All-School Announcements 11.11.18

November 9, 2018

Upcoming School Safety Training for Faculty

As part of our ongoing focus on school safety and completing our ALICE training, the faculty will be working with the Dartmouth Police Department on Wednesday, November 14 in the Stites Building (Middle School).

Open House, storywalk, & open trail THANK YOUS!

Heartfelt and grateful thanks to all of our Parent Ambassadors and Student Leaders who helped introduce prospective parents and their families to Friends on Sunday, November 4th. We were also joined by alums and past parents! We had a very successful event, welcoming almost 30 families, many of whom were brought in by current families. THANK YOU!


The Friends Academy School Store is now available online via The Gob Shop in Warren, RI. The online store will be open Sunday, November 11th through Tuesday, November 20th for purchases. You can click here to see the store! Please note, you have two shipping options. You can either pick up your items at the Gob Shop or you can pay to have them shipped directly to you. In addition, we will be selling some grab and go merchandise during the Parent Cocktail Party on Thursday, November 15th. Looking forward to seeing you at that event.

Upcoming Events

Ultimate Frisbee! 

Once again Mr Pelissier and Mr. Zine will be offering Ultimate Frisbee on Tuesday afternoons for students in grades 5-8. Though this is not an official sport here at FA, we will get in some great practice, and play some serious games. All skill levels are welcome, but come prepared to run and play hard. We recommend dressing as you would for a regular sports practice, but in layers, since the weather is getting colder. Please bring a water bottle. We recommend a snack as well. Please call the office to register.

We will be playing on Tuesday, November 13, and 20. Pick up will be at 4:45 at the gym entrance. Students left after that time will be sent to the After-School Program.

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

Book Fair 2018 - Information & Hours

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

Tuesday, November 20: Our annual Turkey Trot will be from 1:30-2:30ish. Parents are welcome to watch from the sidelines and have the option to dismiss students (after checking in with their teacher) immediately after. Students not dismissed early will return to their classrooms. After-School Care will be held as usual from 3:00-5:30.

First Wednesdays

Our next First Wednesday will be on December 5 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: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1.  Thank you!


AuthorFest is this week! See the link above for information and hours.


Dress Code
The Friends Academy dress code asks students to be professional, safe, and respectful. Clothing for class should be more professional than athletic wear such as leggings or sweatpants. Clothing should also be in good repair, without large rips. Questions and suggestions are welcome. Please direct them to Susan Yao.

SSAT Preparation and Testing:
Students may take the SSAT on campus on Saturday, December 8. Please register on ssat.org by November 17. Remember to list our school (#3280) as a recipient of your child’s scores. If your child qualifies for accommodations and you'd like to explore the option of a closed session for students with accommodations, please contact Susan Yao.

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.


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.