Friday, February 23, 2018 | Volume IV • Issue 26

All-School News

FCS Blood Drive Coming Up - March 1

Friends' Central's second Blood Drive is coming up next week, Thursday, Mar. 1. The drive will begin around 8:30 am and end at about 1:30 pm. Please sign up to donate here! More info in Upper School section below.


Don't Miss Upper School Play The Comedy of Errors (3/2 and 3/3)

Don't miss the Upper School production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors next weekend, Mar. 2 and 3 at 7 pm in Shallcross Hall. We can promise you hilarious red-nose clowns, tuxedo clad tappers, and fringe-swinging flappers in our 1920's setting of the Bard's first comedy. On a lush art deco set built by 27 stage crew members under the direction of CJ Keller, 38 actors present a family-friendly, laugh-packed show. Come see Saleana Copeland channel Bessie Smith, Jade Halpern as Charlie Chaplin, and the Three Stooges have nothing on Miles Meline, Jesse Gross, Nina Saligman, and Mira Kauffman-Rosengarten for rough and tumble physical comedy (just to name a bit of the fun). And come sing along with us "Ain't We Got Fun?" Check out a trailer for the production here!


Save the Date: March 8 - One Day, One Gift, One FCS!
One Day, One Gift, One FCS is dedicated to connecting with our community and increasing participation in the Friends' Central Fund. Watch FCS social media and our website for special updates, including matching gifts to double the impact of your giving. Help us exceed last year's parent giving percentage! To volunteer to make phonathon calls or to email other parents in support of the Friends' Central Fund, please contact Kim Emmons-Benjet at


Save the Date: April 8 - Simon's Fund Free Heart Screenings
Simon's Fund is teaming up with Friends Central to offer free heart screenings for any student aged 12–19. The free screening will take place on April 8 (9 am-1 pm) at FCS. There is no cost for the screening; it has been underwritten by donations to Simon's Heart. The screening is intended for students who have never received an ECG exam or been examined by a cardiologist. The screening will look for undetected heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young but is not a substitute for annual pediatric wellness visits. To register, you will need to complete consent, medical, and family history forms. Click here to register.

On Thursday, 1st grade celebrated the 100th day of school this year. Activities included  100 steps, necklaces with 100 beads, stacking 100 cups, rolling dice 100 times, flipping coins 100 times, painting pictures with 100 dots, decorating our origami made crowns with 100 decorations, reading a poem with 100 words, and writing about what it will be like when we are 100 years old! Click here for more photos.

Lower School News

Message from Kelly Pierre

I write this as I try desperately to stay up waiting to watch the US Women's Olympic Hockey team compete against Canada in the playoffs - a game scheduled for Wednesday the 21st 11:10 pm EST. (They won!) I am immediately brought back to the grades 3-5 Meeting for Worship on Tuesday. It began with a message from Kim Parris about the awe she felt when watching Olympic athletes who work so hard for something and, despite devastating falls, always get back up and keep going. Click here for the full message, including ways we have worked to make our curriculum more inclusive.

Share Your Thoughts on Nursery/Pre-K at FCS!

Nursery/Pre-K parents or any parent whose child who went through our Nursery and/or Pre-K classrooms: click here to fill out Hipster Henry's preschool survey. Your thoughts will help parents around the region get a glimpse into the vibrant, nurturing educational experience our early childhood program provides. 


Lower School Book Fair is here! Feb. 26-28, Family Night-Feb. 27

  • Volunteers Needed! We need help for all parts of the Book Fair. Please consider volunteering for an hour or two. Click here to see the available volunteer shifts.
  • Each child will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair with their class for 30 minutes to select books to buy. Parents are strongly encouraged to visit with their children to help guide them through the Fair. Click here for the visiting schedule. If you are unable to visit the Fair with your child, your child will bring home a list of books they are interested in purchasing.  

Book Fair Family Night - Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:15 pm

  • New this year! N/PK/K Storytime with Teacher Melody! Our youngest students are invited to Family Night from 6:30-7 pm to hear some stories from Teacher Melody, do a craft, and have a little snack.
  • For our older students in gr. 1-5, join us to hear some music being shared by Dwight Dunston and his group City Love starting at 7:15 pm.

Used Book Drive

  • It's that time of year again to look through your old books for possible donations to the Used Book Drive. Collection boxes are located outside the gym or the front reception lobby. We only accept books for babies, children, and teens, no adult books. The Drive will continue through 3/5.

Questions? Contact Book Fair Co-Chairs Julie Ragatz-Norton or Emma Staton


Don't Miss Upper School Play The Comedy of Errors (3/2 & 3/3)

The Upper School will present Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors at 7 pm next Friday & Saturday, Mar. 2 & 3. Check out a trailer for the family friendly production here!


Kindergarten Movie Night – Friday, March 9, 6-8:30 pm

Children can come dressed in PJs and drop off their sleeping bags, blankies, favorite stuffed animals, etc. in the Meeting Room and then come up to the cafeteria for pizza dinner. Siblings are welcome. Parent dinner is a potluck. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Click here to RSVP.

