Welcome to FCS Advancement
We raise funds to help our school reach goals, strengthen community, and ensure a bright future. In ways large and small, advancement supports our community's traditions and vision, classroom projects and activities, and financial aid.

And what's at the heart of advancement? Gratitude. Thank you for supporting FCS.

In partnership,

Carol Rognrud Kim Lugo
Director of Institutional Advancement Advancement Assistant

Values in Action

List of 13 news stories.

  • Teambuilding in Brighid's class

    Team-Building Takes Practice

    Earlier this week, I happened upon a group of students eating lunch and informally discussing different kinds of families. I was struck by how respectful the children were of each other. Listening to the news on the way home underscored how much adults in our society could learn from a day at FCS!
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  • FCS Alumna Visits with Camera

    When our current building was just an idea, Stephanie Natoli was a student at the old site of FCS. She and her classmates walked this wetland property to envision how a new building would be sited. With a shovel and a hardhat, she was one of the students who broke ground for the building’s construction. And her class was the first to graduate from these halls.  
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  • Grandfriends Day

    Friendship is a beautiful thing!  In April FCS hosted over 175 grandfriends of FCS students for musical performances, visits in the classrooms, and a luncheon served by the 5th graders.
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  • The Growing Cycle at FCS

    Sowing seeds of thanks!  Third and fourth graders harvested seeds from the native plants in the FCS Butterfly Garden and packaged them as “thank yous” for contributions to the 2016 Annual Giving Fund.
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  • Peace March

    Rights not Fights!  Chanting and singing, the entire FCS community marches each winter to commemorate Dr. MLK,Jr's birthday and the 1963 Children's March.
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  • Collaboration!

    The new tables and benches are a hit!  Great for hanging out, tying a shoe, chatting before carline... How did we live without them?  Thanks to Jason Dechambeau and Eric Rosenthal for their leadership, and to everyone who lent a few hours and a lot of muscle last Sunday to get the benches and tables built and installed in one afternoon!  This project was funded through a collaboration among the Parents Association, an anonymous donor, and the Annual Giving Fund.
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  • If Beethoven Did Birthdays

    There’s a lot you can do with the song “Happy Birthday.” Just ask the students at Friends Community School after today’s workshop with the DaPonte String Quartet of Damariscotta, Maine.
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  • A Bug’s-Eye View at FCS

    What is perched on Friends Community School’s roof? It’s a “WeatherBug” that records real-time data and images of the weather for the National Weather Service, NBC-4 News, and STEM studies at FCS.
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  • Sophie's Initiative for Nepal

    When Nepali friends were caught in the first earthquake last month, Sophie, an FCS 5th grader, was moved to take action. She launched a fundraising campaign to benefit earthquake victims in Pokara.
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  • Lee Hilling gives students a glimpse of the challenges of life in Kabul

    Author Shares Afghan "Miracles"

    Lee Hilling, author of the new book A Place of Miracles and great-grandfather of a student at Friends Community School, visited FCS's 6th grade to share stories of establishing a critical care surgical hospital for children in war-torn Afghanistan.
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  • Grandfriends in Gradeschool

    Setting a new record for a 29-year tradition at FCS, more than 150 Grandfriends visited the school on Friday. They participated in classes and reflected on their own childhood educational experiences.
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  • Check Out the Quaker Corner

    The FCS lobby has a “Quaker Corner,” established by June Confer and Carole Hoage of the FCS Trustees' Quaker Life Committee, with the help of a grant from the Sue Thomas Turner Fund.
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  • Confer Memorial Service

    A memorial service for Harold Confer, an important supporter and dear friend of our school, will be held on Sunday, October 19 at 1 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Harold loved visiting FCS, especially on Wednesday when he would join us for Meeting for Worship.

    Students and parents are invited to join us as we celebrate Harold’s life.
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“FCS has given me the chance to express myself and be who I am, to take on new challenges, to be aware of what’s around me, and to have courage and bravery. Most importantly it has given me the opportunity to meet the people who I will love forever. No other teachers could replace the teachers I had here at FCS. They helped me through the tough spots and cheered me on in others.  I can’t thank all of you enough. FCS is like home to me and always will be.”                           -- a recent FCS graduate

“I love that opportunities for silence, gratitude, and worship are part of what we do here at FCS."  -- a current faculty member

On Grandfriends Day, visiting Grandfriends were asked to write letters to their former selves sharing the wisdom and perspective that comes with living. Here are those letters, shared with students in the classrooms and saved for future students to enjoy and ponder.

FCS Advancement

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  • Carol  Rognrud 

    Director of Institutional Advancement
    301-441-2100, ext 105
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.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740