Friday, October 20, 2017 | Volume IV • Issue 8

All-School News

Pumpkin Fair this Sunday!

Get your Pumpkins!!! Our fun-filled annual Pumpkin Fair is this Sunday, Noon-4 pm at the Lower School. Come see our jazz band, grab a large bakery item, get your face painted, and buy a pumpkin!


Ordering Your Child's School Portraits - Photo Retake Day this Monday

Click here for instructions on ordering your child(ren)'s School Portraits. Photo Retake Day takes place this coming Monday, Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please follow the instructions in the email or contact Mark directly by email.

 

Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences - Sign-ups Close this Monday, 10/23

Parent-Teacher Conference Day takes place Friday, Nov. 3. Please sign up for your conference by logging into the Veracross parent portal and clicking on "parent-teacher conference registration." Online registration closes this Monday.

 

Ulmer Family Light Lab Wins Historic Preservation Award
Last night, Lower School Principal Kelly Pierre attended the ceremony and received a Lower Merion Township Historic Preservation Award on behalf of the School. The Ulmer Family Light Lab was selected for recognition as "a great example of the historic preservation standards that the Township's Historical Architectural Review Board and Historical Commission work to uphold." 

New FCS Website Launches Next Week!
Stand by for details on our exciting new website launch next week!

 

Don't Miss the Upper School production of Our Town Next Week, Oct. 26-28!

"No curtain. No scenery." A minimalist theatrical style sets apart the 1938 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Wilder's greatest and best-known work as a playwright, Our Town opens with the Stage Manager's introduction to Grover's Corners. The Stage Manager assumes control over the onstage action through such unconventional, metatheatrical devices as prompting actors and cueing scene changes. Once the actors have been set in motion by the Stage Manager, the allegorical world of Grover's Corners unfolds. The audience is introduced to the Gibbs and Webb families who symbolize "ordinary people who make the human race seem worth preserving and represent the universality of human existence" (Thornton Wilder website).

Please join us as we present this American classic to FCS audiences, Thursday, Oct. 26 (preview), Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm. Check out a trailer for the play, created by Miles Meline '18, here

 

FCS at the Philadelphia Craft Show on 11/9!
Join FCS parents and alumni/ae at the PMA Craft Show for a special event featuring artist and FCS Alum Liz Wells Oppenheim '98. Find out more by downloading our flyer. The show also features artists from across the country and around the globe, including a special exhibit by guest artists from South Korea. Space still available! Click here to register and pay. Click here for a list of featured artists.

 

Save the Date: Asian American Affinity Group Family Dinner - Sunday, Nov. 12, 6-8 pm
If you or your family members are Asian American by heritage, marriage, or adoption, or if you are simply interested in learning more about being Asian American, please come and join us as we hold a casual family dinner at a local restaurant. An invitation with the details of the evening coming soon. Hosted by Catherine Chiang and Kavitha Goyal.

 

FREE Eye Checks & Glasses - Give Kids Sight Day - Saturday, Oct. 21 for children 17 & under

Please spread the word! This free event takes place from 8:30 am–1 pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall. The event is open to all children from Philadelphia and surrounding counties and is geared towards kids who did not have or did not pass an eye screening this year. No health insurance? No problem! All children are welcome. Walk-ins only; no appointment needed! We suggest families arrive early.

 
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Join us for Pumpkin Fair 2017 this Sunday!

Lower School News

Pumpkin Fair 2017 Is Almost Here!
This Sunday, Oct. 22, Noon-4 pm!

 

Pumpkin Fair Bake Sale - Don't forget to bring a baked good to contribute to our bake sale!

Donate your home-baked or store bought goods. We accept whole items as well as individually wrapped ones. Drop off your items at any time during Pumpkin Fair - donations are accepted throughout the event. We love allergy-friendly

items and ingredient lists.

 

The FCS School Store will be located inside the gym during Pumpkin Fair. Be sure to check out the great new selection of clothing and FCS gear!


Still haven't signed up to volunteer at Pumpkin Fair? Click here for the sign-up sheet.

 

Ulmer Family Light Lab Wins Historic Preservation Award
Last night, Lower School Principal Kelly Pierre attended the ceremony and received a Lower Merion Township Historic Preservation Award on behalf of the School. The Ulmer Family Light Lab was selected for recognition as "a great example of the historic preservation standards that the Township's Historical Architectural Review Board and Historical Commission work to uphold."

 

Ordering Your Child's School Portraits - Retake Day This Monday

Click here for info on ordering your child's school portraits. Photo Retake Day is this coming Monday, Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please follow the instructions in the email or contact Mark directly by email.

