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Friends School
From the Head of School's Office

Dear Friends School Alumni,

The yearly turning of the calendar provides us the opportunity to reflect on all that is new in our lives.  Just as important, though, is the annual act of recommitting to that which carries on from one year to another.  This marriage of the timely and the timeless is one that I see play itself out continually at Friends School.

At this moment in the 234-year life of the School, we are blessed with an ample supply of both exciting new initiatives and enduring touchstones.  The former derive largely from Friends Connects, the strategic direction which you may have heard about in previous outreach from the Alumni Office. Recently approved by the Board of Trustees, this is a guide for the School’s future.   As its name suggests, Friends Connects is focused on deepening the relationships between those of us on campus each day and - among others - our students’ families, our alumni, parents of alumni, Quaker organizations, the global community, and, notably, the City of Baltimore, its people, and its institutions.   Planning groups (including many alumni and parents of alumni) have begun meeting and will soon be generating research and design teams to create and pursue initiatives that will move us towards Friends Connects’ overarching objective of “nurturing young people who are self-aware, emotionally intelligent, intellectually engaged, socially conscious, culturally competent, and who interact with others – locally and globally - in meaningful and transformative ways.”

Achieving this ambitious goal will be neither easy nor straightforward, and we will need to call upon the supportive efforts of all the members of our community to more fully imagine and then realize this future state.  As we do this very timely work, we will steer by the light of the timeless values that are the enduring bedrock of Friends School.  As our alumni and parents of alumni, you carry with you the institutional memory and the spirit of our School, and so I hope that those of you who are able will find ways to be involved with and inform the planning and implementation of Friends Connects.

In creating Friends Connects and contemplating the School’s next 234 years, our motto, that “the world needs what our children can do,” has been much in mind.  I do believe that when we are at our best, what happens on campus each day is doing nothing short of changing the world by nurturing young people who will be equipped and inclined to build a better tomorrow.  Of course, the very formulation of the phrase “changing the world” suggests that the world needs changing and that what we offer to students and families runs counter to some prevailing trends in the wider society.  Friends schools, and Quakers in general, have long embraced our role as a countercultural force, a remedy to what ails us in a particular time and place.  In fact, I see our greatest strengths springing from those ways in which we most distinctly diverge from some of the more troubling norms that surround us.

  • In a noisy world, where the space and time for quiet contemplation are frequently usurped by the ubiquitous presence of technology and other distractions, we are and always have been a community that intentionally makes room for the regular practice of silent reflection; developing in our students a lifelong appreciation of the necessity and benefits of finding quiet amidst the din of everyday life.
     
  • In this moment of harsh and divisive public rhetoric, which so often consists of one group shouting past the other, we are and always have been a community that values the vigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and insists on the humble acknowledgement that we can only move forward through careful listening to those with whom we disagree.
     
  • In an era that has been frighteningly described as “post-truth,” we are and always have been a school that encourages its students to doggedly pursue truth through careful and critical reflection and analysis.
     
  • In a time when inequity and separation increasingly tear at the social fabric, we are and always have been guided by the belief that there is that of God in every person, and committed to pursuing the ideals of equality and community, alongside people from around the community and across the socio-economic spectrum, knowing that proximity is the great healer of the divides that plague us.
     
  • Amidst a wider culture where the quest for self-promotion and instant gratification dominate, we are and always have been a school that fosters in its students the ability and inclination to think beyond themselves and beyond the here and now.
     
  • In an educational landscape where schools have far too often stifled the innate curiosity and creativity of children and substituted rote memorization for exploration and understanding, we are and always have been committed to the view that true learning is not a drudgerous race to an artificially-determined finish line, but rather an endless, invigorating, and joyful journey and one of the key sources of purpose and meaning in human lives.

From my conversations with our alumni through the years, I know that these have long been the hallmarks of a Friends education.  I’m convinced, as well, that they are exactly the qualities that our students will require if they are to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of this time and place.   The world may, indeed, never have needed what our children can do more than it does at this very moment, and Friends School stands uniquely equipped to prepare them for the doing, just as we have since 1784.

I wish you all the best for 2018 and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt

 

PS - Below you will find the January edition of the Friends School Alumni E-News Bulletin. This bulletin provides updates about Friends School and our alumni, along with concrete opportunities for you to get involved with the School and to help move the strategic direction forward.

 

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Alumni E- News January 2018

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Do you work in a science field?

The Science Department is planning a day of "Doing Science" during the school day on April 20, 2018. This will be an all-school experience and we are looking for alumni and parent of alumni presenters and small group facilitators who work in a science field (including but not limited to medicine, environmental, research, astronomy, STEM, sustainability, biology, chemistry and physics).  We are happy to work with your schedule to make your participation in our "Doing Science Day" possible.  Please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org for more information or to volunteer! 

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Friends School Alumni - Live on Facebook!

It's here! Our very own Friends School of Baltimore Alumni Facebook page! Alumni, students, parents and faculty are encouraged to click here or search Friends School of Baltimore Alumni on Facebook to "like" and "share" to stay connected with our community!

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Mark Your Calendar for Alumni Events!

