Friday, June 2, 2017 | Volume III • Issue 38

All-School News

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.


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.


Missed a performance? Want a DVD for the memories?

Please visit the Parent Updates page for the order form.


The Lower School Faculty Appreciation Tea on Tuesday was made possible by these fabulous people and the donations of food and time by grade 4 and 5 families. Thank you!

Lower School News

Message from Kelly Pierre

Below you will find some pertinent information as we approach the last day of this school year.

  • As stated in last week's Just the Facts, the Lower School Lost and Found is set up in the lobby through the last day of school. We have delivered any clothing with names to children but the majority remains: coats, boots, hats, gloves, shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, fleece jackets, and one pair of black snow pants! Please come to the lobby to check for missing items during this last week of school. All items left unclaimed will be donated the following week.
  • On Friday, June 9 we will have our annual Lower School picnic, planned and implemented by Chef Wadiya. The menu includes Green Meadow Farm turkey burgers, veggie burgers, organic beef hot dogs, orzo pasta salad, organic juice boxes, and house-made popsicles. This is for all Lower School children and their teachers. Please send in a lunch if your child would prefer something else to eat. Fingers crossed for good weather, as it's served on the porch, and we eat on the playground. Always a fun last-day-of-school event!
  • A note from Lower School librarian Regina Ziffer: Peace and conflict resolution will be the focus of our Quaker study next year. All classes will read one of our favorite books, Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. Feel free to enjoy it as a family this summer if you wish!  

Thank you for your support throughout the school year and for sharing your children with us. We all are enriched by their optimism, intelligence, curiosity, and creativity. May summertime be for all of us a time of relaxation, renewal, and safe, happy times with our families and friends.


Message for Fourth and Fifth Grade Families:

Thank you so much for all of your generous and delicious donations* to the Faculty Appreciation Tea on Tuesday and to the volunteers who helped at the event. This is a very busy time of year, and it was so nice for us all to have a chance to sit down, take a deep breath, and enjoy a wide array of treats and conversation with our colleagues. We were so touched by the gift of individual flowering plants, each thoughtfully tied with a tag! A huge thank you to Mignon Groch, Dee Kim, Sharlee Casnoff, and Julie Lederman for coordinating this beautiful feast. We are so grateful for your kindness.

With much appreciation for all that you do,

The Lower School Faculty and Staff


*If you contributed food, don't forget your serveware! It is washed and waiting by the fireplace in the main lobby.


Mighty Maker Camp - Aug. 14-26
Rising grades 1-5 students, join us this summer in the Light Lab for one or two weeks to create, learn, and have some summer fun! Click here for more information.


Lettuce Feed You Highlights for the Upcoming Week

All meals are served with salad and fresh fruit.

  • Monday:  (Grade 5 Choice) Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla w/ Fresh Corn & Bean Salad
  • Tuesday: (Grade 5 ChoiceBaked Potato Bar w/ Cheese, Broccoli, Sour Cream, and Chives
  • Wednesday: (Grade 5 Choice) Turkey Pot Pie
  • Thursday: (Grade 5 Choice) Baked Ziti and Roasted Broccoli w/ Lemon & Herbs
  • Friday: Last Day of School! Outdoor BBQ with Green Meadow Farm Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Organic Beef Hot Dogs, Orzo Pasta Salad, Organic Juice boxes, and House-made Popsicles!

All week: the salad served was grown in the LS garden and the Light Lab!


Last week, students in the Grade 8 Meeting for Worship Leadership team came up with a beautiful "bridge building" activity for their Middle School classmates!

Middle School News

Grade 8 Showcase - Tonight!

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

Tonight, 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 the order form.


Current Grade 8 Families: Information about Grade 8 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 8

Phoenix Game Day, Middle School field day, is coming up this Thursday, June 8. 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 Grade 7 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 Grade 8 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


Last Thursday, Varsity and senior athletes were celebrated at the Spring Athletic Awards Evening. Click here for photos

Upper School News

Important Commencement Information

For Commencement on June 10, students will be wearing caps & gowns. We ask that, in keeping with the honor of the occasion, graduates be mindful of the Friends testimony of simplicity in their choice of dress under their gowns.
Therefore, the graduating class may wear:

  • An appropriate dress, top and skirt, or dress pants and dress shirt
  • Where appropriate, a tie is suggested
  • Dress shoes are suggested; low or flat heels are recommended for safety reasons

Under their gowns, graduates may not wear:

  • Jeans or t-shirts of any kind
  • Clothing with pictures or wording
  • Flip-flops or house shoes (slippers)

The graduating class photo will be taken at 8:45 am on the morning of Commencement on the Commencement Terrace (adjacent to the Main Building). All seniors must plan to arrive by that time so that the formal photograph can be taken promptly. We suggest an 8:30 am arrival time at the Main Building. The ceremony will begin at 10 am and lasts about one hour. Immediately after Commencement, seniors, families, and friends are invited to an outdoor reception. There is no assigned seating. All family members are invited (no tickets needed to attend). In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony, class picture, and reception will take place in the Shimada Athletic Center gymnasium. There is ample seating for all who wish to attend. Additionally, our maintenance staff will provide transportation from the parking lot to the gymnasium for anyone who needs assistance.


Baccalaureate Meeting for Worship is on Friday, June 9 at 7 pm. While seniors are required to attend, we have enjoyed a very long tradition of students, parents, and faculty gathering together in the manner of Friends.



Final Exam Schedule

Click here to view the Upper School Final Exam Schedule.


Year-end Picnic hosted by Student Council - June 9
This year's picnic will include live music, tacos, pizza, cotton candy, frisbee, yearbooks, and more. Friday, June 9, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm


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.


Upcoming Upper School Drama Performances:

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, Shallcross. Intended for mature audiences.


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


USA 16U Basketball Trial Achievements

Congratulations to Nia Jordan '19, who made it through the second cut to the final 64 girls at the USA Basketball National team trials in Colorado Springs last week. The trials started with 133 girls from around the country. She didn't make the team but had a great showing and represented Friends Central well. She is ranked as one of the top 33 Sophomores in the country by the USA staff.



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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Chestnut Street Singers perform:

Mother Tongue - Kodály's Hungary
Hungarian folk melodies and complementary pieces from the American folk tradition

Sat., June 3 at 8 pm
University Lutheran Church
3637 Chestnut Street

Sunday, June 4 at 3 pm

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut Street


Pay what you wish - cash, credit card, and check accepted. No advance ticket sales. Open seating. All ages welcome.



Celebrating Academic Achievements
On May 17, Friends' Central held its annual Upper School Academic Awards Ceremony, recognizing students for their outstanding efforts in academics, arts, athletics, service, and citizenship. Highlighting the ceremony was the induction of 19 members of the Class of 2017 into the Cum Laude Society. Read the full article.


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.


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