 

Phoenix Press First Issue of the 2017-2018 Year is Out!
Click here to read this year's first issue of Phoenix Press, the Lower School newspaper produced by grade 4 students. Great job by all!

 

LS Halloween Parade is Coming! Some reminders ... 

The Lower School Halloween Parade takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The parade begins promptly at 9 am on the car loop (in front of the LS gym and Light Lab) and will finish by 9:30 am. Students should arrive to school in costume. 

 

Coffee with the Principal - Thursday, Oct. 26, 8:15 am, LS Caf

Join us for Coffee with Lower School Principal Kelly Pierre. Come hear about all the exciting things happening in the Lower School!

 

Free Head Lice Checks!
The Center for Lice Control has opened a new Lice Salon in Havertown and is inviting the local community to its grand opening, where you can sign up your children for free combing head checks. Click here for more info and to register.


Parent Gatherings

Join us for our annual grade level gathering!

Grade 4 - Saturday, Nov. 18 at The Pig Iron

Grade 5 - Friday, Nov. 3 hosted by the Esposito's

 

LETTUCE FEED YOU 

Menu for October 23-27

 

Monday - Tomato bisque, grilled cheese sandwich, & salad

Tuesday - Beef tacos & fresh cut raw veggies

Wednesday - Chicken Broccoli Alfredo & salad

Thursday - Turkey meatloaf & smashed Yukon Gold potatoes

Friday - Pizza Day!

 

 
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French exchange from Lyon visited grade 8 French classes this week.

Middle School News

Message from Alexa Quinn

We had a great crowd at this week's principal's coffee; thank you to those of you who were able to join me on Tuesday morning. For those of you who were not able to attend, below are some of the highlights.

 

  • Monday through Wednesday, we had a film crew on campus making a new video about the Middle School, including filming me a bit during the principal's coffee!
  • I reviewed the special days, trips, and events that have already taken place in the Middle School so far this year.
  • I thanked those present – and am now thanking all of you – for spreading the word about FCS. Last week we had more than 250 people visit our two campuses for our fall Open House!
  • The Shallcross project is on schedule, and students have adjusted quickly to walking around Shallcross and using the "Rexateria" (the Rex cafeteria) for breakfast and lunch. We are so grateful to our superb dining staff for their efforts.
  • The new card access system is working very well in the Middle School. Because students do not have cards, the system is programmed to unlock at the times of high traffic flow (e.g. recess). We have found that visitors are acclimating to using the doorbell for access to the building without any issues.
  • Keino Terrell talked about our showing of Screenagers for Middle School students and the two related conversations we have had in advisory regarding our use of technology. The insights gathered in these discussions will be used as we plan the digital citizenship lessons we do over the course of the year.
  • Students will be using digital portfolios this year that are built with Google sites. These portfolios give students the opportunity to curate their work and reflect on their own learning process.
  • Conference Day is coming up on Nov. 3. Please sign up for a time slot with your child's advisor. The mid-semester reports will be sent home several days earlier, so you will have that info before the conference.
  • Michelle Crowley discussed her role as Director of Athletics & Wellness & gave a friendly reminder about Parent/Child Game Day on Nov. 2.
  • Mariama Richards, Assistant Head of School for Academic Program, discussed the reaccreditation process we recently went through as part of our membership in the PA Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
  • Dwight Dunston spoke about his new role as the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education, specifically the ways that he is connecting to Middle School students, faculty, curriculum, and programming.


Ordering Your Child's School Portraits - Retake Day This Monday

Click here for info on ordering your child's school portraits. Photo Retake Day is this coming Monday, Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please follow the instructions in the email or contact Mark directly by email.

 

Parent-Teacher Conference Day Sign-Ups

As many of you know, Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Friday, November 3. Please sign up for your conference using a link that will be emailed to you early next week. If you lose track of that email, simply log into the Veracross parent portal and you will see a button to sign up.


Mid-Semester Reports

Mid-semester reports will be sent on Wednesday, Nov. 1, so you will have this information prior to Conference Day. Advisors will also send a very brief questionnaire prior to conferences so that you can tell your child's advisor what you'd like to focus on during the conference.

 

MS Parent-Child Game Day - Join your Middle Schooler on Nov. 2!

Middle School parents - join your Middle School child for Parent-Child Game Day on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 2-3 pm. We had a very successful event last year and look forward to another successful (and fun!) day this year. Please fill out this form and send it to the appropriate coach by way of your child by Oct. 30.

