Friday, December 29, 2017 | Volume IV • Issue 18

All-School News

Happy New Year!

Look for a special greeting from FCS on New Year's Day. 
Classes resume for all students on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


Still Time for Year-End Gifts to the Friends' Central Fund!
As 2017 winds down and you consider year-end charitable donations, please support the wonderful work of Friends' Central School. You can make a gift at or on Venmo. If you would like to make a gift of securities, please contact Kim Emmons-Benjet. Every gift counts on our way to 100% parent participation! Thank you to our phonathon volunteers who will be making calls next week, and thank you to our FCS community for your generosity!


Volunteer Survey - Winter & Spring 2018 Volunteer Opportunities at FCS

Volunteering is a great way to model for our children the value of helping in the community. Each division has many ways for parents to volunteer that benefit our children and the School. Please take some time to complete a survey to see which opportunities work for you.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Nuneviller in the Home & School Association Office.


Q&A About Philanthropy Through State Tax Credit Programs
Please join us to learn more about obtaining 2018 Pennsylvania tax credits and supporting financial aid by investing in the Friends Education Equity Collaborative (FEEC). On the morning of Jan. 8, from 8-9 am, Kim Emmons-Benjet and Bob Cotter, along with representatives from FEEC, will answer questions about new opportunities with State Tax Credit programs as well as the established EITC and OSTC programs. Questions and to RSVP, contact Kim Emmons-Benjet (610-645-4499) by Friday, Jan. 5.


SAVE THE DATE! Humanities Lecturer Dr. James Peterson - Feb. 8

Join us for our 2018 Distinguished Visiting Humanities Lecturer Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and Founder of Hip Hop Scholars, Inc., on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 pm in Shallcross Hall. Register online here.

Students performed a lively concert at their K-2 Showcase last week! Click here for more photos from the showcase.

Lower School News

New Issue of The Phoenix Press Available!

Click here to read the latest issue of the LS Newspaper, The Phoenix Press, featuring articles on the MS Play, the LS Concerts, and more written by our talented fifth graders. 


Saturday AM Basketball/Field Hockey, Saturday PM Swimming

Jan. 6 & 20, Feb. 3, 10, & 17 - Registration now open!

The Saturday Morning Basketball/Field Hockey and Saturday Afternoon Swimming Programs for Friends' Central students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. We look forward to having your children join us for these free programs this winter for the morning, the afternoon, or both! Find out more and register online here. This is the 44th year for our Basketball program and the 18th year for our Swimming program!


This is the first year for Winter Field Hockey Clinics, led by Varsity Field Hockey coach Rachael Bloemker, open to girls in grades 3-8 on Saturdays in January and February in conjunction with Sat. AM Basketball and take place in the FCS Linton gym from 9:30-10:30 am for girls in grades 3-5.  


MLK Day of Service - Monday, Jan. 15, 9:30-11:30 am 

LS families: join us for a day on! We will once again be partnering with Families Forward Philadelphia to help families in need. Our collection will focus on cleaning supplies, which are particularly needed as families transition into permanent housing. The collection will begin once we return from Winter Break. Bring donations to collections boxes in the main lobby and the gym lobby.


Items needed: Used Baby Gear (Pack n plays, Strollers) and Cleaning Supplies, like Buckets, Brooms/mops, Laundry detergent, Dish detergent, Bleach, Cleanser/disinfectant, Storage bins, Other cleaning supplies)

Questions? Contact Julie Shapiro and Chandra Thorne.



Wednesday, 1/3: Baked Ziti, Garlic Bread, Tossed Salad

Thursday, 1/4: Vegetarian Chili, Raw Veggies

Friday, 1/5: Pizza Day, Tossed Salad, Fresh Fruit



Last week, Middle School students enjoyed creating gingerbread houses representing an image from a story they read this year.

Middle School News

Middle School students and their families are invited to attend the ordination of Margaret (Magistra) Somerville this weekend.

Details: The Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Session and Congregation of the
First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia joyfully request the honor of your presence at the service of ordination of Margaret Somerville this Sunday, December 31, 4 pm; First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia (21st & Walnut Streets); Reception to follow.

Winter Field Hockey Clinics

FCS is offering field hockey clinics free for FCS students. Led by Varsity Field Hockey Coach Rachael Bloemker Winter Field Hockey Clinics are open to girls in grades 3-8 on Saturdays in January (Jan. 6 and Jan. 20) and February (Feb. 3, Feb. 10, and Feb. 17) in conjunction with Sat. AM Basketball, in the FCS Linton gym from 10:30-11:30 am for girls in grades 6-8. Register online here.


Grade 8 Families - Middle School Yearbook Ads Available Online
Grade 8 families - create ads in honor of your 8th grader's last year in Middle School. Create your ad online using Jostens' online ad creation tool: choose which ad size, how many photos you want to include, customize, and pay for the ad online. Entries due in February. Download the flyer here. We look forward to capturing all the important moments for your child's special book.

