhibit and reception at 6pm in the Art Gallery followed by the Winter Concert at 7pm in the Theater on December 13th. Our current gallery exhibition highlights art made by students in grades 3 through 12. Don’t miss our private tours offered by 4th and 5th graders from 6-7pm.

Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Middle School Parent/Advisor Conferences

There is still time to set up your parent-advisor conference! All parents have been contacted by the advisor. If you did not receive an e-mail from your child’s advisor, please let Marian_Tobia@fa.org know.

Monday, Dec 3, 4-8pm and Tuesday, Dec 4, 8-3:30pm.

Please remember, there are NO REGULAR CLASSES for Middle School students on Tuesday, Dec. 4th.

Tues. Dec. 4th – HOPE Retreat

HOPE (Helping Others Through Peer Education) Retreat will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4th.  Allison Barth and Michael Quinland are advisors to this program. Students who have been identified by their peers to become a helper have been contacted.  

Friday, Dec. 14th – Send in Mitten Tree donations

Mitten Tree
Collecting hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens for the children we work with at the Centro Cultural Hispano in Oyster Bay. These boys and girls are in grades K-8. Donation due no later than Friday, December 14th.

Toy Drive
We will be asking for donations of new unwrapped toys for ages 0 to 14 and will be delivering them to the collection center in Oyster Bay the week before the winter break.  Any donations appreciated! Send into your child’s advisory.

Glen Cove Men’s Shelter
We are asking for contributions of socks, undershirts, and underpants along with a few other items.  Between the end of November and the spring break, each class will be assigned a period in which to collect the required goods.  8th grade will be collecting first. Please ask your child what they signed up to bring in and have them bring in the items as soon as possible to meet immediate needs at the shelter.

Also...
On a couple of occasions during the winter (Friday, January 25th and Friday, March 8th) there will also be the opportunity for students to volunteer to stay after school to cook an evening meal for the men, which is then delivered and served.  Parents may volunteer to serve with their child, so please let Ms. Collier if you would be interested.

Fri. Nov. 30th – ISE Sports Night for 6th Grade at LuHi; have you RSVP'd?

The 6th grade Sports Night sponsored by the ISE (Inter-School Exchange) will be held at Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School from 7-9 pm. Students will be asked to RSVP to Mrs. Schoman so that we know who will be attending and that we provide the appropriate number of chaperones for the evening. To view the flyer with more information, click here.

The Google Doc for student sign-ups will be mailed after Thanksgiving break.  Parents should RSVP directly to LuHi by this Wednesday, Nov. 28th, using the flyer linked above.

This week – Mid-Semester Grades and Comments to be released

The first set of grades and comments will be released the week of Nov. 19th. You will receive an email to let you know the grades and comments are live on MyBackPack. These are “unofficial” mid-semester grades that provide you with an idea of your child’s progress thus far. Final semester one grades come out at end of January. Please take the time to read the comments and discuss them with your child. The students will be meeting with their advisors to identify the “glow” and the “grow” statements in their comments and then develop several personal goals.

Bring Middle School Thanksgiving donations in by Tuesday, Nov. 13

All Middle School students have been assigned an item below to bring in to Advisory by Tuesday, Nov. 13th. Feel free to send additional items if you would like! Thank you for your contributions.

Suggested items:

  • Soup
  • Canned vegetables
  • Yams
  • Canned fruit
  • Box of mashed potatoes
  • Pancake mix
  • Bottle juice
  • Tuna or stew cans
  • Stuffing
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Sauce 
  • The pantry also accepts gift cards (no cash).
Tuesday, Nov. 13 – First Community Service Opportunity

The Middle School is launching the After School Community Service Program to support elementary school children who attend the Centro Cultural Hispano (CCH) after school homework help program at TR Elementary School in Oyster Bay. This is a service opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

This program will run on Tuesdays for 7 sessions: Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11 & 18, Jan 8,15 & 22.

Please respond to Marian_Tobia@fa.org and let her know the dates your child can commit to being a homework helper.

Students do not need to attend all 7 sessions. Please be sure you can make a commitment for the day(s) that you sign up for because the CCH will be expecting helpers on these days.

Students will travel in a Friends Academy van to and from Oyster Bay. They will leave at 3:30pm and return to campus by 5pm.  A Friends Academy teacher will be with the students to chaperone them at the elementary school. Parents will need to complete a permission form. Please click here to download the permission form. Please send in or email in the form to Marian_Tobia@fa.org.

Friday, Nov. 16 – ISE Chess Tournament

ISE Chess Tournament 2018-2019

  • Friday, November 16th, 2018 at Buckley
  • Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Portledge
  • Friday, May 10th, 2019 at Friends Academy

Tournaments available for Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

For more information, contact Carolyn Mott at cforde1969@aol.com or at 917-714-5015.

Click here for the registration form.

Mark your Calendar – 2018-19 Middle School ISE Events

Please view the 2018-19 ISE (InterSchool Exchange) events:

  • Friday, Nov. 16 – ISE Chess tournament @ Buckley
  • Friday, Nov. 30 – ISE 6th Grade Sports Night @ LuHi (6th grade only)
  • Friday, Jan. 11 – ISE Chess tournament @ Portledge
  • Friday, Feb. 8 – ISE Valentine Charity Dance @ Eastwoods 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Grades 6-8)
  • Monday, April 6 – ISE Meal Packing Service Project @ LuHi, 5 to 6:30 pm ***CORRECTION***
  • Friday, May 10 – ISE Chess tournament @ Friends
Monday, Nov. 5th – Mid-Semester Ends

Students make a switch to a new quarter course beginning Monday Nov 5th. Mid-semester grades are submitted Nov. 5th. Parents will receive access to the grades and comments on the parent portal prior to Thanksgiving break.

