All-School Announcements 03.31.19

March 29, 2019

2019-2020 One Page Calendar

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Original Works Artwork!

Your child(ren)s artwork was sent home this past week.  If you are interested in ordering some Original Works Artwork, please return the completed form, artwork, and payment to the main office by April 1, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Furtado.

Volunteers to Hang Artwork for Arts & Poetry Night

The Art Department is seeking volunteers to help prepare for the upcoming Arts and Poetry Night.  The job entails displaying student art, in all shapes, sizes and forms, throughout the halls of Friends Academy. There is an incredible amount of work to exhibit, but with enough hands, we hope to accomplish this undertaking in one day.

If you are willing and able to donate time on Thursday, April 18th, between 8 and 5, please contact Susan Cogliano or Wendy Goldsmith. Any amount of time is appreciated. No experience necessary!


Each year we hold a raffle in the weeks leading up to Spring Swing in May. Winners are announced the night of the golf tournament. If you’d like to donate an item to this year’s raffle please email Jodi Pink, Director of Development, at jpink@friendsacademy1810.org. Items have included: a weekends stay at a summer house, tickets to a concert or sporting event, various items making up a spa package, a fishing expedition, etc. Thank you for your support!

SUMMER Camps are filling up!

Our brochure is available and our registration is open!
Click here to visit the Summer Programs website for more information.

Upcoming Events

SPEAKER SERIES, April 3: 6 pm

Andrew Forsthoefel, Walking to Listen

How can we use listening as a mode of discovery and support?

Join us as Andrew discusses key questions and approaches to meaningful listening. This presentation is a wonderful resource for parents, educators, and professionals. 

On April 3, Forsthoefel will spend the day at Friends Academy, holding workshops with students, leading the faculty meeting, and giving a community presentation at 6:00 that evening.

Click here to learn more - We hope you'll join us!


10 Weeks of free concerts on Thursdays from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., beginning on March 28.

Perfect for children ages 2-6, kids will love moving and singing along with Cool Banana Wig! Live concerts are full of fun, interactive play, and include unusual instruments, dancing, singing, and plenty of silliness! Learn more about Cool Banana Wig at www.coolbananawig.com

Admission is FREE and OPEN to the public. Bring a friend!

Wandering wednesdays

Looking for a free, fun, and educational outdoor activity to do with your preschooler? Help us spread the word, and come wander with us!
Rain or shine, come and explore the outdoors with us! Bring boots and warm clothing, and we’ll share our all-weather suits. There’s so much to discover in these FREE guided walks. Do one, or do all them! Please register with Katherine Gaudet.

  • Apr. 3: 10:45 - 12:00
funday sunday & Open house: APRIL 7 from 1:00-3:00

Ever wish that YOU could go to school at Friends Academy with your children?  With this in mind, we have created Sunday Funday & Open House which invites parents and children to explore inquiry-based activities with teachers from grades Pre-K - 8. This family-friendly event is for everyone; both current families and prospective families alike.  Please join us and bring a friend!

What does the FunDay look like? From 1:00 - 3:00 on Sunday, April 7, we're offering short sessions of: Stop-Motion Animation with Mr. Felix, Create-A-Catapult with Mr. Beyer, Drumming with Mr. Bean, Get Up & Move Fitness with Mr. Williams, and in Creative Art Zone create patterns with hand carved stamps!  The garden will be open to dig in and the Library will host a “Book Tasting” where you can sample and "taste" different types of books! From "appetizers" to "main courses," we're sure that you'll find something that appeals to you.

We want to create an atmosphere where current students can enjoy time doing things they haven't tried (or get to know other teachers) AND give the community a chance to experience what makes Friends Academy such an amazing place. Registration for sessions will be encouraged: more info on this soon!

We hope you'll spread the word and invite others to this event. This day is a great, low pressure way to learn more about our independent school while having some educational fun. We hope you'll join us! For more information, please contact Katherine Gaudet at kgaudet@friendsacademy1810.org


Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 11 at 6:00pm. More details to follow.

Touch A Truck & Summer Camps Spectacular!

Saturday April 27: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ready to TOUCH A TRUCK?! Come to FA to see all sorts of amazing vehicles, up close and personal! What kinds of vehicles? Police and K-9 units, Fire & Rescue, Construction, older passenger vehicles... But wait - there's more! We'll also have live demonstrations of some of our summer camp offerings! See a martial arts demo, practice flint-and-steel fire building, decorate mini-cakes, and more. Rain or shine! Contact Charley Pelissier for more information.


Grandfriends’ Day is Friday, May 3. Invitations were mailed on March 26th. If you have any questions regarding who was invited please email Jodi Pink at jpink@friendsacademy1810.org


Join us on Tuesday, May 21 for our annual golf outing at The Bay Club in support of tuition assistance. More details to follow.

First Wednesdays

Our next First Wednesday will be on April 3, from 8:00-11:00. First Wednesdays are a time when we open our doors and invite in prospective parents to attend All-School Meeting and visit in classrooms.  Please ask people you think might be interested in Friends to come! Our last First Wednesday date will be May 1.  Thank you!

The Band Of Friends is taking it to the streets!

We have scheduled two performances.  Both are optional.  Please carefully read to learn about both opportunities:

Buttonwood Park Zoo - "Party for the Planet!" on April 27th. This is an Earth Day celebration.  We will perform at 1pm.  You will need to show up and meet us at 12:30 to warm up.

AHA! (Art, History, and Architecture) night in New Bedford on May 9th, at 6pm at the Pilgrim United Church at 635 Purchase Street.

Students are invited to stay after school where they will receive pizza at 4:30 pm and a ride to the concert.  We will have a bus leaving from school at 5:15 pm. This is a one-way bus only, so you will need to bring your child home from the concert.  Dress code is normal school attire.

We will perform from about 6 - 6:30pm.  Please come and bring folks. Help spread the word!

For this performance, please let us know:
-if your child is staying after school for pizza and riding the bus
-if you will be taking your child to the Church
-if you are not able to attend, who will be picking up your child from the performance

Please respond to either Mr. Bean or Mr. Murdock with answers for both concerts. Thank you!



Secondary School night is Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00 pm. Middle School families will receive more information via email.

Our third and final Middle School dance of the year will take place on Friday, April 5 from 7pm to 9pm.

The Semester 2 Interim is Friday, April 5th. Reports will be available through BigSIS approximately one week afterwards.

For general information about the Middle School, you can always refer to the Middle School Website.

The Friends Academy Song Circles

In the paradigm of how music has been taught and shared for centuries, we want to continue and foster this tradition in our community. Join us the first Friday of every month, from 5-6:00 pm in the Commons. This is an offering for our parent/adult community. Bring your acoustic instruments. Play. Sing. Share. Follow along. Or we’ll follow you. Hosted by our very own Putnam Murdock.


Have you seen our FA photo site?  Photos are free to download (to the bottom-right of the photo, click the downward-facing arrow). If you have athletic photos you'd like to share, email Kelly Pelissier and she'll provide you with an upload link. Click here to view.