News Archive


  • November

    Exploring Our “Pale Blue Dot” in 5th and 6th Grade

    When asked what his overarching goal for 5th and 6th graders is this year, science teacher Bryan Adams is quick to answer, "knowing their place in the universe." He says he visits the idea at the end of 5th grade by having students watch Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" video.
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  • Cultivating Inquiry in 7th and 8th Grade

    “My aim for middle school students is to keep their spirits up so they still love science, even while we’re doing this remotely. I try my best not just to get them off the screen but to get them doing something that’s hands-on and makes science come alive for them,” said 7th and 8th grade science teacher Brenda Walter.
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  • October

    A Virtual Author Visit with Jillian Tamaki

    Alexandra Whyte
    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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  • Sharing the Light with Firecircles

    Max Nagle
    Each fall, FCS classes and parents take an overnight trip to Catoctin Quaker Camp. These gatherings allow our community to reflect on our ties to Quaker values in an intimate and authentic way, to recognize the light, and in turn strengthen our bonds. Now more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of this community.
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  • September

    The Class of 2022 says, “Hakuna Matata” to Musical Production

    Last year’s 6th graders took the saying, “the show must go on,” to the next level after their production of The Lion King was in jeopardy due to Covid-19. Get a glimpse of the creative solution they’ve been working on these last few months.
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  • Boxes Full of Surprises

    What do battery operated candles, a collection of colorful clay, five gallon paint buckets, and water samples from Catoctin have in common? These are just some of the intriguing items found in the 250 boxes of school supplies FCS distributed to families last week. A peek inside each supply kit revealed the many ways in which we’re staying true to our commitment to hands-on-learning while learning online.
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  • Catharsis Amid Crisis: FCS Friend Celebrates School through Video

    Max Nagle
    How does one make a promotional video that demonstrates to prospective families the value of FCSduring a pandemic?
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  • June

    Virtual Graduation for the Class of 2020

    In the historic moment of a global pandemic, Wednesday night's Friends Community School graduation was live-streamed yet stayed true to tradition.
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  • 8th Graders: Surprise!

    At what would normally be 2 PM carline on the last Wednesday of the school year, Friends Community School found a way to surprise their 8th graders with a time-honored tradition.
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  • April

    Remote Learning Show & Tell

    Since March 17, Friends Community School students have been learning remotely but staying connected. This week we opened a Show & Tell so the community could share what an FCS education looks like from home.
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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.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740