MLK Day of Service - Monday, Jan. 15, 10 am-noon

The HSA MS Service Committee welcomes all MS parent and student volunteers on MLK Day to make and pack lunches for the Bethesda Project, a shelter for the chronically homeless. As part of MLK Day of Service, the Middle School will collect toiletries to be counted and delivered to the Bethesda Project. A collection box is located in the MS Lobby and will begin after break.

We need drivers to deliver lunches and toiletries! Please consider volunteering to deliver the lunches after we complete the project.

Questions? Please contact Catherine Corson and Anjali Thapar.

Upper School musicians performing at their Instrumental Concert - click here for more photos from the concert.

Upper School News

Former students and advisees of Margaret (Magistra) Somerville, as well as their families, are invited to attend her ordination as a minister this weekend. Details: The Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Session and Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia joyfully request the honor of your presence at the service of ordination of Margaret Somerville this Sunday, Dec. 31, 4 pm, First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia (21st & Walnut Streets); Reception to follow.


US Comedy Night Coming Up - Jan. 13
Comedy Night for Upper School students is Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 pm.
The night includes two professional comedians and student sketch comedy. Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance and can be bought with cash on campus or with a credit or debit card online here


Senior Parents - Send in Your Yearbook ads!

Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Revenues from recognition ads also help us to create a better yearbook. To purchase your ad online, follow the instructions on this form. Jostens is managing our yearbook ad sales, so please do not contact or send materials to the School. Please read the ad guidelines on the bottom of this form during the creation of your ad online. All ad orders must be placed online by the end of December. Please remember to order your yearbook for your senior at the discounted price of $65. 


Want to Order a Yearbook?
To get a discounted price on the yearbook please use this link to order now. The low price will be available until mid February. After that date, the price of the yearbook will go up to $70. No need to sign in - just click on yearbook, then add to cart. The yearbook will be delivered to Friends' Central's campus. Senior Parents: In the past, the yearbook has been added to your account whether you were interested in a yearbook for your child or not. This year, you are given the option to order a yearbook. All parents: Please be aware, the deadline to order is June 1. if you have not ordered a yearbook, there will not be extra copies to be able to purchase after the deadline date.


US MLK Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 15, 1-3 pm, Har Zion 

Upper School students and parents are invited to join Har Zion Temple to participate in a number of activities, such as sorting donated items and making crafts for senior citizens. After break, we will be collecting the following items for the Pajama Project and Maternity Care Coalition. A box will be in the Main Building Lobby: New pajamas for infants thru size 16 must be labelled flame retardant, Baby items: diapers, wipes, formula, infant first aid items, receiving blankets, pacifiers, baby books.


A bus will be provided for students who are attending without their parents.  It will leave Friends' Central for Har Zion at 12:30 pm and return at 4 pm. Questions? Please contact Paula Yudenfriend Green.


Grade 10 Parent Gathering with Student Acappella Performance!

Save the Date Friday, Jan. 26, 7-9 pm in the OPA Room

Grade 12 Parent Gathering

Save the Date Saturday, Jan. 20, 7-9 pm in the OPA Room of the Main Building. (Snow Date Jan. 27, location to be determined.)



Classes Resume
Jan. 3


Young Alumni/ae Open House
Jan. 5 • 12 noon

Sat. Morning Basketball/Field Hockey - grades 3, 4, 5

Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 10, 17 • 9:30 am


Sat. Afternoon Swimming - grades 3, 4, 5

Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 10, 17 • 12:30 pm


US Comedy Night
Jan. 13 • 7 pm


MLK Day of Service
(No Classes)


Spirit Night
Jan. 19 • 7 pm


US Shakespeare Showcase
Jan. 21 • 2 pm


One FCS Parent Meeting
Jan. 24 • 7:30 pm


US Coffee House
Jan. 27 • 7 pm


Japanese Language School of Philadelphia would like to invite FCS students, teachers, and families to the Mochi-tsuki festival to make Mochi (rice cake). This festival is a traditional new year event in Japan.
When: January 6, 2018 11 am to Noon
Where: Rex & Linton Gyms
RSVP by Friday, January 5 to: with "Attending" in the subject line and the number of members in your group


FCS Students Conduct Dining Hall Waste Audits, Find Surprising Results

In every division, Friends' Central students are taking a leadership role when it comes to waste generated on their campuses. This is just one of the many steps the School has taken to reduce environmental waste and improve sustainability efforts in the last few months. Read more.


Friends' Central Gives Back - During the Holidays and Year-round
At Friends' Central School, opportunities abound for students and families to give back – to seek out someone who needs a hand and to do what they can, even with the smallest gesture of kindness, to lift that person up. From the youngest Nursery student to graduating seniors, every individual in the Friends' Central community understands the importance of being stewards of their school, local, and global communities. Read more.


Grade Eight Students Get a Firsthand Account of the Holocaust
On December 1, eighth grade students had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and speak with Michael Herskovitz, a Holocaust survivor. Read more.

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