Annual School Events
During the school year, Friends Academy has a variety of events that bring together our community for social enrichment and fun! For this year’s event dates, please reference our school calendar.
For one week in the fall, Middle School students spend time together outdoors in various settings to learn more about themselves and about each other. Through this experience, students build teamwork and social skills that create a foundation for their Middle School experience.
- Sixth grade stays mostly on and around campus, experiencing our campus ropes course, canoeing local waters, studying the environment, and participating in service learning opportunities.
- Seventh grade travels to Chewonki, an outdoor education program on a salt marsh in Wiscasset, Maine.
- Eighth grade visits New York City, where they experience firsthand the city’s cultural diversity, strengthen relationships with peers and faculty, and enjoy the city’s many resources.
These evening meetings, held in early fall, allow parents to visit school and get to know their child’s teachers and curriculum. The night includes a welcome from the Head of School, presentations about programs and expectations for the year, and introductions to special subject teachers and administrators.
All students and faculty members are invited to display their costumes in a parade through the school. Parents are invited to come and guess the faculty/staff theme.
This annual event takes place in November prior to Thanksgiving. Books are available for purchase, with a portion of the profits benefiting the library. There is also an opportunity to make a donation to the library or to your child’s classroom by selecting a book from a teacher wish list.
Held in the fall, winter, and spring, these assemblies highlight seasonal music, dance, and drama. These include the fifth and sixth grade musical in fall, WinterFest and Revels in December, and the seventh and eighth grade musical in March.
Students in Early Childhood through grade eight display their artwork at this annual event. Students in grades six through eight read original poems.
To foster connections for our students with adults beyond the immediate family, particularly those across generations, Friends hosts this special day each May. Grandparents or family friends are invited to join students in their classrooms.
Students in K-8 participate in a spirit day in the spring. Students are assigned a team, Blue or Gray, and represent that team for their entire tenure at Friends Academy. Parents are encouraged to attend in the afternoon.
On the last day of school, a special ceremony celebrates the graduation of the eighth grade. Each graduate rings the Morgan Street Bell, a rite of passage for our alumni.