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Friends School
From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: September 2020

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

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.

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

Noteworthy Alumni

Our alumni are accomplishing amazing things.

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


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.

COVID-19 Alumni Support Network

Support Our Local Friends in the Food Service Business

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar
Sam Fitz '02 and Rachel Fitz '04, Co-Owners

B.C. Brewery
Dave Magdeburger '12, Chef

Dylan's Oyster Cellar
Irene Donnely Salmon '02, Co-Owner

Occasions Catering
Eric Michael '80, Co-Founder and Creative Director

Andy Makris P'18, Owner

Rouge Fine Catering
Celeste Bendetti P'18, Founding Partner and Vice President Sales & Marketing

Zeffert & Gold Catering
Matt Gold '02, Creative Director

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


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


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!


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


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


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.


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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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement

Alumni News: March 2020

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.


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.



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.


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


Class Notes

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

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

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