Friday, January 5, 2018 | Volume IV • Issue 19

All-School News

FCS Meets Foundation Challenge!
We made it! Thanks to numerous donors, the Friends' Central community rallied to meet the challenge from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to raise $100,000 in order to receive a $50,000 grant. The Foundation's contribution will help fund the Teaching Kitchen portion of the Shallcross Reimagined project.


Summer Camp Registration Now Available!

Registration for Summer Camp 2018 is now open! You can submit your application here. Register today and get $100 off Tenderfoot or Trailblazer Camp with promo code TBTF100!


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.


Thank you!
Thank you to our generous community for your end of year gifts to the Friends' Central Fund. You brought us to the halfway mark for our goal for the year!


Shakespeare in Performance Class Performs The Tempest - Jan. 21

Join the Shakespeare in Performance class as they perform The Tempest on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 noon in the Meeting Room. Click here for more info.


Humanities Lecture Cancelled

We are sorry to report that James Peterson, scheduled to visit campus on February 8, has had to cancel this appearance. We will share information on additional lectures later in the year.


Beautiful image of the Lower School campus taken last winter by Kim Parris. No doubt today it looked quite similar!

Lower School News

Message from Kelly Pierre

As we wrap up our studies of The Arts, the theme for this year's Lower School Fall Project, I want to take a moment to reflect on this type of learning for our students. The Fall Project gives Lower School teachers the chance to reimagine their fall social studies curriculum each year, allowing them to share their passions and interests with their students. While the arts are a constant, consistent, and vital piece of the Lower School program, it is a gift for our students to have the opportunity to take a deep dive into one aspect of the arts and immerse themselves in the people, the culture, and the history that has influenced and inspired such artistic expressions. A focus on The Arts expands our students understanding of what art is and who makes art. As a result, it expands their exposure to and appreciation of different kinds of people. As a Quaker school, this learning is central to helping student to explore, and live, the testimonies of Peace, Community, and Equality. Read Kelly's full message.


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 & Saturday PM Swimming

Registration open!

The Saturday Morning Basketball and Saturday Afternoon Swimming Programs for FCS students in grades 3, 4, & 5 will begin on Saturday, Jan. 6 (swimming begins on Jan. 20). Find out more and register online here. This is the 44th year for our Basketball program and the 18th year for our Swimming program!


Due to low enrollment, there will be no Saturday AM Field Hockey. If the numbers change, we will be sure to let you know. There will be Saturday AM Basketball, so we invite you to attend this program. It is geared towards younger children who might be new to the sport and also those who might have some experience. It provides a great opportunity to try a new activity. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Crowley.


Winter After-School Clubs Filling Fast! 
Online registration is open for the winter 2018 session of Lower School After-School Clubs! Please note: Mighty Maker and Origami are already full, so be sure to register ASAP. The winter session runs from the week of Jan. 22 through the week of Mar. 5. Click here to see the full listing of winter club offerings and registration info or visit the After-School Clubs page of the website.


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.


Grades 4 & 5 Spirit Night - Friday, Jan. 19, 6 pm
Shimada Athletic Center (City Ave. campus)

Grade 4 and 5 families - come cheer on the FCS Varsity Girls' and Boys' Basketball teams as they take on Moorestown Friends! The girls tip-off at 6:30 pm, boys at 8 pm. All 4th and 5th graders in attendance will receive a free "Phoenix Phan" t-shirt and $3.00 worth of "Phoenix Phan Dollars" to be redeemed at the concessions stand. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Monday, 1/8: Chicken or vegetable banh mi sandwich, tossed salad

Taco Tuesday, 1/9: Baked potato taco w/ all the fixings, tossed salad

Wednesday, 1/10: Baked mac & cheese, tossed salad

Thursday, 1/11: Stuffed peppers w/ ground turkey & rice, raw veggies

Friday, 1/12: Pizza Day, tossed salad, fresh fruit



For those who missed it on Facebook the other week, a great seasonal throwback shot featuring the Middle School building as it looked circa 1940!

Middle School News

Winter Field Hockey Clinics Canceled

Due to low enrollment, there will be no Saturday AM Field Hockey. If the numbers change, we will be sure to let you know. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Crowley.


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.

The Upper School Choral Concert on December 18 was a hit. Click here for more photos from the concert.

Upper School News

Happy New Year from all of us in the Upper School Office! We were delighted to welcome everyone back to campus this week. 


Texts for 11th & 12th grade English Semester Seminar Classes

All 11th and 12th grade students will begin a new English class on January 29. Students signed up for these Semester Seminar classes last year during the course selection process. Click here to see required texts for each class. Students have the option of using either paper or electronic texts unless the teacher requests a particular format. Whether electronic or paper, please be sure to get the edition of the text indicated in the document. Teachers will be in touch with students shortly to let them know which text they will need at the start of the class and which can be purchased once the class has begun. If you have any questions, contact your child's English teacher or Al Vernacchio, English Department Chair, at 610.645.4490.


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 labeled 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.)



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

One FCS Parent Meeting Snow Date

Jan. 31 • 7:30 pm

Grades 1 & 2 Movie Night

Feb. 2 • 6 pm

MS Book Fair

Feb. • 5-7

LS Principal's Coffee (Gr. 2-5) 

Feb. 7 • 8:15 am 

LS Parent/Special Friend Visiting Morning (Gr. 2-5)

Feb. 7 • 9-11 am


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. The event takes place tomorrow, Jan. 6 at 11 am in Rex & Linton Gyms. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 5 to: with "Attending" in the subject line and the number of members in your group.

Join JFCS and Hummingbird Yoga for an Unscripted,
Radically Honest Conversation About Addiction
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 7– 9 pm at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS,
345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
$18 per person. Find out more and register here.


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.

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