Friday, January 12, 2018 | Volume IV • Issue 20

All-School News

Marley Dias Gets It Done (And So Can You) - Feb. 3, 2:30 pm
In partnership with Children's Book World, we're thrilled to invite you to a talk by Marley Dias on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Shallcross Hall. Doors open at 1:45 pm. 
In 2015, when she was just 11 years old, Marley launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks. A voracious reader, her goal was to collect and donate 1,000 books that feature black girls as the main character. Come hear from Dias about her book Marley Dias Gets It Done – And So Can You, where she shows kids how to make positive changes in their communities. The event is recommended for grades 3-8. Click here for more information and to buy your ticketIn an effort to help Marley with her mission to bring books featuring black female protagonists to school libraries, we will be accepting donations of new children's books that will go to Anderson Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

An Evening with Chill Moody and Hardwork Movement - Feb. 8, 7:30 pm
Join us on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 pm in Shallcross Hall for a conversation with hip hop artists and poets Chill Moody and Dwight Dunston '06, FCS Coordinator of Equity & Justice Education, and the members of Hardwork Movement, followed by a performance by Hardwork Movement and a Q&A session with the musicians. Click here to register. Click here to read about Chill Moody, named "Best Rapper" in Philadelphia Magazine's annual "Best of Philly" issue; click here to read about Hardwork Movement, a hot, up-and-coming hip-hop group, which features four outstanding alumni/ae musicians.


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.

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.


All Parent One FCS Meeting - Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm in MS Room 10

Please save the date for our annual Parent One FCS Meeting. Join us to hear an update on a variety of topics from Shallcross construction to sustainability to a review of the Long Range plan from Head of School Craig Sellers.


The Lower School held their MLK Day Assembly today.

Lower School News

Message from Kelly Pierre

In addition to the many read-alouds – and even more discussions – about equality and social justice that happen throughout the year, today the Lower School participated in an assembly dedicated to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To say it was moving would be an understatement. Click here for the full message from Kelly Pierre.


Saturday AM Basketball & Saturday PM Swimming

will not be taking place this weekend but will resume next Saturday, Jan. 20.


Grades 4 & 5 Spirit Night - Friday, Jan. 19, 6 pm, Shimada

Grade 4 and 5 families: join us on the City Ave. campus to cheer on the FCS Varsity girls' & boys' basketball teams as they take on Moorestown Friends! Girls tip-off at 6:30 pm; boys at 8 pm. All 4th & 5th graders in attendance will receive a free "Phoenix Phan" T-Shirt and $3 worth of "Phoenix Phan Dollars" to redeem at the concessions stand. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Be a part of the halftime show! Grade 4 and 5 students interested in joining our Upper School cheerleaders in a halftime show for the Varsity girls' game are welcome to come to Shimada to practice on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Wednesday, Jan. 18. Questions please email Andrea Nuneviller.


MLK Day of Service THIS Monday, Jan. 15, 9:30-noon

The day begins in the Meeting Room 

We will once again be partnering with Families Forward Philadelphia, a shelter for homeless families. On the day, there will be a brief program, then children will be divided into groups and given age-appropriate activities, from making suncatchers and play-doh to no sew pillows.


Last year, we collected cleaning items to create 60 cleaning kits for families to use when they transition into more permanent housing. It was so helpful that Families Forward has asked if we could do it again. We are also collecting gently used baby equipment (no car seats). Bring donations to with you and drop them off in the gym on your way to the Meeting Room. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Questions? Contact Julie Shapiro & Chandra Thorne.


Fall Highlights from the Light Lab
Click here to read about some of the many exciting projects that happened in the Light Lab this fall!   


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, 1/15: MLK Day of Service (no classes)

Tuesday, 1/16: Beef tacos w/ all the fixings, raw veggies

Wednesday, 1/17: Pasta bar w/ pesto/red sauce/parmesan, tossed salad

Thursday, 1/18: Herb roasted chicken, jasmine rice, roasted cauliflower

Friday, 1/19: Pizza Day, tossed salad, fresh fruit



 Sixth graders learning the percussion to "Peace Like a River" in their music class this week. (

Middle School News

Message from Alexa Quinn

I think we are all grateful to be settling back into a rhythm following the break and our string of snow/ice days. I am grateful to our students and teachers for their flexibility during a rather strange start to 2018.

In my Language Arts class this week, we have been discussing the American Dream in conjunction with our study of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and connected to our honoring of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday this coming Monday. The vision for students to "peacefully transform the world" begins with having students who understand history and the importance of being fully engaged in the world around them. I am looking forward to serving with Middle School students and their families as we support the work of the Bethesda Project to care for homeless Philadelphians and to "be family to those who have none." What a joy to join together as a community to honor Dr. King's legacy of service and social justice by making it a "day on" rather than a day off. I hope to see you there. Click here to read more from Alexa, including news about two faculty members and a special Middle School speaker next Friday.


Report Cards

Friday, Jan. 26 is the final day of the first semester and the midpoint of the year. Middle School report cards will be released Friday, Feb. 2. Families will receive a link to view the report cards on the Veracross parent portal. Students will be able to view their report cards later that day so that it is not a distraction during the school day.

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 THIS Monday, Jan. 15, 10 am-noon

Activities begin in Shimada (please note location change)

After a brief MLK day presentation in Shimada, families will be making sandwiches and assembling packed lunches in the Rexeteria. Some volunteers will be making toiletry kits in Linton Gym. All donations will benefit Bethesda Project. We need:

  • Volunteer drivers are needed to help take the lunches to Bethesda project. Please consider being one of the day's drivers!  
  • Full-sized toiletries! You can bring a donation on Monday.
  • Cookies and small baked goods for the packed lunches. Baked goods do not need to be individually wrapped and can be store bought. Please bring them the day of the event.

