Friday, May 26, 2017 | Volume III • Issue 37

All-School News

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

School Closed on Monday, May 29.


Thank You Cards for FCS Faculty
A card thanking an FCS staff member is a great way for parents to show appreciation to teachers and coaches while also supporting the School. The donation size is up to you, and all gifts go to the Friends' Central Fund's Faculty Salaries and Retirement designation. Click here to make a gift online (please specify the number of Thank You cards you need in "additional notes," and we will have them ready for you to pick up). Cards can also be purchased in the Development Office (Main Building) or by contacting Kim Benjet by email or by phone at 610-645-4499.


Join Us for Coffee with Craig - Wednesday, May 31, 8-9 am, MS Room 10

Please join Head of School Craig N. Sellers for coffee and conversation next Wednesday, May 31 at 8 am in Middle School Room 10. One exciting item for discussion will be details regarding plans for the Shallcross renovation. Craig has also invited Bill Kennedy, 2017-2018 Interim Upper School Principal, and Dwight Dunston, next year's Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education, to join him to discuss their new FCS roles.


Retirement Celebration for Ginger Fifer, Don Denton, Bob Folwell, Peter Grove, and Joany Raina!

Wednesday, June 7, 3-4 pm, Lower Playground - Past and present students and parents, come celebrate the careers of our beloved long-serving Lower School teachers as they move into retirement. Join us at the Lower School for cookies, lemonade, smiles, and maybe some tears. Parents are welcome to park at dismissal and bring their kids to the Lower Playground to say goodbye and thank you.


The grade 2 play Anansi & The Moss Covered Rock was a hit. Click here for photos

Lower School News

Message from Kelly PIerre
Joy is the theme for Meeting for Worship this month. On Tuesday, Regina Ziffer shared from the facing bench with third and fourth graders (fifth graders were having a meeting for business, prepping for their camping trip). She encouraged the children to take ownership over finding joy in their life. Click here to read Kelly's full message about joy, Quakerism, and other Lower School news. 
Click here to find out more about what's happening in KB, this week's highlighted blog!


Grades 4 & 5 Parents - LS Faculty Appreciation Tea
Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday is the tea! Click here to sign up for the few remaining volunteer slots. Questions? Contact Julie Lederman.


Lost and Found
We have lots of treasures in our Lost and Found. Please come to the lobby to check for missing items during the last two weeks of school. All items left behind after the last day of school will be donated. Thank you!


Lettuce Feed You Highlights for the Upcoming Week

All meals are served with salad and fresh fruit.

  • Monday: Memorial Day (School Closed)
  • Tuesday: (Kids' Choice) Italian Baked Chicken and Sautéed Spinach w/ Garlic 
  • Wednesday: Empanadas w/ Red Beans & Rice
  • Thursday: (Back by Popular Demand) Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Sautéed Spring Peas
  • Friday: Pizza Day!

Fabulous performances at last Friday's Middle School Spring Concert. Click here for photos

Middle School News

Message from Alexa Quinn

Today we had our final lockdown drill of the year in Middle School. Our students and teachers were calm and prepared and followed procedures perfectly. We piloted a new piece of technology that allows us to "check in" students and teachers more easily, and we were very pleased with the results. As always, if you have any questions or concerns related to campus safety, please do not hesitate to contact me or Tom McDaniel, Director of Facilities and Campus Safety.


We are looking forward to the many special culminating activities in these final two weeks of school. In the meantime, have a safe and joyful holiday weekend.

Grade 8 Showcase

Friday, June 2, 7 pm (8th Graders arrive at 5 pm)

On June 2, 8th graders will share their myriad talents during this year's annual 8th Grade Showcase. Come see and hear the talents of the Class of 2021 at this unforgettable evening of community. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the evening and who has donated to the dessert reception, we are all ready to go!

Grade 8 Showcase Evening Schedule:

5 pm - Students due at school
5:30-6 pm Pizza in MS Lobby/breezeway for students
6-6:45 pm Students set up projects and sound check
6:30-7 pm Parents set up dessert reception
7-9 pm Showcase!

Make the memories last! Pre-order a DVD of the Showcase here.


Order a DVD of the MS Concert!

Click here for order form.


Current Grade 8 Families: Information about Eighth Grade Events

You should have received an email from Alexa with details on the upcoming culminating events for the eighth grade. If you missed it, you can read the letter and find all of the information here.


Phoenix Game Day: June 9

Phoenix Game Day, Middle School field day, is coming up on Thursday, June 9. Teachers and students will be participating in special events and activities all day. You may have heard your child speak of this as "Color Day," since the students are divided into red, blue, yellow, and green teams. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather and for athletic activities (including athletic clothes, sneakers, layers if it is chilly, sunscreen, hats, etc.).


Yearbooks Are Coming!

Students will receive their yearbooks on the afternoon of Phoenix Game Day. All students will receive a yearbook free of charge. We ask all students to write their names in their yearbooks since we do not have extra copies. We hope students will enjoy looking through and signing the yearbooks together! Many thanks to Becky Guenther and the Yearbook staff for their work to create this special memento of the year.


