All-School Announcements 10.30.17

October 26, 2017

After-School Program for Professional Day - November 9

The After-School Program will be available for all students on our faculty professional day on November 9. Care will be available from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Regular after-school rates will apply. Please call Hillary Parker in the main office to let us know if your child will be attending.


School Store will open the week of November 13th outside the canteen, as well as during the Parents Evening Out. This is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping!


The Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now available for viewing. Thank you to all for their support. Your generosity makes Friends Academy stronger every day. Click here to see the report.


Save the date! Our annual Authorfest event will be November 14th. We are looking for parent volunteers during our book fair. We will need cashiers, helpers to set up and break down, as well as a few people to help students and families find books. Please sign up here. More info about Authorfest will be shared soon!


Photo Retake Day is on Friday, November 17, from 8:00-9:45.
Your child’s school picture was taken on Friday, September 29.  You should be hearing from Coffee Pond soon. They will notify you via email when the proofs are ready to be viewed online.  When you receive the email with your private password, you can go directly to their company website at to place your order online.  Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from

If you do not receive your child’s password, please be sure to contact the Customer Care department at or call 1-800-632-2323  x0.

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, beginning in November, 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.

upcoming events

halloween parade

On Tuesday, 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.


Our fall Open House will be held on Sunday, November 5 from 1:00-3:00 in conjunction with the Family Trail Walks and StoryWalk®. It is the perfect opportunity for prospective parents to see, in person, what makes our school such a special place. Please invite your friends to come discover the value of a Friends Academy education. Learn how students are leaders of their own learning; explore Friends’ rich arts program; and learn about our long-standing  social and emotional programs to support students. From our outdoor programs and small classroom sizes, to our Early Childhood Program, Friends’ dedication to children and their families is uniquely all- encompassing.


We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 16 for a great evening at Friends Academy. Our third annual Evening for Parents is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other members of the FA community. See old friends, meet new friends, connect with faculty, and come out to support our school. Light hors'doeuvres, featuring oysters from Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, and complimentary wine and beer will be served.  Register here.

The Book Fair will be open for shopping, as will our School Store featuring apparel and a few other items.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm.

We will have limited childcare available for children currently enrolled at FA. You can sign up when you register.

Family Trail Walks and StoryWalk® at Friends Academy

Have you ever seen our on-campus ropes course, or taken a stroll past our vernal pool?  Newly maintained and marked, our 65-acre campus is the perfect place for an autumn walk in the woods! Join us, on Sunday, November 5th  for trail walks the whole family will love! For our younger friends, try our StoryWalk®, where families will discover the magical pages of a story along the trail. For the more adventurous, self-guided trai lwalks will allow you to discover the wild beauty of our woods and fields!

Trails will be open from 1:00 - 3:00pm.
Click here to register and learn a bit more.

Our walks are just as beautiful in the rain, and our story pages will be laminated. We hope you'll join us rain or shine!

Our Open House will be taking place at the same time, indoors.

Feel free to bring a friend!  Our trailwalks are FREE and open to the public.

Conversations with the Head

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.
Click here to register for Conversations with the Head