Campus Closed for the remainder of the year; All Students Conducting Distance Learning Through June
Per Governor Baker’s emergency order to close all Massachusetts K-12 schools through the end of the school year, Friends Academy students will not return to campus this spring.
All students will continue with distance learning through the remainder of the year. Families will receive regular email communication from teachers, division heads, and Mr. Kennedy with details on distance learning resources and schedules.
Business Office Hours During Campus Closure
The Business Office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon each week during the campus closure. If you need to reach the Business Office with any questions (i.e. contracts, tuition, technology, etc.), call (508) 999-1356 x1104 during those times or email Katherine Furtado anytime. (Please note, campus is closed until further notice per Governor Baker’s orders, so any inquiries must be made via phone and/or email.)
Summer Programs Update: The letter below was sent to all camp registrants on May 22nd.
I hope that you are all safe and well, and that warmer weather has allowed you to get out of the house to stretch your legs and see other people – from an appropriate distance of course!
I am writing to inform you that as of today we have decided to cancel our summer programs. For the past three months I have had daily conversations with my peers in the summer camp world in Massachusetts and across New England. Our team has looked over plans for opening and the reasons for not opening of camps in many other parts of the country as well. We have listened to state and local leaders and representatives from the state department of Public Health, and our local board of health. Throughout this time we have been formulating our own plans about how to safely open the FA Summer Programs. On Monday Governor Baker released his four phase plan for reopening the state. After careful consideration of the document we feel that we cannot open and run a program of the quality that you have come to expect from us.
This has not been an easy decision. We start planning for camps in September, and spend the next nine months working to ensure that we can have the best program possible. We know that your children look forward to learning new skills, trying a new sport, brushing up on academics, making new friends, and seeing old ones. We know too that you often need us for child care so that you can work or run errands. I worry about my counselors who need their pay for household expenses or to pay for college. There are so many things that factor into this decision. It all comes down to the most important thing, the safety of our campers and their families.
If you are interested in any summer academic tutoring, and/or specialized Orton-Gillingham tutoring, please reach out to Laura Velazquez at email@example.com. Our Sally Borden Connect Program is available virtually via individual and group tutoring sessions.
Thank you, and be well,
Virtual Carnival June 5
The Class of 2020 invites all Friends students to a virtual carnival on June 5, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm! It will be a regular distance learning day with scheduled classes. At 2pm, students in EC through 7th grade will have the opportunity to participate in two virtual activities led by 8th grade students. There will be bingo, trivia, and more fun activities! More information will be sent out next week.
Library Books Outstanding
There are several library books outstanding, and we are developing a process to get them returned to campus. More to come on that in the next couple of weeks. But in the meantime, click here to access Jeanne McCullough’s website to determine what library books your child(ren) have outstanding. Please reach out to Ms. McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
School Calendar 2020-2021
Please find the school calendar for 2020-2021 here. Please note the date of September 14 is a full day of school, but Governor Baker moved the Boston Marathon to that date and has not determined yet if the schools will be closed. More information forthcoming from the Governor over the summer.
Lower School (EC-5) Announcement
This week, specialists will be sharing optional office hours for each Lower School grade level. These 30-minute online times will allow specialists to connect with students, clarify directions for weekly activities and provide an opportunity for students to share work. Homeroom teachers will share meeting links later this week. Please note that children are not required to attend specialist office hours.
Grades 3 and 5
Last week, you received your child’s ERB results. Friends Academy gives Educational Records Bureau (ERB) tests in grades 3 and 5 in order to help our students become familiar with standardized test formats. We view ERBs as one of many ways to gather information about student learning, and it is certainly not the one that we emphasize the most. Like all assessments, it is helpful in some ways and limited in other ways.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jamie Ross-Cory at email@example.com if you have any questions about these scores.
Middle School (6-8) Announcements
SSAT Preparation Course
The SSAT course has not been cancelled and will run virtually this summer with Dave Lobato and Marlaina Trepanier. More details will be shared at the beginning of the summer for registered families. If you would still like to register, go to Campbrain.
Countdown to Class Day
Though we cannot be together this spring, we want to make it as special for our graduating 8th graders as possible. Look out for photos and videos at All School Meeting, Facebook, and Instagram dedicated to the Class of 2020!
Check the Middle School Website for additional announcements and distance learning materials. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s advisor or Head of Middle School Susan Yao with any questions.
Sally Borden Program Announcements
Academic tutoring is available for students in the areas of literacy (including Orton-Gillingham), writing, and math. Please contact Laura Velazquez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
SBP Virtual Culminating Ceremony
The show must go on and so will our SBP Culminating Ceremony on Friday, June 5th at 9:00 AM! We will have an opportunity to celebrate growth and learning and hear words from individual teachers in virtual classroom meeting spaces. In addition, stay tuned to All School Meeting on May 27th where we will have a video share dedicated to our program.
The Sally Borden Program remains committed to serving our neurodiverse students during distance learning. If you face challenges at home that make carrying out lessons difficult, please reach out to your child’s teacher or Laura Velazquez. We will do our very best to meet students’ needs.