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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement



Alumni E-News December 2018

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Mark Your Calendar for Alumni Events!

Winter Break Gathering for College Alumni and the Class of 2019 
Each year, the Friends School Alumni Association hosts a winter break event for college alumni and the current senior class. This year we welcome the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
REGISTER HERE 


MLK Day of Service at Moveable Feast
Monday, January 21, 2019
901 N Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205
Sponsored by the Alumni Association Board, join Friends School alumni and current students, as part of Friends School's service day. We will 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. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and online registration is a necessary step.
Participants will receive a follow up email to guide them through the process once they register:
REGISTER HERE

Alonso's Happy Hour & Friday Night Basketball "FNB" 
Hosted by the Alumni Association Board
Friday, February 8, 2019
Alonso's: 5:30 pm Boys Basketball Game v. Gerstell Academy: 7:00 pm

Dig up your FSAA or FNB shirt and join the Alumni Assocation Board for happy hour with drink specials at Alonso's at 415 W Cold Spring Lane, then head to campus for a Friday Night Basketball Game "FNB."
REGISTER HERE
 
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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends

Click below to see what our noteworthy alumni are up to in the world!

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Campus Happenings

Pepe's Pizza Senior Family Gift Fundraiser  
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 am - 11:00 pm,
Pepe's Pizza
Alumni, students of all grades, families and friends are invited to dine in or carry out to support the Senior Family Gift Effort. For the entire day and evening, a percentage of all proceeds will go to Friends School. Please download and bring the flyer in the event photo with you (in order for Friends to receive the money, you need to have the flyer) when you come to eat or pick up your carry out order! There will also be flyers at Pepe's. 


For the Winter Athletics Schedule click here.

 


For the Winter Arts Schedule click here



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Giving Challenge!

 

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Alumni E-News October 2018
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We're Coming to DC on Sunday! 


DC Alumni Networking Event and Cidery Tour
Sunday, October 28, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, 711 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
Kids welcome!
Hosted by ANXO owners Rachel Fitz '04 & Sam Fitz '02

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Alumni Survey Coming Soon!

 

We need YOUR opinions and feedback. The alumni office has partnered with Edge Research to develop an alumni survey that will: determine alum's current perceptions of Friends School, evaluate your experience as students and the impact Friends has had on your lives, determine how alums keep in touch with the School currently, your satisfaction level with various events and programs currently offered, interest in potential offerings not yet available, and more.
Please be on the lookout for the survey to be emailed to you in the coming weeks! 

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Scarlet & Gray Day 2018



We had a great homecoming celebration hosted by the Alumni Association Board on Saturday, October 13. Fifty of our alums returned to campus to mingle and enjoy the crisp fall weather.  Delicious tacos and empanadas made with locally sourced ingredients were provided by Dave Magdeburger '12 of B.C. Brewery Eats. Dave also brought us one of the brewery's favorite beers, "Herding Cats."  Some alums also joined us throughout the day to watch varsity athletic games v. Park School and to enjoy the family carnival games.
If you missed it, be sure to join us next year!
Click here to see photos.
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Expat Alums Return for Baltimore Homecoming 2018



The Alumni Office recently welcomed some of Friends' most accomplished alumni from around the country back to Baltimore for the inaugural Baltimore Homecoming, Inc. Conference. The goal of the conference was to educate expats about the exciting cultural and business developments underway in Baltimore and to enlist their support as brand ambassadors in helping to positively shape the national narrative about Baltimore.

Friends’ alumni attendees represented multiple industries including, tech design, film, journalism, marketing, market research, and music to name a few. Among those who represented Friends were: Jason Berman ’02, VP of Mandalay Pictures, Rob Berman ’88, Emmy Award winning music director, Broadway and Encores!, Phil McIntyre ’89, SVP Marketing & Business Development, SmithGeiger, LLC, Daryn Nakhuda ’94, CEO/founder, Mighty Ai, Steve Rosenberg ’91, Sr. Director of Operations and Production, HLN – CNN, Alex Salkever ’87, author/ technology consultant/speaker, Jon Sherman ’89, founder/owner/creative director, Flavor Paper, Matthew Sherman ’99, CEO/founder, Oneness Projects, Warner Siebert ’01 SVP, Market Adoption, SYSCO Labs, Shanna Tellerman ’99, CEO/founder, Modsy.

