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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: February 2021

Upcoming Events

Among Friends Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 10 - 7:00 PM EST (Note this event was originally scheduled for February 24 but was postponed)

Jason Berman '02, President of Mandalay Pictures, will join Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas '01, for the evening to discuss his recent projects including Nine Days, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, what working in the film industry was like at the peak of the pandemic, and the industry's future.

Berman has produced feature films that have debuted at premiere film festivals around the globe, including the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca, Berlinale, and Edinburgh. 

Berman's recent productions include: Edson Oda’s Sundance award winning film Nine Days starring Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, and Benedict Wong; Anthony Mandler’s Surrounded starring Letitia Wright, Jamie Bell and Michael K. Williams; Olivier Megaton’s The Last Days of American Crime starring Edgar Ramirez; Prentice Penny’s Uncorked, Cindy Chupack’s Otherhood, Clark Johnson’s Juanita, Jonathan Helpert's IO, Gerard McMurray's Burning Sands, Ryan Koo's Amateur, Eli Craig's Little Evil, and Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation.

Berman was named in the 2016 Variety Dealmakers Impact Report, in Variety in 2011 as one of the Top Ten Producers to Watch, and by Deadline Hollywood in 2012 as one of the Top Ten Producers to Watch at Sundance.

Prior to producing, Berman worked at the William Morris Agency, MGM Studios, and for writer/director Gary Ross. Berman is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, where he is now an adjunct professor. Berman helped to develop and start the Catalyst program at the Sundance Institute.

For the details and the link to register, click here.

Alumni Weekend 2021

We are excited to celebrate the classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6!

The Alumni Office is planning a number of engaging virtual events and experiences, all times listed are EST:

Reunion Event Kit - Upon registering for events, alumni who are in a Reunion year will be mailed a special package with a bit of Friends School swag, and a signature cocktail recipe for the weekend.

Virtual Campus Tour - View a recorded video tour of iconic spots on campus. The tour will be led by Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas '01, with some special alumni and faculty cameos.

Virtual "Collection" - Listen to a recorded update from Head of School, Matt Micciche, who is leaving Friends at the end of June after 16 years of service.

Virtual Alumni Award Ceremonies – All alumni are invited to these annual celebratory gatherings where we will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards, Outstanding Alumni Service Awards, and Honorary Alumni Award. We will honor the award recipients, hear about their exciting careers, and celebrate their outstanding accomplishments. The ceremonies will be split into two events:

  • Thursday at 7:00 pm for the recipients in the classes ending in 1 and 6: Peter Kaestner '71, Distinguished Alumni Award; Philip J. Merrill '81, Distinguished Alumni Award; John Humphries, MD '76*, Outstanding Alumni Service Award; Janelle Milam Schmidt '96, Outstanding Alumni Service Award.
  • Friday at 7:00 pm for the recipients in the classes ending in 0 and 5: Peter Block, MD '55, Distinguished Alumni Award; Anita Gadhia-Smith, Psy.D., M.S.W. '80, Distinguished Alumni Award; Kitty Bryant '75, Outstanding Alumni Service Award; Heidi Blalock H'20, Honorary Alumni Award.

Virtual Meeting for Worship, Saturday 3:00 - 3:30 pm - Reunion classes are invited to join us for this tradition shared by generations of alumni. We will take the opportunity to gather, celebrate, and reflect.

Virtual Trivia, Saturday 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Hosted by CharmCity Trivia, each Reunion class will compete as a team against other classes - first place will receive a prize from the Alumni Office!

Class Parties - Each Class Reunion Committee is planning the format of their own class party. Please contact your Committee for updates! Not sure who is on your Class Committee? Email Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas '01: cpappas@friendsbalt.org.

Registration will open soon!

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

For the February update from the DEI Office, click here. As a reminder, our DEI newsletter includes a recap of the month, updates about ongoing initiatives in our Strategic Working Plan for Racial Equity, upcoming events, and other general announcements.

