Friday, September 22, 2017 | Volume IV • Issue 4

All-School News

Message from the Head of School 

Click here for a special Peace message from Craig N. Sellers, Head of School.


Check Out Our Peace Day Video!

From Nursery-Grade 12, we celebrated peace in myriad ways this week. For a taste of the excitement, click here for our Peace Day 2017 Video


Breakfast with the Head of School for Parents New to FCS - 9/26 or 9/28

Parents new to FCS are invited to spend an hour with Head of School Craig N. Sellers to learn more about FCS and talk about their child(ren)'s start to the school year. Breakfasts are Tues, Sept. 26 at 8:15 am (City Ave. Main Rm 25) or Thurs, Sept. 28 at 8:30 am (Lower School cafeteria). RSVP to Kim Benjet by 9/22 at 610-645-4499 or


Green Week for the Friends' Central Fund and Phonathon this Sunday! 

September 24-October 6 marks the seventh year of our Annual Giving Green Week, when generous community members make gifts to the Friends' Central Fund electronically or in person, ensuring no paper solicitation will be mailed to them. All gifts made before October 6 are counted in our Green Club. Click here to see last year's Green Club List. 

Giving early in the school-year enables the dollars to go to work immediately for students and faculty. Click here to learn more about giving at FCS; click here to make a gift today. Please answer the call from our Phonathon Callers on Sunday!


Friends' Central at the Philadelphia Union!

Come with FCS to see the Philadelphia Union play the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 pm, then come support our Varsity boys' and girls' soccer teams as they play Shipley on Talen Energy Field on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 4 pm and 6 pm. We plan on having most, if not all, of the Middle and Upper Schools attend on Oct. 3 - pregame and halftime activities for MS and JV soccer teams to be included!


Tickets for the Union vs. Sounders game are $40 with a $3 fee. Transportation to and from the game will be available for those who are interested. We are in the process of planning an FCS tailgate before the game - a great One FCS opportunity! If you have any questions, please email Michelle Crowley. Let's make this a standing FCS tradition! Click here to register through 9/24. 


Screenagers coming to FCS - Oct 5. at 7 pm in Shallcross Hall

The Home & School Association invites all parents in the FCS community to a screening of Screenagers, a documentary film about impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. After the movie, join us for discussion groups led by FCS school counselors, Frederick Pratt and Jessica Corsaro. Register online here. (This screening is for parents only. Middle School students will be viewing the film during the school day.)


Parents for Diversity - Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came by for the Parents for Diversity Cookout last Sunday. It was a great day with lots of fun and tons of food! Thanks to everyone who contributed a dish and helped with set-up and clean-up. A special thank you to our tri-clerks Timika Lane, Alessandro Condiff, and Lisa Matthewson for all their work. Information on the next Parents for Diversity meeting will appear in JTF.


Volunteer Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the Volunteer Survey. Visit the Parent Update page on the FCS website for more information about events and for FCS resources. If you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Nuneviller, HSA Coordinator.  


KA joins hands at the Peace Pole in celebration of Peace Day 2017.

Lower School News

Message from Kelly Pierre

Thank you to all who attended Lower School Curriculum Night on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure sharing with you all the exciting things taking place in your child's classroom each day and highlighting the outstanding faculty in our Lower School. If you weren't able to attend, you can view my curriculum night notes here


Does Your Child Like to Play Soccer?

If so, sign them up for the after-school club sponsored by UK Elite Soccer Program at FCS this fall! Click here to register.

Lower School Afternoon Plans

Please share your afternoon plans with Pat DeSabato, particularly following LS After-School Clubs, which start next week. 


Lower Schoolers have "Given Big for Hurricane Relief!" 

These past two weeks, many students have given big for hurricane relief, donating from their piggy banks to help hurricane victims in the Houston area.

​The collection jars in the Library and Spanish rooms were filled with coins, bills, and a few notes! The LS Service committee has counted over $300 so far. Our final count will be on Monday, Sept. 25, so if your child wants to add a contribution, there is still time. Please contact Service Committee Clerks Janet Bowker or Sue Kirk with any questions.


Parent Gatherings

Every year, parent reps plan and organize a social for parents in each grade level.  Save the date for your class!  Invitations to follow.

N/PK/K - Friday, Oct. 6, 7-9 pm in the Light Lab.

Grade 1 - Saturday, Oct. 14 at the home of Ben and Elisha Snedeker

Grade 3 - Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Kiss home.

LS Parenting Mini-Workshop - Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:15 am

Save the date for our LS Parenting Mini-Workshop with LS counselor Jessica Corsaro and Skills2Soar.  The topic will be "Establishing Routines."