For more information see the Noteworthy Alumni section below.

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Join Students for a Habitat for Humanity Build

 

Our Habitat for Humanity club has a build scheduled for November 10 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and they would like to invite alums to join! No experience necessary, exact location TBD, but it will be close to Friends. Interested or have questions? E-mail alumni@friendsbalt.org.

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends

Click below to see what our "noteworthy alumni" are up to!


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Quaker Closet Online Store



Looking to refresh your wardrobe with new Friends School gear? Visit the Quaker Closet online store!

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A Message from the Development Office


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Alumni E-News September 2018
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We're Coming to a City Near You! 


NYC Alumni Networking Event
Monday, September 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Añejo Tribeca, 301 Church Street, New York, New York 10013 

DC Alumni Networking Event and Cidery Tour
Sunday, October 28, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, 711 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
Kids welcome!
Hosted by ANXO owners Rachel Fitz '04 & Sam Fitz '02 

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Scarlet & Gray Day 2018


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Friends on the Park!



Please join us as we help the Friends of Patterson Park with their fun-filled Park clean-up event, "Voluntober" on October 6, 2018 from 9-11am. As a sponsor for the event, Friends School will have a station by the Castle Playground. We will have face-painting and performances by some of our talented students as well as information on Friends School. If you are downtown, we hope you will come say hello! If you are interested in volunteering to join a team to clean the Lake, plant trees, edge the promenade, clean the playground or if you just want more details, please contact Amy Mortimer amortimer@friendsbalt.org.
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Growing the Friends School Career Network 

 
Our alumni Career Insights Platform is growing! Add Friends School of Baltimore to your education section on your profile so that you can take advantage of the networking platform.  You will know you are connected when the red seal appears next to the name of the school, if it is gray it means you are not officially connected.

Once connected, visit the Friends School of Baltimore LinkedIn page and click "See alumni" to view the network. 

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends

Click below to see what our "noteworthy alumni" are up to!


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Work at Friends



Are you inspired to help shape the academic, athletic and artistic lives of today's students,

carrying forward the legacy of a Friends School education? 

Check out the opportunities at Friends. 

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Thank You!

The generosity of Friends School alumni, family and friends made 2017-18 a success! We appreciate your support and look forward to a fantastic year ahead. 



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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement



Alumni E-News May 2018

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Welcome Alumni banner with kids



Alumni Weekend 2018 was a big success.  Thank you to all of our alumni who traveled back to campus to celebrate the Reunion classes ending in 8's and 3's. One of the weekend highlights was celebrating our 2018 alumni award recipients. To read more about them, click here.

Relive the fun and check out the photos here:
Album 1    Album 2    Album 3    Album 4    Album 5

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We Have 30 Days to Raise $100,000

We are looking for alumni to help us reach our goal for The Fund for Friends
Did you know Jon Garman '75 and Bill Hilgartner just celebrated 35 years here!?
Help us keep our amazing faculty in this competitive market.
Did you know 43% of our students receive financial assistance?
Help support our diverse student body.

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Stephanie Hanes Wilson '96 to Speak at Graduation 



Stephanie Hanes Wilson '96 has been invited to be our graduation speaker this year. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm. Alumni are invited to attend a reception for Stephanie on Tuesday, June 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Zamoiski Alumni Center (ZAC) to welcome her to campus. To RSVP please email alumni@friendsbalt.org.

Stephanie is an award winning journalist who has covered stories throughout the United States, Caribbean and Africa. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, "White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden and other Myths of Conservation in Africa,” and has spoken throughout the country about the environment, philanthropy, and the way the best intentions can go awry. She has written for dozens of publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, Africa Geographic and The Baltimore Sun, where she worked for a number of years covering justice issues in the city of Baltimore. Stephanie graduated from Yale University, and now lives in western Massachusetts with her two daughters and husband, Christopher Wilson '96. She teaches journalism at the College of William & Mary.

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Mark Your Calendar for Events!


Meetup on the Playground, Saturday, June 2, 10:00 - 11:30 am on the Friends Lower School Playground, 5114 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21210. Bring your young kids and join the Alumni Association Board to play on the Lower School playground.  We will have coffee for adults and snacks for the kids! Register here.