Black Lives Matter at School

This past week, Friends School’s Black Lives Matter Club launched a week of activities to observe the national Black Lives Matter Week of Action/Year of Purpose. This annual event was created by Black Lives Matter at School, a national coalition formed to organize for racial justice in education. Every day there were different activities that Upper and Middle School students, faculty, and staff could engage in. One highlight of the week was a presentation from our Director of Marketing & Communications, Theo George:

Black History Matters: How Black Counterculture Transformed America w/ Theo George, Director of Marketing & Communications: Hippies twirling in an open field at the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival are what most Americans picture when they hear the word “counterculture”. Although rarely acknowledged by historians, Black American counterculture is one of the largest forces that has shaped American culture. This presentation will give a crash course in the major Black countercultural figures and moments.

Click here to watch Theo's presentation. 

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Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. This month's stories include Peter Block, MD ’55, Anita Gadhia-Smith, Psy.D., M.S.W. '80, Philip Merrill '81, Peter Kaestner '71, Kitty Bryant '75, John E. Humphries, MD '76, Janelle Milam Schmidt '96, Heidi Blalock H'20, and more. To hear what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories, click HERE.

Are you doing something interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in our Noteworthy list!

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Campus News & Happenings

Chamber Choir Sings Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan 

Enjoy a video of our Chamber Choir under the direction of Michael McVey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37IUQ3WGMWE

The Quaker Quill is Online!

Remember the Quill? To read the latest from the student-run paper click here.

More Campus News

For more noteworthy stories from campus click here.  

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Development News

On December 1st, a $50,000 challenge was launched to inspire end-of-year giving and to support important initiatives for our students. Over 400 people “answered the call” and raised $311,640 – more than six times the amount needed to receive the match.

Missed the challenge? It’s not too late to make your gift because Friends School still needs to raise $130,000 for The Fund for Friends by June 30th.

When our alumni give, you help the School:

  •  Allows for a diverse community of learners to remain in community ($8 million this year)
  • Support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office programming
  • Provides updated technology and a safe campus ($1 million spent) 

Giving is Easy!
Make your gift online: alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving
OR
Via Venmo, please scan below or text FFF21 to 41444 to make your gift online.

 

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Alumni News:

December 2020/January 2021

Upcoming Events

Virtual MLK Jr Day of Service with Friends School

Monday, January 18, 2021, Various Times

MLK Jr Day is a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities in honor of Dr. King’s memory. On Monday, January 18, 2021, hundreds of Friends School of Baltimore students, faculty, staff, and alumni will participate in volunteer activities in support of MLK Day Jr Day of Service. Due to the pandemic the day will look different, but as we have for the previous 16 years, on this day we will join one another to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality by serving our greater community.

The Community Action Team of the Alumni Association Board (Alexis Bond '08, Leigh Buck Friedman '71, Marilyn Harris-Davis '71, Elijah Muhammad '12, Hannah Allen Poland '08, Nick Rodricks '08, Jackie Ross '73, and Billy Sweet '05) is pleased to partner with Friends to present three (virtual) service opportunities for alumni to serve alongside students and their families.

For the details and the link to register, click HERE.

Virtual Oyster Tasting with Dylan's Oyster Cellar

Sunday, January 31, 2021, 5:00 PM EST on Zoom (Local Baltimore-Area Event*)

Co-owners of Dylan's Oyster Cellar, Irene Donnelly Salmon '02 and Dylan Salmon, will talk guests through three different oyster farming regions and provide tasting notes for each example oyster. They will also discuss their Coddie appetizer - a regional classic, and give guests a mixology demo of their famous Surfer Rosa cocktail! The floor will be open for guest questions and comments at times during the event. 

