On Saturday, August 21 and Saturday, September 11 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, FCS will be a vaccination site for Prince George’s County. All eligible FCS students, their families, and friends are welcome to register here.
FCS plans to return to fully in-person instruction 5 days a week for all grades for the 2021-2022 school year. COVID mitigation strategies will still be in place to protect the health and well-being of our community.
When students came back to campus this month they were greeted with several improvements to our grounds and classrooms. We asked Facilities Manager Dan Miller to show us around. “The biggest thing is that we’re trying to expand our outdoor usage,” Dan explained, pointing to tents, new quadrant markers (to delineate where pods can play) on the field, and other features throughout the grounds. But as you will read below, there are improvements taking place inside as well.
If you’re new to FCS and Quakerism, you may wonder what your children are talking about when they reference Meeting for Worship. This QuakerSpeaks video serves as a helpful explanation of what this spiritual practice entails.
On Thursday, May 27 FCS parents joined us for an evening conversation on where anti-Asian racism comes from, how it shapes our experiences, and what we as a community can do about it. The event was led by FCS parents Mimi Khúc (professor of Asian American studies and disability studies) and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis (curator of Asian American studies at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center). You can view the video from this conversation here.
When you read through these hands-on snapshots of learning from the past few weeks it’s hard to believe we were all fully virtual for much of the year. Students, faculty, and staff are making the most of every last minute together before the summer comes.
There have been many joyful moments on campus this month and we wanted to highlight a few of them with pictures. From the creative generosity of parents to the wonder and surprise of a special visitor to the Peace Circle, there has been much to celebrate and explore this April.
The FCS Parent Association and parents on the Board Diversity Committee are delighted to announce the addition of a new collection to the FCS library holdings, which will deepen offerings in a number of ways. The goal of this project was to ensure that children could find books that reflected themselves, their families and friends, and community members on FCS shelves. With a particular focus on middle-grade readers, the expanded collection increases choices featuring characters and narratives rich in gender, ethnic, and racial diversity.
Students in Holly’s 5th-grade classes are studying immigration and reading the book Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai. It is a fictional story about what happens when twelve-year-old Fadi’s parents escape from Taliban-run Afghanistan and move the family to the United States in 2001. On Thursday they had the special opportunity to speak with Ilhan Cagri, someone who also escaped from Afghanistan, though she left in 1983.
FCS Middle School students may be several years away from college but they got a glimpse into the excitement of higher education on Wednesday, March, 10 thanks to an enticing presentation by several parents who are alumni of famous Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
On Wednesday, March 3rd FCS Middle School students had the opportunity to learn about the rich history of nine Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations. Speakers for each organization represented FCS parents, friends, and faculty. They shared stories of how they came to join the organizations, the impact these affiliations continue to have in their lives, and the many ways in which they continue to participate in service through them.
On Thursday our Grade 3/4 students got to visit with Congressman Anthony Brown who shared insights from his work in government. His talk offered a real-life connection to the topics students have been exploring in their classes this semester.
When asked what he likes best about his job, he replied, “What I really like most is when I get to spend time with my constituents like this.”
Look around at people. Eat lunch with those who are sitting by themselves. Know what’s happening in your country. Register to vote. Read stories that are similar to your own. Listen to the narratives of those who’ve experienced genocide.
This is the advice that was peppered throughout a one-hour presentation to FCS 8th-graders by Ester Starobin, one of the 65 Holocaust survivors who volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
FCS Kindergarteners got a rare opportunity to talk with an author and illustrator on October 22. Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator from Canada but this week she was able to visit all of our students in their homes through a live Google Meet. The author reading was organized by the bookstore Politics and Prose.
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Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
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