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Friends School of Baltimore

From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: April 2022

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Alumni Events

Baseball Alumni Event

Thursday, May 5
4:00 pm Baseball Game v. Severn | 7:00 pm Get-together

Alumni and parents of alumni are invited to watch the Friends v. Severn baseball game, then join Program Coordinator Will Marbury and Coaches Rob Miller '08, Gerald Hart, and Ryan Oliver for an informal gathering at the ZAC. Come talk about baseball time, old and new. Learn about the current program, visit the baseball field, and hear about the future. Beer and simple snacks provided. 

Please RSVP: wmarbury@friendsbalt.org

Alumni Lacrosse Games

Saturday, June 4 
9:30 am Womens' Game | 10:30 am Mens' Game
Deering Field

Alumni are invited to bring your equipment and play, or to join us on the sidelines to cheer. Parents of alumni are encouraged to join us as spectators as well. Refreshments will follow after both games. Registration email coming soon.


Alumni Weekend 2022 - Register by May 4!

May 5 - 7, 2022

Register today! We are excited to welcome classes ending in 2 and 7 back to campus to celebrate their reunions. Click here to see the schedule, see your class reunion information, to register and to see who else is coming.

Reunion Giving Effort Updates by Class

Our reunion classes are working hard towards their class gift efforts. The Class of 1972 is leading the charge in both dollars raised and percent participation - way to go!

If you haven't already, please make your reunion gift today.

 

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Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News 

Are you doing something exciting or interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Monthly Update from the DEI Office

For the April update from the DEI Office, click HERE.

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Campus Updates

Earth Day 2022

On Friday, April 22 the Friends School Community celebrated our 52nd Earth Day with both on and  off-campus activities. Students, faculty, and staff came together and raised money for the Baltimore Community Land Trust, cleared invasive weeds from campus teaching gardens, performed live music on campus, planted trees at Stillmeadow Peace Park, helped clean Stony Run, and more. 

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Development News

Don't forget to make your gift for the April Alumni Giving Challenge! All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 through Alumni Weekend (May 5-7)!

Click on the image below to hear why Alumni Association Board Member, Chuck Barton '68, believes alumni giving is important at Friends.

To make your gift, click HERE

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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: March 2022

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Alumni Events

Among Friends: A Virtual Alumni Speaker Series

Hop on the Nature Trail - Exploring Friends School's Native Plant Teaching Gardens with
Kay McConnell H'22, P'02, '05, '10

Friday, April 8, 2022, 12:00 - 1:15 pm ET on Zoom

Kay McConnell H'22, P'02, '05, '10, Garden Consultant, Co-Designer/Developer of Native Plant Teaching Gardens, will discuss her gardening background, the reasoning behind and considerations for the planting of the campus gardens, details about the gardens, and thoughts for home gardens.

About Kay
: Kay McConnell is a professional garden consultant with a focus on education and native plants in Baltimore, MD. Her work in both private and public gardens emphasizes the value of intimate understanding of and interaction with the land that supports our work and play. Kay spent just enough time indoors to earn her B.A. from Princeton University and M.A. from University of Rochester in English Literature. A stay-at-home-and-garden mom, she received on the job training watching her children explore nature while she was planting, weeding, pruning, and learning voraciously about native plants. Kay joined the Guilford Garden Club in 1998 and found her niche in community projects and educational native plant sales. She began her business, Garden Therapy, LLC--“happy relationships with healthy gardens”-- in 2003. 

Since 2005, Kay has been the mastermind, and led the design and development, of the native plant teaching gardens on campus, which have become a symbol of the School’s commitment to sustainability. The gardens have become a signature program for the School and a source of great pride for alumni, who relish garden tours with Kay. In addition, she also serves the School community as an active member of the Sustainability Committee, and serves as a regular resource for teachers in all three divisions. She has been awarded the Garden Club of America Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award and Zone VI Civic Improvement Award for her work with Friends School of Baltimore. 

In May, Kay will join her three children, Will ’02, Thomas ’05 and Katie ’10, as one of our newest members of the Alumni Association when she receives the Honorary Alumni Award during Alumni Weekend 2022. The Honorary Alumni Award was established to honor a Friends School community member who exemplifies the Quaker philosophy and spirit, and who gives of himself or herself to further the growth of Friends School and its community. We are delighted to present Kay with this award.

Register HERE

Alumni Weekend 2022 - Registration is open!

May 5 - 7, 2022

Registration is open! We are excited to welcome classes ending in 2 and 7 back to campus to celebrate their reunions. Click here to see the schedule, class reunion information, hotel room blocks, to register and to see who else is coming.

2022 Alumni Award Recipients

Each year, Friends School is proud to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to the School. Read about this year's recipients here.

2022 National Reunion Co-Chairs

The National Reunion Co-Chairs are chosen for their service and dedication to Friends School, and are exemplary reunion committee volunteers. We are delighted that Bill Hearn '77 and Elijah Muhammad '12 will serve this year. 

In Case You Missed It...Recorded Virtual Events

Among Friends: Dirty Money, A Financial Crimes Expert's Perspective

Morrie Ruehsen ’81, PhD, CAMS, CFCS, Professor of Financial Crime Intelligence and Director of the Financial Crimes Management Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey discusses her work as an anti-money laundering specialist, the biggest cybercrimes risks citizens face today and what you can do to protect yourself.

To watch the recording, click HERE.

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Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News 

Are you doing something exciting or interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Monthly Update from the DEI Office

For the February update from the DEI Office, click HERE.

Friends School Black Alumni Network

We would like to invite alumni who identify as Black to join us as we gather momentum around the Friends School Black Alumni Network, which is currently in the ideation phase. On January 20, a group of 17 alumni who identify as Black came together in an affinity space to discuss the vision of this network. It was an empowering and impactful meeting, and we are excited to gather again soon (date and time to be determined). 