Save the Date for Lower School Parenting Workshop - March 15

"Supporting Executive Function Skills In Children" Thursday, March 15 at 7 pm


Exciting Author Visit Coming Up - Chelsea Clinton!

We are excited to have Chelsea Clinton on the Lower School campus on Monday, Mar. 12 to talk to K-5 students about her new book She Persisted - Around the World. Click here for the book order form. Orders due this Monday, Feb. 26.


Save the Date: LS Spring Fling Parents' Party
Friday, May 4, 7:30-9:30 pm (adults only!)

Invitation to follow. Come to a planning meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at 8:30 am in the LS Cafeteria.



Monday, 2/26: Roasted turkey w/ smashed potatoes, tossed salad

Tuesday, 2/27: Taco Tuesday: Grilled fish tacos, trimmings galore

Wednesday, 2/28: Macaroni & cheese, garlic bread, tossed salad
Thursday, 3/1: Oatmeal pancakes w/ chicken & apple sausage

Friday, 3/2: Pizza day!


Middle School students participated in Jump Rope for Heart activities with their homerooms this week, earning points for their color team for Phoenix Game Day.

Middle School News

Middle School Spring Sports
Spring Sports for Middle School will begin with sign-ups on Monday, Feb. 26, and first day of practice on Monday, Mar. 5.


Don't Miss Upper School Play The Comedy of Errors (3/2 & 3/3)

The Upper School will present Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors next Friday & Saturday, Mar. 2-3 at 7 pm. Check out a trailer for the production here!


Save the Date: MS/US Mindfulness Workshop with Julie Coopersmith - Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm


Victoria Jamieson Autographed books
The Middle School library has signed copies of Roller Girl and All's Faire in Middle School available for purchase. Come visit the library with $13.77/book cash or check for your copy of these graphic novels.

The Upper School celebrated Chinese New Year and welcomed the Year of the Dog at a fantastic assembly today by Chinese students. More photos

Upper School News

Message from the Upper School Office
There's been a lot of coming and going this week. In the "going" category, the 24 students of the Business Club who qualified in the fall attended the state DECA tournament in Hershey this week. Marielle Buxbaum '20 will represent FCS at the regional level of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition on Monday. And members of the FCS Service Committee will spend Tuesday morning at Philabundance sorting/packing the many contributions to the "Spread the Love" peanut butter drive (thanks to all who helped make the drive so successful); homerooms have until Monday to bring in peanut butter!

Much is happening on campus, as well, from next Thursday's blood drive (8:30 am-1:30 pm, walk-ins welcome!) to the exuberant production of Comedy of Errors, next Friday & Saturday, Mar. 2 & 3, at 7 pm in Shallcross Hall (preview performance on Thursday evening at 7 pm). Director Terry Guerin has set this buoyant 1920s version of Shakespeare's early comedy about mistaken identity (suitable for all audiences) to the tune of classics like "Ain't We Got Fun," "Pennies from Heaven," and music of the Harlem Renaissance. Featuring 20s icons like Charlie Chaplin and Bessie Smith, the play comes to life with the piano playing of Evan Sweitzer '20, tap dancing, singing, and plenty of clowning. Congratulations to technical theatre director CJ Keller and the stage crew for the fantastic art deco set and sound and light design, and thanks to the 65 students who brought this production to life (38 of them appearing on stage), overcoming the significant challenges of numerous snow days. We applaud their dedication and can say with confidence that you don't want to miss this show!

Upper School Spring Sports 
Upper School spring sports begin on Monday, Feb. 26. Individual sports will have schedules depending on weather, the completion of winter sports activities, and the Upper School Play.


FCS Blood Drive - March 1

Friends' Central's second blood drive is coming up next week, Thursday, Mar. 1. The drive will begin around 8:30 am and last until 1:30 pm. Click here to sign up to donate! Last time we did a fantastic job, collecting over 30 pints! This time we are trying to go for more. We are hopeful that you will all come and donate. If you want to do rapid pass, make sure you fill it out the same day you plan to donate. *Please feel free to forward this email to family and friends, and like always, walk-ins are welcome.* Email Katie Leone, Emma Malone, or Benna Berger with any questions.


Don't Miss Upper School Play The Comedy of Errors (3/2 & 3/3) 

The Upper School will present Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors next Friday and Saturday, Mar. 2 & 3 at 7 pm. Check out a trailer for the production here!


Seniors - 99 Days Until Graduation
Next Friday, March 2 will mark 99 days until graduation for the Class of 2018! To celebrate, the FCS Alumni/ae Association will host seniors for pizza next Friday, when they'll receive their Class t-shirts.


New Phoenix Update
Phoenix Update has done it again; we are bringing to you the fifth edition


FCS World Press Podcast
FCS World Press has launched a podcast. Click here for podcast #1. 


Business, Debate, and Speech Successes!