Ticket Purchase Includes:

Access to the 45-minute event
Half dozen oysters from three different regions
Cocktail sauce/mignonette
House specialty starter, the Coddie
Surfer Rosa Specialty Cocktail - Reposado tequila, hibiscus, blackberry, lime (optional)

Ticket Option #1: $20 per ticket (withOUT Specialty Cocktail)
Ticket Option #2: $31 per ticket (with Specialty Cocktail)

We are delighted to support an alumni-owned restaurant!

*On the day of the event, guests are required to pick up their event kit (containing the food items listed above) at Dylan's Oyster Cellar, 3601 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211, between 3:00 - 4:30 pm, therefore, this event is for Baltimore-area alumni.

Guests are welcome to place an order for additional cocktails/bottles of wine, and food directly through Dylan’s website. Additional items will need to be scheduled by the guest for pickup between 3:00 - 4:30 pm - the same time as event kit pick-up.

Please click HERE by January 28 to register. Registration will close after January 28. 

 

Alumni Weekend 2021

Times are still uncertain as we continue to navigate the pandemic situation. What we know right now is that we will have an Alumni Weekend to celebrate the classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6. At this time, the Alumni Office is planning a virtual program, and the School is going to try to provide an option for folks to come to campus if it is safe to do so come April 30th. All of this is still in the preliminary planning stages. We will continue to update alumni in Reunion years in the weeks to come. 

Classes ending in 1 and 6, if you are interested in helping with Reunion plans as part of your class committee, please email Christine Pappas '01 cpappas@friendsbalt.org.

In the meantime, update your personal, professional, and contact information here: http://bit.ly/FSUPDATE

In Case You Missed It...Recorded Events

Among Friends Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

If you were unable to join us for the first three sessions of Among Friends, click HERE to see what you missed! Sessions include: Creating Community in a Digital World with Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons '92, Coping with Our New Normal with Anita Gadhia-Smith '80 and Kit MacLean '02, and Estate Planning, What You Should Know with Portia Wood '02.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

Read the January DEI newsletter here. As a reminder, our DEI newsletter includes a recap of the month, updates about ongoing initiatives in our Strategic Working Plan for Racial Equity, upcoming events, and other general announcements. 

Anti-Racism Hub

To keep the community informed about the concrete action steps that have taken place in our anti-racism efforts, the School has created an Anti-Racism Hub. The hub will be updated regularly as more actions are taken. A link to the hub will be included in this section of the alumni newsletter moving forward.

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Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. This month's stories include Philip Merrill '81, Eli Henslee '17, Kathleen Cusack Lyon '97, and more. To hear what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories, click HERE.

Are you doing something interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in our Noteworthy list!

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Campus News & Happenings

Fall Sports Wrap-Up 

Enjoy a wrap-up video of our fall sports: https://youtu.be/M-CyNV1cU-A

The Quaker Quill is Online!

Remember the Quill? To read the latest from the student-run paper click here.

More Campus News

For more noteworthy stories from campus click here.  

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Development News

When Opportunity Knocks…Answer!

Calendar year-end giving may be over, but there is still plenty of time to give to Friends School. Your gift to The Fund for Friends is the most immediate way for you to support important initiatives for today’s students and faculty.

When our alumni give, you help the School:

  • Provide student financial assistance to over 50% of our families ($8 million this year)
  • Support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office programming
  • Modify the campus so that students and staff can safely return amidst the pandemic ($1 million spent) 

Giving is Easy!
Make your gift online: alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving
OR
Via Venmo, please scan below or text FFF21 to 41444 to make your gift online.

 

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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: November 2020

Upcoming Events

The Hiram Holton II '95 Scholarship Event

Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:30 PM EST on Zoom

In 1995, The Hiram Holton II Scholarship Fund was established by the Class of 1995, the Black Student Union, friends, family and others in celebration and memory of Hiram Holton II, beloved Friends School classmate and friend.

Hosted by the Scholarship Steering Committee, the Alumni Office, and Hiram's friends, please join us as we honor Hiram's memory, celebrate the most recent fundraising milestone, hear from members of Friends School's Black Student Union, and more!