As it stands now, the “why” for creating this affinity group is: to grow a network of Black alumni who are committed to fostering relationships with each other and current Black students, to support Friends School in addressing the particular needs and concerns of Black students, and work in partnership with School staff to provide additional support through a variety of activities for the students. Through these partnerships, this group will aim to improve the Black student experience, strengthen Black alumni ties to the School, and prepare students for success amidst the challenges they may face in the “real world.”

Would you like to learn more and help grow this network? Please email Christine Pappas '01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement at cpappas@friendsbalt.org to be added to our email list.  

In friendship,

Cedric Charlier ’13
Gen Distance ’84, Alumni Association Board Member
Ezra Easley ‘92, Alumni Association Board Member
Elijah Muhammad ’12, Alumni Association Board Member
Kwesi Billups, Development Assistant and DEI Coordinator
Sarah Meteyer ’08, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Christine Pappas ’01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
Manny Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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Campus Updates

Mary Allen Wilkes '55 to be the Featured Speaker at Upper School's STEM Speaker Series (Alumni are Invited to Attend Virtually)

Wednesday, April 6, 1:20 - 2:00 pm ET on Zoom

Distinguished alumna Mary Allen Wilkes '55 will present to the Upper School in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the LINC computer, which she was instrumental in developing. We are delighted to welcome one of the first women to code for a Q & A moderated by our Upper School STEAM student leaders. You can read more about Mary Allen's career in this recent New York Times article.

Alumni are invited to attend via Zoom. Please register HERE

Friday Night Games

Remember Friday Night Basketball (FNB) games? The tradition continues and has expanded to highlight all sports. Join the spirited Quaker Nation as we cheer on our teams! Next up in our Friday Night series:

FNBD (Badminton) April 1 5:15 pm vs RPCS in the Quaker Dome  -Theme - Tropical 
FBBB (Baseball) April 8 5:00 pm vs Gerstell at FSB – Theme - Uniform Night!
FNL (Lacrosse) April 22 Boys' (5:30 pm) and Girls' (7:30 pm) Varsity Lacrosse vs Park School at USALacrosse – Theme- We stand with Ukraine! All concession proceeds will be donated to UNICEF for Ukraine.

We're Hiring - Director of Marketing & Communications

Reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, and working directly with the Head of School and the Senior Administrative Team, the Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for crafting and executing a vision and strategy for a comprehensive marketing and communications program, one that will allow Friends School to achieve its programmatic and institutional goals. This position will lead the articulation and communication of key strategic messages in collaboration with the School's critical stakeholders, including faculty, staff, parents/caregivers, trustees, and alumni, and will develop and direct long-term marketing strategies and short-term, on-going implementation tactics.

The Director of Marketing and Communications develops the School's communication and marketing strategy to promote a strong brand identity, and accurate, consistent and compelling messages that raise the profile of Friends School locally and regionally as a top choice for families considering an independent school education for their child(ren). In addition, this position is the primary creator of content for print and electronic publications, oversees and develops social media content and strategy, and serves as the manager of the School's website.

To see the full job description and apply, click HERE.

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Development News

The April Alumni Giving Challenge is back! We need 200 new alumni donors to make a gift to The Fund for Friends this month to help increase alumni participation in giving.

Make your gift of any size and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

Click below to hear why Alumni Association Board Member, Hilary Baldwin Ruley ’95, believes alumni giving is important at Friends.

To make your gift, click HERE

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Alumni News: February 2022

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Alumni Events

Regional Events - Boston and Los Angeles

Boston Alumni & Parents of Alumni Happy Hour
March 10, 2022 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuscan Kitchen, 64 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210

Join the Alumni Office for drinks and appetizers, network with fellow alumni and parents of alumni, and find out what is going on at Friends.

Register HERE

Southern California Meet & Greet with Christian Donovan
Friday, March 25, 6-9 pm
Los Angeles Area

Location TBD – reach out to Christine Pappas '01 if you would like to recommend a central meeting spot or would like to host at your home: cpappas@friendsbalt.org

Among Friends: A Virtual Speaker Series

Everything You Want to Know About Oil & Gas
Wednesday, March 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET on Zoom

Jon Krome '82, Industry Executive Director for Oil & Gas at Oracle, will discuss how he got into the oil and gas industry, trends and challenges facing the industry, his thoughts on global climate change, the rise of carbon, the future of IoT (the Internet of Things).

About Jon: 
Jon has 34 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry. After USC, he began his career in Bakersfield, California, and spent 12 yrs in Mobil and Aera Energy in engineering, business, and management roles. He has expertise in improvement methods, operations, surveillance & optimization, maintenance & reliability, and planning & scheduling. Jon then spent 9 yrs as a management consultant (Accenture, IBM, Capgemini), delivering a variety of projects to multinational Oil & Gas companies, including Change Management and Communications, Human Capability, Asset Integrity, and the Digital Oilfield. 

Jon joined BHP Billiton Petroleum in March, 2009, moving from Fairfield, CA to Trinidad & Tobago as the  Operations Manager for the onshore and offshore assets. Jon and his family moved to to the UK in June, 2011 as Operations & Production Unit Manager. In 2013, Jon became Operations Manager in the Eagle Ford Shale for two years, living in Houston, followed by a role as Head of Operations, Maintenance, and Improvement. He left BHP ins 2018, rejoining Capgemini as a Director, leading the North American practice for Energy. Jon recently joined Oracle as an Industry Executive Director for Oil & Gas. 

Jon is a native of Baltimore and graduated from Friends in 1982 after having attended for 11 years. While there, Jon was active in sports, captaining soccer, basketball, and lacrosse his senior year. He was also a member of FSAA, wrote for the Quaker Quill, and edited the sports section of the 1982 yearbook. After Friends, he attended Johns Hopkins University where he studied Earth & Planetary Sciences and played lacrosse all four years. 1984 and 1985 were NCAA championship teams, too. Jon met his wife, Laura while there, marrying six weeks after graduation in 1986. The happy couple went directly to Los Angeles, CA, where Jon attended the University of Southern California. He received a Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1988.

