State College Friends School
I just spent a delightful hour listening to explanations about everything from local fossil hunting to Mothman, the pitfalls of hand washing to poop (and the digestive tract), energy sources to Nudibranchs, Ash Borer Beetles to “seedtopia,”and that is to name just a few topics! Of course, I am describing my visit to the Science Fair, a favorite event at Friends School. This year, we had over 30 participants with interesting, wellresearched projects. The students’ faces glow with pride as they share what they have learned or explain their research techniques. The passion they have for their chosen project is apparent and their knowledge impressive.
The Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to follow their own individual interests and delve deeply into a topic of choice. For some, it is a chance to ask a question, develop a hypothesis, design and perform an experiment, examine results, and draw conclusions. For others, it is an opportunity to look more deeply into something about which they are curious. Still others shared information about something about which they thought their audience should be aware. Students created graphs and charts to share their findings; made models and dioramas; brought in stuffed and plastic animals; shared photographs; invited fellow students to experiment, create, and hypothesize; and illustrated and wrote about their topic of choice. No matter how students chose to share information, the results were remarkable.
The testimonies of simplicity and integrity were exemplified today as well. This was a children’s science fair, and this was apparent. Although it was clear that parents had been helpful (thank you, parents), the work and the explanations were the students. Student handwriting, illustrations, organization, and learning abounded. It was clear that the students were enthusiastic and cared about their projects. This was learning at its best—student directed and adult supported. The learning and inspiration continued at the fair with the participants becoming the teachers and their peers the learners—attentive learners at that!
Meeting For Worship and Right Sharing Lunch - On Sunday, March 26th, State College Friends Meeting will hold their Meeting for Worship at our school at 11:15 a.m. All are welcome. Directly following Meeting, we will host a Right Sharing Meal, with the help of our middle school students. This meal helps us consider right sharing of world resources and understand more deeply the disparity of resources around the world. Call the school by Thursday, March 23rd to make a reservation.
In-service Child Care - In-service is right around the corner. Call the school by April 7 if you would like to reserve a spot for your child in child care.
School Work Day - Please mark your calendars and save the date of Saturday, April 29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for our all-school work day. With your help, we aim to install several playground improvements, tend our gardens, and get our booths ready for the school’s annual Fun Fair. We can use lots of help to get several important jobs done at the school. Please let Tr. Dan know if you are willing to help. An organizational meeting will be held soon.
Summer Camp - Registration for summer camp for school families opened on Wednesday, February 15th. This year, all registration materials are available online. So, visit our Summer Camp Page and register- some camps are nearing capacity. Please let Jackie know if you have any questions.
Fit Families - You are invited to participate in the Centre Moves Fit Families Challenge! The Fit Families Challenge is a month-long, countywide-challenge to get people moving. Just complete and log 15 workouts during the month of April to be eligible to win prizes! There is no time, activity, or place requirement for your workouts, so just get moving in any way you can! Families can register for the challenge at www.centremoves.org.