Friday, November 3, 2017 | Volume IV • Issue 10

All-School News

Time is Running Out to Add Your Voice! 
If you have already completed the long range planning survey, thank you! If not, please take the time to add your voice to Friends' Central's planning process. The survey takes about 15 minutes and asks for your feedback about a number of areas within the School. It also asks that you share your views on the School's future priorities. Click here to complete the survey. The survey closes Sunday evening, and we hope to hear from you!

 

A few people have told us that they have been unable to complete the survey after starting and attempting to resume their work via the survey link. To correct this problem, the survey settings have been updated so that you can access it from the link even if you have clicked through previously. Please note that if you want to save your work and come back later, you will need to use the "save and continue" button at the top of the page. If you are having any kind of technical difficulty, please contact Morgan Tuff at TDC at mtuff@tdcorp.org.


FCS Blood Drive - Nov. 10
The FCS 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!

 

MANNA Pie Sales are in our midst - and YOU should be a part of it!
The student-run Upper School Service Committee is working with MANNA, a Philadelphia non-profit that nourishes seriously ill patients and their families, to sell pies; each of the pies sold generates enough money to support a family in need. Flavors available include: Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato, and the famous Sky Pie. Time is running out to buy your MANNA pie. To help us with this initiative, you can buy a pie by clicking here. Online orders are due Nov. 16! If you have any questions, please contact Annie Roberts '18 or Ben Miller '20. Thank you so much for all your support!

 

Parents for Diversity Meeting - November 13 

As the tri-clerks for the Parents for Diversity committee, we are excited to invite our fellow FCS parents, caregivers, and host families to the first quarterly meeting of Parents for Diversity.  
Who should join us (and when and where): All members of the FCS community who value diversity and equity! Our community is diverse in myriad ways, and FCS's commitment to equity encompasses all of them. If you're thinking "well, I'm not sure whether my family adds to FCS's diversity, but these issues sure are important to me," you are welcome, too. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7-8:30 pm, in Room 10 of the Middle School Building. We look forward to seeing you there!  
-Lisa Matthewson (Evan '20), Timika Lane (Tori '19), Allessandro Condiff (Noah '19)

 

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 Pho Street in Bryn Mawr. Hosted by Catherine Chiang and Kavitha Goyal. Click here for the Evite.

 

Save the Date - A Night Out in the Classroom - November 20

Don't miss this unique opportunity to get a taste of the educational experience your children receive every day. A Night Out takes place on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 pm and will feature a short keynote talk by Mariama Richards, Assistant Head of School for Academic Program; a 45-minute class, generously offered by our outstanding faculty; refreshments; and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Check your email next week to register!

 

Don't Forget to Order Your Child's School Portraits! 

Click here for instructions on ordering your child(ren)'s School Portraits. The deadline for portrait orders is December 1. If you have any questions, please follow the instructions in the email or contact Mark directly by email.

 
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6th graders led a discussion connecting their summer reading of the book Wonder to KB's month Devotions focus on kindness. 6th graders created several lessons around the picture book We're All Wonders, which they read to the class. Each 6th grader then brainstormed with a few kindergartners what it would be like to walk in the main character Auggie's shoes. After a few queries around the book and kindness, the 6th grade presented a Kindness Jar to be filled with pom poms representing kind deeds we do.

Lower School News

Photos Galore! Pumpkin Fair and Halloween Parade Pics on Flickr

Be sure to visit our Flickr Gallery for photos from this year's Pumpkin Fair and our Halloween Parade!!

 

Important Message for Grade 5 Parents - Middle School Transition Dinner - Nov. 14

Don't miss the grade 5 to 6 Middle School Transition Dinner, which takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with Middle School Principal Alexa Quinn and the grade 6 teaching team, and to hear highlights of our outstanding Middle School program. The invitation was sent on Wednesday. If you didn't receive it, click here for the invite; click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

 

Don't Miss the MS Play Shrek Jr. - Nov. 17, 7 pm & Nov. 19, 2 pm

Next Friday during assembly, LS students will get a sneak peek of the MS Play Shrek Jr., a play about a big ogre who lives alone in a swamp in the woods and is feared by all the people in the land of Duloc. When the ruler of Duloc Lord Farquaad exiles all the fairy-tale creatures to the woods, Shrek loses his peaceful life and his home. So he sets out to find Lord Farquaad and convince him to take the fairy-tale creatures back where they belong and leave him alone. Lord Farquaad accepts, but Shrek must find the princess Fiona, who will become Farquaad's bride. So Shrek and his new donkey friend, who seems to never stop talking and cracking jokes, set out on their journey, revealing an important secret held by Princess Fiona and opening up everyone's heart to the magic of true love. Don't miss the full show on Nov. 17 or Nov. 19!