He now lives in Houston with his wife. Laura, of 35 years, and has two older daughters (also living in Houston).  His current passions are food, wine, and brazilian jiujitstu (where he received his black belt in 2020). 

Register HERE

Alumni Weekend 2022 

May 5 - 7, 2022

We are excited to welcome classes ending in 2 and 7 back to campus to celebrate their reunions. Click here to see the schedule, class reunion information, hotel room blocks, and for updates.

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Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News

Are you doing something exciting or interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

DEI at Friends

To learn more about the DEI Office and initiatives at Friends School, click HERE

Friends School Black Alumni Network

We would like to invite alumni who identify as Black to join us as we gather momentum around the Friends School Black Alumni Network, which is currently in the ideation phase. On January 20, a group of 17 alumni who identify as Black came together in an affinity space to discuss the vision of this network. It was an empowering and impactful meeting, and we are excited to gather again soon (date and time to be determined). 

As it stands now, the “why” for creating this affinity group is: to grow a network of Black alumni who are committed to fostering relationships with each other and current Black students, to support Friends School in addressing the particular needs and concerns of Black students, and work in partnership with School staff to provide additional support through a variety of activities for the students. Through these partnerships, this group will aim to improve the Black student experience, strengthen Black alumni ties to the School, and prepare students for success amidst the challenges they may face in the “real world.”

Would you like to learn more and help grow this network? Please email Christine Pappas '01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement at cpappas@friendsbalt.org to be added to our email list.  

In friendship,

Cedric Charlier ’13
Gen Distance ’84, Alumni Association Board Member
Ezra Easley ‘92, Alumni Association Board Member
Elijah Muhammad ’12, Alumni Association Board Member
Kwesi Billups, Development Assistant and DEI Coordinator
Sarah Meteyer ’08, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Christine Pappas ’01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
Manny Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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Campus Updates

The Quaker Quill Staff Interviews Incoming Head of School Christian Donovan

Read the interview HERE.

Congratulations to the IAAM "C" Conference champions!

Read the full article about the amazing girls' varsity basketball team's win HERE.

Night Out with Friends

You are cordially invited to the Parents Association signature springtime fundraiser event, a safe gathering of Friends School parents and caregivers, faculty, staff and alumni. Support this year's theme, raise awareness about sustainability and minimize our event footprint while enjoying cocktails, dinner and dancing. Been a while since you shook your groove thang? Come, mingle and dance the night away.

Sustainable Soirée
Saturday, April 9th 2022
7- 11 pm

Accelerator Space, 417 Benninghaus Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

One of the things that we have realized over this pandemic is that it is our community that sustains us.  Come and join us for a safe re-connection with our community.

To keep everyone protected, the FSPA NOWF Committee will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours) for all participants attending Night Out with Friends: Sustainable Soirée.  For more information on our COVID protocol and how we will keep our community safe at our gathering, please visit here.

You won’t want to miss the silent auction, which will feature a variety of student creations, getaways and baskets. #NOWF2022

Tickets on Sale NOW!
Parent/Alumni/Supporter 
$125 per person

Buy your tickets by March 11th by clicking HERE.

Senior Work Project Hosts Needed

Prior to graduation, Friends School aims for each member of the senior class to participate in a four week Senior Work Project. This opportunity to engage in work in their community is intended to broaden students’ experiences and allow them to have a taste of working outside of the academic arena. We are looking for Baltimore-area alumni who would be willing to host a student for their Senior Work Project this spring. We have done this before and there have been great partnerships between alumni and seniors.

A bit more information about the Senior Work Project program:

  • Senior Work Projects start in early May and continue through early June.
  • The student workday will consist of seven hours- or 35 hours per week- at the project site.
  • Those involved in sports or drama, as well as those sitting for Advanced Placement exams, work fewer hours until these activities have ended.
  • Students may only accept compensation for their work if it is required by law or regulation; they are asked to donate the proceeds to the charity of their choice.
  • The project is intended to take place in the Greater Baltimore area.

Note that adding your place of business does not automatically mean you will be chosen by a senior, it adds you to the list of options and then come late winter the seniors look at the list and choose. Please email cpappas@friendsbalt.org if you are willing to host a senior and we can go from there.

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Development News

We're Hiring - Work in the Development/Alumni Office

Join the Development/Alumni Office (responsible for this monthly newsletter)! Our team is looking for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving. To learn more and to apply, click here.

Tuscany Strategy Consulting Looking for Recent College Graduates

The Alumni Office received word from managing partner and current Friends School parent, David Long, that Tuscany Strategy Consulting is currently seeking to hire multiple full-time business analysts for June 2022. Tuscany is a boutique firm based in Baltimore with deep expertise in the education and healthcare sectors. If you have graduated/are graduating college this May with an interest in consulting, the following opportunity might be for you!

  • To apply, please send an email to recruiting@tuscanystrategy.com with your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample that showcases your individual writing capability.
  • To learn more, please visit tuscanystrategy.com/careers or follow this link to schedule a time to talk with a member of the Tuscany team. 

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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: January 2022

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Alumni Events

Among Friends: A Virtual Speaker Series

Telling Real Stories, Behind the Scenes of Nonfiction TV
Friday, February 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET on Zoom

Claire Cherlin Kosloff '97, Executive Producer & Showrunner of nonfiction television, will discuss how she got into the genre, her passion for storytelling, some of her favorite shows that she's created, and making "impactful, organic, intelligent content that maximizes entertainment value without sacrificing integrity."

About Claire: 

Claire is a veteran Executive Producer and Showrunner of nonfiction television. Over the past 18 years she’s developed and produced series for myriad broadcast, cable and streaming buyers, including NETFLIX, DISNEY+, HBO MAX, PEACOCK, YOUTUBE ORIGINALS, ABC, NBC, FOX, MTV, NICKELODEON, A&E, HISTORY, LIFETIME, NAT GEO, ANIMAL PLANET and GSN. Her work comprises over 300 hours of programming in a wide range of genres.