Click here to register by November 30. 

Alumni Weekend 2021

Times are still uncertain as we continue to navigate the pandemic situation. What we know right now is that we will have an Alumni Weekend to celebrate the classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6. At this time, the Alumni Office is planning a virtual program, and the School is going to try to provide an option for folks to come to campus if it is safe to do so come April 30th. All of this is still in the preliminary planning stages, and we hope to know more in January. We will continue to update alumni in Reunion years in the weeks to come. 

In the meantime, update your personal, professional, and contact information here: http://bit.ly/FSUPDATE

Classes ending in 1 and 6, nominate classmates for an alumni award or for the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame here: 

Athletic Hall of Fame: http://alumni.friendsbalt.org/HOF
Alumni Awards: http://alumni.friendsbalt.org/page.aspx?pid=437

In Case You Missed It...Recorded Events

Among Friends Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

If you were unable to join us for the first three sessions of Among Friends, click on the images below to see what you missed!

Creating Community in a Digital World
Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons '92

Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons ‘92, Visual Storyteller, Digital Media Advisor; Faculty Member, Tourism & Hospitality Dept at University of Southern Maine joins us for our first installment of this series to talk about creating community in a digital world, in meetings, on social media, and beyond. 

Coping with Our New Normal
Anita Gadhia-Smith '80 and Kit MacLean '02

Kit MacLean '02, Licensed Clinical Psychologist; and Anita Gadhia-Smith '80, Doctor of Psychology and Clinical Social Worker, 2020 Best in Washington, D.C. Psychotherapist, and 2020 Friends School Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, join us to talk about themes that they are seeing with patients in their own practices, and coping with our new reality through self-care, structure, and connection.

Estate Planning, What You Should Know
Portia Wood '02

Portia Wood, Esq '02, Partner at Wood Legal Group, LLP, named Top 40 under 40 by the National Black Lawyers Association for the past four years, will discuss important elements of estate planning and financial strategy. Portia's firm specializes in comprehensive estate planning, child guardianship planning, trust administration, and probate litigation. Her passion is working with young families. This session is for all ages - "Everyone over the age of 18 needs an estate plan but you don't need the same estate plan," Portia says. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Friends

November Update from the DEI Office 

The third installment of the monthly DEI newsletter from the DEI Office will be up soon on the Anti-Racism Hub. As a reminder, our DEI newsletter will be shared each month, and include a recap of the month, updates about ongoing initiatives in our Strategic Working Plan for Racial Equity, upcoming events, and other general announcements. For the November update click here.

Theatre Program DEI Committee

Friends School of Baltimore has been taking active steps toward creating a theatre program that includes and involves as many students as possible, that promotes cultural awareness, diversity, equity and inclusion, in addition to helping build students’ self-esteem and communication skills and the potential to continue theater arts study after graduation. If you would like to be a part of a committee of current faculty, alums, and students exploring this, please reach out to Christine Pappas '01 cpappas@friendsbalt.org.

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Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. This month's stories include Fay Karfgin Stephens '59, Eric Dang '06, Ken Kolodner '72, Brad Kolodner '08, Austin Lasky '09, Tom Starr '09, Peter Kaestner '71, and more. To hear what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories, click HERE.

Are you doing something interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in our Noteworthy list!

 

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Campus News & Happenings

Virtual Student Performances 

Over the past eight months, our faculty and students have found creative ways to engage in the world of virtual learning. Here are just a few examples of musical performances by our students. Enjoy!

"High Reel" performed by the Friends School Fiddle Club

"Octopus's Garden" performed by the 6th Grade Chorus

"See You Again" performed by the Friends School Apollos

"Mission Impossible" performed by the Friends School 7th/8th Grade Orchestra

"Feeling Good" performed by the Upper School Orchestra & Guests

The Quaker Quill is Online!

