All-School Announcements 11.18.18

November 17, 2018


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.

Friends Academy Fund

The Parent Participation Challenge for this year's Friends Academy Fund is in full swing. What is the challenge? If a grade level, or the faculty/staff, reaches 75% participation by December 31st, 2018, it will trigger an additional $1,000 gift to the Fund from an anonymous donor. If the school works together, an additional $11,000 will go directly towards the Friends Academy Fund!

The faculty/staff have already reached this goal. Congratulations Faculty and Staff!

Who will be next? Every gift matters. Every gift is meaningful. Donations run the gamut, the important thing is that you participate. You can click here to donate today, OR, you can email me at jpink@friendsacademy1810.org that you pledge to give before June 30th, 2019 and that will count.

Percentages to date:

  • Early Childhood - 33%
  • Kindergarten - 25%
  • Grade 1 - 55% (current leaders!)
  • Grade 2 - 21%
  • Grade 3 - 41%
  • Grade 4 - 35%
  • Grade 5 - 18%
  • Grade 6 - 34%
  • Grade 7 - 46%
  • Grade 8 - 23%

Upcoming Events

Ultimate Frisbee! 

Mr. Pelissier and Mr. Zine have been 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 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.

Turkey Trot

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!



Spirit Days
Several times a year, Middle School Advisories dress up and decorate their classrooms according to a theme and compete to win the spirit stick. The first Spirit Day will be Tuesday, November 20 in honor of the Turkey Trot. Costumes and decorations encouraged!

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.