A passionate and accomplished storyteller, Claire is dedicated to creating impactful, organic and intelligent content that maximizes entertainment value without sacrificing integrity. Her series have garnered widespread praise and recognition, including Emmy nominations and the Television Academy Honors award.

Prior to producing television, Claire spent 2 years in the Motion Picture department at United Talent Agency. She began her career in casting at Columbia TriStar Television.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, after graduating from Friends School, Claire earned a B.A. with honors in Film Studies from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the Mead Cup for college leadership and was selected as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Junior Scholar. Claire’s senior thesis film won her the university’s Howard R. Lamar Prize in Film & Video.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Adam, their three school-aged children and a mischievous tabby cat named Granola.

Register HERE

Regional Events - Save the Date

San Francisco - February 2022, Boston & LA - March 2022

The Alumni Office is traveling over the next few months. Alumni in San Francisco and Los Angeles, this could be an opportunity for you to meet our incoming Head of School Christian Donovan.

Details coming soon!

Alumni Weekend 2022

May 5 - 7, 2022

We are excited to welcome classes ending in 2 and 7 back to campus to celebrate their reunions. Click here to see the schedule, class reunion information, hotel room blocks, and for updates.

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Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News

Are you doing something exciting or interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office

Here are the updates from the DEI Office for December and January. 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. 

Friends School Black Alumni Network

We would like to invite alumni who identify as Black to join us as we gather momentum around the Friends School Black Alumni Network, which is currently in the ideation phase. On January 20, a group of 17 alumni who identify as Black came together in an affinity space to discuss the vision of this network. It was an empowering and impactful meeting, and we are excited to gather again soon (date and time to be determined). 

As it stands now, the “why” for creating this affinity group is: to grow a network of Black alumni who are committed to fostering relationships with each other and current Black students, to support Friends School in addressing the particular needs and concerns of Black students, and work in partnership with School staff to provide additional support through a variety of activities for the students. Through these partnerships, this group will aim to improve the Black student experience, strengthen Black alumni ties to the School, and prepare students for success amidst the challenges they may face in the “real world.”

Would you like to learn more and help grow this network? Please email Christine Pappas '01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement at cpappas@friendsbalt.org to be added to our email list.  

In friendship,

Cedric Charlier ’13
Gen Distance ’84, Alumni Association Board Member
Ezra Easley ‘92, Alumni Association Board Member
Elijah Muhammad ’12, Alumni Association Board Member
Kwesi Billups, Development Assistant and DEI Coordinator
Sarah Meteyer ’08, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Christine Pappas ’01, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
Manny Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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Campus Updates

We're Hiring

We love when our alumni come back as faculty and staff - check out the current opportunities here.

Senior Work Project Hosts Needed

Prior to graduation, Friends School aims for each member of the senior class to participate in a four week Senior Work Project. This opportunity to engage in work in their community is intended to broaden students’ experiences and allow them to have a taste of working outside of the academic arena. We are looking for Baltimore-area alumni who would be willing to host a student for their Senior Work Project this spring. We have done this before and there have been great partnerships between alumni and seniors.

A bit more information about the Senior Work Project program:

  • Senior Work Projects start in early May and continue through early June.
  • The student workday will consist of seven hours- or 35 hours per week- at the project site.
  • Those involved in sports or drama, as well as those sitting for Advanced Placement exams, work fewer hours until these activities have ended.
  • Students may only accept compensation for their work if it is required by law or regulation; they are asked to donate the proceeds to the charity of their choice.
  • The project is intended to take place in the Greater Baltimore area.

Note that adding your place of business does not automatically mean you will be chosen by a senior, it adds you to the list of options and then come late winter the seniors look at the list and choose. Please email cpappas@friendsbalt.org if you are willing to host a senior and we can go from there.

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Development News

We Surpassed Our Goal

Thank you to all of the alumni who made a gift to support the end-of –the-calendar-year challenge. You helped us surpass our goal!

If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift to Friends this fiscal year, there is still time and Friends is looking to raise $150,000 more.

Visit https://alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving to make your gift via credit card, Venmo or PayPal.

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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: November/ December 2021

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Alumni Events

Among Friends: A Virtual Speaker Series

Virtual Wine Tasting with Lucien Walsh '88
Thursday, December 9, 6:30 - 7:30 pm ET

Lucien Walsh '88, Regional Fine Wine Sales Director, Kysela Pere et Fils will walk us through three wine and cheese pairings. Guests can ask questions and describe their experience of each wine.

For local guests, three wines and cheeses will be selected for you to purchase at The Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211(in Hampden). For guests joining us from out of town, if the selected wines are not available to you online or locally, please ask your local wine shop for the same varietals that have similar flavors. Lucien is happy to help guide your purchase once you register.

We will be tasting a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and a Rioja, with a goat, brie, and manchego cheese pairing respectively. The total purchase price should be no more than $75. Grab some friends and hop on Zoom!

Register HERE. A purchase list/ instructions will be provided upon registering. 

About Lucien: Lucien started out as a stock person in a small wine shop in San Antonio, TX right after college. He says it was a fun way to pay his bills as he, "forged my path to international rock stardom in the fires of the Texas music scene." The forge was taking longer than he hoped, and in the meantime he graduated from stock boy to store manager. A move back to Baltimore meant an office job at a wine importer before shifting back to retail at what would become The Wine Source. Since then he's managed stores, restaurants, and more recently a team of 8 fine wine sales reps for Winebow, a national distributor. In November 2021 he stepped away from the spreadsheets and the team meetings to get back to the wine and the people, taking a sales job with Kysela Pere et Fils, a focused importer based in VA.  He says, "My entire career has centered around conveying each producer's story and approach with passion and honesty. It's what I love to do and it feels good to get back to that - connecting great wines with the market and curious consumers." 