Baltimore Alumni Happy Hour, Hosted by the Alumni Association Board
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Dylan's Oyster Cellar, 3601 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
No RSVP Necessary.

NYC Alumni Networking Event, Hosted by Ali Pappas '07
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Lois Wine Bar, 98 Loisaida Avenue, New York, NY 10009
RSVP HERE.

 

Alumni Classes ending in 3's and 8's - this is your Reunion year!
We welcome all alumni back to campus for exciting events including the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration, Back to the Classroom sessions with faculty, a Reunion Reception and more.

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Campus Happenings

The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys Discussion,
Monday, January 22, 6:30 pm, Forbush Auditorium
Friends School of Baltimore is excited to host speakers Eddie Moore Jr., Jack Hill, and Debby Irving for a discussion about the newly released book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. Join us in conversation around the main principles of this book. Register here.

 

Upper School Instrumental Concert, Thursday, January 18, 7:30 pm
The Upper School Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will perform in the Forbush Auditorium.

Katz Gallery Visiting Artist, Now through February 2, 2018
Reed Bmore, artist and designer at Bustin Boards will showcase his work. For more information contact Friends School faculty member Ben Roach broach@friendsbalt.org.

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends


Shanna Tellerman '99, Cofounder & CEO of Modsy, a company that is changing the face of virtual interior home design.


Guy Furman '98's innovation makes fresh mussels accessible across the country.


Vanessa Milio '87, is featured as The Daily Record's "Featured Mover."

 
Jamie Hubbard '98 & Irene Donnelly Salmon '02, Two of the hippest restuarants in town, owned by FSB alumi, are featured in Baltimore Style.

Click here to see what other noteworthy things are happening at Friends!

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Alumni Class Notes

We need Class Secretaries for the following classes: 1954, 1965, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1995, 2015, 2016.

If you are interested in becoming your class secretary please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

 

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Friends School
From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Thanksgiving 2017
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From Charles Street, Thank you from the Alumni Office! 

It's that time of year where we all think about the things that we are thankful for in our lives.  If you're like me you remember the days of gathering in the gym for Thanksgiving Convocation and singing "Simple Gifts" (we still do that by the way). Here at the Alumni Office, we would like to give thanks to those of you who help our School, whether it be through volunteering, donations or acting as ambassadors and spreading the word about Friends School to others.  Please click below to enjoy a video created by one of our Seniors, Ilana Wolchinsky '18, as a token of our appreciation.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.



Christine Pappas '01
Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
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Friends School Alumni - Live on Facebook!

It's here! Our very own Friends School of Baltimore Alumni Facebook page! Social media is an easy way for alumni, students, parents and faculty to learn what is happening with each other and here at Friends.  Please click below to "like" and "share" to stay connected and to let others know about this new online community!


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FriendsConnects
- Working to Shape the School's Future with Your Help

Here at Friends we are excited to have entered into a strategic planning process in order to meet the future needs of students, the adult professional community and families while maintaining the spirit of our community.  One of the strategic areas of focus is "To more fully engage families and alumni in the life of our campus community, in order to enrich these vital relationships." 

Amy Mortimer '87 and I are leading this area of focus and we need your help!  Those of you who are local, we would welcome you to help serve on the committee in order to brainstorm ideas about how we can more fully engage alumni and families.  Those of you who are not local, please let us know if you would be willing to consult with us on various initiatives.  Please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org with any questions or if you are interested in helping us!
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Save the Dates - Alumni Events!

"Friends in the City" Alumni Events - Click Here to Register

Baltimore, MD (Squash Match) - Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Meadow Mill Athletic Club, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21211 

Claremont, CA - November 29, 2017 - 6:30 pm 

Eureka Restaurant, 580 W. 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711 - this dinner is hosted by Darryl Tiggle of the FS College Counseling Office

Manhattan, NY - March 21, 2018 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Lois Wine Bar, 98 Loisaida Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Alumni Weekend 2018

May 4-6, 2018

Alumni classes ending in 3's and 8's are invited back to celebrate!

We are currently seeking reunion volunteers! If you would like to be a part of your reunion committee, please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.
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Campus Happenings

Tuesday, November 28, 7 pm

Goucher College president will share his insights on The Future of Education.  This event, made possible by the Friends School Class of 2000 Lecture Series, will take place in the Forbush Auditorium, is open to the public and admission is free.  Click below to register.



Sunday, December 10, 3 pm
Upper School Choral Concert in the Forbush Auditorium with performances by the Concert Chorale and the Chamber Choir, as well as the student a cappella Quaketones and Pleiades.
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Upper School Chemistry Teacher Needed

The Upper School is seeking a long-term substitute to teach Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry for the spring semester.  The Science Deparment is open to alumni who may not have formal teaching experience, but have been pursuing chemistry or science-related field at the graduate school level.  If you recall Ken Drews' class with fondness, come help carry on his legacy!

Click here to apply or pass along to others who might be interested.
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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends


Tucker Boner '11 Named Forbes' "30 Under 30."


Eliza Harris '14 makes the 2017 Women's Soccer First Team All-Patriot League.