Tuesday, Nov. 6th and 7th – Tennis Anyone?

Before the sun sets earlier and earlier and the winter snow drifts in, let's take some time to enjoy the outdoors with some free play at our tennis courts.  If you enjoy playing tennis and have some free time after school, consider joining us at the courts on Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7 from 3:15- 4:00 p.m.  Bring your own racket and ball and meet up with a friend for some supervised after-school fun.

If you think you might join us either or both days, please let Middle School Principal Deb Schoman know via email Deborah_Schoman@fa.org.

See you on the courts!

Wednesday, Nov. 7-9 – 6th Grade Trip to Ashoken

The 6th grade will be leaving for their outdoor education trip to Ashokan on Wednesday, November 7th and will return on Friday, November 9th.

Drop off is regular time in front of the Middle School building. The buses are expected to return to campus by 3pm on Friday. You will receive an e-mail update from Deb Schoman when the students have arrived at Ashokan on Wednesday and another email with a more specific ETA as they are en route to campus on Friday.

Winter Athletic Eligibility Forms Due Now!

For those who are playing a winter sport but also played a fall sport:

1. Complete the Winter Interim Form online (this form MUST be submitted prior to every season).

For those who did not play a fall sport:

1. Ensure that a current physical exam is on record

2. Complete and digitally sign the Winter Interim Form

3. Digitally sign the Parent Consent Form

4. Read and attest to the Concussion Letter

These forms must be submitted by, but no later than Thursday, Nov. 8th for US teams and Thursday, Nov. 1st for MS sports.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Athletic Office at 516-393-4224.

Submit your forms as soon as possible to avoid missing practices or games!

Saturday, Nov. 3rd – MS VEX Robotics Tournament

Friends Academy is hosting the  MS VEX Robotics tournament on November 3rd from 8:30am- 2:30pm. FA will be having several teams compete and the Steering Committee will be organizing the concession stand.

Wednesday, Oct. 31st – Halloween

Middle School will begin the morning with a brief Halloween Assembly in the main gym where advisories will have their pictures taken and judges will select the most spirited advisory groups in grade 6, 7, and 8. Students may change into dress down attire if their costume is not comfortable to wear for the full day. Students may dress as superheroes but may not have any weapons as accessories. Also, we ask that students not select costumes that reflect military attire.

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.

Tues. Oct. 16 – MS Parent Council Meeting at 8:15am

All Middle School parents are invited to join us at our fall Middle School Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8:15 am in the Jackson House. 

Middle School Spirit Week Themes

 

Tuesday: Clash Day (Crazy hat and/or Crazy Hair and clothes)

Wednesday: Favorite T-Shirt Day

Thursday: Color Day        

     8th grade - Red/Orange

     7th grade- Blue/Purple

     6th grade- Green/Yellow

Friday: Red/Black Team Uniforms or PE Clothing

 

Supervision for Family Night - October 12th

All Middle School students must have a parent or other adult responsible to supervise them during the Family Night activities from 5:30-7:30pm.

Wed. Oct. 3rd – 8th Grade Costa Rica Trip – Parent Info Session & itinerary

If your 8th grade student has an interest in traveling to Costa Rica Apr 22-28, please plan to attend the information session on Wed. Oct 3rd at 5:30pm in the Middle School Collaborative Space. Deposits for this trip will be due on Oct. 10th.  Please CLICK HERE for the itinerary and cost information.  If you are unable to attend, please email Deborah_Schoman@fa.org.  

 

Thurs. Oct. 4th – 7th Grade Parent Connections

Join Deb Schoman and Melissa Scott on Thursday, October 4th from 8:15 to 9:15am in the first floor Middle School Collaborative Space.

Agenda:

  • 8:15-8:30- Meet and Greet in the Collaborative Space (MS First Floor) and enjoy a cup of coffee!
  • 8:30-9:00- The program: “#Seventh Grade-The Middle of the Middle”
  • 9:00-9:15- Q & A

Parking reminder: There are spaces in front of Frost Hall, Jackson House and any other open spaces on campus.

Wed. Oct. 10th – 6th grade Parent Orientation for Outdoor Ed Trip

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, Oct 10th from 8:15-9:00am in the Middle School Collaborative space. Dan Kriesberg will provide information about the upcoming trip to Ashokan.

7th Grade Outdoor Ed (Oct. 24-26) permissions slips due

7th Grade students received this permission form packet in school. If it was misplaced, please CLICK HERE to download. Packets are now due to Ms. Scott. 

2018-19 ISE events announced for Middle School students

On the glossy calendar, you will find several dates of ISE Events scheduled throughout the school year. The events range from Chess Tournaments to a Dance and Sports Night, and most of the events are scheduled for a Friday evening. The mutually agreed upon dates for the 2018/2019 ISE Events are as follows:

  • Friday, November 16th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – ISE Chess Tournament at Buckley
  • Friday, November 30th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – ISE 6th Grade Sports Night at LuHi (Please note this is a date change from 12/7 on the calendar)
  • Friday, January 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – ISE Chess Tournament at Portledge
  • Friday, February 8th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – ISE Valentine's Dance at East Woods (Please note this is a date change from 2/14 on the calendar)
  • Monday, April 15th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – ISE Meal Packing Service Project at LuHi (Please note this an addition to the calendar)
  • Friday, May 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – ISE Chess Tournament at Friend's Academy

Please also note that the dance at East Woods scheduled for January 25th has been combined with the Valentine's Dance also scheduled at East Woods for February 8th. Thus, the 7th Grade Dance Scheduled for January 25th has been canceled.