 


Alumni & Alumnae Lacrosse Games, Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am (women's) & 1:00 pm (men's), Friends School Athletic Fields. The Alumni Office and FS Athletic Department will host lacrosse games here on campus for alumni and the current teams! Bring your equipment and play or join us on the sidelines to cheer!  A gathering at Mt. Washington Tavern will follow. Please contact alumni@friendsbalt.org with questions, you can also register here. 



Alumni Breakfast & Baseball, Saturday June 9, 9:00 am, Friends School Athletic Fields. The Alumni Office and FS Athletic Department will host a simple breakfast (bagels and juice) and a skills competition here on campus for alumni and the current team. Bring your stuff and see how you stack up to the other alumni and current players in pitching, fielding, and hitting. Please RSVP using the following link if you are interested:  https://goo.gl/forms/55EnePjljVwvyrtD3  or contact coach Will Marbury wmarbury@friendsbalt.org. 

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Boston Recap



Head of School Matt Micciche and our Director of Major & Planned Giving Jocelyn Kehl had a wonderful trip to Boston earlier this month. Greg Moody ’89, hosted dinner at the Bancroft in Burlington, with alumni from the Classes of 1965 to 2013 in attendance. Former faculty/coach Karlyn Wesley Supple was there with Abby Beauregard ’96 (who Karlyn coached), along with classmates Stephanie and Chris Wilson ’96. Two University of Chicago alumni, Mark Reid ’10 and Colin Fowler ’13, and Nancy Dashiells ’65 joined the group as well. 
A second dinner was hosted at The Local in W. Newton, Alumni from 1975 to 2007 were there. Roy Russell ’75 biked from Cambridge and back, joined by classmate Bill Forbush '75 and his wife Ann. Justin Sussman ’99 and Garrett Smith ’97 arrived and said they have reconnected as neighbors in Wellesley and have family playdates for their children. Roz Kreizenbach ’07 attended as well. 
Mary Allen Wilkes ’55 hosted a lovely lunch at her home in Cambridge, joined by Foster “Ted” Nichols ‘06.

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends


Click below to see what our noteworthy alumni are up to in the world!

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Alumni Class Notes

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

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

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

 

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From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement



Alumni E-News April 2018

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Alumni Weekend 2018 is less than THREE WEEKS away, May 4-6, REGISTER TODAYThis year we are celebrating classes ending in 3's and 8's, however all alumni are encouraged and welcome to attend.

We are excited to announce the 2018 Alumni Award Recipients. These individuals will be honored during the Alumni Awards Presentation at the 31st Annual "Mr. Nick" Nicolls Lunch on the Saturday of Alumni Weekend at 12:30 pm. Our award recipients are:



Of special note, we are also honoring Dr. Michael R. Camp & Mrs. Shelly Camp P '89 & '00 as Honorary Alumni Award Recipients.  This award honors community members who exemplify the Quaker philosphy and spirit, and who give of themselves to further the growth of Friends School and its community.    

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Alumni Book Recommendations for Summer Reading 

The English Department warmly invites alumni to contribute book recommendations for our annual summer reading list for students.  Please follow this link for more information and to submit your recommendations.  Please contact Helen Berkeley with questions or if you have trouble accessing the document hberkeley@friendsbalt.org.   

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Mark Your Calendar for Events!

Night Out With Friends, Saturday, April 28, 7:00 - 10:00 pm at The Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Join us for a springtime gathering of Friends School parents, faculty, staff and alumni at the annual fundraiser by the Parents Association.  This year, with a nod to our historic venue, our theme is "Friends Through the Years." 
Night Out With Friends is a special evening out but it is also a fundraiser! Proceeds support the Friends School Wish List and our students (including 25% of the Parent/Alumni/ Supporter ticket price). Buy your tickets for the event here.

Alumni & Alumnae Lacrosse Games, Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am (women's) & 1:00 pm (men's), Friends School Athletic Fields. The Alumni Office and FS Athletics Department will host lacrosse games here on campus for alumni and the current teams! Bring your equipment and play or join us on the sidelines to cheer!  A gathering at Mt. Washington Tavern will follow. Please contact alumni@friendsbalt.org with questions, you can also register here. 

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends

Click below to see what our noteworthy alumni are up to in the world!