Dirty Money: A Financial Crime Expert’s Perspective
Friday, January 7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Morrie Ruehsen ’81, PhD, CAMS, CFCS, Professor of Financial Crime Intelligence and Director of the Financial Crimes Management Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey will discuss her work as an anti-money laundering specialist, the biggest cybercrimes risks citizens face today and what you can do to protect yourself.

Register HERE. 

About Morrie: After receiving three graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Professor Ruehsen spent a post-doc year at the University of California, Berkeley, to study international organized crime.  Since then, she has been teaching courses ranging from money laundering, corruption, trade-based financial crime, proliferation financing and cyber-enabled financial crime.  She is an experienced Toastmaster, and has won several teaching awards for her courses at MIIS. 
 
Professor Ruehsen is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS). She served for several years on the Editorial Advisory Board of Money Laundering Alert, and has published many articles and book chapters on topics related to threat finance. Professor Ruehsen conducts training domestically and overseas for the US government, the United Nations, and the private sector. 

Russian Old New Year's Celebration

 

Saturday, January 8, 2022 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Zamoiski Alumni Center

Alumni of the Friends School Russian program are invited to join current Russian faculty member, Lee Roby, fellow alumni, and Upper School Russian students for a celebration with traditional food and refreshments. At 7:00 pm there will be a special reflection in memory of longtime Russian faculty member, Zita Dabars (see Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News section below for more about Zita's passing). 

For more information and to RSVP, please email Lee Roby: eroby@friendsbalt.org 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Alumni Activities

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 17, 2022, 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. The Community Action Team sub-committee of the Alumni Board is organizing three activities for local alumni.

Moveable Feast
8am-11:30am
Join fellow Friends School Alumni to prepare and package meals and help to clean up and stock the pantry at Moveable Feast, an organization that provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening health conditions. Online registration thru Moveable Feast is a necessary step. Participants will receive a follow up email to guide them through the process. All groups shifts begin with a 10 minute orientation and conclude with a wrap up with the Kitchen Services team. At this time, all volunteers must be able to show proof of vaccination. 

Alumni Exclusive Activity. Please register per person. Ages 14+.

Our Daily Bread Casserole Making
11:30 am - 12:00 pm (casserole drop-off)
Support Our Daily Bread Employment Center's Hot Meal Program, a Catholic Charities program that serves Baltimore City's homeless or hungry. The program is founded on the principle that all are worthy of dignity and respect. Every day for over 40 years, a hot meal has been served to those in need, and the meals come solely from donated casseroles. Please consider making a casserole contribution (or two!). Only frozen casseroles will be accepted. We will provide delivery of frozen casseroles to the Center on MLK Day (meet at the Meeting House parking lot 1/17: 11:30-12) or you can deliver on your own.

Run/Walk for Baltimore Safe Haven
12:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Walk or Run for Baltimore Safe Haven, a nonprofit that seeks to provide opportunities for a higher quality of life for TLGBQ people in Baltimore City living in survival mode. 1 mile fun walk/run suggested donation-$20, 5k- $40, 10k-$60. The FSPA will make a matching contribution to Baltimore Safe Haven for the first $200 in donations to the Walk/Run. Meet in the MS parking lot and get maps for your distance. We will break into groups and walk/run together for each distance. 

Register HERE.

Alumni Weekend 2022

May 6 & 7, 2022

Save the date! We are excited to celebrate reunion classes ending in 2 and 7. More from your reunion class committees soon!

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Noteworthy Alumni & Friends School News

Are you doing something exciting or interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org 

Longtime Russian Faculty Member, Zita Dabars, has passed away

Friends School is sad to report that on November 10, 2021 longtime Russian faculty member, Zita Dabars, passed away in her sleep. As current Russian faculty member Lee Roby said, "Zita was nothing short of a legend in the Russian teaching field - both nationally and internationally, and a major force during her tenure at Friends." Zita will be honored at the Russian Old New Years Celebration in January (see events section above).

The School is preparing a story about Zita and her career, but in the meantime you can read more about her work posted in the latest ACTR newsletter.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office

Here are the updates from the DEI Office for October and November. 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. 

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Campus Updates

Quaker Closet Holiday Shopping Hours

The Quaker Closet will be open on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Stop in to grab something for the holidays!

Quaker Education in the Pre-Primary

Alumni often ask how Quakerism continues to be incorporated in our curriculum. A recent message from Lower School Assistant Principal, Liza Long, to Pre-Primary families gives us a glimpse... 

"It feels as if school just began, yet we are a few weeks away from the Winter Holiday in December! What a whirlwind of learning your children have experienced, both socially and cognitively. The growth in social skills-including the purposeful and cooperative nature of play amongst classmates- is evident. Similarly, development in areas that support artistic thinking, reading readiness, math and language acquisition, and scientific inquiry are also apparent when engaging with students.  Most importantly, students are growing in their understanding around Quaker education. Whether in Morning Meeting within their classrooms or outside at recess, teachers continually expose students to the beliefs or testimonies at the foundation of their education here at Friends School of Baltimore.

Faith and Play Stories™, which are a set of stories designed to expose students to an understanding about Quaker faith and practice, are a wonderful tool utilized by many educators in Friends Schools. Beginning on Friday and continuing throughout the school year, students in Pre-Primary will experience Faith and Play Stories in their classrooms.  These stories are beautifully crafted and visually appealing to children and adults of all ages.  With story titles like “Love’s Way”, “Let Your Life Speak”, and “John Woolman, Gentle Abolitionist”, students learn about the history and evolution of the Quaker faith and more pointedly about the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.  I invite you to read and learn more about the Faith and Play Stories here." 

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Development News

#GivingTuesday Results

On #GivingTuesday, our wonderful community raised $31,000!

If you missed it, there is still time to participate. Click on the image below between now and December 31, 2021 and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar until we reach $75,000.

Calendar Year-End Reminders

December 31st will be here before you know it! 

Please remember to have all donations postmarked on or before December 31, 2021 in order for them to count in calendar year 2021. Likewise, all gifts made online must be done by 11:59 pm on December 31.