 

Wed. Sept. 26th at 8:15 am – 6th Grade Parent Connections

Wednesday. September 26th from 8:15am- 9:15am in the Collaborative Space

Agenda: Join Deb Schoman and Allison Barth to learn more about what to expect academically, socially and emotionally on your child’s middle school journey.  Time will be set aside for questions and answers. Stop by, have a cup of coffee, get to know the parents of your children!

 

Fri. Sept. 28th – 7th Grade Outdoor Education Orientation

On September 28th from 8:15am to 9am, join Melissa Scott, 7th grade team leader, to learn about the annual outdoor education trip to Greenkill Outdoor Center. We will meet in the Middle School Collaborative Space.  Date of trip: Oct 24-26th.

 

Sign up for 6th/7th/8th Afterschool programs

Don't forget to SIGN UP for our after school enrichment programs!! Spaces are filling up FAST!! Our Enrichment programs begin on Monday, Sept. 24th.  Click HERE to view dates/selections and to ENROLL! Chess & Adv. Robotics are CLOSED.

K-6th pick up is @ 4:20pm-LS Lobby

  • 3-6th Courses:  Adv. Robotics, Fashion Design & Sketching, Mixed Media Art, and Chess

Chelsea Bertani, AS Program Director
Rich Mack, AS Program Administrator

Looking ahead:
Beginning in September, students in grades 6 through 8 can register for VEX Robotics Team, a free program that runs Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. See e-mail from Program advisor Clare Nesfield. Beginning on Nov. 5th, the Middle School offers HW Helpers at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00 pm – an afterschool service option for grades 6-8. Students travel to TR Elem. to help younger students with their homework and play activities. 

 

Monday, Sept. 17: MS Vex Robotics Team starts for Grades 6-8

The VEX Robotics team starts tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17th. This is a competitive team, not an after-school club. Read more for details.

Middle School Clubs begin; click below for the full list

Clubs run from 11:30-11:55 a.m. Students can eat your lunch before or bring to the meeting. ALL are invited! This is a great way to get involved in your community!

  • Monday – Steering Committee, MS Collab Space; Advisor: Mrs Schoman
  • Tuesday – TASQUE (Teachers/Students for Quaker Education), Quaker Student Life Center; Advisors: Mrs. Collier and Mrs. Mulcahy
  • Thursday – Environmental, Mr. Kriesberg's science room; Advisor: Mr. Kriesberg
  • Friday – Diversity, Quaker Student Life Center; Advisor: Ms Edwards

* The Quaker Student Life Center is located in Frost Hall building. Enter from the Quad and head down to the stairs to the glass-enclosed space.

Thursday, Sept. 20: MS Photo Day

Students should wear attire that is appropriate for their school picture. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for photo day. NOTE: Blue blazers will be available for any student who would like to wear one for their photo.  No need to send one in!

Rain date is September 21st. Island Photography will e-mail a link to individual portraits to you and your child. Follow the instructions for ordering photo packages. At this time, please indicate which portrait should be printed in the Yearbook by marking a photo as your favorite. Retake day for all students is Monday, Oct. 15th.

Friday, Oct. 5th – First regular Dress Down Day

Our first dress down day (DDD) is on Friday, October 5th. Please refer to the DDD dress code in the Student & Parent Handbook.

Back to School Night is Thursday, Sept. 13th at 7:30pm in the Theater

Parents will follow a modified student schedule and have the opportunity to meet each teacher. Schedules will be distributed in the Dolan Center Atrium beginning at 7pm and there is a brief opening assembly in the Theater promptly at 7:30pm. The evening runs until 9:15pm. The course descriptions for all classes will be posted on the parent portal on Sept. 12th.

Complete Bus/Early Dismissal Form before first day of school

The Bus/Early Dismissal Online Form must be completed before the first day of school. If your child takes a bus, this will require you to contact your school district directly for important route information. This information is absolutely essential for the safety of your child. Also, for students in Grades 7 and 8, be sure to check with your district to see if they provide a late bus for after school sports and programs. Read more.

Register students for after school programs

6th grade
Our Enrichment program provides fun and exciting, weekly enrichment activities for our 6th grade students.  This program begins on Sept. 24th.  View dates and program selections, as well as registering your child in a program of interest.  Spaces are limited!

Looking ahead:
Beginning in September, students in grades 6 through 8 can register for VEX Robotics Team, a free program that runs Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Program advisor Clare Nesfield will be e-mailing more information after the first week of school. Beginning on Nov. 5th, the Middle School offers HW Helpers at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay every Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00 pm – an afterschool service option for grades 6-8. Students travel to TR Elem. to help younger students with their homework and play activities. 

US

Tuesday, Apr. 30th – Inside College Admissions for Juniors and their Parents

Friends Academy College Office Invites Juniors and Their Parents to:

Inside College Admissions Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dolan Center Theater from   9:00 am - 12 pm

Hosted by the College Office -  Edward Dugger, Jennifer Dice, Jacky DeBlasi, and Sharon Lapointe

Thursday, May 2nd – AP Studio Art Portfolio Exhibition

Join us for the AP Studio Art Portfolio Exhibition!

Featuring work by Paige, Mei, Maisie, Jocelyn, Annamaria and Sherry!