Remember the Quill? To read the lastest from the student-run paper click here

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Development News

December 1st is #GivingTuesday, we hope will consider supporting Friends School.

All new gifts made to The Fund for Friends will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.

Giving is Easy!
Make your gift online: igfn.us/f/31bi/n
OR
Via Venmo, please scan below or text FFF21 to 41444 to make your gift online.

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Alumni News: October 2020

Events

Among Friends: A Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

Join us for our virtual speaker series which will provide informative and interactive sessions that showcase the knowledge and talents of our alumni.

Next Friday: Coping with Our New Normal

Coping with Our New Normal - Friday, November 6, 12:00 PM - Kit MacLean '02, Licensed Clinical Psychologist; and Anita Gadhia-Smith '80, Doctor of Psychology and Clinical Social Worker, 2020 Best in Washington, D.C. Psychotherapist, and 2020 Friends School Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, join us to talk about themes that they are seeing with patients in their own practices, and coping with our new reality through self-care, structure, and connection. There will be time for Q & A at the end of the session. Register HERE

Up Next: Estate Planning, What You Should Know

Estate Planning, What You Should Know - Wednesday, November 18, 12:00 PM - Portia Wood, Esq '02, Partner at Wood Legal Group, LLP, named Top 40 under 40 by the National Black Lawyers Association for the past four years, will discuss important elements of estate planning and financial strategy. Portia's firm specializes in comprehensive estate planning, child guardianship planning, trust administration, and probate litigation. Her passion is working with young families. This session is for all ages - "Everyone over the age of 18 needs an estate plan but you don't need the same estate plan," Portia says. She will take questions and the end of the session. Register HERE.

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series

This year, the Friends School Parents Association (FSPA) and the School will host a guest speaker series focusing on DEI-related topics. This series is for the entire Friends School community, including alumni and parents of alumni. To register for the first session click HERE.

Alumni Weekend 2021

Save the date! We will celebrate classes ending in 0,1,5, and 6!

Update your personal, professional, and contact information here: http://bit.ly/FSUPDATE

Class ending in 1 and 6, nominate classmates for an alumni award or for the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame here: 

Athletic Hall of Fame: http://alumni.friendsbalt.org/HOF
Alumni Awards: http://alumni.friendsbalt.org/page.aspx?pid=437

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Friends

Monthly Update from the DEI Office 

Every month our Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and fellow alum Sarah Meteyer '08 will share updates as Friends continues to move forward with efforts to become an anti-racist institution. For the October update click here.

Theatre Program DEI Committee

Friends School of Baltimore has been taking active steps toward creating a theatre program that includes and involves as many students as possible, that promotes cultural awareness, diversity, equity and inclusion, in addition to helping build students’ self-esteem and communication skills and the potential to continue theater arts study after graduation. If you would like to be a part of a committee of current faculty, alums, and students exploring this, please reach out to Christine Pappas '01 cpappas@friendsbalt.org.

Anti-Racism Hub

To keep the community informed about the concrete action steps that have taken place in our anti-racism efforts, the School has created an Anti-Racism Hub. The hub will be updated regularly as more actions are taken. A link to the hub will be included in this section of the alumni newsletter moving forward.

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Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. This month's stories include Jennifer Tufaro Nolley '01, Lance Reddick '80, Imani White '18, Jason Berman '02, Nabil Odulate '12, and more. To hear what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories, click HERE.

 

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Campus News & Happenings

We're Hiring: Academic Coaches and Online Learning Proctors

These in-person positions, for the 2020-21 academic year, would supervise, support, and coach students in person who are participating in online coursework on campus in a structured setting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise and proctor a small group of students in their online learning
  • Provide support in academic skill areas, as needed, to individual students
  • Provide basic technical support and troubleshooting
  • Consult and communicate with teachers through email about individual students under your supervision
  • Offer input and feedback to teachers, administrators, and counselors about student progress and well-being in these campus learning settings through informal reports and information gathering
  • Ensure that students are in compliance with the COVID-19 Community Code of Conduct and are following all health and safety protocols established by the school for on campus learning and activity.
For more details and to apply, click here.