We may ask more than once, but we only ask you to make ONE gift per fiscal year.

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Alumni News: October 2021

A Message from Incoming Head of School Christian Donovan

On Friday, October 22, the Search Committee announced the appointment of Christian Donovan as our community's 13th head of school. We thank everyone who has played a role in the search process. Today we would like to share a special message from Christian to the Friends School community. Please visit our Head of School Search webpage for the latest announcements and more information about Christian.

Sincerely,

Norman Forbush '78 P'21
Search Committee co-clerk

Lester Davis P '28 '28 '30
Search Committee co-clerk

Alumni Events 

You're Invited: Virtual Lunches with the Interim Head of School 

As Friends School transitions leadership over the coming school year, an important role of the interim head of school is to take in information and insights from the community. To that end, Dennis Bisgaard will host a series of virtual lunches for all alumni -- some focused on a particular area of interest at Friends, and some for identity based affinity groups. (For the identity based affinity groups, if you can speak from the ‘I’ perspective, the group is for you.)

These Zoom lunches will give alumni the chance to share their thoughts as we move into the future of Friends School. Please join Dennis - he cannot wait to meet you!

Friday, October 1 @ 12 pm –  All Alumni

Wednesday, October 13 @ 12 pm – BIPOC Alumni Affinity Space (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

UP NEXT:

Thursday, November 4 @ 12 pm –  LGBTQ+ Alumni Affinity Space (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning +

Thursday, November 18 @ 12 pm –  Arts Alumni Interest Group

Wednesday, December 8 @ 12 pm –  Athletics Alumni Interest Group

Register for any or all of these virtual lunches here.

If there is an interest group or identity based affinity group that you would like to recommend for a lunch session, or if you cannot attend any of these times but are interested in meeting with Dennis, please e-mail the Alumni Office at alumni@friendsbalt.org. 

 

Turkey Bowl 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:30 AM, Deering Field

All alumni are invited to come as spectators to Quaker Nation's 7th Annual Turkey Bowl. 

Classes of 2020 & 2021 - You are invited to play as a team this year! The first 25 players from '20 and '21 to register get a tie dye Turkey Bowl shirt. Register here. 

Refreshments for purchase in support of UNICEF.

Stop by the table hosted by the Alumni Association Board for a chance to win Quaker Closet schwag!

 

Alumni Weekend 2022

May 6 & 7, 2022

We are excited to celebrate reunion classes ending in 2 and 7. Reunion classes should have received your first letter about Alumni Weekend a couple of weeks ago. More from your class committees soon!

Nominate a classmate for an Alumni Award: https://alumni.friendsbalt.org/page.aspx?pid=437

Nominate a classmate for the Athletic Hall of Fame using the form found here: https://alumni.friendsbalt.org/HOF

Volunteer for your class reunion committee: cpappas@friendsbalt.org 

Friends School & Alumni News

Click on the image below for our featured noteworthy alumni stories AND campus news.

Are you doing something interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org!

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

Updates from the DEI Office for September. 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. For more, visit the School's antiracism page.

Campus Updates

Scarlet & Gray Day 2021

The Quakers hosted Scarlet & Gray Day 2021 on Saturday, October 16. The weekend kicked off on Friday with the Morgan State Marching Band joining us for the pep rally on Friday afternoon.

Also this year, our annual Rivalry Day with Park School coincided with Scarlet & Gray, and we played the Bruins in 7 games on Saturday, competing for the Rivalry Day Cup. The Quakes took home the cup - winning 4.5 out of 7 games (one game was tied). 

Watch the weekend highlight reel here.

Livestream Friends School Sports Games

Want to catch a live sports game? Tune into Friends School's LocalLive page to find the upcoming featured games.

For a full list of upcoming sporting events (including those not livestreamed), click here.

Development News

Moving Forward Together

Check your mailboxes, your inboxes, text messages and social media for your invitation to support The Fund for Friends. Now is the time to help Friends School “Move Forward Together!”

Giving is FAST and Easy!

Visit: alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving or text FFF22 to 71777 to make your gift online.
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Alumni News: Back to School 2021

Alumni Events 

You're Invited: Virtual Lunches with the Interim Head of School 

As Friends School transitions leadership over the coming school year, an important role of the interim head of school is to take in information and insights from the community. To that end, Dennis Bisgaard will host a series of virtual lunches for all alumni -- some focused on a particular area of interest at Friends, and some for identity based affinity groups. (For the identity based affinity groups, if you can speak from the ‘I’ perspective, the group is for you.)

These Zoom lunches will give alumni the chance to share their thoughts as we move into the future of Friends School. Please join Dennis - he cannot wait to meet you!

Friday, October 1 @ 12 pm –  All Alumni

Wednesday, October 13 @ 12 pm – BIPOC Alumni Affinity Space (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

Thursday, November 4 @ 12 pm –  LGBTQ+ Alumni Affinity Space (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning +

Thursday, November 18 @ 12 pm –  Arts Alumni Interest Group

Wednesday, December 8 @ 12 pm –  Athletics Alumni Interest Group

Register for any or all of these virtual lunches here.

If there is an interest group or identity based affinity group that you would like to recommend for a lunch session, or if you cannot attend any of these times but are interested in meeting with Dennis, please e-mail the Alumni Office at alumni@friendsbalt.org. 

Friends School & Alumni News

Our Friends School website is undergoing some changes and some things have moved! Click on the image below for our featured noteworthy alumni stories AND campus news.

Are you doing something interesting? Let us know so we can feature you in the news - alumni@friendsbalt.org!

Friends Magazine (formerly Collection) 2020-2021 Edition

Wondering if you missed the latest edition of Friends Magazine that is typically mailed in the fall? You did not! Due to a number of circumstances, including the pandemic, the fall 2020 publication of the magazine was postponed until now. As you will see, the magazine covers a longer timeframe than usual. Enjoy stories about the School and fellow alumni, and see Class Notes from last year (we will be back on track for notes in the next edition of the magazine). Thanks for your patience!