 

May 2nd, 2019 at 5:30pm

Dolan Center Gallery

Games of the Week! Spring Sports Day!

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Boys Track Monday, April 29th at 4:30pm
  2. Girls Track Tuesday, April 30th at 4:30pm
  3. Spring Varsity Sports Day and BBQ Friday, May 3rd – Varsity Baseball (4:15), JV Softball (4:30), Boys Varsity Tennis (4:30), Boys Varsity Lacrosse (4:30), Girls Varsity Lacrosse (4:30) and Girls JV Lacrosse (6pm)!

Come out for some food, some fun and some excitement and come support the Quakers!

Seniors! Order your Graduation DVD

Don't miss your chance to order a copy of the Graduation DVD for YOUR special day!

Click here for more info.

Tuesday, Apr. 16th – Galapagos 2020 Parent Info Session

Friends Academy is running a trip to the Galapagos Islands from Feb. 14-Feb. 22, 2020 for students in the Upper School. We will be holding a Parent Information Session at 6:00pm on this upcoming Tuesday, April 16 in the Quaker Student Life Center.  We will hand out registration forms at the meeting, and we will also be joined by a representative from the tour company (ACIS Educational Travel) to help answer any of your questions. Please click here to view more details and the information brochure.

Wednesday, Apr. 17th – Career Day assembly and breakouts for Upper School students

On Wednesday, April 17th from 9:45 to 11:45am, Upper School students will be treated to a Career Day presentation. Juniors and seniors will also attend breakout sessions, based on their interests.

Friday, Apr. 19th – Deadline Extended! Order Yearbooks and Add Custom Pages

Friday, April 19th is the last day to order your yearbook and take advantage of two free custom pages!  Custom pages are a great place to make sure all of your memories from the school year are preserved – and they're unique to YOUR copy of the book!  To order and add your pages, please click here. Orders placed after April 19th will be shipped directly to the buyer's home and will not be eligible for custom pages.

Upper School Students – Check out our Spring Into Summer Workshops!
  • Week 1: June 17th - June 21st, Budding Entrepreneurs Training (BET)
  • Week 2: June 24th - June 28th,  Shooting with Soul: Taking Photos that Inspire

Click here for workshop descriptions and to enroll!

Games of the Week! Varsity Baseball (4-2) on Tues.; Varsity Girls Lacrosse (7-0) on Wed.

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Tuesday, April 16th at 4:30pm Varsity Baseball (4-2) vs. Lawrence HS (at FA)
  2. Wednesday, April 17th at 4:15pm Varsity Girls Lacrosse (7-0) vs. Hicksville HS (at FA)

Join us on the FA fields and come out for some fun and excitement to support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Games of the Week! Varsity Baseball (1-1) on Mon.; Varsity Girls Lacrosse (4-0) on Wed.

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

  1. Monday, April 8th at 5pm Varsity Baseball (1-1) vs. Elmont
  2. Wednesday, April 10th at 4:30pm Varsity Girls Lacrosse (4-0) vs. Calhoun HS

Join us on the FA fields and come out for some fun and excitement to support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Games of the Week: Tuesday, Apr. 2nd and Wednesday, Apr. 3rd

Join us for this week's Games of the Week!

Tuesday April 2nd at 4:30 pm Girls Softball takes on West Hempstead

Wednesday April 3rd at 4:00 pm Boys Varsity Lacrosse take on  Locust Valley

...come out for some fun and excitement and support the Quakers!  Go FA!

Second Semester Midterm Academic/Advisor Reports and Comments

Reports go live in MyBackpack on Monday, email from Principal to follow.  These are grades and updates for the first half of the second semester only, representing the period from January 20 until March 15. Advisory reports are for grades 9-11, also available Monday.

Saturday, Apr. 13th – Junior Prom from 7 to 11 pm

Our Junior Prom festivities will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 7pm to 11pm in the Commons. For more information about tickets and guidelines, click here.

Monday, Mar. 18th – Boys Tennis Practice Begins

Boys tennis practice will start on Monday 3/18 from 11:30am to 1:30pm - please make sure that all forms are complete in Magnus.

Friday, Mar. 22nd – OriginalWorks 20!

All families are invited to join us for this celebration of original student theatrical work.  Starting at 8 pm!

Tuesday, Mar. 12/Mar. 14 (in-school) – Student Viewing and Conversations About the Film 'The Hate You Give'

Postponed due to the snow day this past week, this coming week on Tuesday, March 12th and Thursday, March 14th, students will view and discuss the film, The Hate You Give, based on the book by Angie Thomas as part of Black History Month through a program sponsored the Upper School Diversity Committee and the Quaker Practice and Community Engagement Team.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – Last YSOP Trip for sophomores departs at 2:30pm

Our last YSOP trip departs at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 14th. The YSOP Overnight Service Program is a 24-hour service immersion program that runs from 4:00 in the afternoon until late afternoon the following day. The program begins with a community meal where participants prepare and share in a meal with homeless guests. The following day, participants spend one day in groups of five or six with a Friends Academy chaperone volunteering at various sites around the city. The address of the YSOP is 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY.  The activities and overnight of YSOP are on the grounds of the Friends Seminary school in New York City at 15 Rutherford Place.

Friends Academy requires all its students to participate in the YSOP program, usually during the sophomore year. It is an important part of the service-learning curriculum and is a graduation requirement at Friends Academy.

YSOP staff members are on hand at all times to assist the group. More information about YSOP can be found at http://www.ysop.org/

Monday, Mar. 4 – Spring Sports Begin

Despite the imminent snowstorm, Upper school Spring Sports begin tomorrow, Monday, March 4th!

Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 7:30 pm – Grades 9 & 10 Academic Pathways Meeting for Parents

Our US Academic Pathways presentation for parents and students in Grades 9 through 11 is this Wednesday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Band Room, located in the basement of the Dolan Center. This meeting will follow a morning student meeting about course selection and offerings for the 2019-20 school year.  Details will be in a reminder e-mail beforehand. This presentation is optional prior to meetings with the Academic counselor and college advisors.

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 6:45 pm – Spring Crew Parent Meeting

For parents of students interested in rowing with Spring Crew, there will be a meeting on Thursday, March 7th from 6:45pm to 7:45pm at Sagamore Rowing, located at 69 Hamilton Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

Friday, Mar. 15 – Deadline for SAT & ACT Prep Courses for students in Grades 10-12

We are excited to provide Upper School Students (Grades 10-12) with the opportunity to enroll in SAT or ACT Prep Courses with leading college admissions expert, Dr. Jonathan Chiu. Dr. Chiu is a former Princeton Review ACT & SAT Content Director and has worked with many FA students throughout the years.Eligible families are encouraged to apply for our Diversity Grant to assist with the cost of the program. Click on the following link to enroll in this great opportunity! The deadline to apply is March 15th.

https://www.fa.org/program/upper-school/college-counseling/satact

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Upper School Parent Council Meeting

All Upper School parents are invited to join us for the Upper School Parent Council meeting on Wed. Feb. 27 at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Battle of the Classes

Join Upper School students for Battle of the Classes, Wednesday, February 27th at 4pm.  Grades 9 – 12 are welcome to participate.

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Spring Interim Forms Due for March 4th Practice

Spring sports will begin on Monday, March 4th, with the exception of Tennis, which begins on March 11th.

Please ensure that:

  1. Physical exam is up to date (within one year of March 1st).

  2. Parent Consent letter is signed (digitally, only necessary if you haven’t played a fall or winter sport).

  3. Concussion letter is signed (digitally, only necessary if you haven’t played a fall or winter sport).

  4. Interim Form (must be signed digitally every season – will be live on Feb. 13th).

If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Office at 516-393-4224.  All paperwork must be complete by Feb. 28th in order to practice on March 4th.

SAVE THE DATES: Tuesday, Feb. 5 (Girls) and Saturday, Feb. 9 (Boys) – Basketball Senior Nights

Join us in Celebrating our Senior Athletes!

Senior Night/Day for Basketball Teams:

  • Girls Varsity Basketball – Tues., February 5th at 6:15 pm vs. Oyster Bay
  • Boys Varsity Basketball – Sat. February 9th at noon vs. Clarke
Chinese Exchange Students Visit

Friends Academy welcomes our homestay group of seven Chinese students and their chaperone teacher Ms. Jun Shen, who are visiting from our partner school High School affiliated to Fudan University this week. Arriving the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 23, the students are staying with FA host families and will shadow FA students throughout the school day until Tuesday, Jan. 29th. As part of our Upper School Chinese Exchange Program, Chinese students visit every other year. During alternating years, our FA students who are studying Chinese, have the opportunity to travel to China as part of a homestay program there. Welcome to our visitors!

Register for Winter/Spring Driver's Education Program; classes begin Feb. 4th

Register now for our Winter/Spring Drivers' Education program.  Classes will run from Feb. 4-June 8, 2019.  Please click here to view details and register online.  You will need to click on the UPPER SCHOOL tab first and look for the Drivers Ed form at the bottom of the page.  

Wed. Jan. 16 – Grades 9 & 10 Future Planning Night

On Wed. Jan. 16th, the College Office will host the evening session of "Grades 9 & 10 Future Planning Night" at 6 p.m. in Choir Room located on the ground floor of the Dolan Center (a change from the printed calendar). The morning session was offered last week on Thurs. Jan. 10th at 8:15 am. Meet Grades 9 & 10 Academic Counselor Jacky DeBlasi as she discusses course planning, standardized testing and summer opportunities. This meeting is optional. Please e-mail or call Jacky at jacky_deblasi@fa.org or by phone appointment, 516-465-1779 with any questions. 

Wed. Jan. 16 – Join College Office at Meeting for Business for Juniors and their Parents

Meeting for Business for Juniors and their Parents
Wednesday, Jan. 16th from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Program begins in the Dolan Center Commons

Query: How do we as a community support our students in a process that encourages competition?

We invite Juniors and their parents to join the Friends Academy College Office and Quaker-in-Residence Jen Cort for this invaluable session, as we explore how the college process can aid parents to be supportive of their children, and students of each other.

Clerked by Quaker-in-Residence Jen Cort and sponsored the Friends Academy College Office. Please RSVP: Sharon_Lapointe@fa.org | 516-393-4214 (College Office)

Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8:15 am – Grade 10 Academic Counseling/PSAT Conversation

Join us at the Jackson House at 8:15am on January 10th for this optional conversation with Jackie DeBlasi, Grade 9 and 10 Academic Counselor.  She will cover questions about outside testing calendar, course selection, and the four-year journey at FA.  

Thursday, Jan. 10 to Friday, Jan. 11 – Grade 10 YSOP Trip

The second YSOP trip heads out January 10-11.  Please see email upcoming to grade ten students and parents.  This is the second of four trips, by advisory.

Friday, Jan. 11th – Dress Down Day

Don't forget our first Friday of the month Dress Down Day for January on Friday the 11th.

