This weekend, my family headed down to Washington DC. I have to admit that we went for the Women’s March and not for the inauguration. We went to express our concerns. While I know that many voted for Donald Trump because of their belief that his positions on the issues of the day will be good for the country, I harbor concerns about his claims of inclusiveness and his penchant for fabrication and divisiveness. Liz and I brought our daughter with us to show her that, in a democracy, people have the right to express their opinions. The march did not disappoint. People all over the world made the choice to speak, to march, and to share their belief in the importance of inclusion, in the need to embrace diversity, and in the power of love.
From my vantage point, it was a boisterous but well-behaved crowd who made sure all were taken care of. For me and others, Saturday went beyond who was elected president and who supports whom. It was a showing of individuals coming together to let others know that millions embrace loving, inclusive approaches to problem solving and are willing to peacefully demonstrate to have their message heard. Just as the peaceful election of our leaders is a hallmark of democracy, the ability to speak up for what you believe is also a right. It was wonderful to have my daughter witness this first hand, and it is my hope that all voices are heard and our country grows with a spirit of unity and hope in the coming years.
State College Swap
A swap meet will be held Saturday, February 4th form 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bring things in good condition that are finished with and feel free to pick up some items that you could use. This month they are expanding to offer services to swap - exciting! A flyer is can be found HERE.
Bring a Friend to School Day
Wednesday, January 25th is Bring a Friend to School Day. This is a day for students to invite a friend who may be interested in the Friends School to spend a day in their classroom. Visitors should be a similar age to the students in the classroom which they are visiting. Registration forms came home in Friday Folders and are also available at the desk (and HERE). They should be returned by Friday, January 20th so that teachers can make plans so that teachers can make plans for the day. Please contact Tr. Lisa with any questions.
Our Admissions open houses are scheduled for the following dates and times.
First Wednesday of every month, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Walk Thru Wednesdays’
Thursday, January 26th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, K-8 Open House
Friday, February 3rd, 10:00 – 1:00 pm: K-8 Open House
Wednesday, February 15th, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Middle School Lunch and Tour
Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: K-8 Open House and Winter Play Day
Saturday, March 18th, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm: K-8 & Pre-K Open House / Winter Play Day
Saturday, April 29th, 9:30 – 11:30 am: Pre-K Open House
Please tell your friends and encourage them to take a tour.
Free Winter Play Days
On Saturdays, February 18th and March 18th, Friends School is hosting Winter Play Days for children ages 3-7. The school‘s Community Room and a K/1 classroom will be open for supervised active and imaginative play. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend to the school and enjoy a morning out of the cold. Refreshments and snacks will be served. All are welcome. Check below for times.
We are currently opening our search for summer camp counselors and maintenance staff. If you or someone you know may be interested in working at Friends School this summer, please have them contact us at the school.
WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY
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