  • The Business Club participated in the PA DECA State Competition in Hershey, PA, this week. Nationals Qualifiers: Nathan Levitties, 4th place, Hotel & lodging management; State level Top 5: Nathan Levitties, 4th place, Hotel & lodging management, Jack Li, 5th place, Accounting Application Series; Top test or role plays: Jacob Sklar, top role play, Food Marketing Series, Jack Li, top test, Accounting Application Series, Veronica Lin, top role play, Principles of marketing! Great job by organizers Nathan Levitties and Maranda Plunkett!
  • Debate Club members Jade Halpern '20, Lindsey Schweitzer '20, and Ryan Jokelson '20 came in second place in the PA District 10 Parliamentary Debate Tournament held at Harriton HS last week. Their second place finish qualifies the team for the Statewide Debate Tournament held at Bloomsburg University on March 16 & 17!
  • Shout out to Cami Madero '19 who came in First Place at the District 10 Speech Tournament at Harriton High School on Thursday. With her first place finish Cami qualifies for the State Speech Tournament at Bloomsburg University on March 16 & 17.


Save the Date: MS/US Mindfulness Workshop with Julie Coopersmith - Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm


Winter Athletic Awards Evening - March 8
The Winter Athletic Awards Evening takes place on Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm with light refreshments following in MS Room 10.


9th & 10th Grade Spring Fling - March 10
​(​hosted by Student Council​ ​& Peer Mentors​)​

The 9th & 10th Grade Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, Mar. 10 on the 1st floor of the Main Building; 7:30 pm mocktails & hors d'oeuvres; 8-9:30 pm dancing. Semi-formal attire.


Order Your Yearbooks by the end of February!
Buy now and get a low price of $65 per yearbook! To order the yearbook at the discounted price, click here. No need to sign in; just click on yearbook, add to cart, and it will automatically bring you to the page where you designate recipient name, etc. The $65 price will be available until the end of February. After that date, the price of the yearbook will go up to $70. The yearbook will be delivered to Friends' Central's campus.
All parents: Please note: the deadline to order is June 1. If you have not ordered a yearbook, there will not be extra copies to purchase after the deadline date. So, please make sure that you order your yearbook today.
Senior Parents: Please note: 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.


Grade 11 Parent Gathering - Friday, March, 9, 7-9 pm
Come enjoy an evening of fellowship with friends. Kindly RSVP to Lisa Davis.


Grade 12 Parent Happy Hour to Toast our 12th Grade Teachers
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 6-8 pm at Iron Hill Brewery. Kindly RSVP to Jamie Sheller so we can have an approximate headcount.


 LS Book Fair

Feb. 26-28


LS Book Fair Family Night

Feb. 27


US Musical Preview The Comedy of Errors

Mar. 1 • 7 pm


US Musical The Comedy of Errors

Mar. 2 • 7 pm


US Musical The Comedy of Errors

Mar. 3 • 7 pm


US Winter Varsity Athletic Awards Evening
Mar. 9 • 7 pm

US Semi Formal Dance
Mar. 10 • 7 pm

Daylight Savings Begins
Mar. 11


MS Play The Phantom Tollbooth 

Mar. 16 • 7 pm


MS Play The Phantom Tollbooth

Mar. 18 • 2 pm

followed by ice cream social


Friends' Central community members are invited to Friends Select's inaugural Wellness Program speaker Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, on Feb. 26. Dr. Ginsburg will give a talk on his latest book Raising Kids to Thrive, Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust, and parents will walk away with the tools to raise healthy and resilient kids. Download a flyer here.

Adath Israel Presents Beauty and the Beast 
Feb. 24 & 25, Mar. 3 & 4
If not a member and to purchase online: click here to purchase online, and then once in the "chavaware portal" create a guest account and then go to "event sign up."


Friends' Central Swimmers Win 2017-2018 FSL Championships!

Congrats to FCS Varsity Boys' and Girls' Swimming, who took home Friends Schools League Championships again this year! Read more.


Sikh Captain America Inspires Middle School Students on Diversity Day

Artist, speaker, and activist Vishavjit Singh, aka Sikh Captain America, visited Friends' Central School in Januaryto host a storytelling talk and workshops for the entire Middle School. Taking place on Middle School Diversity Day, Singh's talk focused on issues of identity, stereotypes, adversity, bullying, the power of our life narratives, and using art as a tool for social change. Read more.


Shaping 21st Century Leaders at Friends' Central

From the youngest 3-year-old Nursery student to graduating seniors and every grade in between, FCS students are eager to participate, to learn, and to lead. In every division at Friends' Central, classrooms promote independent thought, the courage to voice individual opinions, and the faith that students will listen to and value one another's viewpoints. Students are given many opportunities to solve problems in innovative ways, both in the classroom and in the world. In short, Friends' Central students are prepared to be cutting-edge, civically conscious 21st century leaders. Read more.

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



Lower School Campus | 228 Old Gulph Road | Wynnewood, PA 19096 | 610.642.7575

Middle/Upper School Campus | 1101 City Ave. | Wynnewood, PA 19096 | 610.649.7440

Unsubscribe from this eNotice.