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Development News

Check your mailboxes, your inboxes, text messages and social media for your invitation to support
The Fund for Friends. We are getting the word out about all of the opportunities that you create when you make your gift.

New Opportunities:

COVID-19 Relief
30% of FSB families received additional financial assistance as a result of monies raised for this fund.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Friends School is committed to expanding our DEI programming by increasing staffing and programming for faculty and students.

Giving is Easy!
Make your gift online: alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving
OR
Via Venmo, please scan below or text FFF21 to 41444 to make your gift online.

 

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Alumni News: September 2020

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Alumni Association Board 2020-21

A Message from the Alumni Board Co-Chairs

We are excited to serve as the Alumni Association Board Co-Chairs this year. While our work this year will be mostly virtual, we will strive to instill and achieve a sense of community within the Board and the greater alumni community. We will plan virtual alumni events and volunteer opportunities, as well as continue to engage with members of the Friends School Administration about the ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) matters at Friends. We hope you will join us as the opportunities are planned throughout the year.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new members of the Board, Alexis Bond '08, Ali Pappas '07 and the senior student representatives Sophia Kessenich '21 and Jamal Schlitz '21

A special thank you to Lauren Marks ’07 and David Ray ’06, previous Board Chairs, for helping guide us this summer and prepare for our new roles, and to the Board members who rolled off at the end of last year, Ouranitsa Abbas ’06, Rob Patterson ’81, and student representatives Alex Madsen ’20 and Nick Millspaugh ’20 for their dedication to Friends School and the Alumni Association.

If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association Board for the 2021-22 academic year, please email Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, Christine Pappas '01, at cpappas@friendsbalt.org. For a full list of the Board Members, click here.

-Alex Pabst ’05 and Hannah Allen Poland ’08

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Friends

Anti-Racism Hub

Friends continues to move forward with efforts to become an anti-racist institution. As shared with alumni in the Commitment to Racial Equity Update, to keep the community informed about the concrete action steps that have taken place, the School has created an Anti-Racism Hub. The hub will be updated regularly as more actions are taken. A link to the hub, and any other relevant items will be highlighted in this section of the alumni newsletter moving forward.

Monthly Updates from the DEI Office

Sarah Meteyer '08,
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Starting later this month, there will also be monthly updates from our Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and fellow alum Sarah Meteyer '08. These updates will also be shared in this section of the alumni newsletter.

Please contact Sarah directly if you have any questions about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work at Friends School: smeteyer@friendsbalt.org.

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Campus News & Happenings

Strategic Transition To Remote Instruction Designed For Excellence (STRIDE)

The COVID-19 pandemic created multiple challenges for our faculty last spring, but with enormous dedication and diligence, they reinvented themselves as educators and instantaneously pivoted to a remote learning environment. This summer, all of our faculty spent several hours per week completing the STRIDE program, designed and implemented in collaboration with Constellation Learning, which provided training to move between remote and in-person learning. By completing the STRIDE program, we’ve set our faculty and students up to succeed in what will be a challenging year ahead. See the STRIDE information page for more about the program.

School Reopening Update

The Pre-Primary and Lower School have been gradually re-entering since September 8 and will continue through early October. The Middle and Upper School began the year in distance learning mode and will begin re-entering in October.

Campus remains closed to visitors and guests, and all on-campus alumni-related activities will be virtual at this time.

To access more details, updates and the latest news regarding the status of our reopening plans, please click here.

We're Hiring: Upper School Academic Coaches and Online Learning Proctors

These positions, for the 2020-21 academic year, would supervise, support, and coach Upper School students in person who are participating in online coursework on campus in a structured setting.