Mark your Calendar! It's Coming! Pumpkin Fair 2017

Sunday, Oct. 22, noon-4  


Haunted House - Grade 4 parents

Attention Grade 4 parents - time to Haunt the House! It is an FCS tradition for Grade 4 parents to construct the Pumpkin Fair Haunted House so the students to haunt it. Construction on the house will begin in October and we need lots of volunteers. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 2-5 pm to help construct the house. 


Winged Wonders - A beautiful event!

This past weekend, FCS students and visitors shared an educational adventure as they fed, tagged, then released Monarch Butterflies into the September sky to start the winged wonders' annual 3,000-mile journey to Mexico.


Friends' Central students experience an educational journey of their own every day. Great undertakings with intellectual underpinnings, like the launch of a kaleidoscope of Monarchs – are a feature in every Friends' Central School classroom. Thank you to all who attended, this beautiful event, and thank you for joining us in the FCS experience every day!


The Middle & Upper School chorus and orchestras performed a beautiful African song during the Peace Day assembly on Wednesday. 

Middle School News

Purchase Your Fall Sports Apparel!

Through a partnership with Wayne Sporting Goods, FCS students, parents, and alumni/ae are now able to purchase customizable spirit gear items with the name of their fall sport and the School seal on each item. The sport options for fall are Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, and Water Polo. There are a variety of clothing and accessory options to choose from. When you place an order, the items will be mailed directly to your home. Click here for the Online Store through Wayne Sporting Goods. Please note: purchasing deadline has been extended to 9/22.


Middle School Athletics - Game Day Logistics

Click here for an important message from Director of Athletics & Wellness Michelle Crowley regarding Game Day logistics for Middle School sports.


Grade 7 Parents - Echo Hill Kick-off Day - This coming Monday, Sept. 25

Echo Hill Kick-off Day will take place on Monday, Sept. 25, and the parent program will begin with coffee in MS Room 10 at 9:50 am. We welcome gr. 7 parents to stay for all morning activities, which will end at 12 noon. More details to come early next week. 


Grade 6 Visits the Renaissance Faire!

Grade 6 is making its annual pilgrimage to the Renaissance Faire in just a few weeks - Thursday, Oct. 5. Grade 6 parents - be on the lookout for a Chalk permission form in the coming days. 


Parent Gatherings - Save the Date!

Grade 6 - Friday, Oct. 13, 7-9 pm in the OPA room

Grade 7 - Friday, Oct. 6, 7-9 pm in the OPA room


Middle School Cast Members Working Hard in Shrek Jr.

Twenty-four Middle Schoolers are working hard to bring you their vibrant production of Shrek, Jr., which takes place on November 17 and 19 - be sure to save the dates!!


A favorite activity at the Peace Day Fair is taking a shot at the goal, with US faculty members as goalies!

Upper School News

Message from the Upper School Office

The weather was beautiful for our celebration of the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, with games, origami and plenty of baked goods available on Felsen Common. Earlier in the day we gathered to hear music from a variety of cultures presented by the Middle and Upper School chorus and string ensemble, a meaningful presentation from alum Matt Bernstein '08 about his experience working at the Christopher T Campbell Field in Khayelitsha Township, and to experience Meeting for Worship. We were lucky to be joined at Friday's assembly by the charismatic duo of Mariama Richards and Dwight Dunston with an interactive presentation about how we talk and think about social justice.


Next week is another busy week on campus. Students have settled well into their classes, and we are excited to welcome 11th & 12th grade parents on Tuesday night for Curriculum Night. There's a lot to experience, so the program begins promptly at 7 pm in Shallcross Hall; there will be some time to socialize over the course of the evening as we invite you to drop by the lobby of the FCC for refreshments and conversation during open times in your child's schedules. On Friday of next week, 9th graders will experience special programming on campus, and 12th graders are scheduled for the first of several College Process Work Days (these appear on the printed school calendar you received over the summer). Seniors are very busy in the fall with the college process, and these scheduled days away from school offer time to visit colleges, prepare for standardized testing, complete applications, and take care of other college-related tasks. Ninth graders, along with advisors and peer mentors, will participate in a series of team-building games and group-bonding activities as they continue the process of cohering as the Class of 2021. Lunch will be provided. Wish us good weather!


Many families are well aware of the Upper School's commitment to service, which includes five school days devoted to serving others in the Delaware Valley. This year, the fall days come somewhat earlier than usual (October 18-20), and we will kick off the service year on Tuesday afternoon with the annual Service Learning Fair. At that time, students will gather to hear a presentation about the service program, followed by a panel discussion led by students who have participated in our four core areas of service: education, health and human services, community and elder care, and environmental stewardship. This is always an inspiring afternoon as students share their experiences and begin to think about the work they would like to do this year.  


We hope many parents of Upper School students new to Friends' Central will be able to join Head of School Craig Sellers for breakfast on Tuesday at 8:30 am; and we look forward to seeing all 11th and 12th grade parents on Tuesday evening at 7 pm! 