 

Director Julie Gordon shares, "The Middle School Cast & Crew are excited for our upcoming production of Shrek Jr. This is a truly fun and meaningful musical production. Our cast has embraced their roles, and we are excited to present our work to you. Shrek Jr is an all ages show, so bring the entire family, and there's an ice cream social after the matinee in the Rex Cafeteria on Sunday!"


Parent Gatherings

Join us for our annual grade-level gatherings!

Grade 4 - Saturday, Nov. 18, 6-9 pm at the home of Lydia & Scott Hamburg. Click here for the invitation. Please note location change.

 

Grade 5 - Tonight Friday, Nov. 3, 7-9 pm, hosted by the Esposito's, 112 Walnut Lane, Philadelphia. Walk-ins welcome!

 

LETTUCE FEED YOU 

Menu for November 6-10

 

Monday - Mushroom & lentil soup & bread sticks

Tuesday - Baked potato bar w/ chicken & taco toppings w fresh veggies

Wednesday - Baked Mac & Cheese, buttered peas, & tossed salad

Thursday - Chef's Choice Sloppy Joe's & fresh cut raw veggies

Friday - Pizza Day!

 

 
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What a beautiful day for MS Parent-Child Game Day yesterday! Thank you to all the MS Parents who joined their Middle Schoolers for this fun fall athletic event!

Middle School News

Grade 7 Echo Hill Parent Dinner - Nov. 7, 7 pm in Room 10

7th grade parents/guardians are invited to join us for dinner and a viewing of the Echo Hill video this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7. You should have received an invitation on Monday. If you did not, click here to view the invite and to RSVP


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, Main Building. RSVP to Val Riesenfeld at mushman@comcast.net, and please include 2-3 interesting facts about you/your family. If you're able to attend, click here for the SignUp Genius, and tell us what you'd like to bring. 

 

Coming Soon! MS Play Shrek Jr. - Nov. 17, 7 pm & Nov. 19, 2 pm

Don't miss the MS Play Shrek Jr., a play about a big ogre who lives alone in a swamp in the woods and is feared by all the people in the land of Duloc. When the ruler of Duloc Lord Farquaad exiles all the fairy-tale creatures to the woods, Shrek loses his peaceful life and his home. So he sets out to find Lord Farquaad and convince him to take the fairy-tale creatures back where they belong and leave him alone. Lord Farquaad accepts, but Shrek must find the princess Fiona, who will become Farquaad's bride. So Shrek and his new donkey friend, who seems to never stop talking and cracking jokes, set out on their journey, revealing an important secret held by Princess Fiona and opening up everyone's heart to the magic of true love.

 

Director Julie Gordon shares, "The Middle School Cast & Crew are excited for our upcoming production of Shrek Jr. This is a truly fun and meaningful musical production. Our cast has embraced their roles, and we are excited to present our work to you. Shrek Jr. is an all ages show, so bring the entire family, and there's an ice cream social after the matinee in the Rex Cafeteria on Sunday!"

 

Save the Date! Free Heart Screening for Middle & Upper School Students - Dec. 3

Friends' Central is partnering with Simon's Fund to offer free heart screening for ALL students in grades 6-12 (FCS and non-FCS students) on Sunday, Dec. 3. Click here to download a flyer with more info.

 
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Upper School Student Council got in the Halloween spirit this week, channeling The Incredibles! For more photos from Halloween, be sure to check out our Flickr Gallery.

Upper School News

Message from the Upper School Office

The high point of our celebratory "Halloweek" was trick or treating for students in costume, organized by The Incredibles, our creative, fun-loving Student Council officers. Other entertainment included a hunt for decorated gourds created by Mixed Media students and the annual display of jack o' lanterns carved by art students.

 

As October gives way to November, clubs are in full swing. Mock Trial has begun preparing for the Montgomery County competition in February (sponsored by the PA Bar Association). Amnesty International welcomed PA state coordinator Prachi Rao to its meeting this week. Focus (the student newspaper) released its first slew of digital articles (including this informative piece about dining in the Rex gym). The Blood Drive Committee is ramping up for its fall blood drive, scheduled for November 10, a week from today. We invite parents and other community members to sign up to donate blood between 9:00 and 2:00; email student leader Katie Leone for more information. Teams continue to compete in the PAISAA tournaments, but the fall FSL season has ended, and we look forward to celebrating with athletes and their families at the Varsity fall athletic awards (Nov. 10 at 7 pm in Shallcross). Then, without missing a beat, we move right into winter programs: the new sports season begins on Monday, and students are invited to an info session for the winter play A Comedy of Errors on Tuesday. We are enjoying the rich photos and well-organized information in our new school website, launched this week, and invite you to bookmark it for easy reference.