Responsibilites include:

    • Supervise and proctor a small group of students in their online learning
    • Provide support in academic skill areas, as needed, to individual students
    • Provide basic technical support and troubleshooting
    • Consult and communicate with teachers through email about individual students under your supervision
    • Offer input and feedback to teachers, administrators, and counselors about student progress and well-being in these campus
      learning settings through informal reports and information gathering
    • Ensure that students are in compliance with the COVID-19 Community Code of Conduct and are following all health and safety protocols established by the school for on campus learning and activity.

For more details and to apply, click here

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Noteworthy Alumni

Our alumni are accomplishing amazing things.

Click here to check out what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories.

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Events

Alumni Weekend 2021

Classes ending in 0, 1, 5, 6, Save the Date for April 30 - May 2, 2021! Whether we see each other online, in person, or both, we promise Alumni Weekend 2021 will be a memorable one!

Please visit http://bit.ly/FSUPDATE to provide us with any personal, professional or contact information updates.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming virtual alumni events! We are planning a "Live with Friends" virtual speaker series, and more.

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COVID-19 Alumni Support Network

Support Our Local Friends in the Food Service Business

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar
https://www.anxodc.com/
Sam Fitz '02 and Rachel Fitz '04, Co-Owners

B.C. Brewery
https://www.bcbrewerymd.com/
Dave Magdeburger '12, Chef

Dylan's Oyster Cellar
https://dylansoyster.com/
Irene Donnely Salmon '02, Co-Owner

Occasions Catering
https://occasionscaterers.com/
Eric Michael '80, Co-Founder and Creative Director

Pepe's
http://www.pepes6081.com/
Andy Makris P'18, Owner

Rouge Fine Catering
https://www.rougecatering.com/
Celeste Bendetti P'18, Founding Partner and Vice President Sales & Marketing

Zeffert & Gold Catering
https://zeffertandgold.com/
Matt Gold '02, Creative Director

Want to be added to the list? Email cpappas@friendsbalt.org. 

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Development News

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who made a gift last year. Here's a recap from Friends School Athletics' staff members Torens Johnson and Ken Zalis...

Having trouble with the video image or link? Click here.  

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Alumni News: April 2020
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Events



Virtual Hangouts 

The Alumni Office is looking to organize virtual hangouts for our alumni over Zoom. These could be morning coffee sessions, evening happy hours, or anything in between. So that we can get a better idea of what our alums are looking for, if you are interested in participating, please sign up using this form (it is short).

As we begin to organize these hangouts we'll let you know the details!




Alumni Weekend 2020 Virtual Collection and Meeting for Worship
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm

To honor the classes ending in 0s and 5s, the Alumni Office will host a virtual Collection and Meeting for Worship on Saturday of Alumni Weekend. This will be an opportunity to gather, celebrate, and reflect as we wait for next year.

Head of School Matt Micciche will provide an update from the School in a virtual Collection, which will be a link to a YouTube video to watch at 3:00 pm, and then the School will host a Meeting for Worship over Zoom at 3:15 pm.

If you would like to join us, please sign up using this form by Thursday, April 30.

A link to the Collection YouTube video and instructions with the Zoom link and password to access the Meeting for Worship will be sent on the morning of Friday, May 1 to those who fill out the form indicating they will attend.

We hope to see you there!

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COVID-19 Alumni Support Network

Community Partnerships

Austin Ritter '08 and his dad Tom Ritter P '05 '08 '12 are collecting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel through Medical Supply Drive  www.medicalsupplydrive.org (Austin is a regional coordinator). So far they have delivered a total of 267 N95 masks, 4,358 surgical masks and 23,800 gloves. Supplies are still urgently needed and any amount makes a difference. If you have any supplies to donate or would like to get involved, please email austin.ritter@gmail.com. A feature story on Tom and Austin can also be found in the Noteworhty Alumni section below.