Rising Grade 7 & 8 Parents: Save the Dates!

Rising Seventh Grade Families: Please save the dates for the seventh grade's overnight trip to the Echo Hill Outdoor School from Sept. 26 through 29. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the September 29, so we will be arriving back to campus by 3 pm to allow for families observing the holiday to pick up their children and leave for services or family gatherings. You will receive more information on the trip itself in the coming months, but please let us know if you have any questions at this time.

Rising Eighth Grade Families: Please save the dates for the eighth grade's overnight trip to Washington, D.C. We will leave FCS early Sunday, Sept. 24 and return late on Monday, Sept. 25. Because this trip overlaps with a weekend, we wanted you to know the dates early for planning and scheduling. You will receive more information on the trip itself when school begins in September, but please let us know if you have any questions at this time.


Reminder to Parents of Middle School Artists
Come to see your child perform on stage~
Leave with their art creation…
Please take their art pieces home--displayed in the gallery.
With appreciation,
~ Caroline Maw-Deis


On Wednesday, grade 10 headed to Ocean City for the day. Click here for photos

Upper School News

Final Exam Schedule

Click here to view the Upper School Final Exam Schedule.


Upper School Arts Banquet
The Upper School Art department invites all students who have participated in the arts through a class or extracurricular activity to join us along with their families on Tuesday, May 30 at 6 pm. The evening is a potluck dinner and celebration of students' artistic achievements. Please click here to see the invitation for further details. We look forward to a great night!


Yearbook Purchase

Each year has its own special moments - and they're all in the yearbook. A personalized copy for each grade 12 student has already been ordered by the School and will be charged to the student's account. All other students who are interested in purchasing a yearbook, click here.


Spring Concert DVDs: Need a Memento? Purchase a DVD!


Upcoming Upper School Drama Performances:

The Real Inspector Hound and Dogg's Hamlet by Tom Stoppard
Grade 9 & 10 Play

Today - Friday, May 26 at 7 pm

Staged Reading of Magic Man by Kendra Allman '17
Thursday, June 1, 7 pm 

Staged Reading of To an Undiscovered Universe (and back)
Written and performed by Julian Shapiro-Barnum '17 and Noelle Mercer '17

Saturday June 3, 1 pm

Annual Fringe Festival of Performance Art Around the Oval

Thursday, June 1, 9:50-10:20 am


Upcoming College Information Sessions:

Several colleges, both independently and as a consortium, will be hosting information sessions over the coming weeks. For a partial list, click here


National Latin Exam Success
Congratulations to Tristan Szapary '20 who achieved a perfect score on the 2017 National Latin Exam. Only 813 students out of over 135,000 from 17 nations attained this distinction.


Cappie Recognition for Upper School Drama
At this year's Greater Philadelphia Cappie Awards, Infinite Black Suitcase garnered the most acting category nominations of any play (a distinction we have enjoyed for three years in a row!). At last weekend's gala, awards were presented to Evan Paszamant '18 and Joe Schoepp '17 for best supporting and best featured actor respectively. McKenna Blinman '19 and Evan performed a scene from the play for the crowd of 1500. Friends' Central was also nominated for best production of a play, also for the third year in a row!



May 26
7 pm Gr. 9 & 10 Play


May 26
Ramadan begins at sunset


May 29
Memorial Day (School Closed)


May 30
6 pm US Arts Awards Banquet


May 31
8 am Coffee with Craig


June 1
4 pm US Studio Recital


June 2
7 pm Gr. 8 Showcase


June 6
6 pm Senior Night

June 7
3 pm LS Teacher Retirement Celebration


June 8
MS Phoenix Game Day


June 9
Last Day of Classes
9 am Gr. 5 Meeting for Leaving

12:30 pm Gr. 8 Meeting for Leaving
7 pm Baccalaureate Meeting for Leaving


June 10 
10 am Commencement



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Back-to-Back FSL Titles for Varsity Girls' Track

The Friends' Central Varsity Girls' Track & Field team won its second straight FSL title, defeating George School, GFS, Westtown, and AFS on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 and 17 in front of their home crowd. Read the full article.

Varsity Girls' Lax Takes Home 3rd Consecutive FSL Title
For the third straight year, Friends' Central won the Friends Schools League Girls' Lacrosse Championship. On Tuesday, May 16, playing on their home field, FCS hosted League rival GFS in a rematch of a regular season Phoenix win. Congratulations to the Phoenix! Read the full article.

Thriving Farm-to-Table Program at Friends' Central's Lower School
Now more than ever, parents are conscious of words like "organic," "healthy," "sustainable," or "gluten-free" when it comes to their child's lunches. It can be difficult, not to mention costly, to provide healthy, farm-fresh, and also tasty lunches for children on a daily basis. At Friends' Central School, the guesswork has been taken out of school lunches, with an exciting new school lunch program that begins in the Lower School organic garden. Read the full article.


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