During the school year we have a variety of events that encourage community, program, social enrichment and good old-fashioned fun!
For more information on these events, please reference our School Calendar. Information on grade- or program-specific events might be found on classroom or division websites.
Here are a few of the events we have during the school year:
For one week in the fall, students in each grade in the Middle School move mostly outdoors to learn more about themselves and about each other. The experience fosters teamwork and promotes social skill building, as students spend considerable time together in small groups and as a class.
Sixth grade spends one week, mostly on campus, experiencing our ropes course. They canoe our local waters, study the environment, and participate in service learning opportunities. Seventh grade spends most of the week at Chewonki, an outdoor education program on a salt marsh in Wiscasset, Maine. Eighth grade spends most of the week in New York City, where they experience firsthand the city’s cultural diversity, strengthen relationships with peers and faculty, and enjoy the city’s many resources.
These fall evening meetings for parents include a welcome from our Head of School. In the Middle School, parents are then invited to visit classrooms and teachers by following a short school-day schedule for the purpose of hearing about the program and expectations for the year. In the Lower School, parents are introduced to special subject teachers and then spend most of the evening with their child’s classroom teacher.
All students and faculty members are invited to display their costumes in a parade through the school. Parents are invited to come and guess the faculty/staff theme.
This annual event takes place in November prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Book Fair is the major fundraising event for the library. Books are available for purchase with a portion of the profits benefiting the library. There is also an opportunity to make a donation to the library by selecting a book from the library’s wish list. Teacher wish lists for donations to classroom libraries are also displayed.
AuthorFest is a one-day event that is held during the week of the Book Fair. It is a special day in which authors and illustrators visit students in small grade level groups in the morning, and are then available to sign books in the afternoon during the Book Fair.
Students in K-8 participate in a running event which takes place the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break. Parents are welcome to attend.
Held in December and May, these assemblies highlight seasonal music, dance, and drama.
Most school years include two school plays, one in the fall and one in the spring. Both plays include after-school rehearsals and an evening performance.
Students in early childhood through grade eight display their artwork at this annual event. Students in grades six through eight read original poems.
To foster connections for our students with adults beyond the immediate family, particularly those across generations, Friends hosts this special day in May. Grandparents or family friends are invited to join students in their classrooms. Dismissal begins at 12:00 p.m.
Students in K-8 participate in a spirit day in the spring. Students are assigned a team, Blue or Gray, and represent that team for their entire tenure at Friends Academy. Parents are encouraged to attend in the afternoon.
On the last day of school, a special ceremony celebrates the graduation of the eighth grade. All students in grades four through eight are expected to participate. This is a “dress day.” In the event of rain, Class Day will be held in the Commons. Due to space limitations, only 8th grade students and their families will attend.
From time to time Friends brings in guest speakers to address the community. In the past, a diverse range of topics has been covered, including discipline, homework, and family communication. These events are open to the public.
A variety of family-friendly events are offered throughout the year for members of the Friends Academy community to socialize and develop friendships with one another. Please see the school calendar and the Heads Up for announcements.