Thursday, Dec. 13 – Bring in a pair of warm socks for Community Groups

POTS is a Bronx-based organization with which Friends has worked for several years, regularly sending large numbers of sandwiches for distribution to the homeless and other vulnerable individuals.  This holiday season we are once again going to give them small gift packages containing a pair of warm adult socks and a treat in the form of a small bag of hard candy.  Students will work with their worship buddy on Thursday, December 13th to make a holiday card and wrap the gift on as part of our all-school meeting for worship in early December.  We are asking all Upper School students to bring in a a pair of warm socks that will combine with the hard candy/mints their Lower or Middle School buddy will contribute. 

Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Upper School Parent Conferences

Monday December 3 from 4-8 pm and Tuesday December 4 from 8-4pm.  Please sign up before Monday morning. An email from Ken Ambach will give you electronic sign-up instructions.

There is no school for Upper School students on December 4th due to Conference Day.

Thurs. Dec. 6th – Upper School Winter Concert and Art Show

Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 6th, first at 6:30 pm for the Art Reception (Art Gallery), and then at 7:30 pm for the Upper School Winter Concert (Theater) as Friends Academy kicks off the holiday season.

All parents welcome!

Before break – Upper School mid-semester grades and comments to be released

The first set of grades and comments will be released before Thanksgiving break. You will receive an email to let you know the grades and comments are live on MyBackPack. These are “unofficial” mid-semester grades that provide you with an idea of your child’s progress thus far. Final semester one grades come out at end of January. Please take the time to read the comments and discuss them with your child. 

The Winter Sports Season is Underway!

The winter season is underway!....check the FA website daily for a list of upcoming games and contests and sign up for Schedule Star notifications to receive up to the minute changes!

Tues-Thurs. Nov. 13-15: US Auditions for winter musical, "Working"

When: Tues. Nov. 13, Wed. Nov. 14 & Thurs. Nov. 15 from 3:30 - 5:30. Please come all three days. If that is not possible, please see Tracey Foster to make alternative arrangements. 

Where: Theater

Preparation: Please prepare 32 measures of a song from the show to sing. All other materials will be given to you at the audition. 

The Show: The show was written by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of "Wicked" and many other Broadway shows.  He took a book by Studs Terkel and invited several composers to translate the work into song, including Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and James Taylor. It is a very heavy dance show. The dance style is mainly contemporary street. There are speaking parts that do not sing solos and lots of great things for everyone to do.

But is it for me?  Whether or not you have ever been in a show....you are welcome! Come to auditions and get ready to have fun!!!

Still have questions? Please e-mail Director of Arts Tracey Foster at Tracey_Foster@fa.org.

Overnight Nov. 14-15 – 10th Grade YSOP Trip to NYC

The first of four trips overnight immersive service learning trips to to NYC leaves November 14, and returns Nov. 15. Students will be working in a shelter and doing food aid around the city.  Please contact: Grade 10 Dean, Rachel Hall at rachel_hall@fa.org.

Sunday, Nov. 18th-20th – Grade 11 Washington DC Trip

On Sunday, November 18th through November 20th, students will go down to DC to research and experience immersion based experiential learning thinking about the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” Permission forms are online and sent by email; students and parents should print and sign and bring in to advisors by Nov. 13.

Mon. Oct. 29th – World Languages & Culture Travel/Exchange Parent Info Session

Parents and Upper School students are invited to attend the Info Session for this year's global travel and exchange programs for French, Spanish and Chinese classes on Monday, Oct. 29th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

  • WLC TRAVEL AND HOMESTAY PROGRAM – Colegio El Monte, Málaga, Spain (March and April 2019)
    6:30 p.m. Señora Sara Pozzi's classroom on the second floor of the library
     
  • WLC TRAVEL PROGRAM – Food & Art in France (April 2019)
    6 p.m. or at 7:30 pm. in Frost 316
     
  • WLC EXCHANGE PROGRAM – FA – China: Homestay 20­­19
    Dates of Homestay: 1/23/19—1/29/1
    Looking for FA host families to host Chinese visiting student.
    For details & questions, please contact Mrs. Hui-Lin Lin (huilin_lin@fa.org)

For more information about each trip, please click here.

College Reps Visiting October 29th through November 2nd

Tuesday, October 30:
Oberlin College at 8:30 AM

That's it for this week!

Winter Athletic Eligibility Forms Due Now!

For those who are playing a winter sport but also played a fall sport:

1. Complete the Winter Interim Form online (this form MUST be submitted prior to every season).

For those who did not play a fall sport:

1. Ensure that a current physical exam is on record

2. Complete and digitally sign the Winter Interim Form

3. Digitally sign the Parent Consent Form

4. Read and attest to the Concussion Letter

These forms must be submitted by, but no later than Thursday, Nov. 8th for US teams and Thursday, Nov. 1st for MS sports.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Athletic Office at 516-393-4224.

Submit your forms as soon as possible to avoid missing practices or games!

Fall Upper School Production: "248 Miles" – Nov. 1-3

November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at 7:30pm in the Helen A. Dolan Center. For more information about the show, please click here.

First Quarter ends

November 2nd marks the end of the first quarter!  Grades and reports forthcoming. Look for an email that will go out before Thanksgiving with links and information and reports.

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

Tues. October 23 – College Night for 11th Grade Parents and Students

For Juniors and their parents, come join the College Office for an introduction to the College process.  7 PM on Tuesday, October 23rd, in the Dolan Center Theater – followed by a time for questions.