For other opportunities to support those affected by Coronavirus, please visit the School's Coronavirus Information Page and click on "How to Support our Baltimore City Community Partners.” We welcome you to use this list as a resource for how you might get involved alongside other members of our community. Also, if you have an initiative you are involved with that you would like added to this list we are happy to do that as well, please email Christine Pappas '01 at cpappas@friendsbalt.org. 

Support Our Local Friends in the Food Service Business

Want to be added to the list? Email cpappas@friendsbalt.org

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Campus News & Happenings

"Tonight with Friends"

This new web video series, hosted by Matt Micciche, is meant to bring some fun and joy to our community during our time away from campus. There have been three episodes so far:

Episode 1 – Featuring Lindsay Leimbach ’84 giving mindfulness/ wellness tips and an appearance by alumnus faculty member Nabil Odulate ’12 “TikToking”

Episode 2 – Featuring an interview with actor Lance Reddick ’80 and a Friends School Fiddle Club performance

Episode 3 - Featuring Kayleigh Ford '17 who is a Tufts University student and is now a virtual teaching assistant for Mr. Paulson's Upper School Fiction Writing. 

New episodes appear weekly on Instagram @friendsbalt, Facebook, and on our YouTube channel @friendsbalt

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Noteworthy Alumni

Our alumni are accomplishing amazing things and coming back to campus!

Click here to check out what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories.

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Development News

$25,000 Inspiration Match 

On Tuesday, May 5th, a new global day of giving is taking place as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

We anticipate that there will be an increased need for tuition assistance, now and into next year, because of the financial effects this global pandemic has had on our community.

Now more than ever, your gift provides inspiration and hope to those who are uncertain that a Friends School education is still possible for their child(ren).
So, how can you help?

Join members of the Friends School community and make your gift on Tuesday! Are you feeling inspired today? Click here to participate.

All new gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.

Together, we are stronger. Together, we are Friends School!

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Friends School
From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: March 2020
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Staying Connected During the Pandemic

During this time of lockdowns and social distancing, many people have spent their free time connecting and re-connecting with friends and relatives in the virtual space. We have already seen our alums offering support to each other and to the School, whether it be a virtual happy hour with friends, or guest-teaching in a virtual classroom.

 We encourage you to follow us on Facebook if you do not already - search Friends School of Baltimore Alumni. We've already posted local alumni-owned businesses that you can support and other cool things our alumni are doing in the time of COVID-19. You can also stay connected with the School via our Instagram account @friendsbalt.

If you do make a Friends School connection, we want to know about it! Please take a screenshot, snap a photo or jot down the story and share it with the Alumni Office - alumni@friendsbalt.org.

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Noteworthy Alumni

Our alumni are accomplishing amazing things and coming back to campus!

Click here to check out what your fellow Quakers are doing and other noteworthy stories.

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Events

Regional and Campus Events

Our regional and campus events for the spring have been placed on hold.

When it is safe to do so, we look forward to seeing you in-person.

For photos from some of our regional events click here

POSTPONED: Alumni Weekend 2020

New Dates: April 30 - May 2, 2021

Alumni Weekend 2020 has been postponed to next year, April 30 - May 2, 2021 when the 0's and 5's will celebrate with the 1's and 6's. For the formal announcement, please see a letter from Alumni Director Christine Pappas '01 here.

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Campus News & Happenings

Coming Soon - "Tonight with Friends"

Join Matt Micciche on Facebook as he welcomes special community guests (including alumni) - more information coming soon! 

Coronavirus Information Hub

To see the latest information from Friends School visit our Coronavirus Information Hub. Among other resources, the hub has a list of ways we can support Baltimore City. If your organization would like to be considered for the list or if you would like to volunteer to help any of these organizations please email alumni@friendsbalt.org.

Visit the hub here

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Class Notes

Class secretaries will be requesting class notes soon! Share your stories and life updates with them!

We are currently looking for secretaries for the following classes: 1957, 1965, 1966, 2013 and 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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