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Updated 9/19/2019

All-School Announcements

School Photo Day: Friday, Sept. 27

Coffee Pond will be taking individual and class group pictures in the Commons on Friday, Sept. 27.

When your child’s proofs are ready to be viewed, you will receive an email and password from Coffee Pond, and you will be able to order pictures online from their website. Be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com. If you do not receive your child’s password within a few weeks after picture day, please contact Coffee Pond directly at that email address.

Parking During Morning Drop Offs

If you would like to walk your child into school during drop offs in the morning, please park your car in the parking lot. We ask that you please do not leave your car unattended along the front curb by the entrance. This is to prevent traffic jams and help our students stay safe.

Conversations With the Head in October

Join Ben Kennedy, Head of School, along with Kathryn Goodfellow, President of the Board of Trustees, to discuss Friends Academy’s strategic vision during a series of morning conversations on Fridays in October in Mr. Kennedy’s office. These conversations are an opportunity to weigh in on the future of FA.

Conversations With the Head will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:15 a.m.; and Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:15 a.m. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up now for a date.

Alert System Test

We tested the campus emergency alert system on the morning of Monday, Sept. 16. If you did not receive these test messages via email, phone, and text message on Monday morning around 9:30 a.m., please contact Katherine Furtado.

Campus Mosquito Treatment

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to treat the campus perimeter that abuts the woods with an organic tick and mosquito control solution. Treatment took place on Sunday, Sept. 8 and will take place again on Sunday, Sept. 22 and every 21 days thereafter leading up to the first hard frost. Out of an abundance of caution, the previously announced changes to outdoor activities this fall will remain in place until further notice.

Lunch Signups Extended

We have extended signups for lunch offerings. This fall, we will be offering lunch options on Tuesdays (pizza), Wednesdays (healthy lunch), Thursdays (soup), and Fridays (Subway). Visit the School Forms page to download the lunch forms for each day. If your child signs up for lunch this coming week, they will receive lunch beginning the following week.

After-School Program & Study Hall

If you would like to enroll your child in after-school care or study hall (Homework Club), please complete the registration form and return it to Ms. Furtado in the business office along with the registration fee. There are also several enrichment offerings including yoga, math, science, knitting, and bowling.

Monthly Song Circles Begin Oct. 4

In the paradigm of how music has been taught and shared for centuries, Song Circles continue and foster this tradition in our community. Sing, play, and share songs at these monthly gatherings for parents and community members. Hosted by Putnam Murdock. The first Song Circle will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Commons. Bring your acoustic instruments.

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Lower School (EC-5) Announcements

Lower School Parents’ Night: Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 19 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for Lower School Parents’ Night. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher, hear about what your child is learning, and see what daily school life is like for them. After visiting your child’s classroom, all parents are invited to the Herring Lobby for coffee and refreshments.

Become a Room Parent

Lower School room parents help support classroom or curricular needs as determined by the teachers or Mrs. Ross-Cory. If you are interested in being a room parent, please contact Jeanne Machado.

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Middle School (6-8) Announcements

Middle School Parents’ Night: Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons for Middle School Parents’ Night. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers, learn more about the curriculum, and see what daily school life is like for them. There will be a brief check-in for 8th grade families applying to secondary schools during the evening.

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