Wed. Oct. 17th – 12th Grade Parent Connections

Senior Parents, please join us on Wednesday, October 17th at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House for our 12th Grade Parent Connections.

College Representatives Visiting October 15th through October 19th

Monday, Oct. 15
University of Southern California at 8 AM
Muhlenberg College at 9:45 AM
George Washington University at 2:30 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 16:
Dartmouth College at 8 AM
Bentley University at 9 AM  (Emma Ingram, our rep, will stay and conduct interviews.  Sign up in the college office. First come, first served.)

Wednesday, Oct. 17:
Duke University at 8:45 AM
Johns Hopkins University at 9:45 AM
Texas Christian University at 11:15 AM
Drexel University at 2 PM

Thursday, Oct. 18:
Kenyon College at 8:20 AM
Richmond University at 8:20 AM
University of Connecticut at 1 PM

Friday, Oct. 19:
Boston College at 9AM

Upper School Spirit Week Themes

Tuesday: Advisory theme day 

Wednesday: Decades Day 
Freshman - outdoor ed 
Sophomores - 60s*
Juniors - 70s*
Seniors - 80s

* if you are taking the PSAT please wear comfy clothes during the test.  Students will be allowed to change into your decades clothing after the test. 

Thursday: Color Day 
Freshman - PURPLE 
Sophomores - YELLOW
Juniors- RED
Seniors - BLUE

Friday: Red and Black Day

P4TC!

This past Tuesday, our field hockey team played their “Play for the Cure” game in a 4-0 win against East Meadow.  Each field hockey team in Nassau County participates in a game throughout the month, to help support breast cancer research.  So proud of our girls!

Upper School Movie Night

Movie Night Information: 

Date: Friday, October 12th (after Fall Fair Family Night)

Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm 

Who's Invited: Every Upper School Student!

Where: Quad

Why should I come?: Popcorn, candy, hot chocolate, blankets, and FERRIS BUELLER! 

*Suggested Donation: $10*

Grade 11 Parent Connections Meeting

This meeting takes place on Tuesday, October 9th in Jackson House at 8:15am.  All are welcome.

College Reps Visiting October 8th-12th

Monday, October 8:
NO SCHOOL - COLUMBUS DAY

Tuesday, October 9:
No College Representatives scheduled to visit this day

Wednesday, October 10:
Colgate University - 8:30 am
Union College - 9:30

Thursday, October 11:
Northeastern University - 8:30 am

Friday, October 12:
No College Representatives scheduled to visit this day

PSAT for grades 10 and 11 - October 10th

PSAT tests for Grades 10 and 11 will take place on Oct. 10th from 8:10am-11:30am in school.  For more information, please see the email that was sent on September 26th for details.

Monday, Oct. 1st – 10th Grade Parent Connections

Join Principal Mark Schoeffel and other 10th grade parents for the grade-level Parent Connections program on Monday, Oct. 1st at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House.

Thurs. Oct. 4th at 6 pm – Girls Varsity Soccer "Under the Lights"

Don’t miss this week's "Under the lights" game:

Thursday, Oct. 4th

  • 6:00 pm - Girls Varsity Soccer v. Jericho HS

GO QUAKERS!

College Reps visiting from October 1st - 5th

Monday, October 1
NO COLLEGES SCHEDULED

Tuesday, October 2
College of the Holy Cross at 12 noon
University of Miami at 12:30 PM

Wednesday, October 3
Dickinson at 9:45 AM

Thursday, October 4
Connecticut College at 12 noon

Friday, October 5
Boston University at 8:20 AM
Villanova at 11 AM

Writing Center Opens! Make a student appointment

Located on the 3rd floor of the library, the Writing Center upholds our Quaker values of equity and integrity by offering upper school students free tutoring for anything writing related (though most students use it for History and English).

You can make an appointment here: www.fa.mywconline.com

The FA Writing Center is now in its fourth year, and each year so far more and more students have elected to benefit from its services. If you have any questions, you can ask any of the Writing Fellows who help staff the Writing Center during the school day. Their names are below:

Paige Lind

Margaux Blau

Grace Riviezzo

Jack McCooey

Emma Hickerson

Brian Wang

Parisa Vahid

Andrew Simeone

Trace Von Stade

Melina Kazanas

 

Cal Stellato

Denise Lee

Jack Davis

Daniel Selby

Kassandra Homayuni

Uma Alagappan

Andrew LeoGrande

Will Von Stade

Gail Saez-Hall

Despina Tsiamtsiouris

 

FA Athletics Under The Lights – Tues/Thurs!

Don’t miss next week’s soccer and field hockey games under the lights:

Tuesday, Sept. 25th

  • 5:15 pm - Girls Varsity Soccer v. West Hempstead HS
  • 7:15 pm - Boys Varsity Soccer v. Oyster Bay HS

Thursday, Sept. 27th

  • 6:00 pm - Varsity Field Hockey v. Oyster Bay HS

GO QUAKERS!

 

Tuesday, Sept. 25 – 9th Grade Parent Connection

Join Upper School principal Mark Schoeffel and other 9th Grade Parents at the 9th Grade Parent Connection on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 8:15 a.m. in the Jackson House to discuss Grade 9 Developmental Milestones and Mindset.