Grs. 11 & 12 Curriculum Night
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm

Are you looking for voice or music lessons for your child?

If so, please contact either Carl Bradley, Director of our Middle & Upper School Music Lessons, or Zachary Zaitlin, our new Accompanist.  


School Portraits Available for Purchase by Oct. 17

We will send you an email shortly with a link to the online gallery, specific instructions for placing orders, and the coupon code you can enter for discounts. In the meantime, click here to visit the school portraits FAQs page and get answers to common questions.


Purchase Your Fall Sports Apparel!

Through a partnership with Wayne Sporting Goods, FCS students, parents, and alumni/ae are now able to purchase customizable items with the name of their fall sport and the School seal on each item. The sport options for fall are Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, and Water Polo. There are a variety of clothing and accessory options to choose from. When you place an order, the items will be mailed directly to your home. Click here for the online store through Wayne Sporting Goods. Please note: purchasing deadline has been extended to 9/22.


From the College Counseling Office
Sophomores and juniors interested in taking the optional Oct. 14 PSAT exam can click here to register. The cost is $30.00 to be paid at the time of registration. For families needing financial assistance, please contact the College Counseling OfficeThe late registration deadline for the PSAT is Friday, Oct. 6. Sophomores and juniors interested in taking the optional Oct. 14 PSAT can register here. The cost is $40.00 to be paid at the time of registration. For families needing financial assistance, please contact the College Counseling Office. Click here for a list of local upcoming college fairs.


Grade 9 Parent Gathering 

Save the Date! Friday, Oct. 20 7-9 pm in the OPA room



Grade 8 Trip to Washington, D.C.

Sept. 24-25


Grade 7 Trip to Echo Hill

Sept. 26-29

City Ave. New Parent Breakfast w/ Head of School

Sept. 26


Grade 11/12 Parents' Curriculum Night

Sept. 26


LS New Parent Breakfast w/ Head of School

Sept. 28


Senior College Process Work Day-No Gr. 12 Classes

Sept. 29


MS Adventure Day

Sept. 29


Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

Sept. 29


Critical Times for Critical Thinkers

As any parent will tell you, teenagers no longer speak on the phone, even with their friends. Instead, they communicate through their fingers with typed words. Text messages, tweets, blogs, posts, and comments may depend on digital technology and the worldwide web, but these vehicles would not operate without written language. Read more


Giving Back – FCS Alums Return to Coach at FCA
Friends' Central enjoys a proud legacy of excellence in the pool. From dominance in both girls' and boys' swimming – 14 consecutive championships for boys' swimming – to a vibrant yearlong aquatics program, swimmers of all ages flock to FCS to learn from outstanding coaches and have the best experience possible in the water. This year, five alumni/ae – Max Bernard '08, Ryan Cassidy '13, Olivia Gillison '10, Victoria Gillison '13, and Mary Stroman '08 – have returned to FCS to continue this legacy of excellence in swimming and to pass along what they learned as swimmers, and as students, at Friends' Central. Read more


The Promise of Diversity at Friends' Central
In the world of current events, the word global is everywhere. It implies a level of cooperation and interconnectedness that is belied by news of wars, political groups, and neighborhoods where people are so polarized in their approach to issues that they cannot find common ground. Ultimately, our ability to transcend difficult and complex issues hinges on whether or not young people will be defined by their differences. One way to reshape their understanding of difference is to give children the opportunity to collaborate, play, and grow with classmates from different backgrounds. Read more


Community News


FCS at This Weekend's Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts

Will you be at the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival this Sunday? If so, stop by the FCS table! The festival takes place from 11 am-5 pm on Germantown Avenue between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues.


Climate Science Talk with NOAA Scientist - Sept. 26
Dr. Kirsten Findell will talk climate science from 7-9 pm Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Haverford CREC. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The talk will address important questions like: How does the atmosphere (and CO2 in the atmosphere) regulate the temperature of the earth? What is the evidence that climate has changed? What can we expect for future climate trends? Dr. Findell is a scientist with the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory — a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration laboratory whose mission is to produce reliable assessments of natural climate variability and change. The event is jointly presented by the Haverford Township Parks and Rec Department and Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee. For more info contact Steve Clark at 


Town Hall Meeting Scheduled on Heroin Epidemic

The Haverford Alliance for Drug Awareness is hosting a town hall meeting on the heroin epidemic in Haverford Township and the surrounding area on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm at Haverford High School's Auditorium. Speakers include Robert Redd, Pennsylvania executive deputy attorney general, and Jack Whelan, Delaware County district attorney, as well as real world presentations by a doctor who specializes in addiction, a parent who has lost a child, and a former honor roll student who is in long-term recovery. There will also be a Q&A period and one-on-one conversation opportunities. For more information, click here or email


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