 

Middle School History Bee Club
On Monday, an announcement was made in assembly inviting students to join the Middle School History Bee Club. The first meeting will be this Wednesday, Oct. 25 during lunch (in MS Room 17). Any questions, contact Jebb Chagan. Click here for a short video about the National History Bee.

Grade 8 Parent Gathering - Nov. 11

The Grade 8 Parent Gathering takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-8:30 pm in the OPA Room. RSVP to Val Riesenfeld at mushman@comcast.net, and please include 2-3 interesting facts about you or your family. If you are able to attend, please click here for the SignUp Genius, and tell us what you'd like to bring. 

 
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Students in grades 9-11 participated in service projects at over 40 organizations in the Philadelphia area this week.

Upper School News

Message from the Upper School Office

Our commitment to experiential education was on display this week; most students were involved in our off-campus service learning program, and 12th graders began to plan their Senior Projects. Over 300 students and teachers fanned out around the Delaware Valley for three days of work about 40 agencies, enjoying the best sustained "Service Days" weather any of us can remember. We're grateful to Service Coordinator Debbie Skapik for organizing and delivering this amazing program. Thanks, too, to the students and teachers whose energy and good humor made it such a success. Twelfth graders spent Wednesday productively engaged in early planning for the capstone projects that will conclude their FCS experience in the spring, hearing about the nuts and bolts of the program from director Phyllis Hanson, and rotating through a series of useful workshops on networking, resume writing, and interview strategies and etiquette offered by generous FCS alums. It was great to have Jeff Brody '98, Lauren Collier '99, Josh Wasserman '02, and Olivia Gillison '10 back on campus. Many thanks to 12th grade dean Jeanette Kelleher and student affairs coordinator (and yearbook advisor) Heather Tomes for joining Phyllis in organizing the day.

 

Parents of 9th-11th graders should have received information about signing up for conferences on Nov. 3; advisors are looking forward to meeting with you. Students are welcome to participate in all or part of the conferences, if you and they would like. Grade 12 parents are welcome to make appointments with their child's advisor or college counselor. School counselor Frederick Pratt and learning specialist Rachel Slaughter will be available by appointment as well.  

 

We are delighted to welcome Katy Lin Oh, ESL specialist, who will support our international students. A graduate of the University of Michigan holding an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Eastern Michigan University, Katy has taught in Singapore, as well as the United States and is excited to begin her work at Friends' Central.

 

Continuing to look ahead into next week, "picture retake" day for Upper School students will be Monday, Oct. 23.  Also, we hope you saw this week's email about an important upcoming Upper School Wellness event for parents with Mike Blanche on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 pm. Click here for info. And finally, we hope you will join us on Thursday (preview), Friday, or Saturday, Oct. 26-28 for the Upper School production of Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town.

 

Though service days diminished the regular weekday traffic through the Main Building, many have made a special trip to see the beautiful, colorful rangoli made by members of our community to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Happy Diwali, and thank you for this gift of light to our community!

 

Upper School Parent Wellness Evening - Tuesday, Oct. 24

We hope you will join us for our Upper School Parent Wellness evening with Michael Blanche, clinical social worker, this coming Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 pm in MS Room 10. Read more about Michael Blanche here

 

Ordering Your Child's School Portraits - Retake Day This Monday

Click here for info on ordering your child's school portraits. Photo Retake Day is this coming Monday, Oct. 23. If you have any questions, please follow the instructions in the email or contact Mark directly by email.

 

Don't Miss US Play Our Town Next Week, Oct. 26-28!

"No curtain. No scenery." A minimalist theatrical style sets apart the 1938 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Please join us as we present this American classic to FCS audiences, Thursday, Oct. 26 (preview), Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm. Check out a trailer for the play, created by Miles Meline '18, here.

 

US Yearbook 2018
Buy now to get your lowest price of the year! To order yearbooks at a discounted price, please click here. The low price will only be available until Oct. 27. After that date, the price of the yearbook will go up to $65. No need to sign in, click on yearbook, then add to cart, and it will automatically bring you to the page where you designate recipient name, etc. The yearbook will be delivered to Friends' Central's campus.

 

Prom Committee Introduces "A Boo for Boo"
New this year, to get into the Halloween Spirit, members of "the scary" Prom Committee will be running around campus giving unsuspecting students and faculty A Boo and A Boo Bag filled with candy on Friday, Oct. 27 and Monday Oct. 30 during classes, breaks, community block, and lunches!

 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to give your child and their class a Boo!