Thanks to parents (in many cases accompanied by students) for making today's Conference Day with advisors so productive and informative. We look forward to the rest of an exciting year in the classroom. Finally, we wish the Shakespeare in Performance class a wonderful weekend of workshops in Staunton, Virginia at the American Shakespeare Center; many thanks to drama teacher Terry Guerin for making this opportunity available.

 

Upper School Music Fest NOT this Weekend - Moved to April

Please note the Upper School Music Fest has been moved from November 4 to April 14. Please make this correction on your print calendar. 

 

Juniors & Junior Parents Planning for College Nuts n Bolts – Nov. 8

Juniors & Jr. parents are invited to join Grant Calder and Ryan Keaton, Co-Directors of College Counseling, for our Planning for College: Nuts 'n Bolts evening. Topics will include: the college counseling calendar, standardized testing, college selection criteria, and trends in admissions. We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Meeting Room at 7 pm.

 

This Sunday: Panel Discussion on Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Black Social and Professional Organizations

FCS students and their families are invited to the HBCU & Black Organizations Panel hosted by Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to educate high school students on the HBCU experience and the social and professional benefits of joining black organizations, Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 pm at the SCH Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.


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!

 

US Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Evening - Nov. 10

Parents of Student-Athletes who participated in Fall Varsity sports, please join us for our Athletic Awards Evening next Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room. Refreshments available afterwards in MS Room 10.  

 

Phoenix Phans - Buy Your FCS Athletic Gear! 

Through a partnership with Wayne Sporting Goods, FCS students, parents, families, and alumni/ae are able to purchase items that feature each team's name ​through ​Friends' Central Online Apparel Store. Team members and fans: choose from a variety of shirts, jackets, sweatpants, hats, ​and duffle bags. All items are customized with your team name. Anyone can go online and order specific clothing to be shipped directly to them. (Note: minimum number of items must be met. Middle/Upper School Athletes and Families: Please check with the respective coach to find out what your team is ordering.)
Basketball

Squash
Swimming
Track and Field
Wrestling

 

MANNA Pie Sales are in our midst - YOU should be a part of it!
The student-run Upper School Service Committee is working with MANNA, a Philadelphia non-profit that nourishes seriously ill patients and their families, to sell pies; each pie supports a family in need. Flavors available include: Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato, and the famous Sky Pie. Time is running out to buy your MANNA pie. To help us with this initiative, you can buy a pie by clicking here. Online orders are due Nov. 16! If you have any questions, please contact Annie Roberts '18 or Ben Miller '20. Thank you so much for all your support!

 

Save the Date! Free Heart Screening for Middle & Upper School Students - Dec. 3

Friends' Central is partnering with Simon's Fund to offer free heart screening for ALL students in grades 6-12 (FCS and non-FCS students) on Sunday, Dec. 3. Click here to download a flyer with more info. 


Boo Bag Thank You
Thank you to everyone who participated in the sales of the Boo Bags; it was a huge success! Thank you for supporting the prom committee. 

SAVE THE DATE


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


Varsity Basketball Hoops Mania

Nov. 18 • 6 pm


A Night Out in the Classroom

Nov. 20 • 7 pm


Thanksgiving Holiday 

Nov. 22-24


MS Boys' & Girls' Basketball Tournament

Nov. 24-25


Faculty In-Service Day - No Classes

Nov. 27


Giving Tuesday

Nov. 28

News

Friends' Central Honored with Lower Merion Historic Preservation Award
This fall, Friends' Central and architect Barba + Wheelock were selected for a Lower Merion Township Historic Preservation Award for the School's newly renovated Ulmer Family Light Lab on the Lower School campus. Read more.


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.

Community News

 

Special Concert featuring Bess Phillips '76 & Jim Davis, Archivist & Former Chair of Arts Dept.
Alumna Bess Phillips '76 and former music teacher Jim Davis will be performing pieces by Bernstein, Verdi, Mozart, Hundley, Schummann, Purcell, and Strauss among others this Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 pm at The Church of the Loving Shepherd in West Chester, PA. They look forward to making music together again and invite FCS community members to join them for this free program followed by a reception. Bess has been singing professionally since her FCS days and has returned to campus to sing over the years. Jim is now in his 7th year as Archivist & Alumni/ae Associate after retiring from teaching at FCS after 39 years.

 

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