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All-School Announcements 10.21.18

October 19, 2018

Care during Conferences

The After-school program will be offered on the student led conference date of Thursday, October 25th from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Care will be free of charge during your child or sibling’s scheduled conference time. If you would like your child to attend for an extended period of time, regular rates will apply. Drop ins are welcome during conference time, but please let the office know if your child will be staying for an extended time.

Upcoming Events.

Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween Parade! 

On Wednesday, October 31st at 8:15am, our Halloween parade begins!  Grades K – 5 participate in a dazzling parade of costumes, while other students spectate and cheer.  Parents are welcome to watch the parade and then join us in the Commons for our annual Halloween Assembly filled with tradition and fun!  Please note, all students change out of their costumes immediately following this assembly, and scary costumes and weapons are not allowed. Masks are fine provided they are not scary.  Middle School students may also dress up for Halloween, however the role of Middle School students during the parade is that of spectators for the younger children.

Sunday, November 4th: Admissions Open House and Family Trails Event, including a StoryWalk®. Click here to learn more and register.

November 13-16: AuthorFest & Book Fair: Click on the links for more information about our upcoming book fair and author visit:

AuthorFest 2018 - Order Form & Author Information
AuthorFest 2018 - Author Book Listing (Covers)
Book Fair 2018 - Information & Hours

Thursday, November 15th: Join us for a great Parents Night Out at FA in support of the Book Fair. Click here to learn more and register.


First Wednesdays

Our next First Wednesday will be on November 7th 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! Other First Wednesday dates throughout the year are: November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1.  Thank you!


LOWER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please be sure to schedule your student-led parent/teacher conference for Wednesday, October 24th or Thursday, October 25th.  Lower School families should contact classroom teachers. Please note that school is closed on Thursday except for conferences.

Fall Musical 5th & 6th Grade
The Fall Musical will be Dear Edwina, a wonderful comedy about Middle School life. Please check the calendar for rehearsal dates. All cast members are expected to attend all rehearsals unless excused by Mr. Bean or Mr. Murdock.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please be sure to schedule your student-led parent/teacher conference for Wednesday, October 24th or Thursday, October 25th.  Middle School families should contact your child’s Advisor. There will be a drop-in hour from 11am to 12pm on Thursday, October 25th for subject-specific conversations in the Middle School. Please note that school is closed on Thursday except for conferences. 

SSAT Preparation and Testing:
Students may take the SSAT on campus on Saturday, December 8. Please register by November 17 on the SSAT website using the school code 3280. Students may also take the SSAT on campus with accommodations on Friday, December 7 using the access code 4D-7K1H-8W1A. After school SSAT preparation courses will be offered in late October. More information will be sent out soon.

Secondary School Lunches
Students will be kept up to date on the lunch schedule digitally and via the calendar in the Stites hallway.

Fall Musical 5th & 6th Grade
The Fall Musical will be Dear Edwina, a wonderful comedy about Middle School life. Please check the calendar for rehearsal dates. All cast members are expected to attend all rehearsals unless excused by Mr. Bean or Mr. Murdock.


Friday Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Kennedy

Families are invited to sign up for Conversations with the Head, which touch upon various topics in our school community. Space is limited and we ask that families choose only one event to attend. To register and learn more, click here.

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.

SMUGMUG PHOTOS

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.