Prices: 1 Boo for $3 and 2 Boos for $5. Choose which "spooky" character you want to order, depending on which block the Boo is for. When you order a Boo, your child will be given a Boo in their class or at their location along with a bag of candy. A Boo for Boo goes on sale this Monday, Oct. 23! To order, email Evan Paszamant, Taylor Williams, or Heather Tomes with the following info: 

  • Child's name 
  • Which block (class) the Boo will happen in
  • Who teaches that block/class
  • Who the Boo is from

 

US Blood Drive - Nov. 10
The Upper School Red Cross blood drive is coming up – Friday, Nov 10, from 9 am-2 pm in Linton Gym! Click here to pre-register!

 

Distinguished Visiting Scientist and Science Core Team

Our Science Core Team has begun preparing for our 2017 Distinguished Visiting Scientist Doug Emlen, Evolutionary Biologist and Biology Professor at the University of Montana. Science Core Team meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays all year in preparation of Emlen's talk, "Animal Weapons," which will take place on April 11. Check out the Science Core Team's blog for more info.

 

Multicultural Conference & College Fair, Tomorrow, Oct. 21

Students and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds from over 100 independent schools, charter schools, and community based and access organizations are invited to participate in a day-long conference focused on serving the unique needs of underrepresented students in the college search process, taking place at Westtown on Oct. 21.

 

Featuring a keynote address, panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from "Paying for College" to "Choosing an Historically Black College or University" to "Diversity and Inclusion: Hot Topics on College Campuses," and ending with a college fair, this event encourages students to explore their questions and hear first hand from current admissions officers. Whether you are starting the college search process in gr. 10 or are a senior preparing to submit your apps very soon, this program can be a great resource. Registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. Click here to learn more and to register.

 

Grade 9 Parent Gathering - Tonight!

October 20, 7-9 pm in the OPA room. Walk-ins welcome!

SAVE THE DATE

 

LS Pumpkin Fair

Oct. 22 • 12-4 pm

 

US/MS Photo Retake Day

Oct. 23

 

LS Parent Coffee with Principal

Oct. 26 • 8:15 am

 

US Play - Our Town

Oct. 27 & 28 • 7 pm

 

LS Halloween Parade

Oct. 31 • 9 am

 

MS Parent Wellness Evening
Nov. 1 • 7 pm

 

MS Parent-Child Game Day
Nov. 2 • 2 pm

All-School Parent-Teacher Conference Day
Nov. 3 (No Classes)

US Music Fest
Nov. 4 • 7 pm

Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov. 5

Gr. 7 Parent Echo Hill Dinner
Nov. 7 • 7 pm

Gr. 11 Parent/Student College "Nuts and Bolts"
Nov. 8 • 7 pm

 

Blood Drive

Nov. 10 • 9 am-2 pm

 

Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Evening
Nov. 10 • 7 pm

FCS Diversity Conference
Nov. 11

Grade 5 to 6 Parent Dinner
Nov. 14 • 7 pm

MS Play Shrek Jr.
Nov. 17 • 7 pm & Nov. 19 • 2 pm

News

Leading the Maker Movement – Friends' Central Students Shine at World Maker Faire

Friends' Central continues to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge Maker Education. At the World Maker Faire in NY last month, FCS voices and projects were felt in multiple arenas. Lower & Middle School students and faculty gave a riveting demonstration of their State Fair project and their If the World Were a Village projects, and two Upper School students presented their show-stopping project – the RFiClimb, a wireless rock climbing wall with a scoring system that used RFiD and Bluetooth to show the climber's progress – winning Best in Class and multiple Editors' Awards. Read more.

 

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

 

Community News

 

Why Kids Do What They Do, presented by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30-9:00 pm, Benchmark School (2107 N. Providence Rd, Media)
The way kids feel and behave always makes sense once we understand what they're thinking. Strategies from cognitive behavior therapy can help identify and modify kids' dysfunctional thinking, which leads to better emotional and behavioral responses—and ultimately to emotionally healthier and more resilient kids. Join internationally renowned cognitive therapist Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., for this free event. Open to parents, educators, and the public. Find out more.


Mindfulness Is For You: Tools For Self-Care and Stress Management
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 pm, Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr)
This speaker series workshop, led by Marc Balcer, will explore the science of stress, performance, and mindfulness in an interactive, experiential format. Come hear Marc inform on the science and practice of meditation to reduce stress. Find out more and register here.

 

Just the FaCtS is published each Friday by the Friends' Central Communications Office.
If you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to email us at jtf@friendscentral.org.

 
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