Click Here to sign-up and let us know what items and the quantity that you are bringing and/or to volunteer to deliver the lunches.

Questions? Please contact Catherine Corson and Anjali Thapar.

Come see our Varsity basketball teams in action at Spirit Night 2018 - next Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 pm!

Upper School News

Message from the Upper School Office
It's warming up, and it's good to recapture our rhythm with several undisturbed school days in a row. As the first semester comes to a close, classes are beginning to focus on mid-year assessments. As well, many co-curricular programs are in the final stages of preparation for annual competitions. Two FCS teams participated in the History Bee at Wilmington Friends School over the weekend, successfully qualifying for the national competition in April. We'll be selecting the FCS representative for regional competition in the National Shakespeare Competition (sponsored by the English-Speaking Union) next week. Our two Mock Trial teams warm up for official competition (coming in February) at the Benjamin Franklin Invitational hosted by the University of Pennsylvania next weekend (Jan. 20), and Model UN, representing Venezuela, will spend Jan. 25-28 competing in Center City. Winter sports are well into the FSL schedule, and you can catch both the boys' and girls' basketball teams in Shimada next week. Things will be particularly festive here when we return from the weekend to Spirit Week, sponsored by Student Council, and we invite you to plan to join us for the culminating Spirit Night next Friday evening, featuring food, music, basketball, and plenty of FCS energy provided by the whole community. This weekend has a lot going on, as well: Comedy Night (an annual Student Council event featuring professional comedians) is tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 pm, and we expect a robust contingent from the Upper School to partner with Har Zion for a day of service on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It's inspiring (and only a little exhausting…) to try to follow the lead of our ambitious, active student community!


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 Tomorrow!
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

US MLK Day of Service THIS 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 clothing items and making crafts for seniors. Since this is an off-campus event parents need to complete a permission form. Click here to sign the Chalk Permission Form.


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 3:30 pm. Questions? Please contact Paula Yudenfriend Green.


Armenian Genocide Presentation
On Tuesday, Soseh '18 and Linda Yepoyan gave a marvelous presentation about the Armenian genocide to grade 10 20th Century Global History students. They talked about the genocide itself, told the story of Linda's grand and Soseh's great-grandmother who was a survivor of the genocide, and then fielded some excellent questions from students including about the controversy over the United States not using the word "genocide" to describe what happened. Eloquent, warm, welcoming.


Junior College Night - Jan. 30 
The Class of 2019 is kicking off the college process with meetings with their college counselors. Juniors and their parents are invited to the upcoming Junior College Night featuring our keynote speaker, Mary Green Maier, Haverford College's Director of Admission. Please join us on Jan. 30 at 7 pm in Shallcross Hall to learn about the admission process from the college perspective.


Italy Trip Information
Current and former Latin students in Upper School who wish to go on the trip to Rome and Sorrento need to sign up as soon as possible. Visit the website or call 800-665-5364.


Grade 10 Parent Gathering with Student Acappella Performance!

Save the Date Friday, Jan. 26, 7-9 pm in the OPA Room. RSVP to Jessica Cooper

Grade 12 Parent Gathering, Saturday, Jan. 20

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



Sat. Morning Basketball - grades 3, 4, 5

Jan. 20; Feb. 10, 17 • 9:30 am


Sat. Afternoon Swimming - grades 3, 4, 5

Jan. 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


Marley Dias
Children's Book World/FCS Event
Feb. 3 • 2:30 pm


Grades 1 & 2 Movie Night

Feb. 2 • 6 pm


MS Book Fair

Feb. 5-7


LS Principal's Coffee (Gr. 2-5) 

Feb. 6 • 8:15 am 


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

Feb. 6 • 9-11 am


Humanities Concert & Lecture
Feb. 8 • 7:30 pm


An Evening with Robin Axelrod Sabag, author of Strong Girls, Strong Parents
Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 pm
RML Recollection, 167 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

For over 15 years, Sabag has worked in a variety of settings, including residential treatment centers, outpatient settings, and in private practice. As an adjunct professor at Temple University and a sought-after mental health expert, the author often speaks and writes on the topic of teenage girls.
Click here for more information.

Rachel Slaughter, FCS Upper School Learning Specialist, has written a new book entitled Daddy, Read to Me. Click here for more information about the book and Rachel's upcoming reading/book signing appearances in 2018, including several this February!


Friends' Central Announces New Upper School Principal Beth Davis Johnson '77
Friends' Central is thrilled to announce that Beth Davis Johnson '77 will be returning to FCS to serve as Upper School Principal, effective July 2018. Head of School Craig N. Sellers says, "I could not be happier about Beth's enthusiastic return to her alma mater, and I look forward to creating opportunities for parents, faculty, and students to greet her in the new year." Read more.


Shallcross Hall Progress Report: Out with the Old, and Getting Ready for the New

Written by Julian Brenman '20, Co-Editor-in-Chief of FOCUS, Upper School Student Newspaper
Photography contributions by Dorothy Babb '20

An airier footprint, more varied options for seating, an upgraded kitchen, a brand new "food lab," and a cozier, more welcoming facade and foyer are just a few of the many things to which the FCS folks on City Avenue have to look forward when Shallcross Hall reopens its doors in the spring. Read more.


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.

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