Click on the magazine image for a sneak peek - paper copy coming soon. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

The next update from the DEI Office will be published later in September. For the most recent update from June, click here. 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. For more, visit the School's antiracism page.

Campus Updates

The School Year has Begun

Students, faculty, and staff are back on campus and we are hopeful that it will be a great year. To get a sense for how the first week of school began in 2021, here is an exceprt from Intermin Head of School Dennis Bisgaard's September 1 welcome email to our current families:

"Welcome back! The 2021-2022 school year officially launched this week, and today everyone is back on campus. It is indeed exciting to again experience the energy of the entire student body, from Little Friends to our Senior class wearing their traditional pink.

We are beginning in dramatic fashion after experiencing a campus-wide power outage with phones down for part of Monday. Very early this morning, we experienced thunder, lightning, and a torrential downpour as Hurricane Ida made her presence felt and will continue to do so into this evening, resulting in the cancellation of all afternoon activities. Fortunately, we did luck out during drop-off this morning – an ominous, threatening sky but the rain held off.

I began my day at Pre-Primary drop-off as a group of us welcomed some of our younger scholars and their families, checked the AUXS safety apps, took temperatures, provided name tags, and then ushered students into their respective classrooms. Some skipped, some approached the table decorated with balloons somewhat more tentatively, and a few shed a tear. I have to confess the scene took me way back. Although my own children now are 23 and 17, I so vividly remember some of the first drop-offs: the hugs, kisses, and goodbyes, blinking sneakers, the Nemo or dinosaur backpacks, the festive raincoats, polka dotted rain boots, umbrellas, and the comforting stuffed animal from home.

Yesterday morning, I was greeted by 1st graders walking by in small groups with their teachers. For a first run-through, the 6th graders’ pick-up car line ran relatively smoothly as we were reintroducing or learning drop-off and pick-up routines. In the beginning, things may seem a tad chaotic, but it is chaos that lasts only 15 minutes. In the late afternoon our girls’ JV and Varsity volleyball teams both won their matches against other schools, and even later in the evening the Senior class reconnected – in pink, decorating banners, enjoying an outdoor movie and each other’s (distanced) company.

While many of us experience butterflies, anxiety, and trepidation, I also sense a great deal of exuberance, joy, the positive spirit, and the craving to be in community, to be together. Connections and a sense of belonging are so critically important as we re-enter, rebuild, and re-establish routines. We cannot forget that life has been far from normal since March of 2020. Now 17-18 months later, wearing masks and embracing many mitigating safety strategies, we are forging our path to a new normal...."

Development News

The Effects of Your Giving

Thank you for helping Friends School when we needed you the most! Check out the image below to see the incredible impact that you made on our school.
Stay tuned for ways in which you can move Friends School forward in 2021-2022!



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Alumni News: July 2021

A Message from Interim Head of School Dennis Bisgaard



Dear Friends School Alumni,

I want to extend warm and heartfelt greetings to my new community from our beautiful Baltimore campus. Although it is summer, campus is bustling with activities as campers, Little Friends, and others who work during the summer are engaged in all kinds of fun activities, as well as serious and deliberate planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

I am gradually meeting students and adults in various settings – most recently during an impromptu photo shoot with campers of all ages and very recent graduates, now alumni, serving in the role as camp counselors. Braving the heat and humidity, I was met with smiles and kind welcomes from young and old. I am already getting a good sense of the significance of the Quaker SPICES – simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

I officially began at Friends July 1, which was a Thursday and made for a short first official week. As you may know, I was the interim head at the Northwest School in Seattle Washington last year and although my final official day there was June 30, the last end-of-year meetings concluded a while before. Rather than fly to DC where my family lives, I decided to drive from one Washington to the other, or about 2800 miles.

The vastness and stunning beauty of the country were truly awe-inspiring and the trek across provided me with much time for reflection, quiet, and peace. I made the trip in five days with stops along the way in Bozeman, Montana; Yellowstone National Park; Mount Rushmore; the Wall Drug Store in South Dakota (someone told me it was a must); Rochester, Minnesota; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Toledo, Ohio; and then DC.

My wife Monica told me to listen to Michelle Obama’s Becoming, so the former First Lady kept me good company for a little more than nineteen of those hours. It was good to decompress, clear my mind, and spend significant time on the road seeing the landscape and scenery pass by as I headed towards my new community in Baltimore. Ironically my US independent school career began right here in Baltimore, many moons ago at nearby Bryn Mawr.

It was wonderful during my cross-country trip to be mostly away from e-mails and the many Zoom meetings many of us have come so accustomed to. I know we all need a break, some time for self-care and renewal, hopefully reconnecting with family members and friends, some of whom we may not have seen for a year and half or more. We all need to find time to unwind, rest, and relax.

Here at Friends, we anticipate a school year that will allow us to reclaim school and community as we know it. When I have met with groups of individuals, it has been palpable just how happy people are to connect, reconnect, be in each other’s presence, while looking forward to greeting and embracing new colleagues and students when the new school year arrives.

My pile of summer books includes Weapons of Math Destruction; Cirque Du Soleil - The Spark; The Anatomy of Peace; The Inner Work of Racial Justice; Friends for Two Hundred Years; Readings on Quaker Pedagogy; The Courage to Teach; The Quakers; Faith and Practice; as well as a few novels. I have appreciated and enjoyed my first month at Friends and am doing my best to wrap my mind, arms, and heart around my new school community. It is an honor to serve Baltimore’s and one of the country’s oldest independent schools, and I so look forward to getting to know our alumni in the near future. Best wishes and in partnership.

Dennis

Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. Featured stories this month include Jon Garman '75, Bart Walter '76, Connor Hardy '16, Jean Mudge '51, Eduardo Joly '67, Lucien Walsh '88, 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 on our Noteworthy list alumni@friendsbalt.org!