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Campus Happenings

All School Art Show, April 26 - May 1, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, the New Gym 
Stop by to see art works created by students in Pre-K through 12th grade on display in the New Gym. Contact Art Department Chair Ben Roach broach@friendsbalt.org for more information.  

 

The Upper School Musical -Les Misérables, May 18 & 19 7:30 pm, May 20 2:00 pm,  Forbush Auditorium
Michael McVey and the Upper School musical cast and crew are excited for this year's performance.  For more information please contact Michael McVey mmcvey@friendsbalt.org. 


For the Spring Athletics Schedule, click here

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Alumni Class Notes

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

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

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

 

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Friends School
From the Office of Alumni Relations & Engagement



Alumni E-News February 2018

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From Charles Street
As we head into March, we begin to get excited for spring and everything that it brings. Spring sports tryouts are in full swing and campus is abuzz in anticipation of the Upper School Spring Musical Les Misérables.  Here at the Alumni Office we are heading to New York City in a few weeks (March 21), and Reunion Weekend is just around the corner (May 4-6)!

On a different note, I wanted to share with you a letter that went out from Head of School Matt Micciche to our families and staff in response to the recent school shooting in Florida.  I know you will join us in holding all of the people affected by this terrible tragedy in the Light.  To read Matt's letter please click here.
 



Christine Pappas '01
Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement
 

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Registration is now open! Please join fellow alumni on campus May 4-6.  This year we are celebrating classes ending in 3's and 8's, but all alumni are encouraged and welcome to attend!
Click here to register!

Of special note, Melinda Burdette '68 and Marge Felter '63 have been awarded the Alumni Service Award, which honors alumni who exemplilfy the Quaker philosophy and spirit, and who give of themselves to further the growth of Friends School and its community.  They will be honored at the 31st Annual "Mr. Nick" Nicolls Lunch & Alumni Awards Presentation on Saturday, May 5. 

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Support Our Students

Over the past 10 years, the number of students on financial aid has increased from 25% to 43%. To ensure that Friends can continue to provide financial assistance for our students, support The Fund for Friends by making your gift today. Click here to make your gift: 

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Mark Your Calendar for Events!

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

 

Night Out With Friends, Saturday, April 28, 7:00 - 10:00 pm at The Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Join us for a springtime gathering of Friends School parents, faculty, staff and alumni and the annual fundraiser by the Parents Association.  This year, with a nod to our historic venue, our theme is "Friends Through the Years." 
Night Out With Friends is a special evening out but it is also a fundraiser! Proceeds from the special evening support the Friends School Wish List and our students (including 25% of the Parent/Alumni/ Supporter ticket price). Also, we need auction items! Please contact alumni@friendsbalt.org if you can contribute an item or have ideas.  Buy your tickets for the event here.

 

Alumni & Alumnae Lacrosse Games, Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am (women's) & 1:00 pm (men's), Friends School Athletic Fields. The Alumni Office and FS Athletics Department will host lacrosse games here on campus for alumni and the current teams! Bring your equipment and play or join us on the sidelines to cheer!  A gathering at Mt. Washington Tavern will follow. Please contact alumni@friendsbalt.org with questions, you can also register here. 

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Noteworthy Alumni @ Friends

Click below to see what our noteworthy alumni are up to in the world!

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Campus Happenings

Black History Month Art Exhibition  
Now Thru February 28, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, The Katz Gallery, Forbush Building 
In honor of Black History Month we are showcasing artwork from students of color from grades 1 - 12. The exhibition honors the Black experience in America and acknowledges that the Black experience is an integral and essential part of the American experience. For more information please contact our Director of Diversity, Equity and Social Justice, Priyanka Rupani prupani@friendsbalt.org. 

Middle School Dragonfly Theater Presents "Oliver!" , March 2 & 3 at 7:00 pm, March 4 at 2:00 pm, Forbush Auditorium
The Middle School students will perform a full-scale musical, with costumes, choreography, sets and musical and dramatic direction. For more information please contact faculty member and theater director Cecile Audette, caudette@friendsbalt.org.


For the Spring Athletics Schedule, click here

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Alumni Class Notes

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

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

Class Secretaries need your news - send them your stories!

 

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From the Head of School's Office

Dear Friends School Alumni,

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wish you all the best for 2018 and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt

 

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

 

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