College Reps visiting from September 24th-28th

Monday, September 24:
University of California - San Diego at 8:30 AM
University of Pennsylvania at 10 AM
Providence College at 10:45 AM
American University at 12 noon
Hobart and William Smith Colleges at 2 PM

Tuesday, September 25:
New York University at 9 AM
Stonehill College at 1:45 PM

Wednesday, September 26:
Swarthmore College at 9:45 AM
Binghamtom University at 11:30 AM
Skidmore College at 1 PM
Emory University at 2 PM

Thursday, September 27:
Vanderbilt University at 12 noon
Franklin and Marshall University

Friday, September 28:
Tulane University at 10 AM
Gettysburg College at 12:15 PM

 

Monday & Thursday: Two more photo day sessions for US students

Since rain ended Upper School Photo Day early, we have opened up two additional days for those students who did not have their photo taken on Wed. Sept. 12.

  • Monday, Sept. 17
  • Thursday, Sept. 20

Island Photography will e-mail a link to individual portraits to you and your child. Follow the instructions for ordering photo packages. At this time, please indicate which portrait should be printed in the Yearbook by marking a photo as your favorite. Retake day for all students is Monday, Oct. 15th.

Thurs. Sept. 20 – US Back-To-School Night starts at 6:00 pm (CORRECTED)

US Principal Mark Schoeffel will be sending instructions Monday, Sept. 17 for this Thursday's Upper School Back-to-School Night to all US students and their parents. Please look out for the e-mail.

  • 6:00 pm – Parent Social (Dolan Center Atrium)
  • 6:45 pm – Back-To-School Night program begins (Theater) 
This week: College Reps visiting Sept. 17-21 (UPDATED)

All Meetings with Reps will begin in the College Office.

Monday, September 17:

  • Georgetown University – 9 am
  • Southern Methodist University – 10 am
  • University of Michigan – 11 am
  • Elon University – 1 pm

Tuesday, September 18:

  • Fordham University – 8:20 am
  • Brown University – 9:30 am
  • Columbia University – 2:30 pm

Thursday, September 20:

  • Bucknell University – 9:30 am
  • St. Andrews in Scotland – noon
  • Colorado College – 1:45 pm

Friday, September 21:

  • Loyola University of Maryland – 8:20 am
  • University of Chicago – 1 pm
Friday: 9th Grade Outdoor Ed permission slips due by 9/21

Please fill out and return (with notarized signature/stamp) all pertinent medical and permission forms by Friday, Sept. 21st.

Upper School Photo Day is Wednesday, Sept. 12th for Grades 9-12

Photo Day for all students in Grades 9-12 is Monday, Sept. 12th. A rain date is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 18th. Island Photography will e-mail a link to individual portraits to you and your child. Follow the instructions for ordering photo packages. At this time, please indicate which portrait should be printed in the Yearbook by marking a photo as your favorite. Retake day for all students is Monday, Oct. 15th.

Grade retreats – additional Dress Down Day for all US students, Friday, Sept. 14th

All Upper School students will be dressing down for grade-level retreats this Friday, Sept. 14th. Dress down guidelines are as follows: All clothing choices should be clean, comfortable, and appropriate. Grade level retreats are a chance to have classes connect, have fun, and establish clarity about goals and responsibilities.  Some of these take place off campus, including a senior overnight trip leaving Thursday at 2:30 pm, and others are mostly on campus. Class deans and advisors all participate.

10th Grade Retreat Permission form

On Friday, September 14th, students will view the "True Colors" exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art and participate in outdoor activities on the museum grounds. Please print out the Grade ten class retreat permission slip and have your child bring it in on the first day of school. 

New US Student Attendance system and procedure

Within the next few weeks Upper School students will be issued entry access cards with the capacity to unlock specific doors on campus during school hours. Using their cards, students will be able to enter buildings and check in (attendance) using the new system during their 8:05am morning meetings. Until cards are issued, we will continue to take attendance in our usual way as we roll out the new software and systems. 

We will be collecting student cell phone numbers for text notification purposes and also sending all parents a short form to choose their preferred mode of notification regarding student attendance.  If a student does not have a cell phone, the communication will be sent through email and not text.

If your child will be absent, late (after 8:15 am), or departing early email usattendance@fa.org.  If for some reason you cannot email, contact Maddie Clark at the US attendance hotline, 516-393-4296. Those who are dismissed early must check out at the Frost Hall front desk.

Read more.

Sign up for Fall Driver's Education program

Register now for the FALL Drivers' Education program.  Classes run from September 22 to Feb. 2, 2019. Students must be 16 or 17 years old and have a N.Y. State Learner's Permit before the first class.  

Please visit the Upper School tab of the Parent Info Hub to view details and register online.

Where do I go on the first day of school?

On Tuesday, Sept. 4th, all Upper School students should gather in the following locations with their grades:

  • 9th grade – Main Gym
  • 10th Grade – Choir Room (basement of Dolan Center)
  • 11th Grade – KW Learning Commons/1st floor
  • 12th Grade – Commons

Permission slips for grade-level retreats will be e-mailed this week.

Rehearsals for Fall Play this Wed/Thurs/Fri

Auditions for the Upper School fall play, 248 Miles, will take place next week on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 5th, 6th & 7th, from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Dolan Center Theater. Students should be on time and plan to attend all three days.

Students should choose one of these seven short monologues and prepare it for the first day of auditions.

Rehearsals for the show will begin the following week with performance dates of November 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Parent-Coaches Meeting for all MS/US athletes and their parents on 9/6/18

Join fall coaches at our annual Parent-Coaches Meeting to hear about their coaching philosophy, season schedule and expectations, and will give parents an opportunity to ask any questions. Former Friends Academy Athletic Director Marty Jacobson will also speak about FA's athletic history, including our entry and 26-year membership in Section 8. Thursday, Sept. 6th at 6:30 pm in the Dolan Center.