Alumni Events

Jason Berman '02's Film Nine Days Opening at The Charles

Friday, August 6, 2021
6:00 pm* Pre-Show Gathering (in the theatre lobby)
7:00 pm* Nine Days Movie
Guests are responsible for purchasing movie tickets directly through The Charles Theatre*

Join the Friends School Alumni Office for an alumni gathering before the opening show of Jason Berman '02's Nine Days at The Charles Theatre. We are happy to support Jason Berman '02 who produced the film, and The Charles Theatre, owned by Kathleen Cusack Lyon '97.

Space for the pre-show gathering is limited, to register click here.

To view the Nine Days trailer, click here.

To visit The Charles Theatre website, click here.

*Notes: The times listed above are approximate and could vary a few minutes. The Charles will confirm the exact movie showtime AND post a ticket purchase link on their website the Monday before the show - August 2. The Alumni Office will send an e-mail update with the exact showtime and ticket purchase link to those who have registered for the pre-show gathering as soon as the information is available from The Charles.

Alumni Orioles Game Outing at Camden Yards

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
6:00 pm - Center Field Roof Deck Bar Social (optional)
7:00 pm - Orioles v. Los Angeles Angels
Tickets: $18*

Hosted by the Alumni Association Board, join fellow alumni at the Center Field Roof Deck Bar for some social time, then head to the group seats (lower left field box) to enjoy the game.
Space is limited for this event, so register today!

To attend, register here by August 15.

*The actual ticket price from the Orioles box office is $28, the Alumni Office is covering $10 per guest. If there is a weather delay, we are subject to the Orioles ticket policy. If city/state COVID restrictions change and do not permit game attendance, we will issue refunds.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

The next update from the DEI Office will be published in September. For the most recent update from June, click here. 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. For more, visit the School's antiracism page.

Campus News & Updates

The Upper School is Looking for Host Families for the 2021-22 School

From Upper School Principal Steve McManus:

Dear Friends School Community,

We are in the final stages of planning for our international students and are still looking to pair a few of them with host families. We invite alumni to act as host families for our international students even if you do not have a child who currently attends Friends School. For more information please see this email that was sent to our current families earlier this month. 

If you are interested in hosting a student please email Lela Knight, our Host Family Coordinator at lknight@friendsbalt.org as soon as possible. I would be very grateful for your assistance in a program that we feel is important and beneficial to our entire community.

Thank you for your support,

Steve McManus
Upper School Principal

We're Hiring!

We love when our alumni come back as faculty and staff - check out the current opportunities here

Development News

Class Agents Needed


Do you enjoy connecting with your classmates? Are you looking to reconnect with your class? Want a resume booster? Class agent (secretary) could be the role for you! We currently need agents for the following classes: 1965, 1967, 1969, 2013, 2017, 2019. To find out more reply to this email! 

Support Friends!

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Alumni News: June 2021

Noteworthy Alumni Stories

Our alumni are doing amazing things. Featured stories include Kristen Merritt '13, Tiffani Sterrette Collins '00 P'29, Maria Park '15, Nisha Rao '18, Sarah Palmer '06, Tim Riley '00, longtime faculty retirees, 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 on our Noteworthy list alumni@friendsbalt.org!

A Message from the Alumni Association Board 

Welcome Class of 2021

On Tuesday, June 15, the Class of 2021 walked the stage in front of family and loved ones to receive their diplomas. It was an evening full of emotion, excitement, and pride. The Alumni Association Board is delighted to welcome our newest alumni to the Alumni Association. We can’t wait to see where the journey takes them next!

For a peek at photos from the Class of 2021's graduation ceremony, click here

Campus News & Happenings

We're Hiring!

We love having alumni work at Friends. To check out what positions are available - including a newly posted Admission Associate position - and to apply, click here

Little Friends Early Learning Center has Enrollment Openings for 2021-22 School Year

Head of School Search Update

On January 25, Friends School announced Head of School, Matt Micciche's departure at the end of June 2021. With this announcement and the recent appointment of Dennis Bisgaard as Interim Head of School for the 2021-2022 school year, Friends School has now actively begun the search for our next permanent Head of School, who will join in July 2022.

For the latest updates from the Head of School Search Committee, click here. 

We encourage you to contact the Search Committee at HoSSearch@friendsbalt.org with questions, input, and concerns.

Other Campus News

Softball and boys' lacrosse teams win championships, spring choral concert and more noteworthy stories from campus here 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Friends

Update from the DEI Office 

For the June 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. For more, visit the School's antiracism page.

Alumni Events

Alumni Weekend 2021 Recap

Hundreds of alumni from the classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6 joined us for Alumni Weekend 2021. On April 29 - May 1, 2021, the Alumni Office hosted a number of engaging virtual events including a campus tour, "Collection" remarks from Head of School Matt Micciche, the 2020 and 2021 Alumni Award Ceremonies, a virtual Meeting for Worship, and a virtual trivia game. Many classes gathered for their Reunions - some in person, some virtual, and some a hybrid of both! 

A highlight of the weekend were the Alumni Award Ceremonies. The Distinguished Alumni Awards, Outstanding Alumni Service Awards, and Honorary Alumni Award are presented at this annual celebration (which is typically a luncheon on campus). This year, the ceremonies were split into two events - one for the 2020 recipients whose ceremony was postponed last year, and one for the 2021 recipients. Enjoy recordings of these ceremonies below:

  • 2021 Alumni Award Ceremony 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.
    Video link here.

  • 2020 Alumni Award Ceremony 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.
    Video link here.

Thank you to all of our Reunion Committees for your hard work!

Development News

Give by June 30!

June 30th will be here before you know it! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support Friends School.

When you and other alumni give, you make a positive impact on our teachers and our educational programs, in addition to supporting every student who attends Friends School. Now is the time to pay it forward and give back to your alma mater.

Giving is FAST and Easy!

Make your gift online: alumni.friendsbalt.org/giving
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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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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.