John "Jay" Morse '66 writes a song for Friends.

Click here to see what other noteworthy things are happening at Friends!
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Alumni Nominations - We Need Your Help!

We are currently taking nominations for:

Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame

Distinguished Alumni Award

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

If you would like to nominate a fellow alumni or have any questions about if someone might qualify, please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.
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Alumni Class Notes

We need Class Secretaries for the following classes: 1954, 1965, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1995, 2015, 2016.

If you are interested in becoming your class secretary please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

 

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  September 2017

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Alumni E-News - Back to School 2017

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The Friends School Alumni Office Welcomes New Staff!

We have had an exciting summer here at the Friends School Development Office.  Caroline Rayburn, who has been our part-time gifts processor and acknowledgement coordinator for over a year and a half, has enthusiastically taken on the role of Director of Annual & Alumni Giving.  Some of you remember that she served in this capacity for Friends in the early 2000's and she's back!

Jeb Cook '06 joined the Development Office this month.  A graduate of Gettysburg and the University of Maryland School of Law, Jeb is serving in a part time capacity as administrative support for the alumni relations, parent relations and annual giving programs. 

Katie Griffin also joined the Development Office this month. She too is a graduate of Gettysburg and comes most recently from the client-service side of the insurance industry.  She will be responsible for gift processing, office management and generally serve as the administrative assistant to the Development Team.  

And finally, I am thrilled to be back on campus as Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement as of July.  Since graduating from Friends in 2001 and Denison University in 2005, I began my professional career after college working in the development office at the Mercy Health Foundation in Baltimore.  I then moved into marketing research, working with a wide variety of clients in the education industry and the nonprofit sector.  I hope to bring a fresh perspective from my business and client development experience to our office.

We are all very excited to be working together and with you!

E-mail or stop by to say "hello" - cpappas@friendsbalt.org.

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Save the Dates!

The Thomas P. LaMonica '67 Homecoming Celebration and Scarlet & Gray Day

October 21, 2017 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Click Here to learn more and register for the LaMonica '67 Homecoming Celebration and other Scarlet & Gray activities like the Family Fun Run/Walk and Campus Tour!

Regional Friends in the City Alumni Events - Click Here to Register

Washington, DC - November 15, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Watergate, 2500 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

Los Angeles, CA - November 29, 2017 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location TBD

Manhattan, NY - March 21, 2018 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Lois Wine Bar, 98 Loisaida Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Alumni Weekend 2018

May 3-6, 2018

Alumni classes ending in 3's and 8's are invited back to celebrate!

We are currently seeking reunion volunteers! If you would like to be a part of your reunion committee, please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

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Telling Our Story

Join us for Telling Our Story and learn about our marketing efforts and why telling YOUR authentic Friends School story matters.  Discover the various opportunities to be a part of the school's marketing efforts in our communities.

Join us for:

Telling Our Story

Presentation with Wine and Cheese Reception

September 26, 2017 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Click here to register.

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends 

Read Julianne McFarland '17's Baltimore Sun op-ed.

Kyle Harrison '01 and the Ohio Machine are the 2017 MLL Champions!

Read how Jason Berman '02 realized his cinematic passion, what he has learned on his journey so far, and what he is working on in the future in Baltimore STYLE.

Click here to see what other noteworthy things are happening at Friends!

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Alumni Nominations - We Need Your Help!

We are currently taking nominations for:

Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame

Distinguished Alumni Award

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

If you would like to nominate a fellow alumni or have any questions about if someone might qualify, please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

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Alumni Class Notes

We need Class Secretaries for the following classes: 1977, 1995, 2015, 2016.

If you are interested in becoming your class secretary please e-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

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Make Your Impact!

Did you know that 40% of all unrestricted gifts received last year came from Alumni?

The Fund for Friends is the new name for the School's annual giving program.

Your gift counts.

   

For more information contact Caroline Rayburn:

Phone: 410-649-3306

Mail: 5114 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

If you have made your gift recently, kindly disregard this message, and THANK YOU 

for your support!  

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© 2017 Friends School of Baltimore

 
Summer 2017

 


Presenting the Class of 2017!
On Tuesday evening, June 13, Friends School of Baltimore conferred diplomas to the 91 members
of the Class of 2017. They join the legacy of 233 years of 
Friends School graduates. Our newest
alumni will be attending a wide range of outstanding colleges and universities. Welcome to the
Alumni Association, Class of 2017!

Click here to view the 2017 college matriculation list.

2017 grad photo


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Only 3 days remain... Can we count on you? 
Friday, June 30, 2017, is the last day you can join other alumni, parents, and friends in giving back to
Friends School and be counted for participating this fiscal year. We have achieved 96% of our goal, and
we hope you will help us raise the remaining 4%! 

Can we count on you to make a gift to Friends today? 

  

Annual giving is vital to the continued success of our students. We are grateful to have
loyal supporters who are 
committed to sustaining the Friends School experience. 


Give Online
https://giving.friendsbalt.org/giving
Phone410-649-3206
Mail:   5114 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210

If you have made your gift recently, kindly disregard this message, and THANK YOU
for your support!